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, https://quizlet.com/_3oyluy. 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.


My colleague and I decided to improve our English speaking by reading the book 1984 every workday. We start a small reading group, listen the 1984 Audiobook and read aloud. Hope we can finish reading this book in one year.

I will share some interesting things and document what I learned.

How to order adjectives in English

it depicted simply an enormous face more than a metre wide the face of a man of about 45 with a heavy black mustache and ruggedly handsome features

In many languages, adjectives denoting attributes usually occur in a specific order. Generally, the adjective order in English is:

  1. Quantity or number
  2. Quality or opinion
  3. Size
  4. Age
  5. Shape
  6. Color
  7. Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)
  8. Purpose or qualifier

Quizlet

After the first two days, my colleague decided use quizlet (https://quizlet.com/class/5050371/) to document the new words we have learned everyday, however, we didn’t start to use it, because we need do a lot of copy and paste work, lol.

Third person

The flat was seven flights up.

flight: A series of stairs rising from one landing to another.

A flight of stairs is usually defined as an uninterrupted series of stairs. This can mean the set of stairs between floors or the set of stairs between landings. The term is used in many different ways and there’s really no set rule for what can be called a flight of stairs.

The author use third person to describe Winston is living the the seventh floor. In literally, it means that Winston need walk up 7 flights of stairs to go to his home.


Eclipse 2017 has gone for 1 week ago. On my current living place, I can see Partial Solar Eclipses, actually I am not very interested in solar eclipses, when the maximum eclipse happened, that was my lunch time ;). I worked regularly on that day and decided do not to see eclipse.

But I want to share the Ted talk You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse. The most best part of the talk is that the author think ‘duration of experience does not equal impact. One weekend, one conversation – hell, one glance – can change everything. Cherish those moments of deep connection with other people, with the natural world, and make them a priority.’ For other part, his main idea is about respect nature.

Another interesting part of this eclipse is that I relearned Pinhole camera.


The website link of vis.supstat.com is broken, and it seems they don’t have time to fix it now, I made a mirror at yulijia.net/vistat. Hope that can help anyone who want to access the blog.

Thanks to Zeyu Zhang, the broken link is fixed.