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Chinese Style She is taller compared to Ali.
American Style She is taller than Ali.

Chinese Style I hope you would do it quickly.
American Style I hope you will do it quickly/
In Standard English would is used in conjunction with the past tense. It can
be used with the present tense if a condition is involved. eg. [ I think she
would benefit if she studied a little more. ]

Chinese Style I want to know what is the matter.
American Style I want to know what the matter is.

Chinese Style He cut his hair.
American Style He had his hair cut.

Chinese Style I'm having a headache.
American Style I have a headache. O I've got a headache.

Have/has is used to refer to possession I have a car ! or sensation I have
a cold !

Chinese Style I'll give to you ne!t week.
American Style I'll give it to you ne!t week.

Chinese Style My one is very nice.
American Style Mine is very nice.

Chinese Style "hough I told him not to come but he insisted.
American Style "hough I told him not to come he insisted.
Chinese Style She is taller compared to Ali.
American Style

Chinese Style I hope you would do it quickly.
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American Style
Chinese Style I want to know what is the matter.
American Style

Chinese Style He cut his hair.
American Style

Chinese Style I'm having a headache.
American Style
Chinese Style I'll give to you ne!t week.
American Style I'll give it to you ne!t week.

Chinese Style My one is very nice.
American Style

Chinese Style "hough I told him not to come but he insisted.
American Style
Chinese Style "he waste#ul usage o# water in #actories leads to a shortage o# water.
American Style "he waste#ul use o# water in #actories leads to a shortage o# water.


Chinese Style "wenty$#ive$year$old "homas %ang is regarded as matured enough to
&e elected president o# the party.
American Style "wenty$#ive$year$old "homas %ang is regarded as mature enough to
&e elected president o# the party.
"he past participle of the verb ma# also be used adjectivall#$ but it should
not be used to refer to human being.
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Chinese Style "he presence o# one corrupted mem&er in the council led to &ad
administration.
American Style "he presence o# one corrupt mem&er in the council led to &ad
administration.
"he past participles of the verbs ma# also be used adjectivall#$ but the#
should not be used to refer to human being.

Chinese Style "he swimming pool is opened to clu& mem&ers #ive days a week.
American Style "he swimming pool is open to clu& mem&ers #ive days a week.

Chinese Style He was so tensed &e#ore the interview that he had to take a
tranquilliser.
American Style He was so tense &e#ore the interview that he had to take a
tranquilliser.

Chinese Style I've waited three weeks &ut I didn't get a single mail.
American Style I've waited three weeks &ut I didn't get any mail.

Chinese Style 'hat kind o# a flower is this (
American Style 'hat kind o# flower is this (

Chinese Style The gold is a kind o# precious metal.
American Style Gold is a kind o# precious metal.

Chinese Style 'here are you going #or the Deepavali (
American Style 'here are you going #or Deepavali (

Chinese Style )o you play the table tennis (
American Style )o you play table tennis (
Chinese Style "he waste#ul usage o# water in #actories leads to a shortage o# water.
American Style
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Chinese Style "wenty$#ive$year$old "homas %ang is regarded as matured enough to
&e elected president o# the party.
American Style

Chinese Style "he presence o# one corrupted mem&er in the council led to &ad
administration.
American Style
Chinese Style "he swimming pool is opened to clu& mem&ers #ive days a week.
American Style

Chinese Style He was so tensed &e#ore the interview that he had to take a tranquilliser.
American Style .

Chinese Style I've waited three weeks &ut I didn't get a single mail.
American Style

Chinese Style 'hat kind o# a flower is this (
American Style

Chinese Style The gold is a kind o# precious metal.
American Style

Chinese Style 'here are you going #or the Deepavali (
American Style

Chinese Style )o you play the table tennis (
American Style
Chinese Style "he standard o# living o# Singapore people are reasona&ly high.
American Style "he standard o# living o# Singapore people is reasona&ly
high.
Chinese Style I like apple.
American Style I like apples.
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Chinese Style An American old couple visited him last week.
American Style An old American couple visited him last week.
Chinese Style *all games is my ho&&y.
American Style *all games are my ho&&y.
Chinese Style "en thousand dollars are a large sum o# money.
American Style "en thousand dollars is a large sum o# money.
Chinese Style +ive years are much too long #or me. I cannot wait.
American Style +ive years is much too long #or me. I cannot wait.
Chinese Style "he clerk and typist have &een with this company #or
two years.
American Style "he clerk and typist has &een with this company #or
two years.
Chinese Style "he manager and the secretary was out.
American Style "he manager and the secretary were out.
Chinese Style ,either they nor I are to &lame #or this mistake.
American Style ,either they nor I am to &lame #or this mistake.
Chinese Style -ither o# you have given me the gi#t.
American Style -ither o# you has given me the gi#t.
Chinese Style "he standard o# living o# Singapore people are reasona&ly high.
American Style
Chinese Style I like apple.
American Style I like
Chinese Style An American old couple visited him last week.
American Style
Chinese Style *all games is my ho&&y.
American Style
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Chinese Style "en thousand dollars are a large sum o# money.
American Style
Chinese Style +ive years are much too long #or me. I cannot wait.
American Style
Chinese Style "he clerk and typist have &een with this company #or
two years.
American Style .
Chinese Style "he manager and the secretary was out.
American Style
Chinese Style ,either they nor I are to &lame #or this mistake.
American Style
Chinese Style -ither o# you have given me the gi#t.
American Style
Chinese Style 'e have got such much to do &ut only so many hours in
a day.
American Style 'e have got so much to do &ut only so many hours in
a day.
Chinese Style "he old man was walking towards the entrance although it had closed
slowly.
American Style "he old man was walking slowly towards the entrance although it had
closed.
Chinese Style He has completed the course satisfactory.
American Style He has completed the course satisfactorily.
Chinese Style .y sister treats the &a&y motherly.
American Style .y sister treats the &a&y in a motherly way.
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Chinese Style %lease give me a detail description o# the ro&&ery.
American Style %lease give me a detailed description o# the ro&&ery.
Chinese Style I want to know the detail o# the plan.
American Style I want to know the details o# the plan.
Chinese Style It was a long time before when I met her #or the #irst time.
American Style It was a long time ago when I met her #or the #irst time.
Chinese Style She has not told him her name ago.
American Style She has not told him her name before.
Chinese Style /udy0 as well as /oei0 play the piano.
American Style /udy0 as well as /oei0 plays the piano.
Chinese Style It is me who won the #irst pri1e last year.
American Style It is I who won the #irst pri1e last year.
Chinese Style 'e have got such much to do &ut only so many hours in
a day.
American Style .
Chinese Style "he old man was walking towards the entrance although it had closed
slowly.
American Style
Chinese Style He has completed the course satisfactory.
American Style .
Chinese Style .y sister treats the &a&y motherly.
American Style
Chinese Style %lease give me a detail description o# the ro&&ery.
American Style
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Chinese Style I want to know the detail o# the plan.
American Style
Chinese Style It was a long time before when I met her #or the #irst time.
American Style
Chinese Style She has not told him her name ago.
American Style .
Chinese Style /udy0 as well as /oei0 play the piano.
American Style
Chinese Style It is me who won the #irst pri1e last year.
American Style
Advice Column Letters

Dear Abby,
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I recently broke up with a man I loved and he married another girl. I have been going
out with someone else ever since. He's ! and I'm ".
#ow he has asked me to marry him. I suppose I would be cra$y to re%use, but I &ust don't
love him. I like him as a good %riend, but is that enough %or marriage' (y mother says
love grows i% you marry someone who is good to you. Do you think she's right'
Another problem is that I live in a very small town, and my cances o% being proposed to
again are very slim. )hat should I do'
**Con%used in +A

Dear Abby,
A month ago I met the most wonder%ul girl in the world,,she is everything I have ever
dreamed o% in a woman. -veryone said we should take things slower, but both o% us &ust
knew we were meant to be together. I asked her to marry me &ust two weeks a%ter we
%irst met, and we have set our wedding date %or one month %rom now.
.oth o% us are e/tremely happy, but no one else seems to understand0 1ur parents, our
relatives, and our %riends won't &ust be happy %or us,,they keep warning us that we don't
know what we're doing. Abby, we're both adults 2I'm 3 and she's 45, so why can't
anyone accept our decision' 6hey are ruining our happy time together0 )hat should we
do'
,,7ick o% Advice in (issouri
Choice
(Response to an Advice Column Letter)
by Joleen Chin
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Dear Con%used:
I know it is very hard %or you to decide what you need to do now. I have the e/perience
with yours. It made me crying everyday, because I didn;t know how to do was good %or
me or other people. 6o make the decision is not easy %or everyone, .ut I think you can
do well by yoursel%.
I% you %eel this guy is a good person, and he is nice to you. I suggest you can give
yourselves some time and continue to understand each other. <ou will know him more
than be%ore. Don;t scare to tell him what you are worry about now. I think i% he love you,
he will understand what you want to improve0 It is a good time to test %or his patient and
love0
I;m sure this man is a good man, but you can give you more choices. (aybe the ne/t
man will be the best man in your %uture. Don;t hurry to make a decision when you don;t
consider yet
=ood luck to you and your %riend0
9oleen
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Winning a Game
by Romulo del Carpio
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I think that in a game it is very important to win, but also I think it is important to &ust
take part in the game. I would like to give a personal e/ample.
)hen I was twelve years old I always played basketball. )hen I was &ust learning. -very
time I would play the best I could. I had many %riends that played very well. 6hey played
in a superior league o% basketball in my city. 6hey played on important teams, they
always asked me to play. 6hey always wanted to win, and never like to lose. I learned
many things %rom them. 7uch as how to win. I continued playing. I played in many teams
and championships and I always wanted to win. )hen I lost I %elt very bad. )hen I was
twenty two years old. I started to understand that the ob&ective o% playing wasn't &ust
winning. -very day that passed I understood more, because I started to teach to my
younger brother. He was thirteen years old, and he &ust starting to play. He learned well
and very %ast. 6hen I started training with him and a team o% boys. 6hey learned very
%ast, but still it took a lot o% time. A%ter I started to play with people that had &ust started
to play. It was very di%%icult %or me I was used to playing with people that played very
well.
A%ter a %ew year maybe three. I understood that everyone doesn>t have the some virtues
and ?ualities, and that people that know how to play to should try to teach people that
don>t know play. Also I like to play with people that know to play, because I can teach
them.
)e always play to win but i% we lose it is okay, because we always have a lot o% %un.
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Telling the Truth
by Romulo del Carpio
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I believe that it is very important that everyone tell the truth. I believe that there are
many reasons to be honest, the most important reasons %or me are that a like &ust leads
to more lies, and that lying brings suspicion. )hen a person has the habit o% lying, this
person always has many problems. A person that lies can>t be my %riend.
I had a +eruvian co*worker. He has always lying. 1ne time, he lied to our boss. He told
him that he had done all he estimates and %or our boss and our boss made a note o% this
in%ormation. 6he ne/t day, the boss called him, because he wanted a e/planation o% some
result. (y co*worker still had not %inished the work. He tried to lie again, but he mistook
everything. (y boss asked him about the result again. He was very angry. )hen he
heard all truth o% that had happened. He %ired to my co*worker.
6his situation taught me very much. I should always tell the truth. I believe that i% my co*
worker had told the truth, the boss would not have %ired him.
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The Inluence o !riends
by "duardo del Rio
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I think that %riends are the most important in%luence, because we are talking about young
adults, and young adults are with their %riends almost always. I remember once when I
had a %riend that was the kind o% person that always had a lot o% in%luence %rom her
mother, because she always consulted her mother be%ore making any choice. @or
e/ample when she loved someone, she told her mother how the e/periences with her
prospective boy%riend were, and she asked her mother each day when she needed her
advice. However, one day when she was with her %riends, a girl and a guy, she was
con%used, because she didn;t know i% in %act she loved her boy%riend. )hile her %riends
were there with her, they convinced her that she ought to break up with her boy%riend.
7he took the %riends; advice, and she did it such as they told her to. )hen the night
came, she regretted that she did it.
I knew to this girl, and %or this reason I think that when we are with one person %or a
long time, it;s too easy to receive a big in%luence %rom them. 7ome %riends told me once
that our parents lived in another time older than our time. 7ometimes parents want to do
things like they were done a long time ago.
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Changing #omething About $y %ometo&n
by "duardo del Rio
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9ustice is the per%ect word. I;d really want to change a lot o% things, however I think that
i% the &ustice in my hometown changed, everything would change. )hy' .ecause is a
beauti%ul and impressive city. It;s the most important city in my country. 6he ma&ority o%
(e/icans live there. 6here is less poverty than in other states o% (e/ico, but this poverty
is because some people have power in the government. 6his thing is stopping the
progress o% the nation, because they are stealing a lot o% money %or themselves. 6his is
%or me in&ustice, because this money is %rom the nation and is %or its progress too. I
believe that the people know about it, and the day is coming when there;ll be &ustice in
(e/ico, so everything will be able to change.
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by Jociene !elipe
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:
(y name 9ociene @elipe, 6his is my %irst semester at -LC and I decided to write to you
because has two things that I liked so much and I really want to tell you.
6he -LC, has a good computer program that I have never seen. I think the computer
program will help us to learn read %aster and write better. 7o many school has a
computer but doesn't have goods programs.
6he ne/t thing that I like is speaking only -nglish inside the -LC. 7ome people learn
-nglish listening, watching 6A but doesn't have good pronunciation and don't speak
%luently because don't have practice and speak a lot o% own language.
7incerely,
9ociene @elipe
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(laying Games Teaches us About Lie
by Jociene !elipe
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In our lives we are always playing games, because li%e is a game when you loose or win.
=ames are important instruments to learn, add knowledge and to take decisions.
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=ames teach us to learn good or bad things and both o% them. 6he good things are when
the game teaches us positive things that we can use in our lives. 6he bad things are
when the game teaches us negative things and that could pre&udice your li%e. =ames can
teach us bad or good things at the same timeB in this case you need to separate very
care%ully what is bad and what is good to improve your li%e.
=ames help to add knowledge because games teach us about history, things and
economics. 7ome games come with history knowledge and that helps us to learn very
?uickly about history. In our vocabulary we have a lot o% things to learn and games helps
us to memori$e so %ast the meanings. -conomics is very important in our lives and
games teach us about how the economics work.
=ames help in take our own decisions, because we can do ?uickly, sure and right. 1ur
decisions will be very ?uickly when we practice games. Also we are sure in our decisions
because when you play games you need to be very sure what you are doing. Decisions
will be right because when you are playing games you learn to be right in your steps.
+laying games taught me a lot in my li%e, I am able to talk about any thing because I
learn a lot o% things in games.
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(eople are )ever #atisied
by Jociene !elipe
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In the history o% the humanity, men always tried to have more materials things that they
had. 1ne reason was their e%%ort to discover new things. Another was their codicia. 6he
last was to have more material things to show their power to the other that don;t have.
6hose characteristics made the men one person with constant challenges.
6he reason to discover new things was to a%%ront challenges such as con%ormism, com%ort
and education. Con%ormism was always le%t behind too because men needed to improve
their tool to get more things. Com%ort to %ind new things to make more com%ortable the
way to live and -ducation principal element to achieve the advances o% the technology to
get the last two things. 6hose elements were to improve the li%e better.
(en learned that since the beginning o% the history about con%ormism, he couldn;t be in
the same place, grow, settle and improvisation was the constantly motivation. =row was
the key word %or men no admit the con%ormism this mean that men always should be in
constantly growing. 7ettle new lands and treasures were the way to get more things and
improvisation was the most important tool to achieve their goals. 6he way to change and
change the way to live was the %ocus to get more than people have.
7howing the power was the pre%er thing that men could do it, proud, dominium and %orce
were the principal things that men loves. +roud is the way that men always like to have
because he is the best and he can do anything. Dominium is the way to get more things
the others be economical or %inancial and %orce was the way to command ones to others
as a symbol o% the power. (en likes control any situation in the world, there%ore he is
always looking %or new things.
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)orth is synonymous o% the power and people in the world will be looking %or new ways
to get that. In the History;s men the wars were the way to get more economical and
%inancial goods, many people died %or that. 6he power is something strong in the men;s
mind because it;s the way to have the control on the others, thus people could get a lot
o% things to grow and grow. 1ne o% the most important ways to get that in the last times,
besides o% the wars, was the international trade some countries became more power%ul
than others.
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*o +ou %ave to %ave $oney to be #ccessul,
by Jociene !elipe
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I have been thinking about how can be success%ul. I was talking with %riends about that,
and some o% them think that you need to have money to be success%ul. I think that
people in the world can be success%ul such a rich or not, because depend o% their
knowledge, willing and education. 7ome people in the world achieve their goals when
they really trust in themselves.
Cnowledge is very important in mankind because depend what you know' How to do it'
and how to be ready to any situation'. +eople need to know what is the best and what is
the worst because with this di%%erence they can achieve the rightenouses. .esides they
need to do how to do the things what is the best way' 6o be ready %or any situation is
very important because li%e is not easy. Li%e needs to be observed as a good thing.
)illing is the capacity in the lead people around you as work, %amily and %riends. In our
&ob we need to work in*group because that is the way to achieve the success. @amily is a
good willing to show as a leader to our children and our husband the way to love. @ rinds
are very important to live in community because we no always depend o% our %amily, but
the good %riends. +eople around you can help so much to resolve your problems.
-ducation is the most important that god gave us because that is the way to learn, to
apply, and to help our nation and people is very interesting to understand such as
language, customs and belie%s. Apply the things that you learn in the things that you do
will be help%ul to achieve good overcomes. -ducation is so much important to help the
people the best way and actually our country at all. -ducation has lead countries to be
more success%ul than others do.
#o only people that earn money in world can be success%ul because as was e/plained
above the most important is how you can use your knowledge to be success%ul. I have
some e/amples that can show poor people that became success%ul.
In the world: (other 6eresa o% Calcutta, (artin Luther Cing, (ahatma =andhi and a lot
more. -verybody can be success%ul in the world is no &ust money.
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Choosing a )e& (lace to Live
by "manuelle !loriano
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)hen a person moves to a new place, there are many decisions that he or she must
make. In my case, two things that I wonder about moving to a new place are location
and the number o% rooms. =ood location and enough rooms %or my needs could make my
li%e more com%ortable.
In my opinion, location is the most important thing about moving. 7ome aspects o%
location that I consider important are sa%ety, and nearness to my &ob. Also, schools and
stores being close to where I live is important, too.
@irst, the place needs to be a sa%e place. I don't want to move to a place where I need to
lock my door all the time, or where I cannot walk by mysel% at night. -very day, we
watch on the news a lot o% cases o% violence. I don't want to be e/posed to violence, or
e/posed my %amily.
7econd, the place needs to be near my &ob. 6hen, I don't need to wake up early to drive
%or 3D minutes like I did last year to get my &ob. It caused me a lot o% stress. -very
morning, the tra%%ic was terrible. 6hen, most o% the time, I took a bus to get there. It was
about ED minutes more than driving my car. (y only relie% was to sleep %or little more on
the bus. 1n rainy days, the transit got worse, so my travel was about hours. I always
%elt tired, even be%ore starting to work. 6his is why the &ob needs to be near my house.
1ther things that I consider important in regards to location are that the schools and
stores are close to where I live, too. 6he school must be near, so that my children can
walk to get there. 6hey won't need to depend o% the bus, and, they won't have any
e/cuse to be late at school. 6he store should be near, too. @or e/ample, I start to cook
dinner, and I don't have something to make it. 6hen, I can run to the store and buy it
without spending a lot o% time.
Another thing that I wonder about moving is the number o% rooms in the new house. A
house needs to be com%ortable %or the people who live there. I like to have space to put
everything that is mine away. (y %amily's house has three bedrooms, one bedroom %or
every two people. I share my bedroom with my sister =iselle. In the being, it was hard,
because we thought that it was a small room, and we didn't have enough space to put
our things away. 7ometimes, I %ound her books on my bed, or she had my clothes on
hers. Also, the %act that we shared a bedroom caused us to start picking up things %rom
each other without asking. #ow, we don't have problems anymore with this. (y sister
and I resolved the problem about sharing the same bedroom. )e respect each other
space. 7he doesn't take anything that is mine without authori$ation, and neither I do. I%
we were to move to a new house, it should have 3 bedrooms. It means that we could
have an e/tra bedroom %or visitors.
Location and the numbers o% rooms are things that are important to me when I think
about choosing a new place to live.
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(arents are the -est Teachers
by "manuelle !loriano
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In my opinion, parents are the best teachers %or their children, even more than any
success%ul academic teacher in the world. 6eachers at school can help children with their
%ormal education, but these same teachers are limited in what they can teach about love
and li%e.
+arents start to teach their children in their earliest years. @irst o% all, they teach about
love. -very single e/pression o% love %rom them makes the di%%erence in their child's li%e.
@or e/ample, my youngest sister is an adopted child. (ost o% her li%e, she lived with us.
In her earliest years, she didn't have anyone who could e/press some love to her. Her
parents didn't care about her. )hen she had an accident, they le%t her in the hospital and
never went back to take care o% her. 7he stayed there %or %ive months. 7he became a
part o% my li%e when she was almost two years old. @or the last ten years, my parents
have treated her as their own child. However, there is something that is missing in her
li%e: the love when she was &ust a baby. #ow, she is eleven years old, and we can see in
her acts that she wants more and more love that she missed as a baby. 6his supports my
opinion that parents are the best teachers and care givers.
7econd, children learn best by e/ample. 6eachers tell them what is right and what they
need to do. +arents show them what is right with their e/ample and how to do it. @or
e/ample, in my %amily, there are seven children. -ach one is di%%erent %rom the others,
but all the children have something in common. It is Fbe honestF. (y parents as teachers
taught us that we need to be honest, but we couldn't see how schoolteachers lived their
lives. It was completely di%%erent with my parents, especially my %ather. )e are poor, but
I have never seen my %ather trying to take advantage o% someone. All the things that we
have are all the credit o% my parents. It makes it di%%icult %or any one o% us to try to do
something that isn't honest.
6he time in our li%e that we learn important things is in our childhood. 6hose things make
a di%%erence %or the rest o% our li%e. (ost o% the time o% our childhood is spent with our
parents. I could use more reasons to support my opinion, but I think that love and
e/ample are the best things to teach someone, and most parents have those ?ualities.
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by Guo +ing Gao
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:
I am an -LC student. I am %rom ChinaB I have studied in the -LC almost three semesters.
I %eel this is a good school. @irst, the school has good discipline. 7econd, there are good
teachers and good students. I %eel sa%e and happy, I learned a lot, but I have one
suggestion tell to you.
I wish the school computer lab was open on 7aturday, .ecause every student is %rom
di%%erent countries and we &ust have days o% classes. (ost students don't have a
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computer at their apartment. 6he apartments are not good places to studyB there is too
much noise. I think this is many students' opinion. Could you please do it %or our
students'
7incerely,




=uo <ing =ao
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(arents are the -est !riends
by "rnesto Gon.ale.
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+arents are the best %riends in the world. -verybody would wish to be with their parents
all their li%e because parents are always there when we need them. 6hey are also there
when we have problems, and when we need their help and support. 6hey teach us all
about li%e's virtues, dangers, and bene%its. 6hey also teach us how to succeed and how to
cope with %ailure. In addition, they show us how to be good children, and all we need to
know about li%e.
6he %irst lesson I remember learning in my li%e was when I was %ive years old, my parents
taught me how to brush my teeth. I had a small toothbrush, that was my %avorite, but I
used it anyway, so it didn't clean my teeth very well. 6hey told me, FI% you don't clean
your teeth very well, you will lose your teeth, and you will be toothless like your dog.F (y
dog was very old, and she had lost all her teeth. I laughed at what my parents said to
me. I thought, F)hen I turn seven years old, I will be like my pet.F
)hen I was si/ years old, one tooth started to hurt me, so I cried all night. (y parents
said, F)e told you, you must clean your teeth.F 6he ne/t morning, my carried me to the
dentist, and the dentist told me how to clean my teeth very well because i% I don't, some
%ood will get stuck between my teeth. 6hen he said that %ood will mi/ with bacteria and
%orm dental caries. 6he dentist took out my bad tooth. 6hat day I learned that cleaning
my teeth was very important, and also learned a big lesson. I must pay attention to the
advice o% my parents. It was my %irst big lesson.
)hen I began school at %ive years old, I learned another important lesson %rom my
parents. I learned some swear words and my parents heard me. 6hey said, F<ou learn to
swear %ast, but you don't learn math.F 1ne day during break at my school I swore, and a
teacher heard me. He carried me to the principal's o%%ice, and gave me a note %or my
parents. 6he ne/t day, my parents and I went to school. (y parents had to talk with the
principal. 6he principal told them, Fyour son is very spoiled.F A%ter my parents talked to
me, they said to me, F<ou must not swear anymore, and you must respect your teachers,
classmates and %riends.F I had very low grades, especially in math. )hen my dad
received my grades, he was very angry. At the time he started to teach me math. I
learned math, and my dad and I became good %riends. I learned a big lessonB I must
respect my teachers, my parents and people in general.
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)hen I was si/teen years old during my senior year, I learned another lesson. I had
some problems with some classmates, because they were very spoiled. All the time they
liked to cause trouble %or others. I had a %ight with one o% them, and we %ought a lot o%
time. I got a black eye and he got a broken nose. (y parents said to me, F)hy did you
%ight'.F I didn't answer them, but my parents said, F<ou are a good boy, but you need to
talk to him about the %ight and %orgive each other. F(y response was F)hy' He started
the %ight.F (y parents said, F=o, son, to talk to him,F so I went to his house and talked
with him all a%ternoon. 6he ne/t day we became good %riends and the %riendship last until
now. It was my third big lesson.
I had some problems be%ore to come here. I needed my visa, but my application was
incomplete. I was very sad, and my parents told me, F<ou don't have %aith. <ou don't
pray to my Heavenly @ather. I% you don't re?uest with %aith, =od doesn't help you.F 7ince
then I started to pray with much %aith, and I also started to %astB all things started to be
%ine, and I %inally obtained my visa. It was my %ourth big lesson.
I learned many things o% these e/periences. I became responsible and organi$ed. I also
learned to respect my teachers, my parents and my %riends. (y parents are my best
%riends and my best teachers. I have learned very much %rom my parents. I hope some
day I can become a good %ather and a good pro%essional, and a good e/ample %or my
children.
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by "rnesto Gon.ale.
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:
(y name is -rnesto =on$ale$. I am -LC student. I am in level three. I am writing this %or
you. It's about the -LC. I am glad to tell you my opinion about the -LC.
I %eel so good here in the -LC. I am learning a lot o% -nglish. (y teachers are nice, they
e/plain so good their classes. )hen I was moved to level %our, some students didn't
understand, and they said nothing. I don't why'. (aybe they had have scared. In the end
o% the classes they ask about the tasks and homework because they didn't understand
the class. I wish that changing %or the students learn more -nglish.
I want to recommend you that the teachers e/plain the class, they do to participate to
everyone, because we need to practice -nglish. I like my classes in level three, but in the
level %our I noted that some classmates didn't understand, so their teachers asked them
one ?uestionB they said, FI don't know.F 6he teacher didn't say anything. I want that this
change.
I like -LC, but I think that -LC should change little things like participation o% everyone. I
don't say with this that the teachers should be b3ehind the student saying them how to
study, how to participate, and how to do the homework. 6he students have a big
responsibility. It's to improve our -nglish every day. )e need to educate ourselves, too.
I% you have some ?uestions, I appreciate your opinion. I hope you are %ine.
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7incerely,




-rnesto =on$ale$.
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Why did /orea *ivide,
by #un0$i %&ang
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(any people don't know about Corea. Corea is divided into #orth Corea and 7outh Corea.
7outh Corea is a democratic country, but #orth Corea is a nonhostile communist country.
6here%ore 7outh Coreans can not usually go to the #orth Corea, and #orth Coreans can
not go to 7outh Corea. I% I go to #orth Corea, it is a crime. 7ometimes the #orth Corea>s
government will kill people who escape. It is a very sad thing, because we are one
country.
)hy did Corea divide' During )orld )ar II, we were a colony o% 9apan. )hen this war
was %inished, 9apan withdrew troops %rom Corea. At that time Corea had two
governmentsB a democratic and a nonhostile communist. However they didn't want each
other. @inally, the G.7.A helped 7outh Corea, and 8ussia helped #orth Corea. As a result
we built two counties.
At time we were a little bit %reeB we could go to each other>s countries. However on the
morning o% 9une H,4!HD, #orth Corea invaded 7outh Corea. 6hus we started the Corean
war. 6his war continued %or about E years. As a result many people died, and many
buildings were destroyed. At that time, many countries 2G#5 helped 7outh Corea.
#evertheless no one won, so we stopped %ighting. Gsually Coreans call a truce line F6he
EIth parallelF because it is at EI degrees north latitude. It is like the .erlin wall o%
=ermany.
#ow Corea has many separated %amilies, because they lived apart %rom each other in the
war a long time ago. 6hey miss each other. @ortunately the government is talking about
this problem, and other. Gsually Corea wants to uni%y as one nation as soon as possible.
However the uni%ication is still a long ways o%%.
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!ollo&ing )e& Customs
by #un0$i %&ang
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I live in America now. I'm a Corean. I grew up %or D year in Corea. I'm a usual Corean
citi$en, so I can eat Cimchi, rice, and seaweed. I can't wear shoes in the house, and i%
someone is older than me, usually I can't call him by %irst name. 6here%ore, America>s
customs are a little bit di%%erent than in my country. 7ometimes I'm con%used because o%
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the new customs. (y opinion is to %ollow the customs o% the new country. However,
several people keep their own customs in the new country. I think that is not good. )hen
we don't %ollow the customs o% the new country, we have problems with the new
country's people, so we can>t harmoni$e with them.
@or e/ample, the smell o% Corean %ood is sometimes very strong. 6his smell is strange to
people other countries. -specially the smell o% kimchi is very strong, so some people %rom
other countries don>t like that. I% Coreans and Americans live together, the American
hates Cimchi's smell. +robably they are going to %ight when the Corean eats the Cimchi,
so they don't like each other. 7ome people even move to another place because o% that
problem. I think it is a waste o% time and money. 6here%ore, I think that i% we go to new
country, we have to %ollow the new customs.
Another e/ample is that Coreans don>t wear shoes in the house, but Americans wear
shoes in the house. In Corea, i% you wear shoes in the house, it is very rude. However,
American has the opposite situation. +eople %rom Corea keep customs this here. I can
understand this, but some people %rom other countries don't like customs this. 6hey are
displeased. It's not good %or all people. 6here%ore, we have to %ollow the customs o% the
new country i% you don>t want problems.
Also %or e/ample, i% I get married to an American man, we will live in America. However,
i% I don't want to %ollow the American customs, I think we will %ight every day. )e can
never have con&ugal harmony. I% we have a baby, how do we teach the baby about the
customs' I'm going to demand teaching my country>s customs, and my husband is going
to demand his country's customs. It is a terrible thing. (aybe our baby will be very
con%used about that. 6here%ore, i% I %ollow the new customs, we won't have any
problems.
@inally, I think i% I move to another country, I have to %ollow the customs o% the new
country. I% I %ollow the new customs, I can solve problems like those in the e/amples
above. 6here%ore, we must %ollow the customs o% the new country.
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by #un0$i %&ang
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:
Hello. I am an -LC student 7un*(i. I like here, but sometime I %eel not good. I think
.uy's -LC is very good place. -veryone is very kind to other people. -LC students can
use many things about -nglish studying: tape, book, video and computer. 6hose are good
%or us.
(any students use the computer e/tremely much. I think the computer is not enough to
us, and very slow. 7ometimes I can not use the internet, so I have to change my seat. I
o%ten go .<G library to use the computer, to get the time. -LC has computer, but we
o%ten go to there. It's problem. (y opinion is &ust up*grade to computer. And then,
probably all -LC students are going to have a good time in the -LC.
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7incerely,




7un*(i Hwang
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by %idea1i %igashi
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:
I;m going to write about my opinion and suggestion about the system o% -LC, because I
really want to tell my opinion to you.
7o %ar, this -LC;s system doesn;t allow us to take di%%erent level classes. )e have to take
same level classes even though you have a higher level than now we staying. I think it
will put us back lower level than we had. It is big problem %or us. I don;t want to waste
my time. 6here%ore, I want to you change this -LC system.
#e/t, I want to recommend you have a placement test everytime be%ore start new
semester. .ecause e/pect very terrible case, we can go ne/t level automatically. -ven
though someone doesn;t have enough level to go to ne/t level, put the people ne/t level.
6his is absolutely my opinion. (aybe you think I can;t &udge the people. However, I really
don;t want to spoil new level. I mean teacher set a teaching standard not smart student,
so i% I have the person in my class, it is not good %or me. .ecause the person makes the
class level lower. It means the class is not new level. 9ust be changed the classmate. I
really don;t want to waste my time. 6here%ore, please change the system, and have a
placement test everytime be%ore new semester.
I don;t say you should change the system right away. However, please think about my
opinion and suggestion. +lease change the system good way %or student. It will make
great progress to -LC.
7incerely,
Hideaki Higashi
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Choosing a (lace to Live
by Adrian $andrile
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-veryone has di%%erent priorities when they choose a place %or living. @or me the most
important is the location, and si$e o% it.
@irst, I am a businessman. (y work consists in travel around o% important cities %or
periods o% three or %our months. In addition when I live close o% my work it is help%ul %or
me. @or e/ample, I can sa%e a lot o% time, when I go, and came back %rom it. Another
important thing is to have close o% the house di%%erent stores, like supermarket, gas
station, and mechanic shop.
7econd, the si$e is important %or several reasons. 1ne, the price o% the house has a direct
relation with the si$e o% it. 6wo, the si$e depend o% how many people are going to live in
it. 6hree, when the bigger is the house, the more e/pensive are the utilities. 7o my
pre%erence is to have a small house.
In summary, when the people need to choose a place %or living. 6hey have di%%erent
reasonsB these reasons are in accord with their necessities, like work, %amily, and others.
In my personal decision work is the priority
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Changing #omething About $y %ometo&n
by Adrian $andrile
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I% I could change one important thing in my hometown, it will be to plant so many trees
ne/t to the sidewalk, and make more parks.
6he %irst reason is that many trees in a town mean, that the town has li%e. 6he trees give
%resh air, take out the pollution in the air, and e/change it %or o/ygen. )ith tree the
population o% birds will be increase. It is grate%ul, because the people can listen in the
morning their beauti%ul songs
6he second reason isB 6rees protect houses and people %rom the weather. @or e/ample, in
summer when the days are very hot, is necessary a good shade. @or it what better that a
shade %rom a big tree. 6he people can read books, wash their cars, and play games
under it. In the other hand, in winter trees protect %rom storms, and strong winds. (any
trees don;t have leaves in winter, and the sunshiny can thought it, and keep warm the
house.
In conclusion, a town without trees the background is so sad. 6he general %eelings o% the
people are not good. A green town makes happy to the people.
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/no&ledge rom -oo1s or "'perience
by Adrian $andrile
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Cnowledge is an important word, scienti%ic have been studying it %or long time. 7ome o%
them said that knowledge is gained %rom e/perience only, but others said that without
books nobody is able to gained knowledge. In my opinion books are good, but e/perience
is better.
Although in the books we can %ind a lot o% in%ormation. 7o it gives to us knowledge, but
this knowledge is not complete. @or e/ample, many students learned %rom books.
However when they want to appli?ue their knowledge they can;t, because only theory is
not enough %or understand.
1n the other hand, the books were created %rom e/perience. 7o e/perience gives
knowledge and then men can put this in the books. 6he development o% humanity was
only with practice, and e/perience. It is the most important reason %or me. In particular, I
did both ways. I learned %rom books, and real applications about that I have been
learning. (y speci%ic e/ample isB when I took class about welding I learned a lot. .ut
when I went at the welding shop I couldn;t do well until, I was practicing %or a while.
In summary, books help us to %ind in%ormation and process that the other people did. .ut
we must do our own e/perience and then we can ac?uire knowledge.
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Advice Column Response
by "ri1a $atsuyama
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Dear 7ick o% Advice,
I think you are really in love with each other. However, my opinion is the same as your
%amily and %riends. i hope you will read this answer care%ully. I think your promise o%
marriage is too %ast. <our %amily and %riends are worrying about it %or you. I think they
are really worrying about you, and they hope %or your happiness %rom the bottom o% their
hearts.
I advise you to wait to marry one or two more months, and try to help your %amily and
%riends be able to understand you. I% in that time your mind doesn't change and you are
trying hard %or your %amily, I think they will understand you. However, when you try to
persuade them, be care%ul not to become too e/cited. <ou must listen to their opinion
care%ully and you'd better persuade a%ter that. I hope your %amily and %riends understand
you. =ood luck0
7incerely,
-rika
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A Letter o Complaint
by 2ei1a Rodrigue.
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council,
I wanted to write you this letter because I am little annoyed with something are happing
in the machines -LC. 1ne time, (y %riend and I went to buy some stu%% to eat in the
vending machines these are on the %irst %loor o% the -LC building.
I deposited the money to get it. However, the stu%% was stuck inside o% the machine. As a
result I had to go to room 4DE. 6hey gave me back the money o% immediate and
politeness to try again. I tried about %our times at the same vending machine. I had to go
to room 4DE these %our times. As conse?uence, I decided not to buy anything because I
couldn;t get something to eat. I think, these machines should be changed or %i/ed.
I hope you can resolve this big problem, because it is irritating to the students are
studying in this building. I hope receive answer soon. 6hank very much %or you attention.
7incerely,
Jeika 8odrigue$.
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"ntertainers Contribute as $uch to #ociety as (roessionals
by Woo Jin #hin
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(any people contribute to society in di%%erent occupations. (ost people think that
pro%essionals must lead society. .ut I don;t think so. -specially I think that entertainers
make many contributions to society. 7o here I will introduce a satirical cartoonist who
contribute to society as an entertainer.
6homas #ast, who drew a satirical cartoon, played an important role in +resident
Lincoln;s reelection. In 4I"3 the war was not going well %or the #orth. (any people
blamed Lincoln. 6hey were tired o% the war. 6he democratic candidate, =eneral =eorge ..
(eclellan, promised peace at any price. Lincoln didn;t think he had a chance to be
reelected. In August he wrote, KIt seems e/ceedingly probable that this administration
will not be reelected.F .ut he had not counted on the support o% 6homas #ast. #ast drew
cartoons showing (clellan as a man who would compromise with the 7outh. 6he cartoons
were e%%ective, and helped +resident Lincoln win reelection.
In conclusion, I think that a person;s contribution to society does not depend on the kind
o% occupation, but on ability o% a person who engages in that occupation.
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%a.ards !rom )uclear (o&er
by Woo Jin #hin
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(ost people think that human has being many energy sources. However, human has
being limited energy sources. 7o scientists investigate various substitute energy sources.
1ne o% them is nuclear power. #uclear power is convenient to use, but nuclear power also
has several ha$ards which we should be aware o% supplying energy by nuclear power.
6hree o% these ha$ards are as %ollowsB
@irst, the radioactive material must travel %rom its place o% manu%acture to the power
station. Although the power stations themselves are solidly built, the containers used %or
the transport o% the materials are not. 6here are normally only two methods o% transport
available, namely road or rail. Gn%ortunately, both o% these involve close contact with the
general public, since the routes are sure to pass near, even through, heavily populated
areas.
7econd, there is the problem o% waste. All nuclear power stations produce waste that, in
most cases, will remain radioactive %or thousands o% years. It is impossible to make these
wastes nonradioactive, and so they must be stored in one o% the inconvenient ways that
scientists have invented. @or e/ample, they may be buried under the ground, dropped
into abandoned mines, or sunk in the sea. However, these methods do not solve the
problem, since an earth?uake could easily crack the containers open.
6hird, there is the problem o% accidental e/posure due to a leak or an e/plosion at the
power station. As with the other two ha$ards, this is not very likely, so it does not provide
a serious ob&ection to the nuclear program. #evertheless, it can happen. @or e/ample, a
%ew years ago there were the e/posure o% nuclear power in some region o% 8ussia. 7o
many people were in%ected by the e/posure o% nuclear power.
7eparately, these three types o% risks are not a great cause %or concern. 6aken together,
the probability o% disaster is e/tremely high. 6here%ore, scientists must investigate sa%e
substitute energy sources, and scientists must make sure not to create a ha$ard in the
process o% supplying energy that they invent.
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Telling a (olite Lie
by Woo Jin #hin
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I think that telling a polite lie would be like a %airy tale and the Arabian #ights;
entertainments. I% people would steadily tell the truth only, li%e will be bored. @or
e/ample, a man consults a doctor. A%ter the consulation, doctor knows that he has a
serious disease. 6he doctor has two choice. @irst is telling the truth. 7econd is telling a
polite lie. In the %irst case, patient will be live a unhappy li%e. In the second case, patient
will be live a happy li%e %or the rest o% li%e. I% you must choose the only one o% them,
which one do you choose'
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Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by T.u0Chien Wen
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6$u*Chien )en
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H 7eptember DDD

-LC -/ecutive Council
Gniversity +arkway Center
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Dear -LC -/ecutive Council:

(y name is 6$u*Chien )en. 6his is my second semester in -LC. I think this is a good
school and I love it very much. .ut I still have some opinion to you.

In e%%ect, there have %our class in the school, ListeningN7peaking, =rammar, 8eading and
)riting. However, some people are good at =rammar, others are good at
ListeningN7peaking. .ut, maybe they will in the same level. 6o my way to thinking, it is
not the best way to study. 6here is no denying that learning the things that students
already know are wasting time and money. In brie%, I think we should choose the class o%
level that we need the most. @or e/ample, someone is bad at 8eading, so he should
choose the lower level o% this class. 1n the other hand, i% someone is good at some
sub&ect, he should choose the higher level in this class, too.

A%ter all, the purpose o% this school is studying -nglish in the better way. 7o, please think
about my suggestion and I will thanks %or your smart change.

7incerely,




6$u*Chien )en
Letter to the "LC "'ecutive Council
by #young /young +oon
Dear -LC -/ecutive Council,

I would like to make a comment in borrowing the books. I an the person who like to read
books. 7ometimes when I want to borrow a book %rom you, there are nothing. 7o I try
the ne/t day but there is no book which I want to borrow. 6he reason that this thing
happen is because someone already borrowed the book about two weeks ago. It was not
a happy memory that you can e/perience.
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However, I &ust want to give a suggestion about the period o% lending a book. I think it
should be shorter than 4H days. I think 4D days are enough %or lending a book. In my
case, I usually read a book in a week. I% you change the period, many people may can
have a chance to read a book. In other words, whenever I want to read a book, I may go
to you.
+lease let me know the result weather you accept my opinion or not. 6hank you %or your
e%%orts %or the students in -LC.

7incerely,




7young Cyoung <oon