VIP Class Notes (Nicholas)(S/W)
Study! Write something very short – tell me a story and make sure you use PAST TENSE. Tell me a story about the economy in Spain. Are people leaving Spain because the economy is bad? How has the recession in Spain made life difficult for Spanish people?
The money is important in my life because – I have money for the things that¬†I need¬†– with money¬†you can eat and you can to buy something / whatever you like –¬†its OK – I dont need any¬†more money– if you have more I think yes you can do many things for¬†example: you can vacation more often, you can give money to poor people, you can choose the best schools for your children, you can buy the best¬†clothes¬†¬†– I think having¬†too much money is bad – why – because when you have too much money you dont know how to do with that¬†what you¬†should do with the money / you don’t know how to handle all of the money¬†– I think not if you didn’t I don’t think money makes you a bad person– if you are didn’t person then no ¬†if you are a good person then no: money won’t make you a bad person– if you were already¬† always are a¬†bad person it’s the same – the mentality is the¬†same.
I want to be famous¬†but it¬†depends on what type/kind of famous you are
who famous is you – or which area – because if I¬†was a famous¬† how painter for example¬†– it’s OK – but if I was an¬†actor, actress I dont wouldn’t¬†like that – you dont have a¬†perfect life.
98% of the time you do not need to use THE – remove it!
Two weekends ago we (my husband and I) went to Nanjing, this is a city is near
is was¬†the worst trip we‚Äôve ever had, because the city don‚Äôt doesn’t¬†have good communication for road travel / the road signs aren’t very¬†clear /¬†when there are have too many people visiting it.
It‚Äôs true, that we went
on during the¬†holidays /on a holiday, but there were holliday also this was also a holiday¬†for Chinese people, and there are were¬†too many tourists / people visiting.
We didn‚Äôt fully enjoy our trip¬†but, we were able to visit same places that were beautiful, in that case, we forgot the bad moments. I
think always always think that¬†there i s am are things¬† something you find that¬†make s you fall in love with life and with what there are is¬†in the world.
I think not = I don’t think
economy / economic ¬†/ this the health of the country’s jobs and money
e.g. Is Spain’s economy strong?
e.g. It economic situation in Spain good?
recession / this is when the economy is going down¬†
e.g. Spain has been experiencing a recession for the past 9 years.
e.g. The call the 2008 financial (money) crisis the “Great Recession”.
a depression / this is when the economy is going down very very fast
e.g In the USA during the 1940s, the USA experienced a Great Depression.
sobre valorado /¬†over rated / it’s bad but everyone says its good
e.g. Bali is totally overrated.
underrated /it’s good but everyone says it’s bad
e.g. Columbia is underrated – the prices are good, it’s not too busy, the women are beautiful!
fairly valued / it’s good and everyone says it’s good
e.g. Thailand is fairly valued.
we go to Paris first /¬†we went to Paris
you can go to no the places where /¬†you cannot go¬†anywhere without traffic / it’s too crowded / there are only a few roads and they¬†are full of cars
Have you gone to Japan/Have you been to Japan vs. Did you go to Japan ¬†
Have you gone = Did you ever go there before? – General
e.g. Have you gone to Japan. Yes I have been there three times.
Did you go to Japan for the holiday? ¬†= Very specific
e.g. No we didn’t go to Japan for the holiday we went to Nanjing.
e.g. On my trip I went to Phuket and I did not go to Bangkok. I have never gone to Bangkok.
e.g. On my trip, I went to Phuket, and I did not go to Bangkok. But I have been to Bangkok before.
98% of the time speak in the PAST TENSE – when you’re telling me story – tell me WHAT HAPPENED in the PAST TENSE
Pay attention to SINGULAR (ONE PERSON) vs. PLURAL (TWO PEOPLE) SUBJECTS
e.g. The city/It/She (ONE CITY ) doesn’t¬†
don”t have good food.
e.g. The cities/They (MANY CITIES – PLURAL) don’t have good food.
Use the word ¬†DURING when talking about “when you went somewhere”
e.g. I went to my English lesson during¬†my lunch break.
e.g. I went to Nanjing¬†during¬†the Chinese holiday.
Says vs. Say
Say = Something you said one time – a specific time
e.g. What did the doctor say? What did the doctor
e.g. The doctor said I should take medicine.
Says = Something you usually say
e.g. My mother always says…mother usually says: work hard!
e.g. The doctor says I should take medicine.¬†
When I went to China my mother
say/said/ says to be careful.
the people said / NOT SAYED / SED
e.g. He/she/they said: brush your teeth.
e.g. What did they say yesterday…
e.g. My mother always says: brush your teeth.