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(2/2) Terry Fox and Marathon Enthusiasts With native lang

I later came to know more about the legend of Terry Fox. I also learned that millions of Canadian kids in school are inspired to run ever...
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Oct 22, 2017 00:41
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(1/2) Terry Fox and Marathon Enthusiasts With native lang

A dozen or so of my former elementary school classmates and I live in the same city. Amongst them, the guy I hang out with most is a mara...
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Oct 21, 2017 04:39
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The Importance of Reading the Classics With native lang

Back in high school, we students were required to study excerpts of classic works in Mandarin class. Apart from that, there was a semeste...
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Oct 17, 2017 01:43
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(2/3) Teachers’ Day and the Most Beautiful Memories With native lang

A student came to me after class and said he was planning to transfer to a university in the US because his family was going to move to C...
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Oct 15, 2017 23:59
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Politeness in English With native lang

The other day, I saw a Lang-8 friend’s entry (she’s Chinese) asking questions about English. A few native speakers commented below to giv...
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Oct 12, 2017 00:42
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"Endless" Swear Words in English With native lang

It looks like there are at least hundreds of frequently-used curse words in English. Back in school, I only learned a few, such as “son o...
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Oct 9, 2017 02:49
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Exotic Accents With native lang

A few days ago, a coworker who was afraid that his English was not good enough requested me to help him book a hotel in Bangkok, where he...
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Oct 8, 2017 02:31
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The Past Perfect Tense and the Past Tense With native lang

Grammar books say that in a sentence where an action happened in advance of another, the former should be in the past perfect tense. Comm...
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Oct 6, 2017 11:15
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Simple Words and Gratitude With native lang

I came back home yesterday and went to see my grandfather. He's open-minded and easy-going so basically I feel no generation gap betw...
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Oct 5, 2017 00:09
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(1/2) National Flags With native lang

The PRC was founded on October 1st, 1949. Since then, every October 1 has been celebrated as China’s National Day. Generally, we have a s...
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Oct 1, 2017 03:27
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(2/2) National Flags With native lang

Among the few countries I’ve been to, the US seems to be the only one that likes to hang the national flag. That’s not to say that every ...
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Oct 1, 2017 03:26
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The Eight-Day National Holiday With native lang

China's eight-day national holiday starts on October 1st. Most will travel within China, but a growing number will travel abroad. ...
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Sep 30, 2017 01:22
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(2/2) Purple Prose With native lang

In my opinion, these students should not be blamed for such behaviors. They are taught to do so. Aside from that, without having an Engli...
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Sep 26, 2017 01:22
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(1/2) Purple Prose With native lang

In China, most non-native English teachers like to tell their students that they should use big/long words when writing -- the more, the ...
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Sep 24, 2017 00:53
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Exchange Students & Backpackers With native lang

Today I went to a university to sign up for a national interpretation exam. When I got there, I saw a dozen or so foreign students regist...
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Sep 11, 2017 23:41
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(1/2) Dunkirk -- French Frogs With native lang

The other day I went to a movie called “Dunkirk.” Though some people in the theater seemed to be bored, I loved it. Some parts of the mov...
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Sep 8, 2017 01:01
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(2) Malaysian Chinese With native lang

English is Chinese Singaporeans’ first language. How about Chinese Malaysians then? Most Chinese people don’t know the answer. I once tho...
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Sep 7, 2017 00:55
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(1) Singaporean Chinese and Malaysian Chinese With native lang

I have two Chinese friends who work in Singapore. They constantly post pictures of their lives in this city state. In their pictures, all...
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Sep 3, 2017 23:46
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(3) Going to the Gym -- Benefits With native lang

My original purpose of joining a fitness club was to lose weight and strengthen my muscles. However, I later learned that exercise is not...
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Sep 2, 2017 03:08
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(2) Going to the Gym -- The Compliment With native lang

Believe me, when you meet one of your female Chinese friends next time, you should just call out “你变瘦了(You look thinner than the last tim...
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Sep 2, 2017 02:51