July 30th, 2015
This morning, I paid a visit to a student’s father in hospice care.
When I left, my student accompanied me to the parking lot, which is about ten minutes’ walk away. He’s been keeping his father company in the hospital since his father was hospitalized. A college senior after the summer vacation, he should be enjoying some merry times with his friends, but he’d rather stay by his father’s side. That’s the beauty of the family bond.
July 29th, 2015
On the day Meiying, Lichu, Meichen, Shuyuan, and I met for lunch around three weeks ago, Shuyuan suggested that we watch the movie if the typhoon was too big. It was a pity that we didn’t go to see it.
《小小兵》（Minions）是今年暑假的動畫大片，此片因2010、2013 年的電影《神偷奶爸》（Despicable Me）系列票房亮眼所推出的「外傳」。
My comments: minion: an unimportant person who has to do what a more powerful person tells them to do (Macmillan English Dictionary). I still think the prefix “mini” meaning “little” makes sense here. Someone who is unimporant weighs little in others’ minds.”
BTY, a word primary stress rule: The primary stress falls on the syllable right before “i + Vowel,” just like “million,” “billion,” “union,” “communion,” etc. Read the rest of this entry »
July 28th, 2015
A gathering with Chinjamu (親家母), a Chinese phrase meaning the mother of one’s child’s spouse. See the strokes of each character? That’s why I said Chinese is more difficult than English.
Ms. Zou is the mother of Anna, my daughter-in-law.
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July 28th, 2015
A very interesting article I just bumped into online. What a wonderful world of languages! How little I know! You’d like to click the link and take a look at the funny photo for each foreign phrase.
20 Hilarious Foreign Phrases English Needs To Borrow
English is a very complex language, arguably one of the most hard to learn as a foreign language – and yet, with all of its complexities, it falls short in a lot of ways. Germanic in origin, English has all sorts of words that it borrows from all other languages, but some languages have a handful phrases that would be very helpful in creating much more concise communication. Here are just a few golden phrases the English phrase could benefit from.
My comments: In my opinion, Chinese is harder than English. You’ll believe me if I tell you the character 木 is pronounced as “mu,” meaning wood while the character 本 is pronounced similar to “bein,” meaning origin. Read the rest of this entry »
July 27th, 2015
This is an article every high school graduates/college freshmen should read.
2015-07-26 02:46:31 聯合報 周行一（政治大學校長）
My comments: I chose to study at NTNU just to be a teacher. A very simple criterion. Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2015
Speaking of Taiwanese foods, everyone will have their thumbs up. Every time my second sister, who lives in San Hose, is back in Taiwan, she is eager to taste the so-called “small eat.” CNN did a special report on 40 Taiwanese foods. By going over it, you learn the English names of these foods. Click the link, and you can take a look at the pictures of 20 of the foods, with your mouth watering.
40 Taiwanese foods we can’t live without
By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN
Updated 0306 GMT (1006 HKT) July 24, 2015
Taiwan (CNN)—Small eats, and a lot of them, are the big thing in Taiwan.
Recently voted by our readers as the best food destination in the world, the culinary philosophy here is eat often and eat well. Read the rest of this entry »
July 25th, 2015
This afternoon, I had a gathering with Cloe, Jessie, and Ken, all of whom were in the Advanced English class in 2003-2004. Carol, who works for IBM, had planned to come, but was asked to work overtime on a short notice. Diego had a oral defense for his master’s thesis on July 27, so he couldn’t join us either. Read the rest of this entry »
July 25th, 2015
2015-07-23 01:51:52 聯合報
My comments: A person filled with love won’t hurt others. In school, there should be a Love course, which parents are also invited to. Read the rest of this entry »
July 24th, 2015
2015-07-23 01:51:53 聯合報 李寶珍／國中教師（新北市）
My comments: In fact, life is a long journey. Step by step, everyone will get to their own destination.
My comments: The best way to learn a language is by using it. When students experience the power of language as a bridge, they will surely love to keep learning.
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July 23rd, 2015
Most of us didn’t know each other when studying in the same school–Xin-xing Junior High (新興國中), but after 42 years, we met in a school reunion last year and became friends. Of course, for some who were friends then but had lost contact for years, the reunion rekindled their friendship. This is not a fantasy story. It happened in real life. Can I call it a “real-life fantasy”?
BTW, two in the photo are wives of our schoolmates. Read the rest of this entry »