I’m a Dream Girl

Posted by Ava Stewart on Friday Apr 8, 2011 Under Feelings 愛娃心聲, News 好消息, Uncategorized

看完Dream girls 好一陣子了,當然也不只看過一次.這部電影除了唱作俱佳之外也呈現了”實現夢想”的每一面,是這麼的貼近真實人性也直接的演出了人性的現實.

你的夢想…在你人生中的百分比是多少呢?

在實現夢想的路上你會面臨各種挑戰及抉擇,你會堅持不變還是隨機應變?

人性是無法掌握的,現實生活是重要的,夢想是不該受限的.

我的腦子裡充滿了幻想及夢想,而夢想昇華成理想.

隨著年齡的增長我開始能區分幻想和夢想,例如:我開始發現我和王祖賢其實不如我想像中來的神似,我那二三十位男同學絕大部分沒有暗戀我…之類的.

隨著經驗的累積我開始發現夢想也是理想,例如:22歲的我曾經在家做好豬排三明治,分送給台北公館地下道裡的流浪漢吃,我想幫助他們,我想跟他們分享,人生要如何望前邁進.大概是因為他們都用遇到怪咖的眼神看我,讓我發願我要把做三明治的力氣和精神拿來好好教育孩子們.

I like the movie “Dream Girls” very much, so of course I’ve watched it quite a few times already.

Doubtless, the film is full of beautiful songs and girls.

The most important point is that it presents so accurately how people can change or make different choices when it is about your dream, some choose to move forward without thinking about others, some choose to give up and some choose to stick with what they really believe no matter what.

How important are your dreams in your life?

In all my years I’ve learned, “you can’t predict humanity, reality is important and dreams shouldn’t be limited.”

I’ve learned how to define the difference between imagination and dreams, for example I finally realize I don’t look like Cindy Crawford as much as I thought. Also, my 20 or 30 classmates really didn’t all have a crush on me.

I’ve also learned by experience the differences between dreams and goals. For example, when I was 22 and living in Taipei, I especially made pork sandwiches to give to the homeless guy who lives in a pedestrian underpass in Taipei. I tried to show him that life is always full of love and hope, but when he looked at me, with the return of the freak girl look, I knew that I should have put more effort in education rather than making sandwiches.

Yes! I’m definitely a dream girl.

Not because I always have dreams when I sleep, good ones, bad ones…

I always believed in my dreams since I was little.

I believe that everyone should have a dream in your mind,  not necessarily with a time table or big ambition involved, but at least a dream that keeps your faith, keeps you moving forward.

I believe that dreams will always come true as long as you believe in yourself.

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot you’d know how much and how often I talk about how we should always keep our dreams in mind.

Here I am, I’m so glad to announce that one of my dreams is about to come true.

Step by step mine is about to come true, but there is never an ending for my dream.

Keep on believing, my dear friends.

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這是Catherine,在故事屋聽故事已進入第五個月了,每次聽故事時Catherine總是靜靜地坐在一旁,幾乎不發言也不參與任何活動,注重美語教育的阿嬤也曾猶豫過,也曾幾次問Catherine:”不要聽故事了?” Catherine總是回答:”我要去”.就再最近,Catherine主動回答問題了,而她的第一個答案是: elephant. 就這樣,阿媽放心了…Catherine也突破心房,回答問題的頻率也越來越高了!

This is Catherine who has been coming to the story class for five months. During class time she usually just sits there quietly, but doesn’t answer any questions or join any activities. Catherine’s grandmother was quite worried for a while and had considered stopping the class. However, Catherine insisted on coming and just a few weeks ago she answered a question naturally and the answer was “elephant”. Grandma felt very relieved and since then Catherine has started answering a lot more questions.

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有一天,我們正在點飲料…

Christina 說: “I want 多多綠”

Peter: What 多多綠

Christina: I want my 多多綠

Peter: Whose 多多綠?

Christina: My 多多綠, it’s my多多綠.

Peter: No, no, no. My 多多綠

Christina: No, it’s mine.

到這裡,我忍不住打斷他們的談話

我問Nana:”哇,Nana 你都到哪裡學英文呀?”

Christina: 我沒有阿.

The other day when we were ordering drinks Christina said, “I want duoduolu (多多錄, a kind of green tea with a special drinking yogurt added).”

Peter replied, “What duoduolu?”

Christina: I want my duoduolu.

Peter: Whose duoduolu?

Christina: My duoduolu. It’s my duoduolu.

Peter: No, no, no, my duoduolu.

Christina: No, it’s mine.

Until this time I had never really had a conversation like that with her so I continued later.

Ava: Wow, where did you go to study English?

Christina: I didn’t.

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藉由這篇文章我想分享的是, 第二語言是需要長期,耐心投資的.

Nana今年四足歲了,生活中有媽媽和老師說中文,阿公阿嬤說台語,爸爸說英文.在這四年間我們從未拿著書或圖卡問Nana”這怎麼說” 或”這怎麼念”,我們就只是讓英文很自然得出現在生活中.

會有許多父母問:但我們不會說? 我想大人們必須先問自己: 是不會說還是不敢說?

如果是不會說那麼我會鼓勵您多買ㄧ些”有聲繪本” 或 “兒童美語生活會話教學” 甚至於美語兒童節目,例如: A B C Backery, 在小朋友聽的時候您也可以跟著看, 跟著學. 在加以運用在日常生活中.

每當有家長問我:”怎麼上了好幾堂課了,都還不會呢?”

我通常會說:” 每個Baby從在媽媽肚子裡就開始聽著母語到出生再一直到說出第一句話都已經十二~十五個月大,也就是說即便是母語,Baby們都用了將近20個月去累積和學習. 那麼更何況是沒有天天在生活中出現的第二語言呢?”

我贊同”生活美語”, “從小開始學美語”和”學美語不中斷”這三個學習美語的觀念,要強調的是,您的投資(無論是精神上或金錢上)ㄧ定會從孩子身上看到成果,但請不要急,Ava深信只要孩子對英語能保有”興趣”,那麼您需要的就是時間和信心囉!

Through this story, I’d to share that learning English needs a long term investment and with patience.

Christina is now 4 years old, her teachers and I speak Chinese to her, grandpa and grandma speak Taiwanese to her and her father speaks English to her. During these four years we’ve never asked her, “How do you say ___ in English?” We just let English happen naturally in her life.

There are many parents who say they can’t speak English with their kids, but I always wonder whether they really don’t have any English ability or if they are just afraid to try. If you really can’t then I suggest you buy English story books that come with a CD, English conversation CDs, or some children English learning series like ABC Bakery. Then learn together with your kids and use what you learn in your everyday life.

Whenever parents say that their kid has been to a few lessons and still can’t speak any English or read any of the vocabulary I will usually answer, “Every baby starts to listen to their mother language while they are still in the womb and even after they are born they only speak their first word after they are one year old. This means they have taken almost 20 months to prepare to speak. And if that’s how long it takes then how much time should we give when learning a second language?” 

Something we have to realize when learning a language (in this case English as her second language) is that there has to be a lot of input and investment in learning before you see results. Many of my students’ parents ask why their kids don’t know this or that, or haven’t achieved some level of English proficiency yet. Christina has been listening to English from both of her parents for four years and only now we can see how much she has learned when she finally says something to us.

There are three main points I believe about English learning: learn daily English, start young and don’t stop once you’ve started. What I want to emphasize is that for your investment, no matter whether mental or economic, you will see the results in your kids. But don’t rush, because what I believe the most is that as soon as your kids have interest in learning English then all you need is time and faith.

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Why story

Posted by Ava Stewart on Sunday May 9, 2010 Under Feelings 愛娃心聲, Uncategorized

Why Story

我很愛聽故事!

我還記得小時候坐在客廳裡,聽著阿公用日文數數,數完了阿公就會開始說,他為什麼會說日文,他以前上學生期時要唱日本國歌…那是阿公的年代,阿公的故事,沒有故事書,是ㄧ個印在阿公腦海裡的故事.

我還記得有一年的那一晚,爸爸的兄弟姊妹們幾乎全聚到我家來,我不記得為何而聚,也不記得確切的時間,只記得那晚大家打通鋪睡在一起,爸爸和姑姑突然聊起他們如何度過八七水災:姑姑說那天早上他還背著叔叔稻田裡工作,爸爸說:水來時他爬到屋子的橫樑上趴著,眼看著被灌了水的豬從他眼前漂走…那是爸爸的年代,爸爸的故事,也沒有故事書,是ㄧ個印在爸爸腦海裡的故事.

就這樣一代接一代,而每一個年代又因時空的不同而有著全然不同的故事,所以,以前有說書的人把故事以口述的方式流傳下來,而現在有故事書,小說甚至於是電影. 我最近剛看完”班擇明的奇幻旅程”,我常在想如果我沒看過這部電影,我會有這樣的想法或想像嗎?答案是”不會”.所以,這部電影不但讓我多了想像的空間也給了我一點醒思!還記的”是誰嗯嗯在我頭上”是第一本大概也是唯一一本讓我笑到彎腰的繪本,如果不是這本書我大概不會覺得大便在任何人頭上是好笑得更不會仔細去想各種動物大便的不同之處.

這就是為什麼要聽故事,故事的內容可以包羅萬象,可以有真正的歷史,無限的想像,令人玩味的省思…每次看完一本好書,繪本或電影,都會一種很飽的感覺,一種心靈十分滿足的滿足感,滿足心靈的因素會因年齡不同而有所不同,也因此當我在十八歲時看”搶救雷恩大兵”時和二十五歲時看會有全然不同的感想,但這種滿足感並不會因為年齡而增減.

不論是聽故事,看書或是看電影都帶給我許多美好的經驗與回憶;而在日後的學習也提高了主動的意願,例如:想主動了解八七水災得更多細節及背景;印象的加深,例如:沒學過日語的我到現在還能記得日文1~6的發音;想像力的提升,例如:當爺爺告訴我他在日本時代的學生生活,在我腦海裡能夠勾勒出他所形容的畫面.

能和我一樣享受聽故事,也期許我自己能讓大家享受聽故事囉!

I love listening to stories!

I still remember when I was very little, I used to sit in the living room and listen to my grandpa counting in Japanese. Then he would start to tell us why he could speak Japanese and how he sang the Japanese national anthem in school. This was grandpa’s story, not in any storybook, only in his memory.

I still remember, in that year on that night, all of my dad’s siblings came and stayed in my house for the night and we slept on the floor together. Then my dad and my aunty started to tell what had happened that morning during the ’87 flood, how they put water into the pigs’ ears so the pigs wouldn’t drink and how they climbed onto the roof, this is my father’s story from his past, again, no storybook, only in his memories.

Just like that, generation after generation, the stories got passed on, each story completely different based on the time and situation. Back then they were all passed on by word of mouth, but now we have storybooks, novels and even movies, so stories can get passed on much easier now. Recently I just finished watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and wondered whether I would ever have thought of life in that way if I hadn’t seen the movie. The answer is “No.” So the movie didn’t only spark my imagination, but served as a reminder that we should not take life for granted and make the most of what we have. The very first storybook I read, that began my interest in storybooks, was one titled The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business. Only because of this book I can see the humor in such a disgusting situation (having a poop on your head) and know the difference between the different types of droppings each animal has.

This is why we need stories. Books can contain anything in the storybook, real history, imaginative or motivational. After reading a good book or watching a good movie I have a real feeling of spiritual satisfaction. The reason for this spiritual satisfaction can be different according to your age, personality type and what is happening in your life. I watched Saving Private Ryan for the first time when I was 18, but when I watched it again when I was 25 the whole feeling of the whole movie was different, but it was just as satisfying, even though I was older.

No matter whether I listen to stories, read books or watch movies, they all give me a lot of different experiences and memories. Later on, it increased my motivation for my studies, for example I would want to know more about the flood that my dad went through, more details and more background to the event, and because it was meaningful to me, the details I learned really stay in my brain permanently. Another example is that I have never learned Japanese, but I can still count from one to six in Japanese and my imagination has increased a lot because my grandfather told me about his life in the Japanese age and I can clearly see the images of the things he described in my mind.希望大家都

I hope you enjoy stories as much as I do, and I hope that I can pass on that same joy to those who listen to my stories.

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