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by Weibing
Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

Thanks, Lynn, I'd like to add a little more to the quesiton. More tips: 1. Most of the words could be used in both formal and informal situations, e.g. 'modal', 'be', 'preposition' etc. 2. In formal situations such as 'business writing','research paper','some journalism' and 'formal speeches', you j...
by Weibing
Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

Thanks, Lynn, Perfect answers - I really appreciate it! I also noticed that you have tried to reply several other posts in this forum. I'd say I've learned much from all your answers. I wonder if I could be so patient in teaching others Chinese just as you are in teaching English?! As for my questio...
by Weibing
Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: too much difficult
Replies: 3
Views: 10007

Agree! Good answers! Both of them have made it clear enough - nothing more to be said!
by Weibing
Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

Thanks, riverc, I totally agree with you. But I would say it's really a tricky problem. Sometimes you need to be as formal as possible, but sometimes it's not the case. When others say that you sound a little 'formal', it may probably mean that you sound a bit 'inappropriate'?! It's really hard for ...
by Weibing
Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I just came back from...
Replies: 0
Views: 2629

I just came back from...

To all my friends here: I just came back from my this year's vacation. I noticed some new threads and I already tried to reply some of them. I must say it again that 'it's the thought that counts' - not your English proficiency! Don't hesitate to take the initiative to start a new thread here (if yo...
by Weibing
Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:11 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44113

Sorry, I can't help but hit the button 'post reply' again. But I'd say Kevin is really a positive role model here and has been very helpful. Stop arguing so much - I myself also think too much has been said on this topic. In my opinion, an ideal thread is not supposed to be too long with too many po...
by Weibing
Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Chatroom sharpen your speaking skill?
Replies: 2
Views: 3120

Dear Kevin, Thanks for your timely and perfect reply! First, I'm sure you could imagine such a situation: when a teenager enters a chatroom for the first time, where people exchange thoughts very quickly, with all the kinds of expression in different colors, chances are that he/she is at a tatolly l...
by Weibing
Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Chatroom sharpen your speaking skill?
Replies: 2
Views: 3120

Chatroom sharpen your speaking skill?

True or false? 1. Logging in a chatroom to chat with a native English speaker could sharpen your speaking skill. Maybe it's especially true when you live in a non-English speaking country (lack of an Englsih-speaking environment). 2.English in a chatroom is too informal to be a good way to learn Eng...
by Weibing
Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

We have no such thing as 'tense' in Chinese. Chinese students, however, is not unfamiliar with English 'tense' - they take much time to learn English grammar. So, even though they are not good at listening and speaking('dumb English'), when they sit for TOEFL exams, chances are that they will get a ...
by Weibing
Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 4368

Start a new thread with a new topic!
by Weibing
Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

If 'Do you spend too much time online?' refers to the past, then what about 'Did you spend too much time online?'?!
by Weibing
Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:18 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 4368

Nice to meet you! Enjoy yourself! Do feel free to put something here! Good luck!
by Weibing
Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44113

To TS 1.Since: adv. prep. Continouosly from Intermittently from , eg, 'since 2000' conj. 2.'Since 2000' refers to a period of time - past time. But 'since 2000' seems different from 'in 2000' . 3.Please note the difference between BrE and AmE. BrE: I took a shower. (tend to use 'simple past') AmE: I...
by Weibing
Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

To TS Thanks for keeping this thread going. I'm sure not just I have learned much from all the replies - so many others are also keeping reading this thread just as I'm doing. Your way to ask the question sounds better. Now, I realize that how to properly ask a question does matter so much. I wonder...
by Weibing
Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

Man: I'm so tired and exhausted!

Woman: Are you spending too much time online? (or, do you spend too much time online?)

It seems to me that both questions are possible and just the same.

#1 probably means a future plan, but definitely means 'around now' !
by Weibing
Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

I can share a little more about this topic: 1.Simple past/present perfect AmE: I took a shower. (tend to use simple past) BrE: I've taken a shower. (tend to use present perfect) 2.In the News Attack kills 14. (Exactly: Attack killed 14.) (In such case, simple present just means 'finished'.) (There a...
by Weibing
Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

Hi, TS Many thanks! I thought this thread might have been over, but really to my surprise, I found the new replies from you this morning. Your answers have truly made my quesion clearer, though I still think there might be more subtle differences between the two mentioned sentences or no difference ...
by Weibing
Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

To whoever might be reading this post: It's getting more hard to keep a thread going! Seems only a few readers are willing to put someting to a post. Yes, writing something may not be so easy and enjoyable. It takes time, and sometimes pains! some think it's not worth it, or rather, no point or no n...
by Weibing
Sun May 27, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

Dear Kevin, Thank you very very much - I was so happy to see your reply and really appreciate it! I've been looking forward to seeing any feedback and finally saw yours - you could imagine how excited I was when I found out there's a new reply to my post! Maybe it's the case - no definite answer is ...
by Weibing
Wed May 23, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

Dear Kevin,

Many thanks for your reply - I really appreciate it! You mentioned the essential difference between the two sentences. Might there be a more subtle difference between the two? Maybe more explanation could make it more clear for me!

Love,

Weibing
by Weibing
Tue May 22, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

Why is there no reply to my question so far?! Is it too difficult or too easy to answer?! I'm waiting...
by Weibing
Mon May 21, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difference between formal and informal English
Replies: 18
Views: 28510

Difference between formal and informal English

Hi,everyone, Could you tell me what's the difference between formal and imformal English?! A letter to a friend may be informal. A website forum like this one may also imformal. But we usually see such greetings as 'Dear Weibing'. It seems 'Hi, Weibing' is quite natural here. Contractions sounds inf...
by Weibing
Sat May 19, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16327

What's the difference of this two sentences?

1.Are you spending too much time online?
2.Do you spend too much time online?

Any difference in meaning between the two sentences?

Many thanks.
by Weibing
Wed May 09, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Disciminatio in EFL teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 7592

Dear Kevin, Greetings from China! Many thanks for your reply! I'm glad to know that you taught English in China for four years - you really sound like my good friend Steve, who is also a native English speaker and have taught International Trade Business in China for ages. He has the same feelings a...
by Weibing
Sat May 05, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Disciminatio in EFL teaching
Replies: 8
Views: 7592

Dear Kevin, Although nobody answered my thread I decided to respond to yours first. I wondered if you're a native English speaker - you really sound like a native speaker!(I noticed you often answered questions in this Website). Maybe you really are but just living in Poland now?! Anyway, it doesn't...