Feb 24th, 2008,I spent almost whole night on this great site!And I've known how to upload pictures by ftp and how to edit the pictures in unfinished condition.Now I am waiting for the editor to check my photos.
What's the most barrier for a Chinese to join the dreamstime?It's not camera,technique,law,but ENGLISH.I think most of Chinese will answer 'ENGLISH' with one voice!Yes,although most of Chinese study English for some years from middle school,even from kindergarden or primary school,but where can we use it?only for examination and next examination?
Take me for an example,I've learned English for about 12 years,and I passed CET4,CET6 and some other examinations,but what can I do by English in my life?After I graduated from college,slowly,my English return back to my teacher who taught me English many years ago.China is so wide and most of time we only face the people around us. For communication,we use our mother language Chinese,that's enough,we think.So why our English can't be improved markedly?because we can't use the foreign language in our lives.If someone want to practise his English,the unique way is practising here and there.
From now,Dreamstime is a good place,not only to sale my photos,but also practise my English.And here we can meet photographers from all over the world,to communication,to comment and to learn about photography.I know my English should be improved,welcome to give me advice and encouragement.Thanks all who read my first blog in English!Welcome to give me any comment!
I'm also married to a chinese woman. As my twin brother (yes real twins - both married with a chinese) already told you in his comment above there are only three ways to learn a foreign language: practice, practice, practice. And there is no shortcut.
Please keep in mind that for us westerners it's also very difficult to learn Chinese. English is easier since it is loosely related with German (both languages have a common ancester: The Gothic language around 1000 years ago) and we do share a similar culture. But even with English we had to practice, practice, practice...
My Chinese mother in law did learn English with 60 - not perfect but surprisingly well for her age.
So keep on learning: English is the most important "door-opener" !!!!!
Believe it or not, I am very envious of you and admire this blog entry a great deal. I am a US citizen and a native English speaker. Although I took a year of French in high school and a year of German in college, it was prefunctory and of little use. I think one of the biggest regrets in my life is that the US educational system does such a poor job of instilling the value of learning a second language. I am grateful for my knowledge of English but have a tremendous admiration for people who have worked hard and struggled to make it their second language. As a show of that appreciation, I have purposefully spent quite a bit of time on Dreamstime suggesting keywords whenever I am browsing the database. I might not know another language but I try to go out of my way to help anyone learning or working with English as a second language. Your blog is a real inspiration to me... Thanks and best wishes!
Thanks,Zhuang.What you said just what i want to say,but i cant say in correct English words.Ha~ i hope we can learn more from DT,not just stock photography,and also English, foreign friends. Just to do.We will become better on DT.
Congratulations on being so obviously literate in a second language, and you are obviously literate in photography as well!
While I am not a speaker of Chinese, I am in the process of learning Italian (at age 52, not easy!). The best way is to surround yourself as much as possible with the language. Since of course you (and I) cannot do that, what I have done instead is to read Italian websites, try to correspond with Italian photographers on Flickr, and watch the Italian cable channel that I subscribe to. Those efforts make a difference in my comprehension.
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