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gdpt-
Sep 28, 2011, 03:55 AM
Class Structure:
1) Read paragraph (practice reading & pronunciation)
2) Translate paragraph (interpretation & understanding)
3) Answer paragraph (practice speaking & conversation)
4) Hang up

You have a heart disease and will die in two months. You feel fatigue, experience shortness of breath, and pass out at least twice a week. You spend most of the day in bed. Your doctor can prescribe you a medication that gives you enough energy and strength to live a normal life. Unfortunately, when on the medication, you will only have 2 more weeks to live. You have to make a decision now.


Your door bell rings. On the porch, you see a check for one million dollars and a note: “If you decide to cash or deposit this check, one person unrelated to you will die.” You have just recently graduated from college with student debt of $40,000. You have a sick friend who needs money for surgery. What do you do?


You are very hungry. Your stomach is growling. You need food. You approach a table and you see two dishes. On one dish is a small piece of bacon. You love bacon. The other dish is a huge plate of red beans. You do not like beans. What do you do?


Your friend just opened a Pho restaurant and hired a new chef. The chef is 40 years old with a wife and five kids. You are friends with the chef’s wife. The chef needs the job to support his family. The Chef cooks you a bowl of Pho. You think it’s the worst bowl of Pho you’ve tasted. You want your friend’s restaurant to succeed. If you tell your friend, your friend will fire the chef.

gdpt-
Sep 28, 2011, 04:24 AM
You are a professional writer whose greatest joy is running. You’ve recently found out you have a disease. Your disease will spread very quickly. There are two pills on the market to treat your disease. One pill will cause you to lose your legs. The other pill will cause you to lose your arms. Which pill do you take?


You are a hiring manager at ESE, LLC. You are looking for a qualified individual to hold a grammar class. Your candidate will speak English fluently, has great grammar skills, and knows how to respect others. You have two potential applicants. Person A can speak English really well, is very respectful, but his grammar is only average. Person B has great grammar skills but cannot speak English as well as person A, nor is he respectful. Who do you hire?


Your friend, Jane, is sick. She doesn’t have money to pay for medical costs. You have enough to help her pay for her medical costs. Jane is the kind of person who will probably never pay you back. You are hoping to save up for a house. You have been saving for 10 years. What do you do?

gdpt-
Sep 28, 2011, 04:36 AM
Your dream is to travel the world but you are in poverty. Your rich friend, John, accidentally stabbed someone with your knife. John asks you to take the fall for him. John will pay for all your traveling expenses once you get out of prison. You will be in prison for 10 years. What do you do?

gdpt-
Sep 28, 2011, 06:06 AM
It’s raining, it’s pouring, and your sister is snoring. You cannot sleep with her snoring. She is flying back to Vietnam tomorrow morning and needs to rest. If you wake her up, she will not be able to go back to sleep. It is 1:30AM. You have an important meeting at 7:30AM. Are you going to wake her up?


You are allergic to peas. Every time you swallow a pea, you get sick for 10 days. If you eat a pea, your life expectancy will increase by one month. When you get sick, you lose sleep and the only thing you can eat is porridge. How many peas do you want?


You love food. You live to eat while others eat to live. You have a storage filled with delicious food. A tsunami hits and wipes out all food except for your storage. Everyone is slowly dying from hunger. No one knows you have food. Do you share?

gdpt-
Oct 5, 2011, 03:53 AM
Focus: Pronunciation

In The News, October 4th, 2011

Apple unveiled Tuesday a new iPhone 4S smartphone, which includes new camera and processor but otherwise closely resembles the model the company has been selling for more than a year. Shares were down 3% midday.

Ford reached a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union that would provide members with a $6,000 signing bonus and pledges to hire more union workers and invest in its factories.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has pledged to donate at least $100,000 of profits annually from two Starbucks stores in low-income areas to boost jobs and job-training in those communities.

Real Mex Restaurants, the operator of Chevys Fresh Mex and other Mexican restaurants, Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection and said it plans to sell its assets.

Millions of current and former homeowners will have a chance to get their foreclosure cases examined to see if they should be compensated for banks' mistakes.

Yahoo is preparing to send financial information to potential buyers in the coming days, signaling the Internet company's willingness to run a sale process for all or parts of Yahoo.

Google is finalizing deals with well-known personalities such as Tony Hawk and major media companies to produce original content for its YouTube website.

Despite rampant unemployment, average salary offers for bachelor's degree graduates are 6% higher today than they were a year ago, a new survey shows.

On the heels of a study showing that frequent business travelers are prone to obesity, a gym franchiser is opening locations at truck stops nationwide.

Health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage topping $15,000.

Tumblr has scant revenue and a nascent business model, but the fast-growing blogging service said it raised $85 million in venture capital. The investment values the company at $800 million.

gdpt-
Oct 5, 2011, 03:58 AM
(continue)

Starting a business is a lot like becoming a parent. Not only do you have to prepare for your start-up emotionally and financially, but you have to be committed to its constant needs until it's mature enough to hum along on its own. And even then (much like a child) it will always need you in some capacity, no matter how old it gets.

More public and private school systems are wiring up parent-accessible data-management systems that keep track of schoolwork, grades and attendance. There are opportunities for overuse.


Applications to M.B.A. programs may be down, but the candidate pool is growing more diverse with more women and international applicants rounding out the numbers.

If you're considering a winter getaway, the first two weeks of December are your best -- and cheapest -- bet. Travel is typically much less expensive and crowded during this period because Thanksgiving travel is over, December holiday travel hasn't picked up yet and business travel tends to drop dramatically.


Financial advisers are expanding their business to reach a growing group: recent widows who need help making decisions at a difficult time.

gdpt-
Oct 12, 2011, 01:50 AM
Focus: Pronunciation

In The News, October 11th, 2011

A woman who faked a pregnancy and panicked as her supposed due date grew near attacked a pregnant mother with a baseball bat and cut her full-term fetus from her womb, killing the mother and baby, according to court documents filed Monday.


Netflix is dropping its plan to split its movie-streaming business and DVD-by-mail service into two websites. It is sticking by its pricing plan, though.


Credit terms stopped easing for many big U.S. investors during the summer, when tumultuous talks to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and Europe's ongoing financial troubles unsettled markets, a Fed survey showed.


Many companies identify top talent, but they often fail to formally inform those "high potential" employees that they're considered as such.


Apple has dropped the price of its cheapest iPhone to $0, hoping to score with price-conscious consumers who have tended to favor phones based on Google's Android software, while makers of Android phones are starting to aggressively pursue business customers, which have flocked to the iPhone.


Retailers have found an interesting characteristic of consumers who browse their websites using tablets: They're much more likely to pull the trigger on purchases than other online shoppers.


Companies in industries that rely heavily on hourly or low-wage workers, such as manufacturing, retail, food service, hospitality, health care and call centers, are exploring ways to provide more scheduling flexibility and control to a group that has rarely been offered such workplace benefits.


A new generation of ultra-thin airplane seats creates extra inches of space for passengers while allowing carriers to add more seats.


Despite all the pink ribbons and billions spent on breast-cancer research, there is surprisingly little understanding of the physical, social and emotional effects long after a patient is considered cured.


Multivitamins and many other dietary supplements provide little benefit for most people and may be harmful, according to researchers behind a large new study.


More public and private school systems are wiring up parent-accessible data-management systems that keep track of schoolwork, grades and attendance. There are opportunities for overuse.


As physical book sales fall, publishers' fixed costs are becoming more cumbersome. One area major publishers can cushion the blow is by keeping e-book prices higher.


The U.S. government obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google and a small Internet provider to turn over data from the email of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum.


Technologies used by law enforcement to track people's locations, often without a search warrant, are driving a constitutional debate about whether the Fourth Amendment is keeping with the times.


Major websites such as MSN.com and Hulu.com have been tracking people's online activities using powerful new methods that are almost impossible for computer users to detect, new research shows.


Facebook said it would roll out new controls for sharing personal information, giving the social network's more than 750 million users new tools to manage who can see information about them—and moving Facebook's rivalry with Google to a new front: privacy.


Apple is advising software developers to stop using a feature in software for its iPhones and iPads that has been linked to privacy concerns, a move that would also take away a widely used tool for tracking users and their behavior.


Cellphones that collect people's locations are only the tip of the iceberg: Auto makers, insurance companies and even shopping malls are experimenting with new ways to use this kind of data.


Google and Apple collect and store information about the location of personal computers, as well as mobile devices, disclosures that may heighten concerns about online privacy and the scope of the data collected by tech companies.

gdpt-
Oct 12, 2011, 02:01 AM
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After years of experimenting with drop-down televisions and expensive seat-back monitors, airlines are looking to entertain passengers on the screens the travelers bring with them, using Wi-Fi.

General Mills says it has made progress in reducing sugar levels in many of its cereals. But it acknowledges hurdles with kid appeal -- and how long cereal stays afloat in milk.

Asian state-backed energy companies are stepping in to buy western oil, gas and mining companies which have been beaten down during the recent market selloff. Average transaction sizes involving Asian buyers are creeping up.

gdpt-
Oct 19, 2011, 02:34 AM
Quick glance at what's In The News, October 18th, 2011

The world's first vaccine against malaria has proven partially effective at protecting children from the disease in the first large study and could be ready for use by 2015.

U.S. wholesale prices rose sharply last month on the back of higher costs for gasoline, food and household detergents, pointing to continued inflation pressures in the production pipeline.

Companies are moving beyond the suggestion box—think "ideas kiosks" and American Idol style votes—to encourage more employees to submit ideas for everything from money-saving strategies to product design.

Younger workers tend to be happier with their employers than their older counterparts—but they are also more likely to be looking for an exit, a new study says.

Like to push your point of view and challenge conventional thinking? If so, consider a career in high-end business sales in the near future. Or are you more the type to look for solutions to problems before and after a sale has been made? In that case, you might want to consider a job at a luxury car dealership.

As the virtual workplace becomes more common, companies and managers are rewriting the rules of collaboration and devising new ways to make isolated employees feel connected.

Companies are embracing elements of videogames such as rewarding points for completing tasks on time to make management training, data entry and even brainstorming seems less like work.

Apple said it sold more than four million of its iPhone 4S smartphones in the first three days of sales, the most ever for any iPhone launch.

Yahoo's core advertising business is weakening -- the company in some cases has cut prices 5% to 15% -- a complication as Yahoo shops itself to potential buyers.

Google is creating an online music store to compete with Apple and Amazon.com, though it may open the service without rights to sell songs from many big record labels, according to people familiar with the matter.

Busy families struggle to coordinate schedules among the many devices and apps they have. Yet, no single program unites all of these calendars in one place.

Coca-Cola reported an 8.1% rise in earnings as shipments grew. But the beverage giant now projects commodity costs rising $800 million this year, up about $100 million from its prior estimates.

Banks and a growing number of hedge funds are handing over management of their currency options risks to computers, a possible sign that banks are finding it difficult to make money exchanging currency for clients.

Houses are more affordable than they've been in decades—and in many markets, a better investment than stocks and bonds.