“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.
Chinese New Year (usually called "Lunar New Year" or "Spring Festival" in China) might be officially over, but the joy and spirit of celebration hasn’t died down one bit in Shanghai.
Everyone is cheery in the office and we’re so excited to be interacting with great EF teachers such as you!
"Omnishambles", meaning a situation that is shambolic in every way, was recently named the word of the year for 2012 by the Oxford English Dictionary. Other trending words from the year include "yolo" (you only live once) and "second screening" (watching TV while simultaneously using a tablet or smartphone). But what about the Chinese buzzwords and slang you might have missed?
New York Magazine ran a story that included the above graphic, which showcases Chinese words that are now in vogue. For those studying Mandarin, these words will help you sound like a hip local.