VIP Class Notes (Tibo) [S]

Speaking

I live in Shanghai for almost 4 years. End October .. until now.
My husband working in a Spanish company here. I don’t work, I didn’t work now, before yes. I try to do my hobbies and study English and Chinese. Like my English a little less.
My hobbies is painting. I painting some pictures in 3 months or one year. Depends the time I spend in that.
I like take photos. I need to learn.  these are my main hobbies.
I like when I go for holiday. In this time I like wake up early and watch the sunrise.I like very much because normally this place are hide and in the morning it is good to wake up early. portrait
Normally my husband’s boss told him 3 or 4 year and this year is the 4th. And now thinking bring he to the other city for 3 year more but not sure now. It is not sure.
We continue living here, he everyday go to many places / Jiangsu province.

If you are in this company you need to live here but you can work but you need to live here.
He wants to live in Changsha but the company said no. you need to live in Shanghai and everyday he goes to Changshu.

When I am back what happens with the people, the people are very stressful. One time in supermarket. the people do line up, one man insulted another man. I think he wanted to jump/cut the line  but for that I don’t like Spanish people.
When you drive it is more bad


I have been living in Shanghai for almost 4 years. It will be 4 year by the end of October.
My husband is working in a Spanish company here. I don’t work, I don’t work right now, but I used to work in the past / but I was working before coming to Shanghai. I try to do/spend time on my hobbies and study English and Chinese. My Chinese is not as good as my English / I can speak some Chinese but not as well as English./ but my Chinese is worse than my English.

My hobbies are painting. I paint some pictures. But it takes me a long time. Sometimes I spend 3 months or one year on one picture. it depends on the time I spend on that.
I like to take/ I like taking photos. I need to learn more about it.  these are my main hobbies.
When I go for a holiday/ go on a holiday,I like to take pictures. I like waking up early and watching the sunrise.I like it very much because normally this place is hot/ the weather is hot and in the morning it is good to wake up early (because it is not so hot). I also like to take portraits

Normally my husband’s boss told him he would stay for 3 or 4 year and this year is the 4th./my husband’s work contract lasts 4 years and this is the 4th year. / my husband is getting to the end of his work contract / my husband’s work contract will finish soon.

And now his boss is thinking about bringing him to another city for 3 more years but it is not sure now/ it is not confirmed yet.
We continue living here, he goes to Changshu everyday.

If you are in this company you need to live here/ where your contract is based but you can work anywhere. You need to live here.
He wants to live in Changshu but the company said no. they told him he needs to live in Shanghai and everyday he goes to Changshu. / everyday he commutes to Changshu

When I am back to Spain I don’t understand what happens with the people, the people are very stressed. One time in supermarket. the people were lining up/were queuing , one man insulted another man. I think he wanted to jump/cut the line. I don’t like that about Spanish people.
When you drive it is worse

Vocabulary

what else / what more could I say  (Que mas)

province : a region
We went to Jiangsu province for the week end.

to commute : to go to work from home ( and back)
Some people buy houses in fengxian because it is cheaper but then they need to commute to work for a long time.

to line up / to queue : waiting for one’s turn
People stay very close to one another when they queue in China

a queue / a line
The queue to buy a cup of coffee was too long so I just decided to go to the family mart.

cut the line: try to go before one’s turn
He tried to cut the line but someone got angry and told him to go to the end of the line.

commuting time : time spent on the way to work
My husband’s commuting time is about 4 hours everyday.

contract: legal document
He signed a contract for 4 years.

brave: full of courage
It was a brave move to come to China.

courage (valor)
it took him a lot of courage to start talking in front of everyone.

heat (n) : the quality of being hot
The heat was too strong, we had to go back to the hotel room.

hot / very warm
The weather in Hong Kong is usually very hot.

to hit
I almost got hit by a car/motorbike this morning

to be used to something: developing a habit.
I didn’t like Chinese food at first but I am used to it now.

patience : the quality of being able to wait.
People do not have much patience now.

to insult : say bad words
I got angry and insulted him when he tried to cut the line.

an insult : a bad word
I haven’t learned Chinese insults yet.

aggressive : ready to confront / attack
People can be quite aggressive when they are driving.

stressful / stressed
People in HK are stressed because the life is very stressful.

expressive : showing emotions
the people

traffic light : red / yellow/green
The cars stopped at the traffic light

worse / better
Life in Shanghai is better than in Barcelona.
Life in Changshu is worse than in Madrid

Pronunciation

portrait

brave

weird

Grammar

Be + Ving
I am eating
She is painting

depend on something / someone
It depends on my free time
I would like to visit you but it depends on my husband’s schedule.
It depends on his boss

Like to do something / like doing something / hate / dislike / enjoy / 
I like to take pictures
I like taking pictures

think about something / think about doing something
I am thinking about going on a trip.
I think about my work.

When you introduce a new notion use a, then use the to mention it again.

the / a
we went to a Spanish restaurant yesterday.
The restaurant was on Huahai road.

Use the for something specific (only one)
The Chinese government.