Sunday, January 1, 2017

Assignment #10

This week  I register an account in edX. EdX is a website you can choose a course for free.
The course that interest me:
1)China (Part 5): From a Global Empire under the Mongols to a Global Economy under the Ming Dynasty from Harvard University.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Assignment #9 TED talk

This week i choose "photo from a storm chaser" from TED talk for my assignment. The words i learned form this speech is:

1)   Privilege: an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich.
Exp: Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.
2)   Undulate: to have a continuous up and down shape or movement, like waves on the sea.
Exp: The road undulates for five miles before a steep climb.
the undulating countryside
3)   Tactile: If something is tactile, it has a surface that is pleasant or attractive to touch.
ExpHer paintings have a very tactile quality.
4)   Hail: small, hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain.
Exp: there will be widespread showers of rain, hail and sleet.
5)   Ominous: suggesting that something unpleasant is likely to happen.
Exp: There was an ominous silence when I asked whether my contract was going to be renewed.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Assignment #6 Steve Jobs’ Talk

Today i finished my reading of the "Steve Job Stanford Commencement Speech". I like this speech so much, it touch my heart. The speech tells us find something you are interest and do it, because "Dots will somehow connect in your future" and the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart. This is the first story Steve Jobs wants to tell us. This also is the paragraph that i like so much. I think keep learning your interest thing as you can when you are young, because the knowledge you had learned will be use someday. So i will always "Stay hungry, Stay foolish".

5 words i learned from speech:
1)Curiosity: the desire to learn or know more about something or someone
     Exp: His natural curiosity led him to ask more question.
2)Intuition: a feeling that guides a person to act  a certain way without fully                            understanding why
     Exp: Intuition was telling her that something was wrong
3)Sedate: slow and relax
     Exp: She walked the beach at a sedate pace.
4)renaissance: a period of time when there is a new interest in something that has                         not been popular in long time.
     Exp: The city's economic renaissance.
5)karma: the force created by a person's action that some people believe causes                  good or bad thing to happen to that person.
     Exp: She believes that helping people will produces good karma.

link to the speech:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Assignment #5 English song

This week i would like to introduce one of my favorite english song. This song came from a Disney movie and it is call "Beauty & the Beast" . I watched this movie when i was 5 years old. The first time i heard it, i fall in love with the song, the rhythm and the lyric. The lyric is beautiful as a poem. I think the lyric should be understand in English because if you translate to Chinese it will be a little strange. The singer of this song is Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson (also the singer of  the "a whole new world"). Céline Dion come from Canada and Peabo Bryson come from America. One of the Céline Dion's famous song is "My heart will go on" the theme of the Titanic. 

The words i learned form this song:
1) rhyme: one of two or more words or phrases that end in the same sounds.
  example:He couldn't think of a rhyme for orange.

2)barely: only just; scarcely; no more than; almost not:
  example: He has barely enough money to live on

3)bend: to force (an object, especially a long or thin one) from a straight form into a                  curved or angular one, or from a curved or angular form into some different                  form
  example: He bent the iron bar as if it had been made of rubber.

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Than somebody bends

Just a little change
Small, to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast

Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will arise

Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bettersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong

Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast

link to the music:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Assignment #4

This week i choose "The Christmas Truce" for my english learning from BBC. It is a 6 min english podcast. The reason i choose this article is i love Christmas very much. This article is about during WW1, the Germany soldiers were fed up with the war and they ask for a truce by a song "silent night, holy night..." on Christmas .After reading this article, i know that no one love war even Germany soldier. It is so unbelievable because Germans always started a wars or join a wars. Another thing surprizing me is twelve million letters were delivered to the front of the war a week.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Assignment #3

This week I had learn a very useful english learning website- ESL podcast from my teacher. When i have free time, i will listen english FM like ICRT to improve my english but now i know that podcast also a very good place to learn english. The advantage of podcast is you can download to your MP3 player to listen it wherever you are, whenever you want.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Assignment #2

The word i dont know the meaning in the article of “just a hair cut, please! ”.

1)trimmed: to make something neater, smaller, better example: to trim your hair
2)adjustments:a small change made to something in order to correct or improve it example: I've made a few adjustments to the design.
3)prank:a trick that is played on somebody as a joke example: The incident was a prank that went wrong.
4)beautician: a person, usually a woman, whose job is to give beauty treatments to the face and body example: Don ' t worry , sir . the beautician will be free in a few minutes
5)voila:used to saythere it is!when you show something to someone, or something appears suddenly example: Mm - hmm , did you get the present ? - yeah , yeah , voila