Class Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Today is so nice!  It is cool, I am wearing long sleeves and pants.  Unusual for late May in central Texas.  It is very comfortable.

We did several things today.  Here are some of them. 


We reviewed a few Irregular Verbs.  Simple present and past only.  And translations.

Eat, Pay, Sell, Buy, Bring, Speak, etc. basic words.


The most notable parts:
Want and Need
Want is desire: “I want a new car.”
Need is important: “I need a job.”
  – Sometimes people say they need something, but it is not important: “I need some candy”.

Pay versus Buy 

They can be used in a similar way.  

  • I paid $100 for these shoes.
  • I bought these shoes for $100.
There are differences.  You do not buy bills.  You do not buy a ticket from the police.
  • I paid $100 for my traffic ticket.
  • I pay my bills every month.
  • I pay fees and fines.
 In general, when you pay for things: you buy something and receive something that you desire.   When you buy, you get something you desire.
Pay versus Payment
When you pay for something, you give all of the amount of money that is needed.  
  • Pay a bill, you pay the total amount.  Each month you pay all of your bills.  You owe no money.
  • Pay to buy something.  You pay the price – $100 for shoes.  $50 for gasoline for your car.
  • Pay a fee, a fine, or a ticket from the police.
When you pay a part of or some of the money you owe, but not all of the money, you make payments.
  • You make payments on credit cards every montb, if you do not pay the entire amount.
  • You make payments on loans.
  • If you “buy a house” you usually make house or mortgage payments every month.  
 Application Questions
We went through a few personal questions that are asked in the Citizenship Exam interview.  Some of these questions are also on applications for jobs, apartments, loans, credit, etc.  I explained the questions, asked the questions, and helped with the answers.
  1. How long have you lived at your current address?
  2. What was your previous address?
  3. How long did you live at your previous address?
  4. Did you travel outside of the U.S. in the past five years?
  5. Did you stay outside of the U.S. for more than six months?
  6. Did you bring drugs to the U.S.?
Social Security Number
NEVER give people or businesses, like shops, your SS Number!!  Never give your SS Number to people on the phone, unless it is your  bank, mortgage, government, or other serious matters.   Never send your SS Number to anyone in e-mail.  The shops were you buy things do not need your SS Number.  If they ask for it, you say no.  When asked for your SS Number, you ask why – what do they need it for?  Only your bank, bills, loans, credit cards, your job, or the government, need to have your SS Number.  It is the most important thing that you own.