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2015-01-06



Words of Wisdom #1:


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle





Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.



Vocabulary:


Aristotle – (n) 亞里士多德


Greek – (adj) 希臘


philosopher – (n) 哲學家


polymath – (n) 博學之人


Plato – (n) 柏拉圖


Alexander the Great – (n) 亞歷山大大帝









English Studio #4: How old are you?

2015-01-06



English Studio #4:How old are you?



Example #1: Peter is 100 years old. (correct!)


Example #2: Peter is 100-years-old. (incorrect!)


Example #3: Peter is a 100-year-old man. (correct!)



So when do you use hyphens to indicate someone’s or something’s age?



Example #1: Peter is 100 years old.


This is the most common way to express an age. In this sentence, “year” is a noun, and since 100 is more than 1, we need to change “year” to its plural form, “years”




Example #2: Peter is 100-years-old.


Look at “100-years-old” in this sentence. The hyphens connecting “100”, “years” and “old” transforms the entire structure into an adjective. In other words, “year” is no longer a noun, it is an adjective.



As we know, there is no plural form for adjectives, so there’s no need to change “year” into its plural form.




Example #3: Peter is a 100-year-old man.


The “100-year-old” structure is correct in this sentence. Remember, the hyphens have transformed “100-year-old” into an adjective, so you don’t need to change “year” into its plural form.



By Danny Au









The Riddler #3: I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?

2015-01-05


The Riddler #3:_I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?



Answer: A spone


Explanation: A spone has holes everywhere, but it can still hold a lot of water, right?








Vocabulary:


sponge – (n) 海綿


soak - (v) 浸泡









English Studio #3: Good vs Well

2015-01-05



English Studio #3: Good vs Well



Many students misuse the words “good” and “well”. They both have the same meaning, but are different parts of speech.



“Good” is an adjective (adj.), which is used to describe any nouns (ie. any names or objects).



“Well” is an adverb (adv.), which is used to describe any (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, or (3) adverbs.



Let’s look at the following examples for clarification.



Example #1:


Peter speaks English very good.


(Wrong! “Speak” is a verb. We don’t use adj. to describe verbs.)



Peter speaks English very well. (Correct! “Speak” is a verb so we use an adv. to describe it.)



Example #2:


Peter’s speaks very well English.


(Wrong! We want to describe “English” in this sentence, which is a noun. We don’t use adv. to describe nouns)



Peter speaks very good English.


(Correct! We want to describe “English” in this sentence, which is a noun, so we use an adj. to describe it.)



As you can see, the key is to know exactly what you want to describe first, and then choose the right part of speech to describe it. It’s that simple!



Vocabulary:


misuse – (v) 錯用


part of speech – (n) 詞類


clarification – (n) 澄清


following – (adj) 以下









Brain Lab #4: How to be Smarter (Part 4/6)

2015-01-05



Brain Lab #4: How to be Smarter (Part 4/6)



Tip 4: Teach others


Let's assume that a part of being smart is having knowledge. So when are you sure you know a lot about something? Well, when you can teach it to somebody else, then you must know it well enough. Teaching someone is a good opportunity to revise the knowledge yourself. Also, you can find out what you actually don't know when others ask you questions that you can't answer.




Vocabulary:


assume - (v) 假設


knowledge - (n) 知識


opportunity - (n) 機會


revise - (v) 復習


By Danny Au









My 2 Cents #3: How to produce good results (Part 3 of 3)

2015-01-04


My 2 Cents #3: How to produce good results (Part 3 of 3)



Mr. ET yelled back at the police helicopter, “Go away, God will save me!” The police felt hopeless for him and left. The storm was still strong and the flood kept rising. Finally, the entire town was completely underwater. Mr. ET died and the sharks enjoyed a good lunch!



Mr. ET arrived in heaven after his death and met God. He asked God while weeping, “God, I believed in you, but why didn’t you save me?” God shook his head and answered in a very gentle voice, “Mr. ET, what do you mean? I’ve sent a police car, a boat and a helicopter to save you, but you wouldn’t take the action to be saved!”



So what’s the secret for producing good results in your life? Is it to have a good vision, plan, strategy or faith? All of the above are essential, but the last indispensable component to success in life is you must also TAKE ACTION!



From this day on, don’t just dream of a good dream. Take action, even if it’s just a small one, to make your dream come true!



Vocabulary:


heaven – (n) 天堂


weeping – (v) 哭泣


vision – (n) 目標


strategy – (n) 戰略


faith - (n) 信念


essential - (adj) 必要


indispensable – (adj) 不可缺少


component – (n) 成分









The Riddler #2: What goes around the world but stays in a corner?

2015-01-04


The Riddler #2: What goes around the world but stays in a corner?



Answer: A stamp


Explanation: You always put the stamp at the top right corner of the envelope, right?








Vocabulary:


world – (n) 世界


stamp - (n) 郵票


envelope – (n) 信封









Brain Lab #3: How to be Smarter (Part 3/6)

2015-01-04



Brain Lab #3: How to be Smarter (Part 3/6)


Tip 3: Focus on the real problem


The smarter you are, the more likely you can solve problems. A key to problem-solving is to focus more time on finding the solution than the problem itself. Blaming or making excuses can distract your focus. These behaviors will divert your mental energy to find useless evidence supporting your accusations. What you should really do is to concentrate on coming up with the solution.


How? Avoid seeing the problem worse than it is as you may make up more "problems" for yourself. Rather than having just the original problem, you now have multiple "problems" to solve that are not even related to the actual situation. This will dilute your mental focus on solving the real problem at hand.



Vocabulary:


focus / concentrate - (v) 集中, 專心


distract - (v) 分散注意


blaming - (v) 怪責


excuse - (n) 辯解


behavior - (n) 行為


divert - (v) 轉移


mental - (adj) 精神


evidence - (n) 證據


accusation - (n) 指責


come up with - (v) 想出


make up - (v) 編造


multiple - (adj) 多種


dilute - (v) 稀釋, 削弱


By Danny Au









My 2 Cents #2: How to produce good results (Part 2 of 3)

2014-07-03


My 2 Cents #2: How to produce good results (Part 2 of 3)



Mr. ET said to the police boat with strong conviction, “I don’t need your help, God will save me!” The police had no choice but to leave. The water level was rising so quickly that his house would almost be entirely submerged shortly. A small part of the roof top was still exposed so he climbed up and sat there calmly. But he wasn't alone. A dozen sharks swam in from the sea and were circling Mr. ET's house. They were waiting patiently for their lunch. Suddenly, a police helicopter flew over his house and offered to rescue him again! This would be the last chance to save Mr. ET.



Would Mr. ET accept this last chance to be rescued? Find out in the next article for the story’s ending!



Vocabulary:


conviction - (n) 信念


entire (adj) - 整個


shortly (adv) - 不久


exposed (adj) - 暴露


calmly (adv) - 鎮靜


patiently (adv) - 耐心









The Riddler #1: What can you catch but not throw?

2014-07-01


The Riddler #1: What can you catch but not throw?



Answer: A cold


eg) Dress warmly or you will "catch a cold".



Vocabulary:


riddle - (n) 謎語


cold – (n) 感冒









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