F2F Class Notes (Raph)[R]

Today we focused on:

Vocabulary and pronunciation.


Popular (adj): 1- liked, enjoyed, or supported by many people:
E.g.: She’s the most popular teacher in school.
E.g.: That song was popular with people from my father’s generation.
E.g.: Walking is a popular form of exercise in Britain.

Stress (n): 1- pressure or great worry caused by a difficult situation.
E.g.: People under a lot of stress may experience headaches, pains, and sleeping difficulties.
E.g.: Yoga is a very effective technique for fighting stress.
E.g.: Having children may cause lots of stress.

Stressful (adj): 1- making you feel worried and nervous
E.g.: She has a very stressful job.
E.g.: Working overtime so often is very stressful.
E.g.: Having children may be very stressful.

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, you should get professional help.

Means (n): 1- a method or way of doing something.
E.g.: Trains are my favorite means of transportation (运输).
E.g.: Their phones weren’t working and there was no electricity, so they had no means of communication.

Outweigh (v): 1- 超过to be greater or more important than something else.
E.g.: His bad personality outweigh his good looks.
E.g.: The benefits outweigh the risks.

Genre (n): 1- a style, especially in the arts, that involves a particular set of characteristics.
E.g.: What genre does the book fall into – comedy or romance?
E.g.: Pop and folk are Annie’s favorite genres of music.
E.g.: Science fiction / Sci-fi is Annie’s favorite film genre.

Soundtrack (n): 1- the sounds, especially the music, of a film.
E.g.: I love Amelie’s soundtrack.
E.g.: The best thing about the movie is its soundtrack.

Classical music (n): 1- 古典音乐

Hip-hop (n): 1- 嘻哈

Mandarin (n): 1- 普通话

Cantonese (n): 1- 广东话


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 wellbeing 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.


I know this meaning. – I know what this means.

If I listen heavy metal I will headache. – If I listen to heavy metal I will have / get a headache.

I have saw it. – I have seen it


Exercise: /ˈek.sɚ.saɪz//’ek.ser.saiz/

Browse: /braʊz//brauz/

Genre: /ˈʒɑːn.rə/