Deshi likes the girl, but does she like Deshi?

Hi Lang

I’m writing in English to practise. I’m sorry I didn’t answer your email. I started school the day after we arrived in Boston and I’ve got too much work to do. I hate it here. I can’t understand what people are saying. The accent is very strange.

I miss Shanghai and I miss playing in the band with you. I try to practise the guitar, but the neighbour who lives opposite is angry because his daughter plays the violin and he said the noise disturbs her. I saw her staring out of the window at me. I think she hates me too. She’s really beautiful...

Hey, I’ve got to stop. My mum just came back from work and I haven’t finished my homework.

Please write back soon. I want to hear about what you’re doing in London. Can you understand the accent?


PS: I think I’m in love!

Deshi turned off the computer and opened his English book, but it was difficult to concentrate on irregular verbs. He couldn’t stop thinking about the girl in the building opposite. She had beautiful eyes. He opened his bedroom window and looked across the street. Her window was open too and he could hear her practising classical music on her violin. She was very good. “She probably hates rock music!” thought Deshi. “Have you finished your homework?” Deshi’s mum opened the door. “Quick! Dinner is in half an hour!” He wasn’t hungry.

Deshi couldn’t sleep that night and he was late for school the next morning. He ran out of the house and there she was! She was sitting in her dad’s car with the window open. Deshi dropped his schoolbag and she turned to look at him. He couldn’t move. Her eyes were green. He’d never seen anyone with green eyes before. He smiled at her but she just stared at him like he didn’t exist. Deshi could feel his face turning red. He picked up his bag and ran for the bus.

School didn’t go well that day. He failed a maths test and the English teacher shouted at him for not concentrating. At lunch time, he wasn’t hungry. The food in the cafeteria just made him feel sick. And then he had to stay late after school for extra English and missed the bus. He decided to walk home. He was crossing the park near his street, thinking about his school back in Shanghai and how he missed it. Then, he saw her. She was sitting on a bench with her dog. “Oh no, she’s seen me,” he thought. He waved at her but she just ignored him again. “Idiot!” he said to himself. “Why did I wave? Now she really hates me.” Later that evening, Deshi was practising his guitar with the headphones on. His friends in Shanghai thought he was very good but now he didn’t want anyone to hear him playing. He was thinking about getting a a classical guitar when his mum came into the room. She had a letter in her hand. “The postman made a mistake,” she said. “This is for the building across the street. Can you take it over while I’m making dinner?” “OK, mum!” said Deshi.

Deshi thought about how unhappy he was as he went down the stairs. His mum had no time for him, she was always working. School was really difficult and he had no friends in Boston. He was outside the building opposite when the door opened. “Oh no, it’s her!” he thought. The girl was about to come down the steps when she dropped something. Without thinking, Deshi picked it up. “Hello?” she said, frightened. “Who’s there?” Deshi was confused. “Er, I live across the street.” “Are you the boy who plays the guitar?” she said. “Hi, I’m Helen. I really like your music and I’m sorry my dad complained.” Deshi looked at what he was holding. It was a white stick. She was blind.

Brendan Dunne


What's the best way to make friends in a new place?

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Kostantinus 6 February, 2021 - 10:37

The best way to make new friends is greeting people, being friendly and smile to them. All people in the world like when you listen to them carefully.

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WriterRafia120 19 July, 2020 - 08:16

Actually, teen age is really different. I'm probably not very friendly. But those who are my friends like me very much. I used to be very shy. But now I understand that if you want to make friends with someone, you have to go straight and talk. You have to show your identity so that he understands that you are really an interesting person. You can also praise him. Like you said his name is very nice, you liked it and so on.
If you're in love, it's best not to reveal it in the first place. You can try to befriend him.
The best way to talk to people in other countries is pen friendship. This will make it easier for you to learn about their culture and make friends with them.

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CherryBlossomEnglish 27 February, 2018 - 17:15

The best way to communicate with new people is to say hi. And you are just getting started to make a new best friend. Don't worry about your new friends. You will always have someone on your side.

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Seliii 5 January, 2017 - 11:21

Dear readers,
I believe it is really difficult. The story showed me that the boy is in age of a teenager and I know that is the hardest time. In my opinion it is really hard to change your home and to stay in another country. I can retrace the boy in his situation. If I would be in this situation I wouldn’t have an idea what I should do. English isn’t everyone’s native language and language mistakes can happen. Language mistakes can everyone happen! My advice to break the ice is to smile and to be friendly and patient. You should smile a lot and try to speak with people at your school or on the streets. You also could join to a teenager group in your free time. But don’t forget to care about yourself!
Thank you for reading

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sooom 7 June, 2016 - 00:55

Sometimes It's a bit difficult to people from another country but, I think everybody should be more confident and don't worry about English. English isn't our first language and we can make language mistakes, everybody from around the world makes langauge mistakes too, even people who speak English since their first word. The good advice to us is smiling all the time. We should smile and try to speak with everybody, we can also join to a group at school/college. And we should be patient, the good friendship needs time.

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natznatz 26 April, 2016 - 10:54

sometimes we just so embarrassed for know each other. i really want to move for a while from my country we can learn about anything in different country and have a many friends.. hahaha lol
btw this story makes me sad..

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Ken 26 April, 2016 - 15:10

Hi natznatz,
do you have a good friend in your country? Then you might want to visit different countries with your friend?
Because, according to my equation theory, 1+1=2, 2x2=4, 4x4=8..... then you can have many new friends with your friend! (hahaha lol)

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gianggiang 11 February, 2016 - 08:11

It's not easy to make friends in new places. When I joined in a school project, I met many new students, all of us were quite shy, but it's a little bit strange when we kept standing, sometimes looked at one another without saying anything. So, I turned away, hiding a no- feeling face and whispered a song...
" Aha .Let it be - the Beatle" , I know it" A member of group claimed.

Becoming friends by chance !

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kholoud 29 June, 2015 - 05:58

i really like the story
i moved in new city and i found it is really difficult to make friends but i decided that be who i am and i'll find friend like me ^^

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iva10 11 June, 2015 - 12:06

The best way to make friends is too be onest and be yourself. I have a simpathy and next week I'm going on a school trip with him. His name is Danilo and he's a excellent student.

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Elsa007 25 May, 2015 - 01:20

I've never thought about how to make friends.... I'm shy but people often talk to me!! Choosing good friends takes a bit longer time... What is a friend??

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LoveEnglish7 19 November, 2014 - 20:34

Oh i think that is very easy to make a friends in a new place.But we are not all the same.Some people like me,like to make a friends with new people but some people are very shy so ti is hard.The best way is to start an interesting topic or say something nice.

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Jenny_Greece 27 September, 2014 - 09:00

Ohh, sad story. But it was really good. So, if someone wants to make new friends in a new place, he should smile, be polite and positive.

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Anna_Amy 22 September, 2014 - 17:46

Really interesting story <3
the best way is to be polite and respectful to others they will be your friend automatically.

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