Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Kimchi 1


The First of Three videos: An demonstrates how to make kimchi in the Advanced Conversation class at Milpitas Adult School.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Canapes are good with Champagne!



An Young brought Canapes to the Advanced Conversation Class.

Ingredients for the Holiday Canape:

  • fresh dill (like a tiny christmas tree)
  • cherry tomato (christmas ornament)
  • cheese (monterey jack)
  • poppy seed dressing (or honey mustard)
  • melba toast (or small square cracker)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mr Lin's Savory Shrimp


Mr Lin cooked his favorite dish, Savory Shrimp,
the SeniorESL Christmas Party

I have eaten many shrimp dishes, but Mr Lin's Savory Shrimp is the best! Instead of tasting just "fishy," the ginger really brings out the rich flavor of the shrimp. OISHII!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Milpitas Staff Christmas Card!



Tomorrow: Merry Christmas from Senior ESL!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

VOANews: Spirit of the Season: Christmas Music and Traditions in America

VOANews: Spirit of the Season: Christmas Music and Traditions in America
A music-filled program looking at how Americans observe the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the US.
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Mr Kim sings a Korean folk song

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cooking Dinner


ESL Podcast 121 - Cooking Dinner Learn how to talk about cooking dinner in English in this podcast. Download Podcast

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mrs Tsao's Christmas Corn on the Cob


The word Milpitas is the diminutive of Milpa, which is derived from a Mexican Indian word for "place were corn grows".

Friday, December 19, 2008

Mr. Lin's Reindeer



Here is a video from National Geographic about Reindeer Tourism.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Glitter Pine cones!


ESLPodcast 112 - Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa
Our custom is to celebrate Christmas every year as a religious observance, complete with Advent wreathes and Midnight Mass. Most of my in-laws observe ...Download Podcast

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fang Qing Fang's Tea Eggs

ESLPodcast 111 - Last Minute Holiday Shopping
Every year, I tell myself that I won't procrastinate in doing my holiday shopping. And, every year, I end up with a shopping list as long as your arm and ...Download Podcast

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mrs Lin's Holiday Mashed Potatoes

ESL Podcast 228 – A Christmas Feast
We’ve got a turkey, a roast and a ham, and all the trimmings: stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Help yourself to some eggnog. ... Download Podcast

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mr Lin's Liberty Bell Ornament

ESL Podcast 226 – Holiday Decorating
We buy a Christmas tree and the kids decorate it with ornaments that we’ve bought and made over the years, and with silver and gold tinsel. ...Download Podcast

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Vocabulary List 121208

Cuc frequently brings persimmons and apples
from her own trees.
Here is Vocabulary List 121208: a quck vocabulary review from the handouts Monday 12/08/08 to Friday 12/12/08.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Christmas Card from President George W. Bush!



White House Greetings:

The White House sends special anniversary greetings to couples who have celebrated over fifty years of marriage. The White House also sends greetings for the birth of new babies, birthday greetings to people over eighty years old, and weddings greetings. See White House Greetings for further info.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

He's adorable!

ESL Podcast 169 - Describing People’s Looks
She’s very pretty as you can see and has the most beautiful wavy hair. ... That pudgy face, curly hair, and big eyes! He’s adorable. ...Download Podcast


EnglishTest.net: How to Start A Beauty Salon

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mrs Shen's Pineapple Cakes

ESL Podcast 215 – Getting a Men’s Haircut
Shinobu: Well, as you can see, my hair is pretty curly. When it’s long, it looks like an Afro. I want it to be a lot shorter, but I don’t want a buzz cut. ...Download Podcast

VOANEWS: Soil Erosion Threatens Chinese 'Breadbasket'
A study says more than one-third of China's territory is being damaged by wind and water, largely because of farming and forest loss. Transcript of radio broadcast: 08 December 2008
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VOANews: Trying to Live With a Recession in the World's Largest Economy
Millions of Americans cut their spending as they worry about keeping their jobs and their homes. Yet spending helps drive the economy. Transcript of radio broadcast: 08 December 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hair!

Senior ESL decorates their Christmas Tree

ESLPodcast 60 - Getting a Haircut
It has been too long since I had my hair cut. My bangs were too long, I had split ends and my ... Just as I had hoped, Mark did a great job with my hair. Download Podcast

White hair may be a thing of the past
Worried about getting old? Don’t want to get wrinkles? Wondering how to stop going grey, or white, or silver? Well help may be at hand with the last one of these fears.

Downloads: Word Doc PDF Doc Listening Online Test: Recreate the text

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mrs Song's Korean Noodles


Korean Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae) Recipe

Video: Learn to Make Japchae
with Jonathon Stewart

An easy to make, versatile dish that is loaded with flavor and color, japchae is perfect for guests and parties, or can be cooked ahead and savored at home throughout the week.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

San Jose Holiday Parade 1


The 2008 Inflation Celebration: Watch the giant helium parade balloons inflate on Saturday, December 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us for live entertainment, children’s activities, and fun!

This year's San Jose Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 7, 2008, beginning at 8:30 a.m., televised live on NBC Bay Area at 9:00 a.m. and streamed worldwide on NBCbayarea.com.

More info about the San Jose Holiday Parade
About History Parade Route Directions Special Offers Parade Vault Contact

Friday, December 5, 2008

XinXin's Tea Eggs


ESL Podcast 274 – Buying Stamps at the Post Office
To send a Priority Mail envelope, you can get $4.05 stamps, and delivery is usually in two to three days. How many would you like of each?

More Information:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

BABY!


ESL Podcast 136 - Having a Baby
I don't care what sex the baby is as long as it's healthy. Carlos is really excited about the baby. He has been going with me to every prenatal appointment ...

ESL Podcast 207 – Giving Birth in a Hospital
After a lot of pushing, the baby came out head first, not breech, and it was healthy. I was so relieved I couldn’t stop hugging my wife. ...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cyber Monday!


Here is the official website for Cyber Monday.

ESL Podcast 140 - Buying on the Internet
When I want to buy something, I do it online. I like buying on the Internet because I can easily do some comparison shopping and find the best price. ...Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 224 – Holiday Promotions
Since we’re an online business and not a brick- and-mortar store, we can’t just put signs in the window or do other types of traditional advertising. ...Download Podcast

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lang Lang!

LANG LANG!

Lang Lang: His Life So Far By ANTHONY TOMMASINI, NYTimes
The story of a gifted boy, his father and his love of the piano. Video

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What are you the most thankful for?

Mr. Panchal is most thankful for his classmates!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Citizen Tran Thi Cuc!

Fang Qing Fang and Tai Guey-lan welcome
Tran Thi Cuc to the Milpitas Sisterhood of New US Citizens.
Next year, Shen Hsu Mei Huei will join the club.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America

In Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America, Andrew is a Chinese man living in the United States, working hard, and trying to make a better life for himself and his fiancée, YaoLin. While adapting to a new language and customs, Andrew faces an even bigger challenge when his credit card is charged with purchases that aren't his. Andrew learns that his identity has been stolen, but with the help of his friends, he sets things right and begins a new life for himself in America.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Monday, November 17, 2008

To spend or save in China


The Chinese government wants the traditionally good saving Chinese to spend more. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Royal funeral in Thailand


Mourners attend a lavish funeral for a Thai princess that shows the importance of the monarchy. ITN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

When a Stroke Is Silent

When a Stroke Is Silent
A study shows that seemingly healthy adults can suffer a brain attack without knowing it.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Statin Study: More Patients at Risk for Heart Disease



Healthy People Apparently Benefit From Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people with high C-reactive proteins. According to a new study, apparently healthy people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs can dramatically reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. VOA's Jessica Berman reports. 11 November 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Arrested!


Today, we will talk about the election and read the ninth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets arrested!). You can also re-read eighth chapter.

ESL Podcast 381 – Watching the TV News
Our top story: A man suspected of murdering his business partner ...Download Podcast

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday?

Today we will start with a crossword puzzle about computers, then we will finish the Brack Obama handout. Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

ESL Podcast 424 – Being in Debt Learn how to talk about owing money to other people in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Famous People Lessons 2

On Friday, we read and listened to a short biograrphy of Barack Obama from a new website: Famous People Lessons. There are many, many biographies, but here are a couple more to check out:

Hu Jintao PRC President from China
Jackie Chan Actor from Hong Kong
Yao Ming Basketball player from China
Zhang Ziyi Actor from China

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Famous People Lessons 1

Yesterday, we read and listened to a short biograrphy of Barack Obama from a new website: Famous People Lessons. There are many, many biographies, but here are a couple more to check out:

Aung San Suu Kyi Democrary Leader from Burma
Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General from S. Korea
Diana, Princess of Wales from England
Hillary Rodham Clinton US Senator from New York

Thursday, November 6, 2008

CNN: Obama win impacts China


Obama win impacts China 2:45
CNN's John Vause reports on the challenges China will pose for the incoming administration.

Korean "Goose Fathers"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote!



Today, we will vote in class, then host a breaktime snack.

English Café 118
Topics: How to become the president of the United States, tailgating parties, seize versus arrest versus detain, pronouncing “the,” expressions for showing sympathy . Download Podcast

Word:
constitution
amendments
natural-born
naturalized
term of office
term limits
primaries
general election

Monday, November 3, 2008

Countdown to the Election


Today we will go to the computer lab and practice voting in tomorrow's election.

Today, we will talk about the election and read the eighth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets caught snooping!)

English Café 161
Oct 28, 2008 ... election mandatory to register to vote to fill out democracy to get out the vote voter drives soldier veteran benefits economy ...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Spring Forward, Fall Behind!


On Sunday, Nov 2 2am, we turn back the clocks 1 hour (yeah, one more hour of sleep!). Safety experts also advise people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Click here to see a very interesting interactive exhibit about Daylight Savings Time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Today, we will skip the seventh chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America and talk about Halloween. Then, EAT!
ESLPodcast 73 - Halloween
As a kid, I always liked Halloween. I liked dressing up in a costume that I pick out at the store or, more often, we made out of odds and ends at home. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fire!

Today, we will continue to work on Computer vocabulary from the Heinle Picture Dictionary and read the seventh chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets fired!)



Yesterday, we discussed idioms about fire/love.

Before: "hot for"
I am hot for that new girl at work. I think I will ask her out.

During: "burning"
I am burning with love for my new girlfriend.

After: "carry a torch"
She dumped me, but I still carry a torch for her.

Long time ago: "old flame"
Don't be jealous--she's just an old flame. She was my girlfriend a l-o-n-g time ago.

Click here for more idioms about fire.

ESL Podcast 328 – Dishonesty at Work
Amina: Charlie was fired last Friday after the company found out that he had been ...
Shane: Considering he was fired, I’d keep it a secret from management, ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An old flame


The Seniors compare their handheld electronic dictionaries.

Today, we will continue to work on Computer vocabulary from the Heinle Picture Dictionary and read the sixth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. Did Andrew received good news or bad news via email?

ESL Podcast 299 – An Old Love
Andrew: You’ll never guess who I got an email from yesterday.
Charley: Who?
Andrew: Yaolin.
Charley: ... So, you got an email from an old flame. Very interesting. ...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Email


Today, we will work on Computer vocabulary from the Heinle Picture Dictionary and continue reading the sixth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. Did Andrew received good news or bad news via email?
ESL Podcast 299 – An Old Love
Juan: You’ll never guess who I got an email from yesterday. Naomi: Who? Juan: Diana Shultz. ... So, you got an email from an old flame. Very interesting. ...

ESL Podcast 154 - Using Email
One of the first things I do each morning is to check my email. I open the email program on my computer and I check for new messages. ...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Denver or Hong Kong?

Today, we will continue reading the sixth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. Should Andrew stay in Denver or go back Hong Kong?


Romance can be a game sometimes. Learn about what happens when he doesn't call (and she doesn't call, either!). Download Podcast

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Getting Ready to Vote

Click here to watch videos about voting.

The Santa Clara County Registar of Voters has posted videos about voting and local measures.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The best way to a person's heart . . .


. . . is through their stomach. In the fifth chapter, Andrew impresses Linda with his cooking. She rewards him with a kiss!

ESL Podcast 121 - Cooking Dinner
I'm not a very good cook but I decided to surprise my wife by making a three-course meal. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 353 – Describing the Taste of Food
Steve, my new boyfriend, decided to cook dinner for me. I was really excited, that is, until I tried his cooking. Download Podcast

Friday, October 24, 2008

Secrets

Today, we will continue reading the fifth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. What is Jimmy's secret?


Today's topics: Taking a survey, Special bonus podcast "Secrets to Improving Your English," Housing prices in the US, To have vs. To be and the past participle. Download Podcast
  • Condo

  • Condominium

  • Mortgage

  • Real estate

  • Long-term

  • To afford something

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Citizen: Cai Yi Lun

Many Senior Citizenship students know Cai Yi Lun. He was a dentist in Guangzhou. He now lives in Milpitas with his wife and three children (the fourth is waiting to immigrate) and works at Lucky 7. He is fifty-nine years old.

After failing twice his Citizenship inteviews twice, he waited for more than 6 months for another chance. He begged me to go with him, so we met in the Ocean Market parking lot at 8am. When we arrived at the USCIS office, I made him drink three cups of tea, which considerably braced him up for his interview. This time he was ready; this time he passed!

Today, we will continue reading the fifth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tough Negotiations

Xuan Do shows off his photos of
Teacher Jennifer's Birthday party.

From Teacher Jennifer--I am absent today because I have gone to the USCIS with Cai Yi Lun. Today, substitute Teacher Gloria will review Renting an Apartment vocabulary from the Heinle Dictionary. The class will solve the level C crossword puzzle on Billing, then read and discuss a story about rent negotiation.

ESLPodcast 41 - Tough Negotiations
I'm not what you would call the world's best negotiator, but sometimes it's necessary to engage in a tough negotiation. Download Podcast

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eating Banana Peels?

Andrew has two BIG problems:

Andrew and Yaolin have broken up!

Love can sometimes cause pain. Learn about what happens when you break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend in this episode. Download Podcast

And Andrew is still having problems with his credit cards.

ESL Podcast 148 - Paying the Bills
Grace: We got a late notice from the credit card company. The notice says that they haven't received the payment yet and it's past the due date. We are being charged a late fee plus a finance charge of 15%. Download Podcast

Monday, October 20, 2008

Break-up or Make-up?


Today, we will continue reading the fourth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. Will Andrew and Yaolin break-up or make-up?

ESL Podcast 221 – Long Distance Relationships
Ah, long distance love! Find out about the problems of having a girlfriend on the other side of the country. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 258 – Moving in Together Sometimes couples don’t agree on how to continue their romantic relationship. Find out more in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 166 - A Marriage Proposal I
How do you ask a woman to marry you? Learn how in this podcast. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 167 - Marriage Proposal Part II
Asking a woman to marry you isn't always easy, as we learn in this podcast. Download Podcast

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Can we talk?

ESL Podcast 289 – Communication Problems
What we have here is a failure to communicate. Learn about talking to your spouse in this episode. Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 53 - Understanding Men and Women Men and women sometimes have problems communicating with each other. Download Podcast

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Being Affectionate in Public

When Andrew met Yaolin after a long separation, they immediately hugged and kissed each other. How did Andrew feel after this public display of affection?

ESL Podcast 293 – Being Affectionate in Public
Everyone has a different idea about how people in love should act in public. Download Podcast

Friday, October 17, 2008

Let's Go to McQuillanland!

ESL Podcast 417 – Getting Travel Documents
Don’t leave home without knowing how to talk about your travel documents in English! Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yaolin visits Andrew!


VOANews summary
of the Third Debate between McCain and Obama

Today, we will continue reading the third chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.

ESL Podcast 362 – Getting In-Flight Service
Learn how to ask for things on an airplane in English in this episode. Download Podcast
I pushed the call button to get the attention of the flight attendant.
Flight attendant: Yes? What can I do for you?
Hal: It’s very cold in the cabin. Is it possible to get a blanket?


ESL Podcast 142 - At a Nighclub
My friend Sabrina and I decided to go out dancing last weekend.
... Hey, is that Jeff on the dance floor over there?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

VOA Daily Download

VOA Daily Download Tuesday October 14, 2008

Today, we will read the third chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.

Extra words (inspired by Heinle Picture Dictionary: Taking a Flight)

  • hangover
  • stiff
  • numb
  • drool
  • upright position
  • lean back
  • vegetarian meal
  • food allergies
  • bump (noun)
  • bump (verb)
  • bumped (slang)
  • bump into (phrasal verb)
  • bumper-to-bumper traffic (idiom)
  • time difference
  • jet lag
  • public display of affection

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 7: Let's Party!


ESL Podcast 259 – Making a Restaurant Reservation
Apr 13, 2007 ... Hostess: How many will be in the party? Randy: There will be seven of us. Hostess: And the name on the reservation?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 6

After Peter Song looked at the art, he found a great book to read. This Chinese Classic was printed and bound in the traditional Chinese manner.
Today, we will read the second chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 5

Chen Fu Chiu looks closely at the 12 Animals
and points out the Rabbit to Teacher Jennifer.

ESLPodcast 52 - At the Art Exhibit
I really wanted to see the new exhibit at the art museum and invited Lucy to come along. We both like contemporary art . . .

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 4

Tsao Yi Huang and Tu Fu-chiu are delighted
with the prints of the Horse.
Thanks, Silicon Valley Asian Art Center!

ESL Podcast 298 – Visiting a Museum
Guard: It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday.
Rudy: Thanks. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Double 10 Day!

Pan Mei Tzu Chou is a retired art teacher from Taipei. Her classmates are from Taiwan, China, Korea, Vietnam, and Peru.

36 Hours in Taipei, Taiwan By EDWARD WONG, NYTimes
TAIPEI, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, distills the best of what Asian cities have to offer — great street food, crackling night life, arguably the world’s best collection of Chinese art, and hot springs and hiking trails reachable by public transport.

Slide Show: Weekend in Taipei
, NYTimes
With interest in mainland China surging, Taipei — one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Asia — offers a look at a different side of China.

Slide Show: Mixing Flavors in Taipei, NYTimes
From street food to haute cuisine, Taiwan turns influence into innovation.

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 3


The Gallery owner was kind enough to give a print to each of the Seniors. Mr. Shen, born in the Year of the Horse, admires his totem animal.

Listen: A Filly Has Won The Belmont Stakes One of America's biggest horse ...
One of America's biggest horse races was won by a female horse on Saturday. ... (an old story with a good idiom: rags to riches).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part 2

Xin Xin and Yi Huang enjoy Chinese Brush Painting.

On Monday, Senior ESL began to read Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.

We will go to the Computer Lab 406.

  • Listen to Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America, Chapter 1.
  • Listen to ESLPodcast 19 - Going Shopping
    "Credit card," I said, as I swiped the card through the reader. ... Finally, the card processed and he handed me the charge slip to sign. ...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center Part I

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center
Address: 3777 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara
Phone: 408-248-2698 (Office) 510-579-8951 (Mobile)


Mr. Lin contemplates Daruma.


The Laughing Buddha admires Mr. Kwan.