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I'd like more friends to read Martin's post...
I consider myself a disciple of the old young chap Martin(modoinit), here's the story between him and I:|
Roughly three years back, I was very much frustrated with my own English learning. Although I worked hard, I didn't see myself making any noticeable progress. Under tremendous pressure from my parents' high expectations and my own desire, I nearly crushed down and decided to give up learning for some time and get some air out of the campus.
So I skipped classes and played cyber games in an Internet cafe not far from the campus. I played day and night but still don't feel relaxed. On the one hand, those who were around me were truly 'beatniks' of my generation. They smoked heavily and shouted dirty words when playing CS (a bloody and violent game). I felt out of place among them. On the other hand, I got bored playing games online.
Finally I found myself reading on an international English learning forum. A member raised a question about how to do fast-reading, so I keyed in a few lines as suggestions and left. The next day, I logged into that forum again out of curiosity, say, I wanted to know how things went on after the others had read my suggestions. What I saw indeed changed my life -- a member named Martin replied my suggestion in the following words that I would never forget:
"Steven, your English is absolutely not acceptable by my standard. Your English is simply Chinglish!"
I was enraged by his words because nobody criticized my English like that! My English at that time might not be good enough but that was all I got, I couldn't bear Martin's harsh criticism.
However, I noticed Martin also added a very long essay following that topic. Guess what? That essay was a rewrite of my passage! He offered his way of putting the same idea and that was amazing! My anger was replaced by joy, I read his rewrite again and again and for the first time I found how interesting English writing could be; sometimes simply changes the order of words can make the expression much more idiomatic and readable.
I then tried to contact Martin and kept sending him my compositions. He turned out to be a very gentle and cultivated businessman living in Hong Kong SAR. He, as a proficient user if English, was glad to help a serious English learner like me and rewrote all my compositions. As you can imagine, I benefited a lot from his unselfish tutoring.
Thus, whenever my friends or schoolmates approached me and asked for my way of learning English; I told them the above story, and encouraged them to start writing in English. I did so because I want to pass on Martin's unselfish spirit and I certainly did everything within my capacity to help my peer learners.
[ Last edited by stevenlichen at 2006-1-3 08:45 PM ]