Taipei Interactive English Club

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 Session I: Current Events Discussion

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1. Please share one of the news or issues that you read about this week. Why were you interested in this particular item?


2. What is the significance of this news or issue? Who or what is it about? Was it reported in the media here? How would this affect our daily lives?


3. How do you think this news or issue will be viewed 10, 100, 1000 years from now? Has a similar event occurred before in history?


 Session II: Article Discussion

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4. Do you believe memory deteriorates as we get older? What does the article say about this? According to the article, what does the term neuroplasticity mean? What does the article say regarding why laughter is good for the brain?


5. How do you remember things well when you have a busy schedule? Have you ever used any mnemonic devices mentioned in this article, such as a visual images, an acronym or the loci method? Which mnemonic device is the most effective for you? Have you created any mnemonic device to help you remember things?


6. Do you like any challenging brain teasers or mental exercises, and if so, can you share some with us? Do you consider games like Candy Crush a brain refresher? What you do or eat to improve your memory? What are some diet suggestions in the article? Please name a few other things that can affect our memory, such as sleep deprivation, stress, etc.


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+1 #2 Eureka 2013-05-31 23:17
In case I would not be able to join the gathering tomorrow, I'd like to share something new that I've just learned while reading.  

**cold water "fatty fish"?  
The term "cold water" confused me and no wonder that hot/boiled water fish is dead. :P

Coldwater fish, in the context of aquariums, refers to fish species that prefer cooler water temperatures than tropical fish, typically below 20 °C (68 °F)

Herring is a fairly small silvery fish and 鯡魚is its translation in Chinese.

red herring refers to the smoked herring, which is turned red by the smoke.

In fact, this phrase, "red herring" I learned lately is from the legal writing.  The phrase, red herring means a clue or piece of information which is or is intended to be misleading or distracting.

The argument about women’s choices is largely a red herring.
+1 #1 Eureka 2013-05-31 23:16
I cannot agree more about the tips for enhancing the ability to remember mentioned in the article.

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