Попытка "творчески осмыслить" процесс
изучения английского - вернее, само как-то получилось и само написалось.
А потом еще и еще. Было интересно...
October 1988, Maple Leaf Academy
Sometimes I have been trying to picture my English. Is it strange for
Have you ever been trying to picture yours? I think you haven't.
Well. Actually I know a lot of separate words, mostly nouns, then verbs,
prepositions an so on, as well as many grammar rules. But all of it is
somewhere inside. It is like a landscape
covered with mist, but not fog, actually. It's not anything dark. I am
standing on a hill and looking a little down. I don't know exactly what
is there, under the haze - a forest, a lake or something else.
The picture is still hidden.
But then the mist is beginning to lift and I can see some trees on the
left, a lake in front of me, and a road on the right, but not a whole
There are so many unseen things, but I need time to be able to see them…
Sometimes, I imagine my English like a kitchen
with a great deal of shelves with many different boxes and jars on them.
I don't even know exactly how many are there.
There are Simple Tenses on the shelf inside different boxes with
labels "Present Simple", "Past Simple" and
so on. The other boxes on the other shelves are named "Adjectives",
"-ing", "enough", "-ed" and "too".
But still there are a lot of unknown shelves and closed boxes. Sometimes
I can't remember at once where a necessary thing is.
When cooking (speaking actually), I am always in a great hurry. I try
to cook quickly and often grab wrong things from wrong shelves. I can
often realize that I'm not right, but I can't correct it fast enough,
and I can imagine how untasty my meal may be. I see, I need time to discover
my board and maybe paste some new labels, and keep my cooking practice,
I hope some day I will be a good cook. I'd like to be excellent, but…
And here is the next (and the last) picture of my English.
It's a puzzle game. There is a great
number of small pieces around me, all apart. I'm trying to connect them
with each other to get an interesting picture, but it is not always possible.
Sometimes the necessary pieces (the words that mean the same) are too
far from each other. Sometimes, the necessary pieces face down and I have
to turn them over. I don't even know, how many parts of my picture there
are, maybe 1,000 or 15,000, and what picture it will be, and how long
I will construct my puzzle, but I hope I will be able to make a beautiful
So, you see, I always hope I can do it!