F2F Class Notes 1st March (Tanya) [s]

Vocabulary

accent – a way in which a person speaks, usually because of his upbringing (口音)

e.g. Tanya has a slight Taiwanese accent when she speaks Chinese.

to be talkative – to talk a lot, to say a lot of things

e.g. Some people are very talkative and you just sit there listening to them speak for an hour!

to appreciate – 赞赏 to value something, to be grateful

e.g. A lot of people don’t appreciate it a lot when you speak English very well, even though if’s just your second language.

the hairdresser or the barber – the person who cuts your hair

e.g. I go to the hairdresser once every six months.

gentle – 温柔 sweet, kind

e.g. He’s very gentle, he’s been very kind to me.

a decade – 10 years

e.g. Some foreigners have lived in Shanghai for decades.

Speaking exercise

Correction 

In my first company there was a foreigner. We guessed he stayed in China for more than 10 years. Chinese is his daily language. Really impressive. He communicated some work things with us using Chinese. We were amazed about that.

We travelled to the Maldives. We can only speak English. We wanted to use English more frequently so we tried our best to speak English. But we only used some key words. For instance, which kinds of food we wanted to eat, which kinds of service we wanted, where we wanted to go.

We didn’t have enough opportunities to communicate with local people. Actually they were very friendly but not very talkative. We didn’t talk a lot with their service staff. In China we appreciate it a lot when foreigners speak Chinese, because Chinese people are very welcoming to foreigners. Lots of local Chinese people are very welcoming. Once they  know you can speak Chinese they will ask you some questions about yourself like how old you are or where you are from.

I think for girls the Taiwanese accent is very cute. My view is the opposite of Chen’s view. Actually, yesterday we went to the gym. We just wanted to look at the gym environment. We discussed that we would just look at the environment and not pay the money for the membership. There was a Taiwanese girl who introduced the environment to us. The price was much lower than we thought so we paid the money immediately yesterday. I think for girls the accent is a benefit.

When I was a student I saw some Taiwanese series and Chen Bolin is the main character in the series. I love him. This love is not the same as love with couple. So the Taiwanese accent is better for guys than the normal Chinese accent. 

Original

In my first company there are foreigner. We guess he stayed in China for more than 10 years. Chinese is his daily life. Really impressive. He communicate some work things with us. He use the Chinese directly. We were amazing about that.

We travelled to the Maldives. We just can say English. We want to use English more time so we tried our best to say English. But maybe we just use some key words. For instance, which kinds of food we want to eat, which kind of service we want, where we want to go.

We didn’t have enough opportunity to do communication with local person. Actually they very friendly but not very talkative. We don’t talk more with their worker. In China we very appreciate when foreigner speak Chinese. Because Chinese people very welcome foreigner. Lots of local Chinese people are very welcome. Once they  know you can say Chinese they will ask you some questions about yourself like how old are you or where are you from.

I think for girl the Taiwan accent is very cute. But I have opposite view with Chen. Actually, yesterday we went to the gym, We just want to look at the gym environment and we discussed that we just look at the environment and not pay the money for the class. But there was a Taiwanese girl introduce the environment for us. The price is very lower so we paid the money yesterday immediately. I think for girl it is benefit.

When I was a student I saw some Taiwan episodes and Chen Bolin is the key episode in the episode. I love him. This love is not the same as love with couple. So Taiwanese guys better.

Grammar

say things, speak languages

to be welcoming, to welcome someone -> to be welcoming to foreigners, to welcome foreigner

Pronunciation

accent – aks sent