F2F Class Notes (Nick) [S]

Homework

Do some writing and focus on the grammar you learned in class today.

Talk about your new Chinese classes. Who is there? What are you learning? What is the University like?

Vocabulary

Stressful – estresante; causes you stress
e.g. Studying a new language is not stressful with Smart English!
Stressed – feeling bad because of stress
e.g. When you are stressed, it helps to take a break.

Socialize – to hang out, talk with people
e.g. I like to socialize with friends on the weekends.

Attend – asistir

Yo necesito tomar conciencia de mis estudios:
I need to focus more on my studies
I haven’t been in enough effort on my own.
(I need to do more)
— I have to take advantage of my class time to improve more.
(I need to focus better on what I’m already doing. I need to make good use of what I’m already doing.)

Synonyms for you’re welcome: no problem, don’t worry about it, yeah sure (careful how you say it), mhm, of course, no trouble, my pleasure, the pleasure was mine (formal)

Mhm, uh-huh – polite sounds to show that you heard, understood, and agree
e.g. Did you buy the carrots? Mhm. Did you put the dog out? Mhm. Are you listening to me? Mhm.

To be sick of – to be tired of, not want more of, estar harto de
e.g. I’m sick of tortoises!

Grammar

Lo que he aprendido de chino – What I have learned of Chinese
e.g. Like in the speaking sections: I have to practice what I have learned of Chinese (so far)

They have – there are; a general “they,” which doesn’t mean any one person
e.g. They have pizza here (they serve pizza here; who? it doesn’t matter)

Speaking

I went to University today because today I started Chinese class. I have class twice a week for three hours. I went to this University again because in this University have speaking and listening Chinese class. So, I need practice my Chinese. I knew Chinese girls/women in my class. In my class twelve girls and one man. They are of different nationalities, like Japanese, Korean, Mongolia, and Australia.


I went to the University today because (today; for emphasis) I started Chinese class. I have class twice a week for three hours. I returned to this University because in this University they have a speaking and listening Chinese class. So, I need to practice my Chinese. I knew Chinese girls/women in my class. In my class twelve girls and one man. They are of different nationalities, like Japanese, Korean, Mongolia, and Australia.

Another option:
I returned to this University because they have a speaking and listening Chinese class.
I returned to this University because it has a speaking and listening Chinese class.
I returned to this University because there is a speaking and listening Chinese class

But NOT:
I returned to this University because in this University it has a speaking and listening Chinese class. (it changes direction in the middle)
Yo volví a esta Universidad porque en esta Universidad tiene una clase de escuchar y hablar chino.