2017.07.27 Thursday : FT


19:00-20:00 | 4 students

20:00-21:00 | 5 students



We started off the evening with one student sharing how he has chronic pain from an accident several years ago. When referring to medical issues, such as back pain or a disease, if it’s something continuing or occurring again and again for a long time, it can be described as chronic.

We also discussed our heritage. When referring to a heritage of a person, it generally refers to the ancestors* of a person . I asked the students to share their heritage. For example: I have Chinese, Filipino and Spanish heritage, even though I’m a Singaporean citizen. It’s because my father has Chinese ancestors, and my mother has Filipino and Spanish ancestors.

The meaning of heritage is quite similar to that of ethnicity and raceEthnicity is based on a group (called an ethnic group) that is normally based on similar traits, such as a common language, common heritage, and cultural similarities within the group. Race is similar to ethnicity, but relates more to the appearance of a person, especially the color of their skin.

*An ancestor is a person who was in someone’s family in past times. 

In the next class, because one student joined us and I noticed he had a new haircut, we talked about the differences between going to a barber or hair salon. It didn’t matter anyway to that particular student, since he said that he cuts his own hair, to avoid the hassle (something that is annoying or that causes trouble) of going to either a salon or a barber.

I followed up that conversation with some hypothetical questions. Hypothetical (仮説的?) means not real, or something based on imagination or assumptions, not facts. So a hypothetical question is basically a “what/how + if” question. Examples: If you could travel back in time, what year will you travel to? What would you do if you had a million dollars? If aliens came to Earth, how would you react?


Thanks for coming to class! 🙂

Hope to see y’all at the school party (even though I have to leave early!)



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