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六月有奖征文:My foreign teacher

作者:丘雨欣 | 来源:杭州第九中学

      John works as a foreign teacher in our school. We organized to have a talk with him on 15th, Dec so as to write this article better.

Though I don’t have John’s class, he is not strange to me. Many times, after morning exercises, John pass by in our school uniform. His students say hello to him, and he smile as a response.

The first time I met John was in a pavilion. It was an afternoon when the sun was shining bright, and I was playing with my friend on the way to the P.E. class. We were playing in the pavilion when John came in. We were shy and wanted to leave, but to our surprise, John smiled and said, “Sit down, don’t be afraid! ” He was so friendly that we were relaxed and felt afraid no longer. But we still refused to stay in the pavilion. “No, thank you! But we have to …” “Buy some food?” John smiled and asked. “No, we have P.E. class!” I answered with a smile. “Oh! Running? ” John laughed and said, “Okay, goodbye!”

Several weeks later, I met John in the school dining hall. I was eating ice-cream with my friend, and then I saw John, I said “Hi” to John and he noticed me, he looked at my ice-cream, in surprise, “Ice-cream? It’s so cold! ”In fact, it was really cold that day, but in order to hide myself, I smiled, “Yes, but…I feel hot!” “Feel hot? Ah…Okay…” John laughed and shook his head. My friend was busy peeling her ice-cream packing paper, the head of the ice-cream was facing John. John thought my friend wanted to give him the ice-cream so he said “thank you” and hold out his hand. My friend was surprise and took back her ice-cream, so John’s hand stopped in the air. In my view, it seemed as if the time was stopping. In the situation my friend was awkward. Luckily, John wasn’t angry and broke a deadlock, he laughed, “Not for me? Ha-ha, I am sorry! ” Hearing this, we both laughed and said goodbye to him. This was my second meeting with John.

And there was a time when I was going to the library, John appeared. My teacher asked me to print some materials in the class. John didn’t know that and he thought I would be late for class so he stopped me and pointed at his watch, saying, “It’s too late! You must have your class! Come back!” Because of my poor English, I didn’t get it, I hummed and hawed, “Well...My teacher asked me to...” I was so nervous that I even spoke Chinese! This made John laughing, and he said, “Okay, I see.” He smiled and left.

Now, it’s time to go. When I got his office, John was talking with my classmates. He gave us some chocolate. Then we began to communicate with each other. When we told him that we didn’t have his class, he looked very puzzled and shouted, “It’s unfair! It’s really unfair to you!” John told us his story. He is 65 years old and he came from America. He told his romantic love story to us, but he was little shy to say that. He asked us to keep the story a secret. “I only talked about it with my friends, now you are all my friends!” He said with a smile, which made me feel warm. To be honest, I like his smile. He then talked about his viewpoint of Chinese education. He said that the school bathroom had a bad smell, and the food in the dining hall was sour. John even pointed at us and said, “In Chinese schools, you are not a girl, a boy, but a robot, a machine. Your teachers always ask you to write and read, they ask you to remember, they don’t ask you to talk.” He also asked if we live at school. “It’s crazy to have another 3 hours’ study! And boarders cannot speak or walk during the class, if it happened in America, you can go back home and bring your gun, bang-bang-bang! ” John said this with very funny action, which made us laugh. I couldn’t help stopping my laugh because that’s really interesting. A Chinese teacher never spoke like John. Now for me, he is not Teacher John, but John; he is just like a friend to us.

John talked about his family, his elder sister is a doctor but she doesn’t have child. His younger sister has a daughter, who makes John really fidgety. It is because the little girl doesn’t like eating meat! John spoke with sick expression, “One Christmas Eve, she came to my house, and she always said, ‘Oh, I don’t eat meat! I don’t eat meat!’ it’s so crazy!” But he loves his sisters, and he thinks our Chinese children are lonely because we don’t have brothers or sisters.

It was really fun talking with John, but we had to leave because we had class. John gave us his Wet-chat and his QQ number. He not only told his story to us, but also gave us some words as a gift. He said, “Take your time! If you try harder and harder, you’ll leave the environment of bad smelled bathroom and sour food.” I am sure he is right.

I hope the new term will come quickly, so I will have John’s class! I almost fall in love with him! Ha-ha, I’m just joking.

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