VIP Class Notes (Ally)

Vocabulary

redundant: 多余的; 不需要的
ie. Try not to be redundant in your speaking or writing.

atrocious: 糟透的; 十分讨厌的; 残暴的; 残忍的; 凶恶的;
ie. The public-shaming measures in SH are atrocious.

blatant: 公然的
ie. Your action is a blatant disrespect of my privacy.

Grammar

When you’re adding information to the sentence before, use words such as “where, which, who, that…”

Speaking

Q:How do you like SH? Would you recommend it to a newcomer like me?

A: I like SH because SH for maybe in China, is the most multicultural city. It’s more multicultural and more international and it has a lot of skyscrapers. It’s more welcoming for the newcomers to come because we have different restaurants from all over the world, different cuisines for people to try. We have a district or area, it belongs to the foreigners, especially when you’re walking down the street, it is the Phoenix tree. When you, being able to strolling down the street in Autumn, it feels really relaxing to see the leaves falling down, and experience the warm weather. It’s really relaxing and maybe calm your mind to just stroll down the street and have nothing in your mind.
Edited: I like SH because in China, it’s one the most multicultural cities. It’s more multicultural and more international than other cities. It’s more welcoming for the newcomers because there are different restaurants from all over the world, with/serving different cuisines for people to try. In SH, there is a special/designated area which used to belong to the foreigners, and you can feel a different/Western vibe there. In this particular area we call “Zu Jie”, when you’re walking down the street, you can see the Phoenix trees along the road. Being able to stroll down the street in Autumn is very relaxing; I feel very at ease to see the leaves falling down and to experience the warm weather. You can feel calm easily by just strolling down the street and having nothing on your mind.

Q:Do you think it’s necessary to have “public-shaming” measures in China? Can we sacrifice people’s individual rights to privacy in order to teach them to do the right thing?

A:In my opinion, public-shaming will be better to use in China than Western countries because I think maybe in China, the citizens might not be ashamed by these public-shaming. The govt may impose harsher measures, such as fines. The citizens will be more pissed off. Unlike the Western cultures, the individual rights or privacy are more important. For example, maybe a grandma cross the road, they might just be thinking that I’m not paying the fine, it’s ok, it’s just my picture is up on the wall. People might not recognize me anyway. People in Western countries care more about whether other people have the right to take pictures of others. Maybe for China, we are not grown in that culture, we are not worried about such things. I think this measure imposed can be not necessary but this kind of rules can be taken place because the consequences are not that significant in our mind.

Edited: In my opinion, public-shaming might be better for use in China than use in Western countries because I think in China, the citizens might not actually be ashamed by these public-shaming acts/measures/activities/policies. Instead of these measures/if we didn’t have these measures, the government may impose even harsher measures, such as fines. In that case/then the citizens will be more pissed off/angry. Unlike Western cultures, where the individual rights or privacy of their citizens are more important, Chinese culture doesn’t emphasize these rights as much/focuses on other more realistic/down-to-earth aspects. For example, when a grandma crosses the road, she might just be thinking that “I’m not paying the fine, it’s ok, it’s just my picture is up on the wall. People might not recognize me anyway.” People in Western countries care more about whether other people have the right to take pictures of others. Maybe for Chinese people, because we are not grown in that kind of/Western culture, we are not worried about such things. I think these measures imposed are not necessarily a must but this kind of rules can be imposed because the consequences are not that significant in our mind.