English lesson in Hong Kong – Learn How to Cook

Learn How to Cook
female chopping food ingredients

Fred: Hi, this is Fred from Canada and I’m here with Tarta from Thailand. Some people think that cooking should be taught in school. I agree with that idea. I feel that definitely there should be some cooking classes in school. How do you feel about that, Tarta?

Tarta: Well, I don’t think that cooking class is supposed to be teaching at school because I learn cooking from my mom and my grandma and it gives me lots of, you know, good relation between mom and daughter and it’s kind of a family activity too.

Fred: OK, that’s a good point, but you see, you know, a lot of mothers are working nowadays in this new day and age and so it’s difficult for them to find time to teach their kids how to cook, and so what you’re finding is more and more children have bad eating habits. They don’t eat properly. They don’t get the amount of vegetables per day that they should eat, or fruits or protiens for that matter, and so I feel that if there were cooking classes in school then that could also help the situation because it would make them have a better eating lifestyle.

Tarta: Yeah, but why school? I mean, why you want to waste all the time studying cooking at school, not like instead of doing that, then you can learn all the top subjects like science, biology, chemistry and probably you’re mom can’t teach you all those complicated subjects, you know.

Fred: Yeah, but I’m sure there’s a balance. I mean, you have so many hours of class per day. If you only took like one or two hours a week that would be enough for the kids to, you know, maybe find some interest into cooking, and then it would start from there. Then it would just snowball. Alright, like, they could start having some cooking classes, then, the children starts liking cooking this kind of thing, and then he goes back home, and he shares this new cooking recipe with his mom or his grandmother. Don’t you think that would also bring the family closer?

Tarta: OK, if you’re supposed to cook at school, and then you have to buy all the ingredients, and those ingredients…. why you have to shop, you know? And some ingredients are already at your house and you just do your own cooking, but if you do at school then you have to go shopping outside and look for the ingredients from the textbook, and it’s so complicated.

Fred: I agree but, I mean that’s just a slight problem isn’t it. I mean, there’s people working at the school that could be in charge of doing that and then once the class starts, well, all the ingredients are already on the table so there’s no problem. They just start cooking, right?

Tarta: And one more thing. Like if you think about all the techniques, like family tastes and all, you can’t find in cooking class at school.

Fred: Well, you got me there, Tarta. That’s true.

Tarta: OK, Fred, you better come to my house, and I will show you how to cook.

Fred: Really? OK, I take your word on that Tarta.

Tarta: Yeah.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

this day and age

A lot of mothers are working nowadays in this new day and age.

We use the phrase ‘this new day and age’ to talk about modern living. Notice the following:

In this day and age it is unacceptable to smoke in front of children.

Kids are very aware of the world around them In this day and age.

for that matter

They don’t get the amount of vegetables per day, or fruits or protiens for that matter.

The phrase ‘for that matter’ makes the the second statement stronger. Notice the following:

You should not go to work sick. You shouldn’t even get out of bed for that matter.

I am so busy I never see my kids much these days, or even my wife for that matter.


A student might become interested in cooking and then it would just snowball.

When something snowballs that means it grows bigger and bigger. Notice the following:

I lost my job and got in debt. Then I borrowed more money and got in more debt and soon it all just snowballed.

Once you tell a lie, you then have to tell another lie, and another lie. Soon it just snowballs.

you got me

Well, you got me there.

The phrase ‘you got me’ is similar in meaning to ‘you are right’.

OK, you got me. I forgot it was your birthday.

Well, you got me. I actually do agree with you on that point.

take your word

I take your word on that.

When we take someone’s word that means we believe what they say is true. Notice the following:

If you say you already sent the money, then I take your word on it, but I have not received anything.

He said the bus was late. I guess we have to take his word on it.

It is the best time when you cook dinner for her

English Lesson for Beginners – Take a Taxi

Take a Taxi

Passenger: Hey Taxi! Ah great. Thanks for pulling over.

Driver: Where to?

Passenger: Well, I’m going to the National Museum of Art, and . . . .

Driver: Sure. Hop in. No problem. Hang on!

Passenger: Uh. Excuse me. How long does it take to get there?

Driver: Well, that all depends on the traffic, but it shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes for the average driver. [Oh]. And I’m not average. I have driving down to an art, so we should be able to cruise through traffic and get there in less than twelve minutes.

Passenger: Okay. Uh, sorry for asking [Yeah?], but do you have any idea how much the fare will be?

Driver: Oh, it shouldn’t be more than 18 dollars . . . not including a . . . uh-hum . . . a tip of course.

Passenger: Oh, and by the way, do you know what time the museum closes?

Driver: Well, I would guess around 6:00 O’clock.

Passenger: Uh, do you have the time?

Driver: Yeah. It’s half past four. [Thanks] Uh, this IS your first time to the city, right?

Passenger: Yeah. How did you know?

Driver: Well, you can tell tourists from a mile away in this city because they walk down the street looking straight up at the skyscrapers.

Passenger: Was it that obvious?

Driver: Well . . .

Passenger: Oh, before I forget, can you recommend any good restaurants downtown that offer meals at a reasonable price?

Driver: Umm . . . Well, the Mexican restaurant, La Fajita, is fantastic. [Oh] It’s not as inexpensive as other places I know, but the decor is very authentic, [Okay] and the portions are larger than most places I’ve been to.

Passenger: Sounds great! How do I get there from the museum?

Driver: Well, you can catch the subway right outside the museum. There are buses that run that way, but you would have to transfer a couple of times. And there are taxis too, but they don’t run by the museum that often.

Passenger: Okay. Thanks.

1. Where is the man going?

A. to a museum

B. to a movie theater

C. to a musical

D. to a park

2. How long will it take to get to his destination?

A. under five minutes

B. under ten minutes

C. under fifteen minutes

D. under twenty minutes

3. What time does the place in Question 1 close?

A. at 4:30 PM

B. at 5:00 PM

C. at 6:00 PM

D. at 6:30 PM

4. Where is the man going later downtown?

A. to a party

B. to a restaurant

C. to a play

D. to a business meeting

5. How much will the fare be for the taxi ride, not including a tip?

A. between five and ten dollars

B. between ten and fifteen dollars

C. between fifteen and twenty dollars

D. more than twenty dollars


1. to a museum

2. under fifteen minutes

3. at 6:00 PM

4. to a restaurant

5. between fifteen and twenty dollars

Business Mandarin Course Hong Kong – Take a taxi


stable lifeChances are high that you’ve heard such things:

Don’t indulge yourself in safety. That’s like boiling a frog in warm water. It will slowly kill you and you won’t even notice it.

You should get out of your comfort zone. Go for some challenges. Only by doing that can you grow stronger.

You can only really learn what’s useful when you are facing immediate crisis. Nobody grows in a stable environment.

And I only have one sentence for all these soup:


Don’t let yourself be fooled by those them.

And don’t despise a stable life.

This balanced state of life is a rare treasure.

So many young people fight like hell in those major companies not because they enjoy the thrill of challenges but because they want to make such balance for themselves.

The ultimate skill for survival has never been the spirit of adventure or the ability to endure suffering.

It is the ability of managing risks.

That’s what you should learn.



great contributionYou may know that Taylor Swift is a creative and dramatic singer.

You may know that she is also a songwriter.

But if you assume that all her commercial success came from herself, then you are wrong.

There are a lot of people who’ve made great contribution to this icon’s triumph.

And one of the most important ones of them all is Jack Antonoff.

He is Taylor’s producer and a musician himself.

Don’t get me wrong. Jack is not just a producer for Taylor Swift.

He is Taylor Swift’s main producer.

2017 has been a fruitful year for him, because besides Taylor’s new album Reputation he also produced quite a lot other eye-catching pop records like Lorde’s Melodrama and St. Vincent’s Masseduction.
2017 年对他来说是硕果累累的一年,因为他不光为霉霉创作了新专辑 Reputation,同时还制作出了其他很多夺人眼球的流行音乐,例如洛德的 Melodrama 以及圣文森特的 Masseduction。

Being creative is not easy for anyone, even if it’s someone as productive as Jack Antonoff that we’re talking about.

And his advice is:

If it’s too big, don’t look at it.

“If, on January 1, 2017, someone laid out in front of me that I was going to make the Lorde record and the St. Vincent record and the stuff with Taylor Swift, I’d say I couldn’t do it.
“如果 2017 年的 1 月有人说我会给洛德、圣文森特还有霉霉做出这些大作,我肯定会说我做不到。

But I knew they were going to get done. You slowly chip away at it one day at a time and keep your head down.

If it’s too big, don’t look at it.

If you want to do something massive, don’t look at it, because all you’re going to see is why it won’t work.

The killer of productivity is reality.”

This is the advice that Antonoff shared.

And by the way, the time he usually wakes up is between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
啊,对了,他通常起床的时间是中午 11 点到 12 点之间。

Right, he is not an early bird. And that’s something to be despised by nearly all the success books.

But apparently he is teaching a lesson way more important than anything they taught in those books in English:

Life is a mess. It’s already hard even if someone gave you a plan to follow.

It’s much harder if your job is to create something new.

There is no shortcut for anything.

You just try everything you can and deal with it when something goes wrong.



goal for herselfIn the 1950s, a female swimming athlete set a goal for herself.

She decided to swim across the English Channel before she retired.

If she could make it, she would be the first person in the world who did it.

On that day, she jumped into the sea without any hesitation and swam towards the oppostie bank.

In the journey, she faced heavy fog, heavy rain and heavy waves. Though she was tired, she still carried on swimming.

But in the end, she gave up.

And what she didn’t know at the moment she gave up was that the opposite bank was only 1 mile away.

Later people had asked her about the reason. And she said: “The reason why I gave up is that I could not see the destination which I was so closed to reach.”

Too many success stories have been lecturing us about courage and persistence. But they never told us where to find courage and persistence.

You can only have courage when you know where your goal is. You can only manage to persist when you know where your goal is.

And that’s because only when you know where your goal is can you prepare yourself well mentally.

Courage and persistence never fall from the sky.

They come from weighing between input and output.

A life without goals is like a ship without a compass. It goes nowhere.

There is no courage or persistence in a life without goals.

The poorer the happier 研究表明,越穷越开心


standing lose weightOffice workers could lose almost half a stone a year simply by standing up at their desks, new research suggests.


The international study of more than 1,000 men and women found that standing instead of sitting for six hours a day burned an extra 54 calories daily – resulting in significant weight loss.


The research, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that standing burned almost twice as many calories in men compared with women, compared with their higher muscle mass.


The study, which examined data from 1,184 people taking part in 46 previous studies, found the average difference in energy expenditure between sitting and standing was 0.15 calories a minute.


It means those who spent six hours of the day standing rather than sitting could expect to lose almost six pounds in a year – amounting to more than a stone and a half in four years – if they did not change their diet.


Researchers said many office workers could achieve significant weight loss if they spent regular periods standing at their desks, especially if it encouraged them to move about more.


Senior author Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, chairman of preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, said: “Standing for long periods of time for many adults may seem unmanageable, especially those who have desk jobs, but, for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits.”

明尼苏达州梅奥诊所预防心脏病学会长、资深作者Francisco Lopez-Jimenez博士说:“对很多成年人来说,每天长时间站立看似很难实现,特别是对那些需要伏案工作的人。但对每天在桌子前坐上12小时的人来说,把坐着的时间减半也大有益处。”

Researchers found the effects were most pronounced among men, which they said was likely to reflect the fact those with greater muscle mass burn calories more quickly.


Prof Lopez-Jimenez said the results might even be an underestimate, and said standing could also boost overall health.

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez博士说,站立办公的作用可能被低估了,他还表示,站立有可能会提升人们的整体健康水平。

“Standing not only burns more calories, the additional muscle activity is linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, so the benefits of standing could go beyond weight control.


“Our results might be an underestimate because when people stand they tend to make spontaneous movements like shifting weight or swaying from one foot to another, taking small steps forward and back. People may even be more likely to walk to the filing cabinet or trash bin.


“It’s important to avoid sitting for hours at a time. Standing is a very good first step, no pun intended, to avoid this mindset of sitting interminably without moving.


“Who knows, it may also prompt some people to do a little more and take up some mild physical activity, which would be even more beneficial.”


When people are standing, more muscles are tensed and stretched to fight gravity and bear weight.


Researchers stressed that the weight loss from extra time standing would only be achieved if the extra calories burned were not counteracted by an increase in food intake.


Why did i fail on losing weight


old couple

Is the rise in life expectancy in the west coming to an end? If you look at the data it seems so. In March this year Britain’s Office for National Statistics announced something depressing: a slight fall in life expectancy for pensioners – six months for women and four for men.

西方预期寿命不再上升了吗?如果你看相关数据,答案似乎是肯定的。今年3月,英国国家统计局(Office For National Statistics)宣布了令人沮丧的事情:养老金领取者的预期寿命略有下降–女性下降了6个月,男性下降了4个月。

Overall, life expectancy is still ticking up but at a much slower rate than everyone thought it would – at a time when there is no war on; no nasty new disease on the rampage; and no particular life-shortening social problem evident. Numbers out from the ONS this week show an increase of 0.1 percent for a child born between 2014 and 2016. There might be 571,245 people in their nineties living in the UK, but current data suggest that most of us will still only make it to our mid-to-late eighties.


This isn’t just happening in the UK. In 2016 life expectancy in the US fell for the first time since 1993 – and the rate of growth has slowed in most other developed countries. The average American woman is now forecast to only just scrape into her eighties – and her husband probably won’t.


There is no shortage of experts out there prepared to explain why life expectancy has stalled. Maybe it’s a result of the financial crisis, a failure of elderly care linked to austerity? Maybe it’s obesity, something that could even make today’s young the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents? Or maybe it is just that we are already close to the outer limits of possibility when it comes to life expectancy?


Yet look a little closer and talk to longevity experts and healthcare investors and a different picture emerges. The slowdown in life expectancy actually comes at a time when the science of ageing is getting very exciting. Much of the rise in life expectancy of the past 50 years has been down to environmental effects: the near eradication of real poverty in the west; the rise of universal medical treatment; antibiotics; better air quality; improved working conditions.


There is more of this to come. Look around today and you will see a good fewer heavy smoking, overweight drinkers knocking about than was the case a decade or so ago. We are also still getting a helping hand from the gift that never stops giving: evolution. New research from geneticists at Columbia University suggests it is weeding out genetic variants linked to Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking.

还会有更多的环境效应。环顾四周,你会发现,与大约十年前相比,街头闲逛的又抽烟又酗酒的胖子要少得多。我们还在从永远不会停止的进化中得到帮助。哥伦比亚大学(Columbia University)的遗传学家们的新研究表明,进化正在消除与阿尔茨海默症(Alzheimer’s)和过度吸烟相关的基因变异。

All these things should keep adding a little more to the numbers. They are also just the beginning. Next will come an enhanced understanding of what actually causes ageing and how it can be stalled, alongside the start of mass molecular fiddling. One example of the latter. You will have read about Silicon Valley tycoons having regular blood transfusions to rejuvenate. But most people involved in the longevity business are less likely to be doing this than be taking the generic – and very cheap – diabetes drug metformin, on the basis that it keeps blood sugar levels stable and so slows ageing for non-diabetics too.


In their new book Juvenesence: Investing in the Age of Longevity, Jim Mellon and Al Chalabi forecast that within the next 20 years average life expectancy in the developed world will rise to between 110 and 120. We will enter a new world in which “genetic engineering, cellular enhancements and organ replacements” will give us all the chance to be super centenarians. Adopt the right lifestyle and drugs to make it through the next 10 or 20 years and these technologies could give you at least another 20.

吉姆.梅隆(Jim Mellon)和阿尔.沙拉比(Ahmed Chalabi)在他们的新书《恢复活力:投资于长寿时代》(Juvenesence: Investing in the Age of Longevity)中预测,在未来20年内,发达世界平均预期寿命将上升到110岁至120岁之间。我们将进入一个新的世界,“基因工程、细胞强化和器官移植”将让我们全都有可能成为百岁老人。采用正确的生活方式和药物来度过未来的10年或20年,这些技术可能至少让你多活20年。

This makes the authors happy: their book is full of soothing thoughts about how the old patterns of our lives – be born, learn, earn, retire, expire – will soon be upended. We will “learn continuously”, have multiple careers and hobbies, and will start and connect with our families in very different ways.


That’s going to sound lovely to most people. But you can bet there is a large group who find it totally terrifying: policymakers. Ageing populations are very expensive. Our systems aren’t yet in any way equipped to cope with the odd half a million 90-year-olds the UK has already, let alone millions of 100-year olds. Our health and welfare systems were designed for a different era, and the unfunded liabilities of public and private pension funds are the kind of thing that never get addressed. This should make individuals worry, too.


Very few people have planned properly for their own retirements – and even if they have, extended longevity will mean that the assumptions on which they have based their calculations are entirely wrong. On top of this, almost no one will have planned for the fact that this will make governments that don’t seriously reform – my guess is that’s all of them – increasingly broke. Nor will they have planned for the obvious next step: that cash-strapped governments look to other people’s capital for help.


If we do enter a new age of the long-lived, it will probably be less an age of the happy rentier than the very heavily taxed rentier. If you don’t want to spend your 11th decade wishing that longevity science had never become a thing, think of what you once thought you should save for your retirement and triple it. Golden years? Working years.


离开手机你是否能正常生活? Can you survive without a mobile phone?

mobile phone






思纬公司驻台湾常务董事Jenny Chang在一份声明中称:“手机给了我们安全感,让我们更安心,而且能随时接收信息。手机是我们第一大通讯工具,有时甚至超过了面对面的交谈。手机是联系我们生活的纽带。”







Cellphone feels like a part of your body? A global survey has found that most people can’t live without their mobiles, never leave home without them and, if given a choice, would rather lose their wallet.

Calling mobile phones the “remote control” for life, market research firm Synovate’s poll said cell phones are so ubiquitous that by last year more humans owned one than did not.

Three-quarters of the more than 8,000 respondents polled online in 11 countries said they take their phone with them everywhere, with Russians and Singaporeans the most attached.

More than a third also said they couldn’t live without their phone, topped by Taiwanese and again Singaporeans, while one in four would find it harder to replace the mobile than their purse.

Some two-thirds of respondents go to bed with their phones nearby and can’t switch them off, even though they want to, because they’re afraid they’ll miss something.

“Mobiles give us safety, security and instant access to information. They are the number one tool of communication for us, sometimes even surpassing face-to-face communication. They are our connections to our lives,” Jenny Chang, Synovate’s managing director in Taiwan, said in a statement.

Mobiles have also changed the nature of relationships, with the survey finding nearly half of all respondents use text messages to flirt, a fifth set up first-dates via text and almost the same number use the same method to end a love affair.

Apart from the obvious calling and texting, the top three features people use regularly on their mobile phones globally are the alarm clock, the camera and the games.

As for email and Internet access, 17 percent of respondents said they checked their inboxes or surfed the Web off their phones, lead by those in the United States and Britain.

One in 10 respondents log onto social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace regularly via mobile, again led by Britain and the United States.

“As the mobile becomes more and more an all-in-one device, many other businesses are facing challenging times. The opportunities for mobile manufacturers and networks however are enormous,” said Synovate’s global head of media, Steve Garton.

Not everyone is tech savvy, however: 37 percent of respondents said they don’t know how to use all the functions on their phone.




Never Say These 11 Things During A Job Interview (Unless You Don’t Want The Job)
The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now it’s your turn to make an impression.
Avoid these 11 statements next time you’re up for a job.

While this phrase may be a great addition to social conversations, it’s not something an interviewer needs to hear.
Instead of sounding surprised that the recruiter asked a question, remember that you’ve prepared for this interview.
Get straight down to answering their questions.

Any questions showing your lack of research into the company, the job description, or the industry itself show that you haven’t adequately prepared.
There’s no doubt it’s important to ask your interviewer questions, but the questions you ask should be targeted toward information you can’t find online: what the company culture is like, how the values of the company play out in day-to-day business, etc.


If you have a lack of experience, your resume will show it.

In fact, the interview is your chance to creatively connect the dots between your resume and your decision to apply for the job.
It’s where you’re able to tell the interviewer why you’ll be a perfect fit for the job, even if that’s not what it looks like on paper.

Self-aggrandizing during an interview only serves to hurt you in the end.
Since you haven’t seen the resumes of the other applicants, there’s no use in overtly comparing yourself to them.
What’s important to learn is the art of the subtle comparison.

The key is being able to talk about the things that make you special–not just saying that you’re special.


Complaining about how you didn’t get along in your last work environment is detrimental on two levels.
First, it shows your lack of ability to cope with a challenging situation and move past it.
Second, the last thing your interviewer wants is for you to be talking trash about their company or employees in the future.
Obviously, it’s important to talk about past challenges you’ve faced on the job–but critically evaluate, don’t complain.

While this may be the exact reason you want this job, it’s not a savvy move to share with the interviewer.
Hiring managers are generally looking for someone who will display a long-term commitment to the company.
Instead, ask questions about your opportunities for advancement in the company.
This shows that you mean to stay with the company and let them benefit from your developing skills, knowledge, and maturity.

There’s always a better way to respond to a question you’re unsure of than saying, “I don’t know.”
Of course, it’s always important to be humble and not make up what you’re not sure of, but this is where your communication skills come into play.

Having questions prepared for your interviewer is almost as important as being able to answer the questions they throw at you.
The questions you ask are an opportunity to display the deep knowledge you have of the company.

Attempts to flatter your interviewer will most likely fall short–especially in relation to appearance or material possessions.
If you really must compliment the interviewer, make it related to something you know they’ve done in the business, or even talk about a move the company made that you admired.

10. “UM, SO, LIKE, I REALLY, UM . . . “
As in any situation where you want to sound confident, intelligent, and collected: Cut the filler words.

Don’t try to beat around the bush.
Ask specific questions about company culture and team morale, and be direct.
The best way to get the down low on what’s happening in an office is to talk to current or former employees there.

Don’t push your luck 别得寸进尺了













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The poorer the happier 研究表明,越穷越开心