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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday


Monday:

Tuesday:

  1. Today we will review Andrew's story.

  2. Go to the computer lab.

  3. READ: KLIV: CAMPAIGN AGAINST FLUSHING MEDICATION CONTINUES
  4. WATCH: one VOANews Video.
  5. LISTEN: ESL Podcast 384 – Accepting Credit Cards
    All you have to do is take the credit card and swipe it through here, making sure that the magnetic strip is facing you...

Wednesday:

  • Tomorrow, we will go to Silicon Valley Asian Art Center (free) to see Paintings by Shen Yao-chu and other famous calligraphers.

  • We will leave at 10:40 am, arrive at 11am, and return to Milpitas around lunchtime.

  • Afterwards, join us for a Japanse o-bento lunch (approimately $10) at Sushi Maru next to Safeway's.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America

On Monday, Senior ESL will begin to read Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America,
We will start with the modified Chapter 1 pdf, then move onto the other chapters.

Summary: 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.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Silicon Valley Asian Art Center


Huang Xin Xin suggested that we visit Silicon Valley Asian Art Center to see Paintings by Shen Yao-chu and other famous calligraphers. On Monday, we will decide if we are going on Wednesday 10/08 or Friday 10/10.

There is a small problem. When I checked the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center website, the address and the map do not match. Can someone please call to confirm the address, directions, and hours?
  • Phone: 408-248-2698 (Office) 510-579-8951 (Mobile)

  • Address: 3777 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara

  • Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-6pm

Thanks!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Oct 4: Spirit of Japantown, San Jose

The Spirit of Japantown Festival, Oct. 4 10am-6pm, has a variety of sections and activities:

1. Main Street - Local San Jose Japantown merchants, restaurants, professionals, and organizations
2. Original Arts and Crafts
3. Car Exhibition - including imports, classics, and more
4. Fruits, Flowers and Plants
5. Antiques and Fine Arts
6. Food and Products from Japan
7. Hawaiian Section
8. Kid's Activity Zone
9. Entertainment

Exhibitions: Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, Bonsai the art of Japanese plant sculpting, and Samurai Sword Exhibit

Park in a FREE Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) light rail park-and-ride parking lots. Ride VTA's Lightrail to the Japantown /Ayer station, walk one block north to Jackson Street, turn right and walk four blocks to San Jose Japantown.

Friday's Class: Read & Discuss the following articles:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Chinese Food Safety Chief Steps Down In Milk Scandal



On Thursday, we will go to the computer lab and listen to ESLPod 375.

LISTEN: ESL Podcast 375 – A Call from a Telemarketer

Doris: As I said, I’m not interested. I’m also on the national do-not-call registry and I want to be taken off your call list. ...

Next week, we will go to the computer lab and register our phone numbers with the National Do Not Call list. Before we register our phone numbers, please look at the website:

National Do Not Call Registry

Offers registration for consumers to stop telemarketers from calling. (United States, for-profit commercial calls only). www.donotcall.gov/