2018.9.20 library research practice

Language identity is one of the most essential part of our overall identity. The connection between language and identity is too strong to be ignored. However, what is the reason of such connection? Which  two authors, Llamas and Watt(2010), of the book ”Language and Identities” said that” Language not only reflects who we are but in some sense it is who we are, and its use defines us both directly and indirectly. We use language in a direct way to denote and describe who a person is through use of naming and kinship terms, descriptions based on appearance, behavior, background, and so on, and we use language to assign identities indirectly when we base our judgments of who people are on the way they speak. Language-mediated attribution of identity to individuals is so ingrained in human social affairs that we consider a person lacking a name to also lack an identity.”(p.1). Their words demonstrate how languages connect to identity that a nameless person is lack of an identity. We use language express ourselves and describe others things. Without language, we are not only not able to know each other but also not able to know ourselves. Therefore,language,  it is significant to our identity that it shapes our identity in various aspects.

Llamas, C., & Watt, D. J. L. (2010). Language and Identities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2018.9.13 brief audio essay pitch

When i was a high school student, I watched a super cool video about pen spinning. Then I decided to learn about it. I surfed the internet to find the related research, tutorial and information. After that, I started learning pen spinning. However, soon I found that it is not as easy as I imagine. You need to imitate the movement hundred times until you are skilled. I realized that patience is really essential. Without patience, you are not able to concentrate and  learn any tricks successfully. Whereas, if you continued do it regularly, you will finally succeed. I also make many new friends from all over the world through the internet because of this special sport. People discuss skills of pen spinning humbly.  It is interesting that nobody cares about cultural background and color of skin. We are just the same people who love the same thing. And in my opinion it is a common social phenomenon nowadays as a result of the globalization and the development of technology. Although the globalization brings many conflicts as well such as racism, i believe that people are able to talk with each other friendly without any boundary through the time.

2018.9.11 free writing

I want to talk about my experience of learning spinning pen. As i was a high school student, i watched a video about pen spinning. It is so cool and amazing that i decided to learn about it. Then i researched about pen spining by surfing the internet , which i knew there are so many pen spinners all over the world and there is a plenty of organizations in different countries such as PSH in china and JEB in japan. I became intereted about pen spining However, skills about spinning are not as easy as i thought before. There are so many various tricks invented by pen spinners. Most of tricks are complicated and hard to learn that you need to pratice more than hundreds times to do the trick perfectly. You will fail more than hundreds times until you are skilled,which made me realize that failure is common but you need to gain from the failure then you will make progress. The key point is patience. In the process of learning tricks, i learned to be extremely patient since some of tricks will cost your several mouths until you are able to do it. Also, it train my concentration that when you are praticing, you really need to focus on controlling your fingers carefully. What’s more, i made many new friends who also play penspinning. Not only Chinese friends but friends from all over the world. It is interesting that noboby cares about where you from. We just a bunch of people who love the same thing.

Outline: Watched a cool video

Research about Pen spinning

learnning complicated tricks





9.4 in class writing

In the audio essay, we need to use some experiences to reflect the cultural, racial and language identities. Also it should be benefitial for people to learn something. We have to learn to use some media tool as well for editing the essay. I think the challenges are that, first you need to give a unexpected view that people can learn more and think differently. Second about using the media tool, since    The audio essay is pretty much different from written essay. There are various things that you need to be careful such as the volume and the background music. Also the emotion be reflected by your voice is significant.

8.30 in class writing

     After reading yifu’s writing, i found a similarity to my idea that we should never be afraid of or disappointed about who we are and we need to find the answer by ourselves. This should be a good way which is able to help you when facing racial problems.   And different thinking i found in Jingyun’s writing. She believes that communicating with other could be a very good way as well because you are able to know each other deeply. She also uses her experience about her indian friend to prove her point.



I am Shen Yao. I came from Shenzhen which is a beautiful city in China. My English name is Bruce and it is because I really like the character Batman. My hobbies are palying games and watching anime. League of legends is one of my favorite games.

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