To Alex in Faro

July 28, 2011 | Filed Under Letter | Leave a Comment 

Dear Alex:

I am Graham. I am afraid that I am under qualified for the position myself.

The job of data type-in is challenging, and working for HSBC is gorgeous. Maybe you could not imagine how attractive HSBC is, especially for me, a college student whose major is finance. Moreover, the location of workplace is suitable, and I won’t spend much time on the way from my dorm to it. Everything seems to be perfect before I know the working hours of this internship.

I am very sorry that I have to give up simply for the reason that I cannot reach the requirement of staying up all night for the job once a week. I think you will be a little surprise if I tell you I am kind of a weird guy going to bed before 23:00 and getting up at 6:00 the next day. Fewer and fewer college students do that, right?

Anyway, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take part in today’s interview. And my interviewer today, a pretty young lady, was so kind that she did give me some advices after she knows I might be busy next semester. Those advices helped me reconsider the condition I was in. She asked me whether it was a little overwhelming if I stick to this position till November. I regret that I did not remember her name even if she had already told me noticeably in the very beginning.

Alex, my resume is not the best and I didn’t perform well in the typing test with my shaking fingers. I think I should prepare myself completely and wait for the next time working for your company. I am sure there are many excellent students waiting for that position and I do hope this three and a half month project of your company will have a wonderful ending.

Have a nice summer!



Jul, 28th, 2011

Aviva to Graham

July 25, 2011 | Filed Under Letter | Leave a Comment 


I’ve been thinking about your suggestion all these days. I have no doubt that it will definitely work to activate the class, but I kind of worry those less active students might totally depend on the more active ones for the group work and become even more passive in the class.

Anyway, I am still thinking, trying to find some ways to improve the current condition.







I’m very glad to get your email. First of all, thank you very much for your suggestion about how to activate my class. I am considering seriously putting it in practice. You really thought a lot for this class, and I appreciate it very much whether I take your advice or not in the end.

To be honest, I used to be a shy student myself, keeping everything just to myself. I missed a lot as a result. Although I do not regret it, I do hope that you could make your own way. And in fact, you have already taken the very first step by writing me this lovely letter. It’s marvelous, isn’t it?

So you are always welcome to share with me your thoughts and ideas.

Enjoy your weekend.




A Letter to Aviva

July 24, 2011 | Filed Under Letter | Leave a Comment 

Dear Aviva,

I hope this won’t scare you a lot. I am Graham. I do have some thoughts and ideas about the listening class. Now back in the dorm after lunch, I still regret that I didn’t show them to you this morning. I am not confident about my English and afraid to be nervous in front of you. But I believe you will not mind it. Maybe next time I will plug up my courage to show how poor my English is it.

The feeling that I have in class, as I think, is quite wired. It is too clam and too silent. Once you raise a question and waiting for the response patiently, most of the class just put down their heads immediately and fix their eyes on the textbooks, pretending looking for the answer. Some do really try to answer what you question, however, some are not. I am sorry that I don’t stand up and interact with you, even some of the answers have been read silently in my heart several times.

I don’t know whether you agree with me.

I like English, for I always regard that reading or reciting a passage, chatting with others in English as a cool and gorgeous thing. The more fluent my English is spoken, the more amazing others will be. Consequently, the English class should not be so quite. Everyone needs to be active. The reason why I send you this weird thing is that I want to recommend a method to make the class not as quiet as the first two times.

When nobody reacts after the question was raised, you look at the student list, and chose those lucky fellows. I think it’s OK, absolutely a good way to keep our learning moving on. But it might not be the best. Some of the lucky fellows may not want to answer it at the very first time. If your students don’t raise their hands spontaneously or willingly, which I think, it is not fair to your hard work.

Aviva, do you care about, as I wonder, the attendance of the students? Well, some of the teachers care little about it, while some are very strict.

Let us just put this question aside. It seems that I have so much nonsense before what I do want to tell you.

In order to create an active atmosphere in class, I think we can add some competitions in it. We can divide our class into several groups. 7 or 8 students a group, so 7 to 8 groups in the whole class, which I think is appropriate. Every class you write down the group number on the blackboard, and tell us:

“Once you answer a question, whether it is right or wrong, you can earn a point for your group. If the answer is sufficiently wonderful, I will give more to you. All the points will be record time by time and at the end of the semester we will know which the best group in our class is. Moreover, the points you earn is an important part of your daily performance, which is X percent of your final mark.”

Actually, I don’t really care about the final mark I get. But I think a person should be motivated to do something. For instance, I run after a pretty girl because all my brain is fulfilled with her face, her smile, and her behaviors after she went across me.

So, whether the student is willing to answer the question or not, is mostly depend on what he answers for. Some answer for a higher mark, some for practicing their English and maybe some for preventing their group falling behind others. That’s quite interesting, Right? For me, I like this kind of class for I find a way to tell my group mates that I do a lot to the group, after which they may praise me or something. I am motivated to do that, and I believe, so will others.

Back to the attendance problem, if you care, you care chose one leader of each group. Check the attendance before class just by asking the leaders, which will take you no more than 2 minutes, I think. Though it looks efficient, I don’t recommend you do that. Because there are some fellows cannot avoid being absent. They have their own reasons. I should not disturb their brilliant lives.

I start to doubt whether I can say all above orally, especially when facing you. It is only my partial opinion. If there is something unsuitable, just ignore it! I am trying to get rid of my shyness and raise my arm firmly. Just like the beginning, maybe I will do that next time.

Finally, it seems a little flattering but it isn’t. I really appreciate your pronunciation. Your voice is special, a little masculine, which make it very clear and comfort others’ ears. I hope one day I can open my mouth with this kind of standard tone as yours. You are willing to teach me, aren’t you?

Hope this long Chinglish thing won’t tire you.

Have a nice weekend.

Sincerely, Graham


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