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SPEAKING: slow down and think about your grammar – correct chinglish
WRITING: use the vocabulary from class to write about your life, like a diary

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Student Info: At a local company now so no chance to use English. 

Class focus: She can understand when reading and listening but not speak / write it. Often writes but using a structure / template for emails, needs to write more daily speaking topics. Biggest issues are: incomplete sentences, missed subject, not using conjunctions (which / who), chinglish grammar (prepositions)

Occupation: Purchasing / Procurement for Mechanical Equipment

At SE since: Nov 2019

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S]

    September 18, 2020

    Homework

    Do you think people are more aware of keeping healthy these days? Is it important to eat a healthy diet or exercise?

    Vocabulary

    there will be some team building activities/there will be some activities to promote team spirit 

    the movie is already released/out now  

    lost in translation

    to please/satisfy the audience

    some room for imagination 

    to hype up the series/to generate interest in the series

    stylish – adj

    impression – how people feel about something

    distinct – different from sth

    succeed – after

    precede – before

    Grammar

    good -> better -> best

    bad -> worse -> worst

    Speaking

    Even the two days on teambuilding always occupy at least one on weekend. Friday or Saturday is usually the schedule.

    The comments are not good.

    Something is different from other countries.

    You don’t need to copy the other country’s stylish.

    Many movies are originate from books or novels. When I saw some good movies, if I haven’t saw the novels before, I will want to see the novels again because the details in movies are much less than the novels.

    The most good novels have the sad ending. I like the happy ending of the movies because it will let people feel good. If I saw some movies with open endings, I will expect the successive movies to have the same quality.

    I think good novels with sad endings will impress on people.

    Some stories are written for the progress of producing so the audience can vote.

    Revised: 

    Usually, two days of teambuilding always occupy at least one day on the weekend. Friday or Saturday is the usual schedule. 

    The comments are not good/not optimistic/not positive. 

    Something distinct from other countries.

    You don’t need to copy/imitate other countries’ styles. 

    Many movies originate from books or novels. When I watch some good movies and if I haven’t read the novels before, I would like to read the novels again because novels are more detailed than movies.  

    The best novels have a sad ending. I like happy endings of movies because it makes people feel good. If I watched some movies with open endings, I will expect the succeeding movie to have the same quality/live up to expectations. 

    I think good novels with sad endings will leave an impression on many people.

    Some stories are written with a purpose to let the audience vote so that the progress of the story is the same as what has been released so far.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    September 16, 2020

    Homework

    How is Chinese cinema changing and how is it affecting the rest of the world?

    Speaking

    I will watch the movie but I am not sure when because I think the story is very familiar for us and have seen many series or movies about this story so for me it isn’t a very urgent thing that I want to finish It at very short time. It is acceptable for me to see this movie both at home or at the cinema.
    I heard interesting comments that both western people and Chinese think that this Chinese is a minority feeling.
    the environment or feeling is very different with our knowledge.
    I saw some images of this movie actually I think it is a little exaggerated , the images are a little exaggerated than our knowledge for the culture at that time.
    It is made by Disney but they use special effects because the image of the character Mulan is more like images in Disney movie.

    The movie didn’t stick to the historical books , so both western people and china felt that the movie is like a bored movie.

    It is the opposite of the original meaning. we have a poetry talk about that. Male and female rabbits are different when they are standing but it is hard for people to figure out the difference when running but the translation in the movie is totally the opposite. It talks about that when you figure out the rabbit which one is male and female you know it but can’t see it because the story is an ancient story so there are many ancient poetry about th story. it is hard for Chinese to understand the actual meaning so it is much harder for western people to know the actual meaning.

    inception was weird for me because it was hard to understand and I felt uncomfortable at the end of the movie because the screen keeps spinning
    some Chinese movies are weird because of boring stories and the story doesn’t make sense in daily life. Hundred of movies will be released except this year but less than 10 movies can be remembered by people.
    Some movies have the huge investments the graphics are very amazing but the story is too simple and viewers even don’t have to think for 1 minute. some movies made by Zhang Yimou it just captures your attention.


    I will watch the movie but I am not sure when because I think we are very familiar with the story and I have seen many series or movies about this story so for me it isn’t a very urgent thing that I want to finish. / it is not very urgent. I will watch it but I am not in a hurry.
    It is acceptable for me to see this movie both at home or at the cinema.
    I heard interesting comments that both western people and Chinese think that this very exotic.
    the environment or feeling is very different from what we know
    I saw some images of this movie actually I think it is a little exaggerated , the images are a little exaggerated compared to our knowledge of the culture at that time. / they didn’t stick to the real history and changed many elements. and exaggerated many elements.

    It is made by Disney but they use special effects because the appearance  of the character Mulan is more like the appearance it has in Disney movie.  / they tried to match the appearance of the cartoon characters but it looks strange on real people.

    The movie didn’t stick to the historical books , so both western people and Chinese people felt that the movie is a movie from abroad

    It is the opposite of the original meaning. we have poems talking about that. Male and female rabbits are different when they are standing but it is hard for people to figure out the difference when running but the translation in the movie is totally the opposite. It talks about when you figure out the rabbit which one is male and female you know it but can’t say it because the story is an ancient story so there are many ancient poems about that story. It is hard for Chinese to understand the actual meaning so it is much harder for western people to know the actual meaning. / it is hard even for Chinese people to understand so I must be impossible for westerners.

    inception was weird for me because it was hard to understand and I felt uncomfortable at the end of the movie because the screen kept spinning
    some Chinese movies are weird because of boring stories and the story doesn’t make sense in reality / is not realistic.

    Hundred of movies will be released except this year but less than 10 movies can be remembered by people.
    Some movies receive huge investments / have a huge budget the graphics are really amazing but the story is too simple and viewers even don’t have to think for 1 minute. some movies made by Zhang Yimou it just captures your attention.

    Writing

    The school trip to Hangzhou when I was fifth grade was very impressed. That was my first visit to Hangzhou and also the first out of town school trip. There was no subway in Hangzhou at that time and we took a bus along the West Lake. We were all very excited about travelling without parents and kept charting on the way. I felt that the West Lake is very large and Hangzhou’s viewings are quite different with Shanghai’s. There are lots of mountains and lakes in downtown, so people who live in Hangzhou can enjoy these beautiful viewings every day. It seems great that people can enjoy the beautiful nature and the modern life at the same time. Another interesting thing is that its local dialect is similar to northern area but quite with different with nearby. Our guide told us that the northern emperor run away to Hangzhou after being defeated and created new country, therefor, the dialect originated from north China.


    The school trip to Hangzhou when I was in fifth grade was very impressive / impressed me a lot. That was my first visit to Hangzhou and also the first out of town school trip. There was no subway in Hangzhou at that time and we took a bus along the West Lake. We were all very excited about traveling without our parents and kept chatting on the way. I felt that the West Lake was very large and Hangzhou’s views/sceneries were quite different with Shanghai’s. There are lots of mountains and lakes downtown, so people who live in Hangzhou can enjoy these beautiful views every day. It seems great that people can enjoy the beautiful nature and the modern life at the same time. Another interesting thing is that its local dialect is similar to northern areas but quite with different with nearby cities. Our guide told us that the northern emperor ran away to Hangzhou after being defeated and created a new country, therefore, the dialect originated from north China.

    Writing

    Vocabulary

    cliche  (n) something overused and without creativity
    The movie was such a cliche

    graphics (n) : images / computer images
    the graphics in the lion king were amazing.

    special effects (n) : special light / explosion / CG scenes in a movie
    special effects in marvel movies are impressive

    Pronunciation

    abroad

    bored

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    September 11, 2020

    Homework

    Write about the school trips you went on when you were little.

    Vocabulary

    adventure travel – the type of travel where you visit nature hotspots/do extreme sports/activities

    road trip – the type of travel which involves long-distance driving

    teenagers have a mind of their own 

    capture (photo/video/memory) – take (pictures/moment)

    cruise – holiday on a large ship for entertainment

    starting/boarding point – the place which you get on a cruise

    the workflow is not very heavy 

    right after the Spring Festival

    sightseeing – to visit popular hotspots while on holiday

    Grammar

    around – approximately

    when you’re not fully sure of the exact time/date etc.

    around 3 days/4-6 weeks

    Speaking

    Some people is the big fan of walk and some not very convenient places. I like the travel which I can feel relaxed. I like the cities where the culture is different from China or have some special characters.

    I don’t like the group of travel agencies. 4 persons with friends or family members. When I was a child or the classmates organised by the school.

    Some big place, you have to take very long time to travel around and I don’t like make a schedule very tight.

    Cruise trip in China is not very long time. It’s 4-7 days so it’s okay for young people I think.

    The start hub is not in China – you have to fly to another country like Singapore or America.

    The weather of South America is not very hot. I saw the schedule of the trip package. You can go to 10 countries in 16 days. Maybe 10 years ago, the 10 countries European group is very popular in China.

    When grandparents took children to cruise because there are some kindergarten or park and you can leave the children there.

    Revised: 

    Some people are big fans of walking and some enjoy/prefer going to inconvenient places/see nature. I like the trips which I can feel relaxed. I like the cities where the culture is different from China’s or they have some special characteristics. 

    I don’t like group tours/travelling in a group. 4 people with friends or family members is ideal. When I was a child or with classmates organised by the school.

    For some big places, you have to take a very long time to travel around and I don’t like to make tight schedules. 

    Cruise trips in China won’t take/last a very long time. It’s around 4-7 days so it’s okay for young people I think.

    The starting point is not in China – you have to fly to another country like Singapore or America.

    The weather in South America is not very hot. I saw the schedule of the package. You can go to 10 countries in 16 days. Around 10 years ago, the 10 countries European trip/European trip to 10 countries was very popular in China.

    Grandparents take children on a cruise because there are some kindergarten or amusement parks on there and you can leave the children there.

    Writing

    The first priority is to buy a good camera, because I will see so many amazing views of the world soon and a good camera can help me to keep beautiful and reality memories. Then I shall talk with my boss and quit my job if he doesn’t approve my one-year off application. It is necessary to do some research on the countries which I am going to. I want to go ahead by season if I can arrange the schedule by myself. Considering there are different views in different season, it should be great that travel in the most beautiful season of a place. A long trip is also a trip of adventure, so, I think I will make good preparation of the schedule and also prepare some buffer time to enjoy the surprise during the travel.

    Revised: 

    The first priority is to buy a good camera because I will see so many amazing views of the world soon and a good camera can help me to capture beautiful and real/truthful memories. Then I shall talk with my boss and I will quit my job if he doesn’t approve my one-year off application. It is necessary to do some research on the countries which I am going to. I want to plan my trip/organise the order in which I go on this trip by season if I can arrange the schedule by myself. Considering there are different views/sceneries in each season, it would be great to travel to a place during the most beautiful season. A long trip is also a trip of adventure, so, I think I will prepare the schedule/myself well and also allocate some buffer/extra/free time to enjoy any surprises during the trip.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    September 9, 2020

    Homework

    What would you if you win tickets to travel around the world for free for one year?

    Vocabulary

    deal with 

    give up on 

    prepare for the worst

    have a plan B – an extra plan

    somewhere in between – in the middle

    make up for the loss

    what’s done is done – to describe how you can’t change the cause of an event

    psychological problem

    optimists/pessimists – noun

    optimistic/pessimistic – adj

    cloud your judgement – when your mind is full of negative/unwanted thoughts

    how to become successful 

    stick to an idea/job/plan

    Speaking

    My habits is to think about the worst result and then do some plans. I think if you think about the worst result, you can have some preparation for the result and then based on the result you can make some plans and take actions. If the result is better than your imagination or prediction, you will feel better. If the result is same with your prediction, it’s okay for you to accept it. Because I have a period to prepare. I think when I face some bad results, it’s hard for everyone to accept a bad result immediately without any preparation. But, I think the first thing you should do is to calm down and think about it. Think about how to make up the results.

    In daily work, some results or some problems when you face them, actually they already occurred so I think if you just focus on the roots, it is a waste of time and the problems or the results can’t be changed already. So I think the first task is to think how to solve them and how to make up the losses.

    There are some problems with both extremes – optimistic and pessimistic. Because if people are too ideal, it is very hard for them to prepare for the accident. But, most tasks or things cant go through so smoothly as people imagine. But, if the extreme pessimists, for these people it is hard for them to stand up again. I think in daily life, most problems can be solve by some methods or actions.

    Revised: 

    My habit is to think about the worst results/think of the worst and then make some plans. I think if you think of the worst, you can make some plans and prepare for the results and then take some actions. If the result is better than what you imagined or predicted then you will feel better. If the result is the same as your prediction then it’s okay for you to accept it. Because I have a period of time to prepare. I think when people face some bad results, it’s hard for everyone to accept it immediately without any preparation. But, I think the first thing you should do is to calm down and think about it. Think about how to make up for the loss.

    In daily life, some results had already occurred when you face them. It is a waste of time to focus on the root because the results can’t be changed.  So I think the first task is to think of how to solve them and how to make up for the losses.

    There are some problems with both extremes – optimists and pessimists. Because if people are overly idealistic, it is very hard for them to prepare for the incident. But, most tasks or things can’t progress so smoothly/successfully as people imagined. But, for the extreme pessimists, for these people it is hard for them to stand up again. I think in daily life/on a daily basis/in general, most problems can be solved by some methods or actions.

    Writing

    It is no doubt that everyone will face problems at work, which will be tough tasks, complicated relationships or careless mistakes. Sometimes, people feel that the purpose of work is solving problems. Actually, the method and efficiency of dealing problems determine the result, while the personality and attitude of employees determine how to choose the methods. Optimists are used to analyzing the reasons when they facing problems, then focusing on the solutions and taking actions. But, pessimists always annoy themselves and mess up their thoughts, then predict the worst results and give up to take action finally. I think it should be a better choice that predict the worst results and try the best to solve problems simultaneously.

    Revised: 

    It is no doubt that everyone will face problems at work, which are/such as tough tasks, complicated relationships or careless mistakes. Sometimes, people feel that the purpose of work is to solve problems. Actually, the method and efficiency of dealing with problems determine/predicts the result, while the personality and attitude of employees determine how to choose the methods. Optimists are used to analyzing the reasons when they face problems/deal with issues, then focus on the solutions and take actions. But, pessimists always trouble themselves and mess up their thoughts/confuse themselves, then make the worst predictions and then give up on taking action finally. I think it would be a better choice to predict the worst results/prepare for the worst/have a plan B and try the best to solve problems simultaneously.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[W]

    September 4, 2020

    Homework

    How do optimists and pessimists deal with problems at work?

    Today we focused on:

    a/an/the exercises

    Vocabulary

    in 20 years

    exchange – trade/swap

    prior/before

    practice – things people do as a tradition or custom

    eg. It’s common in the US to tip the waiter.

    eg. What are some common practices in your culture?

    culture – noun

    cultural – adj

    Grammar

    -al adjectives 

    cultural/informational/national/critical/personal

    -y adjectives

    funny/dirty/bossy/nosey

    -ing adjectives

    thinking/exciting/interesting/boring

    -ive adjectives

    talkative/interactive

    -ful adjectives 

    beautiful/successful/helpful/harmful

    -less adjectives 

    jobless/restless/homeless

    a house/an hour – not silent/silent aeiou

    an uncle/a university – not silent/silent aeiou (y sound)

    an M.A/an SMS –  sounds like “em A”/sounds like ess em ess

    Writing

    Financial system has been developing with the progress of human civilization and technology. People’s social activities began with changing products, and then to changing coins and to using credit cards and to using mobile payment nowadays. Several years ago, we had to waste much time in bank to deal financial needs, and there were lots of bank cards in our wallets. With the rapid development of technology, we can deal most of the financial needs in daily life just with mobile phones. Today, many high-techs’ development exceed our prediction and imagination. We already have AI, voice technology and even interaction tech except network tech. Maybe 20 years later, most of the banks’ functions at present will disappear, and perhaps we can handle daily financial affairs just with our thoughts.

    Revised: 

    The financial system has been developing with the progress of human civilization and technology. Nowadays, people’s social activities began with trade/trading goods, and then to exchanging coins and to using credit cards and then to mobile payments. Several years ago, we had to waste much time in the bank to deal with financial needs, and there were lots of bank cards in our wallets. With the rapid development of technology, we can deal with most of our daily financial needs just with mobile phones. Today, many high-techs’/modern technology developments exceed our prediction and imagination. We already have AI, voice technology and even interactive tech except for network tech. In 20 years maybe most of the banks’ functions at present will disappear, and perhaps we can handle daily financial affairs just with our thoughts.


    In Chinese traditional cultural, when we treat others to dinner, the more dishes the better, this habit is for showing hospitality. It will be a little bit awkward if all dishes are finished. Because we went through a long time of food shortage before, so the sufficient food means a rich life. However, we are confronting new challenges of food shortage now, something like floods, pandemics and locusts disaster are all harmful to agriculture. Furthermore, there are still lots people of cannot get enough food. So, nowadays, food is still a critical resource. Recently, Chinese government start a campaign named “clean plate” to encourage people to reduce food wasting. The restaurants waiters will remind customers when they order too many dishes.

    Revised: 

    In Chinese traditional culture, when we treat others to dinner, the more dishes the better this practice is for showing hospitality. It will be a little bit awkward if all dishes are finished. Because we went through a long period of food shortage before/prior, so the sufficient food means a rich life. However, we are facing new challenges of food shortage now, natural disasters like floods, pandemics and locusts disaster are all harmful to agriculture. Furthermore, there are still lots of people that cannot get enough food. So, nowadays/at present, food is still a critical resource. Recently, the Chinese government started a campaign named “clean plate” to encourage people to reduce food waste. Restaurant waiters will remind customers when they order too many dishes.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Phil)

    September 2, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    general discussion about issues china is facing.

    Vocabulary

    Flexi time – to work flexible hours you can chose

    in my company I can work Flexi time.

    Military– army, navy, air force

    Critical infrastructure- important parts of a country , 5G, power stations.

    sensitive topic – topic that can be difficult to talk about

    world war 2 can be a sensitive topic to talk about.

    Panic – an extreme way of worrying

    During the virus outbreak there was a lot of panic buying.

    to diagnose, diagnosis – a doctors opinion on a medical issue

    Speaking

    Knowledges knowledge

    do so some brainstormsdo some brainstorming 

    mistake informationmisleading information

    prevention waysprevention methods

    Homework

    Use some of the vocabulary from today in some writing. Write something like a story and try to use the words.
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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S+W]

    August 27, 2020

    Homework


    what do you imagine the financial system will look like in 20 years.

    Speaking

    5 years ago we didn’t pay much attention to the traditional holidays but recently the government wants to maintain the traditional culture and develop the special culture in China so they lead the tendencies of social to pay more attention to traditional holidays.

    The Chinese valentines day originated from the love story but this holiday is not to celebrate the couples , many girls will wish themselves to be smart good at some handcraft skills on July 7th.
    Actually not special for me, we knew some habits and special events of the holiday but the chinese valentines day you should buy some presents for lovers it is a commercial event. In Ancient China this is for girls to wish themselves to be more smart and improve their skillset.

    The milestone of the changing is the Jiaoshang bank
    The finance service of banks is replaced by some internet companies like Alibaba and JD and xiaomi.

    the government wants to support the commercial so 1 week ago they capped the maximum rate of loans, it is 15,4%. it is much lower than before.
    Some financial companies

    they need cash-flow to open new stores  so they mortgage coffee machines to financial companies and pay the rent per month


    5 years ago we didn’t pay much attention to the traditional holidays but recently the government wants to maintain the traditional culture/ promotes and develop the special culture in China so they lead the tendencies of people to pay more attention to traditional holidays. / they advertise /push forward traditional holidays.

    The Chinese valentines day originated from the love story but this holiday does not celebrate the couples , many girls will wish for themselves to be smart good at some handcraft skills on July 7th. / it is a day on which girls reflect on themselves and how to improve.
    Actually not special for me, we knew some habits and special events of the holiday but the chinese valentines day you should buy some presents for lovers it is a commercial event. In Ancient China this is for girls to wish themselves to be smarter and improve their skillset.

    The milestone for the change is the Jiaoshang bank
    The finance service of banks is replaced by some internet companies like Alibaba and JD and xiaomi.

    the government wants to support the economy so 1 week ago they capped the maximum rate of loans, it is 15,4%. it is much lower than before.

    Writing

    China has many legends because of its long history and various minorities. Amazing natural views and attractive local legends are both important for popular trip destinations. The great wall, which was built by lots of large stones, is one of the most famous tourist sites. It is hard to imagine how to build such a huge construction more than 2500 years ago without any devices.
    The legend of Meng Jiangnv talks about Meng’s husband who went thousands of miles away to build the Great Wall just 3 days after their wedding, and then her husband died soon because of an illness, Meng went to the Great Wall after hearing/after she heard  this bad news and found her husband had been buried under the Great Wall. She was so sad and kept crying day and night, three days later, the Great Wall collapsed. Meng jumped into the sea with her husbands’ body at last.

    Feb. 14th is Valentine’s Day in the western world, Jul. 7th of Chinese traditional calendar is local Valentine’s Day. This holiday originated from a love story legend that a fairy went to the human world and got married without getting her father’s permission, then, she was brought back to heaven. After that, lots of magpies would gather and link the worlds of the fairy and her husband so that they could meet once a year on Jul.7th on the magpies’ bridge.

    Vocabulary

    organ (n) : parts inside the body that has a vital function
    Some of his organs are failing so he will have to be  cryogenized / put in ice

    cryogenics (n) 低温学
    I work in cryogenics

    to cook the books : fake financial statements such P&L
    We need to cook the books to pretend we make a lot of money

    mortgage (v/n) 抵押
    I mortgaged my kidney to buy an iPad Pro
    I couldn’t pay back the mortgage and they took my kidney

    state owned companies (n) : companies owned by the state
    Most banks are state owned

    convergence (n)
    We see a convergence

    to converge (v) : get closer   / tend to meet a a point
    The tech industry and the finance industry have been converging

    divergence (n): when things get farer and garer
    There was a divergence between religion and the state at some point in history

    cash back : you get a % back
    the credit card has a 1% cash back so if you spend 100 you get 1 back.

    loan shark :(n) financial company lending money at very high rate
    In China loan shark cannot lend at more than 15.4%

    collateral (n) 有担保的
    under collateralized loan are normal in banks

    lunar calendar (n) calendar based on the moon
    The festival is based on the lunar calendar

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    August 21, 2020

    Homework

    Pick two legends that you think are interesting and explain in detail. Try to keep your writing clear and concise.

    Vocabulary

    conscience (n): how you judge right from wrong and the effects 良心;良知

    eg. If you didn’t do anything wrong then you would have a clear conscience.

    eg. People who manipulate others lack a guilty conscience.

    conscious(v): to notice that something exists or is present

    eg. He gradually became conscious that everybody is dressed formally for this event.

    eg. She was conscious of the fact that everybody was staring at her.

    conscientious (adj): putting a lot of effort

    eg. He received the award for being the most conscientious student this year.

    eg. Some people are valued for being conscientious, others for their intelligence.

    micro-organisms: very small living things

    legends – stories

    legendary – grand/notable/well known for

    travel hotspots/tourist attractions/tourist sites

    in the depths of the lake

    not enough evidence/lack of evidence/inconclusive evidence

    ethnic minority/ethnic groups

    the reason why… 

    witchcraft – performing magic to help or harm others

    Speaking

    I think it depends on different questions or topics. If humans compare with computers on calculate ability then it is totally sure that the ability of computers is higher than humans. We invented the logic but the calculate ability is not higher than computers. Computers can repeat some calculate process on a logic. The speed of calculator is definitely much higher than humans. But, computers can’t invent logic. Lots of people believe that there are aliens in some places which we still don’t know. Many science fiction movies talk about how aliens control human or humans or even attack humans. But, still, we haven’t find any science about aliens. Maybe there are some beings in outer space but I think the beings are very minor. They are totally different with human beings.

    I think some of the imaginations will come true in someday, but I don’t think I can see it. We saw so many movies about aliens so I’m very curious about the real aliens – what the real aliens look like. I think we can get together peacefully because for the past times, there are no aliens attack us. There were many stories about aliens and pictures about outer space beings. But, all of these stories didn’t be justified anymore. Because after they are released the stories, no one saw the images again. There are no evidence to support it. Sometimes I even think about maybe the imagination and dream of these people influence them to make some mistakes of the images they saw.

    The local people is minorities, they have many ancient legends so they believe in this.

    The most impressed one is if someone die in another place, the person with special skills will go to the place which the person died and get him/her back to home. Another legend of them is the women of this monoity have this special skill to manipulate the husband who cheated his wife.

    Revised: 

    I think it depends on the topic/subject. If humans compare with computers about doing calculations, then it is certain/without a doubt that computers have a higher ability/are smarter than humans. We invented the process for computers to do calculations, but humans are not able to calculate faster than computers. Computers can repeat some calculations based on logic. The calculation speed of computers is definitely much faster than humans. But, computers can’t invent/create logic. Lots of people believe that there are aliens in some places which are unknown. Many science fiction movies talk about how aliens control humans or how humans attack other humans. But, still, we haven’t found any evidence on aliens. Maybe there are some beings in outer space but I think they are in the minority. They are totally different from human beings.

    I think some of the imaginations will come true in someday, but I don’t think I will see it. I have seen many movies about aliens so I’m very curious about real aliens – what theylook like. I think we can get together/exist peacefully because in the past/back then, there have been no aliens that attack us. There are many stories about aliens and pictures of outer space beings. But, all of these stories can’t be justified anymore. Because after the stories are released, no one saw the images again. There is no evidence to support it. Sometimes I even think about maybe some people are influenced by their dreams and imagination and they mistaken the images they saw.

    The local people are ethnic minorities, they have many ancient legends so they believe in this.

    The most impressive one is if someone dies in another place, somebody with special skills will go to that place and come back home with the dead person. Another legend of them is that the women have this special skill where they can manipulate the husband who cheated on them. 

    Writing

    When we talk about someone being manipulated, we probably mean that the person is influenced by others’ thinking. In recent years, AI has become the most populated industry and there are always many debates about whether human being will be manipulated by computers. Furthermore, many science fiction movies are related to that people are manipulated by computers or out space beings. People with rich imagination keep predating that computers control human. But, considering that the capability and potential of human brain are far beyond our current cognition, I don’t think it is possible that human will be manipulated by computers in the future. Even though human will be controlled by computers in some day, people won’t aware of it because the brains which are under control have no self-awareness.

    Revised: 

    When we talk about someone being manipulated, we probably mean that the person/we might be referring to somebody who is influenced by others’ thinking. In recent years, AI/The AI sector/industry has become the most popular industry/top choice and there are always many debates about whether human beings will be manipulated by computers. Furthermore, many science fiction movies depict/illustrate people who are manipulated by computers or outer space beings/aliens. People with rich imaginations keep predicting that computers control humans. But, considering that the capability and potential of the human brain are far beyond our current level of understanding/capacity, I don’t think it is possible that humans will be manipulated by computers in the future. Even though humans will be controlled by computers someday, people won’t be aware of it because brains which are under control have no self-awareness.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S+W]

    August 18, 2020

    Homework


    Do you think people can be manipulated just like in inception?

    Speaking


    the weather keeps be hot for long time I will feel a little bit annoying .
    the temperature of the air conditioning is at 20-25 to keep people fresh.
    many people sold the iPhone privately on the street but the iPhone they sold was just a frame. It didn’t work.

    the result you get / the quality between the real view and photos taken by phones is too different. You are usually disappointed by the pictures taken on a phone.
    The phone is much more convenient than a camera.

    for normal things it won’t take a long time because I have a basic judgement ability.
    To judge the reality or the trust of the things but not to judge the persons because people is the most complicated animals.
    Everyone will make different decisions under different conditioning or for different things so for people it is hard to judge a thing just by yes or no.

    most investment companies have special rooms. the temperature of investment departments should be keep at 15 temperature to keep their mind fresh.
    and people will feel tired very easily.

    there are many video apps but I delete all of them and I don’t follow the videos creators because I like the article comments more than the video comments.
    I can search the information very quickly by articles but I don’t know if I want to search some information in video I don’t know which part of the video is the part that is interesting to me and there are many videos about product endorsement. I just want read some articles very quickly to seek some points that I pay attention to.

    some movies even you watch it at normal speed you can’t understand.


    it is hot most of the day / we don’t really have any cooler time during the day  I will feel a little bit annoyed , moody.
    the temperature of the air conditioning is set at 20-25 to keep people fresh.
    many people sold the iPhone privately on the street but the iPhone they sold was just a frame. It didn’t work.

    the effect between the real view and photos taken by phones is too different.

    If it is a minor decision / for minor things it won’t take a long time because I have a basic judgement ability / I can make decisions quickly
    I am at judging  a situation or at discovering the truth of things but not at judging people because people are the most complicated animals.

    Everyone will make different decisions under different conditioning or for different things/reasons  so for people it is hard to make a decisions just with yes or no.

    most investment companies have special rooms. the temperature of investment departments should be kept at 15 degree / the temperature should never be higher than 15 to keep their mind fresh.
    and people will feel tired very easily when it is hot.

    there are many video apps but I deleted all of them and I don’t follow the videos creators because I like the review / information in text much more than the video.
    I can find information very quickly by articles but I don’t know if I want to search some information in video sI don’t know which part of the video is the part that is interesting to me / is relevant and there are many videos which are just product endorsement (in disguise)  I just want to read some articles very quickly to seek some points that I pay attention to. / that are relevant to me

    there are some movies you won’t understand even if you watch them at normal speed.

    Writing

    Recent years, theft cases are less and less, but fraud cases are more and more. Criminals cheat people by phone call with fake products and interest. Of course, people tend to take high interest and would like to invest the high interest financial products. Health is very important for elder groups, so, many criminals exaggerate the effect of some health care products and sell them at dozens of times the cost. Moreover, the price of some tour agency is much lower than standard and people have to buy some useless goods at very high price if they go with these tours. I think we should have a basic knowledge about what is equivalent exchange. When we find some irrational products, we should keep sensitive instead of believing any advertisements without thinking.


    in the recent years, theft cases became less and less/ theft cases decreased, but fraud cases are more and more/increased. / replaced them.
    Criminals cheat people by phone calls with fake products and investment opportunities. Of course, people like/ are attracted to high interests and would like to invest in the high interest financial products.
    Health is very important for elder groups, so, many criminals exaggerate the effect of some health care products and sell them at dozens of times the cost. Moreover, the price of some tour agency is much lower than standard and people have to buy some useless goods at very high price if they go with these tours. I think we should have a basic knowledge about what is equivalent exchange. When we find some irrational products, we should keep/stay sensible instead of believing in any advertisements without thinking. / instead of trusting blindly.

    Vocabulary

    disguise (n) : clothes you wear to look different than who you are
    I bought a vampire disguise for the party
    It is marketing in disguise

    comment (n): things written under an article / video
    He disabled the comments because people were saying mean things

    placebo (n) medicine without any effect
    He gave a placebo for the pain and I didn’t know but I started to feel less pain

    sensitive (adj): feeling emotions / easily feeling pain
    your hand is more sensitive than your shoulder
    Tom is very sensitive, he cried 10 times during the movie

    sensible (adj) : making sense / showing common sense
    Tom sold his house to buy face masks , that was not a sensible decision

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo)(S)

    August 14, 2020

    Homework


    How do people try to cheat in China? How do you protect yourself?

    Speaking

    Some consulting companies that have their system to collect the data and offer some strategic plans or development plans to customers.
    5 to 10 years ago they collected the consuming data to shopping malls
    They just have the consuming data and do not need to pay for collecting it.
    I think nowadays we have no privacy, this is a big topic because under this condition we can take advantage from it especially for like coronavirus protection the government can track everyone very easily because of apps.

    the nature of people is tend to take advantage
    animals lie sometimes, brilliant animals can make some devices. The monkeys of Sichuan are very famous
    they can open your bag and steal food and if you have no food for them sometimes they will attack you.
    I heard some news about monkeys in India they are going to the urban stole the food from people’s homes.

    the worst thing is hurt or kill others
    We should consider the motive.
    China still has the death penalty, most murder cases the criminal will be given the death penalty
    It is related about religion, some countries end the death penalty but for china we have a belief that if you have killed others you should pay.

    murder cases in China nowadays are bigger cases because the rate of murder cases occur is low so for China I think if some cities occur a murder case the government or the media will report all info about the case
    I think it should be stopped if someone murders others he should be in prison for much longer than 30 y.
    Most people believe that I can take back the lose in the next turn and keep gambling.

    3 years ago many companies operated Ponzi schemes to cheat people of their money and most people who were cheated were elders.
    I will feel guilt because it is cheating other people


    Some consulting companies have their own system to collect data and offer some strategic plans or development plans to customers.
    5 to 10 years ago they collected the consumer’s data from shopping malls /at shopping malls.
    They just have the consumer’s data and do not need to pay for collecting it / or can collect it very cheaply.
    I think nowadays we have no privacy, this is a big topic because under this situation we can take advantage of it /we can take advantage of the situation especially for like coronavirus protection the government can track everyone very easily because of apps. / in the case of the pandemic the government pushes the use of apps to track health but they can also gather more data.

    the nature of people is to tend to take advantage / people naturally tend to take advantage
    animals lie sometimes, brilliant animals can make some devices / build tools.

    The monkeys of Sichuan are very famous
    they can open your bag and steal food and if you have no food for them sometimes they will attack you.
    I heard some news about monkeys in India they are going to the urban areas  to steal the food from people’s homes.

    the worst thing is hurt or kill others
    We should consider the motive.
    China still has the death penalty, in most murder cases the criminal will be given the death penalty
    It is related to religion, some countries ended /abolished the death penalty but for china we have a belief that if you have killed others you should pay.

    murder cases in China nowadays are bigger cases because the rate of murder cases occurring is low so for China I think if a murder occurs in some cities  the government or the media will report all info about the case
    I think it should be stopped if someone murders others he should be in prison for much longer than 30 y. / he should be sent to prison for life.
    Most people believe that I can take back /recover the loss in the next turn and keep gambling.

    3 years ago many companies operated Ponzi schemes to cheat people of their money and most people who were cheated were elders.
    I will feel guilt because it is cheating other people

    Writing

    We were always taught to be honest when we were children. However, growth process is also the process of worldview and values reconstruction, we will make different decisions at different age even for the same thing. There are many white lies in our daily life, and it seems like a reasonable excuse to tell lies. Of course, white lies can reduce hurt and embarrassment in sometimes. For example, we always use another appointment as an excuse instead of just saying no when we want to refuse an invitation. That is acceptable for both sides. But, I think we should keep the basic ethical bottom line when we want to tell some lies. For children, I think we should keep teaching them to be honest, because their thinking and worldview still need to be constructing, and it is very hard to distinguish what is white lies and what is unacceptable lies. Everyone should learn how to keep honest before learning how to tell a white lie.


    We were always taught to be honest when we were children. However, how we become adults is also the process of worldview and values reconstruction. / in the path to adulthood we will have to go through the reconstruction of values …

    we will make different decisions at different ages even for the same thing. There are many white lies in our daily life, and it seems like a reasonable excuse to tell lies. Of course, white lies can sometimes reduce pain and embarrassment. For example, we always use another appointment as an excuse instead of just saying no when we want to refuse an invitation. That is acceptable for both sides. But, I think we should keep the basic ethical bottom line when we want to tell some lies./ I believe we should maintain some boundaries when telling lies

    For children, I think we should keep teaching them to be honest/ we should promote honesty. because their thinking and worldview still need to be constructed, because they should build their own value systems.
    and it is very hard to distinguish what are white lies and what are unacceptable lies for them.
    Everyone should learn how to stay honest before learning how to tell a white lie.

    Vocabulary

    to abolish (v) : end a law
    the death penalty was abolished

    loss aversion (n): the idea that people avoid loses more than they try to get comparable gains
    People make bad decisions because of loss aversion

    interest rate (% of increase)
    Ponzi schemes attract people with high interest rates.

    Ponzi scheme (n) : a pyramid scheme in which the money of new comers is given to those who were already there 庞氏骗局
    He was sent to jail for being the brain of this Ponzi scheme

    aversion (n) : strong dislike
    I have an aversion for cats

    cyborg (n) : half machine half human
    There will be ethical issues with cyborgs.

    average earners: people who make an average amount of money
    Average earners only save a little of their income

    nature (n)

    nurture (n/v): care and educate
    is it nature or nurture? where does our ability to lie come from?

    to erode (v) be gradually destroyed
    Our privacy is eroding slowly

    erosion (n)
    the cliff suffered from erosion because it the waves of the ocean hit it everyday

    Vocabulary

    divorce

    diverse

    device

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    August 12, 2020

    Homework

    Do you think it is okay to lie? When is it acceptable and when is it unacceptable? Should children learn how to lie?

    Vocabulary

    not user-friendly – not easy to use

    frontpage/homepage – the main page of a website/an app

    an app:  international version/local version

    users – people who use an app, on a game, website etc.

    creative content – videos/music/arts on a platform

    take advantage of sbd or sth/benefit from sbd or sth

    humorous – funny

    third party apps – apps that are not related to the original app

    they can link the videos to the product

    their main tasks/their priorities/main goals

    consultant – person

    consulting – adjective

    TB has access to/collects user data

    Grammar

    search for/look up for videos/information

    the – singular/plural

    singular – specific

    There is a cup on the table. The cup is white.

    plural – specific (out of a larger group) 

    The children from this class are very intelligent.

    some countries – the United States/United Kingdom/Netherlands

    Speaking

    I think sometimes there are too many informations. It is hard to track the important information or the vital information.

    Lots of people use it as a funny or entertainment app and there are lots of funny videos on it. But, I think sometimes it waste too much time. I knew some people will search the videos without any purpose.

    Some videos or content are really interesting. But, sometimes I would felt that it is too much because some videos are very exaggerated. I can say I like the articles on the blog rather than videos. But, because I think to reading is much faster than to watch a whole video. I can read the articles at any time or any places. If I want to watch some videos, you should use earphones or in a private places. I can catch the information which I interested in, but the video I can’t catch the information that I interested at first glance. Many other apps you can share the videos on Douyin to other apps. Even though you do not have the Douyin app, you still can open the sharing link in other apps like WeChat etc.

    The content on DY are always videos but on XHS there are two types of content: videos or articles, you can choose. If there are some article comments on the apps, I can read it very quickly. If there are video comments, I have to finish the video for 3 minutes or 5 minutes and it is too long for me.

    I think there are some more meaningful accounts on Instagram.Some beautiful pictures and some advice of travelling.

    Revised: 

    I think sometimes there is too much information. It is hard to keep track of the important/key/essential information.

    Lots of/Many people use it as a fun source of entertainment/ an entertainment app and there are lots of funny videos on it. But, I think sometimes people waste too much time using the app. I know some people will search for videos without any purpose.

    Some videos and content are really interesting. But, sometimes I would feel that it is too much/over the top because some videos are very exaggerated. I prefer articles on blogs rather than videos. But, because I think reading is much faster than to watching a whole video. I can read the articles at any time or any place. If I want to watch some videos, I would use earphones or watch in a private place. I can catch/pay attention to information which I am interested in, but for videos, I can’t catch information that I am interested in at first glance. On many other apps, you can share videos on Douyin to other apps. Even if you do not have the Douyin app, you can still open the shared link on other apps like WeChat etc.

    The content on DY are always videos but on XHS there are two types of content: videos and articles so you can choose. If there are some comments on the articles, I can read it very quickly. However, if there are video comments, I have to watch/spend 3-5 minutes of the video and it is too long for me.

    I think there are more meaningful accounts on Instagram.  There are some beautiful pictures or some travelling advice available on Instagram. 

    Writing

    I have heard a lot of news about Tik Tok in the past several weeks. Tik Tok is the abroad version of the app named Dou Yin in China. It is a platform of short video sharing and people can upload the short videos which are made by selves to it. There are not only many normal users on it, but also lots of celebrities, companies and communities. It is a channel that transmitting the life, ideas and concepts. People can find lots of creative, funny and meaningful videos on it. Normal people can become celebrities because of unique videos, celebrities can advertise their music, movies and endorsed products, and companies can promote their products. It seems that each one can enjoy it. It is definitely a successful app and doesn’t matter political conflict. Because of COVID protection policy, Dou Yin’s development and user scale reached a new peak, and it became the most potential media channel. This is a time that creation and technique develop fast, so we all have to learn how to embrace and get advantage from them.

    Revised: 

    I have heard a lot of news about Tik Tok in the past several weeks. Tik Tok is the international/English version of the app named Dou Yin in China. It is a short video sharing platform and people can upload videos created by themselves./platform for people to share short videos which are made/created by the users. There are not only many regular users on it, but also lots of celebrities, companies and communities. It is a channel for transmitting life, ideas and concepts. People can find/It offers lots of creative, funny and meaningful videos on it. Normal people can become celebrities/famous because of unique videos/ideas, celebrities can advertise their music, movies and endorsed products, and companies can promote their products. It seems that everyone can enjoy it. It is definitely a successful app and doesn’t involve any political conflicts. Because of COVID’s protection policy, Dou Yin’s development and user scale reached a new peak, and it became the media channel with the most potential. This is a time where creative content and technology develop fast, so we all have to learn how to embrace and take advantage of them.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nate) [s]

    August 6, 2020

    Homework

    Use some of the vocabulary from today in some writing. Write something like a story and try to use the words.

    I want you to write two paragraphs about your last two days focusing on the (past tense focus) but the challenge is to not say “um” while reading.

    Vocabulary

    “Better” – A positive word used in comparing. [EX: This soccer player is better than that soccer player”]

    Grammar

    “Standards have gone up” [EX: The standards have gone up to get into Harvard]

    More faster” (Much faster) [EX: 5g is going to be much faster than 4g]

    Speaking

    The condition is much better, than before, may recently Chinese people pay the attention to the economics and the relationship between China and the U.S. We have some issue about the rain season, how to rescue the people who suffered the rainy season. The river, there was some issues in some areas of China, I don’t know how to explain, it is a disaster. The river flooded houses, less than ten people died from the flooding. Because the rainy season is much longer than usual, usually about twenty days but this year the rainy season is doubled than usual.

    We have some special areas the virus restart. They have to lock down. Beijing is ok but the virus of xinhuang is not very good. Maybe several hundred people are infected, the treatment is much better than the beginning of the virus spreading. We have protection policy for the virus because we have many experience with that. I think it will be controlled in short time. It is ok for Chinese people, especially for people in big cities, I saw the lock down policy it didn’t affect peoples daily life. So heavily of course we had the delivery system.

    Especially in morning, the time of people go to work and people go to home. Another is the traffic jam in Shanghai another big problem. I think I don’t like waiting for the time you never know long you have to wait. The feeling is very terrible when you drive on the high speed way. The speed is very lower on the high speed way. The road big parking especially around 7pm.

    There is not a definite about which friends I will like, sometimes it is a feeling. The feeling about we can stay together and talk for a long time. There are some people, when you stay together with them it is hard to talk for a while. No common language. Talk is the first step of peoples daily communication.

    CORRECTED VERSION

    The condition is much better, than before, may recently Chinese people pay the attention to the economics and the relationship between China and the U.S (economic relationship between the U.S and China) . We have some issue(s) about the rain(y) season, how to rescue the people who suffered the rainy season. The river There was some issues in some areas of China, I don’t know how to explain, it is (was) a disaster. The river flooded houses, less than ten people died from the flooding. Because The rainy season is much longer than usual, usually (it is) about twenty days, but this year the rainy season is doubled (was longer) than usual.

    We have some special areas the virus restart (The virus has shown back up again in certain areas). They have (had) to lock down (again). Beijing is ok, but the virus of (in) Xinhuang is not very good. Maybe, several hundred people are (were) infected. The treatment is much better than the beginning of the virus spreading (before). We have protection policy (policies) for the virus because we have many experience with that (experiences dealing with viruses). I think it will be controlled in short time (quickly). It is ok for Chinese people, especially for people in big cities. I saw (that) the lock down policy it didn’t affect peoples daily life.

    Especially in morning, the time of people go to work and people go to home. Another is the traffic jam in Shanghai another big problem (traffic jams in Shanghai would be another problem for me). I think I don’t like waiting for the time (metro) you never know long you have to wait. The feeling is very terrible when you drive on the high speed way (highway). The speed is very lower on the high speed way.

    There is not a definite (characteristic) about which friends I will like, sometimes it is a feeling. The feeling about (that) we can stay together and talk for a long time. There are some people, when you stay together with them it is hard to talk for a while (are around them it is difficult to talk for a long time). No common language (nothing to talk about). Talk (Talking) is the first step of peoples daily communication.

    Pronunciation

    Businesses- work on the “es” sound when pronouncing this word.

    Because – focus on the “au” sound there should not be  “z” sound when pronouncing this word.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    August 3, 2020

    Speaking


    For example which food you want to choose or which book or closes. it is very annoying to think for a lot of time about which one I want to buy so when I have some problems about choosing goods I will make decisions very quickly but sometimes I will regret after that.
    before the coronavirus the trip to Japan is a better choice for short trip and video games are typical products for Japan so the game market is very special compared with other countries when you enter the market you emphasize the environment makes you very eagerly to buy the video games.
    I like Mario and though it is a long portfolio of Mario games they will launch a new season.
    when you see the games in the supermarket and everyone pays much attention and the environment is full of music. Many people are waiting a long line to check out you will feel it is interesting and you want to buy it.
    when you come back home and play you will feel a bit boring.

    I can play it with myself.
    Some huge video games you need to play with communities it is too complex.
    we have the professional pvp groups. their work is playing games.
    You can see the tv shows about the games. When the groups are playing the games the TV show will live show about the game and there is a person who gives some comments about the games.
    Like a sports match.
    It is hot industry in Asia but I heard few news about that in the western world.

    I knew a famous game company but the games from Ubisoft the characters are different from the local games, more dramatic.
    I saw the images of the Ubisoft games it is much more beautiful.


    For example which food you want to choose or which book or clothes. it is very annoying to think for a long of time about which one I want to buy so when I have some problems about choosing goods / choice paralysis  I will make decisions very quickly but sometimes I will regret after that. / I will have buyer’s remorse
    before the coronavirus I travelled to Japan  for short trip and video games are typical products for Japan so the game market is very special compared with other countries

    When you are in Japan  the environment makes you very eager to buy video games. / Being in Japan suddenly video games appeared very interesting / appealing
    I like Mario and though they already have many Mario games they always release new ones 

    when you see the games in the supermarket and everyone pays much attention and the environment is full of music. Many people are waiting in long lines to check out you will feel it is interesting and you want to buy it. / you don’t want to miss out.
    after you come back home and play for a while you will feel it is a bit boring.

    I can play it on my own.
    Some huge video games you need to play with big teams it is too complex.
    we have professional  game teams .  their work is playing games. / they dedicate all their time to playing one game.
    You can see the livestream about the games / you can watch the game competitions live . When the groups are playing the games and you can watch them live on the internet. there is a person who gives some comments about the games. / there is a commenter who will explain what is happening.
    it is just like a sports match.
    It is hot industry in Asia but I heard few news about that in the western world.

    in the games from Ubisoft the characters are different from the local games, more dramatic. / they graphics are better / the environments and characters are more detailed
    I saw the images /screenshot of the Ubisoft games it is much more beautiful.

    Writing

    First impression is very important for daily social because of people are emotional animal. It is hard to explain exactly what first impression is. I think it is similar to chemistry that we learn the result but cannot figure out the reason just by eyes. The journey of learning a person originates from first impression. Furthermore, it is not easy to change the first impression in short period of time. For example, we are glade to talk to a strange person whom we have a nice first impression of. On the opposite, we are a bit afraid to communicate with a person who is tough at our first glance. It is said that bosses always decide whether to hire a candidate at first 3 minutes in interviews. I had a bad first impression of my former boss and I thought that he might be a tough guy at first meeting. But I found he is a good leader who is good at managing and guiding his subordinates in next several months. First impression is definitely important but I think we should not make decisions only depends on it.


    First impression is very important for daily social interaction because people are emotional animals. / because of people being emotional animals.
    It is hard to explain exactly what first impression is. I think it is similar to chemistry when we observe the result but cannot figure out the reasons just at a glance. The journey of knowing a person originates from the first impression. Furthermore, it is not easy to change our first impression in a short period of time. For example, we are glad to talk to strangers whom we have a nice first impression of. On the opposite, we are a bit afraid to communicate with a person who is/seems tough at first glance. It is said that bosses always decide whether to hire a candidate in the first 3 minutes in interviews/ of an interview. I had a bad first impression of my former boss and I thought that he might be a tough guy at our first meeting/at first. But I found/realized he is a good leader who is good at managing and guiding his subordinates in the next several months. First impression is definitely important but I think we should not make decisions only based on it.

    Vocabulary

    screenshot (v/n) capturing the picture on the screen
    I took a screenshot of the problem and sent it to the IT department

    geography (n) : study of maps
    I studied geography in university

    biography (n) book about someone’s life
    At the first several years of his career he worked for Atari

    console (n) game device
    The PS5 is the newest game console from Sony

    paralysis (n) 瘫痪
    I suffered from paralysis after the car accident
    I have choice paralysis

    To paralize (v)
    The virus outbreak paralyzed the whole economy

    prejudice (n) bias
    There is a prejudice against mobile games

    money grab scheme (n) something done to get a lot of money quickly
    It is just a money grab

    PVE : player versus environment
    I prefer PVE games

    controller (n) device you use to control something
    I bought the wii with the controller

    buyer’s remorse (n) when you regret buying something
    I felt buyer’s remorse after spending all my money on a Ferrari and eating instant noodles for the next 10 years

    remorse (n) deep regret
    He felt remorse after spending all his money on video games

    strange (adj) not usual
    Tom is strange, he likes to collect French fries at different restaurants around town

    stranger (n)
    I met a stranger and we became friends

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    July 31, 2020

    Speaking

    The hottest weather of the year will be coming soon so the sky will be clean and beautiful
    We cannot go to other countries so many people use their annual leave or plan their autumn vacation to some places like Yunnan or Xizang so I saw many pictures of their travelings. the sky is very beautiful.

    It is big problem between the 2 countries government but for citizens when we heard about that and talked about the news we just thought that it is interesting but it doesn’t matter with our daily life immediately actually because for the first long period of time the relationship between China and US is always not stable, these two countries cannot cooperate and communicate peacefully there are always have some issues or arguments between these 2 countries.
    I think the root problem is economics, maybe 20 years ago the scale of Chinese economics is much smaller than USA. The US takes the advantage between the trade but nowadays the gap of these 2 countries is much smaller or much closer than before so the US still wants to take the definite advantage as before so they have to do something to weaken the influence of China.
    The growth of economics in USA is much smaller than before so I think the government of US feels some threaten

    There are some reasons which are hard to explain because of the war during the end of Qing dynasty China or the Qing government paid a lot of money to the European countries so actually at that time they have the foundations to develop the industry and the country but it is impossible that the same situation occurs in these days.

    her company is a big country of the company, several hundred thousand employees and she has registered the vaccine last week.
    it is available for all employees so it is a formal vaccine I think.

    the situation in China is similar to the US we have some big titans like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu the business of the companies like these is hard to break easily the market coverage of these companies is very higher and the start ups very hard to break or take the market coverage from these companies.


    The hottest days / time of the year will be coming soon so the sky will be clear and beautiful
    We cannot go to other countries / we cannot travel abroad / internationally so many people use their annual leave or plan their autumn vacation to some places like Yunnan or Tibet so I saw many pictures of their trips. the sky is very beautiful.

    It is big problem between the 2 countries government but for citizens when we heard about that and talked about the news/discussed the news we just thought that it is interesting but it doesn’t matter for our daily life / It wont change our daily life immediately actually because it is the first time that the relationship between China and the US is so unstable for a long time / it is the first time the instability between China and the US lasts for so long.

    these two countries cannot cooperate and communicate peacefully there are always  some issues or arguments between these 2 countries.
    I think the root problem is the economy, maybe 20 years ago the scale of the Chinese economy was much smaller than the USA. The US took advantage of cheap labour in china / the trade balance was positive  but nowadays the gap between these 2 countries is much smaller or much closer than before and the US still wants to take advantage as before so they have to do something to weaken the influence of China.  / America doesn’t want the situation to change … / they try to find ways to lengthen their time at the top
    The economic growth  in USA is much smaller/slower than before so I think the US government feels threatened / in danger / has a legitimacy problem 

    she works for a big national company, several hundred thousand employees and she has registered for the vaccine last week.
    it is available for all employees so it is a formal vaccine I think.

    the situation in China is similar to the US we have some big titans like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu the business of these companies is hard to break easily  / spreads into different fields
    the market coverage of these companies is very high / they have build whole systems around their offer / products and the start ups find it very hard to break it / it is hard for start ups to change the market or take marketshare from them/ most start ups get acquired by these big companies.

    or take the market coverage from these companies.

    Vocabulary

    marketshare (n) : % of the market which you have
    Taobao has a marketshare of 70% for e-commerce

    positioning (n): how you want consumers to see you
    JD’s positioning is different, they want to be seen as the place to buy electronics safely

    titan (n): A huge company /giant man
    The hero killed the titan in the movie

    trust (n) agreement between competitors to artificially keep prices high
    The oil trust kept prices high for years.

    high – profile : which is everywhere in the media / people know about it
    the JD CEO trial in the US was a high profile incident

    low profile : not known by the public
    Tom is super rich but he tries to keep a low profile

    hot spring (n) : naturally hot bath
    You cannot enter a hot spring if you have tattoos.

    tattoo (n) 纹身
    Tattoos are becoming more and more popular in China

    long sleeves (n) : clothes which covers the arms totally
    I wore a long sleeved shirt to hide my tattoos

    trial (n) test period
    We launched the human trials for the vaccine

    vaccine (n) 疫苗
    They develop a vaccine for Covid 19

    to vaccinate (v)
    The whole company was vaccinated

    batch (n) group of items
    I think the first batch of the vaccine will have the highest quality

    legitimacy (n) 合法性
    Trump was elected on the idea that he was a great businessman but now the US has economy issues so he has a legitimacy problem.

    legitimate (adj)
    The only legitimate casinos are in Macao

    trade balance (n): result of trade between 2 countries
    Our trade balance with china shows a deficit

    Tibet (n)西藏
    I travelled to Tibet

    consulate (n) 领事馆
    I went to the consulate to renew my passport

    embassy (n) 大使馆
    I went to the embassy to get a visa

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    July 29, 2020

    Homework

    What kind of people would leave a good first impression? What kind of experiences have you had? Do you have any bad first impressions of someone?

    Vocabulary

    upside- down: having the part that is usually at the top turned to be at the bottom

    eg. Turn the jar upside down and shake it.

    eg. Can you turn it round the other way, it’s upside down.

    to be unaware of/lack awareness of

    minority groups/ethnic minorities 

    lower their volume/voice

    high pitch voice/sharp voice

    walk their dogs – take a dog for a walk

    because of/due to

    put more effort/pay more attention to

    it is not a priority/it is undervalued 

    higher standards of living/people’s quality of life are improving/getting better

    Grammar

    on the weekend/on weekends 

    of + noun – belonging to

    ex. details of the movie/of their loud voice/a friend of mine

    Speaking

    Some movies are showed several years ago. I remember that the movie is very good. But actually I didn’t remember the detail story about the movie so I can go to see the movie again. I don’t have the detail plan to see some movie again. It is a chance at a prop time if I have the chance I will see the good movie again. Actually, I not very understand some parts of the movie. Some stories of the movie is so hard to understand when you watch the first time. I remember that when you saw the movie, some people will feel uncomfortable some parts of the movie are always turn at an angle.

    Some part of the day are a lot maybe in the weekend with old people. I think they don’t have awareness about their hearing problems so they speak loudly from birth. These people seems very comfortable with what they’re doing. Sometimes if it’s too loud I will talk to them to advise them to speak quiet. Most of times, they just keep quiet for several minutes so I think they have no unawareness. Sometimes I think they come from some special places like Mongolia because the place is very big and few people and they communicate with people long-distance.

    Several years ago, there are few people wear masks when they get a cold. But some special seasons like autumn or spring, it is very easy to get other people infected. Recent years, people have more and more awareness about how to protect other people. Except the virus this period of time, more than more people will wear masks when they catch a cold in public.

    Revised: 

    Some movies were released several years ago. I remember that the movie is very good. But actually I don’t remember the details of the movie so I can watch the movie again. I don’t have a set plan/the plan to watch some movies again. It is possible at a suitable time for me to watch the movie again. Actually, I don’t really understand some parts of the movie. Some parts of the movie are hard to understand when you watch for the first time. I remember that when you watched the movie, some people felt uncomfortable during some parts of the movie because it was shot upside-down. 

    Sometimes it happens a lot especially on the weekend with old people. I think they don’t have any awareness of their loud voice and they probably have hearing problems so they speak loudly from birth. These people seem very comfortable with what they’re doing. Sometimes if it’s too loud I will talk to/remind/advise them to speak quietly. Most of the time, they just keep quiet for several minutes so I think they have no/lack awareness. Sometimes I think they come from some special places like Mongolia because the place is very big and has few people and they communicate with from over long-distance.

    Several years ago, there were fewer people who wore masks when they got a cold. But in/during some special seasons like autumn or spring, it is very easy to get other people infected. In recent years, people are more aware of how to protect others. Except during this period of time, more and more people will wear masks when they catch a cold in public because of the virus.

    Writing

    There are some people always speaking loudly on subway often, which is a very annoying manner actually, it disturbs others people’s thinking and listening, and even fright babies into crying. And there are some people like to use loud speaker answering calls and watching videos, it is another unacceptable manner in public sites. Everyone should keep quiet in general public as possible except confronting with emergencies or being in some special sites. That is a basic public sense.
    Some people wear masks when they got a cold, it can protect other people from being infected, especially for elder people and babies , that is definitely a good manner. The public sense of people progresses with the developing of human civilization and people share public space peacefully base on it.

    Revised: 

    Some people always speak loudly on the subway often, which is a very annoying behaviour. In fact, it disturbs others/this behaviour is disturbing, and even makes babies cry/is terrifying to babies. Also/In addition, there are some people who like to use of the loud speaker to answer calls and watch videos are unacceptable manner in public sites. Everyone should keep/stay quiet in general public as much as possible except when responding to emergencies or when you’re at a noisy bar/restaurant/event etc.. That is common sense.
    Some people wear masks when they get/catch a cold because it can protect other people from being infected, especially elder people and babies. This is definitely a good manner.  As people’s common sense progresses with the development of human civilization, people learn to share public space peacefully base on it.


    Theaters reopened last week after nearly six months without movies. There were few new films shows in the first reopening week base on that the max capacity is 30% as usual. As a warm up activity, theaters showed some popular movies which have been shown before. I went to see the movie Coco which is my favorite animated movies in recent years. The story in it is about dream, love and family with amazing musics. It is very dramatic, creative and warm. Each one could makes dreams come true if has persistence, kind-hearted and love.

    Revised: 

    Theaters have reopened last week after nearly six months without operating. There were a few new films showing in the first reopening week because of/due to on that the 30% max capacity. As a warmup activity, theaters are showing some popular movies which have been shown before. I went to see the movie Coco which is my favorite animated movies in recent years. The story is about dreams, love and family with an amazing soundtrack. It is very dramatic, creative and warm. Each person could make dreams come true if they have perserverance, are kind-hearted and loving.

    Pronunciation

    issue – yi-shoe

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  • VIP Class Notes (Mark) [S]

    July 24, 2020

    Pronunciation

    popcorn – [POP KORN]

    character – [KA RAK TER]

    capability – [KA PA BILL ITY]

    elderly – [EL DER LEE]

    racism – [RAY SIZZ IM]

    Vocabulary

    replica – a duplicate or copy of something

    Speaking

    I wrote about two bad manners in public in my for homework. I speak loudly. And using the speaker to answering calls and watching videos. I’m very confused whether they can’t do these without the earphone. I feel some people speak loudly, they will disturb other people’s thinking. It will get people feel not calm.

    This is a natural habit of some people. Maybe they speak loudly from birth. They did this unawareness that they speak loudly. This manner will disturb other peoples. I knew maybe their unawareness about that. Some old people; maybe there was some issue with the ear. It’s ok because some of the ear capability is still ok now. My grandmother speak loudly.

    REVISED

    I wrote about two bad manners in public in my for homework. I One is speaking loudly. And another is using the loudspeaker to answering calls and watching videos. I’m very confused whether why they can’t do these without the earphones. I feel if some people speak loudly, they will disturb other people’s thinking. It will get disturb people feel not calm.

    This is a natural habit of some people. Maybe they speak loudly from since birth. They did this unawareness are unaware that they speak loudly. This manner will disturb other peoples. I knew know maybe their they are unawareness about that. Some old people: maybe there was are some issues with their ears. It’s ok because some of their ear listening capability is still ok now. My grandmother speaks loudly.

    I read the news about the United States announced announcing that they decided to close the Chinese embassy in Houston. Actually, it is a very ridiculous decision. I think most people don’t know the reason why. And the China announced that they will close the American embassy in Chengdu on July 24th as a responding response to America’s action. Maybe the Trump wants to transfer shift the citizen’s focus to all the big news away from the pandemic and the racism. It is a very common stories story between America and China. Someone takes action firstly, and another the other one will take responding action to. And after a period of time they both will cancel their actions both. And the relationship between these two countries still going on continues.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    July 22, 2020

    Homework

    What kind of good/bad manners have you seen in public? Do you think they are acceptable/unacceptable? Which kinds of behaviour bother you the most?

    Vocabulary

    by myself/alone

    blockbuster movies – movies that are very popular and cost a lot to produce

    based on true stories/events/real people/non-fiction

    mainstream movies – movies that are hot/popular with the public

    replicate: to make or do something in exactly the same way

    eg. In order to shoot the movie, they made a replicate of the mansion in two months.

    eg. The team tried many times to replicate the method used in the original study.

    mimic: copy what someone else does

    eg. She’s very skilled at mimicking other people’s accents.

    eg. The comedian can mimic many famous people.

    plot/story

    biography: book/tv-series/documentary about a person

    autobiography: written by the person

    fictional characters – characters that don’t exist

    search for/search/look up

    strong-willed: determined to do sth or behave a certain way

    eg. She’s very strong-willed, therefore nothing will stop her from accomplishing her goals.

    eg. Usually one character in a story will be strong-willed.

    Grammar

    order a meal/delivery/service

    book tickets/seats/appointments

    when describing the plot of a book/movie, you use the present tense

    Speaking

    even if you can’t go to theatre with your friends you can’t stick together.

    if I want to look it immediately, I will go to see the movies alone.

    Many years ago all the theatres are in downtown. Nowadays, the theatres always nearby your home and maybe 10 minutes distance so you can go to the theatres very conveniently.

    I like the movies describing the reality stories or people

    I search the movie’s summary or comments on some apps, websites. Some movies the story are always from fiction and historical events and if I am very interested in these stories or events, I will want to see the movie based on these stories. I always book the ticket by app so you have to search in advance. You can buy at the theatres but there is some risk about maybe there is no seat available. When the popular or hot movies is launching, no matter the stories about movie, people always want to see it.

    These type of tv series will create some not real characters.

    The spirit of the character is very powerful. For example, The Good Doctor, there is a doctor died suddenly at the end of season 3. I’m sure if there is season 4, he will quit.

    Revised: 

    Even if you can go to the theatre with your friends you can’t sit together.

    if I want to watch it immediately, I will go to see the movie alone.

    Many years ago all the theatres were located downtown. Nowadays, the theatres are always nearby your home, maybe 10 minutes away so you can go to the theatres very conveniently.

    I like movies based on true stories or real people

    I look up the movie’s summary or comments on some apps or websites. If I am very interested in/drawn to these stories or events, I will want to see the movie based on these stories. I always book the tickets via an app so I have to search in advance. You can buy at the theatres but there is some risk because seats are unavailable. When popular or hot movies/blockbuster movies are launched/showing, it doesn’t matter which story it is, people will always want to see it.

    These type of tv series will create some fictional characters.

    The spirit of the character is very strong/domineering/strong-willed. For example, in The Good Doctor, there is a doctor who dies suddenly at the end of season 3. I’m sure if there is a season 4, he will quit.

    Writing

    After closing for six months, movie theaters reopened this Monday. It is a signal that the epidemic has been controlled effectively. All on-scheduled new movies have been postponed this year. Theater reopening is a milestone for new movies launching. Shanghai film festival will start on July 25th, and it is very hard to order the tickets as the result of theaters capacity capping. The maximum number of theaters is 30% of usual because of pandemic quarantine policy. Chinese movies always related to legendary and historical stories. There are two famous representatives. One is Last emperor, it is the only movie which made in Forbidden City, and other historical movies were all made in mimic ones. Another is Crouching Tiger, which was a Kong Fu movie with wonderful story and beautiful scene.

    Revised: 

    After closing for six months, movie theaters will reopen/open their doors this Monday. It is a sign that the epidemic has been controlled/under control effectively. All on-scheduled new movies have been postponed this year. Theaters reopening is a milestone for new movies launching. Shanghai film festival will start on July 25th, and it is very hard to book the tickets/but, tickets are unavailable as a result of theaters capping capacity/having a max capacity. The maximum capacity of theaters is capped at 30% because of the pandemic quarantine policy. Chinese movies are always related to legendary and historical stories. There are two famous representing movies. One is Last Emperor, it is the only movie which was shot/filmed at the Forbidden City, and other historical movies were all made at replicated locations. Another is Crouching Tiger, which is a Kong Fu movie with a wonderful story/plot and beautiful scenes.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Mark) [S]

    July 17, 2020

    Speaking

    I like the types of movies about history or some reality. I don’t like the science fiction movies very much. I like the stories about the reality of people. The reality stories about the people. I saw a movie named called Midway. It is same similar with to another movie. I like the Midway much more than the pearl harbor because the Midway is just describes the reality about of war. Maybe there is are some exaggerated the stories in the movie. The environment is was very horrible in at that time.

    Original

    Though I haven’t been some wars, but in China everyone saw many movies or tv series about wars. There are some big problem is, it was very dangerous for everyome or for citizens about daily life. Maybe they could lose their lives, and the business and economic could be worse and worse during the war. The children cannot get normal education during the war time. Many women could lose their husband because during the war time most of men should participate in army to fight against the enemy. Every country has some historical buildings or belongings but during the war the remarkable buildings of other ancient stuff could be destroyed. Nowadays it is time of globalization and between countries or a part of one country should be cooperate and communicate peacefully.

    Revised

    Though I haven’t been through some wars, but in China everyone saw have seen many movies or tv series about wars. There are were some big problem is, it was is very dangerous for everyone‘s or for citizens about daily life. Maybe they people could would lose their lives, and the business and economics could would be worse and worse during the war. The children cannot wouldn’t get normal education during the war time. Many women could would lose their husbands because during the war time most of men should participate be in the army to fight against the enemy. Every country has some historical buildings or belongings artifacts but during the war these remarkable buildings of other ancient stuff could or artifacts would be destroyed. Nowadays it is a time of globalization and between countries or different a parts of one country should be cooperate and communicate peacefully.

    Pronunciation

    modern (MA DERN)

    children (CHILL DRIN)

    nowadays (NOW ADAYS)

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    July 15, 2020

    Speaking

    Usually I will some series or entertainment show to change the things I am thinking. It is helpful to change the thinking method.
    Maybe after a break you will have some inspirations about the tough things you didn’t solve before
    our ads always show the result but do not mention the feeling or the view point of customers before.

    we have a typical type of ads and it is still on tv. The point of ad is to repeat forever. Just short and simple.
    not just introduce the product directly and will send you some figures and some feelings.

    another reason is the best ad companies, most of the best are come from foreign countries I think they bring in some creative concepts or ideas.

    people do not take many cash these days
    scams


    Usually I will watch some series or entertainment show to change the things I am thinking about. It is helpful to move my mind away from those topics  / to take some distance.
    Maybe after a break you will be inspired on how to solve  the tough things you didn’t solve before  / maybe you will be able to look at the issue under a new light and find a solution  / look at the issue from a different angle…

    some theories about the culture and the features in Chinas different areas; Every season will have a topic something like

    we have a typical type of ads and it is still on tv. The point of the ad is to repeat itself forever. Just short and simple. / the point is repetition to increase retention
    not just introduce the product directly and will use a celebrity to share a message / have a celebrity endorse a product

    another reason is the best ad companies, most of the best are come from foreign countries/ are from abroad I think they bring in some creative concepts or ideas.
    no one will want to be a thief the revenue is too low, being a scammer is better.

    before the launch of  WeChat they would do the same thing on QQ. steal other people’s number and log in on his QQ to contact his or her friends or families especially for the overseas student.
    they would say I need some money urgently and tell a crazy story and give you a bank card number.

    Writing

    Ads express the characters and concepts of products, and it is an efficient way to promote products. The ad of HUAWEI P40 is the most impressed one for me this year. All the characters in this ad are women, they are mother, daughter, girlfriend and wife of someone, their jobs refer to teacher, doctor and athlete. They all catch the special, important or moving moments in their life with HUAWEU P40. All frames in this ad are from the viewpoint of women, the features of P40 are integrated into it very naturally, which contain telephoto, waterproof camera and reflection elimination. The ad show the women who are adamant, positive, responsible and full of love. At the end of the ad, there are some women doctors whose faces are full of mask indentation, it is a respect for doctors who working for corona virus treatment. This ad send the messages about love, belief and inspiration. The meaning of the ad’s slogan is that people will be touched by the pictures which are full of emotion.


    Ads express the characters and concepts of products, and it is an efficient way to promote products. The ad of HUAWEI P40 is the most impressive one for me this year. All the characters in this ad are women, they are mothers, daughters, girlfriends and wives, they are/they have different jobs / backgrounds … teacher, doctor and athlete. They all catch the special, important or moving moments in their life with HUAWEI P40. All frames in this ad are from the viewpoint of women, the features of the P40 are integrated into it very naturally, it shows the telephoto, waterproof camera and reflection elimination and other functions or capabilities.
    The ad shows the women who are adamant, positive, responsible and full of love. At the end of the ad, there are some women doctors whose faces are full of mask marks, it is out of respect for doctors / is an homage to the doctors who are working on corona virus treatment. This ad sends the messages about love, belief and inspiration. The meaning of the ad’s slogan is that people will be touched by the pictures which are full of emotion.

    Vocabulary

    homage (n) 敬词
    the end  of the ad is an homage to the doctors

    launch (n/v)
    Huawei launched the P40 last year.
    I was there during the launch

    scam (n/v) something done to cheat people out of their money
    he lost a lot of his money on a scam

    thief (n) : someone stealing
    A thief stole my phone

    to endorse : declare public approval
    This product is endorsed by my favorite singer, I want to buy it

    endorsement (n)

    celebrity (n) famous person
    A lot of celebrities are popular in ads.

    retention (n) : ability to hold  / keeping something in ones memory
    The class was great but my retention was low. after a week I don’t remember much.
    Our employee retention is too low, many employees leave after a year

    repetition (n) : something happening again and again
    Repetition is a good way to increase retention

    documentary (n): video explaining about something
    I like to watch documentaries

    breakthrough (n) : solution to a long lasting problem that held you back
    I had a breakthrough in my dreams

    light temperature : how blue or orange a light is
    I adjusted the light temperature to make it cooler

    smart appliances : connected stuff at home
    Xiaomi makes a lot of smart appliances.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S+L]

    July 10, 2020

    Homework


    write about one ad which caught your attention recently

    Writing

    Innovation capability is the soul of successful companies,especially in the past twenty years,many high-tech companies developed very fast,their innovations has changed our dailylife,meanwhile,these companies became great companies. Twenty years ago,we had never though that we could surfed internet with mobile phone. Ten years ago and we also had never thought that we could shopping without cash. High tech’s development always go ahead of our imagination. We can get out of the box and image the life in ten years later. By that time,maybe driverless cars will be very normal on roads and drive cars will become a hobby or game,unmanned aerial vehicles will replace couriers and people could receive their packages from UAV through their windows and balconies. Moreover,there are few or even no salesclerk in shops and supermarkets,customes could buy stuffs and pay bills by themselves through automatic systems.


    Innovation capability is the soul of successful companies,it has especially been true  in the past twenty years,many high-tech companies developed very fast,their innovations has changed our dailylife,meanwhile,these companies became great companies. Twenty years ago,we had never though that we could surf/browse the internet with mobile phones. Ten years ago we would have never thought that we could shop without cash either/too. High tech’s development always go ahead of our imagination. We can get out of the box and imagine life in ten years. By that time,maybe driverless cars will be very normal on roads / will be common / will be the norm and cars with drivers / manual cars  will become a hobby or game/ will be the minority .
    unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) / drones  will replace couriers and people will be able to receive their packages from UAVs through their windows and balconies. Moreover,there will be few or even no salesclerk in shops and supermarkets,customers will be able to buy stuffs and pay bills by themselves through automatic systems.

    Speaking

    1: describe
    cosmonauts try to find water on mars and find some eventually then they want to take the water back to earth but one person uses the water to make soda and then drinks it and everyone is surprised

    2: message/meaning
    The message is if you buy the machine you can drink soda very conveniently. you can have soda at home and the taste will be amazing and fresh.

    3: opinion / China?
    I like ads which do not just give statistics or data to you, I like ads which can convey some feelings / talk to your emotions or concepts and give you some space to imagine.  / talk to your imagination
    I think it works but the ad is too long

    Speaking

    There is a stain on the man’s shirt and usually you would want to clean it as soon as possible because you are afraid that it won’t come off if you wait too long.
    But his wife tells him to wait and he wait and wait until he gets old but that is not a problem because the washing powder is very powerful. This product can clean his shirt easily no matter how long he waits

    everyone has some issues and wants to get some support so everyone needs a snickers, it can solve all your issues.
    during most of the ad I didn’t expect the ad to be about snickers  / to be related to snickers / energy bars.

    Have some very weak image or character on some series. Maybe they are on the football or basketball field. the team is fighting and after the weak captain eats the snickers he will become/turn into / transform into a very strong athlete

    When you want to hear some jokes or read some news or listen to some music the person and the newspaper are not reliable but Alexa can do all these things and meet your needs.

    you want to remember something and review something about someone you love or some details in your daily life the system can help you to remember the things or the person you want.
    the high tech products are more acceptable for young people and many old people easily get confused about how to use high tech systems. these products seem be far from their daily life so the google ad sends the message that  the system is available to everyone and it can help make everyone’s life better  / it is so easy to use that even old people can use it naturally.

    Vocabulary

    moving (adj) : able to touch your emotions
    The film was moving, I cried at the end.

    athlete (n) 运动员
    He is the top badminton athlete

    comparison(n) : VS
    most snickers ads are a comparison before and after eating the energy bar

    washing powder (n) : thing used to wash clothes
    I bought some washing powder in the laundromat

    cosmonaut (n) someone going to space
    The cosmonauts went to Mars

    unmanned aerial vehicles  (UAV) / drones
    UAV are becoming more and more popular

    Thanks God Its Friday (TGIF) : when people are excited about the week end
    I will go to a TGIF party tonight

    weather forecast (n) : weather predictions
    According to the weather forecast it will keep raining in the next 10 days

    norm (n) what is usual
    Going to college is now the norm for most young people. 20 years ago only a few were able to go to college, it was exceptional.

    social norms : what is expected in a society
    If you are invited to someone’s place you usually bring a bottle of wine, it is a social norm

    satiation (n) : state in which you are satisfied / you don’t need more
    He reached satiation after making millions in the monopoly game.

    Grammar

    to express the future:
    I will visit SZ in 10 days
    I will visit SZ 10 days later

    could is only used in the past  or for a conditional
    In the 1970s we could not take digital pictures
    I would retire if I could afford to work anymore

    either / neither

    I don’t like it either = too in the negative
    neither do I

    neither of them was ready to take the test = both not

    Do you want tea or coffee? -> either is fine (any of those 2 is ok) / I want neither (none of those 2)

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) (S/R)

    July 7, 2020

    Homework


    Write about what life will be like in 10 years.

    Today we focused on:

    discussed the news and food 3d printing

    Speaking

    Wuhan may be the most safety place because everyone in Wuhan has a tested by the virus DNA.

    Maybe it is a good news for vegetarians and fruitarians, they can taste the feeling of meat and the menu for them will be rich than before.
    Actually China has some diets like the plant based meat.

    it is a little bit crazy and the idea maybe will make people and all the dishes are same.
    people want to eat different restaurant or dishes because the want to learn the different cultures and the different imagination if everyone eats by 3D products the the happiness about eat food or eat delicious food will disappeared.

    the people who wear the face shield are much closer to the criminal. with a mask you cant see people’s expressions .

    the people still under count and still didn’t be convicted they always wear the pajamas.
    She said that it is very weird when the criminals escape from from the police because no person will wear pajamas on the street and when they enter the prison or police station they should take all the stuff of him or her, they cant hold anything of himself.


    Wuhan may be the safest place because everyone in Wuhan has been tested for the virus. / everyone in wuhan had to take a blood test.
    Maybe it is a good news for vegetarians and fruitarians, they can taste the feeling of meat and

    their menu will be richer than before. / they will have a wider choice than before
    Actually China has some diets like the plant based meat.

    it is a little bit crazy and the idea maybe will make people bored because all the dishes are same.

    people want to eat at different restaurant or dishes because they want to learn about the different cultures. and food also relates to your imagination.
    if everyone eats 3D printed food the happiness of eating food will disappeared. / eating will just be to fulfill our hunger but we will not be happy about it.

    the people who are suspected of being criminals but haven’t  been convicted always wear pajamas.
    She said that it is very weird when the criminals escape from the police because no one will wear pajamas on the street and when they enter the prison or police station they should leave their belongings , they cant keep anything

    Writing

    After a period time of isolation policy implementation, the COVID 19 virus has been under control in China. The life and businesses have been restarted step by step since March. Because the main transmission routes of COVID 19 are respiratory tract and touch, and the HVAC system is the channel of air ventilation, So, considering the virus prevention, it is very important to clean and sterilize the pipes of HVAC system in large buildings in a timely fashion.


    After a period of time of isolation policy implementation /after some quarantine time following the government’s policy , the COVID 19 virus has been put under control in China./ covid 19 is now under control.
    The life and businesses restarted step by step since March.

    It was proven that the main transmission routes of COVID 19 are respiratory tract and touch. the HVAC system is the air ventilation channel so/therefore it is very important to clean and sterilize the HVAC pipes  in large buildings in a timely fashion to prevent the spread of the virus

    Vocabulary

    vest (n) 背心
    He is wearing a vest

    belonging (n) : thing which belongs to someone
    there are signs telling you not to leave your belongings behind

    to convict (v): to judge guilty of a crime
    He was convicted for the murder

    convict (n) : someone who was convicted
    There are 200 convicts in this prison

    Pajamas (n) : clothes for sleeping
    criminals wear pajamas in court

    guilt (n) : the feeling of being sorry for what you have done
    I suffered from guilt after abandoning my dog because of Covid.

    to plead (v): when you recognize a crime or not
    he pleaded guilty to the murder = he admitted he killed him

    science-fiction (sci-fi): genre of movie/book about a future different than our reality
    I think science fiction movies are not realistic

    start up (n) : very new innovative company
    a lot of start up die within 3 years

    burglary (n)  : robbery / housebreaking
    there was a burglary in our second house

    rape  (v/n) : have sex with someone who doesn’t want it
    he went to prison for rape

    to kidnap (v): to hold someone against one’s will
    Tom was kidnapped and the kidnappers asked for money to release him

    steak (n) : piece of beef
    I ordered a steak in the restaurant

    to mimic (v) : to copy / to imitate
    the monkey mimicked the movements of the guard

    to float (v) : to stay above water
    the boat will float unless it is filled with water.

    to inflate (v) : to fill with air / to make bigger
    I inflated my bicycle’s tire.
    Luckin coffee inflated their sales numbers to look successful.

    inflation (n) : the price of everything going up
    inflation in China is about 5% per year

    quarantine (n/v) : lock down
    The city was quarantined because of the virus

    paternity (n): relating to the state of being a father
    He got 1 day paternity leave because his wife just had a baby.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Mark)

    July 3, 2020

    Needs more review

    Prior Class Writing Homework

    China has 55 minorities except Han, it is the most minorities country worldwide. Each minority has their own language, but just several large scale minorities have characters. Most minorities live in the area which are far from cities, especially in southwest and northwest of China, and live on farming, fishing and hunting, As we all know that minorities love singing and dancing, music is always full of their daily life.
    Minorities have unique culture and custom because of the isolated social relation and the beautiful living environment. Furthermore, there are many mysterious stories and legends about their ancestor. The dresses, songs, buildings and handicrafts are all the embodiments of their culture. All these factors are so attractive for tourists.
    The minorities area is not as developed as big cities, the purpose of government policy is not just to develop their economics, but also to maintain their culture and custom. So, there are many positive discrimination policies for minorities.

    Revised

    China has 55 minorities except the Han, and it is has the most minorities of any country worldwide. Each minority has their own language, but just several large scale minorities just have characters. Most minorities live in the areas which are far from cities, especially in the southwest and northwest of China, and live on farming, fishing and hunting, As we all know that minorities love singing and dancing, music is always full of fills their daily life.
    Minorities have unique cultures and customs because of their isolated social relation and the beautiful living environment. Furthermore, there are many mysterious stories and legends about their ancestors. The dresses, songs, buildings and handicrafts are all the embodiments of their culture. All these factors are so attractive for tourists.
    The minorities area where minorities live is not as developed as big cities, and the purpose of government policy is not just to develop their economics, but also to maintain their culture and customs. So, there are many positive discrimination policies for minorities.

    Grammar

    china society – Chinese society

    most of parts of society. or, most of society

    the most of facts of daily life – the [majority] of daily life

    many activities about feminist feminism

    in the Middle East Asia

    the rights of women is are not so equal

    in nowadays

    the income equality problem [inequality] between men and women

    maybe companies will think about the women have having a childREN children

    this is legally leaves for pregnant [maternity leave]

    its depends on companies, but…

    will pay more attention to care caring for her children

    depends on the potentials of the person

    Vocabulary

    income inequality – a lack of equality in income based on race or gender

    eg. Income inequality impacts poor people more than rich people in a recession.

    facets – the parts of a problem

    eg. There are many facets to the problem of India’s water shortage.

    Pronunciation

    age

    serious (SEER EE US)

    mysterious (MIS TEER EE US)

    Homework

    Please write about why it is important to clean and service HVAC systems in a timely fashion.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Rebekah) S+ W+ P

    June 18, 2020

    Topic was income inequality, women’s rights and fertility rights and comparing Chinese and Western history about monogamy and gender roles.

    Speaking

    There were some information on the internet about income inequality. Its is not the same in Europe. The policy is still need to be promoted year by year.

    The income of men and woman are not equality. The payment for men is higher than women.  Age sensitivity (women are more discriminated against). Around the age which is suitable for have a baby, the company or employer, is sensitive about whether the female employee has a baby. The retirement of the woman is earlier than men, for women its 52 to 55, for men its 60.

    The original of the policy is, well, I guessed its because people thought that the work efficient of the woman is declining faster than men.  Its hard to explain.

    We talked about the problem of our daddies among friends. Most daddies will turn a little weird after retiring. We think its because they get out of their social and turn to be lonely. And its hard to make friends and feel disappointed and seem invaluable.

    There are some woman that freeze their eggs, the need to maintain the right to have a baby at a certain age. They still want to have a baby sometime in the future. They want to have the right and probability (to have a baby). To have a baby should be a natural thing. Follow the nature, follow the heart. Not everything you do must have some purpose. There are some things that are natural, like destiny, not every thing you do is under under your control. It is unnecessary to control everything. Some people want to fight destiny.

    The European rulers and society was monogamous. I interested about history. I know more about Chinese history then the European history. We are easy to take the information about Chinese history. If I want to learn more about European history its hard to learn the history stories.

    Shanghai is the city in China that was the first city in China to get the information from Western people. The cities which have the long history sometimes are harder to be influenced by others. Beijing have many history stories and history background.

    Revised

    There was some information on the internet about income inequality. Its is not the same as in Europe. The policy is still

    changing and improving year by year.

    The income of men and woman is not equal. The payment for men is higher than women.  Age sensitivity (women are more discriminated against). Around child bearing age which is suitable for have a baby, the company or employer, is sensitive about whether the female employee wishes (or wants) a baby. The retirement of the women is earlier than men, for women its 52 to 55, for men its 60.

    The origin of the policy is, well, I guess its because people thought that the work efficiency  of the woman is declining faster than men.  Its hard to explain.

    We talked about the problem of our daddies (dads/fathers) among friends. Most of our dads will turn (get) a little weird after retiring. We think its because they get out of their social circle or community and turn to be  become lonely. And its hard to make friends and they feel disappointed because they don’t feel valuable any more.

    There are some woman that freeze their eggs, they need to maintain the right to have a baby at a certain age. They still want to have a baby sometime in the future. They want to have the right and probability (to have a baby). To have a baby should be a natural thing. “Follow your nature, follow your heart”. Not everything you do must have an objective. There are some things that are natural, like destiny, not every thing you do is under your control. It is unnecessary to control everything. Some people want to fight destiny.

    The European rulers and society were monogamous. I am interested about history. I know more about Chinese history then the European history. We have easier access to information about Chinese history. In China, we have less access to European history, therefore its harder to learn the history stories.

    Shanghai is the first city in China that was the first city in China to get the information from Western people. The cities that have the long history sometimes are harder to be influenced by others. Beijing has a long and important historical background compared with Shanghai. 

    Vocabulary

    Menopause: The age when women can no longer have kids

    Life expectancy: The life expectancy of women is higher world wide.

    Childbearing age: When a woman is expected (and capable of) to have a baby

    Feminist: Someone who believes in gender equality

    Pronunciation

    Statistics

    Rulers

    Homework

    Look up the history of Feminism in China, and what Feminism will mean in the near Future.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [L+W+S]

    June 16, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    discussed BLM and inequalities

    Writing


    What do you think about the level of income inequality in China ?

    Speaking

    the government tried to launch policy to deal with the first graduate students to support them to find jobs so if the retire age is pushed back .

    the fresh graduates or the students maybe they will face big issues about how to find a job.

    she says something on the video. I remembered some parts of the video she said Flyod is not a real spiritual symbol for her actually he is a criminal he has many records about broken the law and she thought policeman had the right to protect themselves so she didn’t agree with the protest movement like these days occurred

    some movement people are looting the buildings or the shops.
    People can announce their opinion or complaints but the movement like these days too much for peaceful complains.

    many schools have the classes which are special for minority children and the schools will pay for the tuition and their daily life.But they have to guarantee that they will come back to their hometown after graduating .


    the government tried to launch a policy to support fresh graduates  and help them find jobs so if the retirement age is pushed back  it will create problems.

    maybe the fresh graduates or the students will face big issues when they try to find a job. / when they start job hunting. /. when they hit the job market.

    she says something on the video. I remembered some parts of the video she said Flyod is not a real spiritual symbol for her actually he is a criminal he has many records for breaking the law / he had a long criminal record and she thought policemen had the right to protect themselves so she didn’t agree with the protest like it occurred these days / she didn’t agree with the violence in the protest

    some protesters are looting the buildings or the shops.
    People can voice/express their opinion or complaints but these days the movement is not peaceful anymore. 

    many schools have classes which are special for minority children / have classes dedicated to minorities / only opened to minorities

    and the schools will pay for the tuition and their daily life.But they have to guarantee that they will come back to their hometown after graduating .

    Writing

    European royals are still exist nowadays, but kings are not the countries’ regents anymore, they take the responsibility about being spiritual symbol. The Europe royals is monogyny, the eldest child succeed the throne, daughters and other family member are in line to it.
    Chinese royal is been terminated for more than 100 years. The last dynasty is Qing Dynasty and it originated from Manchu which is a minority in China. The monogyny has been launched since 1912 when the Qing dynasty ended. The Kings in China of all dynasties had many concubines, and there was a limitation for high level concubines but not for low levels. In Chinese royals, just sons had the right of succession. Though the eldest son was easier to be selected as a successor, kings were prefer to choose the best son to be the successor, and the ancient peoples’ lifespan is not very long because of the undeveloped medical technology, kings always had many children in ancient China.


    European royals still exist nowadays, but kings are not the countries’ regents anymore / king do not hold real power anymore. / kings are only symbols.
    they take the responsibility about being spiritual symbols.
    European royals are monogynous / only have 1 wife/ have exclusive relationships.
    the eldest child succeed to the throne, the eldest child is the heir.
    daughters and other family members are in line to it.
    Chinese royals were terminated more than 100 years ago. The last dynasty was the Qing Dynasty and it originated from Manchu which is a minority in China.
    The monogyny became the most common type of relationship since 1912 when the Qing dynasty ended. The Kings in China of all dynasties had many concubines, and there was a limitation for high level concubines but not for low levels.
    In Chinese royals, just sons had the right of succession. / only sons could become heir to the throne. / women were excluded from the succession.

    Though the eldest son was more likely to be selected as a successor, kings preferred to choose the best son to be the successor / the most talented …, and the ancient peoples’ lifespan was not very long  / life expectancy was much shorter
    because medicine was not as developed as it is today.

    undeveloped medical technology,

    kings always had many children in ancient China.

    Vocabulary

    criminal record (n): list of all the illegal things you were found guilty of
    If your criminal record is not blank you are not allowed to work in finance

    affirmative actions  / positive discrimination : discrimination to help people of poorer communities
    In China people in minorities have extra points when they take the gaokao, that is positive discrimination

    implicit (adj): not said directly but understood based on context
    The boss said ” Tom is a problem, I want the problem to disappear” he implicitly told us to kill Tom

    explicit (adj) : said directly / shown
    The boss said “I want you to kill Tom” , he explicitly told us to kill tom

    civil war  (n): people of the same country fighting each other
    the north won the civil war in the US.

    stingy (adj) : who doesn’t like to spend money / cheap
    My boss is so stingy I went on a business trip and he refused to refund any of my expenses

    systematic  (adj): automatic / happening every time
    When the stock price goes up, CEOs get paid more, it is systematic

    systemic (adj) : relating to a system
    Racism is a systemic problem

    property tax (n) : tax paid on houses / apartments
    The property tax on expensive houses is very high

    martyr (n) : person becoming a symbol after being killed (usually for religion)
    Flyod is becoming a martyr.

    monogyny (n) : only 1 wife
    Monogyny is the most common type of relationship

    monogynous (adj)
    most people are monogynous

    polygyny /polygamy  (n): one man having more than 1 wife
    Polygamy was popular among kings.

    to exceed : be more than
    I exceeded the speed limit so the policeman gave me a fine

    they had undeveloped medical tech = judgement you look down on their medical advancement
    Medicine was not as developed as today = more neutral , fact.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Kebed)

    June 12, 2020

    Grammar

    use more natural – use naturally

    adj+ly = adverb

    some sentence – some sentences

    Pay attention to plurals, add +s !

    I didn’t finish yet – I haven’t finished reading this book yet

    very equality n. – very equal adj.

    …our holiday extend… – our holidays were extended

    Pay attention to the past tense forms!

    it will be launched on this summer

    this week, this month, these days –  you don’t  use prepositions “on” or “in”

    passive voice – 被动词

    be + Verb3/ed

    am/is/are done – present simple

    was/were done – past simple

    have/has been done – present perfect

    will be done – future simple

    e.g. Some words from English are translated into Japanese directly.

    A student was taught to use some new expressions in the class.

    The computer has been broken by my child. – It is still broken,

    The computer was broken.- probably fixed already or still broken.

    Universal Studio Park in BJ will be finished this autumn.

    Find + an object + adjective

    e.g. I find the weather this month very uncomfortable.

    I find this movie interesting.

    Vocabulary

    the effect is not very heavy – a strong effect

    destination – 目的地

    public transportation

    by plane = by air

    postpone – do sth later; The construction has been postponed.

    Pronunciation

    read – in the past tense pronounced like red

    Speaking

    This saying means that when something you don’t want occurs/happens, instead of fighting it, you just need to deal with it by accepting and moving on/letting it go its own way.

    after you traveling Universal Studio, you may felt that Disney Park is a little bit boring. – After traveling to US Park, you may feel/think that Disneyland is a little bit boring. / After……. you may find Disneyland a little boring./ After you traveled/have traveled …….

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    June 10, 2020

    Homework


    Write about the differences between kings in Europe and emperors in China ( try to use past simple and present perfect when applicable)

    Speaking

    the architecture style is totally different with buildings in south China.
    It is very interesting that the forbidden city is located in the exact center of Beijing.
    and the structure is totally square. it is different with south China.

    Xian is more older -> much older
    Xian is the first capital of china after the king unified the china and the scope of China in the Qing dynasty was similar to today’s.
    Before that china has several separate countries and no unified money and language.-> China wasn’t  a unified country / China was divided in different kingdoms and they didn’t have a unified monetary system nor language.

    the skills of medical scare was not very developped  -> the medical system was not as developed as today
    They need many sons and then they can collect the best one. -> they needed many sons to select the best one

    that is not definitely -> that is not always the case

    Manchu is the original of Qing dynasty -> rulers of the Qing dynasty were all Manchu 
    in cultural revolution they want to be in normal society so many people use another more normal name -> during the cultural revolution many changed their last name to Han sounding names

    there are high level families.you can define that by the last name -> you could guess the social standing / social position of a family based on their last name

    the Shanghainese and Suzhounese have different between pronunciation -> regional dialects just have different pronunciations but the same writing system

    every national has their own special culture -> every nation has its own culture

    Writing

    The Forbidden City, the royal palace of Ming and Qing dynasties, the history of which is more than 600 hundreds years already. It is one of the biggest and most elegant ancient royal palaces worldwide. Furthermore, it is also the most popular viewpoint, in which visitors will be impressed with the history of China and the intelligence of ancient people.
    The Forbidden City is located in the center of BJ and every corner in it has some stories about Ming and Qing royal. It is a masterpiece of architecture, the drainage of which is very ingenious even in nowadays. BJ has been deluged several times after rainstorm in past few years, but that is never accorded in the Forbidden City.
    The Forbidden City is a history museum as well, with it containing many antiques and each one reflect royals’ daily life and mysterious tales.


    The Forbidden City was the royal palace of Ming and Qing dynasties, the history of which is more than 600 hundreds years old already. It is one of the biggest and most elegant ancient royal palaces worldwide.

    Furthermore, it is also the most popular tourist spot , in which visitors will be impressed with the history of China and the intelligence of ancient people.
    The Forbidden City is located in the center of BJ and every corner in it has some stories about Ming and Qing royals. It is a masterpiece of architecture, the drainage of which is very ingenious even nowadays / even by today’s standards. BJ has suffered from deluges/floods several times after rainstorms in the past few years, but that never occurred in the Forbidden City.
    The Forbidden City is a history museum which contains many antiques and each one reflect royals’ daily lives and mysterious tales.

    Vocabulary

    to collect : to gather
    The government collects taxes every month

    to select : choose
    I selected the best room in the hotel

    regent (n) : one acting a ruler because the real ruler is too young
    The queen was the regent because the emperor was only 5

    minority (n) 少数民族
    There are 56 minorities in China

    to abdicate : to step down for a ruler
    Emperors in Japan were not  allowed to abdicate, they stayed emperor until death

    manchu (n) : one minority with many emperors
    Manchus were are the top of China.

    geometrical (adj) : following geometry  / math of shapes
    newer cities are more geometrical than old cities

    heir (n) : selected successor of a king/important person
    He is the heir to the throne of England

    saying (n) 成语
    There is a popular Chinese saying …

    flood (n/v): situation in which a higher level of water than normal is observed
    There was a flood last year

    deluge (n) : heavy rain
    Because of the deluge we lost most of the crops

    viewpoint : a spot from which you get a view
    The top of the mountain is a great viewpoint on the valley

    tourist spot : place popular among tourists
    The forbidden city is one of the most popular tourist spots in BJ.

    Grammar

    Present perfect : effect on the present
    I have lost my keys  ( I am in front of the door and I can’t open it)

    past simple  : action is already over
    I lost my keys (you simply tell me you lost your keys but you provably already have new ones)

    …with + subject +Ving + object
    I went on a trip (with Tom taking pictures of the mountains as we were climbing.)
    I had a BBQ with Tom cooking while we talked between girls
    I go to a park with my friend teaching me skating

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  • VIP Class Notes (CANCELLED)

    June 9, 2020

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    June 5, 2020

    Homework

    Do another writing soon and focus on your sentences + tense (especially did / have done) + try to use in which / with which / with… being … / with …. doing …

    Writing

    I have been to the SH Disney Park last Friday. Due to the restriction policy for pandemic, visitors are required to wear masks and keep distancing, and the maximum visitors’ capacity is limited to 20% of common conditions as well. The SH Disney park is not so crowded as before. It is very comfortable that people do not have to stick with strangers in such hot weather. Furthermore, different families or groups of people are not allowed to sit together considering the epidemic prevention needs.

    Of course, some of the most popular rides still have to wait for 30-60 minutes. Soaring over the Horizon is one of my favorite, people sit on a seat and are raised in front of a 4D movie or ball dome movie screen and seem like flight around the world. TRON and Rex’s Racer are both thrilling and crazy rides. TRON, the speed of which is about 90KM/h, people ride a motor cycle and run along an ellipse trace, and there are many slope transformations of the trace. Rex’s and Racer is a ride which lift visitor to a very high location and then drop suddenly.

    The reopening of SH Disney Park likes a light in the recent dark times, and it gave people hope and inspiration. Each visitor can find their own magic day in it.

    I went to the SH Disney Park last Friday. Due to the restriction policy because of the / from the pandemic, visitors are required to wear masks and keep distance / and socially distance, and the maximum visitors’ capacity is limited to 20% of normal conditions as well. The SH Disney park is not as crowded as before. It is very comfortable as people do not have to be near strangers in such hot weather. Furthermore, different families or groups of people are not allowed to sit together considering the epidemic prevention needs.

    Of course, people still have to wait for 30-60 minutes for some of the most popular rides. Soaring over the Horizon is one of my favorites in which, people sit on a seat and are raised in front of a 4D movie or ball dome / half arc / curved movie screen and it seems like you are flying around the world. TRON and Rex’s Racer are both thrilling and crazy rides with TRON, a speed of 90KM/h, allowing people to ride a motor cycle and run along an ellipse track in which there are many slope transformations of the track, and with Rex’s Racer lifting visitors to a very high location and then dropping them suddenly.

    The reopening of SH Disney Park is / seems / acts like a light in the recent dark times, and it giving people hope and inspiration where each visitor can find their own magic day.

    Grammar

    I have many students. Carol is my best one. = I have many students with Carol being the best that has ever lived in China and come to SE.

    I went to – past time – at a point in the past
    I have been to – now – already happened (general past time)
    eg. I have been to Japan many times. – some time in the past

    Vocabulary

    I need to distance (v) myself from you = I need to keep (v) distance (n) from you

    normal – not weird / not different / general situation
    common (frequency) – you often see it / experience
    eg. Jesse’s hair is not common and also not normal.

    Learning English is difficult but I want to stick with it. – it’s hard but I will persist

    It’s so hot that you need 10 air conditioners = it’s crazy crazy hot
    It’s so hot that you need to turn a fan on = it’s a bit hot

    in which / that
    I have a computer. I use it to play games. = I have a computer with which I use to play games.
    China is a country. I live in this country. = China is a country in which I live.

    Pronunciation

    home = ohhh
    hom = o

    ree yopening

    ree + a vowel – add a y
    roo / ruu + a vowel – add a w
    ruin = “ruwin”

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    June 2, 2020

    Speaking

    at the beginning the center reopened there are few teachers available.
    no available airplanes seat.
    At the end of the January, the beginning of the virus spreading many countries cancelled the available visas of Chinese, many chinese people have the 3 year visa of Japan but they cancelled them.
    Many foreigners said the Chinese visa is the hardest one of the worldwide visa.
    Many other countries offer the long term visa or the long term residence but actually we don’t have the policy like these long term residence before.
    I knew that the Chinese government do not recognize the marriage legally if you register in another country.
    I think the Singapore visa is not easy for us the list is very long and restricted.
    We have to get the visa before we go there

    the price of the hotel per night is at most 50 % of the than usual.
    the sea park has declared bankruptcy but it is so big deal so the government offers financial support.
    the people are much fewer than before

    the US occurred a much big scope of spreading than china so students won’t want go back to US. and the students who didn’t go back to China because of the Coronavirus tried to go back.
    The feeling, at the beginning you urge to go back and then you will feel unfortunately that they cannot go back
    The government arranged the airplane to pick the students in England.

    there is few news about the violent protest occurred among the Asia people.
    Our special method we have so many cameras on every corner.
    The cameras are normal so for police it is easy to track some people so it is hard for criminals to hide.


    conferences always cost the most time on Monday. / take most of our day / occupy most of the day
    the efficiency of the meeting is not very high / is quite low / meetings are quite inefficient.

    Everyone seems have their own opinion but with different opinions and a big  group decision are hard to make / but the bigger the group , the more opinions you have and the harder it is to reach a decision
    We have an agenda but leaders sometimes ignore the agenda

    I just had one class last week / I cancelled one class last week

    at the beginning when the center reopened there were only a few teachers available.
    there are no available airplanes seats / it is hard to book a plane.
    At the end of January, the beginning of the virus spreading, many countries / when the virus began to spread, many country  cancelled the available visas of Chinese citizens , many Chinese people had the 3 year visa to Japan but they cancelled them.
    Many foreigners said the Chinese visa is the hardest one worldwide / the hardest one in the world
    Many other countries offer long term visas or long term residence permits but actually we didn’t have a policy like these in the past / a similar policy.
    I knew that the Chinese government does not recognize the marriage legally if you register in another country.

    I think the Singapore visa is not easy for us the list of documents is very long and restrictive.
    We have to get the visa before we go there / prior to our arrival

    the price of the hotel per night is at most 50 % of the usual rate. / It is half the usual rate.
    the sea park has declared bankruptcy but it is such a big deal that the government offered financial support to avoid it.
    there are fewer people than before

    the epidemic  in the US was much worse than in China  so students won’t want to go back to the US. and the students who didn’t go back to China because of the Coronavirus tried to go back.

    at the beginning you are urged to go back and then you will feel unfortunately that you cannot go back
    The government arranged an airplane to pick the students in England. / the government used a plane to repatriate citizens.

    there is few news about violent protests occurring among asian people.
    we have a dissuasive special method, we have so many cameras on every corner that criminals are scared.
    The cameras are everywhere / common so for it is easy for the police to track some people so it is hard for criminals to hide.

    Vocabulary

    Special Economic Zone : (SEZ) : place which offers lower taxes and incentives for new companies
    Shanghai’s SEZ is located in Pudong.

    Headquarter (HQ) : main base
    Our HQ is located in Shanghai

    to dissuade (v) : talk out of / make you feel you don’t want to do something
    Tom dissuaded me of becoming a policeman because it is dangerous


    dissuasion
    (n)
    Dissuasion is their main weapon.

    dissuasive (adj)
    We have cameras everywhere it is very dissuasive, criminals are scared so they don’t do anything.

    to loot  (v/n)  to get goods / valuable things
    Some of the protesters looted the shops
    I did the hard work but he got the loots.

    violent (adj) : leading to fights / easily getting into fights
    There was a violent protest last night
    Tom is very violent

    to repatriate (v)  : send back to home country
    China arranged for a plane to repatriate Chinese citizens stuck in the US.

    repatriation (n)
    The insurance policy covers reputation

    patriot(n) : someone who loves his country
    Tom is a patriot.

    demonstration (n) : protest in the street
    there was a demonstration yesterday

    affection (n) : feeling of caring / love
    I have a lot of affection for my friends

    to urge : to push strongly
    The boss urged us to send the report before Monday if we wanted to keep our job.

    effect (n) : influence on something
    Covid had a terrible effect on the economy

    to affect (v) : to have influence on
    Covid affected the economy tremendously

    visa on arrival : when you can get a visa when you land
    Visa on arrival is possible for Chinese citizens.

    destination (n) : place where people go
    Japan is one of the hottest destination for Chinese tourists.

    origin (n) place you leave from
    What’s the origin of the flight ?

    scale (n) : extent of a crisis / unit of magnitude
    The virus grew to a bigger scale in the US
    I bought a 1/100 scaled Ferrari.

    scope : the extent of a subject
    The scope of our research is limited to pandas

    Pronunciation

    resort

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    May 26, 2020

    Speaking

    I am not sure the real purpose of the new army branch.
    If the purpose is about science or development in the unknown I think it is reasonable.
    In China there are some types of army branches like this new branch in the US.
    The mainly job of them are about science and unknown space development and something about rockets because in china the business of rockets is operated by governments so the employees are from army.

    It is an important meeting in one year or 4 years and there are many news on TV.  It is to make some important decisions or plan some development strategies for the country and set some goals for some sectors.


    I am not sure what the real purpose of the new army branch is.
    If the purpose is about science or exploration of the unknown I think it is reasonable. /
    In China there are some types of army branches like this new branch in the US. / we have a similar army branch in China.
    Their main job is  about science and space exploration and rockets because in China the business of rockets is operated by the government so the employees are all from the army.  / the rocket business is tightly controlled by the government

    It is an important meeting held annually / each year or every 4 years  there are many news on TV.
    It is to make some important decisions or plan some development strategies for the country and set some goals for some sectors. / delegates will make important decisions for the strategy of the country

    Writing

    Nowadays, more and more people live in cities and are used to fast-paced lives.

    people who own houses in villages / house owners who live in villages where there are beautiful natural views started to reconstruct and decorate/ renovate their houses to attract urban people going there on vacation / to attract urban tourists.

    People can go to natural places, breathe fresh air, eat organic foods, and release nervous. On account of the low cost of living in urban, the self-owned/ owner-occupied houses and farms, the price of farmyard resorts are affordable, just 1 to 2 hundards per day with whole day meals. These resorts are very popular among elder people. They can gather several friends to go there spending a week or more days. Especially in summer, these resorts are always cool as a result that they are located near mountains normally and even in mountains. There is another important attarctive feature of this type of vacation, the fans of mahjong can play with their partners no matter how long and without hearing famililes’ shouting. Of coure, there are many other premium farmyards with good facilities to meet the needs of family vacation and business conference.


    Nowadays, more and more people live in cities and are used to fast-paced life. Some people who own houses in villages where have beauiful natural views started to reconstruct and decorate their houses for attracting urban people going there on vacation. People can get into natural enviroment, breath fresh air, eat organic foods, and release stress.

    On account of the low cost of living in the countryside ,  the price of farmyard resorts operated by the house owners  are affordable, just 1 to 2 hundred per day with whole day meals. / small B&B operated by individuals are affordable. / Local B&B …

    These resorts/accommodations are very popular among elder people. They can gather several friends to go there to spend a week or more.
    Especially in summer, these resorts are always cool as a result that they are located near mountains normally and even in mountains. /these resorts are always cool as a result that they are normally located near mountains and even on top of mountains

    These resorts are favored for their good location, they are cool all year long thanks to being located in mountainous areas.

    There is another important attractive feature of this type of vacation, the fans of mahjong can play with their partners no matter how long and without hearing families’ shouting.  / fans of Mahjong can play in peace without being disturbed by the complains of their family
    Of coure, there are many other premium farmyards with good facilities to meet the needs of family vacation and business conference.

    Vocabulary

    to adjust : to change some parameters
    We set the temperature to 20C but it seems too high we will have to adjust it to maybe 16.

    to modify : change
    We need to modify our strategy

    to justify : to show something was right / give reasons
    He couldn’t justify why a student with bad grades was accepted in the top university and people suspected he was bribed.

    justification (n)
    The lawyer tried to find justifications for the crime.

    to delegate : to give responsibility / decision power to someone else
    As the manager I need to delegate tasks to competent people

    delegate (n) : representative
    We sent emails to our delegates to tell them to ask for help with the virus.

    oval (adj) : rounded mirror shape
    We need an oval frame for the painting.

    Oval Office : office of the US president
    He waited for the president in the Oval Office

    sergeant (sgt.) (n)  中士
    He is a sergeant in the Air Force.

    urban(adj) : created to cities
    he lives in an urban area.

    breath (n)
    He took a deep breath before jumping into the river

    to breathe (v) : inhale and exhale
    It is hard to breathe while swimming.

    in peace : without being disturbed
    I want to play games in peace but my GF always complains… I need to break up

    nervous (adj): having a lot of stress
    I was nervous before my job interview.

    hostel : cheap place for temporary stay with shared facilities
    He stays at the youth hostel, it is very cheap

    hotel : place for temporary stay
    He found a hotel in the heart of the city

    resort: place to relax and have fun
    There are many resorts in Sanya.

    villa : very big house
    He lives in a villa in Hollywood.

    B&B : Bed & Breakfast
    I stay in a small B&B close to the village

    Grammar


    non specific numbers take a S
    We spent hundreds of dollars to fix his mistake

    Specific numbers -> no S
    We spent three thousand dollars to fix it.

    Pronunciation

    rockets

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W / S]

    May 22, 2020

    Writing

    Morden people are always busy, hurry and easy to be angry. So, how to deal with the bad emotion in dailylife is a very important topic in these days. There are a lot of on-line talks and videos about how to control emotion. It is unavoidable that people confront with tough or tricky problems.But the out of control emotion is obviouly no helpful to releasing pressure, futhermore, it can lead bad things to worse result. Here are serveral tips about how to calm down and make rational dicision when you are about to get out of control. Firstly,you should take serveral deep breaths and make self slow down. Then, do not make dicision immediately even without thinking a minute. After that, get yourself out of the enviroment in which the tough things happened. Some research shows that Chewing gum, listening smooth music and looking distancing views are also helpful for keeping emotion stability.

    Modern people are always busy, in a hurry and get angry easily. So, how to deal with the bad emotion in daily life is a very important topic in these days. There are a lot of online talks and videos about how to control emotion. It is unavoidable that people will need to confront with tough or tricky problems. But the out of control emotion is obviously not helpful for releasing pressure, furthermore, it can lead bad things to a worse result. Here are several tips about how to calm down and make a rational decision when you are about to get out of control / lose your temper. Firstly,you should take several deep breaths and make yourself slow down. Then, do not make a decision immediately even without thinking for a minute. After that, get yourself out of the environment in which the tough things happened. Some research shows that Chewing gum, listening to smooth music and looking into the distance are also helpful for keeping emotional stability.

    Grammar

    I listen to you

    it is no good

    there is no
    I have no
    I want no

    1 people – 1 person 

    the child who is abandoned

    If she talks to the kids
    If the teacher in the school talks to the kids

    I am known for my beard

    they are tired about it – of it – doing it makes me tired
    they are bored about it – of it – doing it makes me bored

    I’m annoyed about it – the subject annoys me

    Vocabulary

    there are a little quarrel – there was a little argument 

    people are always in a hurry / are always busy / are always easy to be angry

    these days = recently = at the moment

    I have a temper
    I have a bad temper

    kindgarden – kindergarten 

    tidy up / clean up

    I’m at home
    I’m at work
    I’m out
    eg. When I’m out, I can’t check my email
    eg2. When I’m at home, I don’t like to work
    eg3. When I’m at work, I’m bored.

    post-it note – little yellow sticky note

    Speaking

    one habits im sure it is good because my ability of remembering is not good im sure so if there is something i have to do in work or in daily life i will write them down in the notebook or set an alarm clock because i don’t trust my ability of remembering. if in the office i have a note on the table i will write something down on my note or in daily life or on the way or out of the office, the places or the time i have no notebook with myself i will set the alarm clock on my phone or set some note task.

    I have a good habit of writing down or taking notes to help me remember things because my memory is not good i’m sure so if there is something i have to do at work or in daily life i will write them down in the notebook or set an alarm clock because i don’t trust my memory. if in the office / If I’m at work, i have a note on the table and i will write something down on my note or in daily life or on the way somewhere or out of the office / when I’m out, the places or the time i have no notebook with myself i will set the alarm clock on my phone or set some note task.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    May 20, 2020

    Grammar

    once 2 days – once every 2 days

    good foods – good food

    to be honestlyto be honest 

    i have been there for several timeI have been there several times 

    if the teacher in the school to talk to the kids – if they teacher in the school talks to the kids

    to be known = I am known / as I am known for…
    to know = I know / As I know

    Vocabulary

    i have a colleague – one of my colleagues / a colleague of mine / a girl I work with 

    orphan – kids with no parents
    eg. he’s an orphan

    fund raising – to get money for some charity / reason

    give the kid up for adoption

    NGO – Non Profit Organisation

    down syndrome / they have down syndrome
    autism / they are autistic 

    cafe – ka fei dian
    eg. the cafe was run by autistic people

    yum cha – zao cha / dian xing

    I do not care the nameI didn’t pay attention to / I didn’t notice / I don’t know 

    systematicalsystematic (adj)

    Pronunciation

    institute – in stit tyout

    Writing

    Chinese Kongfu is always legendary in movies and novles, Kongfu masters fly over high trees and buildings by themselves, break things and hurt enemies even without touching them. It is seems that masters can do anythings in art works. Chinese movies are also well known for the Kongfu movies. Though Chinese Kongfu is marvelous, its purpose is nothing about attack and destruction. Indeed, the original concepts of Chinese Kongfu are protecting weakness people and strengthening body. As we all known that movies need some exaggeration stories to attract people’s attention. But in reality, even masters are unable to fly without devices supporting, nor to break things without touching.

    Chinese KungFu is always legendary in the art world like in movies and novels, KungFu masters fly over high trees and buildings by themselves, break things and hurt enemies even without touching them, so it is seems that KungFu masters can do anythings in art works. Chinese movies are also well known for the KungFu movies. Though Chinese KungFu is marvelous, its purpose is nothing to do with attack and destruction. Indeed, the original concepts of Chinese KungFu were to protect / were about protecting weak people and strengthening the body. As we all known that movies need some exaggerated stories to attract people’s attention. But in reality, even KF masters are unable to fly without devices supporting them / support(ing) devices, nor to break things without touching them.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    May 14, 2020

    Writing

    Twitter announces that employees will be allowed work from home for long term,and even forever. Before then, Twitter has required employees to work from home since May 11th,and the company said that those who want to return to office are won’ t be allowed until at least September. Twitter offered the allowance for office supplies which are necessary for home office. The social distancing that came out from covid controlling offered a new inspiration about the model of communication and cooperation in businesses. Maybe working from home will be more and more popular in the near further with the high speed development of network quality.

    Twitter announces that employees will be allowed to work from home for the long term,and even forever. Before then, Twitter had required employees to work from home since May 11th,and the company said that those who want to return to the office are wouldn’t be allowed (to return) until at least September. Twitter has offered the allowance for office supplies which are necessary for home office. The social distancing that has come out from covid restrictions / controls offers new inspiration about the model of communication and cooperation in businesses. Maybe working from home will be more and more popular in the near future with the high speed / rapid development of internet telecommunications technology.

    I control my cat.
    Controlling my cat is hard.
    I don’t like controlling him.
    My control of my cat is important.

    effectiveness – how effective it is
    eg. online meetings have a lower effectiveness than face to face

    affection – care and love

    effective (adj)

    pay attention to / give your attention to / take your attention from 

    students = pupil = sb who is studying at a school / under a teacher

    at beginning days of students returning to schoolin the early period of the semester / in the first few days of the semester 

    game – VR / other fun things

    ride – moves a lot like a roller coaster or spinning one

    activity / attraction – anything you participate in that is fun

    Grammar

    some friends have went therehave been there 

    more less – much less / far fewer 

    most of students / pupils
    most of the students at my school

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S / W]

    May 12, 2020

    Speaking

    The traffic of Suzhou is not good because the main town of suzhou has historical buildings and it is hard to reconstruct the layout of the main town so the traffic is a little bit bad. -> Suzhou’s traffic is not good / suzhou is often congested because the old town of suzhou has historical buildings and it is hard to reconstruct the layout of the old town so the traffic is a little bit bad / the old town was not designed with roads in mind / the old town was designer before cars were invented so there aren’t big roads….

    I remember that there are 4 subway lines in Suzhou so the public transportation is very convenient.
    Suzhou separates the old town and the newly developed district very clearly and they have to do something with public transportation to solve the problem of the traffic. -> to ease traffic congestions

    at early stage of Shanghai actually most of the historical buildings are built by western people. -> at the beginning of Shanghai actually most of the historical buildings were built by western people

    The style of the buildings is very different with the north China. -> with northern china
    The buildings and the gardens but the gardens are very typical southern. -> they have a typical southern style / have a recognizable southern style.

    Some of the gardens are very small but all very delicate and each view Is well designed.
    they will calculate the angle and the time of some specific spots and you can see the moon on the lake/ pond at a special time of the month.  -> they will calculate the time at which you can see some views at some of the spots

    The buildings in the north china are always very huge and suzhou’s gardens pay more attention at the details. -> buildings in the north of China / in Northern China . Suzhou’s gardens pay more attention to the details

    they have a dedicated layout -> the layout is well planned 

    I saw some articles of the person who has finished half day and some people have used half day to play all the games. for first pass  -> first pass holders / buyers  are able to finish 8 attractions within half a day

    I think the Shanghai Disneyland is the newest in all of the world so the equipment and the design and the feeling is better than the old parks / the newest in the whole world

    the Disney sea is the only sea park in the world. it is built aside the sea so there are some water games and the feeling seems like a pirate

    Japanese are all into the cartoons so there are always many people in the park.

    in Japan I stood in front of the cash table I finished the payment process I just found out some tickets and several people are waiting in line after me. The waiting in line culture is very typical in Japan. / in Japan I stood in front of the cash table after paying  / even though I had already paid and several people were waiting in line after me and didn’t mind.Japanese people are used to it

    Writing

    Disney park is a dream world for all people, and both child and adult can find their wonderlands in it. Almost everyone has some favourite disney cartoon characters and can find the memory and hanppiness in childhood as soon as enter in disney park. Shanghai Disney park has been closed for about three months according to the covid-19, many disney fans have lost their paradise for past three months. Fortunately, the Shanghai Disney park will reopen on May 11th, and the happy hour of fans will be back. Due to the current covid situation, tourists have to book the specific date tickets in advand and the park will limit the amount of the visitiors. The park announced that the visitors limitation is at most 20% of the maximum capacity,so I think this is a ideal period of time for touring Shanghai Disney park considering it is alway crowded in usual time.


    Disney park is a dream world for all people, and both children and adults can find their wonderlands in it / can find paradise. Almost everyone has some favourite disney cartoon characters and can find the memory and happiness of their childhood as soon as they enter disney park. Shanghai Disney park has been closed for about three months because of/ due to/as a result of covid-19, many disney fans have lost their paradise for the past three months. Fortunately, the Shanghai Disney park will reopen on May 11th, and the happiness of fans will be back/ fans will finally get back to their favorite destination.
    Due to the current covid situation, tourists have to book the specific date tickets in advance and the park will limit the amount of the visitiors/ the park will cap the park’s occupancy.

    The park announced that the numbers of visitors is capped at 20% of the maximum capacity / They announced they will keep the occupancy lower than 20% of the max capacity to avoid close contact between visitors,so I think this is a ideal period of time for touring Shanghai Disney park considering it is normally always crowded usually / at this time of the year.

    Vocabulary

    fast track tickets / priority pass: ticket letting you go first
    I bought a priority pass because I didn’t want to wait

    dedicated : especially for something / someone
    The CEO has a dedicated driver (driver only for him)

    to dedicate: to make reference to / to do something for someone
    The singer dedicated the song to his gf.

    pond : small body of water
    There is a pond with a bridge in the garden

    congestion (n) : traffic jam
    There are so many congestions at the beginning of the holiday

    pirate : bad people on the sea
    He wants to be a pirate and rob ships

    to cap: to put a limit on
    Our bonus is capped to 10 months max

    accordingly (adv) : in a way that is appropriate to the situation
    If covid 19 kills more people we will have to react accordingly.

    pavilion (n) 亭子
    There is a small pavilion in the garden

    to enter: to move inside
    I entered the room while she was giving a speech

    Grammar

    according to X: from X’s opinion
    According to Trump the virus is already over.

    according to the situation : depending on the situation
    We have to hire people according to how quickly our sales increase

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    May 8, 2020

    Writing

    A nearby trip is a better choice for labor holiday according to the current situation of coronavirus spreading. Suzhou is vey close to Shanghai and well known with ancient private gardens. The old town is surrounded with the atmosphere of leisure and history. People will slow down their pace when walk on the ancient streets of SuZhou even they haven’t realized it. The building characteristics in south area are very different with northern. The buildings and gardens in suzhou are not very huge, even some of them are little bit tiny, but their layout are all very delicate. There are many designed view spots in these bulidings and almost every spot has a beatiful story. There are no skyscrapers in the main town of Suzhou considering the consisitency of city characteristics and the sustainability of city development.

    A nearby trip (a trip to a place nearby) is a better choice for the labor day holiday according to the current situation of coronavirus spreading / current spread of covid / the current covid situation. Suzhou is very close to Shanghai and well known for its ancient private gardens. The old town has an atmosphere / is full of an atmosphere / a feeling of both leisure and history. People will slow down (their pace) when (they are) walking on the ancient streets of SuZhou even they don’t realize it / without realizing. The building characteristics in the south area are very different to the north. The buildings and gardens in suzhou are not very huge, and even some of them are little bit small, but their layouts are all very delicate. There are many (specifically / specially) designed viewing spots in these buildings and almost every spot has a beautiful story. There are no skyscrapers in the main town of Suzhou considering the consistency of the city‘s characteristics and the sustainability of the city‘s development.

    Grammar

    they don’t switch it as us – they don’t switch it like us / like we do / as we do 

    I always bite my nails without realizing.

    is surrounded by

    coffee is different with tea

    with = together
    eg. I compare this with that / I compare this to that
    to = distance between
    eg. it is different to that / from that
    as = the same thing / to be sth
    eg. I am the same as you – we are both human
    eg2. I come here as your friend

    in the south of / the south area of SuZhou
    in southern SuZhou
    it is south of SuZhou

    Vocabulary

    tier 2-3 cities – cities smaller than

    obey (sounds too strong like an order) < > disobey 
    adhere (softer but still means follow and do sth according to rules) < > violate / not adhere 

    deliberately – not by accident
    eg. they deliberately did it like that = sounds like it wasn’t an accident

    they specifically did it like that / they did it for that specific reason / it was their intention to do that = a plan + reason

    the pace of life in SH is fast

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    May 6, 2020

    Vocabulary

    lipstick is the main thing that he is known for – he is most well known for lipstick

    live-streamers – person
    live-stream (n / v)
    live-streaming (vn)

    he’s a well known holder in the district of livestreamers – he’s a well known creator in the area / field / industry of livestreamers

    great firewall – need a VPN to get through

    justify – to use logic to see sth as reasonable / to explain sth

    discern – to know / understand the difference between things

    politics
    eg. you can’t talk about politics in China

    restrictions will be put on it and they will be lifted eventually

    sustainable – ke chi xu
    eg. I don’t think that is a sustainable business model

    feature – characteristic / quality / factor 
    eg. that is a dominant characteristic of Apple

    longevity / lifespan
    eg. eating vegetables and getting exercise can increase our longevity

    boom – the period of sudden growth

    peak – the top of the growth period

    consolidate – to focus and shrink sth (like a company)
    eg. we needed to consolidate our resources to ensure the company stayed profitable

    affect (v) – ying xiang
    effect (n) – ying xiang
    affection (n) – to show caring / love

    Grammar

    many informations / knowledges / datas a lot of information / data / knowledge 

    we all not sure – we are all not sure

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    April 24, 2020

    Writing

    Pets are important members in a lot of families. Some people buy pats which they favor, and some others adopt pets from charity institution.Dogs and cats are the two of most common pets, and their character are totally different.Dogs are smart and lively, they love outdoor activites. Furthermore, dogs can take some special responsibilities after having training, like security and protection, support policemen and bilnd person. Many people like to train their dogs for some certain skills,like shake hands, jump over some obstacles. cats is similiar to graceful ladies, they are indenpent,quier and clean. Most of cats hate shower and going outside. They can play with themselves and enjoy it. Actully, cats have the power of healing,people can feel peaceful with cats when experiencing sad or tough time.

    Pets are important members in a lot of families/ Pets are important parts of many families / Pets are often considered a member of the family. Some people buy pets which they favor, and some others adopt pets from charity institutions. Dogs and cats are the 2 most common pets, and their personalities are totally different.Dogs are smart and lively, and they love outdoor activities. Furthermore, dogs can take some special responsibilities after having training, like security and protection, police-dog and seeing-eye dogs / guide dogs or support dogs. Many people like to train their dogs for some certain skills, like shaking hands, or jumping over some obstacles. Cats are similar to graceful ladies, they are independent, quiet and clean. Most of cats hate showers and going outside. They can play by themselves (they play with their tails) and enjoy it. Actually, cats have the power of healing, and people can feel peaceful with cats when experiencing sad or tough times.

    Grammar

    I had a shower (n)
    I shower (v)
    showering (vn) sucks – the process
    I hate showers (n) – process + the thing
    I hate showering (vn) – the process of having a shower

    play with yourself – like play with your hair, play with your nails
    play by yourself – just you play, no one is with you

    you are one of my students = I have many students
    they are 2 of the most common = there are many common, they are just 2 out of them

    Cats are similar to graceful ladies as they are / in that they are / in being independent, quiet…

    Being independent, quiet and clean, cats are most similar to graceful ladies. 

    look something – look at something

    my home was not very higher floormy home was not on a high floor 

    live freedomlive freely 

    lost the way – he lost his way / he got lost 

    i haven’t had a cat since then (since = from the past to now) 

    Vocabulary

    track birds (follow) – hunt birds (catch)

    deliberately – gu yi de
    eg. he ran away deliberately.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    April 21, 2020

    Vocabulary

    1. cramp= when your tummy hurts after you eat and run
    ex: I have a cramp, I need to rest for half an hour.

    2. make some room= create some space
    ex: we have more people coming, let’s make some room for them.

    3. single child/ only child= 独生子女
    ex: I’m a single child, I have no siblings.

    4. sibling= 兄弟姐妹
    ex: I have two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother.

    5. live broadcast= 直播
    ex: I’m not a big fans of live broadcast.

    6. skewers= 串串🍢
    ex: I had skewers last night.
    ex: I prefer chicken skewers over lamb.

    Speaking

    at recent times, all the news about coronavirus. after a period of time, I thought a little bit boring or tired of the news of coronavirus. I pay attention to changes occurred in recent time about the business model. Because of the coronavirus, many small business or small company made some changes about their business model and sales channel. In the past month, the streaming sales is more developed than before. Not just food and clothes and makeup selling, many big things like cars and departments of seller by streaming, many restaurants didn’t offer the takeaway service before, start to launch the delivery service, because most of the people cannot to outside of their home. The revenue of the restaurant is turned to zero, they want to maintain business so they launched the delivery.

    Revised

    Recently, all the news are about coronavirus. after a period of time, I thought it was a little bit boring and tired of the news of coronavirus. I paid more attention to changes occurred recently about the business model. Because of the coronavirus, many small businesses or small companies made some changes about their business model and sales (distribution) channel. In the past months/ last month, the streaming sales has gained its popularity more than ever, is more developed than before. not just food, clothes and makeup, but also many big/pricey/ expensive things like cars and apartments. of seller by streaming, the restaurants that didn’t offer the takeaway service before had started to launch the delivery service, because most of the people cannot go out. The revenue of the restaurant is declining, they want to maintain business so they launched the delivery.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    April 18, 2020

    Grammar

    normal time – fact
    if it rains, water falls 

    future – fact
    if it rains I will be sad

    normal / now – not fact
    if I was rich, I would be happy / I would buy a house

    past – not fact
    if it rained, I would have been sad

    at = point
    in = inside / period
    on = on top / touching
    of = owned by / part of
    from = cong
    to = arrive / distance between things
    by = using / before / next to

    at school – where you are
    at work  – where you are
    in school – you’re a student – the period of your life

    the furniture’s corner the corner of the furniture 

    if you have a childrenif you have kids / if you have a child / if you have children  

    we will easy to hit the corner –  we will easily hit the corner / we will hit the corner easily 

    Writing

    There would be a lot of changes happen in our work and life if we would not have many chances to meet other people face to face in th future. We could not have face to face meeting anymore if we were not able to meet people, on-line meeting apps and softwares would become our essential tools and we would maintain the relationship with others through face time and video call. Students could not have classes in school and teachers would teach knowledges by streaming if people had to keep the social distace. We will open the video calls apps and then cheers together on screen if we want to get togehter with friends for dinner or beer.

    There would be a lot of changes in our work and life if we didn’t have many chances to meet other people face to face in the future. We could not have face to face meetings anymore if we were not able to meet people, on-line meeting apps and softwares would become our essential tools and we would maintain the relationship with others through face time and video call. Students could not have classes in school and teachers would teach knowledges by / through / using / via streaming if people had to keep the social distance / if social distancing restrictions continued. We would open / use the video calls apps and then cheers together on screen if we wanted to get together with friends for dinner or beer / or drinks.

    Vocabulary

    meeting people is fun = process of seeing people face to face
    I had a meeting = conference

    I teach = I give knowledge to others

    the use method should be same – the usage should be the same

    interchangeably
    eg. you can use the words cup and glass interchangeably = you can choose whichever one you want, the meaning is the same

    cramped < > spacious
    eg. my home is really cramped

    room = fang jian
    room = space
    eg. we have many rooms but not much room

    needle / pin – zhen
    eg. I stepped on a pin

    one child policy – the policy in China that says people can only have 1 kid

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    April 17, 2020

    Your Original Email


    We are in a time of information explosion. There are so many sources that we can get all kinds of information. We can search some basic information like weather,some useful information like the features of a certain production,and even some professional information of science and medicine. Furthermore,apps which you have dowloaded send the lastest information automatically. People always feel confused when facing so many information. How to use/reference these informations correctly is a significant subject. Especially when people make some important decision according to the information which is searched on internet. For example,medical diagnosis is a very professional and serious thing. It is not cautious that diagnos self or get some therapies base on the web search results.

    Your Edited Email


    We are in a time of an information explosion and there are / explosion, with so many sources that we can get all kinds of information from. We can search for some basic information like the weather,some useful information like the features of a certain production,and even some professional information of science and medicine. Furthermore,apps which you have downloaded send the latest information automatically. People always / often feel confused when facing so much information. How to use/reference this information correctly is a significant subject / is key. Especially when people make some important decisions according to the information which is found online. For example,medical diagnosis is a very professional and serious thing and I believe that it is irresponsible and potentially dangerous to diagnose yourself or get some therapies or advice based on the web search results.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    April 15, 2020

    Next Class Focus

    think about predict and expect – difference? (talk about look forward to also)

    Homework

    If we were not longer able to meet other people face to face, what kind of changes do you think would happen in the way we live our lives? Focus on would / could – or think of your own topic. – talk about the future and our lives now.

    Vocabulary

    some papers were lost some documents / files / pieces of paper 

    plural – more than 1 (+s)
    eg. dogs is the plural of dog

    register (v) / registration (n)

    we didn’t see it coming / predict
    eg. we didn’t see the problem coming so we had lots of issues as a result / we didn’t predict it

    courier / express delivery
    eg. we couriered it to my client / we sent it by express delivery

    if there are a lot of files, you need to record. = there aren’t so many files that you need to record. 

    i don’t want to setup so complicated a system. 

    I’m not that good a teacher / I’m not a teacher who is so good

    effort – put effort in / make effort
    eg. Please make some effort = please try
    eg2. put some / a lot effort in = the amount you try

    It is reckless / ill-advised to self-diagnose or get some therapies based on the web search results.

    logistic / logistical – the method, process, coordination etc of any action
    eg. having a wedding is a logistical nightmare
    eg2. it is a supply chain manager’s job to work out the logistics of shipping etc…
    logic – a way of thinking that connects events with reason

    Grammar

    the something I received is not the something they sentwhat I received is not what they sent

    there isn’t so many files need you to record it. – there aren’t so many files that / which need to be recorded

    what – the thing

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    April 10, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    reviewed email service and went through all mistakes in detail.

    Vocabulary

    the way to office will cost much timegoing to work (commuting) will take a long (a lot of) time 

    many / much / a lot
    I have many friends / I have so many friends
    I have much money / I have a lot of money / I have so much money

    take / spend / cost
    it costs money
    I spend money
    it takes time
    I spend time

    on the way 
    eg. What are you doing? I’m on the way to work / I’m going to work
    eg2. Where are you? I’m on the way to work, near the cafe

    effectiveness = effective
    efficiency = efficient

    ASAP
    as possible as I can 
    It’s possible that I will drink coffee = I could drink coffee
    I try to avoid to check the dictionary as much as I can

    as ___ as possible
    as ___ as I can
    as ___ you want
    as ___ as they desire

    this is the same as that

    tiring / tired
    boring / bored
    annoying / annoyed
    frustrating / frustrated
    stressful / stressed

    I am happy / I may be happy / Maybe I am happy
    I won’t be happy (definitely not) I may be happy (uncertain) / I will be happy (definite)

    I am at work = place
    I am working = verb
    this is my work = things you do
    eg. I go to work, to work on my work

    teaching is my job = responsibility
    I got a new job = position
    my boss gave me a job to do = specific project / task

    you did a good job
    you did good work

    I can’t / I’m unable / I’m not able / I don’t have the ability

    keep the peace = make sure everyone is not fighting / angry
    stay peaceful / stay calm = be happy, relaxed

    could = can + if or past
    I can do it
    I could do it (past)
    I could buy a house if I was rich (future / now – if)

    would = will + if (past)
    I will do it
    I would do it (past) – used to do
    I would buy a house if I was rich (future / now – if)

    2 verbs – to in the middle or an “ing” verb

    gym / exercise / work out
    eg. I’m at the gym. I’m exercising / working out at the gym.
    eg2. I go to the gym 3 times a week = I exercise at a place called a gym 3 times a week

    I go to the park

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    April 8, 2020

    Your Original Email


    All the people are looking forward to having a job which could lead to the strength of ability and the feeling of happiness. But, jobs are hard to meet both of these two expectations at same time. People are always feel stressful in daily work. The stress is may from a tough target, a mistake in job or a terrible relationship with someone. Pressure makes people hard to fall asleep, unable to enjoy food, can’t keep peace/stay calm and feel depression. People couldn’t avoid face pressure in life and couldn’t let stress ruin daily life. How to face and release pressure properly is a very important project for each person. To watch some funny shows, do some gyms or get a good sleep are all helpful advices. However, I still haven’t found an efficient way to deal with pressure quickly.

    Your Edited Email


    Everyone looks forward to having a job which could lead to the strength of ability (you mean “learning / self improvement”?) and a feeling of happiness. But, it is difficult for jobs to meet both of these two expectations / criteria at the same time. People are always feel stressful in their daily work. The stress may come from tough targets / strict targets, a mistake at work or a terrible / negative relationship with someone / a colleague. Pressure makes people hard to fall asleep, unable to enjoy food, can’t keep peace/stay calm and feel depression. People can’t avoid facing pressure in life and can’t let stress ruin daily life. How to face and release pressure properly is a very important project for each person. To watch some funny shows, do some exercise or get a good night sleep are all helpful pieces of advice. However, I still haven’t found an efficient way to deal with pressure quickly.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    April 7, 2020

    Next Class Focus

    payroll is the responsibility of ….. – start with active then passive once the subject is known / introduced

    don’t use passive unless the subject is already known 

    Grammar

    very amazing / incredible / fantastic

    the reason of shanghai become the so big city – the reason that / why Shanghai became such a big city / so that’s the reason for shanghai becoming such a big city.

    compared to / with the other cities, Shanghai is really…

    we have few chance to go outside – we don’t have many chances to go out
    i have little money – I don’t have much money

    suddenly no one to buy cars – suddenly there is no one (who wants) to buy a car

    get the feedback timelyquickly / in time 
    eg. you should reply in a timely manner

    Vocabulary

    until now 
    eg. recently it has been really cold… until today.
    so far / as of now / as yet / now 
    eg. so far the problems still haven’t been fixed

    overhaul – totally change a system / process
    eg. I think we need to overhaul the whole system at work so everything is more efficient

    it’s separately fairlyit’s split evenly 

    I took 4 seasons being split evenly for granted = I thought it was normal so I didn’t really appreciate it

    french concession

    distinct – very different / unique

    outlook – your attitude towards the future
    outer appearance – what it looks like on the outside

    tablet – the block of writing outside the building

    Pronunciation

    automobile – mo beel
    mobile – mo bai yel

    now – naaaoooo

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) (S)

    April 2, 2020

    Next Class Focus

    Use the active voice to make your sentences easier to follow.

    Speaking

    Very busy today and the project does not go smoothly.

    the deliver date and the quality of the products and the service for the equipments. all these factors cannot be aligned with our demand or the contract. It will have some issues.
    I think the maintain of the lines is not timely.

    in past 2 months many people cannot go to the hospital to see the doctor. It will deteriorate the situation of their health.
    And the hospitals closed many departments.

    Many older people will be nervous if they can’t go to hospital when they need it.

    When we were all at home in the past 2 months we do not worry about the virus much because we stay at home all the time and do not go outside but at the first day when I came back to work I have a little bit worry about the virus because I have not out of my home or go to the public transportation for a month.
    And all the news are about the terrible virus after a week I felt the situation is really better than before and we have to work and get the public transportations as before so I am not worried about that anymore.

    each people you meet on the way …
    they feel uncomfortable.

    Many businesses will be forced to change under this situation. I think many entrepreneurs will take a deep considering about how to change the format of their business.

    The whole business during these days is the take away or express. And it is already very developed in China and because of the virus it get a higher level.
    Many stores / factories started selling products through media

    in February it is nearly be cut to 0.
    They hope after the virus ending they can come back to the physical stores and buy their cars.

    Boost the economy should be a proper plan. it should not be too aggressive. the aggressive policy will lead to many unexpected problems in the future.

    at the peak of the epidemic ,  the delivery are in a no touching mood.
    Every community at the entry door of the community will have a place. all the delivery goods will be put in this place and the delivery people won’t take the goods you bought to your home.

    we all orders and the markets did not expect the situation, during normal spring festival there aren’t so many people in the city.
    The supermarkets did not prepare so many food for so many people.

    the stock is at a low level and the demand of feedback of parts, the time requirement is very higher. even in 1h/2h.
    They will set up the inventory nearby the automobile factory.


    Very busy today and the project does not go smoothly.

    the delivery date and the quality of the products and the service for the equipments. all these factors cannot be aligned with our demand or the contract

    There are issues with the delivery date / quality / service . they do not match / meet our expectations / standards / the contract

    I think the maintenance of the lines is not timely. / the maintenance may not be done as usual

    in the past 2 months many people could not  go to the hospital to see the doctor. their health will deteriorate  / get worse

    And the hospitals closed many departments.

    Many older people / seniors  will be nervous if they can’t go to hospital when they need it.

    When we were all at home in the past 2 months we did not worry about the virus much because we stayed at home all the time and did not go outside but on the first day when I went back to work I was a little worried about the virus because I did not go out  / I didn’t leave my home and didn’t take the public transportation for a month.

    And all the news are about the terrible virus after a week I felt the situation was really better than before and we have to work and take the public transportations as before so I am not worried about that anymore.

    each person you meet on the way … / all the people you meet …
    they feel uncomfortable.

    Many businesses will be forced to change under this situation. I think many entrepreneurs will take a deep look at how to change the format of their business.

    The whole business during these days is the take away or express / take away benefited from the situation / take away is all the rage at the moment . And it is already very developed in China and because of the virus developed even more / reach yet another level.

    Many stores / factories started selling products through media

    in February it was nearly be cut to 0. / in Feb activity was close to 0.
    They hope after the virus ends they can come back to the physical stores and buy their cars.

    Boosting the economy should follow a proper plan. it should not be too aggressive. An aggressive policy will lead to many unexpected problems in the future.

    At the peak of the epidemic ,  deliver people tried to avoid contact with the population.
    They were not allowed to enter communities and had to leave parcels at the door.

    supermarkets didn’t expect such a high demand because normally during the spring festival many people are out of SH.

    The supermarkets did not prepare so much food for so many people. / supply was too low and demand was too high.

    the stock is at a low level and the demand of feedback of parts, the time requirement is very high . even in 1h/2h. / the stock is kept at a minimum / minimized so feedback to suppliers is time sensitive. Usually parts are delivery within 1h
    They will set up the inventory near the automobile factory.

    Vocabulary

    panic buying : when people panic and try to stock up on essentials
    panic buying was hard to deal with for supermarkets

    toilet paper
    It was hard to buy toilet paper

    be all the rage : be popular
    take away is all the rage right now

    parcel (n) : package
    I sent a parcel to the BJ Office

    livestream : video broadcasted live on the internet
    People watched a livestream of the product release

    to maintain (v)
    We need to maintain order

    maintenance (n)
    The machine broke because maintenance was not done properly.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 31, 2020

    Homework

    Use some of the vocabulary from today in some writing. Write something like a story and try to use the words.

    Use the words from today + last class or 2 + when you write, focus on not making the same mistakes as you did recently

    Vocabulary

    put into action / implement / execute 

    I am used to doing / sth
    eg. I am used to living in China / I am used to Chinese food
    I am looking forward to doing / sth
    eg. I am looking forward to traveling next year / I am looking forward to class tomorrow

    The government sets the laws and people act accordingly = people act by looking and following the law

    According to this cup the cafe started in 2018 = looking at this cup and following the text, we can see …

    I’m on board = I support, agree, join
    eg. I’m on board with Carol’s plan

    on board = original meaning was to join a captain on a ship and support him

    While I am having class, you are listening to music = present continuous verb
    Having class is fun / I like having class = verb noun
    Coffee is good / I like coffee 

    Grammar

    when I listened to the communication

    Pronunciation

    around – think “now” pronunciation

    around – say the “ow” and put the “nd” AFTER the word is finished

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    March 31, 2020

    Your Original Email


    Since the coronavirous spreading, many people have to work at home. It is not easy to focus on work when children are around. Furthermore, the relaxed enviroment in home is another factor that peope is hard to fully concentrate on job. According to the current situation, maybe homebase will continue for a while. There are some tips are helpful for raising homeoffice efficiency. Setting target for a certain priod time is definitely useful, such as i have to finish this report in 3 hours. It is another helpful method to leaving self in a quite and indenpent space, turn off TV, remove headphone and close the door. One more advice, clean things which are not related with work, like snacks and magazines.

    Your Edited Email


    Since the corona virus has spread, many people have to work at / from home. It is not easy to focus on work when children are around. Furthermore, the relaxed environment at home is another factor that makes it hard for people to fully concentrate on their work / their jobs. According to the current situation, maybe working from home will continue for a while. There are some tips that / which are helpful for raising home-office / work from home / home-working efficiency. Setting targets for a certain period of time is definitely useful, such as “i have to finish this report in 3 hours”. It is another helpful method to leave yourself in a quiet and independent (what do u mean?) space, turn off the TV, remove headphones and close the door. One more piece of advice, clean things which are not related to work, like snacks and magazines.

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    March 29, 2020

    Your Original Email


    Live broadcasting becomes a hot topic in these days. At the beginning of live apps launching,people just shares interesting things,views,delicious foods and other things in daily life through live apps. As these live apps become more and more popular,web celebrity appears gradually. They may become famous for cooking,fashion sense and other special skills,and may also be famous for singing and performance,which are totally different with tradditional stars. Selling and promoting things become a trend in recent. It brings a more visualized shopping experience.

    Your Edited Email


    Live broadcasting has become a hot topic in these days. At the beginning when the live apps launched,people just shared interesting things,views,delicious foods and other things in their daily lives through these live apps. As these live apps become more and more popular,web celebrities appear gradually. They may become famous for cooking,fashion sense or other special skills,and may also become famous for singing and performance,which are totally different to traditional stars. Selling and promoting things has become a trend in recent times which has brought a more visualized shopping experience to consumers all over China.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 27, 2020

    Homework

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXVk37bltHxD1rDPwtNM8Q

    Vocabulary

    technical specifications = specs

    consequence effect on your life / the way it effects your life 

    I was on board with – to agree

    hold the product in your hands – interact with / engage with / use it
    eg. they want to tell you how it will effect your life and how you will feel when you interact with the product

    technically minded / computer savvy / computer literate – sb who is into IT stuff / technology
    eg. some people aren’t very technically minded

    can / could – would be able to / would have the ability to do 

    chronic – lasting for a long time
    eg. I have a chronic cough
    chronology – based on time
    chronicle – to measure the time / series

    survival of the fittest – the idea that nature chooses who passes on each animals’ genes

    mutation / mutate – change of DNA
    mutant – you have DNA that has mutated

    X-Men are mutants

    row – left to right
    column – up to down

    Grammar

    similar like – this is similar to that / this is like that

    after I finishingafter finishing / after I finish(ed) 

    I have sawI have seen 

    the body of people people’s bodies 

    Pronunciation

    now – naaaoooo

    publisher – pub lish sher

    simplified – sim pli faiidd

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    March 27, 2020

    Your Original Email


    Poetry seems like not very useful in modern life. People is used to express their meaning in more efficient and simplier way according to the quite fast pace of daily life. However,poetry is a significant part of literary. In ancient China,writing beautiful poetry is an essential skill for people who is well educated. Actually,there are many amazing poems of ancient china were kept to now,and children‘s first class about language is start from poetry. The expression way of poetry is very delicate and simple,you could learn some feelings of writers,furthermore,you could image the scenes of poetry at that time and get the feeling of yourself.

    Your Edited Email


    Poetry seems like not very useful in modern life. People are used to expressing their meaning in more efficient and simpler ways due to / as a result of the quite fast pace of daily life / our daily lives. However,poetry is a significant part of our literary history. In ancient China,writing beautiful poetry was an essential skill for people who were well educated. Actually,there are many amazing poems from ancient china which have been kept to now,and children‘s first class about language is starts from poetry. The expression way of poetry / the way poetry is expressed is very delicate and simple,and you can even learn some feelings of the writers / some of the writers’ feelings from their poetry / from the way they write,furthermore,you can imagine the scenes of poetry at that time and learn something about you feel. 

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    March 25, 2020

    Your Original Email


    American soap operas were shown up in China since 40 years ago. That is a age without many types of tv shows,and also is a age which people has few channel to know something out of China. The American soap operas have became a popular and fashion topics around young guys,and it is a direct way that people could get information of western world which is totally different with ours. After that,with the promotion of globalization,more English soap operas were introduced in china,more things about daily life of western world were revealed in front of young people in China,it even led the studying abroad boom in 1980s. As the rapid development of tech in these days,people could get various TV shows and soap operas of other countries easily. It is a great channel to learn the language, culture and history of other countries.

    Your Edited Email


    American soap operas showed up in China since 40 years ago, which was an age without many types of tv shows,and also was an age during which people had few channels / ways to learn about things from outside China / from overseas. The American soap operas have become a popular and fashionable topics around / for young guys / young people / for the youth,and it is a direct way that people can get information about the / from the western world which is totally different from / to ours. After that,with the promotion / advancement of globalization,more English soap operas were introduced in china,with more things about daily life in the western world being revealed in front of / revealed to young people in China,it even led to the study abroad boom in the 1980s. With the rapid development of tech in these days,people are able to get various TV shows and soap operas of other countries easily. It is a great channel to learn the language, culture and history of other countries.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Tibo) (S / W)

    March 24, 2020

    Speaking

    I have never took your class before -> I have never taken your class before

    I studied here since about end of November of last year and my purpose is not for something exactly a job position. I thought English should be necessary skill for me and my problem is reading maybe ok and listening is not bad but my problem is about the speaking and the writing. So I thought the input is not bad but the output is not so good.
    Most of time when I saw some vocabulary and some sentences from English news or native speakers I thought the words using or sentence structure is very good but when I speak something or write something by myself it is hard to use vocabulary or structure in higher level.
    and Chinglish is another problem.
    movies and some stories of history.I not mean the year or what happened in some years. not just the dates I like history stories with people.

    in china get married is different with foreign countries. I have to get the record in the government and in the last 2 months the government office for weddings  / registration office for weddings was turned off . You can take a wedding on church or other places but it is just a ceremony for the couple it is not official.

    The registration in government is necessary but the ceremony has no meaning in law.

    ———

    I have never taken your class before

    I studied here since the end of last November and my purpose is not to study English for work / I don’t aim to improve my English for work.

    I thought English should be a necessary skill for me. I am relatively strong in reading and listening but I have problems with speaking and writing.

    So I thought the input is not bad but the output is not so good. / the output is slightly lacking.
    Most of time when I saw some vocabulary and some sentences from English news or native speakers I thought the words used / they are using or sentence structure is very good but it is hard for me to do that .

    When I say something or write something by myself / on my own / independently it is hard to use vocabulary or structure of a higher level.

    Chinglish is another problem.
    I am interested in movies and some stories about history / historical stories.
    I don’t mean what happened at a certain date but instead  the life of real people in history. I like biographies

    getting married in China is different with foreign countries. You have to register the wedding in the government office and in the last 2 months the government office for weddings  / registration office for weddings was closed. You can hold a wedding at the church or other places but it is just a ceremony for the couple it is not official / it has no legal meaning  / no legal ground / it is not recognized officially.

    Writing

    American soap operas were shown up in China since 40 years ago. That is a age without many types of tv shows,and also is a age which people has few channel to know something out of China. The American soap operas have became a popular and fashion topics around young guys,and it is a direct way that people could get information of western world which is totally different with ours. After that,with the promotion of globalization,more English soap operas were introduced in china,more things about daily life of western world were revealed in front of young people in China,it even led the studying abroad boom in 1980s. As the rapid development of tech in these days,people could get various TV shows and soap operas of other countries easily. It is a great channel to learn the language, culture and history of other countries.

    American soap operas were shown up in China for 40 years  / since the 1980s.
    at that time we didn’t have many types of tv shows,and then people (only) had few channels to know about the rest of the world / to discover other countries.
    The American soap operas became popular and fashionable topics for / among  young guys / youngsters / young people.
    This way people could directly get information about the western world which is totally different with ours.  / about the very different western world

    After that, with the development / advance/ increase/ progress of globalization,more English soap operas were introduced in China,more things about daily life of western world were revealed to young people in China / to Chinese youngsters.
    It even led to the studying abroad boom in the 1980s.

    because of the / due to the rapid development of tech in these days / as tech developed rapidly people got access to …., people could get various foreign TV shows and soap operas easily. It is a great way to learn the language, culture and history of other countries.

    Vocabulary

    record (n)  : proof of something which happened / written document
    we lost the bank record for last year.

    to record : put something in a format which will continue with time
    I recorded his wedding on my iPhone

    to lead : to manage / be the leader of
    XJP is leading the virus management team

    to lead to : consequence / make something happen
    The virus outbreak led to the drop of the stock exchange

    to promote : actively try to make something more popular through marketing
    China is promoting Chinese medicine as a way to deal with Covid 19.

    biography : life of someone written by someone else
    I read the biography of Thomas Edison

    autobiography : life of someone written by the protagonist
    I am writing my autobiography because I am sure I will become very rich and famous hahahahahaha.

    protagonist (n) : main character
    Superman is the main protagonist in the superhero movie.

    Israeli : people from Israel

    Grammar

    speak
    He finally spoke

    speak to
    I spoke to John

    say something
    I said something to the teacher

    tell someone something
    I told John that my English was great

    turn on/off : for electronic / electric devices
    I turned off the TV.
    turn on the computer.

    the store was opened / closed.


    ago –
    to measure time before the present
    I moved to china 6 years ago

    since – express something which has lasted since a specific point in time
    I have been living in China since 2014

    for – express a duration
    I have been living in China for 6 years

    in 1980
    in the 1980s

    as to talk about related things evolving / comparison
    as he got older he became more handsome.
    He is not as tall as Tom

    Pronunciation

    scale

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 20, 2020

    Homework

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4 – try watching this so we can discuss

    Today we focused on:

    immediate correction exercise, focusing on grammar self correction + vocabulary upgrade

    Vocabulary

    take time – require / time consuming
    eg. it is very time consuming

    suit / match / fit / look good together 

    because – as / since / due to the fact that 

    nowadays – these days 

    so – which means that / therefore 

    it has / there are 

    about – regarding / on the subject of 

    website / online / on the internet 

    swipe – liu lan / shua
    eg. I swiped the card / I swiped down on the phone

    scroll – to go down or up on a website / app
    eg. I scroll down the page

    maybe – it’s possible that / there’s a chance that 

    I think – I feel / I believe / in my opinion / from my point of view 

    I guess / I suppose / I assume 

    all the people – everyone  / everybody 

    they should – it’s important that 

    Grammar

    to have the ability to do 

    if I don’t thinking a lot – if I don’t think a lot

    i read – read (red)

    most timesmost of the time 

    how to say how do you say? 

    prefer to buy / prefer buying 

    so many clothes on the wall, i will feel confused.if there are so many clothes on the wall, I will feel confused 

    Pronunciation

    clothes – clothes – put “thhh zzz” together… don’t say “thez”  

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 17, 2020

    Vocabulary

    march – to walk with a purpose (either army or to protest)

    preface – to give an introduction to help understand of the following

    posterity – people living in the future / the future

    the white american population enslaved them – to make them become your slave

    memorial / commemorate 
    eg. the temple commemorates the fallen soldiers

    congress (senate) / house of representatives 

    civilians / civil – related to people of society
    eg. this is a civil meeting – treat others like they’re human
    eg2. I’m a civilian

    turned into – one thing changes itself to become different
    eg. a caterpillar turns into a butterfly
    become – maybe the same as turn into / maybe one thing becomes sth else
    eg. I will become a doctor in the future (I was a teacher and then I was a doctor)

    carve – to cut sth to create sth within it (maybe art)
    eg. I carved my name into the table with a knife
    eg2. I carved a piece of chicken from the chicken

    you are very bold – you’re confident / daring / strong
    I make the word bold – make it more black

    the no translator onethe one without subtitles / the untranslated one 

    overdubbed / dubbed – a tv show or movie with a voice actor
    eg. I don’t like movies that are dubbed / overdubbed in Chinese

    blazed – related to fire moving quickly / being really strong
    eg. the virus blazed its way through WuHan

    pave the way – create opportunity
    eg. my education paved the way for my career

    pave – to lay a road
    eg. the government paved the roads so the old dirt roads turned into paved roads

    road / street / avenue / way / lane – basically the same

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    March 13, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    did some simple IELTS questions for speaking topics and discussed gerunds (verb nouns)

    Vocabulary

    it isn’t like that? no it isn’t 

    I speak English well (adv) / My English is good (adj)

    well (adj)
    eg. I am well = I’m not sick

    she’s English is very well – her English is very good 

    budget airline – cheap airline like spring + jet start

    spacious – more space / room

    economy class – the lowest level class on a flight

    spring airlines – quan qiu

    premium economy – higher level economy

    flight attendant – fei ji fu wu

    Grammar

    shoes are good for running 
    running is good for your health  

    I like coffee
    I like drinking / running
    I like to drink / run

    Speaking

    i think a little bit noise and not very louder is ok for me to sleep and if i open the TV and some series or some entertainment shows or even advertising in the TV, it’s easy for me to feel relaxed so I think it is an environment for sleeping. Some people when the TV is ongoing people will sleep unawareness and if somebody turn off the suddenly people will woke up. It’s not deep sleep so people will wake up when the TV be turned off suddenly and because the sound of the environment is shut down suddenly.

    i think a little bit of noise and not very loud is ok for me to sleep / is ok for sleeping and if i turn on the TV and some series or some entertainment or even advertising on the TV, it’s easy for me to feel relaxed so I think it is an environment for sleeping. Some people when the TV is ongoing people will sleep without realising / suddenly fall asleep and if somebody turns it off the suddenly people will wake up. It’s not deep sleep so people will wake up when the TV is turned off suddenly and because the sound of the environment changes suddenly.

    I think sleeping in an environment with a little noise but not too loud is OK for me.

    to be turned off by a person is common for a TV

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 11, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    Caught up on corona virus stuff, and discussed using a history / science etc book to study at home

    Homework

    Read the 3 articles and write down the words you don’t know – if you want to summarize the topic and main points in some writing, we can review next class.

    Grammar

    my perspective of English is not just for…

    it is not so popular as this yearnot as popular as this year / it’s not so popular
    eg. Last year it had 10000000 fans. This year, it’s not so popular.
    eg2. Last year it had 10000000 fans. This year it’s not as popular as then.

    most of people – most of the people in China / most people

    informationsinformation 

    it spread to more widely / it spread wider

    the government let most of companies to make employees to stay at home – the government made most companies to let employees (to) stay at home

    they are private owner privately owned 

    we should started in February – we should have started in February

    Vocabulary

    syllable = a part of a word that is pronounced separately
    eg. quarantine = 3 syllables, quar, ren, teen

    sars broke out

    block all people at homequarantine / block (prevent / stop) people from leaving their homes 

    we can cut the spread / reduce the spread – make it less
    we can stop the spread / halt – make it nothing

    in countriesin the countryside / in the country 

    get in / get out – action / casual
    eg. get in the car / get out of the room
    enter / leave – standard / formal way to say jin qu / chu qu
    eg. I entered the country with a passport

    contagious – to be able to give a sickness to someone else
    eg. the corona virus is highly contagious / very contagious
    eg2. headaches are not contagious at all

    residential district – jie dao

    refund your money – give all your money back
    eg. they will give you a complete refund

    if you can’t travel as you planned – as per your plan

    Pronunciation

    no / now (naaaooooo)

    nation – nayyyy shen
    council – caaaoon sel
    trail – traaaeeeeell
    home / cone – oooouuu (move more)

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  • VIP Class Notes (Cynthia)

    January 8, 2020

    Grammar

    She suffered on the cultural revolution – She suffered during the cultural revolution.

    Products for white skin – Products for skin whitening.

    Vocabulary

    Subjective – 主观
    E.g – The topic is too subjective for my liking.

    Foot Binding – The custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape and size of their feet.
    E.g – My great grandmother had to suffer from the foot binding experience.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)

    January 6, 2020

    Vocabulary

    insultingly (adv): in a way that is a rude or offensive:
    E.g.: She insultingly ignored me and walked on.
    E.g.: The questions were insultingly easy.

    overcrowded (adj): containing too many people or things
    过分拥挤的;拥挤不堪的
    E.g.: overcrowded cities/prisons/schools
    拥挤不堪的城市/监狱/学校
    E.g.: The world market for telecommunications is already overcrowded with businesses.
    世界电信市场已经有过多的企业充斥其间。

    the sights-places of interest, especially to visitors
    名胜;景点
    E.g.: We spent a week in Rome looking at all the sights.
    我们在罗马玩儿了一个星期,参观了所有的名胜。

    sightseeing (n): the activity of visiting interesting places, especially by people on holiday
    观光,游览
    E.g.: We did some sightseeing in Paris.
    我们在巴黎小小游览了一番。
    E.g.: There was no time to go sightseeing in Seattle.
    没有时间在西雅图观光游览了。

    souvenir (n): something you buy or keep to help you remember a holiday or special event
    纪念品;纪念物
    E.g.: He bought a model of a red London bus as a souvenir of his trip to London.
    他买了一个红色的伦敦公共汽车模型,作为他伦敦之行的纪念。
    E.g.: We brought back a few souvenirs from our holiday in Mexico.
    我们从墨西哥度假回来时买了一些纪念品。

    chronic (adj): (especially of a disease or something bad) continuing for a long time
    (尤指疾病或不好的事物)慢性的,长期的
    E.g.: chronic diseases/conditions
    慢性病
    E.g.: chronic arthritis/pain
    慢性关节炎/长期的疼痛
    E.g.: a chronic invalid
    长期病号
    E.g.: There is a chronic shortage of teachers.
    教师长期短缺。

    prescription (n): a piece of paper on which a doctor writes the details of the medicine or drugs that someone needs
    处方,药方;处方上开的药
    E.g.: a doctor’s prescription
    医生的处方
    E.g.: a prescription for sedatives
    镇静剂的处方
    E.g.: The doctor should give you a repeat prescription (= another piece of paper allowing more of the same medicine to be given, often without the person seeing the doctor again).
    医生应该给你开个重复处方。
    E.g.: These drugs are only available on prescription (= with a prescription from a doctor).
    这些药只能凭处方购买。

    if someone gives you many works a lot of work

    in Northern China

    in the North of China

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[W]

    December 20, 2019

    太阳帝国 Empire of the Sun

    https://v.qq.com/x/cover/ypz3n53uz57irnk.html

    Writing

    There are many tips about learning foreign languages quickly on the internet, and most of the tips come with marvelous stories. Though some people do have excellent memory and language talent,practice is the only shortcut of language learning. Sometimes it is a little boring to learn foreign languages,but meanwhile,its very interesting and meaningful. The process of learning languages is also the process of knowing the people who use it. There are many features of history and culture that are reflected in language.

    There are many tips about learning foreign languages quickly on the internet, and most of the tips come with marvellous stories. Though some people do have excellent memory and language talent,practice is the only shortcut/way of language learning. Sometimes it is a little boring to learn foreign languages,but meanwhile,its very interesting and meaningful. The process of learning languages is also the process of knowing/starting to know the people who use it. There are many features of history and culture that are reflected in language.

    Vocabulary

    podcast (n):播客(一种类似于广播节目的音频文件,可下载到计算机或MP3播放器收听)
    A podcast is an audio file similar to a radio broadcast, that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or MP3 player.
    E.g.: … an online store offering tens of thousands of podcasts.提供了成千上万播客文件的网店

    encyclopedia-百科全书

    antonym (n): a word that means the opposite of another word
    反义词
    E.g.: Two antonyms of “light” are “dark” and “heavy”.
    light 的两个反义词是 dark 和 heavy。

    intricate (adj): having a lot of small parts or details that are arranged in a complicated way and are therefore sometimes difficult to understand, solve, or produce
    错综复杂的;复杂精细的;难理解的;难解决的
    E.g.: The watch mechanism is extremely intricate and very difficult to repair.
    手表的机械结构非常复杂精细,很难修理。

    simplify (v): to make something less complicated and therefore easier to do or understand
    使简化;使简易
    E.g.: the new simplified tax system
    简化后的新税制
    E.g.: He tried to simplify the story for the younger audience.
    在讲给年龄较小的听众听时,他尽可能地简化这个故事。
    E.g.: Traditional Chinese- Simplified Chinese

    historical figure-历史人物

    father figure (n):父亲般的人;(像父亲一样的)长者
    If you describe someone as a father figure, you mean that you feel able to turn to that person for advice and support in the same way that you might turn to your father.
    E.g.: She believed her daughter needed a father-figure...
    她认为女儿需要一个父亲一样的人。

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    December 18, 2019

    Your Original Email


    I think most people like travelling and each person has a way of travelling which he/she likes. Some people like to enjoy their relaxed moments in the trips. On my opinion,the meaning of travelling is not only enjoy amazing views and relaxing, but also is a chance to know stories about other people and happen in other places. Regarding the stories which you know during travelling,you will have some inspiration and energy for live.

    Your Edited Email


    I think most people like travelling and each person has a way of travelling which he/she likes / prefers. Some people like to enjoy their relaxing moments during trips. In my opinion,the meaning of travelling is not only to enjoy amazing views and relax, but also it is a chance to hear stories about other people and happenings in other places. Regarding the stories which / that you hear / learn of during travelling,you will have the chance to get some / you will be able to get some inspiration and energy for life.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Ally)

    December 17, 2019

    Homework

    Read a piece of news that interests you and write your thoughts about it.

    Vocabulary

    Practice makes perfect: With enough practice, you will succeed.
    ie. Carol will continue to read and speak English whenever she can because she believes that practice makes perfect.

    synonyms: tong yi ci
    ie. There are many synonyms for the word “good”.

    lurk: hiding in a dark place
    ie. A stranger is lurking in the dark.

    Grammar

    I don’t have a clear future target in any specific company. I also don’t have a clear goal or a clear plan for learning English.

    He lives in the room which I decorated.
    He lives in the room where/in which the cat died.

    The young man who graduated from Japan is my new boss.

    Reading

    It’s good to enjoy food, but sometimes stories about the dangers of eating certain things can be hard to digest. I love to tuck into a pepperoni pizza or munch on a jam doughnut, even though I know the dangers that lurk in their ingredients. It’s clear that processed foods are not the most nutritious things; but there now comes a new threat – from ultra-processed foods.

    Writing

    I think most people like traveling and they all have a way of favorite traveling that suits them/they like best. Some people like to enjoy their relaxed moments on their trips. In my opinion, the significance of traveling is not only an opportunity to (enjoying amazing views and relaxing/enjoyment and relaxation/)to enjoy and to relax, but also a chance to learn stories about other people and other places. Traveling and learning these local stories provides people with new inspirations and enthusiasm for life.

    Regarding the stories which you know during traveling, you will have some inspiration and energy for live.
    There are inspirations and enthusiasm for life from the stories which you learn during traveling.
    Traveling and learning these local stories provides people with new inspirations and enthusiasm for life.

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  • Email Service Notes (Li)

    December 15, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Taste,service and surrounding,which are the key words in your mind when you choose a restaurant. I think if a restaurant can do any of these three factors to extreme it could be a very popular one. Haidilao is a very hot restaurant brand which is famous for its service,it is a model of best service in all people’ s mind. Actually it stated as a tiny hotpot restaurant in a small city of Sichuan province,and good service is the most important feature since its beginning stage. Nowadays,Haidilao became the biggest chain hotpot restaurant brand. They offer toys and care for children,nail and hand care for women,shoes polish and board games for all customers,and you can print photoes or clean your glasses in their restaurants. All these services are free. It is available for ordering half piece dishes so that you can taste more types. Furthermore,customers can enjoy the noodle show and Sichuan opera during meals. Go to Haidilao means happiness and enjoyment and the taste is not very important any more. Recently,Haidilao has already had its restaurants in main cities of the world,such as London,New york,Singpore,Tokyo and so on.

    Your Edited Email


    Taste, service and the atmosphere, are the key points that come to your mind when you choose a restaurant. I think if a restaurant can satisfy/fulfil these three  elements then it could be a very popular one. Haidilao is a very hot/popular/well-known restaurant brand which is famous for its service. It is the representative of the best service in people’ s mind. Actually, it started as a tiny hotpot restaurant in a small city of Sichuan province, and good service is the most important feature since its beginning. Nowadays, Haidilao became the biggest hotpot chain.  They offer toys and care for children, nail and hand care for women, shoes polish and board games for all customers, and you can print photos or clean your glasses in their restaurants. All these services are free. It is available for ordering half piece dishes so that you can try more dishes. Furthermore, customers can enjoy the noodle show and Sichuan opera during meals. Go to Haidilao means happiness and enjoyment and the taste is not very important any more. Recently, Haidilao has already had its restaurants in other main cities around the world such as London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo and so on.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[W]

    December 13, 2019

    Homework

    Do some writing and focus on the grammar you learned in class today.

    Vocabulary

    Many companies organize annual party at year end. Except some professional performances,many staffs also have special shows,something like singing,dancing,playing music instruments,showing comedy. It is a special moment that staffs show their another side. More importantly,it is a only chance that staffs can see the funny moment of bosses,because the directors of annual party are always enjoy to design special funny show for bosses,and all of employees look forward to the funny moment of their bosses as well.

    Many companies organize an annual party at the year-end. Except for some professional performances, most of the staff also have special shows,something like singing,dancing,playing music instruments, comedy shows. It is a special moment during which the staff can show their other side. More importantly,it is an only chance for staff to see the funny moments/side of their bosses,because the organizers of the annual party always like to create/prepare a special funny show for bosses,and all of the employees look forward to experience funny moments with their bosses as well.

    stand-up (adj)(COMEDY)-performed by a single person telling jokes and funny stories on stage
    (喜剧)单人表演的,单口的
    E.g.: stand-up comedy
    独角喜剧
    E.g.: a stand-up comedian
    独角喜剧演员

    20th of January

    the results that they want to get achieve

    high level building  a high-rise building

    Grammar

    Who, That, Which

    Rule 1. Who and sometimes that refer to people. That and which refers to groups or things.

    Examples:
    Anya is the one who rescued the bird.
    “The Man That Got Away” is a great song with a grammatical title.

    Lokua is on the team that won first place.
    She belongs to a great organization, which specializes in saving endangered species.

    Rule 2a. That introduces what is called an essential clause (also known as a restrictive or defining clause). Essential clauses add information that is vital to the point of the sentence.

    Example: I do not trust products that claim “all natural ingredients” because this phrase can mean almost anything.
    We would not know the type of products being discussed without the that clause.

    Rule 2b. Which introduces a nonessential clause (also known as a nonrestrictive or nondefining clause), which adds supplementary information.

    Example: The product claiming “all natural ingredients”, which appeared in the Sunday newspaper, is on sale.
    The product is already identified. Therefore, which appeared in the Sunday newspaper is a nonessential clause containing additional, but not essential, information.

    Essential clauses do not have commas introducing or surrounding them, whereas nonessential clauses are introduced or surrounded by commas.

    Rule 3. If that has already appeared in a sentence, writers sometimes use which to introduce the next clause, whether it is essential or nonessential. This is done to avoid awkward formations.

    Example: That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
    This sentence is far preferable to the ungainly but technically correct That that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    December 12, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Christmas day will be soon and it becomes a popular festival nowadays in China, not only shopping malls and landmark buildings have the special events for Christmas,but also many people decorate home with Christmas decorations,even schools and companies have some Christmas activities. It is similar to Chinease New year, Christmas is very lively and happy,families get together,to do something fun and relaxing,such as exchange presents,have parties and share delicious foods. Both Christmas and Chinese New year are amazing festival which are full of wishes,hopes and energy.

    Your Edited Email


    Christmas day will be soon / is coming / is almost here. It is a popular festival nowadays in China, not only do shopping malls and landmark buildings have the special events for Christmas,but also many people decorate their homes with Christmas decorations,and even schools and companies have some Christmas activities. It is similar to Chinese New year – Christmas is very lively and happy,and families get together to do something fun and relaxing,such as exchanging presents,having parties and sharing delicious foods. Both Christmas and Chinese New year are amazing festivals and are full of wishes,hopes and energy.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    December 10, 2019

    Homework

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4 watch this video and discuss with me next class

    Today we focused on:

    Grammar

    to + do 
    tend to do
    want to do
    like to do

    I look forward to sth / doing

    advantages of e-books,such as being light, easy to carry, cheaper and so on.

    I know what you want to eat.
    It is what you can defend against.

    When I was at university, I had participated in double 11 around 5 times, but as of last Nov.,I have been involved in double 11 shopping festival 10 times.

    data
    datas

    the whole year

    10 days annual leaves – 10 days of annual leave / 10 days leave 

    most of time – billions of years
    most of the time – da bu fen shi jian
    most of the people from our company 
    most people – most of all people

    what is time? – Einstein can think about it
    what is the time? – 7:30PM

    Vocabulary

    on the way to work
    going to work
    on my trip to work

    the northern hemisphere
    northern china

    wet
    humid / humidity – hot and wet (weather / air)
    damp / dampness – a little wet (cold / normal) – 80% dry
    moist / moisture – 80% wet – very wet
    drenched / soaked – 110% wet
    eg. it is really humid in Shanghai during summer, and really damp during winter. The moisture comes from the sea.

    analogy – a story to help you understand a complex idea
    eg. douyin is like a pool, it’s easy to get in, but if you can’t swim, you can’t get out

    for / regarding / about / in terms of many advertising, we cannot figure them out… 

    in terms of money, I don’t have much.

    Pronunciation

    colleague – col leeg 

    analyse (v) – an nal LIEZ
    analysis (n) – an NAL li sis

    actual – ack chooo el

    Speaking

    actually i think there are too many advertising around us. of course we need advertising to know the new products or new service but today i think, nowadays is a time of information explosion and many advertising, we cannot figure out whether it is true and so many experts on the internet so we can’t know the truth. I think I like the advertising which sent us the feeling, the concept, not the actor data or results for you, so i like the advertising of Apple very much, i think not introduce the product directly, it’s a feeling you will have if you get the products.

    actually i think there are too many advertisement / too much advertising around us. of course we need advertising to know the new products or new service but nowadays is the age / era / time of information explosion and we cannot figure out whether many advertisements are true and there are so many experts on the internet so we can’t know the truth. I think I like the advertising which gives us the feeling, the concept, not the actual data or results for you, so i like the advertising of Apple / I like Apple’s advertising very much, i think they don’t introduce the product directly, it’s a feeling you will have / get if you get / have the products.

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  • Email Service Notes (Lily)

    December 10, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Due to kindle,pad and other electronic equipments launched,many people tend to reading in e-books than in paperbacks. There are many advantages of e-books,as light,easy to carry,cheaper and so on. But on my mind,read paperbacks is a real reading. When i read paperbacks,i have time to think and feel the opinion of authors. Of course,e-books is a reading method that makes readers feel relaxed and convenient. I like e-books well,it is perfect for quick reading and killing time on travel or work way.

    Your Edited Email


    Due to the electronic devices like kindle and Ipad, many people are more prone to reading on e-books than in paperbacks. There are many advantages of e-books, it’s light,easy to carry,cheaper and so on. However, in my mind,it’s only reading when you read paperbacks is a real reading. When i read paperbacks,i have time to think and feel the opinions/ perspectives of the authors. Of course,e-books is a convenient and relaxing reading method for readers. I like e-books as well,it is perfect for quick read and to kill time on a trip or at work.

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  • Email Service Notes (Lily)

    December 10, 2019

    Your Original Email


    It seems that the temperature of SH in winter is not very low. The temperature in winter in many places of north China is below zero,or even always lower than minus 10 degree. But most of north people feel the winter of SH is much colder than their hometown. There is a very funny claim that the winter in north is a physical attack and it is a chemical attack in SH. Physical attack is what you can defense it with more warm clothes,but chemical attack is what you cannot find a way to defense it easily. I have been to BJ several times in winter,the climate of there is very dry. I think that is the reason why winter in SH is hard to deal with for north people. When the climate is cold and wet, it makes people feel more uncomfortable.

    Your Edited Email


    It seems that the temperature of SH in winter is not very low. In many northern cities, the temperature in winter is below zero, or even always lower than minus/negative 10 degrees. But most of the northerners feel that the winter in SH is much colder than/ compared to their hometown. There is a very funny claim that the winter in the north is a physical attack whereas it is a chemical attack in SH. Physical attack is what you can defend with more warm clothes,but there isn’t an easy way to defend from a chemical attack. I have been to BJ several times in the winter,the climate of there is very dry. I think that is the reason why / that it’s difficult for Northerners to deal with the winter in SH. When the climate is cold and wet, it makes people feel more uncomfortable.

    ** humid= 潮湿的
    ex: Shanghai is very humid, BJ is very dry.

    wet= 湿的
    ex: I didn’t bring an umbrella so I’m soaking wet.

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    December 7, 2019

    Your Original Email


    People like to stay in a comfortable environment since be borned,but there is no status is always easy to handle,so keep learning is the best way to keep feeling comfortably. There is a saying that the most unstable situation is always be in a stable status. It is easy to weak our ability of learning. So,we should maintain our abilities of adapting new environment and accepting new knowledges.

    Your Edited Email


    People like to stay in a comfortable environment for their whole lives (from birth), but there is no status (you mean situation?) that is always easy to handle,so continuing to learn is the best way to keep feeling comfortable. There is a saying that the most unstable situation is always to be stable. If we do this, it is easy to weaken our ability of learning. So,we should maintain our ability of adapting new environments and accepting new things.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Lily) [S/W]

    December 7, 2019

    Homework

    do a writing using the words we learned today.

    Pronunciation

    colleague= co lee gs

    Grammar

    latest several years– >in the recent years 
    the descriptions will be really –> the descriptions will be true

    Vocabulary

    1.colleague/ co-worker= people who work with you 同事
    ex: Tibo and Nemo are my colleagues, we work together in SE.

    2. people in their 20s= 20多岁的人
    ex: My mom is in her 50s.
    ex: I’m in my 20s.

    3. early XXs
    mid XXs
    late XXs.
    ex: My mom is in her early 50s.
    ex: I am in my late 20s. 
    ex: My mom is in her late 50s. 

    4. tricked= 被骗
    ex: People will be tricked by the online advertisements.

    5. claim= 宣称 声称
    ex: many products claim that they will make you skinnier, but they all lied.

    6. outweigh= 比XX更重要 胜过
    ex: the benefits of online shopping outweigh its disadvantages.
    ex: It’s hard to look for a new job, but the opportunities outweigh the challenges.

    7. paperback= 纸面装订本
    ex: When I read, I prefer paperback because I feel like I’m actually reading.
    ex: I have lots of paperback books at home, I don’t know what to do with them.

    Speaking

    About 5 years ago, just 20 something people used to online marketing. At the starting, I think it’s about 2009, people get used to online market. At the beginning, just have a website. Due to the development of internet and the smart phone, more and more people shopping online by phone, and more and more people (retired and older people) like to use the online marketing. We can see the revenue of the Double Eleven grows rapidly year by year. This on the statistic skill development, we can check the bills  of ourselves by different types of products that I bought. Everyone seems very enjoy about the success of Double Eleven. Maybe it doesn’t matter about how many goods that you bought, it seems like whole country festival that all people were involved in it.

    Revised

    About 5 years ago, only people in their 20s were familiar with online shopping. At the beginning of 2009, more and more people got used to online shopping. We could only shop online by using the internet. Due to the rapid development of internet and the smart phone, more and more people could enjoy shopping online on their phone/ apps, and more and more people (retired and older people) like to use it as well. We can see the revenue of the Double Eleven Festival grows/ increases/ accelerates/ rapidly year by year. Due to Big Data, we can check the bills by ourselves and see the different types of products that we bought. Everyone seems to enjoy about the success/ results  of Double Eleven. It’s not about how many goods that you bought, it seems like the whole population is involved in it.

    Writing

    As of last Nov.,I had been involved in double 11 shopping festival 10 times. This is a part of the impact of internet development. The revenue of double 11 increases rapidly year by year. More and more people like to use on line shopping in daily life.

    Revised

    As of last Nov.,I have been involved in the Double 11 Shopping festival 10 times. This is due to the impact of internet development/ online marketing. The revenue of the Double 11 Festival increases rapidly year by year. More and more people like to use online shopping in their daily life.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W / S]

    December 4, 2019

    Homework

    practice had done / had been doing in your writing – remember, each word has logic (ie. I have been doing – have = now my experience, been = am is are, doing = happening now.

    Think of new ways to express words you repeat a lot.

    Today we focused on:

    focused a lot on vocabulary and reviewed recent grammar learned in class.

    Vocabulary

    TIME / MONEY
    it takes 5 minutes
    I spend 5 minutes on sth
    I spend 5 yuan on sth
    it costs 5 yuan

    clean (adj)
    cleanliness (n) / being clean
    eg. I am used to living in a clean house / i am used to my house being clean

    take sb / sth for a walk
    take sth out
    walk my dog / cat

    arrangement – plan / reorganise 

    requirement – work / things we need to do 

    subordinate < > superior 
    eg. my boss is my superior and I’m his subordinate

    a wedding ring is regarded as an important symbol of marriage and love

    Grammar

    have done – past, which time is NOT important
    did – past – the time is important

    I’m hard to use itit is hard for me to use correct words 

    detailed things

    today / tomorrow / yesterday = don’t need prepositions
    last week / next week / next month / last month = don’t need prepositions

    if there’s only that many – use the
    if you mean a specific one and the person can guess which – use the 

    Writing

    My friend Yvonne and i both like HZ very much. Autumn of HZ is amazing and we went to there last month. Actually, there are different beautiful views of four seasons in HZ . We have been there at least five times in past two years. Yvonne has moved to other country. Each time when she back to china, we will go to HZ together. We both remember the amazing snow view of west lake several year age. We have been talking about the beautiful winter views of HZ for servel days. Maybe we will go there again in next month.

    My friend Yvonne and i both like HZ very much. Autumn of / in HZ is amazing and we went to there last month. Actually, there are different beautiful views of all / the four seasons in HZ. We have been there at least five times in the past / last two years. Yvonne has moved to another country and / so each time when she comes back to china, we will go to HZ together. We both remember the amazing snow view of the west lake several year ago. We have been talking about the beautiful winter views of / in HZ for several days and maybe we will go there again in next month

    Speaking

    our department has 3 segments / parts and there are 3 supervisors under my boss and they are in charge of 3 different parts of the department and the biggest parts about 10 people under the supervisor and other 2 parts about 5 person under the supervisor so my boss will manage the department and arrange the daily work but the details things just arranged by the supervisors and they will arrange the daily work and the very detail arrangement of the work and manage the person under them. Because i know the general plan of our work, and arrange the detail things to every person. About the time requirement, the due day and the result we want to get and how to finish the work correctly, and also review the application from them and also submit the application to high level. in weeks ago we got an urgent needs of a project in beijing, the due day is very tight so we couldn’t finish the work based on routine arrangement so i had to change the arrangement of all people and i sent some parts of the project needs to another people and we had to finish all the requirements in 3 days so we reviewed the demands, all the demands together and then took the plan based on the due day and separated the works to 3 people.

    our department has 3 segments / parts and there are 3 supervisors under my boss and they are in charge of 3 different parts of the department and in the biggest parts there are about 10 people under the supervisor and in the other 2 parts there are about 5 people under the supervisor so my boss will manage the department and arrange the daily work but the details / the specifics / specific things just arranged  / organised / put together / managed / handled / dealt with / done by the supervisors and they will arrange the daily work and the very detailed arrangement of the work and manage the person under them / manage their subordinate. Because / due to the fact that / since / as i know the general plan of our work….. About / Regarding / in regards to the time requirement, the due day and the result we want to get and how to finish the work correctly, and also review the application from them and also submit the application to a higher level. In Weeks ago we got an urgent project from beijing, the due date was very tight so we couldn’t finish the work based on the routine schedule so i had to reorganise everyone / create a new plan for everyone and i sent some parts of the project needs / details to someone else and we had to finish all the requirements / work / everything in 3 days so we reviewed the all the demands together and then took the plan based on the due date and separated the works among 3 people.

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    December 4, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Cat is a very lovely animal and people like to have cats as pets or friends. Cat is a animal which is very sensitive for the environment. They like the clean environment,of course they are used to clean themselves. Cats are very gentle,friendly and independent. People don‘t company their cats all the time. Cats play with their owners happily when they get together,meanwhile,cats can enjoy the alone time with themselves. It will be ok for cats if you dont have enough time to walk them out.

    Your Edited Email


    Cats are very lovely animals and people like to have cats as pets or friends. Cats are animals which are very sensitive to the environment. They like clean environmentsand of course they are used to cleaning / being clean themselves. Cats are very gentle,friendly and independent. People don‘t accompany / spend time with / stay with their cats all the time. Cats play with their owners happily when they get together,meanwhile,cats can enjoy the alone time with / by themselves. It is ok for cats if you dont have enough time to take them out for walks / to go for walks with them.

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    November 30, 2019

    Next Class Focus

    review verb-nouns (dong ming ci) and how to use them

    Your Original Email


    Meals are very important in daily life of chinese culture. Not only about what to eat,but also about where to eat and with whom. When people meet, did you eat the meal means hello or how are you. The efficiency of communication is very high if it is taken with a meal. For businessman in China,have meals with customers is a very useful tool for making a deal, especially when people have some drinks with meals . In addition to have some activities about the same hobbies,take meals together is another important activity of friends gathering.

    Your Edited Email


    Meals are a very important part of daily life in chinese culture. Not only about what to eat,but also about where to eat and with whom. When people meet, “have you eaten?” means hello or how are you. The efficiency of communication is very high if it is taken / done with / if it is during a meal. For businessman in China,having meals with customers is a very useful tool for making deals, especially when people have some drinks with meals / have drinks at the same time. In addition to participating in leisure activities / in things like sports,having meals together is another important part of socialsing / a healthy social life.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe)

    November 27, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    We focused on the simple past tense, the present perfect tense, and the present perfect continuous tenses.

    Next Class Focus

    • Practice using the past continuous tense with the past simple tense to tell a story.
    • Practice using the past perfect continuous tense to talk about what had been happening before something else.
    • Practice using the simple present and continuous present tenses to talk about the future

    Homework

    Write about things that have happened in your life. Use all 3 tenses we practiced in today’s class. Try to use the verbs we learned (thank / thanked / thanked | pretend / pretended / pretended | sink / sank / sunk | steal / stole / stolen | spend / spent / spent )

    Did you eat dinner yesterday?

    Yes. I ate dinner yesterday

    Grammar

    How much did you cost for this computer?
    How much did you spend on this computer?

    Is there somebody has stolen your phone before?
    Has anybody stolen your phone before?

    Pronunciation

    sink – practice the /s/ sound at the beginning of the word

    think – put your tongue between your teeth for this sound

    Grammar

    I wear warm clothes (usually)

    I am wearing warm clothes (now)

    Vocabulary

    Pretending – want others to believe
    He’s pretending to be a pilot

    Pilot – a person who flies a plane

    Review the list of verbs we used to practice today.
    Verb forms – commonly used verbs

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  • Email Service Notes (Jesse)

    November 27, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Today,online shopping takes a definite big part of each person’s daily life. Comparing ten years age, there are hundreds times of online shopping channel today, like website, apps or even WeChat moment. The people who like online shopping has changed a lot too. Ten years or even five years age, just 20 something people enjoy it,but even retired person take online shopping as their essential of daily life nowadays. There is a very popular saying describe this phenomenon which is there is no problem that can not be solved by receiving an express.

    Your Edited Email


    Today,online shopping definitely makes up a big part of each person’s daily life. Compared to / with ten years ago, there are hundreds of times more online shopping channels today, like websites, apps or even WeChat moments. The people who like online shopping has changed a lot too. Ten years or even five years ago, just 20 something people enjoyed it,but even retired people take online shopping as an essential part of daily life nowadays. There is a very popular saying that describes this phenomenon which is that there is no problem that cannot be solved by receiving an express delivery.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    November 25, 2019

    Homework

    https://breakingnewsenglish.com

    Pick an article and read it. If you have any words that you don’t know, you can discuss in the next class.

    Speaking

    About 2 years, I was working in a local company so I don’t want to forget English. I think my issue is my grammar, chinglish and also speaking. I want to express in a higher way, more good sentence. I think it’s very obvious to me for a long time you don’t use it, you feel very strange to express by myself.

    Revised: 

    I have been working at a local company for 2 years now, so I don’t want to forget English. I think my main issues are my grammar, chinglish and also speaking. I want to express in a better/higher level/more advanced way and also make more good better sentences. I think it’s very obvious to me that if you don’t use it for a long time, you find it strange/weird/hard expressing by yourself.


    The people who is first time to SH. I think I will recommend him to visit the two place first. The first one is Yuyuan and the other is . I think these two place represent SH yesterday and today. Yuyan has a historical story and some building is historical style. The Lujiajue is a very modern place and shows the like the international city. I like Yuyuan more. I think SH combined the varies of culture, foreigners or other place of China. So, I think Yuyuan is a very typical style of SH. In Yuyuan, we have many memories in childhood. It’s still contains many views and the foods that we enjoy in our childhood. I think Lujizue is similar to other city in China or other countries.

    Revised: 

    For people who are visting SH for the first time, to SH. I think I will recommend them to visit these two places first. The first one is Yuyuan and the other is Lujiazue. I think these two places represent the old and new SH/the history of SH and modern SH. yesterday and today. Yuyan has a historical story background and some buildings are historical. style. Lujiazue is a very modern place and shows the looks like the an international city. I like Yuyuan more. I think is a SH combination of the a variety of cultures, such as culture from other countries and other places in China. So, I think Yuyuan has a very typical style of SH. In Yuyuan, we have many memories from childhood. It still contains many buildings and the food that we enjoy from our childhood. I think Lujizue is similar to other cities in China and other countries.

    Grammar

    traffic fees – transport is cheap/transportation price 

    Writing

    There are many on line courses have been launching with the development of internet and smart phone.
    Not only foreign language,but also many professional courses, like mathematics, program, office software, business and so on.
    Of course,on line courses help us to saving much time, we can take courses what we want to learn with pieces of time. Online courses offer people a easier way to take various professional courses also.

    Revised:

    With the development of the internet and the smart phone/With the development of technology, there are many online courses available/there are many courses available online.   

    Not only limited to foreign language courses, but also many professional courses, like mathematics, programming, office software, business and so on.

    Online courses help us to save much time, we can take whatever/any courses we want at any pieces of time. Online courses/They also offer people an easier way to take various professional courses.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    November 22, 2019

    Homework

    Use some of the vocabulary from today in some writing. Write something like a story and try to use the words.

    Also focus on the grammar that we learned.

    Today we focused on:

    Reviewed email service and focused on the grammar & vocabulary mistakes.

    Vocabulary

    Nowadays,the Wechat became a necessary element of our daliy life, and has increased our efficiency and connectivity.

    we can chat / we can have a chat

    take – have opportunity and then choose to do it
    take a holiday
    take a break
    take a shower

    have – just do sth
    have a shower
    have a break
    have a holiday
    have a wedding
    have a dinner
    have a chat

    sticker / emoji 

    mobile – able to move around
    automobile
    mobile phone

    there are some issues with it becoming such a big / essential part of our lives.

    typo – a typing mistake
    eg. I made a typo in my writing

    doubt – the b is silent

    Grammar

    There are many people who like to share their activities / who like sharing 

    I write using my right hand – with 
    I play games using my phone – with / on 

    I come here by bike = I come here using the method of ‘bike’
    It was made by hand = It was made using the method of ‘hand making’

    countable – able to separate etc..
    uncountable – unable to clearly / easily separate into individuals

    How much money do you have? I have much money – I have a lot of money / I have so much money / I don’t have much 
    How many friends do you have? I have many friends / I have so many friends / I don’t have many

    conscious (adj)
    consciously (adv)

    noun – which one / how many? 
    verb – what time? / first or third person?

    go upstairs / go downstairs / go home / go downtown / go overseas – don’t need prepositions

    Speaking

    around the house there are several parks, some schools and some shopping mall, the smaller CBD… walk around park, i think this is a very easy way to relax myself and watch movie, also have some dinner with friends, do not have to go to downtown, it’s very convenience, i think most of SH’s other district, not like JA, HP or PS there are many shopping mall near the living environment.

    around the house there are several parks, some schools and several shopping malls, the smaller CBD… I like to walk around the parkswhich i think this is a very easy way to relax myself and watch movies, also have some dinner with friends, do not have to go to downtown, it’s very convenient, i think most of SH’s other districts are not like JA, HP or PS there are many shopping malls near the living area.

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  • Email Service Notes (Li)

    November 21, 2019

    Your Original Email


    Nowadays,the Wechat became a necessary element of our daliy life,which extends time and space. Basically, we can take chats with friends in anyplace and at anytime with many vivid stickers. Furthermore, moveable pay, E-cards, E-tickets, various kinds of mini programs have been intergrated in WeChat.

    There are many people like to share their activities , feelings or something favorites in Moments, we can have some social activities by it . The WeChat is similar to a private assistant.

    WetChat brings us so many convience, on the opposite, there are some issues with its’ coming. Of course,we get many informations and saving many time by WeChat, but we waste many times also. The average daily screen time of most people is more than three hours. We always refresh the Moments with no consiousness, want to check the new message reminder every seconds. Sometimes, peoples sit around but just check the wetchat or others by phone.
    With no doute, WetChat changed our life, but we also should focus on the people and things around us. Using some time to chat with people and see things around us without WeChat.

    Your Edited Email


    Nowadays,the Wechat has become a necessary element aspect of our daily life. which extends time and space. Basically, we can take chat with friends at any time and place and at anytime send them with many vivid colourful stickers. Furthermore, there are also other functions like moveableWeChat pay, E-cards, E-tickets, various kinds of mini-programs that have been integrated into WeChat.

    There are many people who like to share their activities, feelings or something favourites in on Moments, we can have some social activities by on it. The WeChat is similar to a private assistant.

    WeChat brings us so many convenience. On the other handopposite, there are some issues with it coming. Of courseAlthough we get many pieces of information and save more time by using WeChat, we also waste many a lot of times also too.. The average daily screen time of most people is more than three hours. We always refresh the Moments page with no consiousness subconsciously. We also want to check the new message reminder every few seconds. Sometimes, peoples sit around but  to just check the WeChat by phone.

    Without a doubt no doute, WeChat has changed our lives, but we also should also focus on the other people and the things around us. By spending some time to chat with people and seeing things around us without WeChat.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    November 18, 2019

    Homework

    Use some of the vocabulary from today in some writing. Write something like a story and try to use the words.

    Needs more review

    because of + noun (due to)
    because + sentence (due to the fact that)

    near
    eg. I live near a location
    eg2. I work in Jingan and I live near my office. 
    nearby
    eg. I live nearby.
    eg. I work in Jingan and I live nearby.

    Speaking

    the latest travel is to hangzhou because we have the short annual leave. it’s a very suitable for the short traveling. and im very like hangzhou and i think i can travel to hangzhou maybe 100s times. I think hangzhou is a place will let you feeling very comfortable forget the time and HZ has something similar to shanghai and has something much different with shanghai, because shanghai people always too busy. and another reason it’s very convenience to hangzhou. also hangzhou has the subway too so we do not have to take a taxi because the traffic jam is very…..

    the latest trip was to hangzhou because we had a short holiday / had a long weekend. it’s a very suitable for the short trips. and i like hangzhou very much / I’m into HZ / I really like it and i think i can travel to hangzhou maybe 100s of times. I think hangzhou is a place which makes you feel very comfortable and forget the time and HZ has something similar to shanghai and has something much different to shanghai, because people in shanghai / shanghainese people are always too busy. and another reason is it’s very convenient to go to hangzhou. also hangzhou has the subway too so we do not have to take a taxi because of traffic jams / really bad traffic.

    Vocabulary

    which = it 
    eg. I have an office. It is in Jingan. …. which is in JingAn,
    where = in that ___ 
    eg. I have an office. In that office I work a lot. = …. where I work a lot.

    let – allow – you want to do it 
    eg. my mum lets me play computer games
    eg2. Phones let us call our friends
    get – ask – you should do it / can do it
    eg. My mum asks / gets me to wash my hands before dinner
    make – force / effect – you don’t want to do it
    eg. my teacher makes me do extra homework
    eg2. phones make our lives more convenient

    catch some photostake some photos / get some photos 

    catch a film / movie
    catch some sleep

    see a view / go there for the view / enjoy a view

    mid-autumn festival
    spring festival – Chinese new year 

    Grammar

    1 cup of water

    I am very hot / I am really hot
    I very like / I really like

    the – obvious
    what is time?
    what is the time?

    what is weather?
    what is the weather today?

    the pen is mine = you know which pen, the one on the table

    travel – v
    eg. I travel to HZ every year
    traveling – vn
    eg. I like traveling
    trip – n
    eg. last time I went to HZ it was a very interesting trip

    do you have been to …?have you been to? (past general) / did you go to? (past specific)

    Pronunciation

    much
    march

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  • Demo Class Notes (Carol Ji – Jesse)

    November 8, 2019

    Speaking

    the latest year in japan, because the distance is not so far so we don’t do take many annual leaves because im in work maybe if i want to america or england maybe at least 10 days, it’s too long. 4 days in osaka, and the sea garden, and kyoto. Osaka is a city maybe more similar with shanghai or china’s big cities because not like in tokyo have so many rules, maybe as a forefingers in osaka it’s more comfortable, more relax. In Kyoto, i think as a foreigner it’s more interesting for us, because tokyo is too similar like shanghai.

    last year I went to Japan, because / since / due to the fact that / as the distance is not so far / quite close from here / nearby so we don’t need to take / use / spend much annual leave because im working so maybe if i want to travel / I’m going / I’m interested to america or england maybe it will take at least 10 days, which is too long. 4 days in osaka, and the sea garden, and kyoto. Osaka is a city maybe more similar to shanghai or china’s big cities because it is not like in tokyo, where there are so many rules, maybe as a foreigner in osaka it’s more comfortable, more relaxed / relaxing. In Kyoto, i think as a foreigner it’s more interesting for us, because tokyo is too similar to shanghai.

    incomplete sentences, missed subject, not using conjunctions (which / who), chinglish grammar (prepositions)

    Vocabulary

    I live in Jingan temple, my office is nearby / near there. 

    today is a little bit boring / relaxing / interesting 

    I have a friend who is fat
    I have a computer which is black.
    I bought a computer which took 1 hour.

    Grammar

    have done – experience from now – general time, not specific
    did – specific past time

    I have been to japan many times.
    Last time I went to Japan in January

    I have lived in China for 10 years, but now I have been living in China for only 3 years, I lived in China for 7 years many years ago.
    I lived in China for 10 years
    I have been living in China for 10 years

    I don’t need to
    I don’t like it / to do it

    similar to / different to 
    the same as 

    there is a cup on the table
    the table has 4 legs

    Pronunciation

    Connecting pronunciation

    people
    people are good
    will
    will I go home?

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