An impressive English lesson
1.If I am the only parent who still corrects his child's English, then perhaps my son
is right.To him, I am atedious oddity: a father he is obliged to listen to and a man absorbed in the rules of grammar, which my son seems allergic to.
2.I think I got serious about this only recently when I ran into one of my former
students, fresh from anexcursion to Europe."How was it?" I asked, full ofearnest anticipation.
3.She nodded three or four times, searched the heavens for the right words, and
then exclaimed, "It was, like, whoa!"
4.And that was it. The civilization of Greece and the glory of
Roman architecture were captured in a condensed non-statement. My student's "whoa!" was exceeded only by my head-shaking distress.
5.There are many different stories about the downturn in the proper use of
English. Surely students should be able to distinguish between their /there / they're or the distinctive difference between complimentary and complementary. They unfairly bear the bulk of the criticism for these knowledge deficits because there is a sense that they should know better.
5 关于正确使用英语能力下降的问题，有许多不同的故事。学生的确本应该能够区分诸如their / there / they're之间的不同，或区别complimentary跟complementary之间显而易见的差异。由于这些知识缺陷，他们承受着大部分不该承受的批评和指责，因为舆论认为他们应该学得更好。
6.Students are not dumb, but they are being misled everywhere they look and
listen.For example, signs in grocery stores point them to the stationary, even though the actual stationery items – pads, albums and notebooks –are not nailed down.Friends and loved ones often proclaim they've just ate when, in fact, they've just eaten.Therefore, it doesn't make any sense to criticize our students.
6 学生并不笨，他们只是被周围所看到和听到的语言误导了。举例来说，杂货店的指示牌会把他们引向stationary（静止处），虽然便笺本、相册、笔记本等真正的stationery（文具用品）并没有被钉在那儿。朋友和亲人常宣称They've just ate。实际上，他们应该说They've justeaten。因此，批评学生不合乎情理。
7.Blame for the scandal of this language deficit should be thrust upon our
schools, which should be setting high standards of English language proficiency.Instead, they only teach a little grammar and even less advanced vocabulary.Moreover, the younger teachers themselves evidently have little knowledge of these vital structures of language because they also went without exposure to them.Schools fail toadequately teach the essential framework of language, accurate grammar and proper vocabulary, while they should take the responsibility of pushing the young onto the path of competent communication.
8.Since grammar is boring to most of the young students, I think that it must be
handled delicately, step by step.The chance came when one day I was driving with my son.As we set out on our trip, he noticed a bird in jerky flight and said, "It's flying so unsteady."I carefully asked, "My son, how is the bird flying?""What's wrong? Did I say anything incorrectly?"He got lost."Great! You said incorrectly instead ofincorrect. We use adverbs to describe verbs.
Therefore, it's flying so unsteadily but not so unsteady."
8 因为语法对大多数年轻学生而言枯燥且乏味，所以我觉得讲授语法得一步一步、注重技巧地进行。有一天机会来了。我跟儿子开车外出。我们出发时，他看到一只小鸟飞得很不稳，就说：“它飞的不稳。”（It's flying so unsteady.）我小心翼翼地问：“儿子，鸟怎么飞?”“有问题吗？我说得不对吗？（Did I say anything incorrectly?）”他一头雾水。“太好了，你说的是incorrectly而不是incorrect。我们用副词来描述动词。所以，要用unsteadily来描述鸟飞，而不是unsteady。”
9.Curious about my correction, he asked me what an adverb was.Slowly, I said,
"It's a word that tells you something about a verb."It led to his asking me what
b was.I explained, "Verbs are action words; for example, Dad drives the
truck. Drive is the verb because it's the thing Dad is doing."
10.He became attracted to the idea of action words, so we listed a few more: fly,
swim, dive, run.Then, out of his own curiosity, he asked me if other words had names for their use and functions.This led to a discussion of nouns, adjectives, and articles.Within the span of a 10-minute drive, he had learned fromscratch to the major parts of speech in a sentence.It was painless learning and great fun!
11.Perhaps, language should be looked upon as a road map and a valuable
possession: often study the road map (check grammar) and tune up the car engine (adjust vocabulary).Learning grammar and a good vocabulary is just like driving with a road map in a well-conditioned car.
12.The road map provides the framework and guidance you need for your trip, but
it won't tell you exactly what trees or flowers you will see, what kind of people you will encounter, or what types of feelings you will be experiencing on your journey.Here, the vocabulary makes the journey's true colors come alive!A good vocabulary enables you to enjoy whatever you see as you drive along.Equipped with grammar and a good vocabulary, you have flexibility and excellent control.While the road map guides your journey to your destination, an excellent vehicle helps you to fully enjoy all of the sights, sounds and experiences along the way.
13.Effective, precise, and beneficial communication depends upon grammar and a
good vocabulary, the two essential assets for students, but they are not being taught in schools.
14.Just this morning, my son and I were eating breakfast when I attempted to add
milk to my tea."Dad," he said, "If I were you, I wouldn't do that. It's sour."
14 就在今天早上，我跟儿子吃早饭时，我想把牛奶加入我的茶里。“爸爸，”他说，“如果我是你的话，我不会这样做。牛奶会变酸。（If I were you, I wouldn't do that. It's sour.）”
15."Oh my!"I said, swelling with pride toward my son, "That's a grammatically
perfect sentence. You used were instead of was."
15 “哦，上帝！”我满怀着无比的骄傲说道，“这是一句语法完全正确的句子。你用了were 而不是was。”
16."I know, I know," he said with a long agreeable sigh. "It's
the subjunctive mood."
17.I was, like, whoa!