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

Today we focused on:

We focused on vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar

Vocabulary

Grow (v): 1- to increase in size or amount, or to become more advanced or developed:
E.g.: Children grow so quickly.
E.g.: This plant grows best in the shade.
E.g.: She’s grown three centimeters this year.
E.g.: Football’s popularity continues to grow.

Grow up (v): 1- to change from being a child to being an adult:
E.g.: She grew up on a Pennsylvania farm.
E.g.: Taking responsibility for yourself is part of the process of growing up.
E.g.: Linda Chan was born in Hong Kong but grew up in New York and quickly became Americanized.

Cruise (n): 1- a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places. 2- 巡航
E.g.: They’re going on a cruise round the Mediterranean (地中海).
E.g.: They’ve just set off on a round-the-world cruise.

Hobbyist (n): 1- someone who does something as a hobby:
E.g.: He’s a computer hobbyist
E.g.: Raph is a photography hobbyist.

Penchant (n): 1- a liking for, an enjoyment of, or a habit of doing something, especially something that other people might not like.
E.g.: He has a penchant for exotic (异国情调) clothes.
E.g.: Her penchant for disappearing for days at a time worries her family.
E.g.: Mark had a penchant for musical experimentation.

Intruder (n): 1- someone who is in a place or situation where they are not wanted. 2- someone who enters a place without permission.
E.g.: I feel like an intruder when I visit their home.
E.g.: The intruders broke the door down when the family was away and stole everything!

Sweet tooth (n): 1- a strong liking for sweet foods:
E.g.: I have a sweet tooth – I can’t say no to cookies.

Decoy (n): 1- something used to trick or confuse a person or animal. 引诱.
E.g.: He makes duck decoys for hunters.
E.g.: Scarecrows are used as decoy to scare birds away.

Plateau (n): 1- 高原

Antlers (n): 1- 鹿角

Nectar (n): 1- 花蜜

Beehive (n): 1- 蜂箱

Speaking

Original:

I’m laid off on August so I want to have three months off. Last job I was working about marketing, and I want my next job about marketing too. Last week my previous job called me she said do you want want to join my current company and I say yeah. The reason I want to join her company is because my previous job is very nice to me. She raised my pay every year, and she is very professional. Her current company is about battery. I think this is a very it can grow up field. So I think this is a very good opportunity for me.

Edited:

I got laid off in August so I am taking three months off. My last job was in marketing, and I want my next job to be on the same field. Last week my previous boss called me and asked me whether I want to join her current company. I said yes because my previous boss is very nice to me. She raised my pay every year, and she is very professional. Her current company is in the battery industry, which I think is a field with a lot of potential to grow. Because of that, I think this will be a very good opportunity for me.

Reading

Beekeeper says bears prefer premium honey
(Source: www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1908/190831-premium-honey.html)

A beekeeper in Turkey has come across a discovery thanks to a group of honey-stealing bears. The hobbyist beekeeper is Mr Ibrahim Sedef, who lives in the Black Sea coastal town of Trabzon, northeast of the capital Ankara. For many years, he has gone to great lengths to prevent bears from stealing the honey his bees make. In so doing, he has discovered that the bears have a particular penchant for the best quality, most expensive honey. Mr Sedef had struggled to keep the intruders and their sweet teeth away from his beehives. However, the bears evaded his metal cages and protective storage houses, and did not fall for Mr Sedef’s attempts to use apples and other fruit as a decoy.

Mr Sedef told reporters that the bears have cost him over $10,000 in the past three years. During this time, he set up cameras to find out more about their tastes. He enticed the bears with four different bowls of goodies. Three bowls contained various types and quality of honey and one had cherry jam. Time after time, the bears made a beeline for the most expensive honey. They continually opted for the premium Anzer honey, which is believed to be the most expensive in the world. It is produced from the nectar of 90 flowers that only grow in the mountains of the Anzer plateau. It is said to have a whole host of medicinal and curative powers. Despite his financial losses, Sedef said he has grown to love the bears.

Grammar

I lose 2kg till now. – Have lost 2kg so far.

Last, last month. – Two months ago. / The month before last.