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#6 Good Friends Overseas - Anecdotes With native lang

(1) A few contestants from Latin America participated in this event. In my group, there was a Mexican and a Brazilian. They hung out t...
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Dec 29, 2016 16:56
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#5 Good Friends Overseas - Blending in With native lang

Only two days into the event, the English speaking contestants and I became very good friends. Peter, a Brit, usually sat beside me on sh...
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Dec 28, 2016 02:31
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#4 Good Friends Overseas - The Competition and Political Correctness With native lang

Basically, the competition includes three parts: a preliminary, semifinals, and the final. The preliminary includes a written exam and a ...
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Dec 26, 2016 22:50
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#3 Good Friends Overseas - Division With native lang

[Merry Christmas!] It was already afternoon when the photographing session ended, releasing everyone to have a good rest. Soon after, ...
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Dec 25, 2016 22:18
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#2 Good Friends Overseas - Arrival and National Costumes With native lang

The competitors arrived in succession. They were real powerhouses. They didn’t look exhausted at all after their long flights. A few stud...
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Dec 24, 2016 21:26
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#1 Good Friends Overseas – Reception & Reunion With native lang

There’s a well-known TV show in China called “The Chinese Bridge.” Native English speakers may think this is a Chinese card game competit...
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Dec 23, 2016 23:44
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Northern Savior from Siberia With native lang

Today’s TV news said that the smog in northern China will be dispersed thanks to strong winds. People in Beijing will be able to see the ...
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Dec 22, 2016 23:39
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#1 Is China Changing Hollywood? With native lang

Why would China changing Hollywood? The answer is simple: money. The Chinese movie market has been growing fast over the last few year...
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Dec 19, 2016 16:10
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#2 A Happy Get-together after Work – A Controversial Movie “The Great Wall” With native lang

My office was awarded with an honor called “Advanced Group,” and received a sum of prize money. This Friday, we decided to celebrate, and...
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Dec 17, 2016 23:13
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#1 A Happy Get-together after Work – a Famous Restaurant Chain With native lang

TGIF! Tonight, after work, my office colleagues and I went to a branch of China’s famous Szechuan restaurant chain called Haidilao (海底捞)....
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Dec 17, 2016 01:22
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#4 Los Angeles – Hollywood & Staples Center With native lang

On my third day in LA, I went to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. I’m a huge fan of Hollywood movies. This street is famous in China. In Ch...
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Dec 16, 2016 00:23
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Chinese Endowments to U.S. Universities With native lang

Today, I learned from a Chinese media report that a Chinese entrepreneur, Chen Tianqiao, announced that he had decided to donate $100 mil...
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Dec 14, 2016 02:10
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Interesting Naming Culture With native lang

Today, I read a Japanese media report, saying that this year in Japan, the most popular name given to infant boys was “翔” and “葵” and to ...
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Dec 11, 2016 22:51
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#7 Three Musketeers in a Pub - Starting a New Life With native lang

Yoyo’s a lawyer. She’s in her late 20s, but marriage is not in the cards. Her mother regrets sabotaging the relationship between Yoyo and...
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Dec 10, 2016 23:18
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He Was Like... With native lang

I've noticed that while speaking, some native speakers' grammar isn't normal, like: 1. There's five people out there. ...
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Dec 10, 2016 02:16
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日本では、「クオーラ」と似たようなQ&Aサイトがありますか。 With native lang

Q&Aサイトが大好きです。「クオーラ」で、質問と回答の収集を行なっております。あるトピックについての英語の資料を調べる時、「クオーラ」をよく使います。中国語の場合は、中国の「チーフー」を利用します。「チーフー」は「クオーラ」よりフォーラムのようです。「クオーラ」と似...
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Dec 9, 2016 20:58
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Hacksaw Ridge With native lang

Tonight I watched a movie called “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells a fascinating true story of one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific the...
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Dec 9, 2016 02:14
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An Atypical Chinese Lady With native lang

“Hi S.P.! Could you do me a favor? Get a few certificates notarized for me, scan them, and send them to me? I’m applying for a visa to Ke...
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Dec 8, 2016 01:37
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Idiom: Hiding in the Bathroom, Crying/Laughing So Hard that He/She passes out With native lang

In my eyes, English is a humorous language. I sometimes can’t help laughing when I come upon particularly amusing English phrases. For ex...
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Dec 6, 2016 01:32
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Cynical English Idioms With native lang

In my opinion, if a person wants to achieve English fluency, he or she must study English idioms. When I was at school, I mistakenly thou...
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Dec 5, 2016 02:00