Sunday, December 18, 2016

Assignment #9 TED Talk

    This week our teacher and some of my classmates introduce a very good website which called TED Talks. I have listened to all the five speeches. And the most impressive speeches to me are"Photos from a storm chaser" and "Don't eat the marshmallow".

    In the speech "Photos from a storm" I saw a lot of beautiful pictures about storms and tornadoes, which is hard to been seen in Taiwan. and my thought is as same as the speakers-- They're lovely monsters.  Although those storms look gorgeous, they can destroy everything in a few seconds. Right now we are facing a very big challenge called global warming. The weather is becoming more extreme. Some animals are about to die out. If we can't stop that.  Maybe we will encounter some serious disasters that didn't happen in Taiwan before such as tornadoes in the future. We should try our best to stop or delay global warming.

     About another speech "Don't eat the marshmallow", I think it is very useful to me. It's a very interesting speech.  I hope I can remind that speech while I want to be lazy. The speech tells us the importance of being a disciplining person.  Discipline is always a key to success in every field.

     There are a lot of interesting speeches in TED. I think I will spend some time on it. It is a good chance to practice English and a good method to learn some knowledge.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Assignment #6 Steve Jobs’ Talk

This week we talked about Steve Jobs' speech in 2005 Standford commencement. Here are some good words and sentences from that speech.

1.  calligraphed  (adj.) : Written or printed in calligraphy.
    example : I really want to learn how to write in calligraphy because it is very  beautiful.

2.  diagnose (v.)  : To say exactly what an illness or the cause of  the problem is.
     example :  Four years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

3.  intellectual (adj.)  : Connected with or using a person's ability to think in a logical way and understand things.
     example :  Wearing glasses makes him look more intellectual.

4.  dogma (n.)  :  A belief or set of beliefs held by a group or organization, which others are expected to accept without argument.
     example: Do not obey all the dogma which was created by old generation. People should think whether it is appropriate now or not. For example, when the dogma tells you that homosexual marriage is wrong.  You should use your brain and think by yourself.

5.  intuition (n.) : The ability to know something by using your feelings rather than considering the      facts.
     example : My father thinks that people who make decisions by their own intuition, not by the facts and situation, is irrational.

Here are five good sentences in the speech

1: Stay hungry, stay foolish.

2: Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

3: The only way to truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

4.: Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.

5: Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

I like Steve Job's three stories in that speech. His three stories are connecting the dots, love and loss, and death.  All of those stories are useful.

The first story connecting the dots tells you that you should be more confidence about your heart, your intuition. It is important for students. You should follow your heart.  Take some lesson you really interested in. Because the only way to truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Maybe you will find out that lesson you took before has a lot of benefits for you.

The second story is Love and loss.  Life is not always smooth sailing. There are a lot of obstacles in your life.  You should learn from those failures. You aren't truly successful if you didn't experience a great failure. Just remember that when God closes a door he always opens a window.  And keep going  with your passion.

My favorite story is the third story-- death.  Our time is limited. Don't waste time living someone else's life.  Everyone is an individual, is special.  Don't just follow other people's opinions to live. Your life must be created by yourself instead of other people. Just follow your heart and feel comfortable to be the special one. Been different from others is not a wrong thing at all.    

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Assignment #5 English song - Safe & Sound- Taylor Swift

Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said 'I'll never let you go'
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said 'Don't leave me here alone'
But all that's dead and gone and past tonight.

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

Don't you dare look out your window
Darling everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold on to this lullaby
Even when the music's gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound


Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

It is the main song of the movie "The Hunger Games".
And "The Hunger Games" is a very famous novel.
The novel was adapt into a movie in 2012.

The singer of this song is Taylor Swift.
She was born on December 13,1989 in America.

Here is some vocabulary I learned from this song:

1.  streaming (Noun or Verb): any flow of liquid or gas.
    example: By the time she saw the miserable news, her tears streaming down her cheek.

2.  rage (Noun or Verb) :extreme anger
   example: Tony was trembling with rage when he knew that his brother got bullied in school.

3.  instrument (Noun) : a device that is used to make music
   example : In this semester I join the NTUB hot music club. The instrument I want to learn is bass.

There are some reasons I choose this song. First reason is the MV's background.  I think that style is very beautiful.That color and the landscape let me associated with the feeling about lonely and calm. It made me feel comfortable.

Besides the background, the combination of those singer's voice is amazing. Taylor's voice is so clear Also, I think the lyrics are great. The melody of this song made it become a very great lullaby. Just like the lyrics said. (I was listening to this song while I was doing this assignment. As time goes by, I really want to go to sleep.)

By the way, when I was a high school student, I usually listened to  this song before slept. This song is very good for sleep.

In sum,  I think it's a great song. Because of the voice, melody ,background, and lyrics. Those reasons make me listen to this song for years and it will continue.  When it comes to the song, the first thing I think is peaceful.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Assignment #4 Six Minute English

This week our teacher introduced a website called 6 Minute English.  I think this website is very good.  Because of the great design and the interesting topics. I think this is one is the hardest webiste to train your listening ability.  The talking speed is very fast.  And the vocabulary is harder.

The episode I choose is "Is loneliness in our genes?".  In this episode, the speakers and professors said that loneliness exists in our genes.  The reason why loneliness exists in our genes is that in some situation we have to tolerate high level of loneliness. So, loneliness is not totally a bad thing.

The speakers also discuss about social software.  They wonder if social software make people feel lonely.  The professor says that there is not enough evidence to support the theory that social software let people feel lonely. Because they don't have great research showing that we are more lonely than we were ten or twenty years old.

The above-mentioned is this article's summary.  There are more interesting episodes like this in the website. In sum, It's a great website to train your listening ability.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Assignment #3 ESLPod.Com

This week our teacher introduced a website called ESL podcast.  I think this one isn't better than ESL Cyber Listening Lab.  Here are my opinions:

1. In ESL Cyber Listening Lab.  you can choose the level you want to practice.  But in ESL podcast, you can only see the topics and the categories.

2. There are no exercises in ESL podcast. On the other hand, You can do some exercises in ESL Cyber Listening Lab.

3. The speaker's talking speed is very slow. Besides, there are no scripts about what he said.

Even though there are some disadvantages of the websites, there are still some advantages of the website:

1. You can download those files. If you do that, you can practice your listening ability without internet.  All you need is a cellphone or a MP3 player.

2. ESL podcast has more articles than ESL Cyber Listening Lab.  There are more than 1800 articles in ESL podcast.

In sum, i still prefer ESL Cyber Listening Lab  because that website is very complete. But I still want to admire the author of ESL podcast. Because the website has over than 1800 articles. The author needs to be very patient and enthusiastic to achieve that scale.  It's definitely not an easy job.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Assignment #2 ESL Cyber Listening Lab

    This week we have a listening lesson.  The teacher introduced a website called "ESL" to us.  I think this is a great webiste.   Because this website is so complete,  It contains some exercises  for you to practice, different level for you to choose, and translation of some vocabularies. I think this website is very useful for anyone who want to attend TOEIC test.

    The teacher also teach us how to solve listening question.  You need to listen to the "key words" and take some notes about the conversation.
These tips are very important and useful.

Here are some vocabularies I did't know before:

1.  butcher :  means kill or a person who kills animals to sell their meat (屠夫)
     example:  I want to cook beef noodles for dinner.  Can you help me buy some beef from the     butcher?

2.  mock :  to laugh at someone.
     example:  Don't mock other person just because of their appearance. It's  very rude.

3.  heritage : something that is handed down from the past .
     example:  Governments must take care of those national heritages.

4.  intellectual : appealing to or engaging the intellect.
     example: In general, intellectual jobs deserve more salary.

5.  prominent :  easily noticed or seen    
     example: The colorful painting on the wall makes this building very prominent on the street.

Monday, October 10, 2016

[Music] Alan Walker - Faded

Today i want to share a song.

This song is very popular. There are over  600 million views on Youtube.
I think this song's lyrics is awesome.  And the meaning of this song's lyrics is different to everyone.
For example, the lyrics can mean being lost in your life, or miss someone .
Also,  the singer's voice is PERFECT.
If you want to know this song's Chinese translation, I recommend this video:

Hope you enjoy this song.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Assignment #1: A simple introduction about myself

Hello, my Chinese name is 周煒晟. And my English name is Adam.  My major in university is finance.  When i was a high school student , my major was data processing. I live in 淡水.  I take MRT to school every day instead of live in dorm room.  Just because I want to save money. I have lots of interests, like badminton , table tennis ,running, listen to music, and surf the Net of course.  Besides, i join the hot music club this semester. Because i love music and my elder sister gave me a bass. Finally ,about my personality.I think i am a shy person.  I don't really want to participate in activities.

About the blog, beside the assignment,maybe i will share some English songs, funny videos or even some news during my free time.

In the end, thank you for spending your precious time to read this article.