我的英文日記
My English Journals

做研究的滿足感
I got great satisfaction after finishing the draft of the paper

 

Sun. 11th Nov., 1990. 21℃. Fine

I have spent a whole day writing the draft of my music history term-paper today.

History is quite a boring subject to me, especially the history of the old time.

My purpose of writing this paper (論文) is to learn how to do a research (研究) on a topic. So even though the subject is not interesting, I still enjoy every process (過程) very much.

It was really stimulating (激礪的) from the moment receiving the assignment and following the instructions to search for materials in the libraries, and then reading what I have gotten.

The most challenging steps were to summarize up what I had read and to make a nice presentation beginning with an introduction followed by the detail body with arguments, and finally write a right-to-the-point conclusion to it.

I got great satisfaction after finishing the draft (草稿).

 



我的十二指腸潰瘍了
I have duodenum ulcer

Mon. 12nd Nov., 1990. 23. Sunny.

I went to see the university doctor a few days ago. I told him that the right side of my abdominal (腹腔的) part was aching ().

The doctor asked me to have a blood test and I refused to do so. After two days' medication (服葯), the pain has confined (收窄) to a small area.

This morning I told my friend, who is a medical student, that I have an abdominal pain. He asked me to pinpoint the part which is aching. He said to me that the part I pointed is the position of the duodenum (十二指腸).

All of a sudden I knew my problem. Few years ago, I had a Barium Meal to check my G. I. system (腸胃系統). The doctor found that I had mild duodenum ulcer (潰瘍). It healed after I had taken a course of medicine. I was alright in the past few years.

I remember clearly the doctor said that it would recur (復發) easily. I am sure I have duodenum ulcer now because I have been busy and under much pressure recently (近來).

 


大學生抑鬱
University Depression

Tues. 13rd Nov.,1990. 24. Sunny.

Oh! There are really too many assignments (功課) to do.

I have just handed in my music history paper. Another paper on "The Essence of the Art of Fiction" has to be finished in two weeks' time.

And within the coming two weeks, I have to write a book report and two short essays. Besides, there will be a presentation on the writing and rhetorical skills (寫作與修辭技巧) of a short story next week! 

I don't know whether there will be new works to be assigned in the coming days- or not.

This morning, Mrs Bond, my English lecturer discussed about university depression (抑鬱) with us. I think heavy academic work may depress a student.

From now on I must be very clear-minded and careful, otherwise I am afraid that I shall be depressed (使抑鬱) by those assignments.



自由、開心地逛旺角
Free and happy roaming the street of Monkok

Wed. 14th Nov., 1990. 26. Sunny.

I haven't been to Monkok for quite some time. I had a chance to go to buy a book there this morning.

Since I started my university life weeks ago, I have been staying in the beautiful campus (校園) of Chinese University, doing assignments, and reading books in the libraries or at home. It was even so on Saturdays and Sundays.

I felt very happy roaming (徘徊) the streets in Monkok. It was lots of fun having window-shopping there and that was what I used to do. There are different kinds of shops at this flourishing (繁榮的) spot and the most attractive one is the Hi Fi shop. I enjoyed very much looking at those acoustic equipments (音響器材).

It was really free and happy when books and paper were all out of mind.



腦子很疲倦
My brain is too blunt

Thurs. 15th Nov., 1990. 25. Cloudy.

I am so sad that I can only write down one sentence on the topic "The Essence of Literature" after having spent one hour on it.

Is it a topic too big or too abstract (抽象) to talk about or my mind is too blunt (鈍的) to think? I don't know the answer. Maybe the combination of them all.

In fact I missed the first two lessons that dealt with this topic; but I have read two books on this topic already.

I suspect that my brain cells are too tired because I have just finished a long paper and I didn't sleep well last night.

The experts say that thinking continuously for a long time will lower one's mental ability (腦力).

I think I should take a good rest and have some amusement (娛樂) to let my brain cells become fresh (重新的) and my body energetic (活力充沛).

 



我早晨聰明過黃昏
I am more clever in the morning than evening

Fri. 16th Nov., 1990. 24. Cloudy.

It seems that I am much clever in the morning than in the evening.

Last night I could only write one sentence in an hour on a topic, but I have wound it up in one and half hour this morning.

In the evening, after spending a whole day to listen to lectures and to take part in activities, I usually feel tired physically (體力上) as well as mentally (腦力上).

It is very hard to organize materials and write them down without difficulty, especially those complicated and abstract theory like what I had last night, "The Essence of Literature" (文學的要素).

I always feel fresh and clear-minded after a nice overnight sleep. Everything will properly line up automatically in my mind and I can write them down easily.

So even there are quite a lot of assignments ahead of me, I feel that they are half-finished (半完成狀態) in the morning.



少吃多滋味
Eating little is delicious

Sat. 17th Nov., 1990. 23. Cloudy.

I am sad to know a relative of mine was sent to hospital this afternoon. I heart that he felt uncomfortable and looked pale after he had eaten some food. This is his second time being the case.

I have been dining with him many times at his home. He usually eats quite a lot. So he is a fat aged man.

Chinese people have a wrong concept (信念) that it is a kind of "Fook" (), meaning goodness, luck and happiness when one can eat a lot. We also have a wise saying that: "Eating little is delicious (少吃多滋味) and too much bad to our stomach. (多吃壞肚皮) "

I have advised him several times to eat 80% of the amount of what he usually eats.

I hope he will recover soon and will take my words from now on.



夢想聖袑`來臨
Dreaming of Christmas day

Sun. 18th Nov., 1990. 25. Fine.

Even though (雖然) a whole month from now, I am longing for (渴望) Christmas already.

It is the festival (節日) of the year I like most. I don't know why this is so. This western feast (祭禮) should not concern me because I am a Chinese. And it can't even be explained that I like it despite (不管) my strong resistance (抗拒) to all religions.

The reason could probably be that I was so impressed (印像深刻) by its overwhelming (壓倒性的) joyful and peaceful mood when I was young.

It was an unforgettable memory singing carols (聖袟q) the first Christmas in my secondary school. There were usually parties to enjoy in those years. As years go by, I feel lesser strong on Christmas, and yet it is still the best festival I like.

Oh! I had better stop dreaming and be more realistic. There are plenty of assignments to do and examinations are coming as well.

  



對文字要敏感
We should be sensitive to words

Mon. 19th Nov., 1990. 26. Sunny

I have just had my presentation in Chinese Modern Literature tutorial lesson (導修堂)

I was happy to hear my lecturer say to me, "you are quite sensitive to words". "Maybe I study composition." I replied. "We won't omit, add or alter even one single note in the scores of the masters because their works are perfect. So I expect the same in literature."

One of my classmate was against me by insisting that we should pay our attention on the theme of the work rather than on those minor rhetorical points.

I said that writers, especially of literature, are master of words and they are supposed to write beautiful sentences.

It is a pity that my English is poor. I am ashamed of that and very eager to improve it. Perhaps there will be chances for me to do so after the coming examinations.



日日都寫英文日記很有用
Keeping journals every day is very helpful

Tues. 20th Nov., 1990. 27. Sunny

I am so grad that I have got seventeen marks out of twenty in my music history term-paper. It is quite a good result compared to a classmate who gets thirteen on the same topic.

Paper writing needs a lot of material-packing ability (材料包裝能力). The most crucial (關鍵的) point is the way someone present the chosen materials and that concerns (涉及) his organizing power (組織能力).

There should be an introduction first, and then arguments with support from the materials in the main body. Finally a conclusion is to wind it up. All these depend on the person's writing skill very much.

I must thank my English lecturer, Mrs Bond, who assigns us to keep a journal every day.

If I haven't been keeping journals since 1st of October, I am afraid that I can't get this result.

So thank you very much Mrs Bond!

 



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