19:00-20:00 | 3 students
20:00-21:00 | 3 students
I had the pleasure of having a trial student attend my class tonight. She was actually a student at VELCO eight years ago, but felt that there were too many students per class back then (around 10-ish per class? O_o), and she couldn’t effectively practice her English. Well, tonight I believe we all had a great time talking with each other and the conversation was quite lively! We talked about music and art, since everyone’s from creative backgrounds and have an interest in music- from classical to contemporary.
At one point, we were discussing the health of our parents, and one student mentioned that her father is still active and dexterous, despite his old age. I discussed the word ‘dexterous‘ a little further- It comes from ‘dexterity‘, which means the ability to use your hands skillfully. It can also mean the ability to think and act quickly and cleverly. For example, a brain surgeon or any doctor in general must be extremely dexterous, as they need to use their hands to complete complicated tasks.
We also shared what we felt are our greatest accomplishments in life. Most of us felt that we haven’t yet achieved our goals, so we’re still on the journey to that “greatest accomplishment”. Always striving (to try very hard to do or achieve something) and continuously improving yourself is a good life philosophy to have.
In the next hour of class, one of the students told us some very exciting and shocking news. This November, he would be moving to Southern China to study the insect ecology in the rainforests there. Everyone in the class was taken aback by the news, and we all wanted to learn more about this new development in his life. (be taken aback: to be shocked or surprised, especially by something that someone says or does to you.)
We started talking about getting bitten by creatures in the forest, such as mosquitoes and leeches. I learned two new things about mosquitoes from the students. Firstly, mosquitoes are attracted to a particular bacteria on our feet, and some people produce more of that bacteria than other people. That makes them more susceptible to getting bitten by mosquitoes. Secondly, the musical note of A (or ‘la’ in do re mi fa so la ti do) can also attract mosquitoes, perhaps because it sounds like the buzzing sounds they make. (susceptible: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something / capable of being affected by a specified action or process)
That’s all for that evening! Thanks for joining me in class, everyone!