F2F Class Notes (Raph)[R]

Today we focused on:

we did some reading and focused on learning new words.


Research (v/n): 1- to study a subject in detail.
E.g.: She’s researching into possible cures for AIDS.
E.g.: The reporter was researching the new president’s background, family, and interests.

Researcher (n): 1- someone who studies a subject, especially in order to discover new information or reach a new understanding:
E.g.: He’s a political researcher.
E.g.: She’s a researcher on a women’s magazine.

Journalist (n): 1- a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television. 2- 记者
E.g.: He’s a journalist and works at The New York Times.

Emotional (n): 1- relating to feelings. 2- 情绪化
E.g.: The relationship with parents is very important for a child’s emotional development.
E.g.: My doctor said the problem was more emotional than physical.

Well-being (n): 1- the state of feeling healthy and happy:
E.g.: People doing yoga benefit from an increased feeling of well-being.

Depression (n): 1- a mental illness in which a person is very unhappy and anxious (= worried and nervous) for long periods and cannot have a normal life during these periods. 2- 抑郁症
E.g.: Tiredness, and sleeping problems are symptoms (症状) of depression.
E.g.: If you suffer from depression, it’s best to get professional help.

Caregiver (n): 1- someone who takes care of a person.
E.g.: Now that they’re old, I am my parent’s main caregiver.
E.g.: Parents are the most important caregivers in a child’s life.

Means (n): 1- a method or way of doing something.
E.g.: They had no means of communication.
E.g.: We need to find some other means of transportation.

Outweigh (v): 1- to be greater or more important than something else:
E.g.: The benefits of this treatment outweigh the risks.
E.g.: He believes the positive things in their relationship outweigh the bad.

Nest (n): 1-


Parents Happier After Their Children Leave Home
(Source: www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1908/190823-having-children-4.html)

Having children may be the key to happiness and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say that children make parents happiest when they fly the nest – after they leave home. Researchers looked at data on the emotional well-being of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. They found that most parents were happier with life after their children left home. This could be because raising children is expensive and stressful.

A researcher said a reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned – children support their parents. The researcher said parents suffer from less depression and are more positive about life. He said: “Children’s roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood.” Healthy family relationships stop parents feeling lonely.


When I was in my high school I don’t know what I can do. – When I was in high school I didn’t know what I could do.


Engineering: /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪr.ɪŋ/

Measure: /ˈmeʒ.ɚ/

Order:  /ˈɔːr.dɚ/

Daughter: /ˈdɑː.t̬ɚ/

Date:  /deɪt/

Data: /ˈdeɪ.t̬ə/

Outweigh: /ˌaʊtˈweɪ/

Journalist /ˈdʒɝː.nə.lɪst/