VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

Homework

Do some writing about kids education in China. What do you hope for your kids? Do you want the same childhood for them as you had? Why / why not? What changes would you make for your kids?

Writing

Last year, i tried to fast for 3 days in our yoga classroom. During the fasting we could dink and talk each other without any food. In the morning, we practised meditation and pranayama for 2 hours with our teacher. The meditation can relax my body and focus in my mind, it was very comfortable and peaceful ,but in the end my legs felt numb. And then we stretched the muscles for a half of hour. In the afternoon, the teacher taught us did the yoga mantra. I think it was interesting,i have never do it before. On the third day, i had serious stomachache at night as i didn’t eat anything. But i felt better after recieved acupuncture by the teacher. It was magic. After fasting we can only eat some vegetable soup for one week. It was good for our stomach.

Last year, i tried to fast for 3 days in our yoga classroom. During the fasting we could drink water and talk with each other but without eating / but we couldn’t eat. In the morning, we practiced meditation and pranayama for 2 hours with our teacher. The meditation can relax my body and focus my mind, which was very comfortable and peaceful, but in the end my legs felt numb. After meditation we stretched / our muscles for a half an hour. In the afternoon, the teacher taught us to do the yoga mantra which I think was interesting, and i had never done it before. On the third day, i had a serious stomach ache at night as i didn’t eat anything, but i felt better after I received acupuncture by the teacher. It was magical. After fasting we can only eat some vegetable soup for one week which was good for our stomach.

Grammar

they have done it before – experience from now, past, time is not important
they had done it before – experience from the past (past of the past).
eg. you arrived at 12 today, at that time, I had taught 1 student. Now I have taught 2.

which = and it 
I have a computer. It is black = I have a computer which is black.
I went to buy a coffee this morning. I do it every day. = I went to buy a coffee this morning which I do every day.
I went to buy a coffee this morning. It was fun. I went to buy a coffee this morning which is fun.

hug / kiss / punch / touch – very direct, so can’t use prepositions because the need an object 100% of the time

focus my mind – make my mind focused
focus on my teacher – look at and listen to my teacher

talk / speak / shop / sing – can use prepositions, but don’t need them always 

I think the homework, which they have to do, I will make them do.
I will make them do the homework,
which they have to do.

Vocabulary

university entrance exam – gao kao

spare / free time – time you can use to do what you want.

complex – fu za
eg. the roads are very complex / driving in SH is very complex 

traffic – the cars, buses, trucks on the road
eg. the traffic is really bad in the morning and around 5pm

transport – a way to get from A to B
eg. the public transport around my house is really convenient

the schools are really expensive 
the fees are really high 

Pronunciation

bicycle – bai sick kle