Jul 18, 2008

Over the Rainbow (Learning by Singing, 2008/7/16)

"Over the rainbow" is a signature song of the movie, "The wizard of Oz", which tells the story about a schoolgirl, Dorothy, who lived on a farm with her aunt and uncle, but dreamed of a better place, somewhere over the rainbow. One day she was taken by a tornado to the wonderful Land of Oz and began her journey with Scarecrow, Tin man and Cowardly lion to find out the way home.

Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around,
Heaven opens a magic lane.

When all the clouds darken up the skyway,
There's a rainbow highway to be found,
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun,
Just a step beyond the rain.

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?


►A lot of different things mixed together in an untidy way, without any order.


►To fall down quickly and suddenly, especially with a rolling movement.

lemon drops
►A lemon drop is a sugary, lemon-flavored candy that is typically colored yellow and often shaped like a miniature lemon.
►There is a popular cocktail also known as a lemon drop which usually contains vodka, lemon juice, and sugar.

chimney tops
►A chimney top is placed on top of the chimney. Visit the following websites for pictures and more information.

Chimney Tops
►A mountain that is located in the central Great Smoky Mountains in the Southeastern United States. Here is more information from the Wikipedia page,

►A medium-size songbird that lives in North America. For more information, please visit


Let’s listen to the song on YouTube:

Jul 17, 2008

Innovate (Word of the Day, 2008/7/16)

Ivan Chiang
Innovate verb
►To introduce changes and new ideas in the way something is done or made
The managerial master always innovate new methods or ideas in routing job to improve the efficiency of whole office.

Innovation none
► A new thing or a method of doing something
They produced the first vegetarian beanburger –an innovation which was rapidly exported to Britain.
►The introduction of new ideas, methods or things
We must promote originality, inspire creativity and encourage innovation.

Innovative adj.
►Something that is innovative is new and original
The products they produced are cheaper, more innovative and more reliable than those of their competitors.
►An innovative person introduces changes and new ideas.
He was one of the most creative and innovative engineers of his generation.

Innovator none
►An innovator is someone who introduces changes and new ideas.
He is a innovator in this field.

Jul 7, 2008

2008-2009 TYTC Officer Installation Ceremony

Farewell Speech by Outgoing President Kevin Chiu

Inauguration Speech by Incoming President Grace Shih

Install (Word of the Day, 2008/7/2)

Joe Chu
Install (US also instal) /ɪnst'ɔl/ V.~sth (in sth)

►Fixed equipment, furniture, etc in position for use,esp by making the necessary connections with the supply of electricity, water,etc.
  • Install a heating or lighting system in a buildingThe hotel chain has recently installed a new booking system.
  • I’m having a shower installed.It is important to install a virus checker.
►Put sb/oneself in a place
  • Be comfortably installed in a new home.
  • She installed herself in her father’s favourite chair.

►Place sb in a new position of authority the usual ceremony.

  • She was installed as the first women chancellor of the university.

Installation /,ɪnstəl'eʃən/ Noun

►The act of fixing equipment or furniture in position so that it can be used

  • Installation coasts/charges
  • Carry out several installations
  • Installation requires several days
  • Installation of the new system will take several days.

►A peace of equipment or machinery that has been fixed in position so that it can be used

  • A heating installation

►The act of placing sb in a new position of authority, often with a ceremonyso that it can be used

  • The installation of the new officer.

►The word of source means place from Latin

►Some synonym for reference

  1. put in, place, locate, situate, emplace, station
  2. fix, set , embed, lodge, insert, plant
  3. induct, introduce, initiate
  4. instate, establish, inaugurate, chair, invest
  5. bring in, lead in, usher in