大家好!我们是美国人。我不会中文很好。 我从美国森林服务组织退休了。我是位全职作家。我是一个生态学者和生物学家。I would like to introduce myself.  I don't live in or very near Fayetteville, although I have an undergraduate degree in zoology and a master's in botany from the University of Arkansas. I'm an American botanist and ecologist as well as a freelance writer and editor. 

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Why am I writing to you?  I enjoy having friends from China.  They help me learn Chinese and I teach them English.  I know several Chinese students in Fayetteville who attend the University of Arkansas.  Several have visited my wife and I in our home.  We live 126 miles east of Fayetteville in the small town of Mountain Home, Arkansas.  Several Chinese students have visited us here. 

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I have taught three of them how to drive a car or truck.  We have taken one student with us on vacation in Jan. 2009 and again in the Christmas holiday 2011/2011 to San Francisco when we drove out to see my daughter and her family.  A Chinese student rode with us to California in my pickup truck and we visited five national parks including the Grand Canyon, and we also saw Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the U of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara. 

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In summer 2009 I went on a trip with three Chinese friends to the mountains of Colorado.  In spring 2010 we took four Chinese friends to Tennessee/North Carolina to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park and saw wild bears.  So, I’d like to invite you to become one of my Chinese friends!  我会说一点中文,可是不好。我的太太叫Sheila. 她不会中文。

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Would you like to have an American friend? We would like to invite you to visit us in Mountain Home.  We own two houses in this town.  We use one for a guest house.  Both are small older homes.  We inherited one house from Sheila’s parents and we bought the other across the house.  Feel free to contact me!

 

You can read much more about me at a couple websites:

 

www.sedgehead.com – this is my personal website.

http://www.sedgehead.com/index.php/uncategorised-articles/34-why-chinese - tells why I study the Chinese language and culture

QQ: 256313199. 

Or the groups I chat with:

QQ group 113527229 for English with the www.dioenglish.com people.

QQ group 104490944 for English with the www.dioenglish.com people.

QQ group 104692038 for Chinese where I practice writing or on QQ: Sedgehead Family.

I also post notes in Chinese at www.lang-8.com (as sedgehead) to practice my use of Chinese.

I also teach English on Skype. I am “headsedge” on Skype.

 

PS: at first I only contacted male students.  Then my wife, Sheila, said, “I’d like to have some female Chinese friends.”  Her email is 该 Email 地址已受到反垃圾邮件插件保护。要显示它需要在浏览器中启用 JavaScript。.  So you can contact either one of us. 

阿肯色苔草属 (Arkansas Carex): 贴吧为植物学愣人了.

新修 2009天4月11日!


您好。我美国人。我学阿肯色苔草属(色苔草属:Carex)。This page is page one of several similar pages.

This new page is new has several similar parts. I designed these pages for students in the US from China. China sends about 300,000 students a year to the US. Most earn advanced degrees. We send about 60,000 students to China each year. Most study the Chinese language. This part of my website provides my Chinese friends with information about living in the US, especially about Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This page is a fun page. It will contain interesting stories about Arkansas and some Arkansas slang. For example, my wife's stepmother and her biological grandmother grew up in Arkansas, as did Sheila my wife. I will tell some about our family history here.

Peckerwood: when I first heard this slang term I thought it was a bad word. I was wrong. My teacher was the one using it in high school. He would say "you peckerwoods need to pay attention in class". He called us peckerwoods. What is a peckerwood? It is a slang term used in Arkansas used to refer to a person who either works in a sawmill or cuts wood for a living. Either way, it does not mean woodpecker, which is a type of bird that pecks on wood. A peckerwood is usually a poorly educated person who works with tree harvesting and cutting. The word is sometimes used to mean a stupid or uneducated person, like my teacher was using it. It was like saying "you dummies, you idiots, you should pay attention!

阿肯色苔草属 (Arkansas Carex): 贴吧为植物学愣人了.

新修 2012天10月03日!


 

您好。我美国人。我学阿肯色苔草属(色苔草属:Carex)。This page is page four of several similar pages.

This fourth page talks about the climate of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I designed these pages for students in the US from China. China sends about 300,000 students a year to the US. Most earn advanced degrees. We send about 60,000 students to China each year. Most study the Chinese language. This part of my website provides my Chinese friends with information about living in the US, especially about Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This page tells about Fayetteville, Arkansas' weather. I plan to tell about unusual events like the tornado that went over Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus in spring of 1975 or the ice storm of 2009. In brief, the fall semester is hot to warm and the spring semester is cold to cool. More about this as I have time.

For now? First, how to convert centigrade to degrees F? The official was is a fairly simple formula. Here's my easy suggestion. You know 0 degrees C is 32 degrees F. Here's how I think of the temperatures. Degrees C are approximate.

0 degrees F = about -16 degrees C : very cold, wear your coat and bundle up.

10 degrees F = about -11 degrees C : quite cold, deal with it.

20 degrees F = about -6 degrees C : freezing cold, wear a light jacket at least.

30 degrees F = -0.9 degrees C : freezing, barely.

40 degrees F = about 4 degrees C : very cool and comfortable if you are dressed a little warm.

50 degrees F = about 9 degrees C : nice and cool.

60 degrees F = about 15 degrees C : comfortably cool.

70 degrees F = about 20 degrees C : inside temperature cool at 70.

80 degrees F = about 25 degrees C : getting warm

90 degrees F = about 31 degrees C : fairly hot

100 degrees F = about 36 degrees C : definitely hot

Temperatures by month. January is the coldest month. Snow is possible, infrequently heavy (as much as a meter on rare occasions, but not in most winters. Six inches (15 cm) of snow is a "good" snow. Some winters do not see a single snow storm with this depth, others may have several. Obviously temperatures can reach well below freezing and sometimes less than 0 degrees F. I use degrees F because that's what you will hear on the local news and radio. A normal January day might have a low temp of around 20 degrees F. February is usually, but not always, slightly warmer. In March, things warm up just a little. A few frost hardy flowers start to bloom, but only a few. The tree buds swell, but don't really open up much. In April, the world goes from gray to green. The last frost almost always occurs in April. The trees leaf out with very tiny leaves.

May brings the end to cold weather and the "spring" semester. In reality, you could call it the winter semester. By the time the weather gets really nice, the semester is over. Up to this point it usually rains enough that the plants have plenty of water and the tiny leaves go from small to full size. In June, the leaves harden up and the weather is almost warm enough for swimming. July and August are down right hot with high temps about 95 degrees or more on the hottest days. But September starts to bring some cooler weather. October usually brings the first frosts and the leaves sometimes turn brown or beautiful colors. The maple trees on campus often turn splendid reds, oranges, and yellows, often in the same leaf. November and December usually bring cooler weather, with an occasional cold snap, with some chance of frost on many days.

阿肯色苔草属 (Arkansas Carex): 贴吧为植物学愣人了.

新修 2009天7月15日!


您好。我美国人。我学阿肯色苔草属(色苔草属:Carex)。This page is page one of several similar pages.

This new page is new has several similar parts. I designed these pages for students in the US from China. China sends about 300,000 students a year to the US. Most earn advanced degrees. We send about 60,000 students to China each year. Most study the Chinese language. This part of my website provides my Chinese friends with information about living in the US, especially about Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This page is about American culture. I hope to tell my friends many things about how real Americans who are not students live and have fun. As my Chinese friends in Fayetteville know, I like to hike, camp, travel, and generally enjoy life. This page will tell you about this American's life away from Fayetteville. For example, my wife and I have invited several of our Chinese friends to visit us in Mountain Home, Arkansas. This small town of 11,000 people is our home town. We have large lakes, dams, rivers, fishing opportunities, etc. This page will tell you how people in my town work and live. If you are lucky, you will get to travel here from Fayetteville and see it for yourself. One of several Chinese friends said "this is the first time I have been away from Fayetteville" when he came to visit. Another said "I am the only Chinese person here", although we do have a small group of Chinese people living in our town. Most of them work in Chinese restaurants, but that is slowly changing. Some work in other stores. I've met American Chinese working here who speak both Mandarin and Cantonese. More later.

阿肯色苔草属 (Arkansas Carex): 贴吧为植物学愣人了.

新修 2012天10月03日!

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这个新修英文 (click link for my English website) 您好。我美国人。我学阿肯色苔草属(色苔草属:Carex)。This page is page one of several similar pages.

This new page is new has several similar parts. I designed these pages for students in the US from China. China sends about 300,000 students a year to the US. Most earn advanced degrees. We send about 60,000 students to China each year. Most study the Chinese language. This part of my website provides my Chinese friends with information about living in the US, especially about Fayetteville, Arkansas.

别开生面! 超链接给我的中国朋友。 近期!

Fayetteville! What a town. I've lived in Fayetteville for a total of seven years (1970 to 1975 and 1989 to 1991). I love living there. Like all of the world Fayetteville has changed. But I visit it frequently.

New students from China will want to know things like, are there apartments available? (Yes). Can I live in a dormitory? (Yes). Which is cheaper? (Off campus apartments, perhaps shared with another student from China or elsewhere). Is it a safe place to live? (Not as safe as it once was, but still quite safe. I feel comfortable walking alone at night.) In this page, I hope to add more details about the best and worst places to live in Fayetteville.

You need to know how lease agreements work for apartments, what problems you might have with either a roommate or a landlord, and what your rights are. I hope to talk about these things on this page.

Is it cold in winter (often) or hot in summer (yes)? Actually, another page talks about that, but I need to say more on that subject.

What's it like during a football game, holiday, or at other times?

For now, feel free to email me and ask questions. If you ask something others need to know, I may put the answer here!