Hi! Welcome to my poetry world.
My name is 刘晓旭 and was called as LIU XIAOXU/Asahi/Sherry and so on–I’m used to spelling my names in different languages,as a multilingual learner. I come from China and major in Japanese as a college student now–though I’ve been studying English since I was six in primary school and taking a deep interest in it for over nine years.
So why didn’t I choose a major on English? That is because I’m also fond of multicultural communication. And this is what this book is talking about–my experience of language learning, especially English learning. The book contained ten of my deepest memories of English learning, since the first time I start to get an interest in English, to recent days when I finally understood why I choosed Japanese as my major instead of English, and also include all kinds of happy and sad moments when learning and trying to balance English and other languages.
.Tried to present a Japanese anime character to a foreign teacher
The first poem describes a moment when I first got interest in English. My mom sent me to a remedial English school when I was eleven, the age I loved anime very much but not English. And on a boring afternoon my foreign teacher asked me about the character I was painting furtively on class, instead of arguing on me.After class I apologized and tried my best to talk with her about my favourite character at that time, for nearly half an hour. My English was really really poor at that time so that I’ve been feeling very grateful to the teacher for her gentleness and patience till now. It was her that made me start to want to learn English well.
The second poem describes a moment when I won the first place of English final exam in high school.That was the first final exam in my high school and I got a quite good grade, especially English. In fact there was some unfair competitions at our school and sometimes the winner was win just because they’re senior officials’ children. But studying and the final exam was fair, so that I was very proud of myself when
won the first place and proved myself.
The third poem describes a moment when I received the second-class reward in the National Olympic English Competition.
I didn’t find myself good at English because of hard-working in childhood until I’ve wined several competitions. So I became kind of complacent and didn’t work so hard. Then in the national competition, I finally found that there are far more students better than me. I became a little more realistic but still didn’t wake up from my silly dream.
The forth poem describes a moment when I was failed and scolded by my teacher. After winning in several exams, I started to honore the knowledge that I’d learned early in my childhood and hardly ever study English seriously in high school. That was quite effective at the beginning, but as time went on the old knowledge didn’t work any more. My head teacher noticed that and criticized me seriously. That was a little cruel for a girl with strong self-esteem, but it worked very well. Although I didn’t get back to the first place at last, I’ve always been thankful for the her words at that time.
The fifth poem describes a moment when I made the first foreign friend because of the same interest.
It was the first School Foreign Culture Festival for me in University and I cosplayed to be NANA as a member of comic club. That was a great festival when every country and student groups own their space and celebrated under the center stage together. At that time I made friends with an American and his classmates who also love cosplay and were wondering how to take part in Comiket in Dalian. Later we enjoyed comikets together on October, and I really enjoyed the amusement of international communication.
The sixth poem describes a moment when I
accepted guidance from a multilingual Canadian teacher about balancing L2 and L3.
That was my first English class in University. Our teacher was a slightly overweight but kind and cute Canadian lady. She introduce