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Lesson 7: Nothing can’t be figured out

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Three meters above the sky by Federico Moccia, is a romantic book that was originally from Italy but the author decide to translate to Spanish and English because he have had success with this book.

Three Meters above the sky is a book about two adolescents that are totally different, Babi is an excellent student, good daughter and is starting to live her adolescent life, in the other side is Step that is a boy that like speed, and he’s parents are not living together, he is a man with lots of problems, he always want to be in parties and the only thing he wants to have is a girl that let him see the world at Three meters above the sky.

The story start when Babi and Step the main characters of the story meet each other, they explain how since they see they have a connection with each other; the two characters start to live a new world. This was not a good idea for Babi’s family because she was a very constant girl and she star to be lazy and not going home. But for Step was totally different he start to see the other side of life; everything start to be good and Babi is helping him to organize his descontrol life. The main problem of the story is that this two characters love each other but Babis parents don’t like there love so they prohibe them to be together. In this part of the story there are two new characters Pollo, Step’s best friend and Pallina, Babi’s best friend, this two characters are helping this adolescents to be together; the characters decide to be together with help of there friends an other time and show they love each other, and Step finally say he knows how is to be Three meters above the sky with a gilr.

At the end of the book destiny don’t want that Babi and Step are together even though they love each other and are complementary for each other. To their surprise, they both fall in lov e. Under the influence of this love, which has no chance to survive, changing both. Babi open to the world, matures, and the Step becomes more reflective. Babi is the only person to whom Step entrusts his secret that explains his aggressive behavior.

This book is one of my favourites book because as you can see in my course I love romantic stories, also the author makes a really good job when he explains the characters and what are there goals; personally I don’t like the end of the story because is very sad after all the characters could not be together. Overall this book shows that in life things won’t always be like you want, maybe destiny have you something better. And nothing can’t be figured out.This book I will recommended to our Harvard girls that like romantic stories and like books that express the feelings of the characters that is easy to imagine the story.

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Shanghai

Lesson 6: Time, patience and loyalty

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Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies! I guess it comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying. It takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another. Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget. Forget that there are palace in the world that aren’t made out of stone That there’s a—there’s a—there’s something inside that’s yours, that they can’t touch. –Via The Shawshank Redemption


“The Shawshank Redemption” is a movie about time, patience and loyalty — not sexy qualities, perhaps, but they grow on you during the subterranean progress of this story, which is about how two men serving life sentences in prison become friends and find a way to fight off despair.

The story is narrated by “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), who has been inside the walls of Shawshank Prison for a very long time and is its leading entrepreneur. He can get you whatever you need: cigarettes, candy, even a little rock pick like an amateur geologist might use. One day he and his fellow inmates watch the latest busload of prisoners unload, and they make bets on who will cry during their first night in prison, and who will not. Red bets on a tall, lanky guy named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who looks like a babe in the woods.

But Andy does not cry, and Red loses the cigarettes he wagered. Andy turns out to be a surprise to everyone in Shawshank, because within him is such a powerful reservoir of determination and strength that nothing seems to break him. Andy was a banker on the outside, and he’s in for murder. He’s apparently innocent, and there are all sorts of details involving his case, but after a while they take on a kind of unreality; all that counts inside prison is its own society — who is strong, who is not — and the measured passage of time.

Red is also a lifer. From time to time, measuring the decades, he goes up in front of the parole board, and they measure the length of his term (20 years, 30 years) and ask him if he thinks he has been rehabilitated. Oh, most surely, yes, he replies; but the fire goes out of his assurances as the years march past, and there is the sense that he has been institutionalized — that, like another old lifer who kills himself after being paroled, he can no longer really envision life on the outside.

Red’s narration of the story allows him to speak for all of the prisoners, who sense a fortitude and integrity in Andy that survives the years. Andy will not kiss butt. He will not back down. But he is not violent, just formidably sure of himself. For the warden (Bob Gunton), he is both a challenge and a resource; Andy knows all about bookkeeping and tax preparation, and before long he’s been moved out of his prison job in the library and assigned to the warden’s office, where he sits behind an adding machine and keeps tabs on the warden’s ill-gotten gains. His fame spreads, and eventually he’s doing the taxes and pension plans for most of the officials of the local prison system.

There are key moments in the film, as when Andy uses his clout to get some cold beers for his friends who are working on a roofing job. Or when he befriends the old prison librarian (James Whitmore). Or when he oversteps his boundaries and is thrown into solitary confinement. What quietly amazes everyone in the prison — and us, too — is the way he accepts the good and the bad as all part of some larger pattern than only he can fully see.

The partnership between the characters played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is crucial to the way the story unfolds. This is not a “prison drama” in any conventional sense of the word. It is not about violence, riots or melodrama. The word “redemption” is in the title for a reason. The movie is based on a story, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King, which is quite unlike most of King’s work. The horror here is not of the supernatural kind, but of the sort that flows from the realization than 10, 20, 30 years of a man’s life have unreeled in the same unchanging daily prison routine.

The director, Frank Darabont, paints the prison in drab grays and shadows, so that when key events do occur, they seem to have a life of their own.

Andy, as played by Robbins, keeps his thoughts to himself. Red, as Freeman plays him, is therefore a crucial element in the story: His close observation of this man, down through the years, provides the way we monitor changes and track the measure of his influence on those around him. And all the time there is something else happening, hidden and secret, which is revealed only at the end.

“The Shawshank Redemption” is not a depressing story, although I may have made it sound that way. There is a lot of life and humor in it, and warmth in the friendship that builds up between Andy and Red. There is even excitement and suspense, although not when we expect it. But mostly the film is an allegory about holding onto a sense of personal worth, despite everything. If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.

Mutual encouragement!

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Shanghai

Lesson 5: Stupid is as stupid does

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Stupid is as stupid does. Miracles happen every day. Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. If you are ever in trouble, don’t try to be brave, just run, just run away.–Via Forrest Gump

The white feather danced in the wind with the music gradually from soft to strong.In the blue sky the feather shining brightly seems like an angle.How wonderful and peaceful the world is!The film Forrest Gump begins with the beautiful sence.It is a good start.At last,the feather appears again.It flies over the field,the house .It takes audiences to another magic world,and takes on a ture world to us and stands for a miracle.

The film shows kindness,thankness,honest,

serious,bravry and all of beautiful things in our souls.It tells the story by Forrest Gump himself.He sits on the chair by the road and tells his experiences in his past time to the persons who are waiting for the bus.They come and go,however Forrest talking and talking.He doesn’t mind what they are doing and how they are feeling .When I see the sences,I feel it risible.But this just accouts Forrest is a clinging man.

Forrest Gump isn’t a genius man.He is even thought a big fool.In all his childhood,otherboys look down upon him and ofen laugh at him.But his mother regards him as a normal child and tells him that he is the same as the other boys.

One day he finds that he could run fast like wind.After thathe begin to run without any reason. Maybe he wants to escape from the unkind laughter and indignity.He may be a fool.But in the first he is a man.he has his own motions.He leads his life in his own ways and never complains anything and never gives up. Because of this,he gets surprising upshots every time.He escapes from the fiece fight.He is saw by several presidents and gets his lover he loves so much.What a luckey dog he is!Most people would think that they prefer to be a fool like Gump.

The story is very interesting.In addition,there are some moving plots.

When he is a child,his mother wants to sent him to go to school.She goes to school to talk with the headmaster,and finally she success.Anyone would clap for her.

When Jeny leaves him,he loses his direction.At this time there is only running in his mind.He reminds running and running.We can feel that he is so sad.Because he knows what love is.Suddenly he says only a word:I want to go home.He is tired and needs a rest.Home is always a bay for all of us.

His mother died finally,the people who loves him leaves him for ever.He sits next to his mother quietly.He thinks of his mother words:Life is like a box of chocolates.You never know what you gonna get.Maybe he can understand.

When he knows the little boy is his son,he is so nervous and afraid.what’ is the child IQ?We can know he is kindness and unselfish.We believe that he would be a great father.

Although Jeny died,the code is consummate.Their little child is clever and their will be happy.

I appriate and like the film very much.One hand the film tells several stories clearly in limited time.The content is affluent and the tie of charactors is complex but clear.On the other hand ,we can get revelations from it.First,if you want to be happy,you must treat youself correctly.If you take your weakness seriously,it will be exaggerated and effect you in bad factors.In fact sometimes your weakness is just your luck.Second,when you intend to try somehing ,do your best.If only you put your heart into it and don’t mind anything else,you will success.Third,be an honest and genuine man.You offer you kindness to others and in return you will get more.Last,we should treasure what we own now,and express your life freely.

So stupid is as stupid does!

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Shanghai

Lesson 4: Ordinary yet unique

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To me,you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys.And I have no need of you.And you,on your part,have no need of me.To you,I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.But if you tame me,then we shall need each other.To me,you will be unique in all the world.To you,I shall be unique in all the world.-via Little Prince

Little Prince chiefly tells of a story concerning a lonely prince who is loyal but contrary to love. On the one hand, he overly falls in love with a rose in his planet by reason that her fragrance and beauty are notably charming. On the other hand, conversely, he is too young to know how to love the proud flower. Accordingly, he eventually leaves his rose with tears in eyes. Nevertheless, the pain of separation has long concerned him during his travel along massive planets. In the course of reading the book, I gradually understood the meaning of mature love.

First and foremost, what mature love is like: mature love must be reasonable, consistent and candid. Immature love can be disturbing. What invariably occurs is that lovers often feel hurt only because they are improperly loving each other. Immature love makes them inconsistent, or even unreasonable. For instance, it’s immature love that makes the rose pretend to be strong so as to avoid being caught crying when they separate from each other; it’s immature love that makes little prince determined to leave the rose. Additionally, immature love makes both little prince and the rose contrary. Little prince is confessional because he ought never to run away from the rose but he does. The rose confides it’s her fault that little prince has not known her love all the while.

Moreover, the reason why we love: love makes people unique in all world. As little prince says:” An ordinary passerby would think that my rose looks just like you. But in herself alone she is more important than all hundreds of you other roses. Because she is my rose.” I cherish a belief that the time we put into the beloved gives us a feeling of love and responsibility, and then a sense of attachment and belonging, which finally makes the beloved unique in the world. The people we love may have an ordinary looking, live an ordinary life, or pass in the crowded. Once we look upon them as an inalienable part of our life, nevertheless, they turn into shiny gold and nobody can be qualified to replace them.

Last but not the least, how to love others: one is expected to be responsible for what he has tamed. If it were otherwise, our planet would be filled with the broken-hearted. It’s love that forces people to bear the duty to serve as a responsible man. In the story, little prince makes the acquaintance of enormous people, including a mass of roses who are indistinguishable from his rose and a lovely fox who is enormously in love with him. Be that as it may, he eventually chooses to risk danger in desperation to return to his rose, paying a price of being bitten by the poisonous snake. Without doubt, I am deeply moved by his loyalty and see an extremely strong sense of responsibility in him. Be responsible for what one has tamed. That’s the most momentous experience I gain from Little Prince, I maintain.

To sum up, we can conclude that perfect love needs maturity and responsibility. And as a reward, it will make one the most unique in lover’s eyes. I will cherish as unforgettable treasure in my mind.

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Shanghai

Lesson 3: Wait and Hope

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There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.

Never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man,all human wisdom is summed up in these two words, −− Wait and Hope.

–via Le Comte de Monte-Cristo

In the ancient and modern, “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” is the most popular novels. Recently I read the novel again, follow host to experience his joys and sorrows. “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” is mainly about the 19th century a man named Edmund was the chief officer of the tang dynasty when the captain, was between 2 of the er and lover’s brother phil south frame, at he and his partner’s wedding was grasp to go to trial, and as a result of jobbery villefort took over this case, the tang dynasty, was sentenced to more than 10 years of imprisonment. Prisoners in prison, he met a priest, in talking to the priest’s, he won the rebirth, and have the wisdom and wealth. After prison, he was renamed the sailor first mountain, return those who have mercy on him, and then changed its name to the count of monte cristo began his revenge plan. In the way of revenge, in the end, all the sinners were punished.

The author through the novel “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” reveals to us the dark side of the society at that time. The novel also reflects the people’s. For money, for fame, villefort couple even made the humanity behavior, m. DE villefort to fame, the future do not hesitate to go against his own father, for the money, he by this identity “judge” how many people don’t know wronged; As Mrs Villefort’s money worship, made her to kill her loved ones in order to obtain a heritage.

And this, is not straight also reminds us that we live in “you can do nothing without money” s people, walking in the society, life, to be placed in front of a beacon, self, and “the silt but not imbrued, turbidity qing lian without demon” quality.

Also, Dumas wrote more magic, of course, content with twists and turns, the later the more fascinating, let a person to read intense. Victor. Hugo opinion of dumas is: he like summer thundershower frank, is a likeable. He is a thick cloud, thunder, lightning, but he never hurt anyone. Everyone knew he like showers to be moderate in a drought, a generous.

I really hope that people in the world can be open-minded, try our best to do their thing. We think that the anyway, please remember WAIT and HOPE cause have to experience pain, feel the happiness!

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Shanghai, China

Lesson 2: Tomorrow is another day!

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Gone with the Wind is my best fav. novel, also is a romantic drama and the only novel written by Margaret Mitchell. It is set in Jonesboro and Atlanta, Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. and follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant plantation owner.

And the writes: Mitchell, is a legendary recollection of the last brilliance of the Old South. The writer’s debut novel was an instant success. And the story has been bestowed an even further reaching popularity since Vivian Leigh presented a vivid translation to the screen of Katie Scarlett O’Hara, a southern belle raised in her father’s white-pillared plantation Tara. A climax of Hollywood, from Director Victor Fleming for MGM, Gone with the Wind is more than a vicissitude, it is also an old, lost culture revisited.

It is Old South, which today is no more than a dream remembered. People were once there, living with the high strong slaves’ songs in the quarters, in security, peace and eternity. Here, Scarlett spends her young maiden years. She is well disciplined by her mother, but her blazing green eyes always betray her covert capricious self; the one who enjoys parties and the surrounding ofbeaus. She dreams to marry the noble Ashley Wilkes. The impending war shatters the golden peace of the South, and leaves many lives permanently changed. Plantations, treasures, and honor are ruined. Scarlett is made a most peculiar widow by the war, and then compelled into a second marriage in continuation of her struggle for the salvation of Tara. And her third marriage to Rhett Butler is also jeopardized because of her secret, stubborn ardency for Ashley.

In the end of the movie, Scarlett is left only with her Tara, a plantation which symbolizes the culture of the Old South, a place where she could ever gather her strength. Because tomorrow is another day, just go for it!

Gone with the Wind is a moving novel whose story evokes my sympathy a thousand and one times and leads me to think profoundly about love and life in a realistic manner. 

Among all the characters, Scarlett and Rhett impress me most. On one hand, they both are people with unique personalities; on the other, their romance which has come a long way does not have a happy ending. My impression of Scarlett is ambivalent. She is much too naïve, even silly, and too vain in early years. Being a daughter of a rich family and extraordinarily charming, she is always surrounded by pursuers, which makes her vain and proud. Her love for Ashley, I think, is more the love for conquering a man who “does not lose heart to so beautiful and elegant a woman as her”, than the pure love for Ashley himself. Perhaps she was simply driven by her vanity and pride to do so; perhaps she just cannot bear it that there should be a man who does not love her. But isn’t that childish and silly?

Also, she impulsively marries Charles, a man who she does not love, only out of the purpose to “take revenge”. She is much more like a naïve little girl than a mature woman. While her perception of love dismays me, yet her persistence does touch me. Few women who are confronted with the same wretched situations as hers can live with them, let alone make a way out. But Scarlett makes it. When she finds Tara Manor burnt to the ground, her mother dead and her father mad, she does not break down; instead, she determines to regain the glorious happy old days, and she works really hard on the manor, which she has never done before. And when she comes across a Yankee soldier on her manor, she bravely kills him instead of screaming and running away, which in the past she would be very likely to do. To make a living, she establishes her own wood business, and runs it quite well. Despite her egoism, she is undoubtedly a strong-hearted woman who will never give in to fate and who actually has a kind heart and savvy mind. Those are merits difficult to be found in women of her time. 

As a matter of fact, I am not sure whether I like or dislike her. I admire her frankness, bravery and persistence, but I despise her perception of love. Another key role, Rhett Butler, gains my favor more. He is just as perseverant in pursuing love, but much more mature than Scarlett. 

Unlike Scarlett, he knows his love well, and knows how to love the other. He knows Scarlett is childish and vain, but he tolerates it, rather than get furious with it or try to change it. For example, on the ball in Atlantic, when he knows Scarlett loves dancing but is not supposed to dance because she is in her widowhood, he invites her to dance with him in the name of fundraising for the Southern army, which satisfies her desire and at the same time avoids getting her into blame or gossip. And whenever Scarlett is in need, he just gives her whatever he can, regardless of what he may get from her. Deep in his heart, he likes to see Scarlett happy. That is what I believe love is: to love to see your beloved one happy. Besides R’s perception of love, his bravery and resourcefulness also impress me. 

He must have a strong love for his mother land; otherwise he will not bother to join the Southern army even though he himself knows very well that the South will soon end in failure. And he is so resourceful a man that he manages to transport munitions from North to South and make a large sum of money out of the trade. But what I see in him is not just about merits, after all. 

I also see in him a flighty heart and a selfish mind, which, although, might not be what he himself likes but the result of the times. Throughout his life I dare say he may well have loved and kept in relationship with not a few women. And despite his gentleness, he is also kind of selfish. For instance, he misappropriates the fund of the Southern army. Anyway, I like Rhett. He is in general a respectable good man. 

All in all, the story was very realistic, and the characters very close to life. Perhaps that’s why this novel is so famous and popular ever since it came out. For my own part, I like the novel, for it not only presents me an affecting story, but makes me think about much: about love, and about life.

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳

The first lesson

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Thank’s Harvard and Professer Fried for inviting me. I am honored to reply you guys-Harvarder how to learn Chinese well and how to improve literary cultivation. Long story short, let’s start! At first, you guys need join the learning Chinese class or group:such as Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association where you can grasp the emphasis of Chinese,which makes you know Chinese is not hard as a whole.

Secondly,I am sure you are interested in reading Chinese book and watching Chinese Center TV,such as: My roommate is a detective(民国奇探), lol! Which not only makes you know great Chinese culture and history,but also helps you improve your Chinese skills quickly.

Thirdly,learning and singing Chinese are interesting for you,especially the popular songs.

At last,If you want to learn Chinese in word and deed,you should make friends with Chinese,which makes you study well in the end.

Best Regards,
LuJia曹鹭佳
From Spring Shanghai, China