Thursday, April 30, 2009

United States and Mexico Battle Swine Flu

VOANews: United States and Mexico Battle Swine Flu: What you should do to avoid infection
This is the VOA Special English Health Report. Swine flu is a respiratory sickness caused by an influenza virus that mainly infects pigs. However, sometimes the virus can sicken humans. That is what has happened in Mexico in the last few weeks. Transcript of radio broadcast: 28 April 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Short Story: ‘The Lady, or the Tiger?’

VOANews: Short Story: ‘The Lady, or the Tiger?’ Written by Frank R. Stockton.
Which came out of the open door – the lady, or the tiger?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

World Tai Chi Day

ESL Holiday Lessons: World Tai Chi Day
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote practices of Tai Chi and Qigong.

DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

For more info, visit the official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Website

ESL Discussions: Exercise
  • Is it more fun to exercise alone or with other people?

Senior ESL Video: Mr Wu's Wai Dan Gong Exercises for a Happy New Year

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Still Dancing in Her Dreams

Still Dancing in Her Dreams By DAVID BARBOZA, NYTimes
Liu Yan, the classical dancer who was paralyzed last summer at a rehearsal for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, is adjusting to life in a wheelchair.
Video: A Liu Yan Performance

Friday, April 24, 2009

National Arbor Day!

VOANews: AMERICAN MOSAIC - Arbor Day--2004-04-30
Arbor Day in the United States is a day for planting trees.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. Check the map or list below to find out when your state or territory observes Arbor Day.
home trees arbor day members programs
media arbor day farm shop careers take action

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EARTH DAY!


ESL Holiday lessons: Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event that aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our environment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Diabetics Warned About Hypoglycemia, Dementia



VOAVideo: Diabetics Warned About Hypoglycemia, Dementia

The World Health Organization estimates at least 180 million people have diabetes, and twice that many will be diagnosed by the year 2030. Controlling blood sugar through diet and medication is critically important. Now studies show that low blood sugar can also have serious consequences beyond diabetes.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in Washington, DC



VOAVideo: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in Washington, DC

It is that time of year again in the U.S. capital, when young, old, rich and poor gather at the city's Tidal Basin to enjoy the blooming cherry blossom trees. Almost 100 years ago, the mayor of Tokyo gave the city three thousand cherry trees. And ever since then, each spring, in good times and bad, their beauty have soothed the soul of people who travel from across the country and the world to enjoy their fleeting beauty. VOA sent photographer Mike Kornely and his camera to the Tidal Basin and here is his video postcard.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Computer Terms: Have You Googled Someone Lately?

VOANews: Computer Terms: Have You Googled Someone Lately?
Terms that come from the world of computers.

ESL Discussions: Computers

  • What would you like computers to do that they can’t do now?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bhutan Exhibit at the SF Asian Art Museum



Slide Show

Teacher Judy, her husband, and I went to the SF Asian Art Museum to see the Bhutan Art exhibit. On the way up to SF, we visited the Junipero Serra rest stop. When we arrived at the museum, we enjoyed watching the construction of a Bhutanese sand mandala. When we came out of the museum, we saw members of Tsu Chi praying for peace in the UN plaza. You can read more here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bedside Manner

ESL Podcast 466 – Having a Good or Bad Bedside Manner
Going to see the doctor can be a stressful event. Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Discssions: Doctors
  • Do you always think you’ve received top treatment from your doctor?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chikungunya, a Highly Painful Virus

Experts Watch for Spread of Chikungunya, a Highly Painful Virus
The disease carried by mosquitoes has been found in Africa and Asia for many years, but appeared in Italy in 2007. People rarely die from it, but the muscle and joint pain can last for weeks or months. Transcript of radio broadcast: 11 April 2009

Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How the Heart Works


News from Teacher Jennifer:

My Father had a heart attack Monday evening. He is resting at Kaiser Santa Clara. The doctors will examine him thoroughly on Tuesday morning. Please pray for his health. Thank you.

VOANews: How the Heart Works
On HEALTH REPORT: Some facts about an extraordinary organ, and the threats it faces. Transcript: 29 July 2008

Monday, April 13, 2009

VOAVideo: Heart Failure Patients Now Urged To Exercise



VOAVideo: Heart Failure Patients Now Urged To Exercise

A diagnosis of heart failure can be devastating. But it need not be as grim as it sounds. For years, doctors warned against any physical activity that put stress on the heart. Now a large study says supervised exercise is good for heart failure patients and can prolong their lives.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter!

Domino is a retired Master Easter Bunny.
She occasionally coaches young Easter Bunnies.

"Rabbits are associated with the fertility of spring because of their ability to produce many young. Some parents tell their children that the Easter Rabbit, or Easter Bunny, brings Easter eggs." Annie's Easter Symbols and Their Meanings Page

ESL Holidays: Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Parkinson's Disease

Ginkgo biloba (銀杏) helps with memory loss
and other neurological problems.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

VOANews: Proverbs: Ideas About How to Live


VOANews: Proverbs: Ideas About How to Live
A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are popular around the world.

ManyThings: Proverbs: quizzes, puzzles, and exercises

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ginseng!

XinXin is going to Guangzhou today. She will be there for one month.
Peter will have laser eye surgery on Thursday.

Growing Ginseng in the US
Some growers of American ginseng say it takes five to ten years to produce the best roots.

Monday, April 6, 2009

WELCOME BACK!

Please come to school Monday, April 6, 2009!

ESL 1 Angelica Mendoza Room 401

  • Kwan Yick Oi

ESL 2 Hongyan Zheng Room 410

  • Fang Qing Fang
  • Tsao Yi-Huang

ESL 3 Jennifer Gagliardi Room 703

  • Alejanadre Maria G.
  • Chi Kuang Chien
  • Chuang Florence Lai
  • Huang Xin Xin
  • Jayadevi Joshi M.
  • Kang Yeon Soon
  • Kim Mi Gyo
  • Ni Hun Sheng
  • Ni Kuo Jung
  • Pan Mei Tzu Chou
  • Randhawa Salwinder Singh
  • Song Peter Young Se
  • Song Yoo Moon
  • Tai Guey-Lan
  • Tran Cuc Thi
  • Tran Long Tien
  • Wang Lihsin
Level 5 & 6 Judy Connell Room 407

  • Chen Fu Chiu
  • Chen Hsiao Ling
  • Fu Qisheng
  • Lee Norman
  • Lin Cheng Hsuing
  • Tseng Shiu Ling
  • Xu Xiaozhong
  • Yu Hao Ming

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rural China’s Hunger for Sons Fuels Traffic in Abducted Boys

Chen Fengyi’s 5-year-old son was kidnapped
from outside her apartment building in Huizhou.
She said the police never came.
Photo: Du Bin for The New York Times

Rural China’s Hunger for Sons Fuels Traffic in Abducted Boys By ANDREW JACOBS, NYTimes
SHENZHEN, China — Parents in eastern industrial areas receive little help in finding their stolen children, whose kidnappings constitute a thriving business.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Barbara Lee Senior Center


Barbara Lee Senior Center
540 South Abel Street
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (408) 586-2775 TDD: (408) 942-3292

The Barbara Lee Senior Center offers many programs and activities, such as classes, trips, socials and a weekday lunch program.

Membership is on a yearly basis, running July 1-June 30 of each year. The Activity Card fee is $8 ($6 for Milpitas residents) and includes discounts on certain activities and events, the mailing of our bi-monthly Senior Center Newsletter, and supplemental insurance while attending Senior Center programs. The Activity Card is required to register for any of our trips or classes.



For additional information about the Milpitas Community Center, please contact Supervisor, Jennifer Tagalog.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The City of Milpitas Senior Advisory Commission (SAC)

Photographers capture the first shovelful of the new Senior Center.
The Milpitas City Hall stands in the background.

The City of Milpitas Senior Advisory Commission (SAC)
The Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to recreation, leisure, and nutrition services for the Senior Citizens of Milpitas.

The Staff Liaison is Jennifer Tagalog, Recreation Services Supervisor (586-2786).

The next meeting is scheduled April 28, 2009, at 1:30 pm, at the Milpitas City Hall.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

See you, Monday 8:45AM!

Please come to school Monday, April 6, 2009!

ESL 1 Angelica Mendoza Room 401

  • Kwan Yick Oi

ESL 2 Hongyan Zheng Room 410

  • Fang Qing Fang
  • Tsao Yi-Huang

ESL 3 Jennifer Gagliardi Room 703

  • Alejanadre Maria G.
  • Chi Kuang Chien
  • Chuang Florence Lai
  • Huang Xin Xin
  • Jayadevi Joshi M.
  • Kang Yeon Soon
  • Kim Mi Gyo
  • Ni Hun Sheng
  • Ni Kuo Jung
  • Pan Mei Tzu Chou
  • Randhawa Salwinder Singh
  • Song Peter Young Se
  • Song Yoo Moon
  • Tai Guey-Lan
  • Tran Cuc Thi
  • Tran Long Tien
  • Wang Lihsin
Level 5 & 6 Judy Connell Room 407

  • Chen Fu Chiu
  • Chen Hsiao Ling
  • Fu Qisheng
  • Lee Norman
  • Lin Cheng Hsuing
  • Tseng Shiu Ling
  • Xu Xiaozhong
  • Yu Hao Ming

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"See you later!"

Click the photo of Wang Lihsin
to see the photos from our last pot luck.