Change a few habits and improve your grades


[Chelsea & Brandon]


4. Keep Track of Assignments.

Our source says that the best way to do this is to use a homework planner. This planner should include not only your day-to-day assignments, but also a schedule for longer-term projects. In other words, if you have a research paper due in three weeks, you should write down when you need to have all your books and materials, when your notes should be done, when the first draft should be completed, etc. This prevents those nasty “surprises” when you suddenly have to write a whole paper in one evening.

5. Watch your Language.

Like, it helps to have a dictionary and thesaurus handy (close by), y’know? Dude, they even have these things on the internet now. (See Encarta’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.) What’s another word for “brilliant”?

6. Ask, Ask, Ask.

Our teacher writes: “It’s important for every student to ask the teacher at least one question each week – and asking to go to the bathroom doesn’t count. It can be as simple as, ‘How am I doing in your class?’ If that’s too scary, you can take in a paper and have the teacher check over it. This makes a world of difference in making a student-teacher connection.”


[Traditional Chinese Translation]

[More Information]


[Ashley & Ken]

A: (on the phone) Watch your language, young man? I told you there is no cellphone in our lost and found. Bye.
K: Ashley, what was that all about?
A: This high school kid insisted he had misplaced his cellphone in the library. When I told him there is no cellphone here, he started
K: Wow. So, how did you respond?
A: I told him to watch his language.
K: Watch his language? I don’t get it. Language is invisible.
A: No, Ken. When you say to someone watch your language or
watch your mouth you’re telling them to pay attention to what they’re saying. Don’t say anything rude.
K: Oh, so language refers to bad language.
A: Right, or foul language.
K: Hey, Ashley. I heard somebody say pardon my French the other day but he wasn’t even speaking French.
A: He must have been swearing if he said pardon my French. People often say
pardon my French or excuse my French when they want to apologize for saying an impolite word.
K: Oh, I see. What about speak the same language? Last night on TV somebody said now we’re speaking the same language. But they were speaking English all along.
A: That’s another idiomatic expression. If two people have similar ideas or tastes then we can say they speak the same language.
K: So, they share a bond.
A: Exactly.
K: Hey, it that a cellphone on the floor?
A: Where?
K: here.
A; Oh, I bet that’s the one the kid looking for. Well, I better give him a call.
K: Watch your language.
A: (laugh) I will.

Watch your language不是說叫你看你的語言,通常是叫人家注意語言,也就是不要罵人、不要說髒話。因此,髒話或者「三字經」的英文就叫做bad languagefoul language。如果有時候不小心說了髒話我們可以說Pardon my French。字面上是請你原諒我的法文,其實意思就是我對我講的粗話道歉。另一個跟language相關的短語是speak the same language。字面上是說同樣的語言,意思就是兩個人之間有共同的想法或者喜好。


Like, it helps to have a dictionary and thesaurus handy, y’know?
like          filler word (grammatically unnecessary)
My friends think that the movie is, like, funny.
y’know  =  you know    (you see     or    you understand, right?)
Whenever I’m on a hike, a nice barbecue just sounds really good, y’know?




planner (n) 記事簿,規劃簿
Elizabeth uses a weekly planner to help her organize her schedule.
My 2010 planner
is made out of recycled materials.
nasty (adj)
The nasty cut needs to be stitched.
Patrick has a nasty habit of
talking about people behind their backs.
A nasty snowstorm ruined the crops in the area.
thesaurus (n)
This pocket-sized electronic thesaurus really
comes in handy when you travel.
Using a thesaurus can help you write with more vocabulary.



Keep Track of 記錄

thesaurus   /θɪˈsɔːrəs/ DJ   /θɪ‘sɔrəs/ KK

1.      a book that is like a dictionary, but in which the words are arranged in groups that have similar meanings 分類詞典;同義詞詞典 noun


brilliant   /ˈbrɪliənt/ DJ   /’brɪljənt/ KK

  • adjective

1.      extremely clever or impressive 巧妙的;使人印象深的

2.      very successful 很成功的

3.      very good; excellent 很好的;傑出的 British English spoken





swear   /sweə(r)/ DJ   /swer/ DJ US   /swɛr/ KK US

  • verb
    • Irregular: 

swore   /swɔː(r)/ DJ   /swɔr/ KK;   sworn   /swɔːn/ DJ   /swɔːrn/ DJ, US   /swɔrn/ KK, US

2.      to use rude or offensive language, usually because you are angry 咒罵;詛咒;說髒話 V~ (at sb/sth)

      • She fell over and swore loudly. 她摔倒了,大罵了一聲。
      • I don’t like to hear children swearing. 我聽不得小孩子說髒話。
      • Why did you let him swear at you like that? 你怎麼讓他那麼罵你呢?



planner (n) 記事本
nasty (adj)
procrastinate (v)
延遲,耽擱    (put things off)
thesaurus (n)
make a world of difference


planner, first draft, nasty surprise, thesaurus, handy, brilliant, foul, Pardon my French, lost-and-found, watch your mouth, pardon my French, excuse my French, foul, recycled material, comes in handy

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