February 1st, 2021

Business Lessons:

Agriculture: My grandparents worked in agriculture. They grew rice and other vegetables.

Deeply embroiled: Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.

  • The CEO became embroiled in a dispute between two suppliers.

Come from a long line of: having a history of something in your family 

  • I come from a long line of engineers. Engineering is in my blood.

Can’t hear vs Can’t understand

  • I listened to the recording but I couldn’t hear it.
  • I listened to the recording but I couldn’t understand what they were saying.

Obstacle: a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress

  • There are so many obstacles preventing us from moving ahead in business these days.

Conversation Lessons:

The woman from the United States was living in Paris to learn the language.

Stop by / Drop off: to visit someone briefly / to delivery someone or something to a place.

  • She stopped by the school to drop off her homework.

Prescriptions: medicine prescribe by a doctor.

OTC: Over the Counter Medicine. I pack my preferred brands of OTC when traveling overseas. For example, head ache and stomachache medicine

  • We had a few minutes of snow flurries this morning.
  • An old lady offered her a seat next to her.

Confusing to Students:

Stop over vs Stopover:

Stop over (V): a break in a journey

  • I will stop over your house on the way home from the mall.

Stopover (N):  to stay at a place for one night or a few nights on the way to somewhere else or before

                        returning home

  • I had a stopover in Paris for two nights.

Tilt vs Lean: As verbs the difference is that:

TILT is to slope or incline (something); to slant

  • He had to tilt the barrel to pour out its contents.

LEAN is to incline, deviate, or bend, form a vertical position.

  • Due to poor construction, the tower started to lean to one side.

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