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A Good Weekend With native lang

It’s sunny today. There’s no smog. Over the past few days, there was severe air pollution here. They said that smog was blown in from nor...
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Nov 28, 2016 02:59
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The Sadness of Parting. Pride and Pressure. With native lang

Last night, I drank beer with a few chums till 2 AM at a food stall. It was cold and rainy outside, but cozy inside. We grilled beef, chi...
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Nov 26, 2016 02:13
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Turning to the Western Media (2) With native lang

Although a few websites such as the NYT have been blocked in China, there are still some which are accessible, like CBS news and The Wash...
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Nov 21, 2016 22:41
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them With native lang

It’s said that the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is going to be on the big screen in China next weekend. On a famous Ch...
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Nov 20, 2016 01:19
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Grande, Venti? Starbucks Has Been Criticized!(2) With native lang

In China, if a person goes to a Starbucks and asks for a medium size drink, it is indeed ambiguous. At Starbucks, it’s the smallest size,...
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Nov 18, 2016 23:46
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Grande, Venti? Starbucks Has been Criticized!(1) With native lang

The other day, an open letter rebuking Starbucks China stirred up a public controversy. It says that the writer felt humiliated every tim...
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Nov 18, 2016 23:36
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Globalism With native lang

Has America never benefited from globalization? I would argue that it has. Over the course of globalization, at the highest rung of the w...
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Nov 17, 2016 01:30
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Populism With native lang

Recently, there have been a lot of talk on Mr. Trump being elected president. Many people in the blue areas took to the streets, yelling ...
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Nov 17, 2016 01:23
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Tabloid News about Mr. Trump With native lang

There have been many tabloid news reports about the US president-elect Donald Trump in the Chinese media. These news grinders are engaged...
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Nov 15, 2016 00:58
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Omnipotent Taobao With native lang

E-commerce is very developed in China. Urban Chinese people, especially the youth, tend to shop online instead of going to brick-and-mort...
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Nov 12, 2016 18:28
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Shopping Carnival Day With native lang

Today is November 11th. Most Chinese people have been busy purchasing things all day long. Most of them spent the last night getting read...
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Nov 12, 2016 02:45
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Blue Harvard With native lang

I've subscribed to a few news feeds. Today, one of them sent me an article written by a Chinese student studying in an American unive...
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Nov 11, 2016 01:37
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Trump Triumphed With native lang

There is a joke widely circulating here after the US presidential election. When Hillary was about to get out for work this morning, ...
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Nov 10, 2016 00:13
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Siamese Twins With native lang

Today I read an interesting story about the origin of the phrase “Siamese twins” in a newspaper. In 1811, a pair of twins, Chang and ...
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Nov 9, 2016 00:08
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GRE Words (2) With native lang

Because the Chinese language uses Chinese characters and tones, a single syllable in Chinese can carry much more information than in Engl...
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Nov 7, 2016 21:50
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GRE Words (1) With native lang

Many GRE words are difficult for non-native English speakers. There’s also an urban myth here that GRE words are not easy for native spea...
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Nov 6, 2016 03:38
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Mr. Donkey With native lang

The other night, I watched a movie named “Mr. Donkey.” I’d like to say that it’s one of the few Chinese-made movies that have struck a ch...
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Nov 4, 2016 01:24