Free talk – 7 ~ 8pm. = 1 student.
Free talk – 8 ~ 9pm. = 1 student.
Free talk (star) – 9 ~ 10pm. = 0 student.
A quiet evening, as only one student attended. In the first class, we looked at different ways of expressing feelings of excitement, or anticipation, and also our likes and dislikes. In the second class, Mr. H. asked me to check some ‘3-lined, titles’ for his medical research papers, but I’m afraid I may have been of little help, as the technical words, were beyond my understanding! We also talked about what we liked to look at on the computer, and he told me about a Chinese social network on the internet, and about some popular websites for English students in China. Here are some of the things we looked at this evening…
Cruel (adjective) = If someone is ‘cruel’, he/she enjoys causing pain to other people, or animals, or enjoys making them unhappy, or upset. eg. [A] A cruel parent, boss, teacher, etc. [B] (Cruel to)..The class bully was often cruel to the weaker kids, who couldn’t defend themselves.
Layman (noun) =  Someone who is not trained to a high or professional standard, in a particular subject. eg. He asked me to check his scientific research papers, but being a layman, I didn’t understand much of the vocabulary.  (In layman’s terms) = in words that someone, who is not an expert, can understand. eg. “I don’t understand..can you explain that to me again, in layman’s terms?”
Learning curve (noun) = The rate at which you learn something. (a steep learning curve) = when you have to learn something complicated, in a short period of time. eg. Because he spent six weeks in hospital, he joined the class in mid-term, so he had a steep learning curve, to catch-up, to the same level as his classmates.
‘Can’t stand someone/something’ = Used for saying that you really dislike someone, or something. eg.  I can’t stand Japanese natto.  He can’t stand his girlfriend’s mother. (Can’t stand doing something) eg. She can’t stand commuting during the rush hour. (Can’t stand the sight of something) eg. She can’t stand the sight of blood.
‘Thrilled to bits about/with something’ = Extremely pleased and excited about something. eg. The elderly couple were thrilled to bits with their new grandchild.
‘On the edge of your seat’ = Very excited and interested in something, because you want to know what happens next. eg. The new ‘Indie Jones’ movie kept me on the edge of my seat, from beginning to end.
Enough for today. Mr. H. Thank you so much for coming. See you next time! Rita.