Chinese New Year Essay

我们家过春节

Julia Lee

 

我们家人都是韩国人,但是我和哥哥都在香港长大。因为我从小就开始住在香港,也正在香港读书,所以我对中国的春节传统比韩国的春节传统熟悉。即使我对中国春节比较熟悉,我还知道韩国春节。虽然我父母都得工作,可是我们家人每年春节的时候从香港坐飞机去韩国跟亲戚朋友一起庆祝春节。
中国人过一个地道的中国年的时候,他们有各式各样的传统。他们不但要准备送给亲戚朋友给的礼物,给孩子们的压岁钱 和新鲜的鸡鸭鱼肉和菜,而且要布置除夕的年夜饭和倒着贴的“福”字。除夕的时候中国人一般都跟全家一起吃年夜饭。除了红烧鱼,炒青菜,饺子,汤圆和米饭以外,桌上还有春卷和酸辣汤。小的时候,我觉得中国餐不是辣,就是甜,可是我对中国餐越来越感兴趣。现在,即使我是挑食的人,我还喜欢一边吃各式各样的中国餐,一边练习做中餐,因为我长大后想做中国餐做得非常好。有的中国餐很辣,有的酸,但是他们都风味特佳。
韩国的春节也是一个非常重要的节日,但是中国春节和韩国春节有很像的传统和意思。韩国人都不但给他们的孩子们红包,而且跟全家一起吃年夜饭,桌上除了有年糕汤和南瓜粥以外,还有米饭和炖牛排骨。

 

 

 

 

 

 

我最好的朋友 Essay

 

我最好的朋友

 

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Christina是我最好的朋友,我们每个周末见面。因为我们从三岁就是好朋友,所以她对我很好,我也对她很好。Christina 是一个韩国人,但是长大了在香港。因为她的父母和我的是很好朋友,所以他们互相帮助。她不但比我一点儿矮,而且非常瘦。她的头发又黑黑的,又长长的。她也天天穿她的紫色的眼镜。Christina有很多爱好;比如说:她不但喜欢一边听音乐,一边打篮球,而且非常喜欢跟我一起去买东西。因为她非常喜欢韩国的歌星,所以我去韩国的时候买很多海报,送礼物。

我们的感情非常好,因为我们每个星期六见面在韩国国际学校学习韩语。我们都把学校的功课写完了时候,我们经常去在铜锣湾的一所很有名的百货公司买东西。我们一起玩的时候,我们先在我们家离很近的饭店吃午饭,再坐地铁二十分钟到铜锣湾,然后去各种各样的衣服店买衣服,最后在电影院看电影。即使我们一般都在电影院看美国电影,我们还在家看下载的韩国电影。

Christina和我当然不一样。我们对别的科目感兴趣。比如说: Christina 对音乐非常感兴趣,因为她的妈妈是一个很好钢琴老师。因为她每天弹钢琴弹两个小时,所以她弹钢琴弹得非常好。除了音乐课以外,她还喜欢英语和体育课,因为她的英语和体育老师都是友善的人。虽然Christina 非常喜欢音乐课和体育课,可是我最喜欢的科目是科学,因为我长大后想当一个非常好的科学家。我希望我们总是最好的朋友,一直到很老很老的时候。

Reading Log #30

Book #30                  Words: 30600                     

 

Title: Tell me about?                                                          Author: Bounty Books

Genre ~ non-fiction  

                                                                          

  • Opening Sentence: Who were the Franks?
  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

none (non-fiction)

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Trident: (noun) a three-pronged spear, especially as an attribute of Poseidon (Neptune) or Britannia.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

Tell me about, a nonfiction book written by Bounty Books is based on history and significant events that happened in different countries. I really like the way this book is written, because it answers to exactly 100 questions with solid facts and supporting details about the topic. Another reason why this series is my favorite nonfiction series is because it has very clear and informative diagrams that help the readers understand the facts more thoroughly. Lastly, because the questions are catagrorized into 6 chapters, which are: history and events, the animal kingdom, general knowledge, the plant world, the human body, space and technology, it was easier for me to read about the areas that I’m most interested in. One of the most interesting facts that I’ve learned from this non-fiction book is about the tools that early explorers used for navigations. An astrolabe, an instrument used by early astronomers and navigators, measures the angles of celestial bodies above the horizon. Also, over the centuries, maps became more accurate as people explored the world and developed better ways to make maps.

Reading Log #28, 29

Book #28,29                    Words: 123485                     

 

Title: The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories)                                                                Author: Colfer, Chris                 

Genre ~ Fiction, Science Fiction      

                                                                          

  • Opening Sentence:

The East was in a period of great celebration.

  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

“Any one can have a once-upon-a-time or a happily-ever-after, but it’s the journey between that makes the story worth telling.”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

spiteful:  (adj.) showing or caused by malice

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

The Enchantress Returns, written by Chris Colfer, is part of The Land of Stories series, that is a story revolving around Alex and Connor Bailey, who are the 2 main characters. The beginning of this book was more about Alex and Connor figuring out how they’ll get back to the fairytale world, because they don’t have the book to jump through the portal. Personally, I think the beginning of this book was too slow, because there weren’t any significant events that happens with Alex and Connor, but towards the end of the book, everything got really exciting and I absolutely loved it. When the story starts, the twins are in their normal world, and it’s been a year since the events of the wishing spell has happened. Alex and Conner tend to be quite depressed at the beginning because they really want to go back to the fairy tale world. While that is happening, a lot of crazy things are going on in the fairytale world, because the enchantress from Sleeping Beauty is back.  The enchantress wants to take revenge on both the fairytale and the real world, and the only way to do this is to cast the spell in order to create a portal between the 2 worlds. She does this by collecting items, just like the first book. Eventually, Alex and Conner go back to the fairytale world and get involved to stop the enchantress. Even though I’m in love with this series, I think some of the parts in this book is too similar to the previous one. For example, the enchantress and the twins go through a very similar fight to collect all of the items required. 

Reading Log #26, 27

Book # 26,27                      Words: 118460                     Date: May 31, 2015  

Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society                                                                Author:  Stewart, Trenton Lee                         

Genre ~ Fiction, Science Fiction      

                                                                          

  • Opening Sentence:

In a city called Stonetown, near a port called Stonetown Harbor, a boy named Reynie Muldoon was preparing to take an important test.

  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

” “Really?” Kate gazed at him with shining eyes. She was deeply touched. ”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Emitted(verb): produce and discharge

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

The Mysterious Benedict Society is an absolutely wonderful book that I found very interesting to read. It’s mainly about Reynard Muldoon or Reynie, who passes through stages of tests that are for “gifted children looking for opportunities.” He eventually meets a boy named Sticky Washington and two girls who are Kate Wetherall and Constance Contraire. This book captures a story about these children who help one another throughout the test until they reach the last stage. I really like how the author brought out the importance of teamwork between these friends, and how they communicate with each other in order to take appropriate steps. This is actually my second time reading this book, because first of all, I really liked this book when I first read it, and second of all, I couldn’t really remember what this series was about, so before reading the second book, I decided to make sure I understand and remember what this story is based on. I have very similar opinions and thoughts that came to my mind as I read this book twice, and of course, I think the author came up with fantastic ideas related to mystery and puzzle that influenced the story by producing a very strong and unusual theme followed by a very well-chosen plot. Another point that I want to talk about is that each character that appears in this book has their own characteristics, and I could relate this to real life, because students are often expected  to interact with each other very well because of school projects that require them to work and communicate with each other and produce a thorough job.

 

 

Reading Log #25

Book #25                        Words: around 29,800

 

Title: 진시황릉에서 살아남기 (Survival in Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor)                                                         Author: 코믹컴                    

Genre ~ comic book                

  • Opening Sentence: 어디 보자. 오늘은 또 어떤 뉴스가 실렸으려나? 
  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

백문이 불여일견이라! 이래서 체험학습이 중요하다니까! 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

발굴: (excavation) 땅속에 파묻혀 있던 역사적 유물 따위를 파냄 (the site of an archeological exploration)

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

This book, 진시황릉에서 살아남기 or Survival in Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is a Korean comic book, and it’s one of the most popular survival series in Korea. This book is about the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, which is a massive mausoleum that was constructed over 38 years from 246 to 208 BC, and it’s located in Lintong District. By reading this book, I could understand what it’s like to travel in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and even though I had absolutely no knowledge about the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, now I have a very thorough understanding about this topic. More specifically, this book focuses mostly on theTerracotta Army, which is a collection of Terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang. One of the reasons why I chose to read this book is because it contains helpful diagrams and pictures that tends to support the information very well. Another reason is because I really like how the author of this book helps the readers gain knowledge in a very entertaining way. I was impressed of how the author wrote this book in a very informative way, but some of the parts were funny at the same time. 

Reading Log #24

Title: Power (Ethical debates about resources and the environment) Author: Kate Ravilious        

Genre ~ non-fiction science                                                                        

  • Opening Sentence:  

Humans are pushing the boundaries of science and technology. 

  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

none (non-fiction book)

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Photovoltaic: (adj.) relating to the production of electric current at the junction of two substances exposed to light.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

The book “Power (ethical debates about resources and the environment)” helps the readers gain knowledge about the different types of power sources and how they are produced. In my opinion, I really like this book not only because it contains graphs and diagrams that helps the readers understand the content a lot clearer, but also because it has quotes and facts that got me really interested in the topic of power. By reading this book, I could not only gain knowledge about the different types of power supplies, but also connect them with real life situations that commonly happen these days. To explain more about this, I could relate some of the topics in this book to how some of the supplies are shrinking in several countries, and how different organizations are taking action plans to prevent the situation from getting worse. Personally, I really liked how this book gave the readers a lot of specific and clear information, and it was actually quite helpful throughout my research process for one of my school projects relating to shrinking resource.

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