上个月完成了两门Coursera的在线课程:

并不是很难,更多的似乎是在词汇量上遇到问题。金融导论讲述的是如何初级评估各类资产,以及一些基本的金融信息。而游戏化则是提及各类商业活动中如何将游戏因素整合到规划、设计、推广等环节中去。

Introduction to Finance – Statement of Accomplishment
Coursera - Introduction to Finance

Gamification – Statement of Accomplishment
Coursera - Gamification

Listening | | Speaking and Pronunciation | | Vocabulary | | Reading | | Writing | | Grammar

Listening

BBC Learning English (Watch and Listen)
Watch and listen to TV and radio programmes

British Council LearnEnglish in Listening
Listen to stories, articles and poems, all with audio scripts

Listening tips

Listen to the radio news or watch a television news programme at the same time every day. How many stories are there? Note down what each story is about (think: when, where, who, what).

If you can, record the programme and listen to/watch it again to check details from the first time. You cannot do this in “real life” but it is very useful practice and it means you find out what you got right the first time and this will boost your confidence.

Alternatively, record a news programme without listening to/watching it. Then play only the headlines. Stop the tape and predict what the stories will be about. Then listen to check your predictions. Use one of the stories as a dictation text. Listen several times and write down what you hear.
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昨天跟Melic说我在这里对方向感一点都没有是因为在客家话里面一般去市区都是“上”的方向词在前面,而现在我住的地方去乌节路其实在地图上是往下走,因此就弄混了,另外一个这里道路方向在左跟国内相反也是一个因素。刚才收到他的一封邮件,就在下面。另外前天还有一封主题是storytime的邮件,我还没有开始看呢:http://www.fln.vcu.edu/struwwel/bubeng.html。之所以这么快将这个内容贴出来是因为可以在my dame room上网了,不过不知道是不是临时的,刚才只是check了一下,竟然有一个可以连上(update: 事实证明,只高兴了一会,正奸商)。OK,废话不说先,请enjoy:

An interesting piece on the English language!

(1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

(2) The farm was used to produce produce.

(3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

(4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

(5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

(6) The soldier decided to desert his desert in the desert.

(7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

(8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

(9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

(10) I did not object to the object.

(11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

(12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

(13) They were too close to the door to close it.

(14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

(15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

(16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

(17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

(18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

(19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

(20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
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Let’s look at this video first, it’s title is ‘Bank Robberry in Downtown in Los Angles’:

What I learned in this class was ‘I saw/heard somebody do/doing something’. Examples:

A1. I saw them come in. (the action completed)
A2. I heard them switch on the TV.
B1. I saw some people coming towards the house. (not the whole action, part of that)
B2. I could hear them talking in wispers.

Here is the story:

As I passed the door, I stopped. A woman was crying. I tiptoed to the door and listened. A man said, ‘Give me the keys.’ I bent down and looked through the key hole. A man was kneeling in front of an open safe. Suddenly, the woman pulled a gun from her handbang and pointed it at the man. A shot rang out, and the man fell to the floor.

What did the person see and hear? So you can tell the story to the police like this:

As I passed the door, I stopped. I heard a woman crying. I tiptoed to the door and stopped. I heard a man say, ‘Give me the keys.’ I bent down and looked through the keyhole. I saw a man kneeling in front of an open safe. Suddenly, I saw the woman pull a gun from her handbag. I saw her point it at the man. I heard a shot ring out and I saw the man fall to the floor.

Now you can use the following phrases to decribe the things what’ve happened in tee video:
rushed out/into/up…
screeched to a halt
dashed into/up/out…
drove away
puzzled
ignored
eyewitness

You already knew this robber action were not a true story, right? Maybe just a part of movie.

Beside that, there was a short practising on the ‘Emphasising the point’. I think we can use the phrass to express our feeling: enjoy, really difficult, surprised you, annoyed you.

What/The thing(that) + I enjoy/I admire/I can’t stand/I find difficult/surprise me/annoys me/fascinate me + about…/is….

Examples:

I really enjoy reading the Sunday papers in bed.
The thing I really enjoy is reading the Sunday papers in bed.
I find phasal verbs really difficult.
What I find really difficult is phrasal verbs.
In New York the shops stay open all night. That really surprised me.
The thing really surprised me about New York was that the shops open all night.
He never answered my letters — that really annoyed me.
The thing that really annoyed me is that he never answered my letters.

At last, I would like to introduce a blog which owner is Wangpei, that’s a learning english blog which name is PiEnglish.

Following are the results which I took the Placement tests on http://www.tolearnenglish.com/

BE (present)
Complete with AM/IS/ARE (BE: present):
I _______________ happy.
She _______________ happy.
Correct answer 1: AM
Correct answer 2: IS

A / AN
Complete with A / An:
I've just seen _______________ mouse and _______________ elephant.
Correct answer 1: A
Correct answer 2: AN

Genitive case
Use the genitive case:
This is the Simpsons _______________ house. Here is Peter _______________ car.
Correct answer 1: '
Correct answer 2: 'S

Possessive adjectives
Use the correct possessive adjective (my/his/your…):
This car belongs to me. It's _______________ car.
My brother has just bought this motorbike. It's _______________ motorbike.
Correct answer 1: MY
Correct answer 2: HIS

Plural
Write the plural form:
church -> _______________ study -> _______________
Correct answer 1: CHURCHES
Correct answer 2: STUDIES

There is / There are
Complete with THERE IS or THERE ARE
At home, _______________ a big computer and _______________ two huge armchairs.
Your answer 1 : THIS IS
Correct answer 1: THERE IS
Correct answer 2: THERE ARE

Relative pronouns
Use the correct relative pronoun (WHO or WHICH):
Do you know the girl _______________ is sitting there?
Our dog, _______________ is over there, is called Snoopy.
Correct answer 1: WHO
Correct answer 2: WHICH

Present simple
Use the prsent simple:
She _______________ (catch). He _______________ (try).
Your answer 1 : 'S CATCHING
Correct answer 1: CATCHES
Your answer 2 : IS CRYING
Correct answer 2: TRIES

Adverbs of frequency
Traduisez en anglais ces adverbes de fréquence:
parfois = _______________
souvent = _______________
Your answer 1 : aucune
Correct answer 1: SOMETIMES
Your answer 2 : aucune
Correct answer 2: OFTEN

What time is it?
What time is it? (example du format accepté: it's three past six):
10.20 = It's _______________
07.50 = It's _______________
Correct answer 1: TWENTY PAST TEN
Correct answer 2: TEN TO EIGHT

Cardinal numbers
Write down these numbers:
253 = _______________
2,300 = _______________
Your answer 1 : TWO HUNDRED AND FIVTY THREE
Correct answer 1: TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THREE
Your answer 2 : TWO THOUSAND AND THREE HANDRED
Correct answer 2: TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED

Ordinal numbers
Write down these cardinal numbers:
9th = THE _______________ | 12th = THE _______________
Correct answer 1: NINTH
Your answer 2 : TWELVETH
Correct answer 2: TWELFTH

Dates
Write down these dates:
In 1993 = IN _______________ | In the 80s = IN _______________
Your answer 1 : NINTEEN NINTY THREE
Correct answer 1: NINETEEN NINETY-THREE
Your answer 2 : aucune
Correct answer 2: THE EIGHTIES

Fractions
Write down these fractions:
1/2 = _______________ | 3/4 = _______________
Your answer 1 : HALF ONE
Correct answer 1: ONE HALF
Your answer 2 : THREE QUARTER
Correct answer 2: THREE QUARTERS

Present continuous
Use the present continuous:
she _______________ (write) | they _______________ (stop)
Your answer 1 : 'S WIRTING
Correct answer 1: IS WRITING
Your answer 2 : 'RE STOPPING
Correct answer 2: ARE STOPPING

Present simple or Present Continuous?
Use the present simple OR the present continuous:
Listen! Peter _______________ (play) music!
On Sundays, he _______________ (play) football.
Correct answer 1: IS PLAYING
Your answer 2 : IS PLAY
Correct answer 2: PLAYS

Modals
Choose the correct modal: CAN or MUST.
I _______________ speak English.
I _______________ do my homework.
Correct answer 1: CAN
Correct answer 2: MUST

Pronouns
Choose the correct pronoun: me/him/her/them…
Please send _______________ your essay. I will phone you as soon as I receive it.
Where is your brother? I can't see _______________
Correct answer 1: ME
Correct answer 2: HIM

BE (preterite)
Use the past tense (preterite): BE
She _______________ . They _______________ .
Correct answer 1: WAS
Correct answer 2: WERE

Past simple
Use the past tense (preterite): other verbs
I _______________ (dance). He _______________ (study).
Your answer 1 : WAS DANCING
Correct answer 1: DANCED
Your answer 2 : WAS STUDY
Correct answer 2: STUDIED

Irregular verbs
Irregular verbs (example: DO. Write: DID DONE):
to write _______________
to sleep _______________
Your answer 1 : WROTE
Correct answer 1: WROTE WRITTEN
Your answer 2 : SLEP
Correct answer 2: SLEPT SLEPT

Comparatives
Use comparatives: (+) OR (-):
Tom is _______________ (+ big) than Sandra.
Tom is _______________ (- intelligent) than Peter.
Correct answer 1: BIGGER
Your answer 2 : FOOL
Correct answer 2: LESS INTELLIGENT

Plu-perfect
Use the plu-perfect.
I _______________ (to take) an umbrella.
_______________SHE (sleep) a lot.
Your answer 1 : HAVE TO TAKE
Correct answer 1: HAD TAKEN
Your answer 2 : SLEEP
Correct answer 2: HAD SLEPT

Preterite (continuous form)
Use the preterite continuous: BE + ING:
I _______________ (to sleep) when the phone rang.
They _______________ (to listen) to music when they heard a big noise.
Correct answer 1: WAS SLEEPING
Correct answer 2: WERE LISTENING

Quantifiers
Complete with SOME or ANY.
I want _______________ fruit. Is there _______________ left?
Correct answer 1: SOME
Correct answer 2: ANY

Superlatives
Use superlatives:
I'm _______________ (intelligent) man in the town.
Sandra is _______________ (rich) woman.
Your answer 1 : THE INTELLIGENTEST
Correct answer 1: THE MOST INTELLIGENT
Your answer 2 : RICHEST
Correct answer 2: THE RICHEST

Passive voice
What is the passive voice?:
Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. > _______________
That man is stealing my car! > _______________
Your answer 1 : SHAKESPEARE
Correct answer 1: HAMLET WAS WRITTEN BY SHAKESPEARE.
Your answer 2 : CAR
Correct answer 2: MY CAR IS BEING STOLEN BY THAT MAN!

Present Perfect
Use the present perfect (do not use contracted forms)::
We _______________ (to finish)
She _______________ (to eat)
Your answer 1 : 'RE FINISHING
Correct answer 1: HAVE FINISHED
Your answer 2 : 'S EATING
Correct answer 2: HAS EATEN

Questions
Ask a question about the underlined words::
I have been living in Paris for 5 years. -> _______________
Peter went to London 5 days ago. -> _______________
Your answer 1 : HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVE IN PARIS
Correct answer 1: WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING FOR 5 YEARS
Your answer 2 : WHEN DID PETER GO TO LONDON
Correct answer 2: WHO WENT TO LONDON 5 DAYS AGO

Countables/Uncountables
Countable or Uncountable? Write C if the word is a countable noun. Write U if the word is an Uncountable noun:
table -> _______________
water -> _______________
Correct answer 1: C
Correct answer 2: U

这个测试包含了介词,所有格,复数,代词,现在时,字母组合,数字,序数,时间,分数,现在进行时,情态动词,过去式,不规则动词,比较,过去完成时,过去进行时,可数不可数,被动式,现在完成时,问句等基本得语法。这些语法的名称都不记得了,只能按模糊的记忆对照题目列出来。看看我的答卷,真是汗颜,有些自以为是的采用了缩语,有些问题都没有看明白。学英语到这个程度,算是白活咯,一直以来学英语都不屑记这些语法,有时候,简单的还是要注意的。隆重放出结果:

13 bad
5 ?
12 good
Your score: 9.67 / 20 (29 / 60)
Your level: BEGINNER

OMG, your level is beginner. What a shame!