English is an international language.
Therefore,it's necessary for us to learn it.
It can be rewarding or just a waste of time.
It's up to you.
It depends on how you study it.
Here're some tips about learning English.
First,don't be afraid to make mistakes,you'll learn from them.
Second,you must not be shy,be thick-skinned,and speak up.
Finally,you must be patient.
Remember,Rome wasn't built in a day.
Rome wasn't built in a day:
---Well,Rome doesn't refer to the city of Rome only.It refers to the Roman Empire.That's the great country that Rome , built more than 2000 years ago.It was a great empire and of course you cannot build anything good or great in just a short time.
--- Now,I have this question: In what situation we'll use this expression"Rome wasn't built in a day"? Please give us an example.
--- Well,let's say that your friend wants to learn how to do something,like typing,or swimming,and at first your friend feels a little discouraged because it's not easy to learn a new skill.But you tell him "Hey,come on,'Rome wasn't built in a day'!" We want to encourage our friends with this saying.
English is an international language:
---Well,we say that English is an international language because English is spoken around the world.Of couse,there're more speakers of Mandarin than of English,but English is spoken by more people in more countries than Mandarin is. So when you travel,or do business,or study overseas,you can always find English speakers and English TV programmas and English newspapers.
---In other words,English is an universal language.(English is an international language.)
---Mandarin. We can say Bruce speaks beautiful Mandarin.
It can be rewarding or just a waste of time:
---your stay here is only a waste of time.
---Exercise is very rewarding for our health.
---It pays to exercise.It is rewarding to exercise.
it's up to you:
---Well,if Peter asks me "Do you want to go to a restaurant first or see a movie first tonight?",I might say "It's up to you."
---But I know the true answer. He enjoys eating.
---More than anything
---So let's go to a restaurant first.In our stdio,we have a small stdio here,and we have only two people here that's Bruce and me,but Bruce is much too big,so we have little room left here.
it depends on how you study it:
---if you learn English by fits and starts you'll get nowhere.
---My brother studied accounting by fits and starts,so he failed.
Here're some tips about / on learning English:
---If you give me a tip(小费),I'll give you some tips(建议) about/on how to learn English.
--- tip(小费): If you are in a restaurant,and you leave a little money for the waiter,we say that's a tip.
tips(建议): some advice
Mr. Bruce,before leaving,don't forget to tip me.
He tipped me on how to learn English.
First,don't be afraid to make mistakes:
---be afraid of doing sth. , be afraid to do sth.
--- I am afraid to talk to him or I am afraid of talking to him.
--- This is a very good piece of advice(不可数).
---Well, you have to speak or write a language to really learn it. If you make a mistake while speaking,usually the listener will understand you anyway,because usually your mistake is just a grammar mistake or maybe a vocabulary mistake.but usually we understand you. But if we don't understand you , we'll ask "huh"? ,or "'what do you mean?". And then you can try again.
--- Only by making mistakes can we learn something.
Second,you must not be shy:
--- Children are often shy around strangers.
--- Well,this is often the case,but there is some situation in which adults are shy.For example,each time Bruce is with me,he is shy.
--- That's not shy,Peter,that's embarrassed. Peter,you stink.
Finally,you must be patient:
---be patient with sb.
---A good teacher must be patient with his students.
Mack is talking to his friend,Don. Mack and Don are both boys or men.
Mack: Hi,Don,how are you doing in your English class?
Don: Not so well,I am afraid.
Mack: What's the problem?
Don: I'm not improving.Tell me,how come your english is so good?
Mack: Well,uh...I have an American girlfriend.
Don: Aha,that's it! Now I know what to do.(He runs off.)
Mack: Hey,come back,I was just kidding.
Listening to music is the favorite pastime of many people all over the world.
This is especially true for people living in Vienna---- the city of song.
Being the home of Mozart, this city is the birthplace of classical music and the waltz.
Music fills the air in Vienna.
Going to public concerts is often free of charge.
And don't forget, Vienna is also home to the world famous Vienna Boys' Choir.
No wonder people say Austria is always alive with the sound of music.
Mike is in Vienna with his girlfriend,Daisy.
Mike: Are you having a good time,Daisy?
Daisy: Are you kidding? I'm having the time of my life. I love the concerts.
Mike: Concert-going is fantastic, but what else can we do?
Daisy: Biking along the banks of the river Danube could be fun.
Mike: It sounds like a great idea.
Daisy: Let's do it then.
Mike: You're right. As they say,he who hesitates is lost.
He who hesitates is lost:
----We have this title "He who hesitates is lost".Now we have this word 'he',in this case,'he' is the subject. he = anyone who=one who=whose who. "He who hesitates is lost"="Anyone who hesitates is lost"="One who hesitates is lost"="Those who hesitate are lost". lost: (1)he's lost . (2)i'm new here,i just got lost.
---- He who works hard will be successful.= Anyone/anybody who works hard will be successful.= Those who word hard will be successful.
----hesitate: If you have questions, don't hesitateto ask me.
lost : be lost in sth. i was lost in that music.
----Sure. Or you could also say "Don't talk to Morris now ,he's lost/absorbed in his work".
---- He who hesitates is a loser.
Mike is in Vienna with his girlfriend,Daisy:
----Daisy is a beautiful little flower,but remember if you're talking about the flower, then we don't capitalize the 'd'.
----Probally,they are on vacation there(Vienna).
----I'm sorry,Peter,I don't know what "vacation" means.
----In my dictionary ,there's no such a word as "vacation". This means that i work all day, day and night .
---- I visited Italy and France while on vacation last year.
Are you having a good time?:
have a good time doing sth.
---- He always has a good time (in) camping.
----I had a good time dancing last night. Bruce always has a good time working for me.
have a hard time (have difficulty) in doing sth.
----Foreigners have a hard time learning how to write Chinses characters.
----But Bruce can at least write one word/ Chinses character ,that's 一.
----have a good time = have fun =have a great time= have lots of fun =have a lot of fun (doing sth.)
Are you kidding ?:
----How many kids do you have?=How many children do you have?
----I hvae two kids. Same as you.
----Mr. Wang who lives next to me has three ears. Oh come on.you must be kidding (me).
Are you kidding me?
Concert-going is fantastic:
concert: put on a concert. put on / hold a meeting
----The artist will put on a new exhibit next month.
----House-cleaning is Peter's favorite activity.
fantastic = great = wonderful = cool = awesome = terrific
----Mozart's music is fantastic.
---- What do you think that movie?
Biking along the banks of the river Danube could be fun:
could be fun-> can be fun -> must be fun-> be fun
fun and funny:
----Wow,that movie is funny. Learning English is fun.
---- Bruce is fun,Peter looks funny.
---- He's a fun man to be with.
---- Fun. we always use it with 'have a good time'. If you like to do something.,It's a good time, you say "there's a lot of fun".
But if something makes you laugh,then we say "it's funny."
----The students made fun of the new kid in the class.
It sounds like a great idea:=Sounds like a great idea.=Sounds good/great.
---- I'm going to use a different verb. Tastes like garbage (Peter's cooking).
---- He picked up the garbage, and threw it into the garbagecan.
---- Let's go see a movie tonight.
----Sounds like a good idea.
Bungee jumping looks like fun.
It makes me nervous just to watch someone do it.
It certainly takes a lot of guts to jump one thousand feet above the water with only a rope tied to your legs.
It scares me just to think about it.
However, it is something I really want to do one day.
Some people think I'm crazy.
They say to jump is foolish enough, but to have to pay for it is madness.
I don't agree.
For me, to live a short and exciting life is far better than to live a long and boring one.
What do you think?