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20220517 Eng morning Assembly_metaverse by Ms. Man 2022-05-17 

Morning Assembly by Ms Man

17th May 2022

C

Good morning Principal, teachers, and fellow students.

C

I’m 3A Choi Man Hin. Ms. Man, the term on many people’s lips these days is metaverse.

M

Yes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “I believe that the metaverse is the next chapter for the Internet.” To show that, he even changed his company’s name to Meta.

C

So, what is the metaverse?

M

It’s a world like ours. However, it’s virtual and not real.

C

Can people enter it with their smartphones and computers?

M

Yes, they can also enter it through VR headsets and AR glasses. With those, they feel like they’re really in the virtual world.

C

In the metaverse, do people use personal avatars to do things with others?

M

Yes, they can complete daily activities, such as shopping, holding meetings, and hanging out with friends. Or, they can do impossible things like walking on the moon.

C

Is the metaverse a new idea?

M

No! The term first appeared in the 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash.

C

Ah! Yes! Video game fans knew about avatars and VR long before then.

M

Current online video games like Fortnite already have metaverse-like parts. For example, players can chat with other players through their game characters. Also, some of the games

even hosted virtual concerts with famous singers and musicians.

C

Does Zuckerberg want to take the metaverse beyond online games?

M

Yes!! He doesn’t want people on Facebook to just leave comments and photos. He wants them to be able to do things with each other, and their bodies won’t have to be present in the same space.

C

Wow!! If the metaverse really happens, it’s going to change the Internet!! Thank you.

 

Source: ABC Interactive English, 2022/04, No.238, P. 44-45

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20220510 Book Sharing by Ms. Choi 2022-05-11 

Book Sharing by Ms  Choi Yan Yan Cecilia

10th May 2022

Title: The Knowledge  Triffic Chocolate

Author: Alan MacDonald

Library Code: 900

MAC

E004803


 

Good Morning, Principal, fellow teachers and students.  I am Ms Choi.  It is my pleasure to speak to you here in the morning assembly about a book that I have recently read.  The book title is The knowledge, Triffic Chocolate written by Alan MacDonald.  The writer may want to use ‘terrific’ for ‘triffic’.  I am a chocolate lover and hence the book was eye-catching when I was in the library last week.

 

The book gave us the history of how chocolate was discovered and how it became popular.  Many of you are fond of chocolate.  We always have the impression that chocolate is from Switzerland, Belgium or America.  Yes, it is true that we have some good chocolates from these countries in modern times.  But when and where did chocolate start?  It started in Central America (near modern day Mexico).  An ethnic group called Mayan Indians established cocoa plantations in AD 600.  A few hundred years later, the Mayan Indians were conquered by the Aztecs.  The Aztec Empire was very famous but later it was destroyed by the Spanish.  In Central America, there were the cocoa beans and Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered the New World of America, took the cocoa beans from the Aztec Empire back to Spain.  In Aztec Empire, cocoa beans were precious and used as money.  Only men were allowed to drink it.  Women could not.  The Aztecs did not have any chocolate bars, they added water into cocoa beans and called it xocoatl, which means bitter water.  This drink, xocoatl, was served cold and it was spicy bitter since there were hot chilli peppers in it.

 

It was from Spain that cocoa beans gradually spread across Europe to France, England, Germany and Switzerland.  Cocoa beans were considered a luxury commodity.  Only the nobles could afford to drink a cup of cocoa bean liquid.  The drink was still bitter.  It was a Swiss man who added milk and mixed it with cocoa beans, which made chocolate tastier.  Chocolate was revolutionized significantly in the 19th century.  In 1876, Daniel Peter in Switzerland experimented with condensed milk supplied by Henri Nestle.  This was the first milk chocolate.  In 1900, American Milton Hershey built his chocolate factory in Pennsylvania now there is a chocolate town in the state.  Chocolate was mass produced.

 

The book also included some chocolate big names like Mars, Cadbury, Lindt and Maltesers.  These big chocolate companies improved the quality of the chocolate and boosted its mass production in the 19th century and even now you can still hear their names.

 

 

 

Recently, a group of Chinese explorers successfully climbed the Mount Everest.  Chocolate is very necessary for explorers to climb mountains since it gives them energy quickly.  Do you know how explorers throughout the world have rated the chocolate bars?  The highest score is a brand called “The Fuse” (I am not sure if you have seen it in the Hong Kong supermarkets).  They gave “The Fuse” 9 out of 10, saying that it has ‘superb taste whether hot or cold.  They best energy per bar for its weight.’  The middle score is “Picnic”, 5 out of 10, saying it was ‘good, [it] has an unusually high energy content.’  The lowest one is a brand many of you know well, it is “Kit Kat”.  They gave only 1 mark out of 10.  The explorers saying it was ‘too bland, especially if the bar gets cold.  Not filling enough and not portable[,]- [it] breaks in pocket.’(p.126)

 

Of course, those scores were made by explorers, not you and me.  We all have different standards of chocolate that we like.  For chocolate lovers like you and me, we can learn two English words from this book, ‘chocoholics’ and ‘moreish’.  Chocoholics are people who like chocolate very much and perhaps they are addicted to eating chocolate.  Moreish is a word that means delicious or yummy.  When you want to say some food that has a pleasant taste and make you want to eat more, you can say moreish.  It spells ‘M-O-R-E-I-S-H’. 

 

Boys and girls, if you are chocoholics, we can discuss which chocolate is moreish when we meet on campus.  Thank you.

 

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