Environmental Pollution 环境污染

Environmental Pollution 环境污染

As we all know, pollution is harmful to living beings. There are many different types of pollutions in this world. For instance, water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution and so on. Water pollution cause many kinds of disease that have negative effects on human beings, sometimes the diseases will take people’s life away. Dirty air will increase the rate of getting lung cancer. While the noise pollution will cause insomnia. People’s health condition will be damaged.

In my humble opinion, people should take measures to control the pollution. Recently, not only the government, but also individual has taken part in the action of protecting the environment. This is a good sign. Rivers are being cleaned, air is purified, and the people come to realize that the importance of protecting the environment.
However, this is not enough, the problems are still exist. Not all of them have been solved. Some factories are still pouring dirty water into the rivers or give off the toxic gas into the sky. We should know that protecting the environment needs everybody’s effort.


Mandarin Language Course – Air Pollution in Hong Kong



English Don’t save what is left after spending. But spend what is left after savings.

Wanting to save money is not enough. Anyway, there are a lot of things which didn’t come true although you wanted them to.
Chinese: 想存钱是远远不够的,毕竟你希望发生的事情并不一定就能发生。

Saving is a technique . It’s simple. It’s just not easy.

If you only come to think about saving after you spend, there is no chance for you to accumulate a considerable fortune, because spending is always irrational.

The way that works is to make plans in advance.

Would it be too much to use 40% of my income to rent an apartment?

Is it really enough to save just 20% every month?

Only by making it clear how much you want to save can you come to know how much you can actually spend.

Money is not everything, but it’s necessary

Chinese Language Course – How to quickly get rid of cold

How to quickly get rid of cold


Today we are going to talk about how to get rid of cold in our English lesson.


Experts have revealed whether six food staples and supplements really prevent colds and flu.


While honey has long been praised for reducing the symptoms of colds, science reveals it does little more than soothe sore throats.


Although an old wives tale claims chicken soup cures a host of ailments, it may simply provide a comforting meal and hydration boost, according to dietitian and British Dietetic Association spokesperson Aisling Pigott.



Echinacea 紫锥菊提取物补充剂

Although often hailed for reducing the severity and symptoms of colds, a 2014 Cochrane review into 24 studies found the flower supplement does not significantly reduce the length of time people suffer with the sniffles.


Ms Pigott claims there is insufficient evidence to recommend echinacea, however, if people wish to take the supplement it will unlikely do them any harm.


Honey 蜂蜜

An old wives tale praises honey for soothing sore throats and suppressing coughs, however, there is little evidence to support this, with many ‘pro-honey’ studies being funded by companies with conflicts of interest, according to Ms Pigott.


She adds, however, honey is harmless providing people are aware of its high-sugar content and unsuitability to children under one due to the risk of botulism.


Zinc lozenges 锌锭

Zinc lozenges have been shown to reduce the duration of cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion, coughing and a sore throat, however, dietitian Lauren McGuckin warns many contain high amounts of sugar.


People may be better off upping their food sources by eating more seafood, lamb, beef and pumpkin seeds.


Chicken soup 鸡汤

Ms Pigott told NetDoctor: ‘There is little evidence to suggest that “chicken soup” per se reduces the symptoms of a cold.’


She adds, however, the warming and nutritious meal may help restore sufferers’ energy levels, as well as giving them a hydration boost.


Garlic 大蒜

Ms McGuckin said: ‘Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has been shown to be beneficial for the immune system.


‘However, the way in which garlic is processed can affect the potency of allicin.’


She therefore recommends people crush, slice or dice garlic to reap the biggest benefits.


A 2015 Cochrane study review also found garlic is effective at treating and preventing sniffles.


Vitamin C 维生素C

Vitamin C is critical to the proper functioning of the immune system, however, evidence suggests it only reduces the length of colds, rather than preventing them.


Dietitian and BDA spokesperson Amanda Squire still recommends people with colds up their vitamin-C consumption via citrus fruits as these sharp flavours may ease congestion and, when taken with honey and warm water, can be soothing.


A healthy, balanced diet also gives people’s bodies a better chance of fighting off viral infections, such as colds.


Vitamin C is found in all fruits and vegetables but is particularly high in citrus, red peppers, berries, kale and broccoli.


Learning English Hong Kong – Cold Weather Life


Learn Mandarin – How to have a good eye contact when you talk to people

How to have a good eye contact when you talk to people


Today we are going to talk about eye contact in our English lesson. It turns out we’re not just awkward, our brains actually can’t handle the tasks of thinking of the right words and focusing on a face at the same time.


The effect becomes more noticeable when someone is trying to come up with less familiar words, which is thought to use the same mental resources as sustaining eye contact.


Scientists from Kyoto University in Japan put this to the test in 2016 by having 26 volunteers play word association games while staring at computer-generated faces.


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When making eye contact, the participants found it harder to come up with links between words.


“Although eye contact and verbal processing appear independent, people frequently avert their eyes from interlocutors during conversation,” wrote the researchers.


“This suggests that there is interference between these processes.”


The volunteers were tested while looking at both animations of faces making eye contact and animations of faces looking away. They were also asked to think of links between easily associated words and words where there are a lot of competing associations.


For example, thinking of a verb for ‘knife’ is relatively easy, because you can’t do much more than cut or stab with one. Coming up with an associated verb for ‘folder’ is harder, considering you could open, close, or fill them.


The volunteers took longer to think of words when they were making eye contact, but only when difficult word associations were involved. The researchers suspect the hesitation indicates the brain is handling too much information at once.


So while making eye contact and holding a conversation is certainly possible, this is evidence that they can both draw on the same pool of cognitive resources, and sometimes that pool starts to run a little dry.


The sample size used was pretty small, but it’s an interesting hypothesis.


In 2015, Italian psychologist Giovanni Caputo demonstrated that staring into someone else’s eyes for just 10 minutes induced an altered state of consciousness. Participants saw hallucinations of monsters, their relatives, and even their own faces.


It seems that a process called neural adaptation is the cause, where our brains gradually alter their response to a stimulus that doesn’t change – so when you put your hand on a table, you immediately feel it, but that feeling lessens as you keep your hand there.


The volunteers making eye contact and associating words may also be experiencing some kind of neural adaptation, but for now the Kyoto University researchers are calling for further study into the links between verbal and non-verbal communication.


And in the meantime, if someone looks away while they’re talking to you, they might not be being rude – they could just have an overloaded cognitive system.


Study finds longer people spend preparing food,the worse their health becomes

Chinese lesson today – How to give people a good first impression

How to give people a good first impression


Let’s talk about the first impression in today’s English course. If you want to make a great first impression — and why wouldn’t you? — you know there are basic steps you can take: Smile, make eye contact, listen more than you talk, ask questions about the other person. Anyone can do those things.


But what you might not know is that if you think other people are going to like you, they usually will.


As research shows, interpersonal warmth explains the self-fulfilling prophecy of anticipated acceptance; study participants who expected to be accepted were perceived as more likable. (Or in non-researcher speak, when you think other people will like you, you act more naturally and come across as friendlier — which then makes people like you more since we tend to like warm, friendly people.)


All of which sounds great, but the trick, when you’re shy or insecure, is actually believing that other people will like you. When you’re in an unfamiliar setting or an uncomfortable position, it’s a lot easier to assume people won’t like you.


So how can you convince yourself that people will like you? Positive self-talk (“They’re going to love me!”) won’t cut it.


Instead, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and commit to taking a few steps that ensure almost anyone will like you. (When results are basically guaranteed, it’s easy to feel more confident and self-assured.)


1. Give a genuine compliment.


Everyone loves to be praised, especially since no one gets enough praise.


Show interest by asking questions. But go past, “What do you do?” Ask what it’s like to do what the person does. Ask what’s hard about it. Ask what the person loves about it. You’ll soon find things to compliment.


2. Focus on letting people talk about themselves.


People love to talk about themselves. (And even if they didn’t, they can’t help it.)


Research shows approximately 40 percent of everyday speech is spent telling other people what we think or feel — basically, talking about our subjective experiences.


In fact, we almost can’t help sharing our thoughts and feelings: Research also shows that talking about ourselves, whether in person or on social media, triggers the same pleasure sensation in the brain as does money or food.


By helping people talk about themselves, you’re seen as a great conversationalist even when you actually say very little. And in the process, you also make other people feel better about themselves, which makes them like you.


That’s another win-win.


3. Change one word.


Think about the difference in these statements:


“I had to go to a meeting.”


“I got to meet with some great people.”


“I have to interview some candidates for a job.”


“I get to select a great person to join our team.”


No big deal, right? Wrong. We like to be around happy, enthusiastic, and motivated people.


Keep in mind choosing the right words also affects how you feel. Don’t say, “I have to go to the gym.” Say, “I want to go to the gym.”


4. Show a little vulnerability.


Great teams are often led by people willing to admit weaknesses and failings. Great friends are also willing to be vulnerable.


Want to make a great first impression? Don’t try to impress. Instead, be humble. Share your screwups. Admit your mistakes. Be the cautionary tale. Laugh at yourself.


When you do, other people won’t laugh at you. They’ll laugh with you.


And they’ll immediately like you, and want to be around you more.


Learn English Listening and Reading – Make a plan before dating

Everyday English Learning – Our weekly schedule

weekly schedule

Daughter: Dad, can I go to a movie this week with Shannon?

Father: Here. Try this. It’s called a book. [Ah, Dad!] Moby Dick. An American classic. [Dad!] Okay. Let me look at the schedule here. Hmm. When are you thinking about going to the movie?

Daughter: Uh, we’re thinking about seeing a movie on Wednesday after school.

Father: Well, that’s not going to work. You have piano lessons after school and then you have to babysit for the neighbors until 9:00.

Daughter: What about Monday?

Father: Monday’s out. You haven’t practiced your clarinet at all . . . for an entire month, so you have to catch up on that. And, don’t you have an essay due in your English class on Tuesday?

Daughter: Oh, I forgot about that [Yeah], and anyway, I was going to finish that during first period at school. [Great. I’ve never heard of a three-sentence essay.] So, what about Tuesday?

Father: Uh, you have soccer practice from 4:00 until 5:30, and after that, you have to do your homework.

Daughter: Ah, you can help me with that. Oh, I forgot you don’t know how to do geometry. So, can I see the movie on Thursday?

Father: Well, remember the science fair at school is on Friday, right? Is, is your project finished yet?

Daughter: Umm, what about Friday night? I checked the paper, and there’s a midnight showing.

Father: Uh-uh. Forget that idea.

Daughter: And Saturday?

Father: Well, you have to do your chores in the morning before noon. [You can help me with that.] Oh no. And then, we have to clean out the garage. You said you’d help. [No, you volunteered me.] Well, that should only take a couple of hours. [Dad, you’re ruining my social life.] And then, after that, we can go to the movie.

Daughter: We?

Father: Yeah, We. Mom and I and you and Shannon.

Daughter: Uh, Dad, actually. We weren’t planning on company.

Father: Now, let me check the paper for showtimes. [The movie plays at three oh five, five, seven fifteen, and nine.] You already checked, I see.

Daughter: Yeah. So is it okay? Can I go see the nine O’clock showing?

Father: The five o’clock showing!

Daughter: How about the seven o’clock showing?

Father: And why are you so concerned about the show time?

Daughter: Well, I don’t know if I’ll get all of my chores and homework done before then.

Father: Sorry, but I want you to get to bed early that night, and so, I can drop you off at the movie theater about 4:30 so you’ll have time to get tickets.

Daughter: Uh, Dad. Can I have money for the movie?

Father: Sure, just go into the family bank vault behind secret mirror in the hall and take a few hundred. [Dad!]. Look. I can only spare a few dollars, so you’ll have to come up with the rest, okay?

Daughter: Okay. Thanks, Dad.

1. What one thing does the girl NOT have to do on Wednesday after Chinese school?

A. practice the piano

B. take care of children

C. finish homework assignments

2. Why can’t the girl go to a movie on Monday?

A. She has to catch up on her French homework.

B. She needs to write a paper.

C. She must practice for a math test.

3. How long is her soccer practice on Tuesday?

A. one hour

B. an hour and a half

C. two hours

4. What chore does the girl have to do on Saturday?

A. clean the garage

B. pick up her room

C. finish her science project

5. Which English movie showing is the girl going to see?

A. 5:00 p.m.

B. 7:15 p.m.

C. 9:00 p.m.


1. finish homework assignments

2. She needs to write a paper.

3. an hour and a half

4. clean the garage

5. 5:00 p.m.

Why is Learning English so hard for a Chinese person

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

Business Mandarin – Visiting a Factory