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September to November, 2002
(A "Dog's Breakfast" of Skills)

Going on about "Go" A Lesson from the Word "Go" (Class Notes from November 1, 2002) Try the Quiz on this topic.

1. He does go ON about his troubles, doesn’t he? He goes on and on and on. He talks about his troubles too often, for too long and so other people find him boring. My mother goes on about my eating habits all the time until I want to strangle her.

2. The teacher will go OVER the test with her students today. The teacher is explaining and demonstrating all the answers for the students by going over each question one by one. The boss goes over all the work I must do during the overtime.  Going over a written assignment is something every good student should do by him or herself.

3. The cheese smells bad. Did it go OFF? A Canadian might smell durian and say did it go off? You will answer, "No! it is perfect and ripe and ready to eat."

4. Go AHEAD/ON. I’d like to hear more of your interesting story. Be careful of the difference between "goes on" and "please go on." One is a person who talks too much; the other is a person you want to hear more from.

5. Do you know how to go ABOUT fixing a broken sink? It only means you can do it. It has the idea of following a series of steps. Do you know how to go about making a pizza? First step: make the dough.

6. My son will go OFF/ON to university next year. To "go on" to university means to continue your studies. If someone "goes off" to university, usually it means that person is leaving and going somewhere far way to study. My son plans to go off travelling after high school.

7. The family went OVERBOARD on the wedding presents. They spent too much money! Some parents go overboard on Lunar New Year. I think giving a car to a graduating student is going overboard.

8. He doesn’t want to go INTO it. He would rather forget. To "go into" it is to talk about it. Usually these kinds of things are problems or difficulties. Another meaning of "into it" is to be very excited about it. "I'm into hiking."

9. The team scored the go AHEAD goal near the end of the game. In the World Series, the announcers would talk about the "go ahead" runner is on first base.

10. Did you go ON the Skytrain when you visited Vancouver?

Notes from Class Discussion on Nutrition

Link to The Vitality Quiz (Quiz on Nutrition and Health Facts)

1. What do you usually eat for lunch? If you have children, what do they eat for lunch?

Rice, sandwiches, noodles, leftovers (any food left from last night's meal; the rule is you may only serve one more time). The leftover beef was still very tasty. If you forget some food in your fridge and it goes bad, we call it a "science project." Dumplings, gyoza, won ton.

2. Do you think there is too much "junk food" in most schools? Name some of the foods available to purchase in the hallways of this school.

Yes, of course the schools are full of junk food. Cola companies give money to the school for an exclusive contract. Colas, chocolate bars, cookies, chips, peanuts, candy (lifesavers), water (not junk).

There is junk food and fast food. Pizza is a fast food. Is it bad for you? Usually, pizza is the healthiest fast food. Hamburgers are okay, but sometimes much too large a serving.

Junk food is high in calories and low in nutrition (vitamins). It is also high in fat or salt or sugar. One coke equals 12 teaspoons of sugar.

3. Do you think you have a good understanding of nutrition and healthy foods? If yes, give an example of a fact you know.

One fact the teacher knows is that it is better to eat bigger meals early in the day. The later you eat, the more likely it will go to your waistline or your butt.

4. Do you ever buy something after you have seen an advertisement for food and soft drinks? If, yes, what did you buy?

Yes. At Starbucks, I tried a new cold coffee drink. Most of us are influenced by advertising. We see it, and sometimes we buy things because we see them.

What is the difference between "supper" and "dinner"? In BC it is the same meaning, the late meal of the day. On the prairies and in farm country in Canada, "dinner" is at noon and "supper" is in the evening.

1. How much exercise do you get in a given week?

Most class members do exercise. Some, however, do not. A common reason for no exercise or little exercise is lack of time. [To keep fit requires about 20 minutes vigorous (makes you sweat a little) exercise. Three times every week is enough.]

2. What are the negative effects of a lifetime of no exercise on one's health?

Heart attacks, joint pains, weak muscles, weight gain (affects heart, too), bad circulation, high blood pressure, thinking is less clear, stroke, bad appearance.

3. What do you think would inspire people, especially teenagers, to become more active in their daily lives?

One daughter joined a school team. The parent (the mother) helped her to join the team. Sometimes you need to push. Sometimes you need to be strict.

4. What kind of exercise do you enjoy?

Walking, swimming, Kung Fu, hiking, Pilates.







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