VIP Class Notes (Jesse) [W]

Today we focused on:

reviewed writing and focused on using conjunctions to make longer sentences.

Writing

In September, I traveled to Phuket with my family. It was a nice trip. Here I would like to share a few things that impressived me very much.

1, Humidity
Phucket is an island, located near the equator. It has typical tropical climate, meaning the weather there is very hot and humid. The level of humidity is the one I can never imagine. The clothes I hang out in the balcony will never by dry enough, and the bedsheet I sleep on is always giving me a feeling of it’s just got out of the washing machine. The humidity is the thing that you can’t really avoid.

2, Elephant
Elephants is the animal who enjoy plenty of love from Thai people. They build many elephant protection centers to adopt elderly or disabled elephants. As for the healthy ones, they also developed a tourism model to make money, importantly in a good & sustainable way. My daughter proposed to visit one elephant club, where we can experience how the elephant spend their whole day. With the guidance from local staff, we tried to make food for the elephants, feed them, take a bath for them and lastly play with them in the pond. It was an interesting & meaningful experience for my daughter, learning to be friends with animals, as well as our planet.

3, Thai massage
Thai massage is a must-try if you go to Thailand. There are thousands of massage stores and it is a very mature industry there. Most of them are quite cheap, average spending for one item is below 100RMB. However, I chose to go to a chained store with good reputation whose charge is 2-3 times higher than the averge ones, since I have concerns about the sanitary issue. Thai massage is a mixture of aroma, herb and massage itself. Having a good massage in the morning is a good way to start your brand new day.

Travel is a good thing. Not only you can relax after a peirod of hard work, but also you can live other people’s life as a good experience for a short time.

In September, I traveled to Phuket with my family, which was a nice trip / and it was a nice trip. Here I would like to share a few things that impressed me very much.

1, Humidity
Phuket is an island, located near the equator which has a typical tropical climate, meaning the weather there is very hot and humid. The level of humidity is one I could never imagine / couldn’t have ever imagined. The clothes I hung out in the balcony were never dry enough / couldn’t dry enough, and the bedsheet I slept on was always giving me a feeling of happiness / discomfort / that it had just got out of the washing machine. The humidity is the thing that you can’t really avoid.

2, Elephant
Elephants are the animal who enjoy plenty of love from Thai people, who build many elephant protection centers to adopt elderly or disabled elephants. As for the healthy ones, they also developed a tourism model to make money, and importantly, in a good & sustainable way. My daughter proposed to visit one elephant club, where we can experience how the elephants spend their whole day. With the guidance from local staff, we tried making / we made food for the elephants, fed them, gave them a bath and lastly played with them in the pond. It was an interesting & meaningful experience for my daughter, learning to be friends with animals, as well as with our planet.

3, Thai massage
Thai massage is a must-try if you go to Thailand. There are thousands of massage places / parlors and it is a very mature industry there. Most of them are quite cheap, and on average, the cost of / the price of one item is below 100RMB. However, I chose to go to a (place that is part of a) chain with a good reputation, whose price is 2-3 times higher than the average ones, since I have concerns about the sanitary issue / cleanliness / hygiene. Thai massage is a mixture of aroma, herb and massage itself. Having a good massage in the morning is a good way to start your brand new day.

Travel is a good thing, not only because you can relax after a period of hard work, but also because you can experience how other people live for a short time.

Vocabulary

hygienic < > unhygienic 
eg. I think using shared chopsticks for hotpot is not very hygienic

cost – n / v
eg. the iphone costs a lot
eg2. the cost of the iphone is 5000 RMB – maybe what the company paid to make it
price – n
eg. the price of the iphone is 5000 RMB – always what the customer paid to get it
charge – v
eg. Jesse charged the student 10,000 RMB – asked to pay
spend – v
eg. I spend 10 RMB every day on coffee
expense – n
eg. Coffee is a big expense in my life
pay – v / n
eg. the customer pays at the end of the massage – money for a product / service
eg2. Jesse gives Lily her pay every month – salary

bread winner – the main person earning the money in a household

stressed (a person’s feeling) / stressful (describe a situation)
bored / boring
eg. work is really stressful so I feel so stressed
eg2. this teacher is really boring so I am bored.

it’s sad 
poor him
I feel bad for him 

fun park – you le yuan

conjunction – connect + junction = a middle word to connect 2 ideas

Grammar

did – specific past time
have done – happened before in your life / already – not specific time
had done – already happened before another specific time in the past

arrive in thailand
go to some massage place