What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite movie

Todd: OK. Jamie, we’re going to talk about movies.

Jamie: OK. Great!

Todd: What is your favorite movie?

Jamie: My favorite movie is kind of a heavy movie. It’s a called Sophie’s Choice with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

Todd: OK.

Jamie: It’s a movie, it’s set in World War II. Meryl Streep plays a Polish woman who has come to America and she’s met a man, Kevin Kline. Who has a series of problems of his own, mostly psychological which she is not 100 percent aware of and she does a bunch of scenes where she thinks of the past and the very difficult decision she had while during the war living in Poland. She had to decide between two children which one would be murdered by the Nazis and which one wouldn’t. It’s an ethical delimma that she faced at that time. She made andimmediate decision on and it affected her the rest of her life.

Todd: OK.

Jamie: It’s a fantastic movie. Not the story in itself, of course the story was brilliant but theacting, the fact that she speaks Polish, she speaks German, she speaks English with a Polish accent which is amazing. A writer who is actually a narrator to the movie as well, his character is great. Kevin Kline’s basically a psycho character. He is a little bit deranged in itself is pretty neat. All in all, the characters, the plot line, the movie it’s fanatasic.

Todd: OK. Great. Sophie’s Choice.

Jamie: Sophie’s Choice. I think it actually won an academy award in 1985 or ’84.

Todd: OK. Great. Thanks a lot.

Jamie: My pleasure.

学习内容:(Learning Content)

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

heavy movie

My favorite movie is a heavy movie.

A ‘heavy movie’ has an intense plot that makes you think or is very suspenseful. Notice the following:

She only likes to watch heavy movies.

The movie was good, but a little heavy for my mood.

aware of

She was not aware of his psychological problems.

If you are ‘aware of’ something you see or recognize it. Notice the following:

Were you aware of all the changes that happened when you were there?

I wasn’t even aware of the fact that you were there.

ethical dilemma

It’s an ethical dilemma, having to decide which child would be murdered.

An ‘ethical dilemma’ is a difficult decision that tests what is the right thing to do. Notice the following:

It is a real ethical dilemma about what I should do.

There are many ethical dilemmas in life.

psycho character

Kevin Kline is a psycho character in the movie.

A ‘psycho character’ is crazy and unpredictable because of mental problems. Notice the following:

He was kind of a psycho character when he was younger.

She is a psycho character when she gets mad.

all in all

All in all, the movie is fantastic.

We can use the phrase ‘all in all’ when we want to make a summary of everything that has been said in a writing or conversation. Notice the following:

All in all it was a really good trip

I am satisfied with my experience there all in all.

Beginner English Lesson – Talking about my favorite movie

Lose is the real wealth for you

Lose is the real wealth for you

A “loser” is someone who doesn’t know what they have and fucks it up. They are always making bad choices and fuck up their and everyone’s lives around them.

Have you ever failed? (in English)
你曾经失败过吗?(in Chinese)

If you haven’t, I suggest you try some.

I have failed, many times.

And some of these failures were even painful.

But I cherish them more than I cherish my success.

Success sometimes makes you numb .

But failures make you awake. Failures are cleansing.

Failing is not necessarily losing. Neither does a failure make you a loser.

Failing is just the name we give to the state you stay in until you succeed.

A failure is a precious opportunity to learn new things.

And trust me. You always rememeber what you learn in failures better than those you learn in success.

Failing doesn’t mean you lost something forever. It only means that you didn’t get it yet and you have to find another way to get it.

And isn’t that a treature? A new direction to think.

Don’t pray for easy success. That’ a curse.

Pray for hard failure.

As long as it doesn’t kill you, it will definitely make you stronger.


Why Chinese People have to pay more money at the airport?

Why Chinese People have to pay more money at the airportA duty-free company that operates at London’s Heathrow Airport has apologized after Chinese customers accused it of discrimination.

Chinese social media users alleged Chinese customers had to spend more than 1,000 pounds ($1,387) to qualify for a discount voucher at World Duty Free. The Chinese social media users claimed customers from other countries had to spend just 79 pounds to receive the 20 percent discount voucher.
中国社交媒体用户称,中国消费者在World Duty Free免税店购物时,消费金额超过1000英镑(约合8752元人民币)才能获得一张八折优惠券,而其他国家的消费者仅需消费79英镑(691元人民币)就能得到同样的优惠券。

爆料此事的是微博用户“人间奶泡”,自称是在该免税店打工的学生。他在长文《致在英国希思罗机场免税店购物过的中国人们》中说,消费者在这家免税店购物满一定金额可赠送一张VIP券,下次再消费可打八折。中国消费者必须消费满1000英镑才能获得这项优惠,而外国人只需满79英镑。 “明明中国人是最主力的消费团体,这帮人却把他们当猴耍。”该学生在文中怒斥道。

这篇文章迅速打破早晨的宁静,在网上激起热烈讨论。截至12日23时,该文章的阅读量已超过1144万,微博被转发8万多次。在微博和推特上,众多网友都加入吐槽行列。有网友说,自己在这家免税店购物已“累计不知道多少钱”,却从未被告知可以打折。 “歧视”“恶心”“气愤”“吃相难看”,网友们表达着愤怒情绪。

The claim that Chinese travelers were being discriminated against went viral with people posting to complain about mistreatment.



网友@Bin Chen:


希斯罗机场随后回复网友@Bin Chen称:


The company, which is headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, did not respond to requests for an explanation of whether it did discriminate against Chinese travelers.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of this offer which we find unacceptable. We are currently working with our commercial partner to understand how this happened and ensure it does not happen again.”


@Julialovekshwrote on Twitter: “Will never shop in the duty free store at Heathrow any more. Chinese customers deserve to be treated with respect!! What a hideous and discriminating event to happen in 2018!! Disgusting.”

@QianyunZhu_zqy tweeted: “Shame on you World Duty Free! When celebrating Chinese New Year with promotion info in Twitter, please remember Chinese customers are still waiting for your official explanation and apology for the racial discrimination.”


网友Zhang Jinshi:这样的行为会让你失去更多效益,外国人(非英国人)可能不会再去你们的免税店。这就很严重了。

网友Delia Wang:我在英国生活了7年,回家的飞机多半是从希斯罗出发的!猜猜我要说什么?我昨天才第一次听说,呵呵。我每次都在免税店花很多钱!真的!真为你们感到羞耻!



World Duty Free免税店对此在推特发布声明。





12日晚些时候,该免税店所属的全球免税店营业集团Dufry决定作出正式道歉。北京时间13日凌晨5点44分,World Duty Free免税店在官方推特上发布中英文致歉声明,向中国民众表达万分歉意。


Increasing numbers of Chinese tourists are visiting the UK and other destinations and they are known for being big spenders. The number of Chinese visitors to the UK increased by 33 percent in 2017. They collectively spent 667 million pounds, according to UK tourism authority VisitBritain.
越来越多的中国游客前往英国和其他国家旅游,以买买买著称。根据英国旅游机构VisitBritain 的数据,2017年,去英国旅游的中国游客人数增加了33%,共消费6.67亿英镑(约合58.4亿元人民币)。



change the world

English Language:

Chinese Language:

“Come writers and critics who prophecise with your pen.

And keep your eyes wide.

The chance won’t come again.

And don’t speak too soon, for the wheel is still in spin.

And there’s no telling who that it’s naming, for the loser now will be later to win.

For, the times, they are changing.”

This is the lyrics of one of Bob Dylan’s song – The Times They Are a-Changin’

And this was what Steve Jobs read to the board of Apple in 1984 when he presented Mac to them for the first time.

And what happened after that are well known by us all.

Apple achieved great success and changed our life.

But in those years, few people believed in Jobs.

They saw him as an idealistic young man without any experience or common sense.

But what do we see now?

You don’t know who those men are. But you know Jobs.

The world has never been built by common minds.

It is built by generation after generation of crazy minds.

So if you ever find yourself not seeing the world in the ways that your friends see it in, don’t panic.

A different point of view is powerful.

Don’t just look away.

Find your inner strength in it.

You may be the next one to make a difference.

Hutong Culture and the Change of Siheyuan 胡同文化與四合院的變遷