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Seize any chance to improve your English ability 2015-05-17 10:19:46
English was a horrible subject to me while I was in school because it is totally different from our native language, Chinese and Taiwanese, in structure of syntax. It is not easy to learn for many people nowadays I think. But is it really hard? or only because we haven’t find the best ways to learn. I appreciate having this opportunity to attend In the four days English training lessons held by the Civil Service Department, Tainan City Government. The one of the purposes of the course is to help students there pass the test of intermediate level of English which is coming in June 2015. Of course, the major one is to help students skilled in English.

West Central District Office of Tainan city which I am working for is subordinate to the Tainan city. Our supervisors often encourage the employees to attend English lessons because we might face people coming from different cities even countries than other subordinated department of Tainan city in weekdays. We can learn it by attending English class personally, or learn it through the internet.
  
The original Tainan city and Tainan county merged into the big Tainan city in 2010. Tainan is a municipality city. Keeping pace with the international city is one of the Tainan city’s future goals. Surely, we must know how to communicate with people from all over the world, so then we can learn best things from them to make our city more modernized and internationally. However, English is most common used language worldwide.
  
Tainan city has a lot of historic building and ancient culture. It attracts tons of tourists from the world each year. To make them having a wonderful time here, many building facilities in the scenery sites have bilingual signs that make tourists easy to understand and feel the warming of the city.
  
Remember I was afraid while I heard the news “English will become the second official language of Tainan city in ten years” which is issued by Tainan city government. It is one of the city's visions. Civil servants of Tainan City Government all have to pass the basic level of English test like TOIEC. The mayor is expecting we can handle the basic communication with the foreigners coming to Tainan, offer them the professional services we have, and leave a good impression on them.
  
I seldom speak English in my everyday life including in the office. I never thought of one day that I will participated in English class in order to skill in English and pass the intermediate level of English test like TOIEC, GEPT and so on. But, as a civil servant of Tainan City Government, I think I have the responsibility to improve my English to meet the expectations of the city, although I know how hard it is.
  
Actually, learning English is everywhere, not only in school. We learn English from kindergartens to universities. After we graduate from school we may not have the opportunities to learn it because of the environment where we live or work. The methods of learning English are many, like listening to the ICRT radio, reading the TAIWAN NEWS in the internet or English magazines like ENGLISH STUDIO, watching the English news like CNN etc. if we have the heart of learning.
  
In four day courses I kept doing the practice of listening and reading comprehension. It helps me a lot in listening and knowing how to read the paragraphs and articles quickly with keywords to understand the question and find the answers. It saves me a lot of time while doing tests. I also increase lots of vocabulary that can help me understand the meaning of articles clearly. As a whole, I learned all aspects of English practices there.

Speaking and listening are different things, but they are complementary. We need to speaking more after we are doing good at listening. It can help upgrading our listening comprehension. Anytime or anywhere you have the chance talking to foreigners, seize the chance to talk and learn from them.

Following up, it's a story of my friend. About ten years ago, one day she drove her car to Kaohsiung county with her mother. She got a flat tire on her way home. She was panic because they were at the remote place of that city. They didn’t have their cell phone with them and could not find a payphone nearby. In a short time, a foreigner pulled over his motorbike and asked to help them. He saw the tire flat and asked her to open her car's trunk. He got out a spare tire and tools to change the flat tire. He was just smiling at her after finishing it and didn't say a word. She stood there looking at him like him did. Although She was appreciated, she couldn’t say more thankful words, but said “thank you”. She didn't know what to say to express her thankfulness to him. Then he was gone. She lost the opportunity to talk with him
because of her afraid of speaking. It was really a pity she thought.

Let bygones be bygones, we can study hard from now. Never be afraid of speaking. I am really appreciated that I had the chance to learn English from this class. Everyone there is ambitious and eager to learn more. To improve my English, I will constantly learn it in everyday life. No pay no gain.