16:30-17:30 | 3 students
17:30-18:30 | 2/3 students
Hi there! It was great seeing familiar faces today, as well as some new ones! We had a trial student join us first, then a regular VELCO student joined later. The VELCO student mentioned that it was his first time attending a Free Talking class, and that I should “go easy” on him. Well, I didn’t have to hold back at all! Everyone in class was amazing and really great at keeping up with the conversation. Definitely one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve had so far.
Go easy (idiom): to treat someone in a gentle way and not criticize them or punish them. “Go easy on the new students.“
We talked about our careers, and how some jobs can be quite depressing and tiresome after a while, especially those where you either have to work long hours or kowtow to your supervisors/bosses.
Kowtow (verb): to agree too easily or eagerly to do what someone else wants you to do : to obey someone with power in a way that seems weak. This word comes from the Chinese Cantonese word kau tau 叩頭, which sort of means to bow your head so low and deep to someone that your head touches the floor.
Some of us work sedentary jobs, so we make it a point to go to the gym to get some necessary exercise.
Sedentary (adj): involving little exercise or physical activity. Sedentary jobs are usually desk jobs, where you sit at your table all day long.
We also talked about our favorite types of movies. Within our class, the men preferred realistic non-fantasy movies of the drama/romance genre, while the ladies liked the opposite- science fiction/fantasy/thrillers. I suggested a Netflix show to a student, which I believe is right up her alley.
Right up your (or her/his/their) alley: to be the type of thing that you are interested in or that you enjoy doing: “Kate loves dancing, so salsa lessons would be right up her alley.”
We talked about a bunch more stuff but I think I wasted too much of this post’s space with word definitions. That’s all for today then!
Thanks for coming to class!