Monthly Archives: April 2016

First Impressions of the U.S.

Class 1B recently wrote stories about their first days in the United States. Read one story below and take the quiz afterwards to test your understanding!

A Memorable Day

Shelly Zhong

My husband, my son, and I came to the U.S. on September 30, 2013 because my husband said, “We  are so young. We should go to see the world outside.”

In the morning, we took three suitcases, and went to the Guangzhou Baiyun airport. The first stop was at the Hong Kong airport for one hour. After that we changed to the U.S. airplane and said goodbye to our country.

On the plane, my mood was very uneasy. I thought a lot. In China, I had a good job, but I couldn’t I do it in the U.S. because my English was very bad. Also I heard that in the U.S. it snows a lot in the winter and it’s very cold. I was very worried.

After about fifteen hours, we arrived at JFK airport. It was night. After we picked up our three suitcases, we waited for my sister.

I heard my sister call my name. We hugged. My sister helped me pull the suitcase and we walked outside and waited for my sister-in-law to pick us up.

It was raining, and I felt very cold. I didn’t see many houses or many buildings. I saw a lot of different skin colors and heard different languages.

After we got to my sister’s home, my sister prepared a hearty dinner for us. But I wasn’t in the mood to eat because I felt very tired, and I felt strange and homesick. I cried. I wanted to go back to China. My sister held me and said, “Don’t worry. Everything will be okay.”

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You Can Say That Again Revisited

Here’s a nice old song using our most recent Idiom of the Week. As you listen, take out a pen and paper and write the words you hear that go in the blanks. When you’re finished, click on “Continue reading” to check your answers!

“You Can Say That Again”

The Four Teens

You say that I’m your baby
That you love me, that you know
And you will right to the _____1_____
Oh baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again and again

You say that I’m your baby
That your love goes all the way
And this _____2_____ will never end
Oh honey, you can say that again

Well, I’ve never been loved so much
I’ve never had such a tender touch
It’s never been quite so _____3_____
This, I know, has got to be paradise

You say that you will _____4_____ me
All your life, through thick and thin
You don’t have to, honey
But baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again

Well, I’ve never been loved so much
I’ve never had such a tender touch
It’s never been quite so _____5_____
This, I know, has got to be paradise

You say that you will _____6_____ me
All your life, through thick and thin
You don’t have to, honey
But baby, you can say that again
And again and again and again

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What’s Happening in This Picture?

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Creepy Revisited

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Here are some quotations from famous people using last week’s Awesome Adjective, Creepy. Enjoy!

Someone once said that you can make the choice between getting old and getting creepy, and I think getting old is the way to go.    – Kate Beckinsale

Tweets? That stuff kills conversation. And people taking pictures with their phone or recording you, sometimes surreptitiously, is creepy. They come up and just start talking to you, and you can see the red light on their phone.   – Robin Williams

I don’t trust or love anyone. Because people are so creepy. Creepy creepy creeps. Creeping around. Creeping here and creeping there. Creeping everywhere.    – Vincent Gallo 

I am not a princess, I don’t want to be referred to as a princess – I find that super creepy.    – Melissa McCarthy

Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.   – Christopher Moore

I don’t think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed.   – George A. Romero

I’m not aware of having a creepy laugh, but apparently I do.    – Craig Ferguson

 

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More Money, Money, Money!

Here’s another money story from Class 3C. Remember to take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension!

Coins

Stacy Situ

When I came to the U.S., I felt very confused about coins because in China we don’t use coins very often. We have two kinds of coins in my country. There are fifty jiao coins and one yuan coins. But in the U.S., we always use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to pay for food or buy something.

When I first went to the supermarket to buy some food, I didn’t know what a penny was or what a nickel was. I felt confused. When I paid, I took out all my coins and counted.

The cashier looked angry because I was very slow. She said, “I can get change for you.” After that, when I went to the supermarket I only used bills, like ten dollars, five dollars or more. I had many, many coins in my wallet. It was very heavy, so I told my husband, and my husband applied for a credit card for me, so when I go to the supermarket now I just use my credit card.

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Idiom of the Week: You Can Say That Again

Meaning: Expressing complete agreement;”You’re one hundred percent right.”

Examples:

“It looks like you need a nap.” “You can say that again.”

“It’s really crowded on this train.” “You can say that again.”

“Springtime in New York is wonderful, isn’t it?” “You can say that again.”

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of “You can say that again“?

A.  “You can’t say that again.”

B.  “I’m sorry to hear that.”

C.  “I disagree.”

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