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Speaking: 1.75
Pronunciation: 2.25
Writing: 2.5
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Class focus: needs to improve vocabulary when talking about life and also learn business vocabulary, starting with simple business / formal words to replace casual words. Needs to learn past tense and remember to use it. 

Occupation: Pre-sale consultant, AI

At SE since: Nov 2019

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10-Mar 3:05PM
A plan of our activities
Due to the novel corona-virus,Our meetup offline chat activities have to be stopped. I discussed with my partner about our activities' plan. We decided to go online, like shooting vlog. We will publicize our vlog via Douyin,xiaohongshu,bilibili and so on. About the content of vlog, we will divide it into conversation and chat, reading and sharing, life recording, beauty dress matching, etc.
My partner have been setting up a place for our video these days, and the first video's draft was ready. We are going to start shooting the fist video in late March.
Sounds good.
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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    February 15, 2020

    Homework

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

    Try to make a story using the words.

    Writing

    My job is a pre-sale of intelligent voice robot. The pre-sales work is to assist (look it up, =help ) the sales after they get a business relationship. The details of the job are demonstrating (look it up) the company’s products, training customers how to use the products, providing service solutions, system deployment solutions (such as online deployment or local deployment) and so on.
    Due to the novel coronavirus (look it up), I have been working at home since last Monday. My job is to communicate with customers. Recently, customers are working at home, so it leads to low efficiency (look it up).
    We are developing a product to help local governments for free to investigate epidemic situation (look it up) via telephone. The voice robots ask people about their health, then the system registers (look it up) in the background.

    My job is / involves  a pre-sale / is a pre-sale consultant of intelligent voice robots. The pre-sales work is to assist (look it up, =help ) the sales people / team after they get a business relationship / close the deal. The details of the job are demonstrating (look it up) the company’s products, training customers how to use the products, providing service solutions, system deployment solutions (such as online deployment or local deployment) and so on.
    Due to the novel coronavirus (look it up), I have been working at home since last Monday. My job is to communicate with customers. Recently, customers are working at home, so it leads to low efficiency (look it up).
    We are developing a product to help local governments for free to investigate the epidemic situation (look it up) via telephone. The voice robots ask people about their health, then the system registers (look it up) in the background.

    Vocabulary

    deploy / deployment 
    eg. the Chinese army was deployed in India

    shop assistant – fu wu yuan (any other shop)
    waiter / waitress – fu wu yuan (food)

    demo / demonstrate (v) / demonstration (n) – to try sth for the first time
    eg. I came for a demo with Jesse and he demonstrated the SE teaching style

    efficient – use time well
    effective – lots of effective
    eg. Face to face class is more efficient (faster) and more effective (useful)

    I studied CSE at university / my major was…

    traffic
    eg. i was late because of the traffic
    eg2. the traffic is so bad today

    deliver / delivery – kuai di

    discount / deal – cheaper price on some holiday

    delicious = tastes amazing < > tastes terrible / really bad 

    amazing / incredible / fantastic 
    great / really good 
    pretty good / quite good 
    good
    not bad
    fine
    just ok / fine
    not great / not very good 
    bad / quite bad 
    pretty bad 
    really bad
    so bad
    terrible / horrible

    Grammar

    the same to meI feel the same way

    Have a nice day! The same to you / you too

    Pronunciation

    tien / tion – shh

    I got up late so I am quite tired today but this morning I will (i’ll) drink some coffee and I hope it makes me feel better. 

    they are / they’re
    we are / we’re
    they have / they’ve
    how are / how’re

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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    February 8, 2020

    Homework

    Use some of the words from last class in your writing (getting ready for work).

    Vocabulary

    Thank you – you’re welcome / no problem / it’s OK / no worries / my pleasure
    Sorry – no problem / it’s OK / don’t worry about it 

    Grammar

    I’m scared of mice and snakes

    I am 10 years old
    I am a 10 year old boy (adjective is not countable)

    a little people in Shanghai – There are not many people in Shanghai at all 

    I want you to go home < > I want you to not go home
    I make you do your homework < > I make you not do your homework

    I like it < > I don’t like it

    i work off about 7PM – I finish work at 7PM
    I start work < > I finish work 

    I lived in Pudong last year I have been living in Pudong since last year / for 1 year
    Last year I moved to Pudong / Last year I started living in Pudong 

    Vocabulary

    rent – zu
    eg. My rent is really expensive because I live in the middle of the city

    bustling – busy and lots of activity
    eg. Pudong is a bustling part of the city these days

    traffic – cars / buses / bikes on the road
    public transport – metro + bus

    What did you say? – sorry? – better than “What?”

    Writing

    Horrible and Boring Spring Festival
    Recently, everyone in Shanghai feel scared at the viruses in Wuhan. I was going to have a trip to the city near Shanghai with my parents. Many media news about the viruses make people feel anxious, so I cancel the excursion.
    There hasn’t been any Chinese New Year atmosphere in Shanghai for a long time for me. So I really don’t know how to spend the 7 days holiday. We can’t go to the place where there are many people and avoid transportation. It makes me do not to hang out at all.
    The arrangement of these seven days may be to go to their parents’ home and talk with them, help them do housework and so on. I plan to do some exercise at home, read books and find some interesting movies.

    Horrible and Boring Spring Festival
    Recently, everyone in Shanghai feels scared of the virus in Wuhan. I was going to have a trip to a city near Shanghai with my parents. A lot of news about the viruses is making people feel anxious, so I canceled the excursion / outing / trip.
    There hasn’t been any Chinese New Year atmosphere in Shanghai for a long time for me, so I really don’t know how to spend the 7 day holiday. We can’t go to the places where there are many people and we should avoid public transportation. It makes me do not to go out at all.
    The arrangement of these seven days may be to go to my parents’ home and talk with them, help them do housework and so on. I plan to do some exercise at home, read books and find some interesting movies.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    January 18, 2020

    Homework

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

    Next Class Focus

    how to reply to thank you and sorry.

    Vocabulary

    self help books / self improvement 

    stress – the negative / bad things that come from too much pressure
    pressure – the feeling of pushing yourself / emotions
    eg. I have so much pressure in my life so I read books to deal with it.

    I went to Tokyo from Sydney via Hong Kong. (I went from Sydney, stopped in HK, and then to Tokyo)
    I called you via (through / on / using) Skype / WeChat

    freshening up – make yourself feel and look clean again after some time

    get ready for work = breakfast, shower, brush teeth, make up, etc…

    clean up = clean the house to make it tidy / clean
    wash up = wash the dishes after dinner

    I do my make up / I put on make up = hua zhuang
    I make up = I create sth not real

    I go to work – wo qu gong si (place)
    I am here to work – gong zuo (verb)
    This is my work – gong zuo de shi qing (noun / thing)
    I go to work to work on my work

    look it up – cha zi dian

    near – near (like before / after)
    nearby – near here / near there (like beforehand / afterward)
    eg. I live in JingAn and my office is nearby. / I live in JingAn and my office is near my home.

    road trip – a trip you take by car / often traveling a long distance with lots of stops
    eg. I will take a road trip this CNY

    Grammar

    to = distance
    I talk to you
    I listen to you
    I go to work
    It is different to that

    Writing

    My daily day
    I used to be a project manager, because of the job nature, I like to arrange my life in advance. My work time is from 9:30 to 19:00 everyday, so I will spent the most of every piece of my time to do something. I wake up at 7:45 in every morning. The first thing is to turn on my Bose sound, and connect my phone Bluetooth, then play some app about reading.
    Some reading APP will summarize the essence of a book. If I don’t have time to read, I will get some knowledge and information by listening books.
    It takes 45 minutes from washing to making up to going out. The morning time is always arranged by this way, generally no more than 45 minutes. It need 40minutes to take the subway, and arrive at the company to start the work.
    I get off work at 7:00 PM if I don’t need to work overtime. After work, I will have a easy dinner, and then I go home. It spents me one hour to have an exercise, Anaerobic + aerobic. Having an exercise is the thing which I have been doing this for ten years. Because I think exercise can not only keep fit, buy also be good for my health, and it can also make me better and better. Afterwards I will take a shower and then I read some books for one hour before going to bed.
    This is may slow day.

    My daily day
    I used to be a project manager, and because of the nature of the job, I like to arrange everything in advance. My work time is from 9:30 to 19:00 (7 PM) everyday, so I will spent the most of every piece of my time to do something / I like to make sure that every moment I have something to do / I like to keep busy / I like to stay productive. I wake up at 7:45 in every morning and the first thing is to turn on my Bose sound, and connect my phone using / via Bluetooth to play some reading app / play an audio-book.
    Some reading apps will summarize the essence of a book so / and if I don’t have time to read, I will get some knowledge and information by listening to books.
    It takes 45 minutes from showering and brushing my teeth to do my make up to go out / before going out. The morning time is always arranged by (in) this way, and it generally takes no more than 45 minutes. I need 40 minutes to take the subway / taking the subway takes 40 minutes to arrive at work to start the work.
    I get off work at 7:00 PM if I don’t need to work overtime. After work, I will (usually / often / always) have a simple dinner, and then I go home. I spend me one hour to do exercise, including Anaerobic / body weight exercises / strength training + aerobic / cardio. Doing exercise is the thing which I have been doing this for ten years because I think exercise can not only keep me fit, but also is good for my health, and it can also make me better and better / can also give me the feeling of progress. Afterwards I will take a shower and then I read some books for one hour before going to bed.
    This is my slow day.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W / S]

    January 12, 2020

    Next Class Focus

    talk about how to use “Because of + sentence (being / doing)”

    can in the future = be able to

    Today we focused on:

    Manner cafe

    Vocabulary

    did you have a nice time / did you have a good time?

    event / activity
    event –
    often is big – many people go to a place together to do something 
    activity –
    is small – to do something that has been organised
    eg. we went to an event to see some famous people, and they had many activities there.

    22nd floor / floor 22
    eg. our meetup is on the 22nd floor

    promote / promotion – tell people about sth
    eg. we will promote our meetup event on some apps and website

    cooperate / cooperation
    eg. I want to cooperate with SE to get more members for our meetup

    It was a slow day = ok = relaxing, didn’t do anything special
    It was a boring day = bad

    fter that < > before that
    afterwards < > beforehand
    eg. I had class at 5PM. Beforehand, I did my homework.

    here < > there
    here = the place you are at now
    there = another place, not here.

    MONEY / TIME
    need / take – I need 10 minutes to wash my hair – not your choice
    eg. It takes / I need 10 minutes to get to work
    cost – it costs 10 RMB
    spend / take – I spend 10 minutes reading on the train – your choice
    eg. I spend / I take 10 minutes to read a book

    Flying to Japan takes 3 hours. = Need 3 hours to arrive (finish)
    I spent 3 hours reading = use 3 hours, it’s your choice

    I take / it takes / I need 20 minutes to get to work.
    This book will take 3 weeks to finish.

    I have a computer. It is black. = I have a computer which is black.

    I have a computer which is black, and I bought it in Japan.
    I have a computer and I bought it in Japan which is a country near China.

    I bought a computer which took me 1 hour.

    Speaking

    I woke up at 10 o’clock. I read a book because I was very busy this week so I had a lack of time to read. It took me 2 hours to read and I went out to go shopping. Then I had a coffee, and I also read a book in here. I came here to learn English. We will go to take an activity – chat with other people who we don’t meet before. I like chat with different people. I want to know what they think about some topic.

    I woke up at 10 o’clock / AM which is late because it is the weekend. I read a book because I was very busy this week so I had a lack of time to read / I lacked time to read / I didn’t have enough time to read. I spent 2 hours reading and then I went out to go / went shopping. Then I had a coffee, and I also read a book downstairs / there. Then / Afterwards, I came here to learn English with Jesse for 1 hour. Afterwards, we will hold an activity on the 22nd floor and chat with other people who we haven’t met before. I like to chat / I like chatting with different people because I want to know what they think about some topics. / I enjoy learning about other’s perspectives and ideas on the world. 

    Grammar

    I have done < > I haven’t done – verbs
    I have < > I don’t have – nouns

    didn’t do – specific time 
    haven’t done
    – general time

    Writing

    I hope to have a career that I love,I can do what I want to do. I will divide this decade into three equal parts. I will take three years to learn theoretical knowledge of psychology, and I will take three years to practice as a psychological consultant. I hope I can become a psychological consultan and a teacher in psychology training center in three years.
    The first thing this two years is to prepare to get a master of Psychology, I can work and study at the same time.

    Goals for this decade ? It’s a good question. Ten years later, I’m over 40. I hope I don’t worry about the wrinkles on my face. I don’t feel inferior because of can’t wear that little black dress.(but I believe I can wear that little black dress when I’m 40 years old )
    The most important thing is to have the most loved one and around me. I hope I will have a quiet and warm life.

    I hope to have a career that I love,and / which lets me do what I want to do. I will divide this decade into three equal parts and will take three years to learn the theoretical knowledge of psychology, and I will take three years to practice as a psychological consultant. I hope I can become a psychological consultant and a teacher in a psychology training center in three years.
    The first thing for these two years is to prepare to get a master of Psychology degree, which I can work during.

    Goals for this decade ? That’s a good question. Ten years later, I will be over 40. I hope I will not worry about the wrinkles on my face and I won’t feel inferior because I won’t be able to wear that little black dress.(but I believe I will be able to wear that little black dress when I’m 40 years old )
    The most important thing is to have the ones I love most, around me / to have my loved ones around me. I hope I will have a quiet and warm life.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[W]

    January 4, 2020

    Homework

    What are your goals for this decade?

    你这十年的目标是什么?

    Writing

    Last weekend, I drove to Mogan Mountain with my good friends for my holiday. It was a bad day with moderate rain. The traffic of the highway was terrible. It was almost impossible to move forward in half an hour. Fortunately the rest of the way went well. We left for there at 10AM. It took almost three hours to reach the foot of Mogan mountain.
    We booked a homestay at the food of the mountain. The room was clean and facilities were complete. After arriving at the homestay, we had a rest and drove off to look for delicious food.
    After dinner, we went back to the homestay. There were many facilities in the homestay. Such as KTV,table tennis. We also brought a bottle of champagne with us. We enjoyed ourselves while playing.
    Because I had a cold before, I sleeped late the next morning. I got up and had a light breakfast.
    Then we drove to see the scenery. But the road after the rain was not suitable for driving, especially there was a section of road going up the mountain, which was potholed and bumpy. It could only go ahead at a speed of 10 yards.We Found a small restaurant along the way, and returned home after a big meal.
    It was a nice weekend like this, but the weather was a little pity. We decided that we would choose a good weather and go to Mogan mountain again next time.

    Last weekend, I drove to Mogan Mountain with my good friends for my holiday. It was a bad day with moderate rain. The traffic on the highway was terrible. We barely moved in half an hour. Fortunately, the rest of the trip went well. We left for the mountain at 10 AM. It took us almost three hours to reach the foot of Mogan mountain.
    We booked a homestay at the foot of the mountain. The room was clean and the facilities were perfect. After arriving at the Airbnb house, we had a rest and then we drove off to look for delicious food.
    After dinner, we went back to the house. There were many facilities in the house. Such as KTV, table tennis. We also brought a bottle of champagne with us. We enjoyed ourselves while hanging out.
    Because I had a cold before, I slept till late the next morning. I got up and had a light breakfast.
    Then we drove to see the scenery. But the road after the rain was not suitable for driving, especially there was a section of road going up the mountain, which was potholed and bumpy. I could only drive at a speed of 10km/h We Found a small restaurant along the way, and returned home after a big meal.
    It was a nice weekend like this, but the weather was bad such a pity. We decided that we would go to Mogan mountain again, but this time we will wait for good weather.

    Vocabulary

    完善- perfect

    hang out (v): to spend a lot of time in a place or with someone
    经常出入(某场所);(与某人)厮混
    E.g.: You still hang out at the pool hall?
    你仍然经常出没于台球厅吗?
    E.g.: I’ve been hanging out backstage with the band.
    我常在后台与乐队混在一起。

    I could drive only at a speed of 20km/h 我只能以每小时20公里的速度开车

    kilometre
    /kɪˈlɑː.mə.t̬ɚ/
    (written abbreviation km) a unit of measurement equal to 1,000 metres
    千米,公里
    E.g.: He walks two kilometres to work every morning.
    E.g.: They were going at about 60 kilometres an hour when their car hit the tree.

    km/h-kilometre per/an hour
    mph

    barely (adv): by the smallest amount
    仅;刚好;几乎没有
    E.g.: They have barely enough (= no more than what is needed) to pay the rent this month.
    他们本月差点就付不起房租。
    E.g.: She was barely (= only just) 15 when she won her first championship.
    她首次获得冠军时刚刚15岁。

    dry (adj)/(NOT SWEET)
    If wine or other alcoholic drinks are dry, they do not taste sweet.
    (葡萄酒等酒精饮料)无甜味的,干的
    E.g.: dry cider/martini/sherry/wine
    干苹果/马提尼/雪利/葡萄酒
    E.g.: On the whole, I like dry wine better than sweet.
    总的来讲,我更喜欢干葡萄酒,不喜欢甜葡萄酒。

    hot spring-温泉

    Fresh air-空气清新

    we ordered many different dishes
    我们点了许多不同的菜

    set meal-套餐

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[W]

    December 19, 2019

    Homework

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

    Writing

    When I went to see my psychotherapist first time. I felt a little nervous. But when I faced my psychotherapist, she was very kind and gentle. She asked me to say whatever I wanted to say, sad things or confused things.
    Than I told about some sad things past, After listening to my account, she said that she was feeling bad and she felt a tremendous pressure on her chest. She could imagine that I must have been more upset. She encouraged me to cry.
    After the first psychological counseling, I felt very comfortable.

    When I went to see my psychotherapist for the first time. I felt a little nervous. But when I faced my psychotherapist, she was very kind and gentle. She asked me to say whatever I wanted to say, sad things or things which are making me confused/  the things that were troubling me/making me troubled.
    Then I told her about some sad things from the past, After listening to my account, she said that she was feeling bad and she felt a tremendous pressure on her chest. She could imagine that I must have been more upset. She encouraged me to cry.
    After the first psychological counselling, I felt very comfortable.

    Vocabulary

    troubled (adj) (WORRIED): worried or nervous
    烦恼的,神经质的
    E.g.: He is clearly a very troubled man.
    他确实是一个非常神经质的男人。

    troubling (adj): Something that is troubling makes you worried or nervous
    令人烦恼的;令人担忧的
    E.g.: Some troubling questions remain about the legal status of frozen embryos.
    关于冷冻胚胎的法律地位,仍然存在一些令人忧虑的问题。

    then (adv): next or after that
    然后,接着,后来
    E.g.: Let me finish this job, then we’ll go.
    让我把这工作做完,我们再走。
    E.g.: Give her the letter to read, then she’ll understand.
    把那封信给她看,然后她就会明白了。

    than (preposition, conjunction): used to join two parts of a comparison

    E.g.: My son is a lot taller than my daughter.
    我的儿子比女儿高得多。
    E.g.: You always walk faster than I do!
    你总是走得比我快!
    E.g.: You’re earlier than usual.
    你比平时早。

    preposition, conjunction

    介词、连词

    tremendous (adj): very great in amount or level, or extremely good
    巨大的;极好的
    E.g.: They were making a tremendous amount of noise last night.
    昨晚他们弄出的噪声震天响。
    E.g.: She’s been a tremendous (= very great) help to me over the last few months.
    过去几个月里她给我的帮助极大。
    E.g.: You won? That’s tremendous!
    你赢了?太棒了!

    interview (n): a meeting in which someone asks you questions to see if you are suitable for a job or course
    面试;面谈
    E.g.: a job interview
    求职面试
    E.g.: I had an interview for a job with a publisher.
    我参加了一家出版公司的求职面试。

    cousin/first cousin (n): a child of a person’s aunt or uncle, or, more generally, a distant (= not close) relation
    堂(或表)兄弟;堂(或表)姐妹;远房亲戚
    E.g.: My brother’s wife and I both had babies around the same time, so the cousins are very close in age.
    我嫂子和我差不多同时生了孩子,因此这对表兄妹年纪相仿。
    E.g.: Many of our distant cousins, whom we hadn’t seen for years, came to my sister’s wedding.
    我们家许多多年未见的远房亲戚赶来参加姐姐的婚礼。

    maternal (Adj): related to a mother’s side of the family
    母系的;母亲一方的
    E.g.: Her maternal grandmother (= mother’s mother) is still alive.
    她的外婆依然健在。

    E.g.: maternal instincts
    母亲的天性

    paternal (adj): of or like a father
    父亲的;父亲般的
    E.g.: He’s very paternal (= showing the affectionate feelings of a father) with the baby.
    他对孩子充满父爱。
    E.g.: My paternal grandparents (= my father’s parents) were Irish.
    我父亲方的祖父母是爱尔兰人。

    on and off-If something happens on and off during a period of time, it happens sometimes.
    时断时续地;间歇地
    E.g.: I’ve had a toothache on and off for a couple of months.
    我的牙断断续续疼了几个月。

    Grammar

    ADJECTIVES       
    ENDS ON ED: how you or someone else feels
    tirED, confusED, troublED, borED

    ENDS ON ING: makes you feel the certain way
    tirING, confusING, troublING, borING

    boring-真无聊   This book is boring/He’s a boring man

    bored-无聊的    I feel bored

     

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)

    December 14, 2019

    Homework

    Write about your first session with a psychotherapist

    Writing

    She is doing some exercises.
    I am working in the company.
    I am doing my English homework.
    I have read a fascinating book.
    We have chatted in the meeting room.
    He has played mobile games.

    I have been doing exercises recently.
    He have been working overtime recently.

    I went to see a musical last Friday.
    We had a team building last week.

    She is doing some exercises.
    I am working in a company.
    I am doing my English homework.
    I have read a fascinating book.
    We have chatted in the meeting room.
    He has played mobile games.

    I have been doing exercises recently I have been exercising recently.
    He has been working overtime recently.

    I went to see a musical last Friday.
    We had a team-building last week.

    Vocabulary

    self-improvement-自我完善

    training center– 培训中心

    psychotherapy (n): the treatment of mental illness by discussing someone’s problems with them, instead of using drugs or operations
    心理治疗,精神疗法

    introvert (n): Someone who is shy, quiet, and unable to make friends easily
    性格内向者
    E.g.: I’m an introvert.

    extrovert (n): an energetic happy person who enjoys being with other people
    性格外向的人
    E.g.:Most salespeople are extroverts.
    大多数推销员都是性格外向的人。

    We each have a different point of view.

    我们每个人都有不同的观点。

    psychotherapist (n): someone who gives people psychotherapy
    心理治疗医师
    E.g.: He sees a psychotherapist twice a week.
    他每周接受两次心理治疗。

    context (n): the text or speech that comes immediately before and after a particular phrase or piece of text and helps to explain its meaning
    上下文;语境
    In this exercise, a word is blanked out and you have to guess what it is by looking at the context.
    在这个练习中,有一个单词被抽去了,你必须根据上下文猜测这个单词是什么。

    out of context
    If words are used out of context, only a small separate part of what was originally said or written is reported, with the result that their meaning is not clear or is not understood.
    脱离上下文
    The reporter took my remarks completely out of context.
    记者引用我的话完全是断章取义。

    Next Class Focus

    Practice the 5 difference usages of the present perfect tense.
    https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-resources/english-grammar/present-perfect/

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe)

    December 7, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    We focused on using the present perfect tense, the past simple tense, the present perfect continuous tense and the present continuous tense.

    Vocabulary

    Realistic – true or accurate
    I’m a realistic person. I don’t think things will be very bad or amazing in the future.

    optimistic – hopeful about the future
    I am an optimistic person. I think the future will be amazing.

    pessimistic – not hopeful about the future
    She is a pessimistic person. She thinks things will be very bad.

    A lack of – not enough
    I have a lack of time this week

    An abundance of – too much
    I have an abundance of books

    gripping – a book/movie that you cannot stop reading/watching because it’s too good
    This is a gripping movie

    fascinating – very interesting
    Doing exercise is fascinating to me

    luxurious – expensive and more than you need
    I want a luxurious car

    Grammar

    I discuss around the topic
    I discuss the topic around the table

    What have you been having exercise?
    Have you been doing exercise?

    What have you been running?
    Have you been running?

    Pronunciation

    fascinating – fa si nay ting

    Box – short vowel

    Books – long vowel

    realistic – re yi lis tik

    luxurious – lug zjoo ree yis

    Homework


    Write 8 sentences
    Use ‘am + verb + ing’ (I am looking at a picture)
    Use ‘have + verb(3)’ (I have looked at that picture)
    Use ‘have + been + verb +ing’(I have been looking at that picture for a long time)
    Use ‘verb(2)’(I looked at that picture last week)

    Next Class Focus


    Practice the 5 difference usages of the present perfect tense.
    https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-resources/english-grammar/present-perfect/

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe)

    November 30, 2019

    Vocabulary


    Write about what you have been doing recently. Make sure you use ‘have been’. Try to make 5 sentences with ‘recently’.

    Next Class Focus

    We can focus on using the vocabulary from your writing (e.g. obstacles, persist, insist, socializing, self-disciplined, organized). We also have to focus on ‘being done’ and ‘do’.

    Writing

    Recently, I have been studying the four colors of personality. Lejia is an expert in the study of personality psychology. He divides personality into red, yellow, blue and green. It is similar to the nine colors of personality, but the four colors of personality are simpler. People with red personalities are optimistic and cheerful in nature, and they like to try something new and exciting, and they love social interaction. And they have a natural sense of humor. But the disadvantage is that they do not persist, and they will give up halfway frequently. People with blue personalities are organized, rigorous and they are very self-disciplined. But the disadvantage is that they are very pessimistic. People with yellow personality will go forward and not give up once the goal is set. But the disadvantage is that they are control freaks, and like people submitting to them absolutely. People with green personalities are very easy-going, and have no desire. They are pacifists, and they don’t like to argue with people. But the disadvantage is that they don’t want to go forward sometimes. When they encounter obstacles, they don’t like to lead, and they are passive people. Each person with a different personality color have different advantages and disadvantages. There are no good colors and no bad color. In many people’s personalities there are many colors, but only one is the main color. It is better for people that they have more than one color. Learning the color of personality, we can understand the different views and ways to control each color of personality. For example, when we face different bosses, different clients, different husbands or wives, we can use the right way to communicate with them. This is the way to socialize. I judge a person’s color by analyzing a person’s daily behavior. Of course, I make mistakes in judgment. After all, personality is the most difficult thing to analyze in the world.

    Pronunciation

    Studying – sta di ying

    Disciplined  – di si plind

    Obstacles – ob stee kils

    Grammar

    I am studying in psychology
    I am studying psychology

    Vocabulary

    Persist – 坚持 (with actions)
    Tony failed his exam twice, but he did not give up. He persisted and passed the third time.

    Insist – 坚持 (with words)
    Tina’s mother told her she could not have ice cream. Tina insisted and cried because she wanted ice cream so much.

    Control freak – 控制狂
    My boss is a control freak

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  • VIP Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    November 23, 2019

    Homework

    Write a few sentences using the vocabulary you’ve learnt today.

    Vocabulary

    aerobic exercises: 有氧运动

    schedule: timetable

    eg. My work schedule is very busy.

    plateau: to reach a particular level where it’s the same 稳定;停滞

    eg. I’ve been losing a lot of weight for a few months but recently, I’ve plateaued and I have not lost any weight.

    gain: add more

    eg. I gained 10kg in 3 months.

    eg. After completing her studies, she gained more knowledge of this subject.

    prepare: to make or get something or someone ready for something that will happen in the future 准备,预备

    eg. Have you prepared for your interview?

    prepare beforehand: 事先准备

    eg. You need to prepare beforehand if you want to do well.

    optimistic: 乐观

    eg. Optimistic people always look so happy.

    pessimistic: 悲观

    eg. Pessimistic people worry about more things.

    analyse: 分析

    eg. I think I am quite good at analysing people’s actions.

    behaviour: the way you act or react to people or situations 行为

    eg. Her behaviour tells me that she is lying about where she was last week.

    controlling: when you want to tell people what to do or make decisions for them 控制欲

    eg. It is hard to work with people who are very controlling.

    passive: 被动

    eg. If you are a passive person, you don’t like to lead.

    active (to describe people)/aggressive: 主动/积极主动

    eg. His aggressive personality has an advantage when he is looking to get what he wants.

    eg. People who take an active approach in life have a higher chance of succeeding.

    willing or more willing: more likely to do something without putting up with a fight 乐意

    eg. I am willing to help if you are nice to me.

    strong opinion: have a strong feeling about an idea

    eg. She will speak more when you talk about topics in which she has a strong opinion of.

    Speaking

    I have a very good girlfriend. Her personality is actually different from me. In two years ago, I couldn’t have a good friend like such a girl. We became good friends through another friend in a lecture. At that time, I had the same troubles with her. So we supported each other and slowly became good friends. I have known my friend for two years. According to Le Jia’s personality colour, she is red and I am blue. Le Jia is the expert in study of personality colour psychology. He divides personality into four colour like red, yellow, blue and green. My girlfriend’s personality is opposite to me. She is open, likes smile, very optimistic. My personality colour is blue. I’m serious, a little bit pessimistic. We often had different options on the same issues. It is often fresh for us. So we encounter something, we discuss with each other and look for ideas.

    Revised: 

    I have a very good girlfriend. Her personality is actually different from me. In Two years ago, I couldn’t imagine becoming good friends with like such a girl. We became good friends through another friend in a lecture. At that time, I had the same troubles problems with as her. So we supported each other and slowly became good friends. I have known my friend for two years. According to Le Jia’s personality colour, she is red and I am blue. Le Jia is an expert in the study of personality colour psychology. He divides personality into four colours like red, yellow, blue and green. My girlfriend’s personality is opposite to me. She is open, likes to smile and very optimistic. My personality colour is blue. I’m serious and a little bit pessimistic. We often have different opinions of the same issues. It is often fresh for us. So whenever we encounter something, we will discuss with each other and look for ideas/answers/solutions.

    Grammar

    how to enlarge English words?  – how to learn more English words?

    green people will have opinion – green people are more willing to listen to other people’s opinion/don’t have strong opinions 

    Writing

    Five years ago, I had to work overtime every night because of my busy work. So in just three months,my weight rose sharply,it weighted 10Kg. After winter, I would change into thin clothes . but because of the sudden weight of 10kg, so many clothes couldn’t be put on. So I decided to lose weight and skip rope for 30 minutes every night. At first, the weight dropped sharply,it gave me a lot of confidence. But two months later, It entered the bottleneck period of weight loss, my weight lost slowly and no longer droped. But I didn’t give up. I kept on exercising. After a year’s hard work, my weight was back to the beginning. There are many ways to lose weight, but exercising is more fit for me and it makes me healthier.

    Revised: 

    Five years ago, I had to work overtime every night because of my busy schedule. So in just three months, my weight rose sharply. I gained 10Kg. After winter, I would change wear into thin clothes. But, because of the sudden weight gain/gain of 10kg, so I could not put on/wear many clothes couldn’t be put on. So I decided to lose weight and I skipped rope for 30 minutes every night. At first, the weight dropped sharply, it gave me a lot of confidence. But two months later, I’ve plateaued bottleneck period of weight loss, and my weight could not drop anymore. But I didn’t give up. I kept on exercising. After a year’s hard work, my weight was back to the beginning was the same as before. There are many ways to lose weight, but exercising is more fit suitable/better for me and it makes me healthier.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Joe) [W]

    November 16, 2019

    Today we focused on:

    We focused on using the past tense. We spoke mostly general English but also practiced a little business English.

    Homework

    Please write about the popularity of something in China. Use the vocabulary ‘rise/rose’ and ‘drop/dropped’. Make sure you use some adverbs like ‘slowly’ and ‘sharply’.

    Writing

    My job is a pre-sale consultant.
    My job is pre-sales consulting
    I am a pre-sales consultant

    Because of the job nature, i often go on a business trip with sales of our company
    Because of the job’s nature, i often go on business trips with salespeople of our company
    Because of the nature of the job, i often go on business trips with salespeople of our company

    If i work as work, it will make me pain.
    If I think about the business trip as work, it will make me tired

    So i think of each business trip as happy trip.
    So I think of each business trip as a happy trip.

    When i get to a place, i can have a taste of local food which is famous.  At the same time ,i also can learn about the local culture.

    A recent business day trip, i was heading to hangzhou with my colleague.
    On a recent business day trip, I was heading to Hangzhou with my colleague

    We had only a little free time, but we used the only one hour to eat roast fish.
    We only had one hour free time, and we used it to eat roast fish

    We were lucky to catch the last train return shanghai.
    We were lucky to catch the last train returning to Shanghai
    Luckily, we caught the last train returning to Shanghai

    This business trip was so amazing, it made my day.

    Vocabulary

    Someone has a sore + something
    Tina has a sore throat
    sore – adj

    Linda has a sore leg

    Someone feels pain
    Someone is in pain
    Tony feels pain in his arm
    Tony’s arm is in pain / Tony is in pain

    Linda’s leg is in pain

    hurt – verb
    Tony hurt his arm
    Tony’s arm hurts

    Linda’s leg hurts

    painful – adj
    Hitting my arm was painful

    For Linda, hitting her leg was painful

    Grammar

    you played football at your school?
    Did you play football at your school

    The park was far from your house?
    Was the park ar from your house?

    How many friends played with you?

    What position did you play?

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  • VIP Class Notes (Lily) [S]

    November 9, 2019

    Homework

    use the words we learned today and do a writing.

    Pronunciation

    Grammar

    because + (subject &verb)
    because of +(noun)

    ex: I bring an umbrella because + it’s raining. 
    ex: I bring an umbrella because of + the rain. 

    for me= 为我
    to me= 对我
    ex: Learning English is good for me. 
    ex: Many men will be good to you, but not all of them are good for you.

    Vocabulary

    gabble= 喋喋不休的说
    ex: he likes to gabble about his past.

    job nature= 工作性质
    ex: my job nature has made me become a night owl.

    human nature= 人性
    ex: it’s our human nature to be greedy贪心的.

    cheat= 辟腿
    ex: I think it’s human nature for people to cheat, and to be attracted to other people.

    trip (noun)= 旅游
    ex: I might go on a trip with my boyfriend, I’m still thinking if I should go.
    ex: I went on a trip with my ex.

    culture (noun)= 文化
    ex: I like the American culture because people are more friendly.

    weird (adj)= 奇怪的
    ex: if you dress weird in Shanghai, people will look at you differently.

    dress (noun)= 裙子👗
    dress (verb)= 穿着
    ex: I wore a dress to my sister’s wedding.
    ex: you can dress casually休闲的 for my birthday.

    Speaking

    My father is an English teacher but I don’t like English, I don’t know why. In my childhood, he taught me phonetics but didn’t teach other things for me.

    I had a trip to Los Angeles, I went there with my ex. We went to Disney and Universal Studio环球影城. I like American culture, it’s very open. In Shanghai, if your clothes is ugly, many people will watch you. But in America, it’s normal. They like smile in the street.

    Revised

    My father was an English teacher, (he retired recently), but I don’t like English, I don’t know why. In my childhood, he taught me phonetics but didn’t teach me any other things for me. 

    I had a trip to Los Angeles, I went there with my ex. We went to Disney and Universal Studio环球影城. I like American culture, it’s very open. In Shanghai, if you dress weird, many people will look at you. But in America, it’s normal. They like to smile to you on the street.

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  • Demo Class Notes (Mavis Z – Jesse)

    November 2, 2019

    Speaking

    I wake up at 8 AM. I have breakfast. I eat bread (wholemeal) because I want lose my weight. I often read books, watch TV, housework. I went out. I want to come here learn English.

    I woke up at 8 AM. I had breakfast. I ate bread (wholemeal) because I want to lose my weight. I often read books, watch TV, do housework. I went out because I want to come here to learn English.

    I woke up / got up at 8 AM / 8 o’clock / in the morning. I ate wholemeal bread at /for breakfast because / since / as / due to the fact that I want to lose / I’m interested in losing / I’m keen on losing my weight. I often / usually / generally read books, watch TV, do housework. I went out because I want to come here to learn English.

    Vocabulary

    because = due to the fact that (business)
    because of = due to (business)

    about = regarding / in terms of (business)
    eg. we had a meeting about this problem / regarding this problems
    eg. about the problem, we should fix it / in terms of the problem…

    I wonder if you are happy  = I think about / want to know if you are happy
    I wonder if Chinese people like coffee…

    Pronunciation

    play
    plan – plan – apple
    plane – playyynnn – play

    round
    very

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