Carry on Blogging!

  • A student tells me he likes to play with chemicals in his room.
  • Another student is going to a Catholic High School in Plattsburgh, New York. America, he says, is a Catholic country.
  • Another student is going to a high school in Tennessee. You have to go to the mansion of the Cat King — we call him Elvis.
  • Forgot to bring my Chinese textbooks with me. What a silly boy!
  • I asked some students in a class if their parents had been affected by the financial crisis of 2008. Everyone of them said their parents worked in government. So they were not affected.
  • Damn! My shoes got holes in them. I was teaching a class and I thought I had gum sticking to the soles. It turned out that a piece of sole was dangling. I got married in those shoes. I hate to stop wearing them.
  • A student told me that his father was a twin. How, I asked, could he tell the difference between them. He said it was very easy.
  • I learned this as I asked the students who was the most beautiful person in their life. I made a joke about how they would all tell me their twin brother or sister.
  • Tony has been really disagreeable lately. I had a slapping match with him on the bus on Friday evening. He wanted something he couldn’t have, and I became the object of his ire.
  • The students think Cowboys are cool and also very American.
  • Who is China’s biggest rival? I asked a group of students and they told me America. A few said Japan. I asked them if they thought Russia was a rival and they said it was China’s friend. They had no opinion about India being a rival.
  • Beauty and Goodness. I tried to talk to students about these concepts in a conversation class. I hoped I could get them to separate the two in their minds. Beauty being a visual and an oral thing (in the case of music). Goodness having to do with the proper use of a thing. The students didn’t want to make the separation, and they were perhaps right to do so. I have come across this article about beauty and goodness. I read that "both of these words have narrowed in modern times, so that it’s much more of a stretch to make the connection than it used to be." The Greeks had a word that could mean both beauty and goodness at the same time. The students were looking for that word.

About wuxiandis

An English Teacher in Wuxi, China. Married to a local girl. Father of a boy born August 23, 2007.
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