USC speech

April 30, 2008

Final drafts for speech #1

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 6:02 am

 

As I mentioned in class, this is the new schedule for turning in your final draft of this term’s first speech (about “living well”):

 

If you turn it in by… : Late penalty

April 29 (Tue) : 0%

May 2 (Fri) : 10%

May 6 (Tue) : 20%

May 9 (Fri) : 30%

May 13 (Tue) : 40%

etc

 

If you turned in your final draft by the original deadline (April 25), you will get a 10% bonus on your grade for this speech.

 

Expert opinions about learning English

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 6:01 am

 

Have you ever received any especially good advice about learning English? If so, what? If not, how did you come to have your current approach for learning English? When you have a question about learning English who, if anyone, do you ask?

 

 

accurate : correct, exact and without any mistakes  • attitude : a feeling or opinion about something or someone, or a way of behaving that is caused by this  • communicate : to share information with others by speaking, writing, moving your body or using other signals  • comprehension : the ability to understand completely and be aware of a situation, facts, etc  • consultant : someone who advises people on a particular subject  • contrasting : very different  • demand : to ask for something forcefully, in a way that shows that a refusal is not expected  • distinguish : to notice or understand the difference between two things  • encourage : to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen  • environment : the conditions that you live or work in and the way that they influence how you feel or how effectively you can work  • expert : a person with a high level of knowledge or skill; a specialist  • express : to show a feeling, opinion or fact  • factor : a fact or situation which influences the result of something  • focus : the main or central point of something, especially of attention or interest  • force : to make something happen or make someone do something difficult, unpleasant or unusual, especially by threatening or not offering the possibility of choice  • goal : an aim or purpose  • ideal : without fault; perfect, or the best possible  • infant : a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk  • influence : to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves or thinks  • long-term : a long period of time  • minimize : to reduce something to the least possible level or amount  • native speaker : someone who has spoken a particular language since they were a baby, rather than having learned it as a child or adult  • predict : to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience  • proficient : skilled and experienced  • source : the place something comes from or starts at  • unpleasant : not enjoyable

 

 

 

 

1 It’s a good idea for Taiwanese mothers to speak only English to their infants.

 

If you have a baby, how and when will you teach him or her English, if at all? If you were living in an English-speaking country and had children, would you teach your children Chinese? Why or why not? How about Taiwanese (if you yourself can speak it)? When and how did you begin learning English? How were your first experiences with English? What was your parents’ attitude about your learning English when you were growing up? Did they encourage you to do it, force you to do it, or not really care? Do you think this was the right attitude?

 

 

 

 

2 When listening to English, you should try to distinguish each word that is used.

 

When listening to English, do you try to distinguish each word that is used? What types of things in English do you listen to on your own? What do you do when you hear words whose meaning you don’t know? Can you think of any other good advice for improving English listening comprehension?

 

 

 

 

3 A high-pressure classroom environment, while unpleasant, is better for improving students’ English over the long term.

 

Do you think you learn better in a high-pressure classroom environment? If so, would you like this class to be more highly pressured? Were the English classes you have taken before this one very high-pressure? Could you describe what you think is the ideal classroom environment for learning English?

 

 

 

4 A language teacher’s focus should be on encouraging communication rather than demanding accuracy.

 

Were most of the English classes you have taken before this one focused on communication or accuracy? Is there anything else that you think English classes should be focused on?

 

 

 

 

5 Public schools in Taiwan should use American-style teaching methods and more foreign teachers for their English classes.

 

What do you think are the biggest differences between American-style teaching methods and Taiwanese-style teaching methods? What other ideas do you have for improving English education in Taiwan?

 

 

 

 

6 You can’t improve your writing unless someone corrects your mistakes.

 

Is writing well in English very important to you? Why or why not? How about writing well in Chinese? What sorts of things do you write in English? How much reading do you do in English? What do you usually read? Do you have any other suggestions for improving writing in English?

 

 

 

 

7 The main reason grammar is taught is that it’s the most important factor in how well you can communicate in English.

 

What do you think is the best way to improve your grammar in English? How good is your grammar in Chinese? How did you learn to use correct grammar in Chinese? How important do you think correct grammar is for communicating in English? Do you think there are any other things that are more important—for example, pronunciation, vocabulary, etc?

 

 

 

 

8 Women generally learn foreign languages more quickly and to a higher level of proficiency than men do.

 

Is your opinion different from what you predict the expert’s opinion is? If so, why? Do you know anybody who is good at learning foreign languages very quickly? If so, why do you think this person is able to do this? How good do you think you are learning foreign languages? Besides English, what foreign languages have you studied? Could you compare your experience with learning them and learning English?

 

 

 

 

9 With the right study methods, it is possible for adult learners to learn to speak English exactly like native speakers.

 

Is your opinion different from what you predict the expert’s opinion is? If so, why? If you could never speak or write English like a native speaker, would it make you upset? Why or why not? When you speak English, are you generally “translating from Chinese”? What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break such a habit? Do you have any suggestions for minimizing the influence of Chinese when you speak English? Do you have a final goal for how good you would like your English to become?

 

 

 

 

1 : LG Alexander disagrees : Mothers communicating naturally is more important than teaching English to their infants.  • 2 : LG Alexander disagrees : When listening to English, you should try to listen for meaning as a whole, not individual words.  • 3 : Stephen Krashen disagrees : A high-pressure classroom environment is only good for short-term learning, and then only for tests.  • 4 : Stephen Krashen agrees : A language teacher’s focus should be on encouraging communication rather than demanding accuracy.  • 5 : Japanese consultant agrees : Public schools in Taiwan should use American-style teaching methods and more foreign teachers for their English classes.  • 6 : LG Alexander disagrees : You can improve your writing through reading.  • 7 : LG Alexander disagrees : The main reason that grammar is taught is that students want to know about it.  • 8 : Paul Meara agrees : Women generally learn foreign languages more quickly and to a higher level of proficiency than do men.  • 9 : LG Alexander disagrees : To learn to speak English exactly like native speakers, you must be in effect a native speaker, mastering the language at an early age. 

 

Experts : LG Alexander, author of many books for learners of English  • Stephen Krashen, foreign language education researcher  • Japanese consultant to the government on English education  • Paul Meara, second-language acquisition researcher

 

 

April 22, 2008

Worst jobs in science

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 9:12 am

 

artificial : made by people, often as a copy of something natural  • bench : a long, usually hard, seat for two or more people, often found in public places, or a long table for working on  • coat : to cover something with a layer of a particular substance  • close call : when you come extremely close to a dangerous or unpleasant situation or only just manage to avoid it  • conceal : to prevent something from being seen or known about; to hide something  • injured : hurt or physically harmed  • insert : to put something inside something else, or to add something, especially words, to something else  • lubricant : a liquid such as oil which is used to make the parts of an engine move easily together, or a substance put on any surface to help it move more easily against another one  • manual : done with the hands  • nominate : to officially suggest someone for an election, job, position or honor  • qualification : an ability, characteristic or experience that makes you suitable for a particular job or activity  • retiree : a person who has stopped working  • rubber : an elastic substance made either from the juice of particular tropical trees or artificially  • sample : a small amount of a substance that a doctor or scientist collects in order to examine it  • shift : a group of workers who do a job for a period of time during the day or night, or the period of time itself  • stimulus : something that causes growth or activity  • store : to put or keep things in a special place for use in the future  • technician : a worker trained with special skills, especially in science or engineering  • tube :  a long thin container made of soft metal or plastic, which is closed at one end and has a small hole at the other, usually with a cover, and which is used for storing thick liquids 

 

 

 

 

JOB A : Scientists who need animal sperm use masturbation—with either an artificial vagina (AV) or a hand. The AV—a large rubber tube coated with warm lubricant —is mostly used to get sperm from bulls. When a randy bull mounts a cow, a brave technician, AV in hand, places himself between the two and redirects the bull’s penis into the AV, which he must then hold tight until the bull ejaculates. Everyone who’s done this job has had at least one close call from an angry bull, and more than a few have been seriously injured. The much safer manual technique is used mostly with pigs, which are trained from an early age to mount a small bench while the researcher reaches around with a hand and provides the right kind of “stimulus”. The best job? We nominate the pig. 

sperm : 精子  • masturbation : 手淫  • vagina : 陰道  • bull : 公牛  • randy : 好色的  • cow : 母牛  • penis : 陰莖  • ejaculate : 射精  • mount : 爬上

 

 

 

 

JOB B : Click … click … click. Mostly retirees, fish counters work for eight-hour shifts, April to October, watching fish swim up fish ladders built on large dams. When a fish counter sees a fish, she pushes a button. Click. When she sees two fish, she pushes the button twice. Click. Click. Here’s the exciting part: There are different buttons for different kinds of fish! Fish counts determine how many fish people are allowed to legally catch, and this system is one reason for the record number of salmon in the past couple of years. That, in turn, is good news for the fish counters, who can push 300 buttons an hour these days. “It is more exciting on a good day,” explains fish counter Marty Schluterbush.

fish ladder : 魚梯  • dam : 水壩  • record number : 最高記錄  • salmon : 鮭魚

 

 

 

 

JOB C : Gastroenterologist Michael Levitt recently paid two persons to repeatedly smell the odors of other people’s farts. (Levitt refuses to say how much they were paid, but it would seem best to describe it this way: Not enough!) Sixteen healthy people ate large amounts of fart-producing beans and inserted small collection tubes into their anuses. Levitt carefully stored the gas from each fart. The odor judges then sat down with at least 100 samples, opened them one at a time, and inhaled deeply. They then had to rate just how bad the smell was. Levitt explains that doctors have never studied farts, even though their smell can be an important sign of disease. 

gastroenterologist : 腸胃科醫生  • odor : 氣味  • fart :   • anus : 肛門  • inhale : 吸入

 

 

 

 

ANIMAL MASTURBATOR : Scientists who need animal sperm use masturbation—with either an artificial vagina (AV) or a hand. The AV—a large rubber tube coated with warm lubricant —is mostly used to get sperm from bulls. When a randy bull mounts a cow, a brave technician, AV in hand, places himself between the two and redirects the bull’s penis into the AV, which he must then hold tight until the bull ejaculates. Everyone who’s done this job has had at least one close call from an angry bull, and more than a few have been seriously injured. The much safer “by hand” technique is used mostly with pigs, which are trained from an early age to mount a small bench while the researcher reaches around with a hand and provides the right kind of “stimulus”. The best job? We nominate the pig. 

If you lost your current job and had the opportunity to take this job at the same pay, would you? If not, why not? Would you prefer to do the work involving the bull or the pig? Why? If you had the opportunity to be a sperm or egg donor, would you? If not, why not? Would it matter for what purpose your sperm or egg would be used?

 

 

 

 

FISH COUNTER : Click … click … click. Mostly retirees, fish counters work for eight-hour shifts, April to October, watching fish swim up fish ladders built on large dams. When a fish counter sees a fish, she pushes a button. Click. When she sees two fish, she pushes the button twice. Click. Click. Here’s the exciting part: There are different buttons for different kinds of fish! Fish counts determine how many fish people are allowed to legally catch, and this system is one reason for the record number of salmon in the past couple of years. That, in turn, is good news for the fish counters, who can push 300 buttons an hour these days. “It is more exciting on a good day,” explains fish counter Marty Schluterbush.

 

Would you be interested in this job if the pay or benefits were extremely good? Do you think this job would be very boring for you, or do you think you might enjoy it? How boring would you say your current job is? What is the most boring task you have to do? Have you had, or do you know of, any jobs that you think would be more boring than fish counter?

 

 

 

 

FART ODOR JUDGE : Gastroenterologist Michael Levitt recently paid two persons to repeatedly smell the odors of other people’s farts. (Levitt refuses to say how much they were paid, but it would seem best to describe it this way: Not enough!) Sixteen healthy people ate large amounts of fart-producing beans and inserted small collection tubes into their anuses. Levitt carefully stored the gas from each fart. The odor judges then sat down with at least 100 samples, opened them one at a time, and inhaled deeply. They then had to rate just how bad the smell was. Levitt explains that doctors have never studied farts, even though their smell can be an important sign of disease. 

How much money would you demand to work as a fart odor judge? Would you agree to be the fart producer if a friend of yours were doing the research and needed volunteers? If not, would you agree if a significant amount of money were offered? Are there any foods that cause flatulence for you? If so, do you try to avoid these foods? Do you fart in front of other members of your family? Your friends? Anyone else? Have you ever had a memorable experience that involved farting?

 

 

 

 

Which of the three jobs do you think would be worst? How would you rank them? Can you think of any jobs that are even worse than these? What is the worst job that you have ever had?

 

 

 

April 15, 2008

FLAG test

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 1:42 pm

 

What is your current job? How suitable do you think you are for this job? What jobs do you think you are better suited for? Why do you think so? What qualifications do you think are required to do your job? How qualified are you for your job? If you could choose, would you choose your current job? Why or why not? Besides your current job, what others do you think you would be good at?

advocate : somebody who publicly supports or suggests an idea, development or way of doing something  • admit : to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly  • aggressive : determined to win or succeed and using forceful action to achieve victory or success  • apologize : to tell someone that you are sorry for having done something that has caused them inconvenience or unhappiness  • approving : showing that you have a positive opinion about something or someone  • beneficial : having a helpful or good effect, or describing something intended to help  • calm : peaceful and quiet; without hurried movement, anxiety or noise  • campaigner : a person who takes part in organized activities which are intended to change something in society  • challenging : difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination  • current : of the present time  • debate : serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part  • entrepreneur : someone who starts their own business, especially when this involves risks  • dissent : strong difference of opinion on a particular subject; disagreement, especially about an official suggestion or plan or a popular belief  • factual : using or consisting of facts [=something which is known to have happened or to exist, especially something for which proof exists, or about which there is information] • force : to make something happen or make someone do something difficult, unpleasant or unusual, especially by threatening or not offering the possibility of choice  • free agent : someone whose actions are not limited or controlled by anyone else  • independent : not influenced or controlled in any way by other people, events or things  • lively : having or showing a lot of energy and enthusiasm, or showing interesting and exciting thought  • loner : a person who likes to do things on their own without other people  • make up with somebody : to forgive someone and be friendly with them again after an argument or disagreement  • more or less : mostly  • oriented : showing the direction in which something is aimed  • pass something on : to tell someone something that another person has told you  • passive : not acting to influence or change a situation; allowing other people to be in control  • personal : relating or belonging to a single or particular person rather than to a group or an organization  • project : a piece of planned work or an activity which is completed over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular aim  • required : to be needed or necessary  • rolling stone : a person who is always traveling and changing jobs  • sensitive : understanding what other people need, and being helpful and kind to them  • task : a piece of work to be done, especially one done regularly, unwillingly or with difficulty  • tend : to be likely to behave in a particular way or have a particular characteristic  • worthwhile : useful, important or beneficial enough to be a suitable reward for the money or time spent or the effort made

 

 

 

 

01 Do you generally like to work on your own and in your own way?

 

Why? In your present job or studies, do you generally work independently, or in a group? How would you describe your style of working or studying in general? What “tricks” do you have for working or studying more effectively?

 

 

 

 

02 Do you often worry about minor mistakes you’ve made?

 

Do the mistakes you make when speaking English bother you? Do you think you make mistakes in speaking or writing Chinese? If so, do they bother you? Have you ever made a serious mistake at work? If so, what happened?

 

 

 

 

03 Is it easy for you to get started with a task even if it is likely to be challenging and unpleasant?

 

What is the most challenging task you have ever faced at work or during your studies? Do your personal projects tend to be very challenging? How do you force yourself to do something that you should do but don’t particularly want to do?

 

04 Even if everyone else disagrees with you, do you still say what you think?

 

In what areas do your opinions most often differ from those of your friends, family, or co-workers? How often do you get into debates with other people? Do you enjoy doing so?  How do you decide in what situations you should express dissent and when you should simply keep silent, or even pretend to agree?

 

 

 

 

05 Do you prefer someone else to be the leader?

 

If so, why? If not, why not? Have you ever been the leader of a large group? When you do play the role of leader within a group, how good are you at it?

 

 

 

 

06 Do you frequently find it difficult to admit that you may be wrong?

 

Do you have more difficulty admitting that you’re wrong to certain people? If so, why? Have you ever refused to admit you were wrong, even though you knew you were? What other things do you find it difficult to admit?

 

 

 

 

07 Do you think that you work best in a team?

 

When you work on a team, what role do you most often play—for example, its leader? How much teamwork is required in your current job or studies?

 

 

 

 

08 Are you quick to try exciting new things?

 

What types of new things do you most enjoy trying—for example, food or music? What are some of the new things you have tried recently? If you had a choice of doing that you know you like and something you haven’t tried, which would you be more likely to choose?

 

 

 

 

09 Are you confident in most situations?

 

In what areas are you most confident? In what areas are you least confident? Overall, do you think you are confident enough? Has there ever been a time that you got into trouble because you were overconfident?

 

 

 

 

10 Do you think the best thing about having a secret is being able to pass it on?

 

How good are you at keeping secrets? Whom do you most often share secrets with? Do these secrets include those about yourself? Do you have any personal secrets that you would never share with anyone? If so, why?

 

11 Do you quickly make up with someone you’ve argued with?

 

What was the last time you had a major argument? Are you generally the first person to apologize after an argument? Would you ever apologize even if you did not believe you were in the wrong?

 

 

 

 

12 Are you more or less happy with yourself as you are?

 

What about yourself are you most satisfied with? Have you always had this quality, or did you work hard to develop it? What about yourself, if anything, are you dissatisfied with?

 

 

 

 

Result Personality Type Personality Characteristics Suggested Jobs
FLAG Politician factual, lively, aggressive, group-oriented advertising executive, real estate agent, managing director, politician, public relations director, senior administrator, coach
FLAI Entrepreneur factual, lively, aggressive, independent agent (import/export), buyer, marketing director, market trader, property developer, publisher, self-employed businessperson
FLPG Assistant factual, lively, passive, group-oriented bartender, dental assistant, flight attendant, hairdresser, masseur/masseuse, receptionist, secretary
FCAG Manager factual, calm, aggressive, group-oriented military officer, bank manager, general manager, hotel manager, factory manager, store manager, transport manager
SLAG Campaigner sensitive, lively, aggressive, group-oriented beautician, civil rights worker, journalist, public relations executive, speech or drama teacher, teacher, union representative
FLPI Free Agent factual, lively, passive, independent bus conductor, chef, chimney sweep, dietitian, interpreter, mechanic, paramedic, traffic police officer, surgeon
FCPG Provider factual, calm, passive, group-oriented soldier, cashier, fireman, guard, sailor, nurse, police officer, manual laborer
SCAG Teacher sensitive, calm, aggressive, group-oriented doctor, psychologist, social worker, counselor, training officer
SLAI Artist sensitive, lively, aggressive, independent architect, artist, author, dancer, interior designer, musician, sculptor
FCAI Advocate factual, calm, aggressive, independent lawyer, customs officer, dentist, detective
SLPG Helping Hand sensitive, lively, passive, group-oriented cook, marketing assistant, nursery nurse, receptionist, retail assistant, stage-hand, waiter/waitress
FCPI Specialist factual, calm, passive, independent accountant, auditor, diver, driver, engineer, insurance agent, referee, scientist, systems analyst, technician
SLPI Rolling Stone sensitive, lively, passive, independent bartender, dancer, disc jockey, entertainer, model, porter, production worker, store clerk, waiter/waitress
SCAI Adviser sensitive, calm, aggressive, independent analyst, consultant, librarian, social scientist, training officer
SCPG Supporter sensitive, calm, passive, group-oriented counselor, nurse, nursery school teacher, remedial teacher, social worker, therapist
SCPI Loner sensitive, calm, passive, independent gardener, curator, dressmaker/tailor, farm worker, historian, potter, craftsman

 

Do you think the personality characteristics shown for your result really describe you accurately? Which of the suggested jobs for your personality type most appeals to you? Which do not? Have you ever done any of the suggested jobs, or any similar ones? If so, what did you think about the job? What other jobs do you think you would be suited for? Why?

 

 

 

April 13, 2008

How honest are you…really?

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 12:36 am

 

advertisement : a picture, short film, song, etc. which tries to persuade people to buy a product or service  • affair : a sexual relationship, especially a secret one  • bank passbook : a small book that is used to officially record how much money is in a customer’s bank account  • cashier : a person whose job is to receive and pay out money in a shop, bank, restaurant, etc  • catch someone red-handed : to discover someone while they are in the act of doing something bad or illegal  • check out : to leave a hotel after paying and returning your room key  • colleague : one of a group of people who work together  • crime : an illegal act  • deposit : to pay someone a sum of money when you make an agreement with them to pay for or buy something, which either will be returned to you later, if the agreed arrangement is kept, or which forms part of the total payment  • drivers license : official permission for someone to drive a car, received after passing a driving test, or a document showing this  • extra : additional  • make a difference : change a given situation  • qualified : having finished a training course, or having particular skills, etc  • report : to make a complaint to a person in authority about something or someone  • résumé : a short statement of the important details of something  • shoplift : to illegally takes goods from a shop without paying for them  • skill : an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practiced it  • sneak a peek : to look at something for a short time while trying to avoid being seen  • speed : to be driving faster than you are legally allowed to do  • spouse : a person’s husband or wife  • steal : to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner and keep it  • take a day off : to spend a day away from work at your own request  • valuable : worth a lot of money  • wallet : a small folding case for carrying paper money, credit cards and other flat objects, used especially by men

 

 

 

 

01 You are buying something at a store. The cashier gives you back too much change. Do you give back the extra?

 

Does it make any difference how much extra the cashier gives you? Have you ever gotten back too much change for something that you bought? What happened and what did you do?

 

 

 

 

02 You are walking along the street and find a wallet with NT$10,000 inside, along with the address and phone number of the owner. Do you return everything?

 

Have you ever found a lot of money? What did you do? Have you ever lost money or anything valuable? Were you able to get it back?

 

 

 

 

03 You are shopping at a department store when you see someone trying to shoplift. Do you report it?

 

If you wouldn’t report it, why not? If you would probably report it, are there any crimes that you would probably not report? If you probably do not report it, are there any crimes that you would report? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever had anything of yours stolen?

 

 

 

 

04 You are having dinner in a romantic restaurant. You see the spouse of a good friend come in with an attractive stranger of the opposite sex. Do you tell your friend?

 

If you would tell your friend, would you call right then so your friend could come and catch his or her spouse red-handed? Would your answer be different if you only saw the friend’s spouse and the stranger at a fast food restaurant? How about if you saw them going into a hotel together? If your own spouse were having an affair, would you want to know about it?

 

05 You are driving late at night. You are speeding, and run a stop sign when you crash into another car. Because you were in two other traffic accidents recently, this accident may cause you to lose your driver’s license. Do you lie to the police about the reason for the accident to make it seem that it was not your fault?

 

If you would lie, how might you explain the accident? Would you blame the other driver? If you wouldnt lie, why not? Do you have a driver’s license? How good a driver are you? Have you ever been in a traffic accident?

 

 

 

 

06 You are looking for a job, and you find one that you are interested in. Unfortunately, you dont have all the skills that the company lists as needed for the job. Do you change your résumé to make yourself look qualified if you think it will be easy to learn the skills that you dont have?

 

What skills are needed to do your job now well? If you were asked to describe how good your English were in your résumé, what would you write? How qualified are you for your job now? What other jobs do you believe that you are qualified to do?

 

 

 

 

07 You are going back to your office after buying a snack for yourself and a colleague from a truck that stops in front of your office building in the afternoon. But then you drop one. The snack truck has already left. Do you eat the snack and tell your colleague that you were too late to buy any snacks?

 

If so, what would you say if the colleague said she saw what happened? If not, what would you do if your colleague were the one who bought the snacks and you caught her lying? Do you have any favorite snacks that you can buy near your place of work or your home? Will you bring Max this snack next class? (Please be careful not to drop it!)

 

 

 

 

08 You are walking past the desk of a colleague who is taking a day off. You discover that he left his bank passbook on his desk. Do you sneak a peek?

 

Do you know how much money anybody has in their bank account? How did you find out? If a colleague looked in your own bank passbook, how would you feel? Which banks do you use? Why? Have you saved very much money? Overall, how good do you think you are with money?

 

 

 

 

09 You are staying at a nice hotel. The towels are very attractive. Do you take one when you check out?

 

If the towel is marked with the hotel’s name, will you use the towel when guests are at your home? Have you ever taken things like towels from a hotel? What was the nicest hotel that you have ever stayed in?

 

10 You are trying to sell your car. Someone sees your advertisement and says she is willing to buy your car for the NT$100,000 you advertised. She gives you a NT$10,000 deposit, and you both agree that she will pay the rest of the money the next week when you deliver the car to her. The next day though, somebody else calls and offers NT$120,000 for the car. Do you tell the first person that you’ve changed your mind about the selling the car to her for NT$100,000?

 

If you would change your mind, how would you probably explain to the first person why you no longer wanted to sell him the car? If you could avoid returning the NT$10,000 deposit without too much trouble, would you? Would it make any difference if the first person were a man instead of a woman? Have you ever sold any of your personal belongings? Do you have anything now that you would like to sell?

 

 

 

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