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The Importance of Reading Classic Works 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