My triumph in English class was no trivial matter.
I trudged to class everyday, even in the most trying of times, over the tundra that marks the winter here.
I had a turbulent time coming up with the tuition for the class as well,
once working as a collector of firewood and twigs to place in the fireplaces of rich families.
But once it began, I put all that turmoil behind me,
forgetting all that was troublesome in my life so that I could concentrate on learning English.
I attended extra tutorials and even hired a private tutor.
The trumpet sounded in the morning, and I tried my best to trot to class with a happy look on my face.
Sometimes an overwhelming feeling of failure tugged at me, however.
I would tumble into a theater and enjoy the entertaining machinations of an acting troupe.
This usually made me feel better.
Whenever I felt myself getting bored with English,
I would try to twine my interest in language with my interest in philosophy.
I would seek out translations of Chinese philosophy books that I had already read in my native language.
I would take a taxi down the turnpike and buy some books at a famous bookshop.
On one occasion, I bought a turquoise colored reading lamp at a gift shop next to the bookstore. I still have it.
Tackling a foreign language is no easy task. I am truculent by nature.
When I found myself getting angry at something I did not understand, I would tightly squeeze a tube of toothpaste.
It also helped to sit in the tub and take a long, hot bath.
Well, in the end, all the hard work paid off. I have my trustworthy teachers to thank.
Tomorrow, visa in hand, I am heading off for the tropical sun of southern California.
vt. 理解，懂，听说，获悉，将 ... 理解为，认为<trivial['triviəl]
adj. 引起乐趣的，娱乐性的，令人愉快的 n. 招待，heading['hediŋ]