VIP Class Notes (Raph)[S][R]

Vocabulary

Oral (adj): 1- spoken and not written. 2- of, taken by, or done to the mouth:
E.g.: He made an oral agreement.
E.g.: My dentist told me I should take better care of my oral hygiene (口腔卫生).

Priority (n): 1- something that is very important and must be dealt with before other things.
E.g.: The management doesn’t consider office safety to be a priority.
E.g.: My first/top priority is to find somewhere to live.

Well-being (n): 1- the state of feeling healthy and happy.
E.g.: People doing yoga benefit from an increased feeling of well-being.

Caregiver (n): 1- someone who takes care of a person.
E.g.: Now that his parents are older, he is their main caregiver.

Outweigh (v): 1- to be greater or more important than something else.
E.g.: The benefits of this treatment far outweigh any risks.

Means (n): 1- a method or way of doing something.
E.g.: They had no means of communication.
E.g.: We need to find some other means of transportation.

Vowel (n): 1- A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: I’m an assistant for the chairman of an internet company.

Speaking

Original:

I went two cities Malaysia. We arrived at Kuala Lumpur and we went around that city for two days, to bought some clothes and just around the city. I think it is very modern and then we went to a resort by the sea for four days. We just take sunbathe and everyday we swimmed and tasted local food. The resort is very large and there were less people in it, so it’s very quiet. I think it is very beautiful, and it’s best resort than I went before. There’s a kinds of food in resort. We tasted local food and western food. I think the vegetables is fresh. It was very delicious. I think Kuala Lumpur the subway is very special, a little old.

Edited:

In October last year I went to two cities in Malaysia. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur and we stayed there for two days, buying clothes and just going around the city. I think it is very modern. After KL we went to a resort by the sea for four days. We just sunbathed, swam and tasted local food everyday. The resort is very large and there were few people in it, so it was very quiet. I think it is very beautiful, and it’s probable the best resort I’ve ever been to. There are different kinds of food in the resort, so we tasted both local food and western food. I think the vegetables were fresh and very delicious. I also think the Kuala Lumpur the subway is very special, because it is a little old.

Reading

Parents happier after their children leave home
(Source: www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1908/190823-having-children-4.html)

Having children may be the key to happiness and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say that children make parents happiest when they fly the nest – after they leave home. Researchers looked at data on the emotional wellbeing of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. They found that most parents were happier with life after their children left home. This could be because raising children is expensive and stressful.

A researcher said a reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned – children support their parents. The researcher said parents suffer from less depression and are more positive about life. He said: “Children’s roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood.” Healthy family relationships stop parents feeling lonely.

Grammar

Raph is 31 years old. = Raph is a 31-year-old man.

The building is 20 meters tall. = This is a 20-meter tall building.


I think I a little promotion. – I think I have improved a little

I graduated for 2012. – I graduated in 2012.

I studied in Graphic Design. – I studied  Graphic Design.

Pronunciation

Blood:  /blʌd/

Heat: /hiːt/

Hit: /hɪt/

Marine: /məˈriːn/

Walk: /wɑːk/

Along: /əˈlɑːŋ/

Leave: /liːv/

Live (v): /lɪv/

Live (adj): /laɪv/

Sunbathe: /ˈsʌn.beɪð//sun.bei.the/

Kuala Lumpur: /ˈku.a.laˈlumpʊ(r)/