The new year will coming in few hours. 2018 will become very important year for me. I became more mature and responsible in the end of 2017. In 2018, I need to decide if I could move to some place to continue my research career or give up it, and find another kind of job (to become a programmer or data scientist again).

I want to focus on few of research fields and study deeply. My personal goal for the coming year is to finish all my previous unfinished personal projects, such as write learn R plot guide, learn more about javascript, write some thing about statistical test (I feel some of my scientist friends don’t know why and how to do hypothesis test). I will keep writing posts on my English blog.

In 2017, my colleague and I didn’t finish reading 1984, I also didn’t have enough time to learn Portuguese, I feel my English speaking and grammar even worse than before lol… But all these things will be better in the coming new year.

I’m switching my blog title from biology to biomedical science.


On this Friday, we begin read chapter 4. In this book, George Orwell use some (dialectal) British words or spellings, for example fro, connexion. I probably can guess the meaning.

I also found there are a lot of cognates between Portuguese and English. That’s the reason, my colleague has a large vocabulary than mine, lol.

We finished the Part I chapter 1 in 10 days! However, we have a lot of new words when reading the book.

In total, the book has 24 chapters, it will cost 240 workdays to finish reading (usually we have 260 workdays per year).

I need use quizlet to take note.

By the meantime, I create a list of similar words with different pronunciation that make me confused, I will keep update it.

I begin learning Portuguese, it is taught by my colleague. Becuase I have a lot of works everyday, the study will be a very long process. Whatever, I like to learn new things :).

I choose the book Portuguese for dummies as my learning material. One of the interesting thing is that my colleague said he find that some pronunciation rules in the book he has been using everyday but has never been realized.

Portuguese English Note
Oi hello  
do homen of man  
da mulher of woman  
obrigado/obrigada thank you  
de nada not at all, You’re welcome Same word, same meaning in Spanish
saude health cheers (toast when drinking); bless you (said to someone who has just sneezed)
foi be  
um one  
dois two  
três three  
quatro four  

I learned a little bit of Diphthongs pronunciation in Protuguese.

Portuguese nouns come in two types: masculine and feminine. Masculine nouns usually end in an -o, and feminine nouns usually end in an -a.