VIP Class Notes (Lily) [R/W]

Homework

write about how you feel after reading the article. What are your thoughts?

Vocabulary

1. dialect= 方言
ex: 90% of the dialects will disappear in the next 20 years.

2. Cantonese= 广东话
ex: do you think Cantonese is a language or a dialect?

3. cross your mind = think about it
ex: Lily do you want a second baby? It never crossed my mind. 
ex: will you live with your mother after marriage? It never crossed my mind. 

4. inevitable= unable to run away from something 无可避免
ex: you will come across some scumbags in life, it’s inevitable.
ex: Death is inevitable.
ex: Wrinkles are inevitable. oh noooooo

5. scumbag= 渣男
ex: My ex husband is a scumbag. 

6. constantly= continuously 持续性的
ex: She’s constantly buying new shoes.
ex: he’s constantly playing computer games.

7. seek= look for
ex: He’s seeking for a life time partner.

8. immune system= 免疫系统
ex: I’m sick again because my immune system is down.

9. insult= 辱骂
ex: He insults me every once in a while.
ex: Children like to insult other classmates.

Reading

Getting old might not be something that’s yet to cross your mind. But ageing is inevitably going to get the better of us one day, so it’s something I’m sure we’d all like control. It would be great to have a long, healthy and happy life, and that’s why scientists are constantly seeking out evidence that will show us what we need to do to achieve longevity.

We all know that regular exercise is good for us. In recent years we’ve been told to aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to remain healthy, although other advice to do three brisk 10-minute walks a day is thought to be even more effective. But the latest piece of research might put a spring in your step if you’re someone who walks at a fast pace. That’s because, according to scientists, the speed at which people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing.

The BBC’s Philippa Roxby writes that tests on 1,000 people from New Zealand born in the 1970s found that slower walkers tended to show signs of “accelerated ageing“. Their lungs, teeth and immune systemswere in worse shape than those who walked faster. And to add insult to injury, the study found not only did slower walkers’ bodies age more quickly, their faces looked older and they had smaller brains. Professor Terrie E Moffitt, lead author of the study, told the BBC: “[it] found that a slow walk is a problem sign decades before old age.”

This might be seen as a wake-up call for people with a slower gait who might feel it’s time to work out and get fitter. But it might be too late; researchers writing in JAMA Network Open say they were able to predict the walking speed of 45-year-olds using the results of intelligence, language and motor skills tests from when they were aged three. They also suggest that even in early life, there are signs showing which people will go on to have a healthier life.

So, what’s the point of knowing that a slower walking pace might mean a smaller brain? Well, researchers say measuring walking speed at a younger age, and understanding what this might mean, could be a way of testing treatments to slow human ageing. This might help us make lifestyle changes while we’re still young and healthy. Any steps we can take to prolong a good mental and physical state is a no brainer!

Writing

Language: in our home town , 80% of natives use Korean for mother language.
Compare with south of China most northern cities such as Beijing, Tianjin, Jilin, Liaoning use standard Mandarin. But some of the southern use their local language.

Food : in our home town people like strong flavors. they like spicy food and soup.
food in north of china is more strong and oily. but in southern China , people like light and healthy food.

however it depends on each person’s personalities , ladies in north are tougher than southerners.

Revised

Language: in our home town , 80% of natives speak Korean as their mother language/ tongue/ first language. 
Compared with the south of China, most northern cities such as Beijing, Tianjin, Jilin, Liaoning use standard Mandarin. But some of the southern cities use their local language/ dialect. 

Food : in our home town people like strong flavors. they like spicy food and soup.
food in the north of china is more strong and oily. but in southern China , people like light and healthy food.

however it depends on people’s personalities , ladies in the north are tougher than the ones in the south.