June 1, 2009
This week, we have a story written by Lin Ling Yuan, from Regina, Saskatchewan. Lin Ling is originally from China. She is a learner of English as a second language. She believes that learning is a lifelong journey: "No matter how young or how old I am, there is always something new for me to learn. Learning different things each day helps to make ourselves adapt to the environment." Lin Ling is part of the Learners' Focus Committee of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN).
When I first came to Canada, I was not used to reading English in all capital letters. I went to the grocery store to buy a bag of rice. All the items were written in uppercase. I had trouble changing them all into lower case in my mind quickly. When I saw a big bag with cheap price on it, I assumed it must be rice. I grabbed the big bag and took it home to make supper. My husband quickly stopped me. He said to me: "Darling, that is not rice. That is a bag of dog food!" Woo, I didn't know in Canada there are many pet foods sold. All the foods in store in our home country are for human beings! Things can be different in many ways in Canada, not only the language and culture. So, there are still more things we need to learn.
[This story was taken with permission, from the Learner Newsletter, April 2008, published by SLN.]