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My 2 Cents #1: How to produce good results (Part 1 of 3)

What is the secret for producing the results you want in your life? See if you can guess it by reading the short story below.

One day, a very big typhoon hit a small town. The town was quickly being flooded by the heavy rain and it would only be a matter of time before the entire town would be submerged. A police car stopped in front of Mr. ET's house and offered him a ride to a safe place. Mr. ET confidently said, "Please go away, God will save me!" The police drove away but the water level kept rising. In a brief few hours, the flood was already 1-storey high and no cars could be driven on the roads anymore. Mr. ET had no choice but to retreat to the second floor of his house. At that moment, a few police officers in a small boat sailed by and offered to rescue Mr. ET again. Do you think Mr. ET would accept their offer?

Find out in the next article!


produce - (v) 創造

guess - (v) 猜

flooded (v) / submerged (adj) -淹沒

confidently - (adv) 有信心

storey - (n) 層

retreat - (v) 撤退

rescue - (v) 拯救

accept - (v) 接受

Brain Lab #2: How to be Smarter (Part 2/6)


May 29, 2013

Brain Lab #2: How to be Smarter (Part 2/6)

Tip 2: Watch Your Diet

Take heed of what you eat. Try avoiding sweet snacks in order not to let your blood sugar level fluctuate too much. Although your brain is fueled by sugar, it prefers a steady level of blood sugar.

Also, avoid eating excessive hydrogenated fats as they contain high levels of LDL, a bad cholesterol. LDL can clog arteries, including those that carry blood to your brain. A decrease in blood flow to the brain can impair thinking and makes repairing of brain cells harder.


take heed of – (v) 留意

fluctuate – (v) 波動

avoiding – (v) 避免

steady – (adj) 穩定

excessive – (adj) 過多

hydrogenated fat – (n) 氫化脂肪

cholesterol – (n) 膽固醇

clog – (v) 阻塞

artery – (n) 動脈

impair – (v) 削弱

By Danny Au

English Studio #2: Who are you?


June 2, 2013

English Studio #2: Who are you?

Many people get confused with the different forms of a country name. Let’s take the country France as an example.

France (n) – a country

eg) Peter will go to France with his family this summer for one month.

French (adj) – things that are related to France

eg) Peter likes the French culture very much.

French (n) – the language spoken in France

eg) People speak French in France.

French (n) – a nationality, the people of France

eg) The French are very knowledgeable in wine drinking.

Notice that when “French” is used to refer to people, it is always a plural noun. This means you cannot say “Peter is a French”, this is wrong. Instead you have to say “Peter is a Frenchman”, or “Mary is a Frenchwoman”.

So who are you?


confused – (adj) 混亂

form – (n) 類型

knowledgeable - (adj) 有知識 / 博學

wine – (n) 葡萄酒

plural – (adj) 複數

referring – (v) 提到 / 參考

By Danny Au

Idiom Coach #2: Play it safe


Idiom Coach #2: Play it safe

Play it safe” or “play safe” refers to when a person acts in a way to avoid negative outcomes, such as dangers or losses.

Use “play safe” if the activity is mentioned AFTER this idiom in the sentence.

eg) Peter plays safe in the stock market because he thinks it is very unstable. (“stock market” comes AFTER “play safe” in this expression)

Use “play it safe” if the activity is mentioned BEFORE this idiom in the sentence.

eg) Peter thinks the stock market is very unstable so he usually plays it safe. (“stock market” comes BEFORE “play it safe” in this expression)


play safe / play it safe – (idiom) 求穩, 小心行事

avoid – (v) 避免

negative – (adj) 負面的

outcome – (n) 結果

stock market – (n) 股票市場

unstable – (adj) 不穩定

expression – (n) 表達

By Danny Au

Welcome to ILH Blog!


May 28, 2013

Thanks so much for supporting International Language Headquarters Co. Ltd. Come back often for English lessons, study tips and memory techniques.

Live with knowledge!

By Danny Au

Brain Lab #1: How to be Smarter (Part 1/6)


May 23, 2013

Brain Lab #1: How to be Smarter (Part 1/6)

Tip 1: Mental Exercise

Your brain is just like any other muscle in your body. New neurons (ie. brain cells) will grow every time you exercise your brain, and the stronger it will become. Doing activities that involve memorizing, visualizing or problem-solving can undoubtedly get your brain into better shape!

Recommended activities: Sudoku, chess, solving puzzles, find-the-differences, build new things, make predictions, visualize a familiar place or thing, create something new in your mind, etc.


brain – (n) 腦

neuron – (n) 神經細胞

involve – (v) 涉及

memorizing – (v) 記憶, 背熟

visualizing – (v) 想像

problem-solving – (v) 問題解決

undoubtedly – (adv) 毫無疑問地

get in shape – (idiom) 進入狀態

prediction – (n) 預測

familiar – (adj) 熟悉

By Danny Au

English Studio #1: What’s a name?


May 28, 2013

English Studio #1: What’s a name?

A person’s name may consists 4 parts: (1) first name (given name), (2) last name (surname), (3) middle name, and (5) nickname.

Let’s take Steven Wong as an example. Steven is Chinese, so he also has the Chinese name Wong Siu Ming. Sometimes, his friends call him Stevie.

First (given) name: Steven
(This is the name he usually wants to be called)

Middle name: Siu Ming
(Although this may be the official name on his ID card, people don’t usually call him this)

Last name (surname): Wong

Nickname: Stevie
(People who know him well may call him this name)

So what’s your name?

Danny Au

Idiom Coach #1: My two cents


May 28, 2013

Idiom Coach #1: My two cents

Idioms are expressions that often cannot be interpreted by the literal meaning of the words. They usually have hidden meanings. Let’s look at an example.

“My two cents” or “put my two cents in” has positive and negative meanings depending on usage.

Meaning 1: An unwanted opinion (negative)

“Peter always puts his two cents in! He should learn to keep his mouth shut!”

In this example, Peter always says something inappropriate, so it’s better for him to keep quiet and not give his “two cents” (ie. opinions).

Meaning 2: Offering an opinion politely (positive)

“If I may put my two cents in, the blue dress doesn’t look good on you.”

“My two cents is you should not be so lazy all the time.”

Both examples show how to more humbly give opinions to others and lessen the chance of offending them.

So what’s your “two cents” for our blog?


my two cents – (idiom) 微不足道的東西

interpret – (v) 解釋

literal meaning – (n) 字面意思

positive – (adj) 正面

negative – (adj) 負面

depending on – (v) 取決於

usage – (n) 用法

inappropriate – (adj) 不適當

opinion – (n) 意見

rudely – (adv) 無禮

humbly – (adv) 謙遜

offending – (v) 冒犯

By Danny Au

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