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adb2014

Oct 25, 2017 18:05

Articles : adb2014 commented on news 5 Things to NOT Do in China

I disagree with point 4. Hygiene and cleanliness standards in China are so bad, it's no wonder so many people get sick. Even with two major flu epidemics this century, people still eat in filthy restaurants, almost never wash their hands, spit everywhere, let their kids relieve themselves on the street (even if a ... Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Sep 07, 2017 09:11

Around China : adb2014 commented on news Chinese Woman Gives Birth in Street, Walks Home with Baby

Geez, that's a pretty rough start to life. I hope that mum and baby are safe and well. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Sep 06, 2017 21:05

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Waigoren, waigoren! The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge – though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country, Australia. Raising my two boys in China is a different ball game altogether. The following article is a tongue-in-cheek look at what it's like to raise Chinese-Western kids in China. Everyday Life The ...

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adb2014

May 10, 2017 22:21

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Lost in Mistranslation

The numbers that always got me were 4 and 10 because the pronunciation for both sounded very similar. They had to use hand signals to help me understand. Full Comment>>

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May 08, 2017 00:00

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Lost in Mistranslation

I’ll start by coming clean – after nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive. I speak to my wife and sons in English and it’s the main language at my work as well. Now, my workmates speak the language quite well but they’re comfortable with basic, ...

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Apr 12, 2017 15:10

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

1) The article does not say that PizzaHut is a fantastic experience. It simply says it has better food, atmosphere and value than McDonald's. 2) I personally know a lot of people who still watch DVDs. 3)I can easily increase or decrease the weights on my dumbbells. 4)I am not, and do not encourage anyone to work ... Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Apr 05, 2017 16:35

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

I recently read an article by an American expat living in China. It was a good article overall but there was one point I disagreed with: that expats can live a good life in China or save money but they can’t do both. At the time I read this, I had the habit of going to the gym every week, buying coffee on an almost ...

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adb2014

Mar 13, 2017 13:45

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Poll: Americans Like China More Than Russia

I don't think most Americans would have much love for China, either. Maybe a more accurate title would be 'Americans fear Russia a little bit less than China' Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Mar 13, 2017 13:43

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog A Guide to Common Phrases in the ESL Classroom

The first rule of English class is that students are forbidden from speaking Chinese. This is fair enough, but until they have the ability to confidently switch between both languages, they’ll rely on their mother tongue to get their point across in class. Teachers need to keep enforcing the ‘English only’ rule ...

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adb2014

Mar 06, 2017 10:33

Blogs : adb2014 commented on adb2014 's blog Why I'm Trying to Lose Friends and Alienate my Co-workers

It's funny, you're right. Three weeks now and no one has said a thing. And I know for sure that I haven't missed any important announcements, either. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Mar 01, 2017 15:00

Blogs : adb2014 commented on SpongeBob 's blog Office Craziness Part II

God, it's ESL Game of Thrones. Looking forward to the next chapter. Full Comment>>

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Feb 28, 2017 14:59

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Why I'm Trying to Lose Friends and Alienate my Co-workers

I have a big confession to make. I did something recently that may well turn me into the office pariah – shunned, ignored, ostracized and more likely than ever to be passed over for promotion. In mere seconds, I broke the unspoken bond that held the team together. I quit the staff WeChat group. It's ironic because ...

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adb2014

Oct 19, 2016 15:00

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Confucius in the West

What, no clever 'Confucius say...' comments? Full Comment>>

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Aug 12, 2016 11:08

Around China : adb2014 commented on news Hangzhou Mother and Daughter Arrive in Moscow for Dream Trip, Only to be Deported Back

So what's her logic here? RMB23000 in compensation, plus RMB69000 for hurt feelings and loss of face? Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Aug 05, 2016 22:53

Around China : adb2014 commented on news The Times: China’s Tourist Blacklist Already has 19 Names

Really? I was in Thailand just two months ago and the Westerners I saw there seemed very well behaved. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 27, 2016 14:45

Blogs : adb2014 commented on thabet_sava 's blog Negative Portrayal of Chinese in Hollywood Movies

Bruce Lee is still hugely respected, even idolized in the west. I regularly see Jackie Chan, Lucy Lu, Steven Chow and Chow Yun Fat all playing respectable roles. When Chinese movies start portraying Westerners in a more positive light, then your argument will have some credibility. Full Comment>>

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Jul 19, 2016 09:32

Blogs : adb2014 commented on thabet_sava 's blog Negative Portrayal of Chinese in Hollywood Movies

And have you ever watched Chinese and Korean dramas here? Europeans on these shows are always portrayed as evil and/or bumbling idiots. In my eight years in China, I've yet to see a single Westerner portrayed in a positive light. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 08, 2016 11:11

Articles : adb2014 commented on news The Times They are A-Changin': Eight Years in China

Even so-called 'losers back home' have better and healthier lives than the average Chinese person. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 06, 2016 22:42

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development

Hello, it's nice to see you've calmed down a little. The point I'm trying to make is this: if you really want your newborn to be good at English, why wait 3-4 years until they go to school? If you can, take tbe initiative and give them a good foundation first. I've done that with my kids and I think they've really ... Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 06, 2016 20:02

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development

Well spotted. It was grammayically correct when printed in the 'community articles' section but for some reason was changed ehen it was printed here. If you look at the earlier article, you'll see what I actually wrote. Cheers. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 02, 2016 23:25

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development

Wow, you seem like avery unhappy person - either that, or this is a pathetic attempt to sound gangsta which clearly isn't impressing anyone. Are you a teacher or a parent? Do you have any idea how much time is involved in helping a child learn anything? Do you think a responsible parent would simply do nothing for ... Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jul 02, 2016 08:28

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development

That's great to hear. Good luck! Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jun 30, 2016 18:06

Articles : adb2014 commented on news Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Learning Development

Whoa, why so much hatred? Bad day or what? There's really no need for name-calling or foul language. Listen, I'm a parent just like them and being a parent, it's my job to educate my kids not only to be good people, but to help them excel academically. I wrote this article because I have first-hand experience in ... Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jun 30, 2016 12:01

Around China : adb2014 commented on news Chongqing Man Orders 400 RMB Worth of Take Out and Disappears

only RMB400 for the entire menu? I suspect there must be a zero missing. Full Comment>>

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adb2014

Jun 27, 2016 19:51

Blogs : adb2014 Posted a new blog Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Development

In my eight years as an ESL teacher, I’ve dealt with all types of parents – from the supportive to the apathetic and everyone in between. Being a parent myself and teaching both my sons English, I know first-hand the amount of time and effort needed to help them learn.Recently I started wondering: why do some kids ...

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