In China, of course we have to learn English from junior school, but although almost all the textbooks that schools use were the same, there was only ONE course we used a different textbook
Well, in China ,there are some “Language Schools” that actually almost the same as the normal junior or senior high schools, they teach Chinese, Maths, PEs, Chemistries, etc all the same as those normal schools teach, but only English, these “Language Schools” will use different textbook
Although these schools have the name “Language School”, there are only a few of them actually have other foreign language lessons except English, probably the choosing of different textbook is a way to show the differences between normal schools and language schools, but anyway, because of that, we had totally different English lessons from those in normal schools
Then, these days, maybe because of the emotion of lonely or something like that, many people began to write essays for those characters from their English textbooks, and of course we didn’t learn that at all so we know actually nothing about those characters
But today, I saw somebody, maybe my school-mate, wrote an essay about those characters from the textbooks that actually we used in language schools (mine was Chengdu Foreign Language School), and that really made me moved
We used 2 series of books through my junior school (I began to learn Japanese from high school so I don’t know further about English lessons in high school), in Junior 1 we used the book called “Look Listen and Learn” (which we call it “3L”), and in Junior 2 and 3 we used the one called “Look Ahead”
3L was a very funny text book, each lesson is just a short story, and what we had to do was to memorize the story, and get the meaning of the words in the story.
But Look Ahead was much more difficult, it’s much more like an advanced-user’s textbook, but of course we were just Junior 2, it’s hard for us to understand that kind of difficult books, but we really tried hard
Well, of course I like 3L better because it’s easy and funny, and the most important thing is that the characters were lovely
Actually the title of this post was the first sentence of Lesson 1 in 3L, at that time it was even very difficult to add a title for each story because of the lack of English words we learnt, but actually, I can still remember the whole Lesson 1
Meet Sandy and Sue.
This is Sue’s class.
Her teacher’s Mr. Chrisp.
“Which is your pen, Sue?”
“The red pen, sir.”
“Here you are, Sue.”
“Thank you, sir.”
That was the whole content of Lesson 1, really easy, but you know what? One of our language school’s goal or principle was to have English classes in only English, so except our 1st English lesson, that our teacher was just talking jokes and give us English names, we only could talk in and listen to English.
As well as this really easy Lesson 1, we didn’t know anything about English except A to Z and the phonetic alphabet, we didn’t know the meaning of “meet”, we didn’t know the meaning of “and”, we didn’t know any word in the lesson! But our teacher still tried very hard to tell us what the meaning is
And also, I can still remember Lesson 39, which I won a prize in the Phone and Intonation Imitation Contest with this lesson
“Whose are these sandwiches, Tom?”
“Open the Package, Sandy. Take out the sandwiches. Put in this duster and this book. Hurry up! There’s Billy.”
“Hey! Leave my sandwiches alone.”
“Here you are, Billy.”
“That’s funny, these sandwiches are very hard? Hey! Give me my sandwiches quickly!”
That’s the content of Lesson 39, preparing for the contest, I had listened to the tape again and again since almost one month before the contest, and tried my best to imitate the intonation they pronounced, and I succeeded, I can even remember that I couldn’t believe it at that time, I cried, I shouted, I hugged my teacher deeply to show how excited I was.
But anyway, I’ve really leaved English away since long time ago, I promised to learn English on although I began to learn Japanese, but soon I gave up because there were not that much time for me to learn two languages well, and also I began to play too much from high school.
But I really think that it’s the best way to learn English in English, or I probably have forgotten almost all the English words if I don’t use them like now, although at the beginning it was really hard, so if you really want to learn a language well, don’t learn it in your mother tongue, just in the language you’re learning, no matter if it’s English or Japanese or any other languages in the world, just learn in what you learn, you’ll find it useful after years