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Student Info: Needs English for work, feels that needs to improve everything about English.

Class focus: Needs to focus on speaking. Biggest issues are: grammar (tense, sentences not complete, longer sentences), simple vocabulary, small AEIOU pronunciation.

Occupation: Sales and marketing at Alibaba 

At SE since: December 2019

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

    January 23, 2020

    Homework

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

    Think of a simpler topic like CNY and keep it shorter like 100 words or less.

    Today we focused on:

    Did a lot of writing correction and focused on grammar

    Writing

    Today CCTV published a news which was traffic was stopped at Wuhan because there was a huge illness situation for similar SARS.
    I heard of this illness from animals and it can be human pass human to expand, but even so, citizen of Wuhan could to go anywhere without any control from government in few days ago. So far the patients be confirmed more than 400 and suspected person more than 1000, non-control and hide truth for Wuhan was main reason for this.
    The illness was increase suddenly In Shanghai yesterday because a family from Wuhan visited Disney land in shanghai on the day before yesterday. I’m very agony with them for this non-responsibility behavior. So you could see more and more people have mask everywhere, but expert said only N95 mask was useful for this virus, sadly it was sold out in pharmacy.
    Tomorrow I will to go back my wife’s home where is no discover for the virus with my family, hope it can help us to avoid for this illness and pray it can be find solution when we back to Shanghai in end of Chinese New Year because we have to go office or school where is lead to cross infection.

    Today CCTV published a news which was travel was stopped in and out of Wuhan because there is a huge illness situation similar to SARS.
    I (have) heard that this illness is / comes from animals and it can be passed between humans to multiply / spread, but even so, citizens of Wuhan could to go anywhere without any control from the government a few days ago. So far the patients that have been confirmed were / are more than 400 and suspected people are more than 1000, and I think a lack of-control and hiding the truth about Wuhan was the main reason for this.
    The illness spread suddenly In Shanghai yesterday because a family from Wuhan visited Disney land in shanghai on the day before yesterday. I’m very annoyed / angry with them for this lack of responsibility behavior. So you could see more and more people wearing masks everywhere, but experts said only N95 masks are useful for this virus, but sadly they were sold out in pharmacies.
    Tomorrow I will go back to my wife’s home with my family where they / doctors / the government haven’t discovered for the virus. I hope it can help us to avoid for this illness and pray a solution can be found for it when we are back in Shanghai at the end of Chinese New Year because we have to go to work or school which leads to cross infection.

    Grammar

    I’m annoyed for your behavior = the reason I’m annoyed is your behavior
    the masks are useful and the reason they’re useful is they can help with this virus
    I work for Smart English = I work and the reason is SE
    I work for money = the reason I work is money

    which = it (describe any noun except a person)
    where = and at that place / a place that…
    eg. I went to SE and at SE I learn English. = I went to SE where I learn English
    eg2. I went to a place that I can learn English = I went to where I can learn English

    I am here again = I am back
    I go there again = I go back

    1 person
    2 persons / people
    eg. the contract says 5 persons per car = formal language

    similar to
    different from
    the same as 

    I have heard a song / sentence / information
    I have heard of sth (I know that thing / I know the name) – never more than a noun
    I have heard that SENTENCE
    eg. I have heard that Jesse got married last year

    I will go to Japan in a few days = after 2-3 days I will go

    Vocabulary

    traffic – cars, bikes, buses, and trucks on the road
    transport – things going from A to B
    public transport – bus / metro (subway) to get around the city
    travel – for people going from A to B
    eg. the traffic in Beijing is really bad = too many cars on the road so everything is slow
    eg2. public transport is very convenient
    eg3. I transport my clothes from Japan to China by plane
    eg4. I travel to many countries every year

    agony = pain

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    January 19, 2020

    Today we focused on:

    focused a lot on correcting grammar. did a speaking exercise, corrected it, then asked him to tell the same story focusing on the errors he made the first time. I helped by prompting with Chinese.

    Grammar

    I am tired / It is tiring
    I am bored / It is boring

    You are bored – ok.
    You are boring – bad – you make me bored

    having kids is tiring / spending time with kids is tiring 

    I am here
    I am at / in SE

    I come here for 1 hour
    I use English for the whole class
    I have spoken English for my whole life

    can = able to 
    Yesterday I couldn’t …. / Yesterday I wasn’t able to / Tomorrow I can do it / Tomorrow I will be able to.

    I want you to go home
    I have a coffee to drink
    I must drink

    Vocabulary

    comic themed cases
    eg. My wedding was flower and love themed

    I need to have surgery – shou shu
    eg. I had surgery last week

    optimize – make it perfect

    fix / correct – make it OK
    eg. I need to fix my eye problem so I feel OK

    naughty – a child doing bad things / not following parents or teacher
    eg. he is a little naughty sometimes

    bride (woman) < > groom (man)getting married

    best man (man) < > maid of honor (woman) – the best friends of the bride / groom at the wedding

    I understand / I see / OK = new information, now I know it, but before I didn’t
    I know / I already knew that = I just forgot / I already learned it

    Speaking

    Yesterday in the morning I took my son to school to learn English. I just told my wife you is a very good English teacher so my wife ask me why don’t send my son become your student. I don’t know is it a good suggestion because I’m afraid my son couldn’t understand the full English. Then when my son in the class, I do my homework. The weekly report. Per week. And afternoon I attend a wedding with my family. The groom is my brother / good friend. He is a little famous advertising officer because he was employed from the Ogivly. I’m so glad for his wedding. In the evening I took my family back to my wife’s parents home at the 11 o’clock PM. So it’s so tired.

    Yesterday in the morning I took my son to school to learn English. I just told my wife you are a very good English teacher so my wife asked me why don’t you / we send my son to become your student. I don’t know if it is a good suggestion because I’m afraid that my son can’t / will not be able to understand the teacher if they use the English for the whole class. Then when my son was in the class, I did some work which was the weekly report which I do every week. And in the afternoon I attended a wedding with my family. The groom is my brother / good friend. He is a slightly famous advertising officer because he was employed at / by Ogivly. I’m so glad about his wedding / I’m so happy for him. In the evening I took my family back to my wife’s parents home at the 11 o’clock PM. So it’s so tiring / So I was so tired.

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  • Online Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    January 16, 2020

    Vocabulary

    fatty liver – zhi fang gan
    eg. my doctor told me I have a fatty liver so I need to exercise more

    case – he zi
    eg. you can buy many cases for airpods in Tokyo

    noise cancelling
    eg. my airpods have noise cancelling feature

    blood vessel – xue guan
    eg. the blood vessel is pushing on my nerve (shen jing)

    surgery / operation – shou shu

    put up with – ren shou
    eg. I decided to accept it and just put up with it

    spend – spent
    feel – felt

    Grammar

    tomorrow I will to join tomorrow I will join 

    at + time
    on + day
    in + month / year / period (morning, afternoon, evening)

    Speaking

    I went to the japan with my family and we almost walk the street all day but my son didn’t like that because he feeled very tired. In last day we have lunch in a Korea restaurant and eat the typically Korean food. The food is very nice because i like to eat light flavored soup. In the day before yesterday, we eat wagyu beef and we used 1 day to look around the dai guan shan’s district. Daiguan shan is a very famous sell the used good/ 2nd hand goods. It sell the luxury good. My wife buyd 2 dress. We visit about 5 or 6 museums. It’s so nice – we like it so I think our vacation is perfect.

    I went to the japan with my family and we walked the streets almost all day but my son didn’t like that because he felt very tired. On the last day we had lunch in a Korean restaurant and ate the typical Korean food which was very nice because i like to eat light flavored soup. The day before yesterday, we ate wagyu beef and we spent 1 day to look around the dai guan shan’s district which is a very famous place that sells the used good/ 2nd hand, luxury goods. My wife bought 2 dresses. We visited about 5 or 6 museums which was so nice – we like it so I think our vacation is perfect.

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  • Online Class Notes (Li)[S/W]

    December 20, 2019

    Homework

    Write about the time at university when you played football. How was the experience? What did you like, dislike about it?

    Today we focused on:

    ways to use get, making sentences longer and speaking exercise

    Vocabulary

    travel expenses = travel money

    haircut: 发型,发式;理发

    get(1): receive, obtain, buy something 获得,得到;买到

    eg. She went to the supermarket to get some eggs.

    eg. The boy gets money every Chinese New Year from his parents.

    eg. Where did you get your haircut?

    get (2): to become sick/angry, happy, etc. 得(病)变成;变得

    eg. “Don’t get sick tomorrow or you’ll miss the test!”

    eg. I got a cold because I didn’t wear enough clothes last week.

    eg. He gets angry if you shout at him.

    get (3):  to cause something to happen, or someone to do something 使得;把…弄得

    eg. How do I get the computer to work?

    eg. My boss is trying to get me to finish the project by next week.

    Grammar

    I have been in playing football – I have been playing football 

    since I 7 years old – since I was 7 years old

    to make sentences longer:

    and, so, but, because 

    eg. I like to exercise. I wake up early in the morning to run for one hour.

    I like to exercise so I wake up early in the morning to run for one hour.

    eg. She only eats meat. She has always been a picky eater.

    She only eats meat because she has always been a picky eater.

    Speaking

    I have a son, he is six years old. I live in SH. I’m in charge of the sales team at my company. I like to play football before I join my company. After I joined my company, all the spare time I need to sleep because our company is very very busy. Two years ago, I think so. About three or four years ago, I do exercise with my friend. I go to the gym and running in the stadium. Most of time, I need to work. I will transfer to BJ and for ten days, I can come back to SH for 3 times per month. My family stay in SH. I started to learn English because I needed to change my job after two years.

    Revised: 

    I have a son, he is six years old. I live in SH and I’m in charge of the sales team at my company. Before I joined my company, I liked to play football. After I joined my company, I need to sleep in my spare time because my company is very very busy. Two years ago, I think so, but three or four years ago, I exercised/worked out with my friend at the gym or ran at the stadium. Most of the time, I need to work. I will transfer to BJ in ten days, I can come back to SH for 3 times per month. My family will stay in SH. I started to learn English because I want to change my job/get a new job/look for a new job after two years/two years later.

    Writing

    These days, my company have a re-organize for BD team. So I will be transform to the North china, and base in Beijing.
    My concern is no right co-worker who could replace and occupy some new position in North. I have tried to invite some top operator, but they said want stay in the East China or base in Shanghai.

    Revised: 

    These days, my company has re-organized/restructured the BD team so, I will be transferring to Beijing, in North China. My concern is that there isn’t a suitable co-worker who could replace others to take on a new position up North. I have tried to invite some top operators, but they said they want to stay in East China or be based in Shanghai.

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    December 17, 2019

    Homework

    Homework from last time

    Write a diary about recently – what are you doing? thinking about? what’s your son doing? Remember the grammar we talked about today and in your last email.

    Next Class Focus

    get home / get a phone / get married etc.

    Today we focused on:

    Reviewed last class and talked a lot about grammar.

    Needs more review

    I have a cup of coffee
    I have a trip to Japan / I have traveled < > I haven’t traveled 

    I don’t travel – normal time
    I don’t like

    I didn’t travel – past time

    No Time – anytime / sometimes / always / never
    I travel / I go 
    I don’t travel / I don’t go 

    PAST + which time is important
    I traveled / I went 
    I didn’t travel / I didn’t go 

    NOW – happened in the past, which time is NOT important
    I have traveled
    I haven’t traveled 

    PAST – happened before the past
    I had traveled
    I hadn’t traveled

    PAST to NOW – still happening
    I have been traveling
    I have not been traveling 

    meanwhile 
    eg. We have class. Meanwhile, my son plays football.

    Vocabulary

    reimburse – give money back
    eg. my boss will reimburse the money I spent on my business travel

    refund – get money back that you spent on a product that had a problem / was broken
    eg. I got a 50% refund for the football ticket
    eg2. can I get a refund if it has a problem? / after how long can I still get a refund if I have a problem?

    count my invoices / go through my invoices
    eg. today we will go through your notes

    audience / crowd / spectators
    original meanings 
    audience – people who are there
    crowd – a lot of people gathered together
    spectator – the people watching

    tv game – console game
    eg. I like to play console games on the weekend when I have time

    deal with / handle / manage / control
    eg. meditation and exercise can help you deal with stress

    meditation – ming xiang
    eg. I meditate 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time
    eg2. I meditation every day

    Speaking

    Since I’m 10 years old I start to play the football and attend some competitions, even in the university i joined the university team. Because I think it’s team work and I enjoy the happiness for the audience. My ex is my fans / one of my exes. Unfortunately 2 years ago the manchester city have a game in the beijing but this game is cancelled because the ground broken, the heavy raining and it’s very expensive.

    Since I was 10 years old I have been playing the football and attending / participating in some competitions, even in / at the university i joined the / I was in the university team. Because I think the teamwork is the key element / because of the teamwork and I enjoy the happiness / energy / passion from the audience / crowd / spectators. My ex is my fan / one of my exes was my fan. Unfortunately 2 years ago the Manchester city had a game in the Beijing but this game was cancelled because the ground had some problem / there was a problem with the ground / the ground had been damaged because of the heavy rain and the ticket was very expensive.

    Grammar

    i back to shanghai I’m back to shanghai / I came back / I went back / I got back 

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  • VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [S]

    December 15, 2019

    Homework

    Write a diary about recently – what are you doing? thinking about? what’s your son doing? Remember the grammar we talked about today and in your last email.

    Next Class Focus

    get home / get a phone / get married etc.

    Vocabulary

    nerve – shen jing

    can = able to
    can’t = not able to
    eg. My teacher makes me able to speak English / My teacher doesn’t help me to be able to speak English

    uniform = (customised) company clothing 

    Grammar


    I have lots of money < > I don’t have any money
    I have traveled to Japan < > I haven’t traveled to Japan
    There is a cup on the table < > there isn’t a cup on the table

    I have few friends = feels negative, not many
    I have a few friends = feels positive, some

    noun – which one? how many?
    eg. I like coffee = not important which one, all of them.
    eg2. I like a coffee = not important which one, just 1
    eg3. I liked the coffee = specific which one, just 1 (probably)
    verb – what time? (3rd person?)

    I had a drink with my friends and meanwhile my son played on the swings.

    You had a cup of water and some tea. Would you like any others? (other drinks)

    mine = my thing
    it’s mine = it’s my thing.

    Speaking

    I had arrived in Changchun to my office and I found a big problem which was a hoodie sleeves were too short. I feeled very annoyed because I believed administration staff didn’t have a sense of responsibility.

    today I had a trip for the family days to the mo gan mountain because we had a party of my friends because one of my friends had a big deal for him business. He played with others children and played on the swings. I think the mo gan mountain is a little far away the shanghai so i feel a bit tired.

    I had arrived in Changchun at my office and / before I found a big problem which was the hoodie sleeves were too short. I felt very annoyed because I believed the / our administration staff didn’t have a sense of responsibility.

    today I had a family trip to the mo gan mountain because we had a party with my friends because one of my friends had a big deal for his business / just got a big business deal. He played with the other children and played on the swings. I think the mo gan mountain is a little far away from the shanghai so i feel / am a bit tired.

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  • Email Service Notes (Lily)

    December 10, 2019

    Your Original Email


    I arrived office in Changchun, find a big problem which is frocks are short in arm, lead to our colleagues can’t dress up.
    I’m very annoyed for my administration, I think she is lack of sense of responsbility, no empathy at all. But after few minutes, When I calm down, I have called the adminstration staff and teached her how to negotiate to the supplier to improve.
    This episode disrupts my schedule, original plan is face to face our supervisors & managers. Now, I could only coordinate the time to afternoon to F2F, and set market visit on this morning.
    Sometimes I’m afraid the staff misunderstand me for so critical, sometimes I’m worry about them can’t growing in career if I don’t correct.
    I think I need to practice self-cultivation, and have love to my coworkes, wish me can upgrade myself constantly.
    My company is going to reorganize for frond-end team, so I inevitable worry about my position, maybe change the base. But I couldn’t decide this for myself, I can only to work hard to avoid to be fired or transfer to remote areas.
    That’s a reason why I need to learn English, because I have to prepare for available change.

    Your Edited Email


    I arrived at the office in Changchun and encountered a big problem; the sleeves of the frock were too short, lead to our colleagues could not wear it well.
    I’m very annoyed about my administration department, I think she lacks a sense of responsibility and empathy. But after I calmed down in a few minutes, I have called the adminstration staff and taught her how to negotiate with the suppliers to improve.
    This incident disrupted my schedule, my original plan was to meet our supervisors & managers face to face. Now, I could only postpone the time to late afternoon to F2F, and swap the market visit to this morning.
    Sometimes I’m afraid that the staffs will misunderstand me for being a harsh/strict person. sometimes I‘m worry that they won’t improve/enhance in their career if I don’t correct them in time.
    I think I need to commit to self-cultivation, and have love to my coworkers, I hope I can constantly improve upgrade myself constantly.
    My company is going to reorganize the frond-end team, so I could not help but worry about my position, maybe change the baseHowever, it’s out of my hand, I can only to work hard to prevent being fired or transferred to another department.
    That’s one of the reasons why I need to learn English, because I have to prepare for the upcoming changes/ challenges. 

    ** I could not help it= I could not control myself
    ex: I could not help but fall in love with you 我无法自拔的爱上了你
    ex: I could not help laughing 我忍不住笑了起来
    ex: I could not help but eat another ice-cream. 我忍不住又吃了个冰淇淋

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  • VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[S]

    December 9, 2019

    This afternoon I will to go to Jilin, we have branch office in CHch, there’s about 25 colleagues in this office and we have about  3mil RMB revenue in Chch per month. I think they have some mistake in past two months so we have to go there and tell them how to operation business on the right way. I will go there by plane at 16:10 Pudong station. I have booked the hotel and stay there one week. Our job is to teach store shopper to use our website/app to increase their revenue.

    This afternoon I will to go to Jilin, we have a branch office in CHch, there are about 25 colleagues in this office and we have around  3mil RMB revenue in Chch per month. I think  that they made some mistakes in the past two months so I have to go there and tell them how to operate the business in the right way. I will go there by plane at 16:10/4:10PM from Pudong airport. I have booked a hotel and I will stay there for one week. My job is to teach the store owners how to use our website/app in order to increase their revenue.

    Vocabulary

    shopper (n): a person who is buying things from a shop or a number of shops
    购物者,顾客
    E.g.: crowds of Christmas shoppers
    圣诞节购物的人群

    commission-佣金 (n): a payment to someone who sells goods that is directly related to the amount sold, or a system that uses such payments
    佣金;提成;回扣
    E.g.: Is she paid a regular wage or is it on/by commission only?
    她拿正式工资还是只拿提成?
    E.g.: She gets a 15 percent commission on every machine she sells.
    她每卖出一台机器就拿15%的提成。

    ignore-忽视 (v): to intentionally not listen or give attention to
    不理睬,忽视
    E.g.: She can be really irritating but I try to ignore her.
    她有时会特别烦人,不过我尽量不去理会她。
    E.g.: Safety regulations are being ignored by company managers in the drive to increase profits.
    为了增加利润,公司经理们对安全章程熟视无睹。

    staff (n): the group of people who work for an organization
    全体员工,全体雇员
    E.g.: There is a good relationship between staff and pupils at the school.
    学校里教职员工和学生的关系很融洽。
    E.g.: The staff are not very happy about the latest pay increase.
    员工们对最近一次加薪不太满意。
    E.g.: There are over a hundred staff in the company.
    公司有100多名员工。

    day off (n)-a day when you do not have to work or do something that you normally do
    休息日
    E.g.: I won’t be in on Thursday – it’s my day off.
    我周四不在——那天我休息。
    E.g.: She’s taking three days off next week.
    她下星期休假三天。

    airport-机场

    minimum– 最低限度

    maximum– 最大限度

    domestic flight-国内航班
    international flight

    Grammar

    my main responsibility is to……

    I’m responsible for the NE region

    I’m afraid I haven’t don’t have a choice

    I need to take care of my children-many
    child-one

    First, I will to go to the hotel and then I’ll go to the office.

    PM/AM

    after IN two years I will look for a new job
    I’ll be back to Shanghai IN 5 days
    I’ll send you the report IN two hours

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  • Demo Class Notes (Paul – Jesse)

    December 7, 2019

    Speaking

    My family together to the thailand my wife and my son. Just stay the hotel. I have been to a beach but i forgot the name of the beach. Just walk on the beach. I didn’t swimming in the sea, because my hotel have the swimming pool. Years ago I go to thailand with my colleagues, we went to the club. The club is the top 3 club in the thailand. Decoration is so fancy and have too many beautiful girls.

    My family, including my wife, my son and I, went to the Thailand together. We just stayed in the hotel. I went to a beach but i forgot the name of the beach. We just walked on the beach. I didn’t swim in the sea, because my hotel had a swimming pool. Years ago I went to thailand with my colleagues, we went to a club. The club is one of the top 3 clubs in the thailand. Its decoration is so fancy and there were so many beautiful girls.

    My family, including my wife, my son and I, went / traveled / took a trip / went on holidays to the Thailand together. We just stayed / spent the trip in the hotel. I went to a beach but / however / although i forgot / can’t remember the name of the beach / what the beach is called.

    Pronunciation

    er / ir 
    e

    play – aaaeeeee
    plane – plaaaaeeeeen
    plan – plan – apple

    round
    ground 
    grund

    colleagues – g is very soft (like a “k”)

    Vocabulary

    too many = bad
    so many = normal

    Grammar

    there is = a place has sth 
    there is
    a cup on the table
    have = owned by / part of sth
    eg. I have an ipad = my ipad
    eg2. I have 2 arms = my arms

    the / a
    the = obvious which one
    a = just 1, any 1

    subject verb + details
    i go to America with my wife

    I am here
    I am in Shanghai

    I traveled – past – you know the time
    I have traveled – experience – past – the time is not important
    I have been traveling – past – still doing it now

    I can swim / I could swim
    swimming is fun
    it is fun

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