Sunday, August 31, 2008

Home, Sweet Home!

1st Row L-R: Fang Fang, Guey Lan, Mai Huei, Bill
Back Row: Qian, LiHsin, MiGyo, Chao-Tung

Saturday afternoon noon, Bill & Mai Huei Shen invited their friends from the Senior ESL class over to their new house for a housewarming party. The house was built in the 1970s in the Berryessa, San Jose. The house has four bedrooms and a large kitchen, dining room, living room, and a formal and informal dining room.

The party started at 3:30pm and most of the Senior Class visited the Shens in the late afternoon and early evening. Because teach SAT test preparation each Saturday from 9:30am-7:30pm, I arrived at the Shens' new home at 8pm. I really appreciated that some students stayed to welcome me to the Shens' new home.

In the formal dining room, the Shens set up their shabu shabu table, and covered the table with many delicious meat, fish, tofu, vegetable, noodle, and rice dishes. There was so much food, that I was unable to taste every dish, because I would take a second serving of the delicious dish I just tasted.

Everyone took home some leftovers to spare Mrs Shen the trouble of storing the food. On Sunday, the Shens are going on a week-long tour of California with the classmates of Mrs. Shen's brother. They will visit Napa, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite--a great trip! Maybe they will run into Peter & Yoo Moon in Reno.

We really appreciate that the Shens hosted the first party of the school year--it was a lot of work (especially before going on a trip) and everyone had a good time. We hope that this housewarming truly makes their new house a "Sweet Home" for many years to come.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Housewarming Party

Our Hosts, Bill & Mai Huei Shen

People throw a housewarming party when they move into a new house. The new owners invite their friends over to show off their new house. Housewarming parties are usually informal; there are no planned activities besides a possible tour.

Idioms:
throw a party: celebrate; have a large party
show off: someone who likes to make other people notice them

Wiki: Housewarming Party
Basic Information about Housewarming parties.

Bond's Blog: Housewarming Party
Peter Bond is a Canadian teaching English in Korea. In this post, he write about the happy mixing of Canadian & Korean customs during his housewarming party.

ESLPodcast 38 - Food for the Barbecue (audio)
I moved into the new apartment last month and decided to invite a few friends over for a house-warming party...


EnglishClub: Small Talk

Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Weekend


Here is a copy of the story Mr & Mrs Chen's Labor Day.

Listen to ESLPod's story in honor on Labor Day and unions: A Workers Strike.

Check information about Labor Day closings & bus schedules.

Read more details about the accident with the vodka truck.

Watch or listen to VOANews: Obama's acceptance speech

Tapestry Arts Festival
Arts, crafts and live entertainment with more than 350 booths. Aug. 30—31, 10am—6pm and Sep. 1, 10am—5pm; free. San Carlos and Santa Clara streets, San Jose. 408.494.3590.

Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market
The entire downtown will be blocked off for over 200 vendors to display antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, food and more!! free. Sunday, August 316 a.m. - 4 p.m.(510) 742-9868

Ardenwood Rail Fair
Explore local railroad history, see model railroads in action and give a hand car a try. Aug. 30— Sep. 1, 10am—4pm; $5—$8. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 866.417.7277.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks
Aug 31, evening; free with admission. Paramount's Great American, 4701 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara. 408.986.1776, ext. 8858.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

ICE CREAM!!!

It's supposed to be over 100F today. It's too hot to do anything--let's eat ice cream! Here is today's ice cream paper. We will taste different types of ice cream:

Peach Ice Cream

Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Rainbow Sherbet (orange, lime, strawberry)

Mango Sorbet

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nicknames

Today we will read the Easy English Times. Here is a crossword puzzle for the the latest issue of edition. The featured story is a history of the Democratic and Republican parties and their conventions.

VOANews: Democrats Gather in Denver to Nominate Obama and Biden
Barack Obama announced his choice of Senator Joe Biden of Delaware on Saturday. Republicans meet next week to nominate John McCain and his running mate, still to be named. Transcript of radio broadcast: 24 August 2008
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POP QUIZ: match the city with its nickname

Boston.................................The Big Easy
Chicago................................Beantown
Denver................................City of Lakes
Minneapolis........................The Big Apple
New Orleans......................Second City
New York...........................Emerald City
Philadelphia.......................City of Brotherly Love
Seattle................................Mile High City

Extra Credits: Never use this nickname for San Francisco______________.

Double Extra Credit: What is the nickname for the Republican party?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Senior ESL Fall 2008

Senior ESL, First Day of Class, Fall 2008

Welcome back! It's great to see everyone again! Mr and Mrs Lin have just returned from the Canadian Rockies. The Lins' neighbors, Chen Hsiao Ling and Chi Kuang Chien have joined the Class. Fu Qisheng transferred from Teacher Tuyet's class. Mrs Song and Mrs Kim went on a cruise to Mexico and will return later this week.

On Monday, we discussed the School Year Calendar and completed an Olympics crossword puzzle. We also discussed ESL Podcast 395 – Watching the Olympic Games

On Tuesday, Teacher Jennifer must leave at 9:45 to go to the USCIS and learn about the latest Citizenship news. Teacher Arezoo will be the substitute teacher.

Tuesday's topic is meetings and greetings. We will read a story about a man meeting a woman who lives in the same apartment building. The man invites the woman to dinner.

More:
ESL-Lab Nice to Meet You is a very simple dialogue about introductions:
ESLPod 351 – Asking for a First Date Learn how to ask the woman of your dreams on a date.

Monday, August 25, 2008

WELCOME BACK!!!

The Seniors at the Ming Exhibit
SF Asian Art Museum, 07/16/08

Monday, August 25 8:45am is the First Day of School.

Agenda 08/25/08

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Good-bye Beijing, Hello Milpitas!


As the Beijing Olympics ends, it's time to go back to school!

First Day of School for Day Students:
Monday, August 25 8:45am-12 noon

M/W Night Students: Monday, August 25 6:00-9:30 pm
T/TH Night Students: Tuesday, August 26 6:00-9:30 pm
Sat Students: Saturday, September 6

If you didn't come to school to register, don't worry--
you can register on Monday, August 25--the first day of school.

New people can test and register for Saturday school: Sat, Aug 23 9am-12 noon.

Get ready for school by learning the English words for all the things you need for class in this episode.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lost and Found!

Thursday afternoon, I went to Milpitas Adult school to clean my classroom. While I was reorganizing the food, I found my long-lost video camera hiding in the chopsticks container. I was so happy! Here is my favorite video that was still in the camera. Enjoy!

Extra: ESL Podcast 217 – Lost and Found

Question: Have you ever lost and found something that was very valuable?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Red Bean’s 12th Anniversary Cantonese Opera Performance


Red Bean’s 12th Anniversary Cantonese Opera Performance
Sunday, August 24, 2008, 12:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

General admission tickets available July 15, 2008 at:
Ng Hing Kee Inc. 648 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 781-8330

Mei Wo Florist 938 Webster Street, Oakland, CA (510) 893-5442

Program:

Master of Ceremony: Felix Chu Veronica Lew

梁祝恨史之化蝶登仙
Dance of the Butterfly Lovers
Justin Ma Terilyn Ma
8 Red Bean Youth Dancers

白龍關之過關(折子戲)
Crossing the White Dragon
an opera excerpt from White Dragon Gate
Judy Jung Winnie Leung
4 Red Bean Youths

賣油郎獨佔花魁 (折子戲)
The Oil Merchant Finds His Bride
Carol Sung Kim La
Anna Hom Khiem Wai

三氣周瑜之蘆花蕩 (折子戲)
The Swaying Reeds
an opera excerpt from Three Humiliation of Zhou Yu
Erick Lee Jared Young
11 Red Bean Youths

抗金兵之計議 (折子戲)
The Plan to Defeat Jin Kingdom
an opera excerpt from Leung Hung-Yuk
Leigh-Ann Chu Sandy Lai
4 Red Bean Youths

七月七日長生殿 (折子戲)
Celebration at Longevity Palace
an opera excerpt from Tong Ming Wong and Yang Guifei
Linda Lee Laura Ma
8 Red Bean Youths 10 Red Bean Youth Dancers

貴妃醉酒 (折子戲)
Drunken Yang Guifei
an opera excerpt from Tong Ming Wong and Yang Guifei
Tammy Tan
Erick Lee Jared Young Becky Ng
8 Red Bean Youths

楊梅爭寵 (折子戲)
The Competing Concubines
an opera excerpt from Tong Ming Wong and Yang Guifei
Linda Lee Pinky Lee Laura Ma
Erick Lee Jared Young Khiem Wai Jamie Ma Becky Ng 2 Red Bean Youths

Extra: ESLPodcast 78 Seeing a Play

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Registration Thursday

Today, the "old students" returned to school to register for Fall. Cuc Tran was the first senior in line to register, followed by Nolberto and Fang Qing Fang. While I was chatting with Teacher Ann and Teacher Arezoo, Peter and Yoo Moon Song, and Bill and Mei Huei Shen came by to register. It took a couple of minutes longer for Mr & Mrs Shen to register because they moved into a new house and had to update their address

If you didn't come to school to register, don't worry--you can register on Monday, August 25--the first day of school.

New people can test and register for Saturday school: Sat, Aug 23 9am-12 noon.

First Day of School:
Day Students: Monday, August 25 8:45am-12 noon
M/W Night Students: Monday, August 25 6:00-9:30 pm
T/TH Night Students: Tuesday, August 26 6:00-9:30 pm
Sat Students: Saturday, September 6

Extra: click here to read all the daily Olympic news stories from Simple English News.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Registration News

Day Students:
Wed, Aug 20 9am-12 noon

Class Lists will be posted Friday, Aug 22 5pm

Registration (and Testing) for New Students:
Saturday Students: Sat, Aug 23 9am-12 noon.

First Day of School:
Day Students: Monday, August 25 8:45am-12 noon
M/W Night Students: Monday, August 25 6:00-9:30 pm
T/TH Night Students: Tuesday, August 26 6:00-9:30 pm
Sat Students: Saturday, September 6

*EXTRA*
From ESLPod Blog: Fast Food: We want our food, now!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Teacher Meeting and New Student Registration

Monday, Aug 19 9am, the teacher gathed for our first meeting of the new year. Teacher Eiko returned from Japan last week; and on Sunday, Teacher Judy returned from Hawaii and Teacher Olga returned from Russia on Sunday.

Dan talked about the new air conditioning system in Building 400. He said that the air conditioning might be ready on Wednesday. As soon as he said that, we hear a noise and felt cool air--the air conditioning system is ready!

Dan also talked about the solar energy project. He said that is is the largest solar energy project for schools in the United States. The project is a little bit behind schedule because they need more steel. You can see steel skeleton of the first solar parking structure in front of the school.

Be very careful when you walk from the parking lot. There are many large cracks in the walkway next to the swimming pool.

After Dan spoke, the teachers planned testing and registration. After the meeting, we ate Judy's delicious salads. Then each of the teachers worked on preparing their rooms for the new school year.

Registration News:

Registration (and Testing) for New Students:
Night Students: Mon, Aug 18 6:00-9:30 pm--completed!
Day Students: Tue, Aug 19 9am-12 noon
Saturday Students: Sat, Aug 23 9am-12 noon.

On Mon, Aug 18 6pm, the teacher gathered to register 102 new students for evening ESL and Citizenship classes. Some new students came late--they were told to come back Tuesday evening so that they could take the test.

Registration (NO Testing) for Old Students:
Night Students: Tue, Aug 19 6:00-9:30 pm
Day Students: Wed, Aug 20 9am-12 noon

Class Lists will be posted Friday, Aug 22 5pm

First Day of School:
Day Students: Monday, August 25 8:45am-12 noon
M/W Night Students: Monday, August 25 6:00-9:30 pm
T/TH Night Students: Tuesday, August 26 6:00-9:30 pm

*EXTRA*
From ESLPod Blog: What is the common and polite way is to say that you have to go to the bathroom?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Registration for the New School Year

New US Citizens from Senior ESL

Registration (and Testing) for New Students:
Night Students: Mon, Aug 18 6:00-9:30 pm
Day Students: Tue, Aug 19 9am-12 noon

Registration (NO Testing) for Old Students:
Night Students: Tue, Aug 19 6:00-9:30 pm
Day Students: Wed, Aug 20 9am-12 noon

Class Lists will be posted Friday, Aug 22 5pm

First Day of School:
Day Students: Monday, August 25 8:45am-12 noon
M/W Night Students: Monday, August 25 6:00-9:30 pm
T/TH Night Students: Tuesday, August 26 6:00-9:30 pm

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Celebrate Milpitas! Weekend


Where is Celebrate Milpitas! located? Look up! You will see a huge balloon, marking the fetival site: Calaveras and South Milpitas Blvd. You will see carnaval rides (very cute train ride), two music stages, food stalls, community organization booths, and other vendors. Here is our booth, staffed by Terry, the Corrections Educations Director, and Guillermo, ESL 4 teacher.

The booth was very popular. In the morning, students from Victoria Beauty College gave free manicures. In the afternoon, the medical tech students checked people's blood pressure for free. In the late afternoon, it was quiet and cool, but we still handed out alot of class schedule booklets.


At 6pm, we packed up for Sunday's festival. Teacher Guillermo wanted to get home as quickly as possible, to prepare for the upcoming school year:

Registration (and Testing) for New Students:

  • Night Students: Mon, Aug 18 6pm
  • Day Students: Tue, Aug 19 9am

Registration (NO Testing) for Old Students:

  • Night Students: Tue, Aug 18 6pm
  • Day Students: Wed, Aug 19 9am

Saturday, August 16, 2008

See you at Celebrate Milpitas!

Celebrate Milpitas! will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come by Milpitas Adult School to say hello to the teachers. I will be there on Saturday 4:30-6pm.

The location for Celebrate Milpitas! is South Milpitas Boulevard, between East Calaveras Boulevard and Turquoise Street about a block south of Milpitas City Hall.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Celebrate Milpitas! August 16-17


Celebrate Milpitas! is a yearly art, wine and cultural festival.

This year, Celebrate Milpitas! will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The location for Celebrate Milpitas! is South Milpitas Boulevard, between East Calaveras Boulevard and Turquoise Street about a block south of Milpitas City Hall.

For more info, read Time to kick back, relax and enjoy Celebrate Milpitas!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

1590 KLIV AM Radio

1590 KLIV is a locally-owned AM radio station. KLIV broadcasts news stories about San Jose and Silicon Valley.

If you don't understand a story--wait; KLIV repeats the same news story every fifteen minutes. KLIV has traffic and weather eight times per hour. At the "top" and "bottom" of the hour, KLIV broadcasts five minutes of nation and internation news from CNN.

Here are the text of three news stories plus a link to a very short podcast about fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

VOANews: The Beijing Olympics

VOANews: Summer Olympic Games Open in Beijing
Criticism and protests have surrounded the Olympic games.

Transcript
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VOANews Slide Show

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chinese Taipei in PONY World Series, Part II

Sunday evening, I went to see Chinese Tapei play in the semi-finals. Before the team went to bat, the coach would gather them together for a pep talk.
CT won the semi-final game and advanced to the World Series. I came back on Monday afternoon with my nieces, nephew, and sister-in-law. It was their first baseball game. It was a beautiful California day.

Here is a picture of the flags of the teams. The US flag is in the middle and the California flag is under it. On the far left is the flag of Puerto Rico, a US territory. Mexico's flag is between the flags of Puerto Rico and the US. Taiwan's flag is on the right.

Some of the CT fans brought a huge Taiwan flag and hung it from the stadium exit behind CT's dugout.
The CT fans watched the game closely.
A base hit--yeah!
Here is CT before the final inning.
The other team from Houston, Texas won 3-14, but my family and I are happy that Chinese Taipei came to San Jose.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chinese Taipei in PONY World Series, San Jose

Last evening, I went to the San Jose Municipal Stadium (home of the SJ Giants) to watch Chinese Taipei in the Palomino (PONY) World Series. I sat in the boisterous CT section and learned how to cheer for the team in Taiwanese (I think). CT defeated the host team, San Jose Blaze, 5 to 3.

Undefeated CT advances to the World Series game today--Monday, August 11, 1pm at the SJ Muncipal Stadium.
I hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

San Jose Jazz Festival

THE SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL happens on Friday–Sunday (Aug. 8–10) at various locations in downtown San Jose. Tickets are $10 one day general admission/$25 three days/children under 12 free. For detailed information, visit www.sanjosejazz.org/festival2008.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tammy Chen's New Passport

Read this post first.
Twenty-seven hours after becoming an American Citizen, Tammy Chen can use her new US Passport to travel to outside of the United States.

How was Tammy able to get her passport so quickly?

The Oath Ceremony was scheduled on August 7, but Tammy was scheduled to go to Canada on August 9.

Tammy's daughter immeditately made an appointment for Tammy at the San Francisco Passport .

  • The San Francisco Passport Agency only serves customers who are traveling, or submitting their passports for foreign visas, within 14 days.
  • To apply at the Agency, you must schedule an appointment by calling toll-free at 1-877-487-2778, 24 hours/day.
  • If you are not traveling, or needing to submit your passport for foreign visas within 14 days, you must apply at a Passport Application Acceptance Facility.
On August 8, the day after her Oath Ceremony, Tammy went to the SFPA for her appointment.

San Francisco Passport Agency
95 Hawthorne Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-3901

Tammy gave the agent her application, fee, and 2 passport photos. The passport agent did not ask her many questions, but only checked her passport application. Then the agent gave Tammy a new passport.

Tammy is overjoyed to become a US Citizen and her family is thrilled to go on vacation together. Congratulations and Bon Voyage!

Friday, August 8, 2008

ESLPod: Watching the Olympic Games

Get ready to watch the Opening Ceremonies by listening to ESL Podcast 395 – Watching the Olympic Games.

Also read ESLPod's comment on the new word: Staycation.

You can sing-a-long with the video, Summertime.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Citizen: Tammy Chen

Tammy Chen is a retired elementary school teacher from Taiwan. She immigrated with her husband to the United States to live with their daughter and granddaughter. After living in the Unites States for five years, Tammy applied for US Citizenship and passed the interview.

Tammy went to Taiwan for the summer to visit her family. While she was in Taiwan, she finally received her letter for the Oath Ceremony. She was very happy to receive the letter, but there was a small problem. The Oath Ceremony was on August 7 and she was going on vacation to the Canadian Rockies on August 9. She must have a passport to go to Canada. What should she do?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chinese Tapei Baseball Team in San Jose

For more photos, see taiwanbaseball.blogspot.com

The Palomino World Series
Friday, August 8 - Monday, August 11, 2008
San Jose Municipal Stadium
588 E. Alma Ave. • San Jose, CA 95112

The Palomino World Series brings the top PONY baseball teams with players 17-19 years old to compete in a 4 day tournament culminating in the championship game on the last day. Teams come from all over the world including the USA, Chinese Taipei, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Schedule for Chinese Taipei Team

  • Friday, August 8, 11am: Chinese Taipei vs. East U.S. Zone
  • Saturday, August 9, 2pm: North U.S. Zone vs. Chinese Taipei
  • Sunday, August 10, 8pm: Chinese Taipei vs. Host (PAL)
  • Monday, August 11, 1:00pm: Championship Game TBA

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2008


The "25th Annual National Night Out" (NNO), is a national crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). This year's NNO has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, 2008.

National Night Out campaign sends a message to criminals--THIS IS OUR HOME!

Many people show their support for NNO by turning on their porch light, sitting outside for the evening, and chatting with their neighbors and patrol officers.

San Jose and Milpitas will have several NNO events. Here are some from photos from Milpitas' NNO 2007:

Monday, August 4, 2008

NYTimes: The Olympic Torch


The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. There is a special torch for each Olympics.

The torch carries the flame from Greece through many cities to the current place of the Olympic Games. This year, the Olympic Games will be in Beijing, China.


On August 8, 2008, 8:08pm, the torch will light the Olympic Fire in Beijing, and the Olympic Games will officially begin.

You can see the different Olympic torches and listen to a short audio clip here. When move the cursor over the torch, the toch gets bigger and shows a short history about the torch.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

VOA News: Science Stories


Every Tuesday, VOA News Special English has a special program about science. This week's program is about:
  • A new way to predict earthquakes.

  • An American study on happiness.

  • How to prevent injuries in hospitals.

You can read the story or listen to the story 3 different ways:

  1. MP3 - Download (MP3)

  2. MP3 - Listen to (MP3)

  3. RealAudio - Download

Also, you can read a VOA News story about the eclipse in China.


Eclipse: You cannot the sun or the moon cannot be seen:

  1. because the Earth is passing directly between the moon and the sun

  2. or because the moon is passing directly between the Earth and the sun.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Many Things Daily

Charles, Norman, Yick Oi, Amy, Jennifer, & Xuan

Visit Many Things Daily for a quick English review. They have: Slang of the Day, Quiz of the Day, and a link to the most recent ESL Podcasts, including VOA News Special English Brodcasts.

Slang: Is a cold fish
a) a frozen fish
b) an unfriendy person?

Quiz: Is a sweet dry grape
a) a raisin
b) a raspberry?

Listen: The most recent podcast is from:
a) ESLPod;
b) Simple English News;
c) VOA News
d) Other