F2F Class Notes November 20th (Ben)

odd, peculiar = strange, quirky

a reptile 爬行动物

a carnivore = a carnivorous animal 食肉动物

a herbivore = a herbivorous animal 食草动物


blunt = 直言的 direct and honest, without beating around the bush

whine = to complain in an annoying crying voice

To be bluntly honest with you, I think whiny kids are horrible.


den = 兽穴;兽窝 the hidden home of some types of wild animal

out someone = exclude
come out of the closet=confess you’re gay
I am more of a _____ kind of person
I am more of a spur of the moment kind of person.
I am kind of a timetable kind of person.
I am not too much of a suit-and-tie kind of person (I don’t want to be an office slave)
an office slave
You are one-of-a-kind: very unique.
You have a one-of-a-kind lifestyle.
You are kind of a go-getter kind of person.
My boss is a customer-is-always-right kind of person.
You don’t strike me as someone who would accept to be an office slave.

Grammar

I have never seen it, neither has he.
We should take = PRESENT
We should have taken = PAST (often used for regrets 后悔)
I could have / should have / would have.
I’m sorry, I should have told you the meeting was cancelled, then you could have stayed at home and we would have avoided this problem.
Original version

Did you purchase anything online on 11.11? I did. I’ve been shopping on Taobao for 7 years on and off. As one of the beginning online shopping malls, Taobao is the most successful one. However, it was unknown one decade ago when e-commerce was still a newborn industry .

Back then, there were only so many shops whose merchandise was limited to clothes and textiles. But now, there are millions of shops who sell everything you can imagine, or some things you can’t. It was far-fetched that a trade could go smoothly without the seller and the buyer seeing each other. But now, purchasing online has turned intoa part of Chinese people’s daily routine. With benefits such aslow prices, convenience and free shipping.

At the beginning, when Ma Yun and his team established Alibaba, people thought they were day-dreaming. However, these dreamers moved heaven and earth to achieve their dream of changing the way people live. On top of that, what makes them more admirable is when people think they are already at their peak, they are going the extra mile to reacheven higher.


Edited version

Did you purchase anything online on 11.11? I did. I’ve been shopping on Taobao for 7 years on and off. As one of the first online shopping malls, Taobao is the most successful one. However, it was unknown one decade ago when e-commerce was still a newborn industry .

Back then, there were only so many shops whose merchandise was limited to clothes and textiles. But now, there are millions of shops who sell everything you can imagine, or some things you can’t. It was far-fetched that a trade could go smoothly without the seller and the buyer seeing each other. But now, purchasing online has turned into a part of Chinese people’s daily routine with benefits such as low prices, convenience and free shipping.

At the beginning, when Ma Yun and his team established Alibaba, they were thought to be day-dreaming. However, these so-called dreamers moved heaven and Earth to achieve their dream of changing change the way people live. On top of that, what makes them more admirable is that even when people think they are already at their peak, they still go the extra mile to reach even higher.