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Post time 2005-10-18 23:06:53 |Display all floors

I read 21 centry

hello,everyone.I am a freshman in this club,so I hope to improve my english level in this way.My english is not very well,and I always buy the 21 centry to read.But my english  is still in the low level.Can you give me some suggestion?Do you think read novel can improve english level?

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Post time 2005-10-18 23:33:17 |Display all floors

Reply: What is reading efficiently?--My Opinion

I think it is important to choose good books /articles which will enrich your experiences and boarden your mind etc.  but not pulp novels for your lifelong reading because there are all kinds of countless books while  our time are quite limited!

I don't enjoy political news that much but when I studied English before and I had to force myself to read,listen and watch the political news. I wasn't able to  understand political news in Chinese at all, needless to political news in English. But step by step, I understood them bit by bit everyday. It boardened my mind indeed before and helped me to learn more about the outside. Though I give it up basically now. Most of time, I read some entertainment books for just killing time. Aha, don't follow me...

You can choose some books or articles , eg  famous novels , professional books which you study , for intensive reading  and all kinds of articles, such as news, scientist article, business articles, poetry, prose, novel  for extensive reading to boarden your mind but not only limitting in  that kind of articles you are only interested in. I suppose you will dont enjoy them at first but you keep on and I bet it will benefit  you a lot.

Of course, As an old saying goes, interesing is the best teacher. You certainly can choose the books you enjoy at first.

Well, Here is a famous article about  reading --"OF STUDIES" by Francis Bacon for your reference.



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Francis Bacon

Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse;and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business.

For expert and execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best form those that are learned. To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgement wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar.

They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need proyning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.

Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep;moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend. Abeunt studia in morse.

Nay there is no stand or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies: like as diseases of the body may have appropriate exercises. Bowling is good for the stone and reins; shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for the head; and the like. So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are cymini sectores. If he be not apt to beat over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers' cases. So every defect of the mind may have a special receipt.

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Post time 2005-10-19 00:07:52 |Display all floors

Stories for Children

Hi Changcheng,
Great to see you again! Though I don't enjoy Children stories now, I think those stories are not only for Children but alos for adults.
I gorged a lot of tales which are for Children if defined specifically. when I was a kid, I was attracted by the figures of mermaid, Snow White, Crystal Shoes etc. They are really wondelands in Children' s eyes.  But I don't think I really understood the connotation at all but the story only  when I was a kid.
Eg. I happened to re- read Little Mermaid in English again last year, I was moved by the mermaid 's true love to the prince and I begin to be able to understand what Hans Christian Anderson  wanted to say indeed now. And How can a little kid understand it even if with the help of parents?

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Post time 2005-10-19 00:27:24 |Display all floors


Hello LSR,
I am quite curious about how you keep your inspiration of poem sparkling. And Are you a professional poet, I mean,  do you make a living for it ?
I think it will be very painful if  professional artists lose their passion of creation or inspiration and the poetry is not same with the other products which are produced from assembly lines if  workers work hard . They are unique and the brainchildren of authors.
And artists should be true or they can't create the works which can really  moved their audience. But As time flying, how  do you  keep your heart clean or true or crystal as before?

Ha, I hope you can understand what I mean above.

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Post time 2005-10-19 07:49:47 |Display all floors

My reading goals are very modest.

Freshener, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. I am glad that you are moving forward on your reading. I have not done much since we talked last year, just finished about 20 books by Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Stephen Frey, etc. Most of them are best selling novels. To me, reading novels is just for fun. I always enjoy the moments that my heart and mind are being caught through reading the stories about the people and things I know. Besides that, I did read a few for thinking, such as Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, Stephen Covey’s The Eighth Habit, Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County, etc. They are damn good but I would be out of patience if doing things like that too often. I am just a mediocre man and my reading goals are very modest.

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Post time 2005-10-19 08:37:15 |Display all floors

Hello Everyone

Welcome to Freshener, and Johndoe, and Changcheng, and anyone I missed.  Reading for your own reasons is a good topic, and I am interested in everyone's answers.  There is a similar thread on a NY publisher's website, for the writers there, and this is more interesting.

Thanks for all the sharing.  

Flora, I will post 2 specific replies to the English Poetry Post in Q&A to keep this one on Topic.

The things I read this week were "Sundiver", an SF novel by David Brin, and "Bob Dylan, Collected Lyrics".  I will soon be reading Amy Tan's new book ( It's in the mail from Amazon), "Saving Fish from Drowning".  


LSR  龍詩人

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Post time 2005-10-19 08:48:09 |Display all floors

Missed a few!

I like to be fair.

So hello, Sophiaren and GZBoston, and welcome to the new person, Applegirlzyx.  

If you like SF, Sophiaren, have you read Lois McMaster Bujold?  All of her books are good, her best ones seem to be "Falling Free" and "Cordelia's Honor", in SF, and her latest trilogy of the Chalion world, which is magic Fantasy, but quite well written.

Au Revoir,

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