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Having learned English language for more than a decade, the problem of accent never came across my mind till I watched the British movie recommended by my dad, Melody (1971). Although I was only like 5 years old when I watched it, I found that the English that people spoke in the movie was amazingly harmonic, it was, as I thought, beyond the level of language, I would describe it as a tune. The tone, the syllables, the sound, the rhythm were all perfect. Since then, I developed my passion towards British accent, but I merely did anything to try to adapt to this accent, maybe I was too young. As I grew older, I seemed to forget how good it was, until I watched the movie Serendipity (2001), with the stunning British Actress Kate Beckinsale in it.

Kate Beckinsale, as I have noticed, has a clear London accent, which is practically similar to the BBC accent. Her voice also worked amazingly with this accent, Listening to her speech is like listening to a fine piece of tune, as every syllable is uttered crystal clear, and the tone is so fine-tuned that, it is like an innocent girl speaking. It is indeed nicer than the voice of a Nightingale. Her accent, combining with her nice acts in the movie, made her so perfect to me, and it confused me: does an accent make someone perfect? Not sure, but I think it would indeed affect the impression of the other people. Yes, it makes me think that she is perfect. Although she has already got a daughter Lily, her voice and accent still make her seem like a child. Some people call her a MILF (which I found a bit offensive); some would call her a fit bird. Yes, she is fit, but ‘bird’ does not seem to be good enough, I would describe her as a swan. Stacy’s Mom has got it going on? No, Lily’s mom has got it going on!

On the train from Manchester to Edinburgh after the table-tennis match, my companion Ben, and I met a girl from Nottingham. Having heard Scottish accent while studying in Scotland for so long, this girl reminded me of what the perfect accent (she got BBC Accent just like Kate Beckinsale) of English should be like, thus redeeming my passion about the sound of English. Yes, I will try to get rid of my original accent, and get myself with this BBC accent. What’s the point of studying a language? Practical use, YES, but it is also about your passion about the language. If you like a language, you would try your best to reach the highest level of the language. It is not simply to use, but to enjoy the language. It is similar to the difference between surviving and living. Hopefully, within 3 years, I would speak like some of the greatest British politicians in the UK, with the perfect BBC accent, and it will be part of my identity.

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Difference of playing and coaching

I didn’t really know the difference between playing and coaching before, but now I do know after coaching some real beginners.

First, they require different qualities. Coaches need to be patient, observative, and can always encourage players. They don’t have to be very good players, although it should be better if they are. They don’t need to have a heart to compete, it may be better if they don’t because it can make them calm and be good at observing players in matches. Competitive players, on the other hand, need to be equipped with good skills (not if they just started), and the heart to compete and improve.

Competitive players should definitely have a very strong will to improve, because after a certain age, their improvement will be limited. Once they find that they can hardly improve, they can always do more coaching. Therefore, I believe players should focus on maximizing their improvement while they can. The high-peak of improvement may not be related to age, but the amount of time they have played.

I regret that I didn’t start to play table-tennis when I was young. I only started last year to be honest. I am glad that we won the Aberdeen Local League this year. During the summer, I actually planned to maximize my improvement, but I got allocated to coach the beginners, which wouldn’t help much. I don’t mean that I don’t like coaching, but I do have a strong will to play better in the next season, and i believe the summer is a better time for improvement. I only started last year, I think I do have potential to do a lot better (as good as I possibly can be).

Well, what I would do in summer for table-tennis is…
1) Practise more with those who have a strong will to improve
2) Will keep on coaching, but may sneak to the ‘middle group’ (not beginners) at some point
3) Will visit Drumchapel Table-Tennis at some point to actually see how they do so well in making good players, and may join some trainings there
4) do more physical exercise which would help.
I hope all those would work! Anyway, I am happy that we won the Aberdeen Local League and League Cup! It is the first medal I have got ever!

What I think a coach should do

Having been involved with the table-tennis coaching activity for quite a while, I do have my own thoughts about what a good coach should do.

A good coach doesn’t need to be exceptionally good in that sport, but he does need to have a passion in it. Therefore, he would try his best to analyze the players, and find what are good and bad. This is the most important task that a coach should do.

A good coach should take care of every one that he coaches. Every player is different, and the trainings that they require would probably be different. Therefore, a good coach should give the players a personalized exercise during every training session, the players would be able to maximize their improvement.

A good coach should, most importantly, encourage every player. The worst thing a coach can do is probably to discourage players, and it would probably make the players quit. Therefore, I think coaches CAN divide players in to groups according to their ability, but NOT to tell them.

I don’t know whether my thoughts are right, but that is what I think after I’ve been involved in some coaching.

UKCC LEVEL 1 Table-Tennis Coaching Course Day 1

Woke up at 5a.m., got dressed, and packed my stuff, and caught the bus at 7 to Dundee for the table-tennis coaching course.

Flattered by the coaching tutor, as he claimed that my backhand (which I think is my weakness) is quite good and consistent, and asked me for demonstration for backhand drive and backhand block. He didn’t quite believe that I have only played table-tennis for JUST MORE than a year. (Quite satisfied that I have just played 1 year and now I am trying to get the coaching certificate!)

Looking forward to the second day of the course. It should be on 8/2, but the venue is unavailable on that day, so they changed it to 1/2, and I would be unavailable due to the SSS Championship, so I would be doing it on 22/2 in Aberdeen! No travel required!!! The only thing is that I need to demonstrate forehand push to the kids (which is what I don’t do!)… Well anyway, happy as the coaching tutor said my skills are relatively advanced!