Below are a few of the letters I received from my students telling me a little about themselves.
Grade 7 Class 1
Hello, How are you? I'm Zeng YiJia and my English name is Jessie. I'm a girl. I'm 12 years old. I'm 155 cm tall. I have a happy family. I have a brother. He likes swimming. My father is a teacher. My mother is an accountant. My father likes diving. My mother likes playing the violin.
Hello, my name is Zeng FanSheng. My English name is Foster. I have a happy family. My father is a doctor, my mother is a teacher. I'm a student. I'm 11 years old. I like swimming and watching T.V. I live in China.
Hello, my Chinese name is Dai HuiMin. My English name is Minnie. My grandparents like watching T.V. My grandmother likes listening to music. My father is strong. He likes running. My mother is pretty. She likes singing. My sister likes playing computer games. I like collecting stamps. I have a family. I have a happy family.
Hi, my name is Lio. I'm 12 years old. I like riding my bike and swimming. I like green and blue. I have a family. My sister is 13 years old. My brother is 8. My sister likes playing computer games. My brother likes swimming. My brother and I swim everyday in the summer. My father is a good father. I love my father. My mother is a good mother too. I love my mother too. I have a happy family.
Hi, my English name is Cicely. My mother is nice. My father likes soccer ball. I like eating ice cream and hot dogs. I like spring. I am in Enxin Middle School. I like my family and you too!
Grade 8 Class 3
Hello, my name is Jia Si Zhong. Now I want to tell you something about my family. I have a happy family. There are four people in my family. My uncle, my aunt, and my grandmother. My uncle is a policeman. I think it’s very cool but dangerous. He is too busy to stay with us but we do not complain. My aunt is a teacher. She likes children so she loves this work. She is good to me. My grandma is 78 years old. She loves me very much. I love her to. She can cook some delicious food. I like them very much. I have some hobbies to. I like playing computer games. Because I think playing computer games can make me forget everything. I like eating very much. I like eggs, sweet food and vegetables. And I like junk food to. I eat it three times a week. Finally I want to say we all love you and we all want to talk with you to. But on one hand, our spoken English has many problems, on the other hand, we don’t know so many vocabularies. But don’t be upset with us, we must try our best to learn English.
I have been growing up in the countryside since I was born. In our town there is no argument. Everyone is friendly. We get along very well. My family is very happy. There are five people at my home. My brother, my father my mother my grandmother and I. Each of us has different interests. For example, my brother likes singing and studying. My father likes to read the newspaper and running in the morning. My mother is fond of eating all kinds of snacks. My grandmother is interested in walking after dinner and I enjoy swimming, playing basketball and climbing the mountains. I am an outgoing girl. I often play with classmates after class. And I am a little cute and naughty but it is important for me about the feelings between classmates. I think classmates should get on well and help each other when someone is in trouble. I hope our class can be better than before. A year ago I had three friends who were very good for me. Whatever I do, they would help me and care about me. But they are in another school now. I miss them very much. So I decided to see them this Sunday. There are lots of things about me. If you want to know me more, you can ask me.
As the time goes by it seems to me that you are a friendly and easy-going foreign teacher. I’m fond of listening to your voice when you speak English. In spite of the fact that I can’t understand the long words that you said. Maybe you aren’t known to me at all so in order to let you know me and let’s make good friends, I’ll tell you something about my family. Hello to the popular teacher. My Chinese name is Dai Li. My English name is Daily and I am a sixteen year old girl. I can sing many popular songs well but not English songs. I decide to learn English songs and share them with you. Would you mind teaching e to sing English songs? Then I can plan to learn something that I am interested in. Such as drawing, dancing or music. There was a time when I was upset. Because I don’t know how to choose. So I hope that you can give me some advice. Next, I have a young sister and a brother. My brother is very cool and he is studying in NangChang Science School. Now, I’m bursting to meet him and I miss him every moment. My sister is also a very beautiful little girl. She is ten years old. She is intelligent and does well in dancing. If you meet her, you’ll like her very much. However, she follows me no matter where I go. Maybe I hardly stay at home all night. Besides, I think I’m a lucky dog because I have a selfless mother and a serious father. There love makes me happy every day. They never give up encouraging me to learn English and give their hands to me when I am in trouble. I love them. They also love me. Maybe this is love. Well, this is my family. A happy family. You are welcome whenever you come. Would you mind sharing something about you with me?
Dear Wayne, Welcome to China! You said you want to know something about us today. I know we are too silent in class. The reason why nobody raised their hand to answer you was that we had a bit of stress. Don’t be angry. We will become braver. I think we will be good friends. Here is something about me. I live in the countryside. I’m a normal girl. My father is a worker. My mother works in a factory. I have two brothers. Though we don’t have much money, I’m a happy girl. I’m the youngest. All of them love me. I love them too. I like to sing and dance but it’s a pity that I have never learned these. It’s too difficult for my parents to afford the cost. But I won’t give up what I want to do. Though I can’t learn them now, I will do it in the future. I like this. I’m sorry you may not want to know these. I hope we can become good friends. How about you? Can you tell us something about you? Best wishes! Yours, Jiang Na.
Hey foreign teacher. My name is Chen Yating. You can also call my English name Elaine. To be honest, I don’t know what to write at first but then I want to tell you something about my basic situation and what happened today. I am a girl from Ping Xiang City. I was born on October 7th, 1997. I have a big family. Father, mother, sisters and a brother. But we don’t live together. My parents, sister and brother are living in Hainan Island in the north of China. The reason why I study in mainland is that the education of mainland is better than it is in Hainan Island. We often chat on the Internet or by phone to talk about what happened at present. Maybe it is because my temperament is outgoing, I don’t feel the loneliness of my parents not keeping me company. For another, my aunt and uncle are good to me. This evening our class has a meeting about how to make our class better. Our class monitor came up with some useful suggestion for our class and we make our mind to change our seats. I want to sit near a boy whose science is pretty good. My English is not pretty good. I hope we could learn something from each other during the time. Best wishes to you.
Dear teacher, Welcome to ShangLi. My name is Cui Lang. My English name is Wave. I’m 15 years old. Maybe you heard my name and thought I’m a boy. However. I’m a girl but I have a boy temperament. I’m fond of laughing and playing. I have an active mind. Frankly speaking, I’m not very beautiful and not do well in study. On the contrary, I have a happy family. My parents all love me very much and I love them too. They show great concern for me. As we know, parents are the most wonderful teachers in the world and under the command of my parents, I have learned a lot. How about your family? Yours, Wave.
How’s it going? I’m glad to know you and let you meet us teacher. You are American so we can’t understand your every word. Our vocabulary is fewer. Maybe you think we’re silly. But we will work hard and try to follow with your step. I want you to give me some suggestions about how to learn English better. During my primary school, I learned a “New Concept”, in JiuJiang. I could remember more vocabulary. But now I forget and I think in any event I can’t remember these vocabulary right now. Please tell me how to remember vocabulary. There has long time since you come to China. What so you think here? Rudeness? Enthusiastic? Generous or Tolerant? I hold my view that Chinese don’t have quality. Many people always throw rubbish everywhere. It makes the road dirty. Ok, so much for that. Give my best wish for you.
With time goes by. I am a high school student now. Although my English is poor, I will study English more hard-working than before. I remember that I have no time to play when I was young. I have to help my family do chores. So I don’t know how to have a great time. There is only me in my little world but my father is very good. Although he has no time, he also read some stories for us. So I feel very happy. My name is Li Qian. I am a fifteen year old girl. I don’t know what I want to do but these days I know that I have my own hobbies. Like draw, sing, swim, etc. I have a young sister. She is thirteen years old. She is my best friend. I also have a little brother. Although I hate him, I know I must have a reason to forget everything bad. He is my brother. I shouldn’t argue with him but he always talk with me when I was unhappy. I dislike this. On weekends, I prefer to stay at home. Sometimes I will chat with my family. I think that is very happy for me. I hope my family will make better. Believe will be better tomorrow. Come on! Dear foreign teacher, I like you very much. I believe that you will get on well with me. Good luck.
I’m glad for you can talk with us every week. I also feel lucky because of having a great foreign teacher can teach us spoken English and make us learn many knowledge what we don’t know. I think I get a lot by learning these days. Although I sometimes don’t understand what you said these words, I still listen to the teacher carefully in class because I think your class is interesting and meaningful. Therefore, I am more interested in English. I’m determined to learn English well. But I don’t know how can improve my speaking skills. Could you give me some advice? Now permit me to introduce myself. I’m an outgoing girl. I’m 16. I’m fond of singing Chinese songs as usual. On weekend I prefer listening to music at home alone to going shopping but sometimes I also can go for a walk with my sister. That to can make me relax. Besides, I can help my family do housework so that I want them to have a rest. I noticed that their face is tired when I come back every time so I try to make them happy. Finally, I hope you enjoy yourself in China.
Time goes by quickly with your help. I am more interested in English. The first time I met you, I think we must be friends. Well, I will introduce myself to you. My name is Peng Yuan. I am 16 years old, an outgoing girl. I like reading, running and all kinds of sports. I have a big family. My grandmother, my father, my mother, my brother and me. My father is tall and thin. He likes eating vegetables and fruit and so do I. He likes apples, pears and so on. He likes playing sports. Every morning my father always gets up early because he wants to keep fit and healthy. So he does move exercise to keep healthy. My mother is short and a little fat but she is very friendly and kind. She like going shopping. But I don’t like. And my brother is a cool and handsome boy. We often go to school together. My grandmother is 65 years old. She is taller than me and very kind to me. That is my big family. I love my family. Also, I want to be your friend. Do you want to make friends with me? I hope so. You will enjoy yourself in our class.