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Issue #028, April 30, 2014—Y is for Yangtze
April 30, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

Y is for Yangtze

What happened when your editor & chief adventuress taught an English class on a Yangtze River cruise.

In the city of Yichang, China, the ex and I boarded a five-star river cruise ship, the East King, reputed to be the best cruise ship on the Yangtze River. We were off to see the site of China’s controversial Three Gorges Dam project.

Flush with my new TEFL certificate from an international language school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I introduced myself to the captain as an English teacher and offered to teach an English workshop for the ship’s crew.

The captain welcomed the idea, offered me a conference meeting room, easels, large tablets of paper, scotch tape, “what things you need.”

From 11:30 to 12:30 in the morning about 15 primary crew members, several in crisp uniforms, participated.

Two young men arrived at 11:05 and offered to help me post on the walls some large sheets of paper listing articles and possessives. These were the two areas I’d identified as generally unused by the crew when they spoke to us in English.

I was later told that the concepts of articles and possessives don’t exist in the same way in the Chinese language.

At 11:25, all my students sat erectly in place, pads and pencils in front of them, looking at me with expressions that said, “We’re ready.”

To read what happened next and see pix, CLICK HERE

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—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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