VIP Class Notes (Li)[S]

Vocabulary

culture shock: feeling sad and worried when you travel or move to a new country

eg. Almost everyone will experience culture shock once in their lifetime.

ask for directions: when you get lost you ask for help

eg. If you get lost you can ask a stranger for directions.

mosque: a Muslim temple

after-work drinks: drinking post-work

eg. It is common for people to attend after-work drinks in western countries.

tipsy: the state you’re in before you get drunk 微醉的

eg. My best friend starts dancing on the table when he gets tipsy.

pandemic: global spread of a disease

eg. COVID-19 pandemic/AIDS pandemic

video call: calling someone with the camera turned on

puke/vomit: to empty the contents of your stomach 呕吐

eg. Drinking even 1 cup of alcohol would make me puke.

toast: to hold up a drink and deliver congratulatory messages to someone 祝酒;干杯

eg. I’d like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.

drinking buddies: people who you drink with

small talk: informal, friendly conversation

eg. Engaging in small talking while waiting for the lift is nerve-racking.

eg. She enjoys making small talk with strangers at parties.

sheer: emphasise the large amount, size or degree of something

eg. The sheer amount of questions scared her.

eg. My time in quarantine was sheer hell.

recycling centre: 回收站

Speaking

I have a very different experience if I went to an East Asia country and it’s very easy to order. Like in Japan or Korea, the service is good, the waiters friendly and they will come back later to take your order. In Turkey, I find people are very passionate. I was sitting there using my mobile phone and when I looked up, I saw many people looking at me. People in the UK like to have a drink after work, they don’t like to go home after work.

If you drink you should have a lot of drinking buddies.

My company start to ask us to buy holiday. They forced us to have unpaid holiday two days a month.

Revised: 

I have a very different experience. When I went to an East Asian country, it’s very easy to order. Like in Japan or Korea, the service is good, the waiters are friendly and they will come back later to take your order/to serve you. In Turkey, I found out that people are very passionate. I was sitting there using my mobile phone and when I looked up, I saw many people looking/staring at me. People in the UK like to have a drink after work/after-work drinks, they don’t like to go home immediately after work.

If you want to drink you should have a lot of drinking buddies.

My company started to ask us to buy holidays. They forced/demanded us to have unpaid holidays two days a month.