Rebecca Ruskin really loves China. Like reaaaaalllllllllllyy loves it. It probably helps that her Dad brought the family to China every year since she was 9 – and now, her affection for the Middle Kingdom knows no bounds.
In a matter of a few sentences, readers of Yu Hua’s story “Boy in the Twilight” turn from a feeling of disdain for the main character, Sun Fu, to confusion, wondering just how to feel about him. In the preceding six pages, we have grown disgusted of him for the cruelty he has subjected on a hungry young boy who has stolen an apple from his fruit stand. He slaps the boy, chokes him, breaks his middle finger, and finally ties him up and forces him to yell “I’m a thief” to passersby the rest of the afternoon.The boy is left hungry, thirsty, and exhausted by the time Sun Fu closes his stand that evening, and we are left to hate the man and his cruel acts. And then…
Last week, one of my colleagues, turned to me and asked “Ross, do you have ADHD?”
“The meaning of a word in another language is a path to another world,” Dr. Svetlana Ter-Minasova.
One aspect of language teaching that can easily be overlooked is the importance of culture. The culture of English-speaking countries influences the use of English, so when learners are trying to improve their English, they need exposure to or explanation of the target culture as well as the target language. Without this, seemingly simple sentences can be confusing or incomprehensible.
Spend time with Allison and Dan this Friday, February 28th, at 9:00 AM Beijing Standard Time to learn more about the many certification and advancement opportunities for teachers at EF in China. Click the picture to register and learn more!
Last week, we talked about how great it is to travel around China, but in truth, there will also be times when a lie-in is what you need.
Thankfully, China has a lot of niceties that will come straight to your door, curbing that ennui that can arise when living abroad for a long time. Recently in Time Out magazine, journalists wrote about all the different services that come straight to your door– from getting a massage in your own apartment (no…not like those ads on the sidebar of your internet browser) to getting bartending lessons (did someone say…day drinking?!) and cleaning ladies, it’s all there ready for your lazy enjoyment.