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While that might be more convenient for students, it is not the best way to learn a language. To learn English well, you need to learn to think in English. If you are always comparing the two languages, you will always be translating between the two in your mind. In addition, some English words/phrases do not have exact translations in Chinese, so you don't get an accurate idea of the meaning of words and phrases.
Learning English in English is much better than learning English in Chinese. Although it may be more difficult, in the long run students will learn faster and better. We try to use just enough Chinese to be sure students understand, but we want to challenge them to learn English in English.
You can talk about anything. It's nice to start with some easy questions. You can ask questions like, "Where are you from?" "How long have you been in Taiwan?" "How many brothers and sisters do you have?" "What do you like best about living in Taiwan?" or "What do you like to do in your free time?" You can also share that information about yourself with the teacher. It's also good to talk about the lesson you have been studying in your magazine that week. Also, "Call Your Teacher" gives you the chance to give us your comments and suggestions about our magazines. We'd love to hear what you think! Please share your opinions with us.