Monday, October 30, 2006

The Long Weekend on the End of October

Last weekend we had a long weekend. I was happy to have this vacation because I can have time with my family. We went to Tysons Corner Center on Saturday and Sunday. We have been more than 5 times to Tysons Corner Center since we arrived here. Because my friend have a shop in there and we sometime visit there in weekend. Tysons Corner Center is a premier shopping mall in Washington area. I think most of classmates have been there. But, the happy time always easy goes way.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Class Field Trip @ D.C.

We had one more filed trip on October 19. It’s very interesting for me, because one of our trips was to the Library of Congress. For a librarian, the Library of Congress is not only is the most important library in the world, but it is also a general of library. We took shuttle and transferred metro train to Washington D. C.

I was so excited about visiting the Library of Congress. Of course, this was my first time to go there. We had a docent volunteer whose name Robert Newlin, who guided us through the main building of the library. There are 3 buildings as below: Thomas Jefferson Building, John Adams Building and James Madison Memorial Building. We got some information about Library of Congress; for example, they have collect the world's largest collection of legal materials and daily newspapers from each country. One of the special features of the building is the signs. They have cleared libray once in 100 years, wow !! If you want to borrow books from the library, you have to apply for a reader identification card. ( people who up 18 years old and have picture identification card) .

After an amazing tour, we went to the second scenic spot : National Building Museum. The point of the trip was to visit the green house and the Glidehouse. The green house is getting popular in this 21th century now. In order to conserve energy, green house will offer a simple and cost-effective alternative to our house in the future. We saw photographs of green structures, for instance, the Colorado Court use the treatment of solar energy. The panels produce enough energy to satisfy most of the building’s own need and to relieve tenants of utility bills.

Finally, we have lunch in a Chinese restaurant at China-Town then came back college park. I am happy to have special memory with my teacher in Library of Congress.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Trutle Sculptures @ UMD 101806

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At the first time I arrived at University of Maryland, I was curious about why so many turtles on campus. Finally, I got the answer that turtle is our school’s symbol on the student orientation. Both of my husband and my son become the turtles fan and buy some turtle’s toy. Unfortunately, turtles will be sold on 19 October, 2006 at Alumni Center. I can not understand that why those turtles must be sold. Turtle is our school’s symbol! I can’t believe it!! I feel sadly and reluctant to let them go away!!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

English In Action, October 13, 2006 (Black Friday)

It has a different activity every Friday. We saw the movie “crash” in Non-printed Media Servies. It told about diverse society in Los Angles. The director tried to show some stories about life in different people. The director also tried to emphasize the crash in those people who come from different culture. I was very impressed by one of the stories that a Hispanic locksmith and his little daughter. The locksmith told a magical story to his daughter, because his daughter was afraid of being shot. When locksmith was at risk, his daughter protected him immediately and fearlessly. Sometime there is having some “crash” in our life whatever with our family or others. In my opinion, we should show more concern for other people. As the movie says “we are bound to collide with each other.” I like this movie!!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Field Trip To Harpers Ferry

All of MEI students have a trip to Harpers Ferry in West Virginia today. Harpers Ferry is a small town in Jefferson County, West Virginia, situated on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where the United States of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. This town is surrounded by mountains and is at the bottom of a bottom of the bottom of a ravine created by the two rivers. The town is best known historically fro John Brown’s raid on the Armory in 1859. (Retrieved October 12,2006, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Website:

We spend almost one-half hour driving from school to Harpers Ferry. After arrived the National Historical Park, we transferred to the shuttle to Harper Ferry. It’s so beautiful and I got information in American culture. We did a scaverger hunt in order to expore this town. For example, I got the answer in there are six major themes of the park: Natural Heritage, Transportation, Industry, Africa-American History, John Brown, and The Civil War. In addition, I got the information about how West Virginia vecame the 35th state on June 20, 1863. Harpers Ferry changed hands 8 times during the Civil War.

I would like to go to the town again in the future. I also found out that Harpers Ferry has some events every year. October 21-22 the have “Family life 1860 in Harpers Ferry: the Frederick Roeder Story.” Anyway, I like this field trip very much!!

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Monday, October 09, 2006

How I Spent the Weekend of Oct. 7-8

Last weekend, my husband and I were very busy because we invited our friends to my house have a dinner. We prepared Chinese food to serve our friends and enjoy our time. We had this dinner for two reasons, one is to thank them for help when we arrived here, they did us a lot of favor and provided some useful information about how to rent an apartment. Another reason was we celebrated Chinese holiday – the Mid-Autumn Festival (on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month). In my country Taiwan, this holiday is very important for us, it means that every family gets together and has a good time. We not only offer the traditional Chinese food for our friends but also share mooncakes and shaddock, two foods which are traditionally eaten. Another special active is Barbecue in Mid-Autumn Festival. It is very popular in Taiwan when Mid-Autumn Festival coming.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

My Speaking Partner II

My speaking partner’s name is Wendy, and she works in dining services on campus. Today was my second time chat with her. I learn some American culture from her and get sense of pronunciation. She always listens to me with patience and corrects my speaking. I am very happy have a nice speaking partner. We told about our family members and share study experience. I am happy to talk with her.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

My Experience In Learning English

Time goes fast; I have been studying at MEI for four weeks.

Every morning, I get early to go to school and I can see my breath. On my way to school, I am always thinking about what I need to do today and what I need to read after the class. For me, it is very difficult to overcome my obstacle, such as speaking well in English, and writing in correct grammar. I spend a lot of time studying grammar; it always confuses me, however. I try to finish the homework as soon as possible and then read some grammar books. Instead, I read some interesting articles in daily newspaper that is published by the students.

I am aware of our classmates study harder than we just arrived here. Some of them ask questions in class and others study in the library after school. Most classmates have gotten to know each other betterand have lunch together.
Now is October 4, we will have mid-term exam in this month and have final exam in December. I should study hard and keep speaking English all the time.

Please Signal

I am aware of something different from before on the road. More and more drivers don’t single when they drive a car. I really hate those drivers don’t follow the traffic rule. Because it is very dangerous when they want to make a turn and do not single. Before I came here, I heard that American drivers always follow traffic. However, recently, most drivers change lanes without signaling. Some young drivers drive fast and don’t obey the rule. This could cause an accident on the roads!