我怎么学英语

话说我在bbs上发帖征友之后,大家似乎对我不太感兴趣,倒是对我怎么学英语感兴趣。本来没什么可说的,因为每个人都有不同的学习习惯,适合我的不一定适合你,找到适合自己的学习方法就行了。但是吹捧的人多了,我也未免飘飘然,就斗胆说一下我是怎么学的。为了避免班门弄斧之嫌疑,请觉得自己可以学好的同学绕行。

切入正题。我在土生土长的鬼佬面前总是说不顺溜,但是换成在国外呆了N年的中国人,说起英语来我是丝毫不怕,有时甚至能用阿甘纯正的Alabama的口音飙出一词半句。考试的时候如果我心里没底,我就会这样想:“假如我考不好,岂不是有很多要挂掉。”也许这样想有些自负,但我觉得只要不太过分,不夜郎自大就没什么问题。——自信很重要,甚至些许自负也未尝不可。

当然,强烈的自我暗示不是一切。我具体说说自己是怎么学的。

背单词是我的最爱,而我背单词的方法也比较笨——反复背,其实这就是杨鹏17天搞定GRE单词的精髓。有人还问我是背句子文章还是就背单词,说实话,有时间当然最好是把单词放到语境里去背,但我比较急功近利,没那么多时间,所以一般情况下我都是抱着词汇书狂啃,有记忆方法的话就看一眼,至于例句用法,我一概不予理睬。这种背法的缺点就是太枯燥,但是我们还可以借助一些多媒体来记忆,比如词汇书配套的音频,或者背单词软件,个人推荐新东方背单词,我一般让它隔一秒过一个单词,自己舒舒服服的靠在椅背上,似乎也挺惬意的~(or you can call me a freak)

词汇量大了之后你就会发现听说读写不像以前那么难了,如果一个句子里的单词你都认识,那么理解起来问题不会太大的。能看懂听懂,自然就会写会说了。但是听说读写也是各有各的特点,我不太擅长说和写(原因?性格吧),就简单说说怎么听,怎么读。

听不是简单的听句子里面出现了哪些单词,还要听语音语调语气,听语音语调是为了让自己适应对方说话的方式,听语气则是弄懂对方说话的用意,是惊讶还是疑惑,这也不难。大家抱怨最多的也许是语速问题了。其实有些同学的问题不是对方说话太快,而是对方大量使用了连读弱读和失音失爆,如fit^it^in, Call^it^a day, bla(ck)bord, etc。这些规律都比较简单,很多书上都有,感兴趣的同学可以去查一下。如果真是语速的问题,那就只有多听语速快的材料了,我一般将BBC, VOA放在MP3中用最快速度播放,感兴趣的可以试试。

读也不难,不要因为某个单词不认识或语法问题停下来琢磨半天。我一般都是一口气读完,读第一遍的时候绝不回读,读完之后如果有题目再到原文中定位,找到正确答案。我觉得阅读的时候了解大致意思即可,细节方面完全不需记忆。语法有问题的同学不要担心,像我这样连定语状语都不知道是什么的菜鸟都行,你们也一定行~

再说说我对培训班的看法,我觉得通过上培训班来快速提高是不太可能的。我没有上过什么培训班,但是听过新东方的课堂录音之后,我发现原来新东方的所有老师都曾经捂着自己的脸用墨水瓶冲击美国大使馆——除了能听几个老掉牙的笑话之外唯一好处似乎是能认识一些志同道合的朋友,感受一下大家一起学习的热闹气氛。

先写这么多,以后想到什么了再加。

 

English speech for oral English class

Last time Irvin talked something about dreams. He said that we shall work for our dreams. And today I’m also gonna talk something about dreams, that’s Dreams & Reality.

Since Irvin asked me what my dream was three days ago, I have been thinking about it all the time. It actually reminds me of the time when another friend of mine asked me the very same question about two years ago. My dream was quite simple then:

I wanna find a place far away from any city and live there with my family. It could be in the mountain, or on an isolated island. We build our own cabins there; we grow our own vegetables and fruits and we keep cows for milk and chickens for eggs; we may also make our own clothes, too. During the daytime I will plow the fields, water the plants or go fishing on a small boat. In the evening the whole family will sit around a table to have dinner in the candle light. We share and we talk and we laugh. I may have some cherubic kids, too. After finishing the housework, I’d tell them stories and teach them to read and write, while my wife may teach them to sing and dance. At night perhaps the kids will look for the shiniest star in the twinkling of a starry sky, just as their papa did when he was a little boy. We climb mountains to watch the sunrise and sit shoulder to shoulder with each other on a big
rock just waiting for the sunset. We live in a kingdom where we are kings and queens of ourselves, with the territory full of fragrance of flowers and songs of birds. Our world is always in peace and harmony. We enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air, the breeze, and the drizzle. It’s just like living in a fairy tale.

Now, when I think back, I’m even a little surprised with myself! Wow, years ago I was so romantic! But then what happened next? Everyone was telling me that the reality would not let me to realize my dream. They asked me to live in the real word. Some people even laughed at me:”How unrealistic and romantic you are!” Then gradually I realized the so called reality. I thought:”Yeah, they might be right. I am unrealistic!” And I began to feel ashamed of being “romantic”! My dream seemed to have vanished! How pathetic! I lost my dreams and at the same time, I lost myself.

Fortunately Irvin’s words enlightened me:”dream is what you desire.” Yeah, dream is what we dream for! Why bother compare it with reality? Why shall dream surrender in front of reality? Dream means what we want and which has not been turned into reality!

So when we talk about dreams, just get rid of reality. We dream, therefore we are! We just need have a little faith. We shall believe in ourselves and let our dreams guide us. We are born to change the world, not to let the world swallow our dreams! Thousands of years ago people dreamed of flying and going up onto the moon. Today the dreams have come true! That’s the magic power of dreams!

So guys, don’t get frustrated by the other’s words or the reality. Just like Henry David Thoreau says:” Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” Be romantic! Retrieve your dream, keep it and cherish it! Just dream your own dream; just follow your heart!

 

Love Is All Around

I guess most of you present here have heard of such a true story: when the primary school teacher named Luonanying suffered from the leukemia, she wrote an article, expressing her deep love and expectancy on her tender-age son. After the article was seen in the newspaper, citizens of Ningbo were all deeply moved by her. In just one week, more than 2,000 citizens of Ningbo donated 600,000 yuan to her. People all over China were deeply touched by the citizens of Ningbo. Just exactly as what Luonanying later said in an interview, it’s her love on her son that moved people, and it’s people’s unselfish love that moved her and everyone else in the world. Love is all around.

Indeed, love is a kind of disinterested emotion; it is the most sacred emotion of world; it comes from one’s deepest part of the soul. Where there is life, there is love. In retrospect, there were so many touching stories proving that love is all around.

I believe that everyone has heard of Tianshiguo and Xubenyu.Tianshiguo donated one of his kidneys to his mother. You may say that it’s what a filial son should do for his mother, and that it’s just a part of human nature. Then think of Xubenyu, who voluntarily go to support education in the poor village. What did he want to get? Money? Fame? Or other things of this sort? Well, I don’t think it that way. He did so because of love! He wanted to disseminate love!

When the tsunami broke out, people all over the world dedicated the benevolence, helping the victims rebuild their homes. When “SARS” broke out, we helped each other, winning the battle against “SARS”. Because of love, “SARS” got another meaning: Smile And Remain Smile! Love is everywhere.

There are these beautiful sentences in the song “Love is all around”:

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
The love that’s all around me
And so the feeling grows
It’s written on the wind
It’s everywhere I go

Yes, just as the song goes, love is everywhere we live. We can’t live without love!

But of course, love doesn’t exist only in our human society; it also exists in the nature. I suppose you have heard of such a touching story: when a butcher came near to a cow with his sharp knife, it suddenly knelt down, with tears rolling down from the cheek. The butcher hesitated for a short while, but at last he still raised his knife and killed the cow. Then he understood everything: there was a head of calf in the cow’s belly! So love, the most sacred emotion of world, also exists in the nature.

Even so, we often hear people say: “If there is no love in the world, we will…” I think its just nonsense, because the world could impossibly lack love. There is love in the sunshine, in the breeze and in the drizzle; there is love in lovers’ eyes; there is love in everyone’s heart. Love is just like air; sometimes you may not feel it, but it indeed exists everywhere around us.

Love is all around!

That’s all for my speech. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

2005.11.23

The English speech