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SPEAKING: think about the time when you speak about the past – verbs have time!
WRITING: use the words from class in your writing – write about life

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Class focus: has a 2 year old daughter so needs to help her learn English, international school next year so needs to communicate with teachers and parents, 

Occupation: Stay at home mum

At SE since: October 2019

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  • Online Class Notes (Lily)

    May 12, 2020

    Grammar

    i have little anxious–> I was a little anxious

    Vocabulary

    1. go on a diet= 减肥
    ex: my dog needs to go on a diet.

    2. vet= animal doctor
    ex: the vet suggests that my dog needs to control his weight.

    3. drag= 拖出来 拉出来
    ex: I have to drag her out of her house.
    ex: don’t drag me out of the bed.

    4. questionnaire=问卷
    ex: we had to do a questionnaire for the kindergarten interview.

    5. in person=本人
    ex: i want to meet you in person.

    6. abroad= 出国
    ex: has he studied abroad?
    ex: he has worked abroad for two years in London.

    7. accent= 口音
    ex: does he have the british accent?
    ex: I think the british accent is really sexy.

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  • Online Class Notes (Ally)

    April 27, 2020

    Vocabulary

    adjust (to a new situation, or volume): 调整

    volume: 音量
    ie. Can you please adjust the volume to your music? It’s too loud.

    environment: 环境
    ie. The animal can adjust to strange environments.

    semester/term/school year: 学期
    ie. My daughter will go to preschool in the new semester.

    self-quarantine/self-isolation: 自我隔离
    ie. I need to self-quarantine for 14 days when I come back to Shanghai.

    tune in: follow, keep up (with the news)
    ie. Tune in to the news if you want to keep up with current events.

    ski/snowboard: 滑雪单板双板
    ie. Lily learned to ski and Ally learned to snowboard.

    anxious: 焦虑
    ie. I feel very anxious nowadays so I need to take a drink.

    carbs: carbohydrates 碳水
    ie. Models don’t eat carbs.
    ie. Carbs make people fat.

    plot/storyline: 剧情
    ie. The storylines of korean dramas are usually very long and boring.

    affair (noun): 出轨noun
    ie. I think the person’s he’s having an affair with is beautiful.

    spiral: 螺旋
    ie. The house has a spiral staircase.

    recommend: 推荐
    ie. I recommend this show to you because it’s very funny.

    Grammar

    tighten policy – ie. The Chinese government is tightening their policies regarding non-citizens.

    feel like:比like 更婉转 更轻松 just right now

    a while ago: 一段时间以前

    once in a while: 偶尔

    I went to the mall, thinking that there’s a sale going on. – because I think there’s a sale going on, I went to the mall.

    Speaking

    I don’t like eat food, I like to drink coffee and wine everyday.
    Recently, I don’t feel like eating regular meals, but I drink coffee and wine everyday.

    I don’t like Korean dramas, but someone introduced to me, said the drama is exciting. I haven’t seen the Korean drama for a long time, but the drama I think it’s ok.
    I don’t like Korean dramas, but someone recommended this drama to me, saying that it is exciting. I haven’t seen Korean dramas in a long time, but I think this drama is ok. I recommend it to you.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)

    April 24, 2020

    Vocabulary

    day off – a day when you don’t work

    once/twice/three times a week

    hardworking/diligent: 勤劳

    active/outgoing/friendly

    once in a while/from time to time/not very often

    traffic jam: when cars are stuck and unable to move

    eg. It takes 40 minutes to go to my parents’ house if there isn’t a traffic jam.

    nap: a short sleep

    eg. My mum always takes a nap after lunch.

    petals: 花瓣

    balcony: 阳台

    oily: has lot of oil

    eg. I prefer baking because it is not so oily.

    Grammar

    last time she hadn’t sleep – last time she hadn’t slept 

    one holiday once a week – a day off once a week

    before I born my daughter – before my daughter was born/I gave birth to my daughter  

    takeoff – takeaway 

    sometimes they came to our home – sometimes they come to our home

    she played with other child – she played with other children 

    after her sleeping – after her nap 

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S]

    April 22, 2020

    Needs more review

    it’s a nuisance – when sth or a situation is annoying to you 很烦

    eg. It’s such a nuisance having to move houses every year.

    Vocabulary

    pet: an animal that you keep at home

    eg. I own a pet dog called Happy.

    eg. She has many pets in her house.

    only: one of the very few 唯一

    eg. Only one person rode the train last night.

    tricks: a skill that is done to entertain or make others happy

    eg. The magician can perform many tricks.

    eg. She found it hard to teach her dog tricks.

    folding: can be folded

    eg. folding chair/table

    Grammar

    moving furniture – moving house 

    my dog is scary of swimming – my dog is scared of swimming

    Speaking

    I think when I have a baby, it’s a little difficult to keep a pet. My corgi was my only so we had a lot of time to play with my dog. But, when I had my daughter, I haven’t spent a lot of time with my dog. My dog never left us. Now, I don’t know why my dog likes to bark. When I haven’t born my daughter, my dog never barked. My dog likes to eat a lot, she is very greedy. Almost every weekend, we take my pet to outdoor restaurant to have brunch in spring or summer.

    Revised: 

    I found out that after I had a baby, it’s a little difficult to keep a pet. My corgi was my only so I spent a lot of time to play with my dog. But, when I had my daughter, I couldn’t spend a lot of time with my dog. My dog has never left us. Now, I don’t know why my dog likes to bark. When my daughter wasn’t born, my dog never barked. My dog likes to eat a lot, she is very greedy. Almost every weekend, we would take my pet outdoors to a restaurant to have brunch during spring or summer.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)

    April 14, 2020

    Vocabulary

    tiring: lack of energy 累

    it’s a nuisance: 麻烦的

    decorate: to make something more attractive by putting objects on it

    eg. She decorated her wedding with balloons and flowers.

    eg. We’re going to decorate the kitchen this week.

    furnish: to make your house look clean and new

    eg. The 5-bedroom house is already furnished.

    eg. They bought a new house but did not furnish it.

    renovate: to make changes/repairs to an old house, room etc.

    eg. This building was renovated recently so it looks extremely new.

    to deal with/handle/consider

    while…. I also….

    eg. While I took care of my daughter I also went to the new house frequently.

    Grammar

    to fresh the air – to air the house

    construct – communicate 

    in the same neighbour – in the same neighbourhood 

    it didn’t easy – it’s not easy

    I can have a little relax – I can take a rest/a break 

    do some education about the child – share my ideas about how to educate my child

    Pronunciation

    furniture – fuh-ni-chur

    nuisance – new-sense

    gym – jim

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)

    April 1, 2020

    Vocabulary

    give a speech/make a speech/deliver a speech

    level: a position or rank in a scale 级别

    eg. Her current reading level is higher than other children her age.

    Grammar

    prove the wedding routine – keep to the wedding plan/make sure that everyone is on track at the wedding  

    at point time – at the starting point 

    I prepare for my daughter’s interview – I am preparing for my daughter’s interview

    simply English books – simple English books

    I have started to taught her English – I have started to teach her English

    most of – more detailed (nouns)

    most -general (nouns)

    eg. Most of the parents at this school are young

    eg. Most of my books are new.

    eg. Most of my clothes are orange.

    eg. Most children like playing with blocks.

    eg. Most kindergarten children are sick.

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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 26, 2020

    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

    charisma / character / charm / charismatic / charming – really good personality
    eg. Obama has a lot of charisma / everyone likes his character (personality) / he has a lot of charm / he is very charismatic / he is very charming

    Vocabulary

    take a speech do a speech

    him or her – them 

    break up / they’re not together anymore – boyfriend and girlfriend stop being together

    alter – the place you say your vows

    carry – to hold sth and go somewhere

    host – the person that introduces everything at the wedding
    eg. the host is really good at ensuring that everyone keeps to the plan for the wedding

    rowboat
    eg. my friend appeared in a rowboat

    momento – sth like a gift to let you remember an event / person
    eg. they gave us minions as momentos of the wedding

    Grammar

    in the beginning – period at the start
    at the beginning – the start point, right at the start
    eg. in the beginning of the story, the prince and princess meet and fall in love
    eg2. at the beginning, the princess goes to meet the prince.

    almost of peoplemost people / almost everyone 

    most of + specific noun
    most + noun 
    eg. For most of my life, I have lived in Australia
    eg2. Most people are really good
    eg3. Most of the students at SE are great
    eg4. Most students are hard working (adj) / most students work hard (verb)

    I’m working hard = ren zhen
    I’m hardly working = lazy

    Pronunciation

    invite – in vaiiit

    cousin – ku zins 

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S]

    March 24, 2020

    Vocabulary

    band: 乐队

    vow: a serious promise or decision 誓言

    eg. At weddings, the bride and groom usually exchange vows before the groom kisses the bride.

    speech: a formal talk to a large group of people 演说;发言;讲话

    eg. I gave/made a speech at my cousin’s wedding.

    eg. The president gave the after-dinner speech.

    expressive: showing how someone thinks or feels 富于表情, 有表现力

    eg. Some people are very expressive while others are not.

    get drunk: 喝醉

    eg. Will gets drunk every weekend with his friends.

    eg. She lost her phone when she got drunk last night.

    charismatic: having a lot of charm 有魅力的

    eg. Most leaders are charismatic.

    eg. Attractive people tend to be naturally charismatic.

    Speaking

    In a big beautiful hotel. It was a mid-sized wedding. There were so many friends, families came to my wedding. In the evening, there began the wedding at the 5 pm. There was a music band. It was a busy wedding. At the beginning, there was a band play some music, some classic music. I and my husband had a welcome ceremony. Then the wedding ceremony began at the nice time; at 6:18 pm. We should read some vows to each other and take opportunity to thank parents. My husband made a video to give me a surprise. It’s unforgettable things in my wedding. The video is about our relationship – he’s not very expressive. Because I didn’t know at first so I very emotional. Then we played so many games, wedding games. We had an after-party in the bar with some good friends. Then because I was so happy so I got drunk.

    Most weddings are traditional, like normal weddings. What the unforgettable thing on my wedding was my husband’s video and at the end I got drunk. Maybe on my wedding, I must keep a gentle… We can go to trip every time if he has time so I don’t care the honeymoon. I think some ceremoney outdoor is romantic. Before the dinner, they went to the garden to have a special ceremony. One of my friend, she likes little yellow…小黃人. She decorated with so many minions and when you leave, you can take lovely minion with you. You would remember her wedding.

    Revised: 

    My wedding was held in a big beautiful hotel. It was a mid-sized wedding. Many friends and family came to my wedding. In the evening, the wedding began at the 5 pm. There was a music band. It was a busy wedding. In the beginning, there was a band that played music; some classical music. My husband and I had a welcome ceremony. Then the wedding ceremony began at a prearranged time – at 6:18 pm. We should read exchanged our vows to each other and took the opportunity to thank our parents. My husband made a video to surprise me. It was an unforgettable memory of my wedding. The video is about our relationship;  he’s not very expressive. Because I didn’t know about the video so I was very emotional. Then we played so many wedding games. We had an after-party in the bar with some good friends. Then I got drunk because I was so happy.

    Most weddings are traditional, normal weddings. The unforgettable memories of my wedding is my husband’s video and when I got drunk. Maybe during my wedding, I must act like a good girl so after the wedding I let myself have fun drinking. We can go on trips whenever he has time so I don’t care about the honeymoon. I think some outdoor ceremonies are romantic. Before the dinner, they went to the garden to have a special ceremony. One of my friends, she likes minions. She decorated her wedding with so many minions and when you leave, you can take lovely minion with you. You would then remember her wedding.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S]

    March 20, 2020

    Vocabulary

    the service/the environment: 环境

    bargain: something on sale at a lower price 便宜货, 廉价品

    eg. This coat was half price – what a bargain!

    eg. Look out for last-minute bargains on offer.

    flavour: the taste of food 味道

    ruin: to spoil or destroy completely 毁掉,毁坏;破坏

    eg. The romantic environment was ruined by loud noises nearby.

    disturb: to interrupt what someone is doing 打断;干扰

    eg. Please don’t disturb her while she is studying.

    Speaking

    I think in SH most of restaurant the service is okay. Some restaurant in BJ in HK has bad service. Some traditional Cantonese restaurants the service not so good. I think Taiwan food is very nice. I like the food in Taiwan. I have been several years ago. I like the restaurant with the outdoor seat. If the weather is good, I will take my dog with me. If the restaurant has so many people, so many popular restaurants in SH have people waiting for it, we must stand in a line. I don’t like it.

    Revised: 

    I think in SH most restaurants have decent service is okay. Some restaurants in BJ and HK have bad/terrible service. Some traditional Cantonese restaurants don’t have good service. I think Taiwan food is very nice/tasty/delicious. I like/enjoy/fond of the food in Taiwan. I have been there several years ago. I like restaurants with outdoor seating. If the weather is good, I will take my dog with me. If the restaurant has too many people/is packed/is overcrowded, I won’t like it, especially popular restaurants in SH that have people waiting in line/queueing up.

    Pronunciation

    flavour – flay-ver

    excellent – eck-ce-lent

    ruined – roo-in-d

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    March 18, 2020

    Homework

    Imagine that you have a friend who is overweight and loves to eat chocolate. What advice would you give her? How can you help her to cut down on her weight and chocolate consumption?

    Vocabulary

    maximum: the most

    minimum: the least

    addiction: unable to stop doing something, especially something harmful 瘾

    eg. I think she has a chocolate addiction.

    confiscate: 没收

    eg. When I was little my mum would confiscate my toys if I misbehaved.

    cut down: 减少

    eg. She should cut down on the amount of sugar she eats.

    Grammar

    begin on – starting from 

    black chocolate – dark chocolate

    let her fat – make her fat

    Speaking

    This is like me when I have two cups of coffee a day. In the city it is okay, but if I go somewhere without coffee, I will feel very 不安. Maybe four or five cups. I can drink coffee instead of water. I drink latte. I think Americano is a little bitter. I think she must eat 10 bars one day, I think it’s too much. She finished the whole box in two days. I also like chocolate but I like black chocolate. If I saw it at supermarket, I will buy some.

    Her family must 没收 her chocolates. They should take her money so that she can’t buy chocolates.

    Revised: 

    This is like me when I have two cups of coffee a day. It is okay/fine in the city, but if I go somewhere without coffee, I will feel very anxious/worried. Maybe four to five cups. I can drink coffee instead of water. I drink/like/prefer latte. I think Americano is a little bitter. I think that eating 10 bars a day/per day is too much. She finished the whole box in two days. I also like chocolate but I like black chocolate. If I saw it at the supermarket, I will buy some.

    Her family must confiscate her chocolates. They should take her money so that she can’t buy chocolates.

    Writing

    Yesterday My daughter went to the Shanghai Zoo with her grandparents.She saw a baby panda which was eating a bamboo.She told me that she had a lot of fun at the Zoo and her favorite animal is monkey. Because it’s very clever and naughty.Then she went to the playground.She had a very nice day.

    Revised;

    Yesterday, my daughter went to the Shanghai Zoo with her grandparents. She saw a baby panda which was eating a bamboo. She told me that she had a lot of fun at the Zoo and her favorite animal is the monkey. Because it’s very clever and naughty. Then, she went to the playground. She had a very nice day.

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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse)

    March 5, 2020

    Homework

    Do some writing using the words from last class and today if you can. Choose 4-5 words to use and make a story. Try to use “which” and “that” to add details to your sentences

    Vocabulary

    translation (adj / n) / translator (n)
    eg. I used a translator to get the translation

    play – play games, play sports, play with sb
    have fun – anything you enjoy

    they jump in between your legs / between your legs

    baking recipe – instructions on cooking a specific dish
    eg. they sent us some baking recipes

    mould / mold – sth that allows you to make a shape when making sth (cooking, factories / manufacturing)

    hand-eye coordination – the ability to use your hands to catch things, grab things, hit things
    eg. my daughter’s hand eye coordination isn’t very good yet

    instant coffee – coffee you just need to add water to (it takes 1 minute)
    eg. I drink instant coffee at home sometimes

    WuHan Corona Virus – COVID-19

    ring toss / throwing rings / horse shoes 

    Grammar

    less than a full tea spoon

    i always don’t like – I have never liked very sweet food

    when I started drink the coffee when I start drinking coffee

    when i was a childrenwhen i was a child 

    we doesn’t drink coffeewe don’t drink coffee

    Pronunciation

    cafe – ka fay

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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    February 28, 2020

    Grammar

    runs to everywhereruns around 

    they help me remember they remind me of the grammar

    the media company not veryis not very

    I not often use itI don’t often use it

    Vocabulary

    tense – shi tai

    bitter – ku

    which = it
    eg. I have a coffee. It is a latte. = I have a coffee which is a latte. (new information) / I have a coffee that is a latte (maybe not new information)
    eg2. I went to Australia. It was a trip with my family. = I went to Australia which was a trip with my family.

    I know that your name is Jesse / I know your name is Jesse – don’t need “that

    work / job / company 
    work = place / verb / things you do at your office
    I go to work, to work on my work = I go to my office to work on my projects
    job
    = responsibilities / position
    eg. I got a new job in a company called Smart English. It’s my job to help students.

    Speaking

    Before my daughter was born I was a magazine edit. Every day I could wake up at about 9 or 10 o’clock. I drove the car to the company. I took a cup of coffee to my office. My office at huai hai road so there are so many coffee stores nearby. I can have different choice to buy coffee. I often buy latte because the american coffee is a little bitter. Then I began to work in office for 1 or 2 hours. We could have lunch so the job/ work in the morning is not very busy / the schedule is not very tight.

    Before my daughter was born I was a magazine editor which was very relaxing. Every day I could wake up at about 9 or 10 o’clock (which I think is really late / which is really late for most people). I drove the car to the work. I took a cup of coffee to my office. My office is on huai hai road so there are so many cafes nearby. I can have different choices to buy coffee. I often buy latte because americano is a little bitter. Then I began to work at work / at my office for 1 or 2 hours. We could have lunch because the job/ work in the morning is not very busy / the schedule is not very tight.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S]

    February 26, 2020

    Vocabulary

    upload: 上传

    eg. I haven’t uploaded my homework yet.

    habit: something that you do often 习惯

    eg. She has a habit of waking up early.

    eg. Do you have any good/bad habits?

    at least: 至少

    eg. I exercise at least twice a week.

    razor: 刮胡刀

    mental breakdown: 崩溃

    eg. I need to have some alone time or else I am going to have a mental breakdown.

    Grammar

    his habit is – he has a habit of

    Speaking

    I must have two cups of coffee one day. I have to wake up early because my daughter wakes up early every day. I have to take her to brush teeth and wash hands so I must wake up early every day. This year I have developed habits based on my daughter’s habits. If I have some time, I will do yoga. Now, when she is asleep, I will do some yoga or have some English class every day. Or, I will do some exercise. When she is sleeping, every day in the evening, she is sleeping at 9 o’clock so after 9 o’clock, I will watch some movies. Because she is too young and very clingy with me so every day, she always clingy.

    I want to have some time to go out. Before the new virus, I went out to go shopping, went to the cinema or went to the restaurant with my friends once a week. I must have some my own time. I like hot pot so I would have it at least once or twice a month. Before my daughter was born, every week I went to the exhibition, gallery, restaurant etc. I have much time to do everything. Now, I have to face my daughter every day. I plan to Korea in this CNY but because of the new virus, I must give up the trip. The trip is, I go to Korea without my daughter, just me and my friends. After the new virus, I hope I can go to the trip.

    Revised: 

    I must have two cups of coffee every day. I have to wake up early because my daughter wakes up early every day. I have to help her brush her teeth and wash her hands so I must wake up early every day. This year I have developed/picked up habits based on my daughter’s habits/schedule. When I have some time, I will do yoga. Now, when she is asleep, I will do some yoga or have some English class every day. Otherwise, I will do some exercise. Every day in the evening, when she is sleeping at 9 o’clock, so after 9 o’clock, I will watch some movies. Because she is too young and very clingy with me so every day, she will follow wherever I go.

    I want to have some time to go out. Before the new virus, I went out to go shopping, went to the cinema or went to the restaurant with my friends once a week. I must have some alone time. I like hot pot so I would have it at least once or twice a month. Before my daughter was born, I went to the exhibition, gallery, restaurant etc. every week. I have a lot of time to do everything. Now, I have to face/take care of my daughter every day. I planned to go to  Korea this CNY , but because of the new virus, I must give up my plans/postpone my trip. My plan was to go to Korea without my daughter, just my friends and I. After the new virus situation, I hope I can go on the trip.

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  • Online Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

    February 21, 2020

    Homework

    Write about what your daughter wants you to do.

    Speaking

    She studies some songs , they are sing and dance in class make some drawings.

    they have a snack time, eat some cookies drink some juice.
    She too young, she doesn’t have the homework.
    She feel very happy everyday because mummy we draw some pictures, sing and dancing together.
    Sometimes she says she miss the teacher and some classmates. She says why do we not go to school for a long time.
    The school for her, because is 3yo, the school for her is interesting not boring.
    She has a lot a friends at school.
    These days we have to stay at home but I went to go shopping, go to exhibition.
    Sometimes I went to the art gallery because I studied art in the college. I studied painting and design so I was an editor before I born my daughter. though I don’t work now but I like art and design.
    Before I born my daughter I paint at home sometimes. When I was five I studied painting. My daughter likes paintings and colors.
    Her favorite color is orange. She likes orange and she likes velvet. so she always say when I ask her what do you want to mummy to buy she says I want a orange bunny. So I bought a big pink rabbit for her last Xmas. She has so many bunnies.
    She has the big medium and small size.

    ———–

    When she goes to school  / usually at school they sing some songs, dance in class and make some drawings.

    they have a snack time, eat some cookies and drink some juice.

    She is too young, she doesn’t have homework yet. / she is not old enough to have homework
    She feels very happy everyday because we draw some pictures, sing and dance together.
    Sometimes she says she miss the teacher and some classmates. She says why don’t we go to school  ? / Why haven’t we been to school in the last few weeks/ for a long time?
    She is only 3yo so school for her is interesting.
    She has a lot a friends at school.
    These days we have to stay at home but I went shopping, and visited many exhibitions before virus outbreak.
    Sometimes I went to the art gallery because I studied art in college. I studied painting and design so I was an editor before I gave birth to my daughter.
    Though I don’t work now I like art and design.
    I sometimes painted at home. When I was five I started to study painting. / I picked up painting
    My daughter likes paintings and colors.
    Her favorite color is orange. She likes orange and she likes velvet. When I ask her what do you want mummy to buy she says I want an orange bunny. So I bought a big pink rabbit for her last Xmas. She has so many bunnies.
    She bunnies in all sizes.

    Vocabulary

    handwork (n) 手工
    We do a lot of handwork in art class.

    to handcraft (v): Make something good by hands / not using machines
    This pair of shoes is handcrafted by her grandma.

    handicraft (n): item made by hands
    I visited the market in Turkey because I wanted to buy handicrafts
    Italy is famous for their handicraft.

    to pick up + subject : start to study a subject
    I picked up Painting when I was five.

    Pronunciation

    snake (animal)

    snack (something you eat)

    gallery

    Grammar

    want someone to do something
    She wants me to buy an orange teddy bear.
    I want husband to buy some bags for me.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)

    February 19, 2020

    Vocabulary

    belongings: 自身物

    eg. Where did you put your belongings?

    eg. Keep your belongings safe or they’ll be stolen.

    situation: 处境,情况

    eg. Don’t get yourself in dangerous situations.

    eg. The current situation is bad for the economy.

    abstract: 抽象

    eg. This is quite an abstract topic.

    can’t stand – 受不了

    eg. He can’t stand when I forget my keys.

    aggressive: 攻击性,

    eg. His dog is very strong and aggressive.

    hit:

    eg. The boy tried to hit her with a book.

    clingy:

    eg. My dog is very clingy.

    allow: 允许,准许;容许

    eg. This shopping mall does not allow dogs.

    eg. You’re not allowed to talk during the exam.

    breed: 品种

    eg. What is your favourite dog breed?

    eg. The corgi is a popular breed.

    Grammar

    become more bad- become worse 

    I think my dog is unnormal – I think my dog is not normal 

    he is very sticky – he is very clingy 

    our neighbour always 投诉 – our neighbour always complains 

    your dog bited me – your dog bit you

    it was very pain – it was very painful 

    indoor plaza – shopping mall 

    he thinks he is a people – he thinks he is a person 

    long long ago – a long time ago 

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S]

    February 13, 2020

    Vocabulary

    bake: 烘,烤

    eg. It took 1 hour to bake the cake.

    eg. Bake for 5-7 minutes in a preheated oven.

    recipe: instructions to tell you how to prepare and cook food 食谱

    eg. Can you recommend a good recipe?

    eg. I never follow recipes exactly when I cook.

    handicrafts: 手工

    go with the flow: let things happen without rather than try to control it 顺其自然

    eg. Just go with the flow, stop worrying too much.

    Speaking

    Just now I let my daughter sleep. I take care of my daughter. I’m in SH so the shopping online is very convenient. But, we must buy some food in the morning. Maybe after 9 o’clock, we cannot order some food. Sometimes, I feel we live at home is very boring. I read some book and sometimes I will cook the cake, biscuits with my daughter. Before I born her, I have never cooked. So my husband always say, the food I cook is not good. Because I don’t like so I think baking is more easy than cooking. So I prefer baking. I bake some easy cake or biscuits. I have a dog, sometimes we will give some biscuits to it. The dog likes everything that can eat.

    I studied art when I was in college so I like art and painting. Before I got my daughter, yes. But now, when she is sleeping, I have some time for myself. Sometimes I feel the life is a little boring because she’s life is repeat. Sometimes, I feel happy because she’s an angel. I took her to some exhibition. Sometimes, I took her to playground to play with slide. Sometimes, I took her to her early education school twice a week. She needs to swim once a week. When she was 8 months, I took her to swimming pool. But now, she likes diving. The teacher hug her, they dive together.

    Revised: 

    Just now I put my daughter to sleep. I take care of my daughter every day. I’m in SH so the shopping online is very convenient. But, we must buy some food in the morning. Maybe After 9 o’clock, we cannot order some food. Sometimes, I feel that staying at home is very boring. I read some books and sometimes, I will also make/bake cakes and biscuits with my daughter. Before I gave birth to her, I have never cooked. So my husband always says, the food I cook is not good. Because I don’t like cooking so I think baking is easier than cooking. So I prefer baking. I baked some easy-to-make cakes or biscuits. I have a dog and sometimes we will give some biscuits to it. The dog can eat anything.      

    I studied art when I was in college so I like art and painting. Before my daughter was born, yes. But now, only when she is sleeping will I have some time to myself. Sometimes I feel that life is a little boring because my life is a routine. Other times, I feel happy because she’s an angel. I took her to some exhibitions. I also took her to the playground to play on the slide. Sometimes, I took her to her early education school twice a week. She needs to swim once a week. When she was 8 months old, I took her to the swimming pool. But now, she likes diving. The teacher hugs her and they dive together.

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  • Online Class Notes (Tibo)

    February 11, 2020

    Homework


    Write about what you do at home everyday since we all have to stay home because of the virus

    Today we focused on:


    difference a/the

    Speaking

    Now I am at home, I come from Shanghai, Im living in Shanghai, These ays the China the virus in China … we have to stay at home.
    I think because we stay at home so our home is safe so I don’t scared much.
    I have a 2 yo daughter. The age is very crazy, we cannot go out to play, we must at home so sometimes I feel very tired and boring.
    Now I have a 2 yo daughter so I haven’t go to work for about 2 years. I have to take care by myself.
    My father is sick for a Long time so my mum must take of him and my in law parents are about 70 and they are very health but I don’t let them tired so so.I want to take care of my daughter by myself but I gave up my work for 2 years. Sometimes I feel tired and independent but sometimes my daughter is an angel so she always says mummy I love you.

    Sometimes she will say mummy I am so beautiful so then I will be fine.
    Why I want to improve my English because of her, I gave her a birth in the US so I and my parents hope that she will study in the international school or bilingual school in the future so I want to connect with her teachers. so it is the reason.

    Now she studies in the early education school, twice a week she goes to the early education school. now we cannot go to the school, all of the schools in china are stopped now. I hope she can go to school as soon as she can


    Now I am at home/ I stay at home
    I come from Shanghai/ I am Shanghainese, I’m living in Shanghai.
    These days there is a new virus in China so we have to stay at home. /We have to stay home these days because of the new virus

    I am not scared / the virus doesn’t scare me because we stay at home and our home is safe.

    I have a 2 yo daughter.
    She is very crazy at this age.
    We cannot go out to play (at the moment) and we must at home so sometimes I feel very tired and bored.
    Now I have a 2 yo daughter so I haven’t been to work/ haven’t worked for about 2 years. / Because of my daughter I stopped working 2 years ago.

    I have to take care of her by myself.

    My father has been sick for a long time so my mum must take care of him and my parents in law / in laws are about 70 but they are very healthy / although my parents in law are 70 they are very healthy.

    but I don’t let them get tired/ do tiring things. / I try to help them as much as I can.

    I want to take care of my daughter by myself but I gave up my work for 2 years. Sometimes I feel tired and helpless but at times my daughter is an angel and she always says mummy I love you.

    when she says mummy I love you, I feel good  / it motivates me / it gives me motivation / it puts me in high spirits
    I want to improve my English because of her / the reason I want to improve my English is because of her.

    I gave birth to her / she was born in the US so my husband and I hope that she will study in an international school or a bilingual school in the future so I want to be able to talk with her teachers easily. so it is the reason.

    Now she studies in an early education school, she goes there twice a week.
    now we cannot go to school, all of the schools in China are closed now. I hope she can go to school as soon as possible.

    Vocabulary

    independent (adj) : not needing anyone
    As adults we are independent.

    dependent (adj) : needing someone’s help
    Our daughter is dependent on us because she is very young.

    to motivate (v) 促动
    It motivates me when my daughter tells me she loves me.
    She motivates me.

    motivation (n)
    It gives me motivation

    be in high spirits : in a happy and lively mood
    I was in high spirits when I heard about it.

    individual (n/ adj) single / someone.
    Tom bought many cars but I only bought an individual car.
    All the individuals must wear a mask when they go outside

    Grammar

    someone is scared
    I am scared

    Something is scary
    This movie is very scary

    have + past particle
    I have worked in this company for a long time

    using although / though
    Although we are bored we must stay home.
    Though it is expensive we decided to buy it.

    a/ the
    a : one among many / not specific
    We went to a hotel when we travelled to Japan.

    the : specific (1 in particular)
    The Sheraton hotel in Beijing is very nice.

    Usually when talking about something new start with a and then use the when you talk about it again.
    She studies in an early education school. (first time you talk about the school)
    She goes to the school twice a week (you talk about the school again)

    Pronunciation

    individual

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  • Online Class Notes (Ally)[S]

    January 16, 2020

    Vocabulary

    lymphatic cancer: 淋巴癌

    lymph nodes:淋巴

    pass away: 去世

    genetic: 遗传的

    chemotherapy: 化疗

    surgeries/medical procedures: 手术/医疗措施

    progress: 过程

    hanging in there: 撑得住吗

    silently:沉默的 默默的

    Speaking

    My best friend die. She have a serious sick. She was sick. The blood cancer.
    My best friend passed away.  She had a serious illness. She was sick from lymphatic cancer./She suffered from lymphatic cancer.

    She went to the hospital a month ago, and she died just one month. All of her friends and parents and her husband are surprised because she is very young and she will die very quickly.
    She went to the hospital a month ago, and she died in just one month. All of her family and friends are shocked because she is very young and died very quickly.

    At the beginning, she had a low fever, and three or four days she was better. She didn’t think she had the lymph nodes.

    She was the brightest girl (that) I know, and she had a very healthy lifestyle. She got up early and slept early. She almost never have the takeouts. So everyone don’t believe she had the lymphatic cancer.
    She was the brightest girl (that) I know, and she had a very healthy lifestyle. She got up early and slept early. She almost never eat takeouts. She had very good habits. So no one believed she had the lymphatic cancer.

    But she didn’t genetic.
    But she didn’t have anyone in her family who had a history cancer.

    She lived like a sunshine girl. She hasn’t the baby. She lived with her parents and her husband. So we feel her husband was very sad.
    She lived like a sunshine girl. She didn’t have a baby. She lived with her parents and her husband. So we feel her husband is very sad.

    They are very 相爱.
    They loved each other very much./They were very much in-love.

    They didn’t have the baby so they could go to trip.
    They didn’t have a baby so they could go on trips/travel together.

    I feel that they are more free/they have more free time together than couples who have a baby.

    So almost all of the time, I am envious of/envy them.

    They could go on trip every time.
    They could go on trip anytime/whenever they want.

    We think they would be happy every time to old age.
    We thought they would be happy together until they’re old.

    The last days, she was painful. She was a very detailed person.
    During the last days of her life, she was in pain. person who focused on details. 

    Last week, I went to her home to help her parents.
    Last week, I went to her home to help her parents with the funeral.

    Almost all of her friends didn’t know that she was sick, they know the news that she died. So many people…
    Almost all of her friends didn’t know that she was sick, they only received news of her passing.  Only several of her best friends knew she was sick. She didn’t want a lot of her loved ones to worry about her.

    So many people were asking me what happened, so I told them. At the beginning, I went to the hospital to visit her. She was fine. She didn’t look like a patient at the beginning. So we didn’t think it would improve so quickly.
    So many people were asking me what happened, so I told them. At the beginning, I went to the hospital to visit her. She was fine. She didn’t look like a patient at the beginning. So we didn’t think her illness/her condition would progress so quickly.

    They haven’t the chance to see her forever.
    They didn’t have the chance to see her./They will never get the chance to see her again.

    Her husband looks fine on the outside, but on the inside, he must be very sad.

    I will have the dinner with he and several friends tonight. The day she passed away, he was crying silently.
    I will have the dinner with him and several friends tonight. The day she passed away, he was crying silently/quietly.

    I never saw he cry before she passed away.
    I’ve never seen him cry before her death/she passed away.

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  • F2F Class Notes (cancelled)

    January 9, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    Hi Joyce, sorry to hear that you can’t come to class today. See you next time.

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  • Online Class Notes (Alex) (S)

    December 19, 2019

    Homework

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

    Tell us about how you and your husband met – write a paragraph

    Vocabulary

    bright up my mood = make me happy
    my daughter brights up my mood

    Speaking

    Is raising a child different than what you expected?

    I think sometimes I feel tired. Almost all time I take care of my daughter by myself. Almost all time I think I’m happy. My daughter, sometimes she is naughty but it’s okay, she is a baby. I think she is an angel. She usually can understand what I say. She’s attuned to people’s feelings. I think the most different is I haven’t much time for myself. I must take a lot of time for her. Because my parents and my in-laws don’t usually come to help me. I think I sleeping with her, sing a song with her, that moment I feel the happiness. She’s growing up, at the beginning she is a baby. She doesn’t speaking but now she is a 2-year old child.

    correction

    I think sometimes I feel tired. I take care of my daughter by myself almost all the time. I think I’m happy almost all the time. My daughter, sometimes she is naughty but it’s okay, she is a baby. I think she is an angel. She usually can understand what I say. She’s attuned to people’s feelings. I think the biggest difference with my life before is I haven’t much time for myself. I must spend a lot of time looking after her. Because my parents and my in-laws don’t usually come to help me. I think when I’m sleeping with her, singing a song with her, that moment I feel happy. She’s growing up, at the beginning she was a baby. She didn’t speak but now she is a 2-year old child, and she can say a lot of words. She can bright up my mood. 

    Grammar

    the teacher will be disappoint – the teacher will be disappointed 

    I think this movie is disappointing. I’m disappointed by this movie.

    I pretend to angry – I pretend to be angry

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  • Online Class Notes (Ally)[S]

    December 17, 2019

    Vocabulary

    disappointing: rang ren shi wang de
    ie. Chinese designers are disappointing.

    neglect: hu shi/ wu shi
    ie. Some irresponsible parents neglect their children.

    client: ke hu
    ie. That company is a major client of mine.

    familiar: shou xi
    ie. I am familiar with that area.

    similar: alike, xiang tong de
    ie. The area is similar to another one.

    starve: ai e
    ie. I would starve rather than cook for myself.

    renovated: zhuang xiu hao de

    furnished: comes with furniture
    ie. My home is fully renovated and furnished.

    electronics: dian zi
    ie. I need to purchase new home electronics.

    automatic: zi dong de
    ie. This is an automatic voice message.

    live-in: zhu jia de
    ie. I need a live-in nanny.

    privacy: yinsi
    ie. People should protect their privacy.

    Speaking

    My new home is actually near our old home, in Minhang district.

    I had a designer, but the designer in China is not good. At beginning, they give you some picture but after a time, the designer, if he got the fee, he will not focus on your home.

    I had hired a designer, but I’m working on the room mostly by myself. I think designers in China are disappointing. At/In the beginning, they give you very nice pictures but in the end, the designer, if he already got his fee, he will neglect you as a client.

    These days, we are clean up. Once I finish the cleaning, we will move to our new home. The area we are familiar and I think the area is convenient, near by two big plaza and some supermarkets and so many take-outs.

    These days, we are doing clean up. Once I finish cleaning our place, we will move into our new home. We are familiar with the area and I think the area is very convenient, since it is near/since there are two big plazas and some supermarkets and many take-outs nearby. We are moving in some clothes and home electronics.

    Before and after I had my daughter, I don’t do housework. We had a nanny and have some automatic household cleaning machines, such as a cleanup robot. Because we have our daughter, we have so much housework to do. I think the nanny doesn’t have time and energy to do everything, so we bought some self-cleaning tools.

    My sleep is not too good, if someone bothers me, I will not get any more sleep the whole night. So I need/must have a live-in nanny. However, I don’t like live-in nannies. A lot of people don’t like having another person it their homes. If you have a live-in nanny, you will see the nanny in your home all the time, and you won’t get your privacy.

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  • F2F Class Notes (Nemo)

    December 12, 2019

    Vocabulary

    The school’s been established in 1993

    学校成立于1993年

    nanny (n): a woman whose job is to take care of a particular family’s children
    (照看小孩的)保姆

    maternity leave (n): a period in which a woman is legally allowed to be absent from work in the weeks before and after she gives birth
    产假

    online (adj): Online products, services, or information can be bought or used on the internet.
    (产品、服务或信息)联网的,在线的,网上的
    E.g.: an online newspaper/magazine/dictionary
    网上报纸/网络杂志/在线词典
    E.g.: online banking/shopping
    网上银行服务/购物

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  • F2F Class Notes (Nemo)

    December 10, 2019

    Vocabulary

    housewarming party (n): a party that you give when you move into a new house
    温居聚会,乔迁聚会
    E.g.: We’re having a housewarming on Friday if you’d like to come.
    我们要在星期五举行乔迁聚会,愿意的话欢迎前来参加。

    Ornament (n):装饰品, an object that is beautiful rather than useful
    装饰物,饰品
    E.g.: a glass ornament
    玻璃饰物
    E.g.: garden ornaments such as statues and fountains
    如雕像、喷泉等花园装饰物

    dining room (n): a room in which meals are eaten
    餐厅
    E.g.: This room has a dual purpose, serving as both a study and a dining room.
    E.g.: She sat in the dining room, enthroned on an old high-backed chair.

    rooftop garden-屋顶花园

    Terrace-露台

    balcony-阳台

    rooftop (n) the outside surface of the roof of a building
    屋顶;外屋顶
    E.g.: a magnificent view of the rooftops
    屋顶鳞次栉比的壮观景色

    dishwasher (n): a machine that washes dirty plates, cups, forks, etc.
    洗碗机
    E.g.: This dishwasher even washes pots and pans .

    furnished (adj):containing furniture or containing furniture of a particular type
    配备家具的
    E.g.: She’s looking for a furnished flat/apartment.
    她正在找配备家具的公寓。
    E.g.: Their house is expensively furnished.
    他们把房子布置得很豪华。

    once-as soon as, or from the moment when
    一…就;一旦…就
    E.g.: Once I’ve found somewhere to live I’ll send you my address.
    我一找到住的地方就把地址告诉你。

    clutter (n):(a lot of objects in) a state of being untidy
    杂乱,凌乱;杂乱的东西
    E.g.: Sorry about the clutter in the kitchen.
    对不起,厨房里杂乱不堪。
    E.g.: My desk is covered in/full of clutter.
    我书桌上堆得乱七八糟。

    declutter (v): to remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful
    清除,清理(多余物品)
    E.g.: I’m going to declutter before my family comes to visit.
    我要在亲戚来之前清理一下房子。
    E.g.: Declutter your kitchen worktops to give yourself more space to cook.
    把你厨房的操作台清理一下,这样做饭的时候就有更多空间。

    Speaking

    Our new apartment is in Minhang district it has three floors  so it’s hard to clean , it has six rooms and three bathrooms, we have one terrace and two balconies.

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  • Online Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    December 5, 2019

    Vocabulary

    resort= 度假村⛱️
    ex: We will live in a resort for our trip to Shanghai Mountain.

    husky= 哈士奇🐶
    ex: A lot of people say that husky is a crazy and stupid dog.
    ex: I think huskies are stupid in a very cute way.

    outdoor= 露天的
    ex: I don’t like to swim in an outdoor pool.
    ex: I like to have my coffee outdoor and feel the breeze.

    indoor= 室内的
    ex: I used to have an indoor swimming pool in Canada.

    minerals= 矿物质
    ex: I buy the baby water because it has minerals that are suitable for the baby.
    ex: The natural hot spring has lots of minerals.

    peak season= 旺季
    off-season= 淡季
    ex: If you buy tickets during the peak season, it will be more expensive.
    ex: We can go to Hokkaido during off-season, the tickets and the hotels will be cheaper.

    Speaking

    I will go to snowboarding in the Chinese New Year next month with my family. My daughter haven’t played the snow, so I want her to see the snowflake. I haven’t see the ticket to Japan, because too many people will go to Hokkaido. My family will go to ChangBai Mountain. My husband and me have gone to the Hokkaido.

    We go to a small village to see the river, we saw many penguins in the zoo, not in the cage, just around me, that’s why it’s special. The zoo is very famous in Hokkaido, the penguins walking one by one around you, not in the cage. We went to the White Lover Park. You will see how to make the white chocolate ice-cream. You can buy some gifts for your friends and your lovers. When we go to the snowboarding resort, we played the dog sled, we got a lot of fun. Then we enjoyed the hot spring out side. In Japan, so many hot springs are real hot spring.

    Revised

    I will go to snowboarding during the Chinese New Year next month with my family. My daughter has never played with the snow, so I want her to see the snowflake. I haven’t checked the ticket to Japan, because too many people will go to Hokkaido. My family will go to ChangBai Mountain. My husband and I have been to the Hokkaido.

    We went to a small village to see the river, we saw many penguins in the zoo, they were not in the cage, they were just around me, that’s why it’s special. The zoo is very popular in Hokkaido, the penguins walking one by one around you, they are not in the cage. We went to the White Lover Park. You will learn how to make the white chocolate ice-cream. You can buy some gifts for your friends and your lovers. When we went to the snowboarding resort, we played the dog sled, we had a lot of fun. Then we enjoyed the hot spring outdoor. In Japan, the hot springs are natural.

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  • Online Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    November 28, 2019

    Vocabulary

    necklace= 项链
    ex: You could buy him a LV necklace for his birthday.

    earring= 耳环
    ex: He likes to buy me earrings.

    bracelet= 手链
    ex: I like to wear bracelets more than earrings.

    hot spring= 温泉♨️
    ex: you can have a private hot spring in your room.

    take-out= 外卖
    order take-out=点外卖
    ex: I order take-outs everyday

    Speaking

    It’s my husband’s birthday, but I didn’t buy anything for him. I have no idea because we have married for a long time, I don’t know what can I buy for him. He’s a very traditional man. Sometimes he bought some earrings I don’t like. I think I can cook something for him, but I don’t like to cook. Once I cook something for him, he says too yucky. My husband often orders take-out. 

    Revised

    It’s almost my husband’s birthday, but I didn’t buy anything for him. I have no idea what to buy because we have been married for a long time, I don’t know what can I buy for him. He’s a very traditional man. Sometimes he buys some earrings that I don’t like. I think I can cook something for him, but I don’t like to cook. Once I cooked something for him, he said it’s too yucky. My husband often orders take-out. 

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  • Online Class Notes (George)

    November 26, 2019

    Homework

    write about your experience as a mother explaining the differences before having your daughter and after

    Speaking

    I have born my daughter in America, in the future we hope that she study in a international school.because I haven’t speak and write English for a long time so I forgot a lot of grammar. I like painting, I studied art in my university. I like watch movies and singing. I was a magazine editor. my dog is corgy it name is dollar. he’s 5 years old he is very fat and lazy.i haven’t a lot of time to training so it become fat and lazy, he like sleepy. but when someone is coming he will shout loudly. she loves my dog very much but my dog doesn’t like her very much, maybe he think that my daughter is enemy. my dog is jealous of daughter. at first I am his mommy but now I haven’t a lot of time to play with my dog, I think he feel a little sad and disappointed. I often went to playground with my daughter, we often go to early education school twice a week. a lot of time I will go out with her. also she is a 2 years old baby but I think she is busy, we often go to children library.

    my daughter was born in America, in the future we hope that she will study in a international school.because I didn’t speak and write English for a long time so I forgot a lot of grammar. I like painting, I studied art in my university. I like / I’m into watching movies and singing. I was / used to be a magazine editor. my dog is corgy it‘s name is/ we call him  dollar. he’s 5 years old, he is very fat and lazy.i haven’t a lot of time training so it become fat and lazy, he like sleeping/ he’s always sleepy. but when someone is coming he will bark loudly.she loves my dog very much but my dog doesn’t like her very much doesn’t love her back, maybe he think that my daughter is an enemy. my dog is jealous of daughter. at first/ in the beginning  I was his mommy but now I haven’t a lot of time to play with my dog, I think he feels a little sad and disappointed. I often go to playground with my daughter, we often go to an early education school twice a week. most of the time I will go out with her. although she is a 2 years old baby but I think she is busy, we often go to children library as well.

    Vocabulary

    bark : 狗叫声

    stubborn : 顽固的

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  • Online Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    November 19, 2019

    Vocabulary

    1.ornaments= little decorations
    ex: I bought many ornaments for my Christmas tree.

    2. omnipresent= 无处不在 everywhere
    ex: Foreign festivals are omnipresent in Shanghai.

    3. prevalent (adj)= popular
    ex: Weed大麻 is prevalent in Canada, almost everyone smoke weed.

    Speaking

    I want to buy a new Christmas tree and some decorations. My daughter expect Santa and reindeer for Christmas party. I will buy her a toy Santa and a toy Snowman. These days, we often listen the Christmas songs. She can sing the “Jingle Bell”. I have a cold too, I have a low fever. I have to play with my daughter, I will wear a mask. She has class on Wednesday and Friday, so she’s at home today. She’s very clingy, so I have to play with her. Next year, she will go to school and I will relax. I hope I will go to work.

    Next month, we will move to a new house. We will  have so many Christmas parties. I think Christmas is interesting, have so many good vibes. The Christmas environment in Shanghai is very prevalent.

    Revised

    I want to buy a new Christmas tree and some decorations/ ornaments. My daughter expects Santa and reindeer for the Christmas party. I will buy her a toy Santa and a toy Snowman. These days, we often listen to the Christmas songs. She can sing the “Jingle Bell”. I have a cold too, I have a low fever. I have to play with my daughter, I will wear a mask to prevent her from getting sick. She has early education classes on Wednesday and Friday, so she’s at home today. She’s very clingy/ needy, so I have to play with her. Next year, she will go to school and I will be more relaxed. I hope I will go back to work.

    Next month, we will move to a new house. We will have so many Christmas parties. I think Christmas is interesting, there are lots of good vibes. The The celebration of Christmas environment in Shanghai is very prevalent in Shanghai. 

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  • Online Class Notes (Joe) [S]

    November 7, 2019

    Next Class Focus

    We need to practice using the present perfect tense and past simple tense. The past simple tense can be used to say when something happened, but the present perfect tense cannot be used with exact times. Example: They went to Paris in 2013. They have been to Paris.

    Homework

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

    Practice using the continuous tense and past simple tense to talk about one thing that happened quickly while another thing contniued to happen. Example: I was having lunch when I saw a bird. Structure – Someone was + verb + ing + when + verb (past tense).

    Pronunciation

    studied – make sure you say the /d/ sound at the end clearly

    Vocabulary

    fashionable – adj
    Paris is a fashionable city

    fashion – noun
    I am interested in fashion

    Grammar

    I like because my best friend lives in London
    I like London because my best friend lives there

    He have live in London for about 2 years
    He has lived in London for about 2 years

    I prefer to visit France next time
    I would prefer to visit France next time

    I have went to the California
    I have been to California
    I went to California

    I haven’t went to France 
    I haven’t been to France
    I didn’t go to France

    France is fashion and beautiful
    France is fashionable and beautiful

    It has so many museum
    It has so many museums

    How long has you went to Wuhan?
    How long did you spend in Wuhan?

    How long have you lived in Shanghai? (good question)

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  • Online Class Notes (Zachary)

    October 23, 2019

    Today’s focus

    Speaking practice

    Asking teachers about daughter’s class

    “My daughter is a little shy”

    “My daughter is a bit shy”

    “In the first 10 or 15 minutes, she is a little nervous.”

    She is nervous every time”

    Why do you think she is so nervous?

    “She is very clingy”

    “She likes to stick to me”

    “Sometime’s when I need to leave, or go buy something, she won’t/doesn’t let me go”

    How can I help build her independence?

    But we do that you said.

    But, we did what you said.

    We often go to the playground with many children

    we often listen to the english music,

    we often listen to english songs

    and watch english cartoons every day.

    Why is she so nervous around foreigners.

    Why is she so scared of foreigners.

    I think she is maybe scared of their different faces.

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  • F2F Class Notes (Nemo)[S]

    October 21, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    Today we focused on difference between subject and object pronouns

    Speaking

    I think  it’s very important to learn when they are young.  Shanghai is international city, so  Chinese need to learn English well in bilingual school or international school. My daughter has english class twice a week with foreigner teacher we hope that she speak English as first language, of course Chinese is very important so we hope he will study in bilingual school in the future. I feel she’s English study is improving fast. Most of time she’s a little shy in class so I have the class because of her, I want to communicate with her teacher in English.

    I think that it’s very important for kids to start studying at a young age.  Shanghai is  an international city, so  Chinese people/locals need to learn English well in a bilingual school or an international school. My daughter has an English class twice a week with a foreign teacher. We hope that one day she’s going to speak English as good as her first language. Of course Chinese is very important so we hope that she will study in a bilingual school in the future. I feel that her English study is improving  fast. Most of the time she’s a little (bit) shy in class so I started taking English classes because of her, I want to be able to communicate with her teacher in English.

    progress-进步

    Grammar

    OBJECT PRONOUNS

    object (n): a noun or noun phrase that is affected by the action of a verb or that follows a preposition
    宾语
    In the sentence “I like ice cream”, “ice cream” is the object of the verb “like”.
    在句子 I like ice cream 中,ice cream 是动词 like 的宾语。

    subject-the person or thing that performs the action of a verb, or is joined to a description by a verb
    主语
    “Bob” is the subject of the sentence “Bob threw the ball.”
    Bob 是句子 Bob threw the ball 的主语。

    Subjects are what the sentence is about.
    Objects are what is affected by the action of the subject.

    I like orange juice. (I is the subject).
    I read books. (Books is the object as it is receiving the action).
    Object pronouns are used instead of nouns, usually because we already know what the object is. It makes the sentence easier to read and understand and avoids repetition. We normally use object pronouns after a verb or a preposition.

    PRONOUNS
    Subject Pronoun Object Pronoun
    I –                                     Me
    You –                               You
    He-                                  Him
    She-                                 Her
    It-                                    It
    We –                                Us
    You -(plural)                 You
    They –                             Them

    I like horses. Subject Pronoun
    Horses don’t like me. Object Pronoun
    We talk to our neighbor. Subject Pronoun
    She talks to us. Object Pronoun
    They listen to the teacher. Subject Pronoun
    She listens to them carefully. Object Pronoun
    You speak very quickly. Subject Pronoun
    We watch you on TV. Object Pronoun

    The Object Pronoun – it
    Be careful when using ‘it’ as an object pronoun because it is only in the correct context that it has meaning. It needs to have already been mentioned or obvious to the listener what you are referring to. Compare;

    You are sitting on it! (The listener probably doesn’t know what the speaker refers to).
    The letter is on the sofa. You are sitting on it! (It is obvious in the second sentence that the reference is to the letter)

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  • F2F Class Notes (Ally) [S]

    October 16, 2019

    Vocabulary

    introductions: 自我介绍
    ex: it’s time for introductions!
    ex: can you please introduce yourself?

    bay: 海湾
    ex: this is Hudson Bay of Canada

    bay area: 海湾附近的地区
    ex: I live in the bay area, so I like seafood.

    sand storm:沙尘暴
    ex: I like SH because there are no sandstorms.
    ex: If you live in BJ, you will encounter a sand storm

    for the time being:目前
    ex:Im in SH for the time being

    full-time career: 全职工作
    ex: did you give up your full-time career?

    accent:口音
    ex: Indian people have a strong accent when they speak English.

    influence: 影响
    ex: My mom had a heavy influence on me

    fluent:流利的
    ex: I can speak fluent English because I grew up in Canada

    authentic: 地道/真实
    ex: you can find authentic Indian food in SH.

    uneducated: 没有受过高等教育的
    ex: 70% of the Chinese people are uneducated.

    first language:母语
    ex: My first language is English.

    subtitles:字幕
    ex: I need subtitles when I watch American dramas.

    Speaking

    I want her to speak Chinese and English. If she goes to international school, I cannot communication with her when she’s seven years ago. I don’t like teachers who dress. When I was a student, I can accept. Now I’m a mommy, I need a relaxing environment. I don’t use English for a long time. So I forgot so many words and grammar.

    Revised:

    I want her to speak Chinese as well as English/ I want her to be bilingual. If she goes to international school, I cannot communicate with her when she’s seven years ago. I don’t like teachers who dress up too much. When I was a student, I can accept it Now that I’m a mommy, I need a relaxing environment. I haven’t used English for a long time, so I have forgotten many words and grammar.

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  • F2F Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    October 13, 2019

    Grammar

    because of + noun
    because+ sentence (subject+verb)
    ex: I have to bring an umbrella because of the rain
    ex: I have to bring an umbrella because it’s raining.

    ex: I come here to learn English because of my daughter. 
    ex: I come here to learn English because I want to teach her English.

    was +ing= 刚才在
    ex: Sorry Joyce I was sleeping, I didn’t sleep last night.
    ex: Sorry Joyce I was eating with my mom, I didn’t hear your call.

    (to be) + ing= 现在在
    ex: what are you eating? 
    ex: who are you with?
    ex: are you coming with your brother?

    I haven’t money–> I don’t have money
    haven’t + (past past verb)
    ex: I haven’t + seen you for 2 days.
    ex: I haven’t + finished my homework because I was so busy.
    ex: I haven’t + visited/been to Japan because I have no break.

    Vocabulary

    1.custom= 海关
    ex: I told the custom that I will have my baby in America.

    2. extremely= 非常非常
    ex: I was extremely angry when she peed on herself.
    ex: I was extremely happy when he bought me a bag.

    3. yell at (someone)= 骂/吼 某人
    ex: My mom used to yell at me when my room was messy.

    4. peed on herself/ himself/ myself = 尿裤尿()身上
    ex: she peed on herself before her class so I slapped her bum/ butt.

    Speaking

    Today, in the morning, I let my daughter to early education school to have a English class. She learned ABC song with her teacher and some colors and shapes. She was very interested in colors. Her favorite color is pink. She was into singing and dancing, she’s very very naughty. She always let me angry.

    Revised

    This morning, I let my daughter went to early education school to have an English class. She learned the ABC song with her teacher and some colors and shapes. She was very interested in colors. Her favorite color is pink. She is into singing and dancing, she’s extremely naughty. She always makes me angry.

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  • Demo Class Notes (Joyce S – Jesse)

    October 9, 2019

    Pronunciation

    doctor – dock tor
    daughter – dor ter

    sun – uh 

    Speaking

    Japan

    we like go to japan in winter because the snow is very beautiful and we can enjoy a hot spring – my husband like hot spring. last time we go to tokyo to shopping and have a holiday. we buy some make up and clothes. so many people like shanghai, but also tokyo is good like shanghai, it’s very modern.

    I get up at 7 o’clock then I read some book for my daughter, and play some puzzle block with her, then we have breakfast, then we go to the playground, play slide, swing, she’s very happy. Then grandma is coming, so I can go to out to here. When i need to go help.

    we like to go / we like going to japan in winter because the snow is very beautiful and we can enjoy a hot spring – my husband likes hot spring. last time we went to Tokyo to shop and have a holiday. we bought some make up and clothes. There are so many people, like shanghai, but also Tokyo is good like shanghai, because it’s very modern.

    I got up at 7 o’clock then I read (red) some book for my daughter, and played with some puzzle and blocks with her, then we had breakfast, then we went to the playground, and played on the slide, and swing. she was very happy. Then grandma was coming, so I could go out to here.

    Vocabulary

    we like to go / we like / I’m really into / I’m a big fan of going to japan in winter because / since / as / due to the fact that the snow is very / so / really / incredibly beautiful and we can / are able to enjoy a hot spring.

    longer sentence + higher level vocabulary + chinglish grammar 

    Vocabulary

    I can – I have meetings so I am able to do my job better

    due to = because of
    due to the fact that / as / since = because

    Grammar

    verbs – what time? 
    have done
    – in the past, general time (experience / already) – time is not important
    did – in the past – specific time – you know the time
    was doing – in the past – period of time

    I want to drink water
    to do

    I born her in USA – I gave birth to her in the US / I had her in the US / the states 

    almost i take care of her – I take care of her almost always

    i have long time not to write I haven’t written for a long time 

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