Hard Teatime

I 've been nervous for days because a chance of practice oral English is coming. You know, we were going to have an English corner today, I call it Teatime.
I prepared three topic for it. One is an English poem named paper plan, which appeared in a TVB play, The Greed of Man. It's the first poem I've known, and it was popular in my college days.
Another one is the different culture and misunderstandings in thinking and translating between English and Chinese. It's a broad topic, and I just give some common used examples, as many ways to express the nature's call, to catch attention of such problems. It's only a tip of iceberg.  
From a non-sense Chinese name of a good English movie, then comes the last topic. American Beauty is a movie of 1999, and I saw it in the Dragon-Boat Festival holidays for the first time. Yeah, you'll say I'm such an old fashion woman. However I'm nuts about movie indeed. I think good movie is always good as time goes by.
American Beauty(1999) is such one. When watching I was touched by both the plastic bag floating in the wind, and the beauty in life Lester found at last. This is life, and this is the real world we live in. Whether the world is beautiful depends on how we look at it. Maybe that is some kind of subjective. But you can not deny the fact that happiness is a matter of subjective. It's also important to keep awake between dream and reality.

I hope I can express myself fluently in English, even not as I typing the English words in my blog. But I hope to try.

My preparations list:

Paper plane

Paper plane paper plane 纸飞机 纸飞机
How soft and light you are 轻轻的纸飞机
Hope to ride you in the air 真想骑着你
Up to the, high clouds fair 载我向那高处飞
Reach abode of heavenly realm 飞往一处桃源地
Paper plane paper plane 纸飞机 纸飞机
How soft and light you are 轻轻的纸飞机
Gracefully flying your wings' pair 它多么的优美
Look as ,if to a land rare 看似漫无目的的在飞
Yet, you are always there 却又总会着地
Mission is what this plane bear 它总有它的使命
So let this paper plane 就像这架纸飞机
Lightly tapping my sorrowed heart 轻叩我心扉
Carrying away all my sad 载走我的伤悲


How to express want to go WC in English?

  • A joke about "go to somewhere".
  • A joke about "the call of nature".

Excuse me is always as a begin. I'd like to go somewhere is common used in U.S.A. You can use rest room, wash room, water closet replace "somewhere".
Wash my hands, make water, answer the call of nature can also be used here. But as a lady, go to pick flowers is better. Nature is calling often used by man, and also to express a desire of body feeling, such as hungry etc.

Then anther joke will lead to the chinese name of American Beauty(1999). If time permitted, I can talk about the movie, such as follows.


Lester Narrating when the pictures moving in the end.

I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.


That's all. What do you think of my topics?

No matter what, but I guess you can never imagine the worst result.

When time was up and no one appeared. After a while comes the two honored guests  familiar with English. What a little pity! To me, maybe it's an opportunity. I suggested to talk with each other in English for several times, but they said it was difficult to change speaking language in such scene. We only talk about how to learn English, how to practice oral English, and how to organize an English corner in our organization. The old topics have been discussed for many times by those with high enthusiasm, and carried out with those missing. It seems all have done is my own business, however, they still keep the right to criticize.

This is the style of our organization. I'm fed up with it. This is reality, so far away from my dreams. If you've seen And the spring comes(2007), you will know my feeling. To some degree, I am WangCaiLing too, like all bow their dreams to reality and turn their pride to dust.

Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
to sour up on my journey

--from the Last poem of QuYuan


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