Dec 5th, 2014 by lewissandler
Comet, Probe, Rosetta spacecraft, Philae
The Rosetta probe, which was carrying Philae, launched into space in 2004, using the gravity of Earth and Mars to slingshot its way towards comet 67P.
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Oct 7th, 2014 by lewissandler
Oxymorons can be culturally biased (American history); or two-word
traditional (jumbo shrimp); or one-word (cowboy); or funny (deeply
Oxymoron is also an oxymoron. Listen here to its origin.
From literature: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow"
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Aug 10th, 2014 by lewissandler
As Happy as a Clam; Beating a Dead Horse; Close, But No Cigar; Hissy Fit; My Bad
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Aug 5th, 2014 by lewissandler
William shares a little of his life and studying in China. William must defend his PhD dissertation in Chinese.
What should Chinese students do to study English?
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Jul 19th, 2014 by lewissandler
'Everybody says words different,' said Ivy. 'Arkansas folks says 'em different, and Oklahomy folks says 'em different. And we seen a lady from Massachusetts, an' she said 'em different of all. Couldn't hardly make out what she was sayin'!' "
-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939.
Boston Accent: Park the Car at Harvard Yard, Allergy, Answer, Antenna, Bar, Barber, Better, Gloucester, Cellar
Boston Vocabulary: Signal, Drinking fountain, Remote control, Wicked, Trash can, Soda, Frappe, Milkshake, Fresh, Tubby, Piggies, Hun, Jimmies, Rotary, Pisser
Jun 15th, 2014 by lewissandler
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday , Saturday
Sunday...The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning "sun's day":
Monday...The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, "the moon's day".
Tuesday...This day was named after the Norse god Tyr.
Wednesday...The day named to honor Wodan (Odin).
Thursday...Thee day named after the Norse god Thor. In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag.
Friday...The day in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg.
Saturday...This day was called dies Saturni, "Saturn's Day", by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn. In Anglo-Saxon: sater daeg.
Apr 13th, 2014 by lewissandler
Anime, Cosplay, Manga, Otaku, Lolita
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Mar 2nd, 2014 by lewissandler
Genderqueer, Androgyny, Bigender, Cis (cisgender), Pangender, Transgender
encyclopedia of gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgender, and queer culture
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Feb 14th, 2014 by lewissandler
143, spoice, dope, sweet, wicked
143: I love you from Musiq Soulchild's first album,Aijuswanaseing (I just want to sing) "Left messages on your answering machine About three or four times a day There aren't many more ways in words that I can say So I'll just say numerically from my heart to you - 143." -
spoice: excellent from Sage Kotsenburg American gold medal snowboard winner at Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 9, 2014.
dope: excellent from Dutch doop "thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (cf. dip (v.)) semantic change
sweet: excellent from Old English swete "pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings;
wicked: very from Boston slang (contronym) see podcast 69 org. Old English "wicca"
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Feb 7th, 2014 by lewissandler
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The temple fair (miào huì 庙会) is a kind of social
activity in China. Temple Fairs in China originated around 1000AD when people offered sacrifices to the
village god, which later gradually evolved into a marketplace for people
to exchange products and a place for cultural performance. Temple fairs
in China had a unique status in ordinary people’s life. It is the time
to worship gods, pray for blessings. It is also a great time to have
fun. All the traditional shows went on at temple fairs: talk shows
(xiàng sheng 相声), banner shows (wǔ qí 舞旗), kungfu shows (wǔ shù 武术), and
lion shows (wǔ shī 舞狮).
My video is Grand View Park, a replica of the Beijing Daguanyuan garden 大观园 of an imperial
family novel 红楼梦 "A Dream of Red Mansions” by Qing Dynasty writer
Cao Xueqin (17l5-l763)