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你好! 我是 「轻轻松松学英语」 节目的John Doe老师,要是你在学习英语的话, 有问题可以在这里找答案, 也可以问我, 我每星期都会来答覆。 其中很多解答都备有mp3读出, 是练习听力的又一好机会! (注意:目前我祗能在这里回覆,不能以电邮作答,请谅!)

Hi! My name is John Doe. if you are learning English and have a question, you can try to find the answer here. You can also ask us, and we usually come and answer questions once a week. Many answers are read aloud in an mp3 file. So it is another good opportunity for you to practice listening!

(Note: At this time we can only reply you here and not by email. Sorry!)

- John Doe 老师

问题 Question

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Candy
2004.12.08

Practice
Q Hi,John,
One of my friend and I wanted to improve our oral English ,so we decided to practice it everyday .But we found it was difficult to keep on it because we could not find topics to discuss.Sometimes we found it was not easy to explain it in English ,so we spoke in Chinese.The more Chinese we said,the less efficient our practice was.Should we keep on practicing?
A Hi, Candy,
I am glad to hear that you and a friend are getting together to practice. If you keep at it, you will both improve.

You should not use Chinese at all because once you start using Chinese, you are defeating the purpose. Use gestures if you have to, but no Chinese!

As for finding topics to talk about, to start with you can talk about what you did the day or the evening before. You can also play a game. Click here to see what games can be played.

- John
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libby
2004.12.07

Reading Comprehension
Q Hello! John Doe,it's my first time to here .I am a senior in English department. Because the overburden of study,I find that it's difficulty to improve my English .Especially the reading comprehension.
A Hi, Libby,
If English is your major, then what are you burdened with that has prevented you to improve your English?
- John
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Emmanuel
2004.12.06

To Be Exact
Q "To be exact" or "to be exactly"
Dear sir,I wondered how to use this phrase?And which one is the correct form.thanks.
A Hi, Emmanuel,
The correct phrase is "to be exact".

e.g. I have a bunch of children; five, to be exact!
She lost a lot of weight. Fifteen kilos, to be exact.

Though "to be exactly" is not a proper phrase, you can use that when "exactly" is used to modify an adjective.

e.g. To be exactly right, I would say that the thief stole fifty-two dollars and forty cents from us.

- John
[mp3]
Chie
2004.12.05

Learning English in Japan
Q Dear John,
i 've studyed in Japan for over two years.I found the biggest differences between Japanese English learners and Chinese English learners is the Japanese English learners' pronunciation that is really Japanese.And so does some Japanese English teachers.I cannot stand it!I have few opportunities to practise my oral English in my university.In Japan,the hottest English studying way is the strategy of TOEIC.
Many hign point getters cannot speak English in normal way.Can you tell my how to improve English in Japan.Thank you very much. Chie
A Hi, Chie,
That is very interesting! In order to improve English in Japan, I guess you will need to have the right material / teacher to listen to so that you can learn the accent that you want - American, British, or whatever. Watching English movies and TV shows is one way - if they are available there. Doing language exchange with a native English speaker will be another.
- John
[mp3]
hower
2004.12.05

Back Elevator
Q Dear teacher;
Here I want to ask one question.The Text"Then she heard the back elevator close" Could you tell me it's meaning the text. thank you!
A Hi, Hower,
Perhaps you were confused by the word "back" since it is usually not used as an adjective. In conversations, people are not very particular about tenses. Here is another way of saying that: then she heard the rear elevator close. So the word "back" was just used to describe which elevator. The "back elevator" refers to the elevator in the back.
- John
[mp3]
Nancy
2004.12.05

Improving Oral English
Q Mr John Doe,
你好,我是研一的学生。对于英语知识我觉得自己已经学了很多而且学的也还可以,可是对于口语,我觉得真是很没有面子,我连一些最基本的东西都不会说。那些东西我觉得也很简单,我也能听懂,可是我就是不知道该怎么说,当我与别人对话的时候,我觉得我的大脑一片空白。
你的关于如何提高口语的建议,我看了很多,也觉得很有帮助。我没有很多时间,而且也没有网络啊,mp3 之类的东西。我想去备并模仿一些东西,我不知道什么样的东西合适,你知道现在的东西很多,是不是随便的东西都可以拿来模仿背诵啊!!

期待您的回信
谢谢
A Hi, Nancy,
Perhaps the main problem is not that you don't know how, but that you feel too self-conscious and nervous when you try to speak in English.

Hence, since you already know quite a bit of English, the goal now is to overcome your being self-conscious. And since you want to work on conversational English, it will be good to listen to conversational English. I would suggest that you don't try to memorize. Just listen to it many times and say it alongside. Listen to it when you are on the bus, when you are walking around, when you are cooking, etc. After a while, you will remember it even if you have not tried to memorize it.

- John
[mp3]
赵文杭
2004.12.05

English Movies
Q Dear John
I have learned English for many years.I'm always proud of my English. But sometimes I am puzzled because I can't use it freely of my own. Everyday I practice Enlish through all kinds of ways. I like reading English newspaper,watching English movies, and Enjoying English music.Besides I am a kind of crazy of English. EVery Enlish words feel so real to me that I even think of them as musical symbols. Unfortnately,I am a little disppointed with myself since sometimes I can't understand the orignal version of English movies or else. Therefore, I feel I am so superficial.
A Hi, 赵文杭,
Some English movies are not easy to understand because the English may have a different accent from what you are used to. Researchers say that the last hurdle for learners is the difference in accents.
- John
[mp3]
kingclimber
2004.12.05

Improving Oral English
Q hi,John Doe,
My name is Kingclimber, and want to ask you for some advice or suggestion in order to improve both my oral and listening english.And the time i am able to spend on it is no more than an hour. I am looking forward to your reply right here. thans a lot !
A Hi, Kingclimber,
An hour a day is good. How to do it depends on your level. I believe that it is most effective to learn just like a baby - listen first, and speak later. But don't wait till you know everything before you start speaking! If you can give me more information on your current level and what you do now to practice, I can make more specific recommendations.
- John
[mp3]
James
2004.12.04

Making MP3
Q Dear Sir,
I want to known how to make a MP3 file just like you did?
A Hi, James,
There are many softwares that allow you to create mp3 files. You can just use one of them.
- John
[mp3]
Edward
2004.12.04

Improving Translation Skills
Q How could I do to improve my English translation level?
A Hi, Edward,
To do a good job in translation, you need to be good at both languages. Assuming that your first language is Chinese, I would say that you need to have a good command of the English language first.
- John
[mp3]
ZB
2004.12.04

A Word A Day
Q "天天学一词" A Word A Day什么时候推出?
轻轻松松学英语 有mp3可以下载吗?
A Hi, ZB,
We are still working on it and hope to have it ready soon. (We are very short on people.) Sorry, we don't have mp3 for English Easy for download.
- John
silence
2004.12.03

Learning Grammar
Q my grammer is bad ,how can learn it very well?
And if i need a good command of it when I speaking?
A Hi, Silence,
One good formula for learning English grammar well is to practice listening to it often and mimicking what you hear. After a while you will find that it becomes easier to know what to say and how to say it.
- John
[mp3]
valgur
2004.12.02

Oral English
Q I've learnt a lot of expressions in English ,but I found it hard to use them in oral English.Actually,I just reapeat the same sort of structures time and time again.I think that's too dull.And I think it's time did something to this terrible situation.Do you have some advice for me? thanks
A Hi, Valgur,
Often times oral English has simpler structure than written English because it sounds more natural - especially in American English. It is more important to be able to express oneself so that others understand you than to construct interesting sentences.
- John
[mp3]
钟红
2004.12.02

Learning English "DIY"
Q MrJohnDoe!
我想自学英语,但是我不知道该从哪里下手,可以教我吗?谢谢!
A HI, 钟红,
I need to know your current level first.
- John
Emmanuel
2004.12.02

Small Question
Q Dear sir,
I'm an English learner from Jiangsu,China and I like your BBS very much,I got to know you just through ktwr website.And I enjoy your MP3 format answers greatly.Today I have a small question:where are you come from?And how do you like your job?
A Hi, Emmanuel,
Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you can make use of our site to learn English.

I enjoy my job very much. Do you like your job? And if you are still in school, do you enjoy what you are studying?

- John
[mp3]
Kitty
2004.12.01

Before Long
Q Mr John Doe
How to use "before long"?
一般我们都认为before long 是"不久以前", "不久以后"也是这个词组吗?
A Hi, Kitty,
Actually "before long" is "不久以后".

e.g. She started to read a book, but before long she fell asleep.

So here "before long" means the same as "soon". The following sentence means the same thing: "She started to read a book, but soon she fell asleep."

- John
[mp3]
Kitty
2004.12.01

Inside
Q Mr John Doe
Is "in side" an English word? What does it mean? I know the word "inside", do they have the same meaning?
A Hi, Kitty,
No, "in side" is not a proper English phrase. "Inside" is the correct word.
- John
[mp3]
kavi
2004.12.01

Too Little, Too Short
Q I think the English program is just a little.
A Hi, Kavi,
Maybe you meant that the English program was too short.
- John
黄丹
2004.12.01

A Name
Q Hi,
John Doe 老师,可以帮我起个英文名字吗?与我名字谐音的。谢谢。
A Hi, 黄丹,
If your given name is 丹, then a very good male name is Daniel, or Dan, which is the abbreviated form of Daniel. Daniel is someone in the Bible who only worshipped the true God Yahweh and did not bow to other gods.

A good female name will be Danielle, which is the feminine form of Daniel.

- John
[mp3]
happy
2004.11.30

English Grammar
Q i have some problem with my english gamamer
A Hi, Happy,
What kind of problems?
- John
love e
2004.11.29

Pronouncing the L
Q dear john:
I have a problem of pronoucing the alphabet L,
especially at the end of a word ,for example,
professinal[....nl] or little[..tl];
thank u for your reply.
A Hi, Love E,
When the letter L is at the end or when the word ends in "tle", you just curl the tip of your tongue a little after you pronouce the word.
- John
[mp3]
Angelique
2004.11.29

Speaking English Well
Q How I speak well English?
A Hi, Angelique,
Speaking it well requires listening to others and listening to yourself practicing speaking.
- John
[mp3]
xiaoshi
2004.11.29

Beethoven
Q 你好, 老师;
您能帮忙上传贝多分欢乐颂的英文歌词吗? 网上我试过,只能找到德文。 如能在此列出,将不胜感激。因某些原因我可能不能登陆所有网站, 拜托。
A Hi, Xiaoshi,
Could you give me the English title of it?
- John
p.s. Sorry for my late reply.
cv
2004.11.29

Improving One's Oral English
Q 那我的口语,如何锻炼呢?
还有写作,我想找些象看小说,或听故事,这样有趣味的东西,然后整天胡听,读, 这样才有意思。
A Hi, cv,
Listen more, speak more. Yes, it is great to read and listen to interesting material to learn English. That's why we put up stories.
- John
[mp3]
cv
2004.11.29

Reading Novels
Q 我发现看小说,对英语很好,有什么根据。?
那,我想听听故事,也应该,很有作用吧?
A Yes, CV, it is true that reading novels is a great way to improve your English. A lot of children and youth in western countries learn it that way too. I think it is helpful because our minds can absorb the language more easily as we process the story using the right side of our brains - picturing the story in our minds. And listening to stories will be similar.
- John
[mp3]
PRINCESS
2004.11.28

Translation?
Q I need English 自我介绍
A Hi, Princess,
Did you mean to say that you needed to know how to say 自我介绍 in English? If so, you can say, "introduce myself" or a "self introduction."
- John
叶子
2004.11.26

Who? What?
Q 介绍一下隋菲菲,用英语.
A Hi,叶子,
I am not sure what you were talking about.
- John

2004.11.24

Caulk?
Q coulk什么意思?
A Perhaps you meant "caulk". You can find that in a dictionary.
- John
lucy
2004.11.23

A dull teacher
Q why a teacher should not be humorous
A Hi, Lucy,
Are you asking for reasons why a teacher should not be humorous but should be dull? I don't know any good reason except when it is carried overboard.
- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Up, Back, and Down as Verbs
Q Hi John,
Do you usually use "up","back" and "down" as verbs?
There is a phrase "date back to...".Could I say "Back to..." instead of it?
A Hi, Wangyan,
Yes, they can all be used as verbs especially in conversation. For example:

1. He upped his prices on us.
2. He backed down after Joe apologized.
3. He downed a whole gallon of water after his 10-kilometer run.

"Date back to" is probably a bit different from "Back to", but it may depend on the context.

- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Catch On
Q Hi John,
What's the meaning of the phrase "catch on" in the sentence "The video phone hasn't caught on." ?
Thank you very much!
A Hi, Wangyan,
To "catch on" in this context means to become popular.
- John
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Stepped Out of the Shower
Q Hi John,
Could you tell me the meaning of the sentence "To have a video phone conversation with someone after you just stepped out of the shoulder." ?
Thank you very much indeed!
A Hi, Wangyan,
You probably meant "stepped out of the shower". It means to have just finished taking a shower.
- John
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Trends in Fashion
Q Hi John,
Could I write the phrase "The latest trends in fashion" as "The latest trends of fashion" ?
A Hi, Wangyan,
There is a slight difference between the two. The latest trends in fashion refer more to the style in different categories, while the latest trends of fashion can mean fashion as a whole. For example, the latest trends of fashion is moving toward a simpler look. Long dresses are back in the latest trends in fashion. In general, "in fashion" is more often used.
- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Method, Way, and Means
Q Hi John,
How can I differentiate the application of "method", "way" and "means"?
A Hi, Wangyan,
This is an excellent question. But the answer is not that simple. A lot depends on the context and sometimes they are interchangeable. Then in proverbs or idioms, they are not interchangeable.

e.g. 1. The end does not justify the means.
2. When there is a will, there is a way.

- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Different Ways of Saying The Same Thing
Q Hi John,
There's a sentence:
I was pleased that the manager had decided not to be angry with me for having been so rude.
Can I omit "having been" by using "for so rude"?

I was pleased that the manager had decided not to be angry with me for so rude.
A Hi, Wangyan,
No, "I was pleased that the manager had decided not to be angry with me for so rude" is not a correct sentence.

Here are the different ways of saying it:

1. I was pleased that the manager had decided not to be angry with me for being so rude.
2. I was pleased that the manager had decided not to be angry with me for my rudeness.

- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Laugh vs Laughter
Q Hi John,
Is the noun "laugh" different from "laughter"?
A Hi, Wangyan,
Excellent question! Laughter is uncountable, while laugh as a noun is countable. Laughter is often used when there are a lot of laughs, especially they are all at once by many people for more than a short instant. e.g. They roared with laughter after they found out that he went into the wrong bathroom and was chased out by an old lady. But with a laugh, he just shrugged off the embarrassing incident.
- John
[mp3]
Wangyan
2004.11.22

Turn Red vs Became Red
Q Hi John,
What's the difference between "turn n.(color)" and "become n.(color)"?
e.g.turn red; become red
A Hi, Wangyan,
Actually there is not a whole lot of difference. But "turning red" is probably more widely used in speech. e.g. He is very shy. He turns red when a girl starts talking to him.
- John
[mp3]
moon
2004.11.22

Welcome
Q hi,how do you do ,John.i come here by accidently.happy to know you,hope to contact later,ok?
A Welcome, Moon!
- John
Diana
2004.11.21

Organizing
Q Hello,John.I am not good at organising an English oral conversation.Often I do not know how to continue it.I NEED your help.Thanks a lot.
A Hi, Diana,
You probably meant constructing your English sentence before speaking. It is common for non-native speakers because you are not thinking in English yet. It just takes time. Listen more and speak more.
- John
[mp3]
黄诗艺
2004.11.21

English Vocabulary Websites
Q 请告诉我几个有关英语单词的网站,,行吗
A Sorry, I don't have that information.
- John
zzs
2004.11.21

Translation
Q 中国传统节日和法定节日有哪些,英语如何翻译?
A Do you want to try it first and I will help you with corrections?
- John
Taichenyi
2004.11.20

School and Work
Q Dear teacher:
I haue to prepare for my work after my graduation.
what I major in is publish department.My parents always
bug me,saying that is no use,I really don,t konw what can I do in the future.
A Hi, Taichenyi,
It is true that graduates of certain majors can find a job more easily, but then I think there needs to be a balance. If one majors in something that he has no interest, he may do very poorly. With the economy that is growing so fast in China now, you probably won't have a problem finding a job. But you should continue to upgrade yourself and learn more skills so that you can make a career change later if you want. Most people change their careers mid-way.
- John
[mp3]
董明
2004.11.19

Improving in English
Q 怎样提高 我的英语 听力
A Have you done what I suggested to others?
- John
vicky
2004.11.19

Translation
Q Hi,John
How can I translet the "新思路装饰工程有限公司" ,"天上人间"into English? can you give me advice?
A Hi, Vicky,
I am sorry, but this is for people to learn English and not a translation service. So if you try a few possible translations yourself and send them to me, then I can take a look. And for the phrase "天上人间", what is the context?
- John
[mp3]
Rosa
2004.11.19

Ranging from
Q 'Ranging from "Eve teasing" - as sexual taunting is often referred to in South Asia - to disturbing numbers of gang rapes,sexual harassment is affecting women in villages and cities alike.'
May I rewrite above sentence as 'Ranging from sexual taunting to disturbing numbers of gang rapes, sexual harassment is affecting women in villages and cities alike.'?
A Hi, Rosa,
Yes, you can do that since the phrase "as sexual taunting is often referred to in South Asia" is just for explaining the term "Eve teasing".

To make the sentence clearer, you can even write: 'Ranging from "Eve teasing" to gang rapes, sexual harassment is affecting women in villages and cities alike.' That's because "ranging from ... to ..." is a pair and it is clearer when both have similar things behind them.

Example: "Ranging from 70-year-old men to 4-year-old children, everyone at the park lined up to get a free cup of ice cream."

- John
[mp3]
Dorcas
2004.11.19

Learning English on Your Own
Q Hi!Sir John Doe:
我的英语只有初级水平,现已工作,我非常喜欢学英语,可是我还是说不出英语。我用《从零开始》的电脑光碟自学了一段时间,只是学单词,学句子,目的想较正自己的语音。我心里有很多顾虑,只怕自己说得不对。总觉得自己的发音不准。我还上了一堂Phonogram英语,福尼斯英语有帮助吗?
自学可以学好英语吗?
A Hi,Dorcas,
I can see that you really work hard at learning English. I don't know if the programs you use and courses you take are useful or not since I personally don't know about too many of them. However, I do believe that you can improve your English on your own. I know someone who did it listening to radio broadcast.

So keep at it! Don't give up! But you must practice. This forum is a good place for you to practice writing.

- John
小雪---16
2004.11.19

Job
Q I am a vocational school's student,and I will leave school to work,but my lever is worse than others,I don't think I have a good work to me.
A Hi,小雪---16,
Even if you don't get a good job at first, you can work hard at your job and at improving yourself - like practicing English. Everyone has to start somewhere. One piece of advice I want to give you: the kind of friends you make will affect your attitudes and lifestyles. So choose your friends wisely - learn from those who are hardworking and who are upright.
- John
Habori
2004.11.19

Special vs Particular
Q Dear John,
Could you tell me how to distinguish SPECIAL and PARTICULAR ?
Thanks
A Hi, Habori,
Good question! It may be hard to explain. So I will just give you some examples.

1. He is a very special friend of mine. (Cannot use particular)
2. He is very particular about what he eats. (Cannot use special)
3. Welcome to our store! Are you looking for anything in particular? (Cannot use special)
4. She is a very special person. (If "particular" is used instead, it means entirely different - it then means that she is choosy, or picky.)

Hence, it is best not to translate the word to understand it, but to understand its meaning in the context.

- John

2004.11.18

My Way
Q My Way是什么意思?
A It means "my style", "my method" of doing things.
- John
ice
2004.11.18

Improving Oral English
Q i do known how to improving oral english
A Hi, Ice,
I am glad you know!

In case you actually meant the opposite, one way is to listen to our stories and columns in mp3 and follow along aloud.

- John
颖颖
2004.11.17

Reading Stories Improves English
Q 尊敬的JOhn Doe老师:
  我的英语水平不是很好!但是我很喜欢它.如果我每天坚持练习阅读英语故事并记下单词,真能提高我的英语水平吗?这样一来是否对考英语等级证也有好处呢? 
A Hi,颖颖,
Sorry for my late reply. Yes, if you keep reading and listening to English stories every day and write down the words you don't know, your English will improve over time. And you can get better results in your English exams.
- John
HENRY
2004.11.17

Cram at the Eleventh Hour
Q WHAT IS THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF CRAM AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR?
A Hi, Henry,
To cram means to push as much in as possible. The "eleventh hour" means the time before the deadline. So when used in the context of studying, it means to try to learn as much as possible at the last minute (e.g. just before the exam.)
- John
Harry
2004.11.17

Jest Plain Folks
Q When Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot ran for president, many considered his 'jest plain folks' style disingenuous.
Mr.Joe,Could you tell me the meaning of 'jest plain folks'?
A Hi, Henry,
"Plain folks" means ordinary/common people. "Jest" is "just" pronounced in Ross Perot's southern United States accent.
- John

2004.11.16

Improving Writing Skills
Q 如何提高写作
A Read more, write more!
- John

2004.11.15

Shortcut for Increasing Vocabulary
Q 老师您好
英语单词老是记不住,请问有什么捷径吗?
THANKS YERY MUCH !
A The shortcut is to live among people who are native English speakers.
- John
Owen
2004.11.15

Improving English Reading
Q How to improve English reading?
A Hi, Owen,
I am not sure what you mean. Please explain.
- John
黄才
2004.11.14

English Easy Problems
Q John Doe 老师:你好!最近几天,还球电台为什么不播音?我想收听轻轻松松学英语这个节目,请你们帮忙解决,非常感谢你们!
A Hi,黄才,
Sorry for the problems you had.
- John
陪我看夕阳
2004.11.13

Sunset
Q 夕阳怎么拼呀
A Hi,陪我看夕阳,
You can use either "sunset" or "dusk".
- John
jk
2004.11.13

Learning English DIY
Q how to learn Engliah by myself?
A Hi, jk,
Step by step! Set a schedule. Set some goals. Get some books.
- John
jk
2004.11.13

How to say...
Q how to spell “成绩”in English
A Hi, jk,
You can say "results" or "marks".
- John

2004.11.13

Phonetic Symbols
Q cycling
的音标
A Sorry, we cannot display phonetic symbols here. You can try some on line dictionaries.
- John
NN
2004.11.13

Practicing English
Q How to find someone to practise English with me everyday?
A Hi, NN,
You can try looking for a penfriend or a chatroom. Just beware that there are some crooks out there.
- John
NN
2004.11.13

Practicing Oral English
Q How to find someone to practise oral English with me everyday?
A Hi, NN,
Perhaps do a language exchange with a foreign student who is studying Chinese. The universities may have that kind of program.
- John
ketty
2004.11.12

Shortcut for Learning English
Q Could you tell me the shortcut of learning English?
A Hi, Ketty,
The shortcut is to live among native English speakers.
- John
dudu
2004.11.10

Improving Listening Skills
Q how to improve listening ?
A Hi, Dudu,
Listen more!
- John
kit
2004.11.10

Improving English
Q How to improve English
A Hi, Kit,
Practice, practice, practice!
- John
方方圆
2004.11.09

Have Not Had
Q hi,John Doe,
could you tell me the words:"...these have not had any effect...".Why "have not had ..."?I think it is : "these have not any ..."OR "had not any .....".IS IT ALL RIGHT?
A Hi,方方圆,
Good question!

"Have not any" is the British way of saying it, while "have not had any" is the American one - but nowadays, due to the American influence, I understand that many people in UK also say it the American way.

On the other hand, "had not any" is a bit different. It is the past tense.

- John
Carolien
2004.11.08

English Stories
Q Can you tell me where find the English story?
A Hi, Carolien,
You can find them in www.abc111.net/story/.
- John
pp
2004.11.06

Day-to-day English
Q 不好意思 想請問"生活美語" 這句話要怎麼用英文說
謝謝^^
A Hi, pp,
There are a few different ways of saying that, but "day-to-day English" is probably the closest.
- John
Wangyan
2004.11.05

Mistake
Q Hi John,
There is a spelling error in an item of your pages!
The "校园剪影 Collage Collage" should be "校园剪影 College Collage".The first English word should be "COLLEGE" not "COLLAGE".
A Hi, Wangyan,
Thanks for your help. Can you let us know exactly which page (URL)?
- John
JOJO
2004.11.05

Basic English
Q 老师:你好,我的英文基础不好,一直以来都想找个好的比较简单的网站,你能建议一下吗?
A Hi, Jojo,
Sorry, I don't know of any website that is for learning basic English. You can try to find websites for children.
- John
smallbear
2004.11.05

How to Use "Not If"
Q Hello,Mr John, i need your help, indeed. I have no idea to use "not if......." flexibly, i wonder how to use it and in what sistuation?
Thanks a lot. look forward to you.
A Hi, Smallbear,
If is often used in a conversation. Here are some examples:

Anna: I will fail CET-4.
Billy:Not if you start studying for it now!
Billy meant that if Anna started studying now, she would not fail CET-4.

Anna: I will be able to finish my homework tonight.
Billy:Not if you keep on watching TV!
Billy meant that if Anna continued watching TV, she would not be able to finish her homework.

So in general, it means in Chinese: 要是...就不能/不会

- John
文琦
2004.11.04

Lack of Interest
Q 我是一名英语专业的学生,但我对它没有一点兴趣。怎么办?
A Hi,文琦,
Different people have different interests. If you don't have interest in English but still want to stay in your major, then perhaps you can read in English about things you are interested in. Another way is to converse with people. It is generally interesting to meet people and talk with them.
- John
Raythron
2004.11.04

Name and Nominate
Q 美国正进行大选,我想问一下在英语中提名的name和nominate的区别??
A Hi, Raythron,
Good question! They can both be used to mean nominate. But "nominate" is a little more formal.
- John
ⅧⅠ
2004.11.03

English Grammar
Q John Doe
,叫拜赣糶絞ゅ彻?
パиゅ猭膀娄ゴぃ或,τ–Ω厩贺祘碞穦氨 –Ωユ璣ゅ糶ゅ猭常琌岿帮
叫拜糶絞璣ゅゅ彻ゅ猭琌璶?
ê或赣暗谅谅
A Hi, Pig,
Whether grammar is important or not, it depends. If you are just a tourist traveling in America, I would imagine that as long as people can understand you, grammar is not all that important. But it still depends on how bad your grammar is.

For example, if you want to ask someone how to get to the museum, in very poor grammar, you can say, "I want go museum. Please you teach me." The person probably understands.

But if lose your plane ticket and want to get help, and say, "I no already ticket. Please ask where do process report." Then it will take you a long time to get anywhere!

And if you want to write a letter to a school to apply for a scholarship, then grammar is important because it is a reflection of your ability and educational level.

But if you And when you apply for a job that requires corresponding in English, then being able to write proper English shows how well you can communicate with clients and customers.

I believe listening to English more will be helpful for you to improve your grammar because your mind will learn as you listen. The next step is to practice speaking in English.

- John
Kitty
2004.11.01

CET-4
Q Dear John:
I'm very glad to have my first visit to your websit.
Now I'm work with computer,but I prefer English to others.I always find some trables in CET-4.The grammar and reading materals is really hard for me.Please give me some good advise on how to pass CET-4.Thank you!
A Hi, Kitty,
To be able to pass any exam, you first need to know clearly what you need to know. Beyond that, I would recommend listening more, and speaking more.
- John
Json
2004.11.01

Improving English
Q John Doe 老师:
你好,我很想把英语囗语学好,可以我的语法,词汇量都很少,我应该怎么做?
A Hi, Json,
The first thing to do is to set a routine to study and practice English.
- John
小北
2004.10.29

CET-4 Composition
Q 我想知道四级作文大致框架
A Hi,小北,
Sorry, I can't tell you that.
- John
whhong610
2004.10.28

Online Interaction
Q John ρ师,眤:
иタ学习そ璣语级,稱蔍蒓ユ瑈,达实践蒓瞶论结,时记忆(程琌级别),请问и应该个蔍ユ瑈㎡? Thank you very much.
A Hi,
You must have typed in simplified Chinese in a traditional Chinese page: many of your characters are garbled. But you are probably asking about practicing English with people on line. We hope to have a chat room some time next year for that purpose.
- John
slimmichael31
2004.10.28

Tongue Tied
Q Hi John
I've got this doubt in my English being a longtime. See the thing is I found it is pretty amazing for me to split out the sentence with out one single gig and yet with a load of brandy words (those words usually people would found difficult to roll in to the ordinary conversation). But I also stragglling myself periodically while my tone is like suddenly all tight up, and my mind's like dry out of the words.

I heard this is might happening to a lot of nonmonoligual people, but are there anyway I can probably to depend on to deal such obstical?
A Hi, Slim Michael,
Sorry, I am not exactly sure what the problem is.
- John
Ng Yiok
2004.10.28

English Easy Text
Q Dear Sir,
Hallelujah! Here I want to say thank you so much,the texts " Dating 1" and "Dating 2" that I and my friends are anxious for have been posted on English Easy Programme. By listening and reading the texts we can study well.
A Hi, Ng Yiok,
Sorry that it was missing. Glad that you find it useful.
- John

2004.10.14

Anny
Q anny是什么意思
A It is usually a female name.
- John
Ng Yiok
2004.10.13

Heat and Hot
Q Mr John Doe,
"Prehistoric men did not mind severe heat or cold, they probably wore the same thing every day maybe just an animal skin."
Could I say 々Prehistoric men did not mind severe hot or cold,—
A Hi, Ng Yiok,
Since hot is an adjective, you cannot use severe to describe it.
- John
[mp3]
Ng Yiok
2004.10.13

True or Truly
Q Mr John Doe,
"We may have many acquaintances, but not very many truly close friends."
Talking about " but not very many truly close friends." Could I say 々but not very many true close friends.—?
A Hi, Ng Yiok,
Since true is an adjective, it is right to say "...but not very many true, close friends", making the adjective true describe the friends and not the word "close".
- John
[mp3]
maleme
2004.10.12

PET4
Q I wanna know about PET4.Could you give me some detail information.
A Hi,Maleme,
Sorry, I don't know anything about PET4. When you find out, please let me know.
- John
[mp3]
苏文涛
2004.10.12

Difficulty in Communicating
Q John Doe老师你好!
我是莱阳农学院的一名大学生,但基本上感觉学的都是“哑巴英语”,虽然成绩较好,对英语也非常有兴趣。由于母音的缘故及开始学英语时没有很好的训练口型,以致于现在与人交流时有困难。HOW CAN I DO?
A Hi,苏文涛,
If you already have a foundation in English, it gives you an advantage in making progress in verbal communication. So you first need to use it more - for example, you can ask your questions here in English. That will give you some practice. Beyond that, it will be good to mimic. Follow along in reading our stories here on the website as you read and hear them. That will give you not only the opportunity to hear, but also to speak. Later on we will have some simple conversations on line for practicing talking with people. So don't miss those!
- John
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Ng Yiok
2004.10.11

Best or Most
Q Mr. John Doe,

Q1, "Of all the musicians in the music industry today, which artist do you like the most?"
A1, "I like Mariah Carey the most because she sings a lot of great ballads and her voice is amazing."

Q2, "Do you like classical music or contemporary music?"
A2, "I like classical music the best, but I also listen to contemporary piano music."

Well, could you tell me whether the expression "I like something the most" is the same as "I like something the best."?
A Hi, Ng Yiok,
Yes, the two sentences mean the same.
- John
Ng Yiok
2004.10.11

Music In Someone
Q Mr. John Doe,
"I got the music in me." I don't know what does this sentence mean in Chinese, could you tell me its meaning in Chinese? Thank you.
A Hi, Ng Yiok,
This is not an easy one. It is used to describe a state of mind, just like in the song "I've Got Music In Me". The lyrics describe how happy he is, and that nothing would bother him.

A very similar phrase means slightly different: I got music in me, or, I got music in my bones.

This is sometimes used to describe how music is so much part of someone that it is like a fluid or substance inside one's body. This can be used to describe someone who is very musical, or someone who loves music a lot.

- John
[mp3]
PY
2004.10.11

Translation
Q My questions is can you translate "3 exhibitor full conference badges per 100 square ft." this sentance for me in Chinese ,thank you
A Hi, PY,
I can try to explain to you what it means but since this is not a translation service, I cannot translate it for you.

It is probably a sentence out of the brochure for renting a booth at an exhibition or conference saying that for every 100 squre feet of exhibition space rented, you will get 3 exhibitor badges that allow you access to the whole conference.

- John
[mp3]

2004.10.11

How to learn English
Q 怎样学英语
A Hi,个,
With diligence!
- John
jin
2004.10.10

Differences Between To and For
Q how to find out the differences between "to" and "for".for example
it is useful for us or to us
A Hi, jin,
1. a) It is useful to us.
b) The information you gave us is useful to us.
2. a) It is useful for us to have that information.
b) It is useful for us to know when the sun will set today.
- John
[mp3]
sgp
2004.10.10

How may I direct your call
Q "How may I direct your call?"这句话是什么意思
A Hi,sgp,
This is usually used by a receptionist when answering a phone call. It is the same as "to whom can I transfer your call".
- John
[mp3]
乐乐学英语
2004.10.08

Starting with English
Q 你好,我可想学英语,但我根本就不会英语,我现在已经工作了,请问老师我还有什么方法能学好呢,我这儿有电脑,就是不知道从哪儿下手去学,
A Hi, 乐乐学英语,
I first need to know how much English you know. Do you know the alphabets A,B,C,D,E,...?
- John
[mp3]

2004.10.08

Chinese Translation for Material
Q 我想问一下这个听力有没有译文
A Sorry, we don't have Chinese translation for our material. It actually helps you learn English better when there is no Chinese translation.
- John
Ng Yiok
2004.10.06

Art or Arts, Drink or Drinks
Q "A connoisseur is an expert on some subject, especially relating to the arts or food & drink." I have a question like this: Could I say "especially relating to the art or food & drinks" ? In fact, I'm not sure about art and arts, drink and drinks. When you have a minute, could you explain it, please?
A Hi,Ng Yiok,
In English, often times the plural form of a noun makes the noun refer to a whole class of such things. For example, I would say, "Computers have helped mankind to do more in less time." But I should not say, "A computer has helped mankind to do more in less time." This sentence would mean one particular computer has helped mankind, which is not what I wanted to say.

So in your example, arts and drinks are words to refer to the whole class or group of things, namely, all kinds of arts, and all kinds of drinks.

- John
[mp3]

2004.10.05

Jesus Loves You
Q 马克思也爱你!!
A Jesus loves you, and He is alive!
- John
chenjing
2004.10.04

Help With English
Q John Doe 老师:
您好!我是安徽的一位基督徒,我一位大学生,但我的英语不是太好,希望您们能帮助我!愿:以马内利!阿门!
A Hi,chenjing,
Welcome! I also hope that we can help you. Keep visiting us on this website and put into practice my suggestions.
- John
[mp3]
qiu zhi
2004.10.02

Will, About To, Going To
Q hello
i want to know the deference among ''will , be about to ,be going to , be to ,ect.
i always make mistakes . thank you.
A Hi,qiu zhi,
Some of those are very similar. You will need to give me some examples so that I can explain to you why which one is used when.
- John
[mp3]

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