English Learning – what is your schedule like every day?

The relationship between intelligence and getting up early

Woman: So, what is your schedule like every day?

Man: Well, uh, I get up around a quarter to six ( 5:45 ) in the morning.

Woman: Wow! That’s kind of early.

Man: A little. Then, I eat a quick breakfast, and I catch the bus at, uh, 7:00. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the bus stop.

Woman: That’s a pretty good walk.

Man: Yeah, and uh, next, I work at the library from 8:00 to 11:15 or so, and I have classes from noon until about five.

Woman: Um.

English Man: And then I catch the bus back home, and I arrive . . . well, you know how the traffic is. It depends on traffic, but around 6:15, and I make a sandwich or something for dinner, and then I walk to the gym and meet some of my friends, uh, there [ Oh, that sounds fun. ] around 7:00. [ Around 7:00? ] You know Steve? [ Uh-huh. ] Yeah, he and I usually go. Steve and uh, what is her name? The new girl, um. I think her name is Amy.

Woman: So you have a group you work out with then?

Man: Right.

Woman: That sounds fun.

Man: And we exercise, play basketball, lift weights . . . . you know, do things like that . . . for about an hour and a half.

Woman: Wow. Do you do that every night?

Man: Oh, no. I usually go to the gym on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And on Wednesdays, I take guitar lessons [ Ooh, fun! ] Yeah, uh, in the evening at a music school, you know, just around the corner from my house.

Woman: Oh, that’s convenient.

Man: Yeah, yeah. It’s really nice.

Woman: Well, I was wondering when do you get time to see your girlfriend.

Man: That’s the problem. I only see her on Tuesdays in the evening and on Saturdays and some Sundays. I mean, we usually text each other every day, and I sometimes call her during my lunch break.

Chinese Woman: Oh, that’s nice.

Man: It sounds like you have a very busy schedule.

1. What time does the man get up?

A. at 5:45 a.m.

B. at 6:15 a.m.

C. at 6:30 a.m.

2. What time does he take the bus in the morning?

A. at 7:00 a.m.

B. at 7:15 a.m.

C. at 7:30 a.m.

3. How long does he work in the morning?

A. 2 hours, 45 minutes

B. 3 hours

C. 3 hours, 15 minutes

4. Where does he work?

A. at the library

B. at the bookstore

C. in the cafeteria

5. What does the man sometimes eat for dinner?

A. a sandwich

B. pizza

C. fried chicken

6. On what days does he go to the gym?

A. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays

B. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays

C. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

7. The man usually calls his girlfriend __________.

A. in the morning

B. around noon

C. in the evening


1. at 5:45 a.m.

2. at 7:00 a.m.

3. 3 hours, 15 minutes

4. at the library

5. a sandwich

6. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

7. around noon

The relationship between intelligence and getting up early





What Are The Lessons People Most Often Learn Too Late In Life?

Just because you think its a good idea, doesn’t mean it is a good idea.

Be Careful What You Get Good At

Sacrificing your health to pursue wealth isn’t worth it.

Don’t take your body for granted.

Right and Wrong are subjective truths.

None of the best experiences of your life will happen staring a computer screen, a phone screen or a TV.

Keep yourself strong because forever is a lie.

All you need is enough energy to see tomorrow.

Over-promise sets you apart from the people who under-promise. 
Over-deliver sets you apart from people who just delivered.

The secret of Happiness is to find out what you love and then directing all your energy towards doing it.

Keep trying until you get it right.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

The only place where our dreams become IMPOSSIBLE is your thinking.

Make sure to wake up smarter tomorrow.

Don’t let words of mouth control you, take control of your life by yourself.

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Learn English in Hong Kong – International Labor Day

Learn English in Hong Kong - International Labor Day

English: Every year, the first day of May is named International Labor Day and people will have three days’ off. The meaning of of this day is to in honor of the great strike happened in Chicago in 1886. Now, more important meaning has been attached to this festival. It reminds the workers of the legal rights. Many years ago, the workers in the western countries were forced to overwork, then many young people couldn’t stand it and they called for more people to demonstrate on the street. After fighting for a long time, they finally made the government agree to shorten the working hours. People enjoy their leisure time. Most people choose to travel before, but now more and more young people choose to stay at home due to the crowded travelers. It is a good time for people to take relax on May Day.

Chinese: 每年五月的第一天都是国际劳动节,人们将有三天的假期,这是为了纪念1886年芝加哥发生的大罢工。现在,这个节日更重要的意义在于提醒工人们的权益。许多年前,西方国家的工人被迫过度工作,许多年轻人无法忍受之后他们呼吁更多的人在街上示威游行。经过长时间的斗争,他们终于使政府同意缩短工作时间。人们得以享受闲暇时间,大多数人选择旅行,但现在越来越多的年轻人选择呆在家里,因为很多人去旅游就变得很拥挤了。五一是休息的好时候。

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Learn English for Business Use – And they’re happy with that?



Mary:  That’s right. And I’m going to be Vice President of Marketing.

玛莉:         没错。而我将会是行销部的副总裁。


Dave:          1) Way to go, Mary. A lot has happened during the last few months, hasn’t it?

戴夫:         有一套,玛莉。过去几个月还真发生了不少事,对吧?


Mary:          2) You can say that again!

玛莉:         我完全同意!


Dave:  What’s up with Vince and Elvin?

戴夫:         文斯跟艾文怎么样?


Mary:  They work for Zina now.

玛莉:         他们现在是吉娜的手下。


Dave:  And they’re happy with that?

戴夫:         那他们心悦诚服吗?


Mary:          3) They’re in awe of her. After they saw how she crushed WebTracker…but I guess you know all about that.

玛莉:         他们很敬畏她。在他们目睹她如何搞垮“网路搜寻家”之后……但我想那你全都知道。




A: That’s a classy car!



B: Yeah, it belongs to the president.



What’s up with…?……是怎么了?】




A: What’s up with him?


B: He and his girlfriend just split up.





A: What’s up with the new air conditioner?


B: The other one broke, so I went and bought this one.



1) Way to go. “有一套。”这句短语是用来称赞他人的表现。

2) You can say that again. 我再同意不过了。这句话是用来表达对他人说的话心有戚戚焉。

3) be in awe of…  对……心存敬畏

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Dave:  Yeah. You don’t need to rub it in.

戴夫:         是啊。不劳你落井下石了。


Mary:  And then she 1) made the deal with MicroPower. Vince wanted to sell for fifteen million…

玛莉:         然后她跟“微力”谈妥了条件。文斯本想用一千五百万卖掉的……


Dave:  Fifteen? And Zina pushed them up to seventy-five?

戴夫:         一千五百万?而吉娜逼他们出到了七千五百万?


Mary:  That’s right. Vince still stops by her office every day to thank her.

玛莉:         没错。文斯到现在都还每天经过她的办公室,跟她道谢呢。


Dave:  Anyway, I’m still happy I left. I’m working as a 2) freelancer now.

戴夫:         不管怎样,我还是很高兴我离开了。我现在是自由工作者。


Mary:  You really should have stayed with us, Dave.

玛莉:         你当初真该留下跟我们一道的,戴夫。




A: Who do you work for?



B: No one. I’m a freelancer.



rub it in 落井下石】


rub it in 的这个动作就像是一抹再抹,越抹越进去的感觉,而这个片语在使用上,就是“落井下石”的意思,明明人家已经很惨了,却还要打落水狗,在伤口上撒盐。


A: So, your sister beat you in bowling!


B: Stop rubbing it in, OK?



A: Didn’t I tell you over and over again she doesn’t like you?


B: You don’t have to rub it in.



1) deal (n.)  交易;make a deal with…与……交易

2) freelancer (n.)  自由工作者

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Business English – I have too much to do



Vince: Morning, Zina. Just wanted to say thanks again!

文斯:         早安,吉娜。只是想再次说声谢谢!


Zina:           Hi, Vince. Thanks for stopping by. How’s the work coming along for the 1) online auction?

吉娜:  嗨,文斯。多谢你又顺道过来了。线上竞标的工作进行得如何?


Vince:         Oh, yeah. I’m glad you 2) mentioned that. I think we need to hire somebody new to 3)manage it.

文斯:         对了。我很高兴你提起这件事。我认为我们得请个新人来负责这部分。


Zina:  Can’t Elvin 4) handle it?

吉娜:         艾文他处理不来吗?


Vince:         I think he’s got too much on his plate.

文斯:         他手边有太多事要做了。





A: Will you tell your boss I’m interested in a job?



B: I’ll mention it tomorrow.



have too much on one’s plate 贪多嚼不烂】


就算一个人的能力无穷,他的时间终究有限,若此时工作任务如排山倒海而来,难免让人怀疑他就算能一心二用,恐怕也免不了焦头烂额的下场,最后没有一样事情能做好。这种情况你就可以用Someone has too much on one’s plate.来形容“(某人)贪多嚼不烂。”


A:  I think he has too much on his plate right now.


B:  I agree. He’s too busy to return my calls, and we have some important business to




跟这个惯用词相近的还有have a lot on one’s plate,“有很多事要忙”。


A: I know you’ve got a lot on your plate. But you also have to consider your health.


B: I can’t agree more.



1) online auction  线上竞标

2) mention  (v.)  提及,说到

3) manage (v.)  管理, 处理

4) handle (v.)  料理,处理。take care of…亦为“料理,处理……”的意思。

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Zina:          OK, let’s find somebody then.

吉娜:         好吧,那我们就再找个人。


Vince:  Good. I’ll take care of it.

文斯:  好。我来处理这件事。


Zina: Wait a second, Vince. You know what? Why don’t you let me handle it?

吉娜:         等等,文斯。这样吧,不好我来处理好了。


Vince:  Are you sure? 1) Do you have somebody in mind?

文斯:         你确定?你心目中有人选吗?


Zina:  Yeah. Let me see if he’ll do it, and I’ll get back to you.

吉娜:  有。我先去看看他做不做,再跟你说。


Vince:        OK. Just keep in mind it has to be somebody who can 2) get along with Elvin.

文斯:  好。切记这个人得要能跟艾文处得来。


Zina:           3) Don’t sweat it. I know just the guy.

吉娜:         你别多虑了。我知道最适合的人选。




A: If you need any help, just call.



B: Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind.



I’ll get back to you. 我再回复你。】


当有人问起你一些事情或是讯息,若你无法立即答复,得要先去研究研究的时候,就可以用上这句话 I’ll get back to you.“我会再回复你。”表达等你一有结论就会主动联络对方的诚意。


A: How much are these machines going to cost me?


B: Let me check my figures, and I’ll get back to you on that.



Don’t sweat it.别花这心思。】


sweat 是“流汗”,而若是碰到要费一些周折才能解决的事,流点汗肯定是免不了的。于是sweat 也可以用作名词,表示“苦差事”,引申做动词也就成了“费苦心”的意思,Don’t sweat it 这句短语就是指“别花力气、心思在这上头”。目的是告诉对方不必大费周折,白花力气。


A: I’m sorry I forgot your birthday party.


B: Don’t sweat it. I had a good time anyway.



1) Do you have somebody in mind?  你心目中有人选吗?文后的keep…in mind 则是指“谨记在心”。

2) get along with…  与……处得来

3) Don’t sweat it  别白费力气了。

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SCENE ③  C  电话响起



Zina:           Hi, Dave. This is Zina.

吉娜:  嗨,戴夫。我是吉娜。


Dave:  Zina? Zina the Snake?

戴夫:         吉娜?诈包吉娜?


Zina:           I got your e-mail a couple of months back.

吉娜:         几个月前我收到了你寄来的电子邮件。


Dave:  Yeah? Which one was that?

戴夫:         是吗?是哪一封?


Zina:  The one that said, "You’re a 1) creep. / From me you won’t hear another 2) peep. / I hope you3) wreck your jeep."

吉娜:         上面写着:“你这讨厌鬼。/休想我会再理你。/望你吉普车会撞毁。”


Dave:  Right. That one. 4) Did it work?

戴夫:         那一封啊。灵验了吗?




A: I told dad you wrecked the car!



B: You’re not going to get away with this. It was your fault, not mine.



Did it work? 灵验了吗?】


要注意work 并不专指“工作”,有时指“灵光、有效”。


A: My brain doesn’t seem to work well today.


B: You’re better take a walk outside. But be back soon. We have a lot of work to do this  afternoon.



A: I understand you had a bad cold yesterday.


B: It’s gone. My grandma’s prescription really works.



1) creep  (n.) 令人讨厌的人

2) peep  (n.)  小的声音。这里是指“消息”。

3) wreck  (v.)  撞毁

4) Did it work?  有用吗?有效吗?

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SCENE④ A  电话响起   戴夫与吉娜继续说话 



Zina:           No, Dave. I haven’t wrecked my jeep. I’m calling to 1) offer you a job.

吉娜:  不,戴夫。我的吉普没有撞毁。我打来是要提供你工作机会的。


Dave: With InfoKing? No, thanks.

戴夫:         去“资讯王”?免了吧,多谢。


Zina:           I’d like you to manage a new online auction site we’re building.

吉娜:         我希望你能管理我们新架设中的线上竞标网站。


Dave:          I’m not interested, Zina.

戴夫:         我没兴趣,吉娜。


Zina:  Don’t play hard to get. The 2) pay is good. You’d be working with Elvin again.

吉娜:         你别欲擒故纵了。薪水很高的。你会跟艾文再度共事。


Dave:          I don’t think so.

戴夫:         我想不妥吧。


Zina:  Elvin doesn’t 3) hold a grudge, if that’s what you’re worried about.

吉娜:         艾文并没有怀恨在心,若你是在担心这个的话。




A: Life is too short to hold grudges. C’mon, talk to me again.



B: Well, if you put it that way…

  1. 既然你这样说……那好吧。


play hard to get 欲擒故纵】


在人际的关系当中,好比男女关系或是聘雇之间的关系,有时候一方会采取不置可否的态度,让人觉得对方若即若离的,在要与不要之间,真叫人拿捏不定。也许你会觉得对方其实是想要,只是爱欲擒故纵、搞神秘,这种情况在美语中就可以用 play hard to get “欲擒故纵”来形容。

A: I don’t think Lisa likes me.


B: Yes, she does. She’s just playing hard to get.


1) offer (v.)  提供(工作机会等)

2) pay  (n.)  薪水,酬劳

3) hold a grudge  心怀怨恨,挟怨

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We don’t meet people by accident.

Every person you meet will have a role in your life, be it big or small. Some will help you grow, some will hurt you, some will inspire you to do better. At the same time, you are playing some role in their lives as well. Know that paths cross for a reason and treat people with significance.

The best teachers are those who don’t tell you how to get there but show the way.

There is no better joy then helping people see a vision for themselves, seeing them go to levels higher than they ever would have imagined on their own. But that doesn’t mean you have to fix them or enable them; instead, guide them to the source of their own power. Offer them support and motivation as they find their own way and show you what they’re capable of. All you have to do is believe in them.

Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.

We like to think of life as a meritocracy, so it’s easy to look down on someone who isn’t as successful or accomplished or well educated as you are. But you have no idea how far that person has already climbed or where they will end up. Time could easily reverse your positions, so be sure you treat everyone with dignity.

Appreciate those who have supported you, forgive those who have hurt you, help those who need you.

Business is complicated, life is complex, and leadership is difficult. Treat all people–including yourself–with love and compassion, and you can’t go wrong.

Treat people the way you want to be treated and life will instantly get better.

An early get up person is more successful in life