时间：2012-09-13 09:33:45 来源：网络孔子学院 编辑：李少蕊
廖乐年在长教村的英语义教（teach for free）工作开始得并不顺利。但是廖乐年并没有泄气，为了和村民们更好的沟通，廖乐年努力学习客家话（Hakka）。下课后，他骑自行车赶去给他两个一对一教学的学生上课。一个住在长教村里，而另一个则住在7公里外的大埔县城。
Now I know my A-B-C
There is a rural village in Guangdong where even a 4-year-old can fluently respond to an English greeting, it's all thanks to the efforts of a retired Chinese-Malaysian.
When David Liao turned up in Changjiao village 10 years ago and announced that he would teach the children how to speak English for free, the villagers in this tiny hamlet in Meizhou, Guangdong province all thought he was just a "mad foreigner".
"I was born in Malaysia but Changjiao village is my ancestral home. I decided to come back to help the village after I retired as an English teacher and a high school principal in Malaysia," he explains.
It was not easy-going, and Liao found his intentions questioned.Instead of getting discouraged, Liao decided to work at it, studying the local Hakka dialect so he could communicate better.
After classes, he would ride to tutor two private students, one-on-one. He had one student in the village and the other in Dabu county about 7 km away.
Liao Luhong was one of Liao's first private students. The 21-year-old college student was in his fourth year of primary school when his grandfather invited David Liao to be his English tutor, during the summer holidays. The little boy could not even recite his alphabet then.
The mad foreigner's tuition proved to be very effective. In his fifth year, Liao Luhong came out top of his English class and two years ago, he was admitted to college, helped by his high scores in English.