VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[W]

Writing

I find that the biggest pitfall for the people around me is the balance between work and life. One of my female colleagues has two babies now. During her first pregnancy, she worked only for four months and took holiday for almost one year. A few months after she came back to work, she became pregnant again. Although she has returned to work last month, she still needs to feed her baby with breast milk now. She is a good mother but may not be a good employee.

I find that the biggest pitfall for the people around me is to find the (right) balance between work and life. One of my female colleagues has two babies now. During her first pregnancy, she worked only for four months and took unpaid leave for almost a year. A few months after/later she came back to work, but she became pregnant again. Although she has returned to work last month, she still needs to breastfeed her baby with breast milk now. She is a good mother but may not/can’t be a good employee.

Vocabulary

unpaid leave-无薪休假
E.g.: He’s taken unpaid leave.

他停薪去休假了。

breastfeed (v):When a mother breastfeeds her baby, she feeds it with milk directly from her breasts rather than with artificial or cow’s milk from a bottle.母乳喂养

maternity leave (n):a period in which a woman is legally allowed to be absent from work in the weeks before and after she gives birth产假

the public sector (n):businesses and industries that are owned or controlled by the government
公营部门
E.g.: Most doctors work in the public sector.
大多数医生在公营部门工作
E.g.: public sector workers such as nurses or teachers
公营部门的工人,如护士或教师

the private sector (n):businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government
私营部门
E.g.: 60 percent of recent graduates are working in the private sector.
百分之六十的毕业生在私营部门工作。
E.g.: private sector employers
私营部门雇主

prevalent (adj):existing very commonly or happening often
流行的,盛行的,普遍的
E.g.: These diseases are more prevalent among young children.
这些疾病在幼儿中更普遍。
E.g.: Trees are dying in areas where acid rain is most prevalent.
在酸雨非常严重的地区,树木正面临枯死。
E.g.: Is this opinion more prevalent among female or male employees?

social welfare (n):services provided by the government or private organizations to help poor, ill, or old people社会福利

ketchup (n):a thick, cold, red sauce made from tomatoes
西红柿酱
E.g.: Do you want some ketchup with your burger?
你的汉堡包要加些西红柿酱吗?