Opportunities to make connections surround us. We have three formats of communication to choose from: we can talk about what is observable, we can share thoughts and ideas, and we can gossip. This book presents familiar situations, and gives you the reader the tools for speaking all that you see in your daily life in English. Beyond what you can observe, you will also be presented with higher-level keywords that will be connected with your thinking process. In this way, you will have the raw material for discussions of ideas, events, and people.
Motivated self-studiers, as well as those learning with a friend or in a discussion group, will find the arrangement of this book useful. The most obvious topics for consideration will be your own ideas elicited from the photographs, which are supplemented with relevant vocabulary. Intangible, corresponding vocabulary is also offered to benefit you additionally in matters of musing and dialogue.
This book was written in Taiwan, with local student populations kept in mind. I have encountered so many great people in Taiwan, not to mention great students. I dedicate this book to all those I have met in this country, who have been so caring and have impressed me beyond words. You have been a valuable resource upon my life, especially during the writing process of this book. I would like to specifically thank Rebecca, who has been a caring guide as each stage of this book has progressed.
The sources for this book include my own experiences at home and abroad, relationships with strangers and longtime friends and family, and face-to-face meetings as well as web chats. Moreover, music was used as a motivation, and the Internet was scoured for resources.
I wish you success in your goals. Sapere aude!
Michael Coughlin 2013.08
Josephine Lin 2013.08