Baseball Fans around the World
Baseball is a very popular sport in Asia, North America, South America,
and even Europe. While the rules of baseball are similar from country to
country, the behavior of baseball fans is very different. Here’s a look at
some of the differences in fan behavior around the world.
Baseball fans in Japan are loud – really loud. The sound of chants,
cheering, drums, and trumpets continues nonstop throughout a baseball
game in Japan. When a team goes to bat, their fans sing a different song
for each batter at the plate. And even when their team is losing badly,
Japanese fans continue to yell and scream. Foreign baseball players in
Japan are often surprised that the fans never boo a player, according to
the American pitcher Brian Warren, baseball is more fun in Japan. “When
I used to play in Venezuela,” Warren said, “fans threw things at me when
I didn’t pitch well.” This never happens in Japan.
When a Japanese player hits a home run, the fans give the biggest cheer
of all – a banzai cheer. That’s when the fans yell with both of their arms
above their heads.
Baseball fans in Taiwan are just as loud as the fans in Japan! In Taiwan,
many fans use air horns to cheer their team on. These horns are so loud
they can really hurt your ears. Taiwanese fans often yell “Charge!” to
excite the baseball players. And when a player hits a home run, there is a
special tradition. After the player runs around the bases, a young girl
presents him with a stuffed animal that looks like his teams’ mascot.
I was pretty hungry, but it wasn’t going to do for me to start a fire,
because they might see the smoke. So I set there and watched the cannon
smoke and listened to the boom. The river was a mile wide, there, and it
always looks pretty on a summer morning－so I was having a good
enough time seeing them hunt for my remainders, if I only had a bite to
eat. Well, then I happened to think how they always put a quicksilver in
loaves of bread and float them off because they always go right to the
drowned carcass and stop there. So says I, I’ll keep a look-out, and if any
of them is floating around after me, I’ll give them a show. I changed to
the Illinois edge of the island to see what luck I could have, and I wasn’t
disappointed. A big double loaf came along, and I almost got it, with a
long stick, but my foot slipped and she floated out further. Of course I
was where the current set in the closest to the shore－I knew enough for
that. But by-and-by along came another one, and this time I won. I took
out the plug and shook out the little dab of quicksilver, and set my teeth
in. It was ”baker’s bread” － what the quality eat － none of your
low-down cornpone. I got a good place amongst the leaves, and set there
on a log, munching the bread and watching the ferry-boat, and very well
satisfied. And then something struck me….
By Mark Twain
Street Markets around the World
Do you want to buy a new pair of sunglasses? The latest CD? OR
something for your dinner this evening? Nowadays, you can shop by
telephone, by post, or through your home computer; but for many people,
the most exciting way to shop is also the most traditional- at a street
market. You can find markets anywhere in the world- here are five of
Every weekend, thousands of young people from all over London travel
to Camden Market in an attractive area in the north of the city- it’s the
place to go for street fashion, jewelry, CDs, and tapes. But many people
just go for the lively atmosphere!
There are many “floating markets” in Asia; perhaps the most Famous is in
Thailand, at a place called “Damneon Sadual”, 100 km from the capital
city, Bangkok. From six in the morning to midday, every day, people sell
fresh tropical fruit and vegetables from their boats.
The grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, is more than 500 years old and it
has more than four thousand shops under one roof! You can buy almost
anything, but the most popular items for tourists are the beautiful rugs
and carpets. It’s open all day every day.
Many Belgians say that La Grande Place- in the center of the capital city,
Brussels- is the most beautiful square in the world. It is the home of a
colorful flower market- open every day except Monday. On Monday,
instead of flowers, there’s a wonderful bird market!
One of the world’s most unusual markets is in Mexico City: at the Sonora
Market. As well as toys and birds, you can buy herbs and natural
medicines which (they say) can help with anything- from problems at
work to problems with you marriage! It’s open every day from early in
the morning till late at night.
My First Day in the United States
I arrived in the United States on February 6,1988, but I remember my
first day here very clearly. My friend was waiting for me when my plane
landed at Kennedy Airport at three o’clock in the afternoon. The weather
was very cold and it was snowing, but I was too excited to mind. From
the airport, my friend and I took a taxi to my hotel. On the way, I saw the
skyline of Manhattan for the first time, and I stared in astonishment at the
famous skyscrapers and their manmade beauty. My friend helped me
unpack at the hotel and then left me because he had to go back to work.
He promised to return the next day.
Shortly after my friend had left, I went to the restaurant near the hotel to
get something to eat. Because I couldn’t speak a word of English, I
couldn’t tell the waiter what I wanted. I was very upset and started to
make some gestures, but the waiter didn’t understand me. Finally, I
ordered the same thing the man at the next table was eating.
After dinner, I started to walk along Broadway until I came to Times
Square, with its movie theaters, neon lights, and huge crowds of people. I
didn’t feel tired, so I continued to walk around the city. I wanted to see
everything on my first day. I knew it was impossible, but I wanted to try.
When I returned to the hotel, I was exhausted, but I couldn’t sleep
because I kept hearing the fire and police sirens during the night. I lay
awake and thought about New York. It was a very big and interesting city
with many tall buildings and big cars, and full of noise and busy people. I
also decided right then that I had to learn to speak English.
There is no doubt that going to study in a foreign country with its
language and culture, can be a frustrating and sometimes painful
experience. But while overseas study has its drawbacks, the difficulties
are far outweighed by the advantages. Indeed, people who go abroad for
study open themselves up to experiences that those who stay at home will
The most obvious advantage to overseas university study is real-life use
of a different language. While a person can study a foreign language in
his or her own country, it cannot compare with constant use of the
language in academic and everyday life. There is no better opportunity to
improve second-language skills than living in the country in which it is
spoken. Moreover, having used the language during one’s studies offers a
distinct advantage when one is applying for jobs back home that require
On a university campus, the foreign student is not alone in having come
from far away. He or she will likely encounter many others from overseas
and it is possible to make friends from all around the world. This is not
only exciting on a social level, but could lead to important overseas
contacts in later professional life.
Finally, living and studying abroad offers one a new and different
perspective of the world and, perhaps most important, of one’s own
country. Once beyond the initial shock of being in a new culture, the
student slowly begins to get a meaningful understanding of the host
society. On returning home, one inevitably sees one’s own country in a
new, often more appreciative, light.
In conclusion, while any anxiety about going overseas for university
study is certainly understandable, it is important to remember that the
benefits offered by the experience make it well worthwhile.
The Weather and You
Do you become unhappy when clouds appear? Are you more cheerful on
a sunny day than on a rainy day? Does the weather really affect your
Most of us feel that stormy weather makes us sad, and many
psychologists would agree: rain or snow can bring on sadness and
depression in some people. This feeling may be caused by having to stay
indoors for too long during bad weather. But there are some people who
are unusually sensitive to weather. Rather than just feeling blue on a cold,
dreary day, for example, they actually find it difficult to carry out their
daily routine. Even going to work or to school becomes a big job for
these people. Some people also become very depressed during the dark
days of winter. They suffer from a sickness called “seasonal affective
disorder,” or SAD. Doctors think this condition is due to lack of sunlight.
In contrast, a sunny day, particularly during the winter in colder northern
regions, can make people feel happy and optimistic. When the weather is
pleasant, people are friendlier and more willing to help each other. For
example, it has been found that customers give waitresses bigger tips on
sunny days. But when the weather is too hot and humid, people tend to
become more aggressive.
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that most people prefer moderate
temperatures somewhere in the seventies, perhaps with a slight breeze.
People generally don’t like too much wind, nor do they like it when the
temperature changes more than fifteen degrees in a short period of time.