My English Journals

Learning English by listening to English songs






Mon. 11st Feb., 1991. 17℃. Cloudy.

The youngsters (年青人) of this generation (年代) in Hong Kong lose an excellent chance to improve their English.

In the seventies (七十年代), English popular songs (流行曲) had no equals (相同的). All radio stations and television programs broadcast (播放) English songs. In concerts and parties, people played English hits too. Bee Gees and The Beatles were two of the well-liked (受喜愛的) groups (樂隊).

Popular songs were all with easily sung melodies. We practiced our English while we sang or listened to them. For example, "You don't have to say you love me just be close at hand......" "There's a new world somewhere......" "Where have all the flowers gone......" etc.

In this age, Chinese hit songs are preponderant (佔盡優勢的). Youngsters neglect (忽視) English songs at all. In fact (事實上), the English popular songs in recent years (近年) are not so good as those in the old days.

There have been some TV programs like "Learning English by listening to English songs". This proves that it is really a good way to improve one's English by this means (方法).


It is unwise to act against truth

Tues. 12nd Feb., 1991. 16. Cloudy.

Mr Gorbachev (戈巴卓夫), the Soviet President (蘇聯總統), seems to have gone evil (變成邪惡) these days!

Two weeks ago, the Soviet army fired (開火) at the Lithuanians (立陶宛人) in a rally (示威) causing deaths and wounds, but the Soviet leaders denied (否認) to have given any order of that kind. The incident (事件) faded away (褪卻) under the shelter-(隱藏) of the Gulf War (海灣戰爭).

The day before yesterday, the Luthuanians had a referendum (公投) for whether people agreed to have independence (獨立) or not. The result was 90% of them voted positively, but Mr Gorbachev appeared on TV, announcing that the voting (投票) was illegal (不合法的).

The meanest (最小家的) act by the Soviet Union was that while the voting was proceeding (進行中), her army gave an military exercise (軍演) nearby (在附近).

If I were Gorbachev, I would let the Lithuanians have their will (意向) because it is unwise (不智的) to act against truth. If someone does, everything done will be finally in vain (無用的).


Governors of Hong Kong are always nice and hardworking for us

Wed. 13rd Freebie., 1991. 16. Cloudy.

Our governor (港督) Sir David Wilson stepped out (步出) of the ward (病房) of Queen Mary Hospital (瑪麗醫院) today after a rectifying (矯正) operation (手術) on his cheekbone (臉頰骨).

He has not appeared publicly since he got himself injured (受傷) last week when climbing up Pa Sin Lin (八仙嶺).

Governors of Hong Kong are always nice and hardworking (努力) for us. Say for example, Sir Yald (尤德), the former (之前) governor, was very faithful (忠誠的) to Hong Kong citizens (市民). It was so sad that he suddenly passed away (死亡) in Beijing (北京) while carrying on (進行) negotiation (談判) with China for Hong Kong's interest (利益).

Sir David Wilson is not an exception (例外). He has been making contributions (貢獻) to Hong Kong's stability (穩定) and prosperity (繁榮) since he took office (上任). That is why a lot of citizens show their concern (關心) to him and some even sent flowers to comfort (慰問) him.


I clean up my home and set things in order

Thurs. 14th Feb., 1991. 18. Cloudy.

Today is the Chinese New Year's vev (前夕). While other people are busily preparing their family union dinner (團年飯), I clean up my home and set things in order.

I put things at my discretion (隋意), books and paper are everywhere. Music books are mixed with (混合) literature. Music manuscripts (樂譜) are lying on the sofa, the table, as well as the carpet (地毯).

A new year is coming; I should start it with a clean and neat (清潔整齊) home.

Friends will come during the holidays. I don't want to be a bad host (主人) to let them sit in such an untidy (亂糟糟的) place.

I had better start my work immediately. I hope I can finish it quick enough to see our governor, Sir David Wilson, give the greeting (恭賀) of the year of the Ram (羊年) to us on TV this evening.


Today is the Lunna New Year's day

Fri. 15th Feb., 1991. 15. Sunny .

Today is the Lunna New Year's day (農曆年初一). I woke up and found that the weather turned out to be surprisingly (出奇地) bright with sunlight and blue clouds, just the opposite of the forecast (預測) given by the Royal Observatory (天文台) last night.

Most newspapers were not found in the stores as usual because of the holidays and the price of each paper went up to four dollars.

After a busy time before the new year's day, nearly all shops were closed in the holidays to have a rest and get ready for another year.

In the evening, I was happy to know on TV that a friend of mine, Mr Chen, got a baby at the dawn (黎明) of the new year's day.

A few minutes ago, the Iraqi government suddenly announced (宣佈) that it would withdraw (撤軍) its army from Kuwait (科威特); but Washington (華府) does not believe it and will not stop military action (軍事行動).

At the beginning of the year, a ray of peace (和平之光) is, after all (終於), flashing (閃耀了)!

How good it is should Saddam really wake up

Sat. 16th Feb., 1991. 15. Cloudy.

Many people, myself included, feel apparently (明顯地) that the festival atmosphere of this New Year's day is less fervent (強烈的) than before.

The reason, of course, is that the Gulf War is still going on.

Hong Kong's economy (經濟) has been dramatically (戲劇性地) going down since the broke out (爆發) of the war. Tourism (旅遊) linking with Middle East was first affected owing to safety.

Both sea and air transportation (運輸) came next because the companies have to raise (提昇) the fee by nearly one-third (1/3) of the original for compensation (補償) of fuel (燃料) used in extra journey in order to avoid (避免) getting near the war zone (戰區).

And then everything has been slowed down in chain reaction which is a natural phenomenon (現象) in the economic field.

Saddam Hussein said that he would withdraw from Kuwait. How good it would be if he really wake up!

Saddam Hussein will withdraw from Kuwait wit
h 10 conditions

Sun. 17th Feb., 1991. 15. CLoudy .

The Iraqi government announced that it will withdraw from Kuwait with ten conditions (條件). There is too little hope that these conditions will be accepted by USA and UN (聯合國) because they are even greedier (更貪心) than those before the war.

Several experts have said that this is a cunning trick. Saddam Hussein intends to seek (找尋) a chance to breathe, and thereby (然後) replaces his army, and on the other hand aims to exhaust (用盡) the UN soldiers by keeping the war drag (拖住) on for more time.

That is why President Bush did not stop military action and has commented that it is a premeditated plan (預早想好的計劃) to cheat (欺騙) the world.

There are, however, several countries, including Soviet Union and Iran (伊朗) as well as Jordan (國名), support the Iraqi proposal.

I hope very much that the UN will give a response (回應) to Iraq with a deduction (減少) on the conditions and let the war end here.


Liberating oneself from those restrictions and live freely in nature

Mon. 18th Feb., 1991. 15. Cloudy.

In "Freedom in Exile" (流放的自由), a self-biography (自傳) of a famous Tibet (西藏) Buddhist (僧人) Dalai Lama (達賴喇嘛) who was awarded the 1989 Peace Nobel Prize (諾貝爾和平獎), there is a saying which is quite to the point and same as the view of mine towards religions.

The saying is that all religions teach people to behave properly as well as how to seek happiness. Religions are somewhat like medicine and people of different disposition (性情) need different religion as their guide or remedy (治療).

I still remain neutral though I constantly get in touch with religious friends. I believe (相信) that if one gets a rational mind (理性的頭腦), he doesn't have to attach himself to any religion.

Do you think that it is quite ridiculous (荒謬的) to subject everything to God or others? People who are diehards (迷信) of a certain religion have buried themselves into something questionable.

Is it better to liberate (解放) oneself from those restrictions (介條) and live freely in nature?


I should start reviewing things early

Tues. 19th Feb., 1991. 13. Cloudy.

The Chinese New Year holidays are going to end and university will resume lectures (開學了) the day after tomorrow (後日).

Several days' enjoyment has made me too lazy to open books.

I have to pick up things as quick as possible for there is much work waiting to be done. The deadlines of assignments and tutorial presentation are very near.

In mid-March, there will be two or three mid-term examinations. The worse thing is that two of them, Music History and Modern Chinese Literature (現代中國文學), are sure to take places on the same day. These two examinations always cluster (串在一起) together. This worries me very much as (因為) both of them (兩科) have a lot of stuff (東西) to study.

I think I should, as Mrs Bond said, start reviewing them early so that I can get them well prepared and have some time to relax before the examination, thus better results will be assured (保證).


University is always better than a college

Wed. 20th Feb., 1991. 11. Cloudy.

I am glad to know that a friend of mine has come back from England after getting his master degree (碩士學位) on Guitar Performance.

He went back to Baptist Collage (浸會書院) to see his former lecturers and found that there are several Ph.D.(博士) teaching in the Music Department and a lot of new music equipments have been added. Thinking that the Music Department of Baptist College is the best of its kind in Hong Kong, my friend wonders why I didn't choose Baptist for my music degree course (音樂學士課程).

It is not strange that Baptist Collage has substantially upgraded to a university and started to confer degrees (頒授學位). If someone minds his result, tools must be improved first. So in order to raise (提昇) the academic standard, lecturers must be fully learned and teaching facilities (教學設備) should be sufficiently (足夠地) provided.

Anyway, I still think that I have taken the right choice to enter the Music Department of Chinese University though it takes one more year than Baptist to finish my degree course.

University is university! I believe everything is better in Chinese University than in Baptist College.


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