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Open Your Mind And Do Not Be Afraid 2015-06-01 21:31:02
Open Your Mind And Do Not Be Afraid

While Mandarin is the sole official language in Taiwan, English holds an important place in the country. The English language is frequently seen, often heard, and constantly used in Taiwan. For example, in Tainan, most of the streets and historic monuments have English displays. Many restaurants and other public places also have English to supplement their signs in Mandarin. In schools, English is taught as the foreign language, and students are beginning to learn English as early as elementary school. It is one of the main courses throughout junior and senior high schools. English is now being taught starting in the third year of elementary school in Taiwan, according to official survey which showed that 40 percent of elementary students started to learn English at pre- school age.

On the advantages of allowing children to start learning English early, most all parents said better English ability will promise better job opportunities, and another people said enhancing the English ability of the Taiwan people will help upgrade the country's competitiveness. The result indicates that half of the respondents recognized the government's efforts to promote English education. But more over hail of the parents believed the government's education policy has the greatest influence on the younger generation.

You can say that the use of English language is also prevalent in the popular culture of Taiwan. Just take Tainan city for example, Pop singers often include English in their songs, while books by Taiwanese authors often have English in their titles. In another aspect, TV-show hosts and guests sometimes use English words and phrases from time to time.

Moreover, many people, including students, parents, and professionals, consider fluency in English as an important and effective tool. Numerous students go to after-school classes to improve their English; also, employers often request job applicants to be proficient in English. The popularity of the English radio channel, ICRT, as well as the popularity of English instructional magazine and TV program, such as "Let's Talk English," serves as another indication that the people of Taiwan regard the knowledge of the English language highly.

In order to improve my English listening comprehension, and respond to what the foreign tourists need immediately, I take part in the English course which held by Civil Service Development Institute, Tainan City Government. Another reason why I want to take the course is that I usually lack positive attitude towards English learning. So I request myself to change and correct learning attitude. I have an ambition to understand a broad range of vocabulary, unusual meanings of common words, and idiomatic usage. Besides, I also wish to make distinctions between the meanings of closely related words. Most important, I can communicate well with foreign friends, and figure out what they say.

According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) releasing the second annual report on TOEIC test survey in 2013, the TOEIC scores of the Taiwan people ranked twelfth from the bottom around the world, which the official said shows that the English ability of the Taiwan people is still insufficient despite the English-learning fever in the country. So Tainan City Government right now tries to promote English as the second official language. “Action speaks louder than words.” Tainan City Government keeps the further ahead sight, and open mind in the future.

Everybody knows more and more foreign tourists come to visit Tainan. Meanwhile, we all should introduce rough and basic backgrounds of Tainan to these foreign tourists. It is meaningful for us to let them figure out the historic cultural beauty and enthusiastic residents in Tainan.

A special experience for me was a couple of foreign tourists met SIN-HUA District Office last month. The old man said,“Excuse me, sir. Do you know how to go to the High Speed Railway of Tainan station?”

Although I knew where he wanted to go to Tainan station, I was really hard to express exactly. Then I just used body language and responded carefully,“When you see the first traffic light, you have to turn left.” And said accordingly,“You should go straight under the bridge after 5 miles, and you will find the station in the right side.”

The couple of foreign tourists were confused about what I said, and respected,“Well, maybe we would get lost latter.”

When I heard his reply, I felt so shamed and Google the map from SIN-HUA District Office to Tainan station. Finally, I responded patiently again. Unexpectedly, I was surprised that they respected smiley,“So, "Google" is a nice tool, right? And you do me a favor, thanks a lot.”

That day, I felt so wonderful because I solved their problem and improved our city image. By the way, I attached the words,“I think it was another choice to take bus there and I wish you have a nice trip.”