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“Ominous” Crows With native lang

Crows are reckoned to be ominous in Chinese culture. The bird has pitch dark feathers and a deep, gravelly voice. It’s generally believed...
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Dec 10, 2017 02:22
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Coco With native lang

I went to see the Disney Pixar movie “Coco” this week. It’s easily one of my favorite animated movies. The movie tells a story of a Mexic...
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Dec 8, 2017 02:29
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(3/3) Airbnb With native lang

Hao and I weren’t the only people who stayed at the house. I saw a nanny who babysat a little girl, though I didn’t see much of her durin...
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Nov 28, 2017 22:57
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(2/3) Airbnb With native lang

We didn’t get to see Maria because she was out on the weekends, but she’d told us the lock code so we easily got in. Upon entering, I fel...
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Nov 28, 2017 22:46
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(1/3) Airbnb With native lang

I stayed at an Airbnb house in SF last week and really enjoyed it. When preparing for this trip, I first looked up hotels but couldn'...
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Nov 27, 2017 23:48
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Liberal Bay Area With native lang

When my coworker, Hao, and I were waiting in line for the CBP’s inspection at SFO, Hao asked me if we could do the interview together bec...
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Nov 25, 2017 22:05
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Happy Thanksgiving! With native lang

I’ve just come back from the US. I stayed there only five days but really enjoyed this trip. I left the US on Wednesday night and arrived...
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Nov 25, 2017 00:46
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(2/2) Azure Heroin With native lang

This guy had just come back from Coron, an obscure Philippine island where he’d explored a fleet of shipwrecks which, during WWII, had ac...
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Nov 11, 2017 02:33
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(1/2) Azure Heroin With native lang

One of my coworkers goes to some tropical islands a couple of times each year. I sometimes see him throwing on a bulky backpack and “sne...
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Nov 9, 2017 02:27
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(1) Vocabulary Building -- Bumpkins With native lang

In English, there are many impolite words to describe unsophisticated and awkward country people. For example, bumpkin, hick, yokel, hill...
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Nov 7, 2017 01:45
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(1/2) British English and The Guardian With native lang

Last night I stumbled upon the website ‘The Guardian’, which piqued my interest instantly. I checked out the column section and found som...
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Oct 31, 2017 03:01
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A Mysterious Place With native lang

Today I went to the library to return my books. Upon entering the English book section, I saw a non-Chinese lady in front of a big screen...
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Oct 29, 2017 01:52
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(1/2) SE Asia or the US? With native lang

I haven’t used my annual leave yet. I originally planned to go to Southeast Asia and enjoy the sun there, because it’s becoming colder an...
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Oct 25, 2017 01:59
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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