The hometown is the town you lived in for your early childhood.
How is the place different from any other place? What was special about your hometown?
there any special rituals (actions) that people did. For example, in my
town the fire siren sounded at lunchtime (noon) every day and the dogs
started barking. Also, the principal rang the bell (a large silver bell
with a handle) to bring us in from the playground.
Was anything special about language? Did people talk in different ways there or in different accents, for example?
Think about foods and the work that people did in your town.
Walk around your town in your imagination and who do you meet?
it was exactly noon, the siren sounded from the fire department in my
community every day. Therefore, people knew that it was twelve o’clock
by the siren and wanted to eat lunch.
Use an introductory phrase to help show us the time, “When it was noon.” This is a good technique.
The word “everyday” together is an adjective and must modify a noun. We could say everyday wear.
Also, it rang at night and people couldn’t be on the street by law.
If you must stay home at any time by law it is called a “curfew.”
The urbanized, air-polluted, over-populated Taipei City is my hometown.
discussed whether to add an “and” after “air-polluted” and decided that
it sounded better and kept the parallel structure for us without. Also,
we talked about using hyphens in our compound adjectives, unless it has
become a word. It is a “backwards” sentence, too, which gets the
reader’s attention (especially the first sentence).
was a river in front of the village. I liked skating with the children
in the village on the icy river in the winter. I used a small cart my
grandpa made for me and sat on it, pushing myself along with two sticks.
replaced “to skate” with “skating” as it sounds better in the sentence.
Also, we separated the detail about the cart made by the grandfather as
it was a special piece of information that deserves its own sentence.
Beijingers have the habit of talking about others’ business (gossip).
When they get together, they will ask each other how much money he or
she earns, what interesting things have happened, and what they like or
You could say the
first sentence like this: “Beijingers love to gossip.” The connotation
of a word is important. To us, “gossip” is mostly negative. If this
talk is positive and normal in a culture, perhaps a different word is
needed to describe the behaviour.