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A Special Dinner

2006-07-29 15:44

  I had a special dinner today, because our family had dinner with two American friends. Though I had learned English for many years, I had had few chances to speak English with foreigners. These two Americans got to know my parents when they were in the US in 1994. When I heard that they would come, I was very delighted. What a good chance to practise my spoken English!

  I heard the door bell ring and went to open the door. I was a little surprised when I saw them. They were very tall. My father was 1.77m, but they were a head taller than my father. They were a couple. The wife's name was Brenda and her husband's was Mark. I said hello and let them in. We began to talk both in English and in Chinese. Luckily they knew a little Chinese, so we could understand each other except for some difficult words. My father sat beside me and often(1) was ready to explain something I could not understand. I was nervous at first, but after a while, I could speak English better. They praised me for my good English.

  We talked a lot, about things such as the weather, customs, school life. When we talked about my father, they said my father [he](2) was the best among the Chinese speakers of English. When I heard this, I was very proud of my father. I thought I must improve my English. I should study [learn] (3) to speak English as well as my father.

  After the talk, we went out for dinner. We went to the restaurant of the International Trade Center in our city. Seen from the twenty-sixth floor, Changchun was so beautiful. There were many high buildings and colourful lights. We had a special dinner, the main course of which was self-serving [self-service] (4) chafing dish(火锅)。 There were hundreds of kinds of food to choose. I could hardly tell all of their Chinese names, let alone tell them in English. I felt my English was so poor at that moment. And I also found many differences between English and Chinese. For example, they called lean meat“white meat”, but when they said that, I thought it referred to“fat”。 If my father had not explained it to me, I would have been puzzled. They were very excited when they were having the dinner.

  I enjoyed myself very much today because I learned a lot. I really opened my mouth and spoke English to foreigners and we really understood each other. I was excited. But from this experience, I have come to understand how important it is to learn a foreign language well. It will let you know a different world. “Language is a bridge to knowledge.”It is true.

  长春市东北师大附中高三(5)班  杨颖莉

  评    语

  文章以第一人称口吻,按照时间顺序,完整地记叙了与外国朋友共进的那顿晚餐。行文较为流畅,句型变化也较多,并能灵活准确地使用所学过的词组,如:after a while, let alone, refer to 等等。但遗憾的是,全文没有一句对话,缺少了记叙文应有的活泼。文章中某些语言上的不足之处点评修改如下:

  (1)这里often读起来有些别扭,后面something已把意思表达清楚了,不如去掉often.

  (2)前文刚提到my father,不如改为he.

  (3)speak English是一种技能,用learn为好。说“学干某事”,一般不能用study to do sth.,而要说learn to do sth.。

  (4)self-serving意为“为自己利益的”、“自私的”,表示“自助的”可用self-service, self-service既可作名词,也可作形容词。

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