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(2) Idiomatic English -- Phrasal Verbs With native lang

1) Abundant use of phrasal verbs. As a native speaker, you might not know what phrasal verbs are. Put simply, they are structures “a ...
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Jul 31, 2017 02:37
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(1) Idiomatic English -- Real English With native lang

I once wrote an entry here sharing my experiences of not understanding conversations between native English speakers. After studying &quo...
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Jul 31, 2017 02:36
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I’d, I’d like to, I’d love to

I have difficulty distinguishing these three expressions. I constantly get corrected here but still don’t get it. With “I’d,” I’ve not...
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Jul 28, 2017 00:58
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(5/5) The Seen and The Unseen With native lang

The pub singer sang, “If my armor breaks, I’ll fuse it back together.” This line was inspiring, but life isn’t that easy. We do need a...
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Jul 27, 2017 01:16
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(4/5) The Seen and The Unseen With native lang

“I’m so sorry but I gotta go…” With that, I pushed the paper across the table and stood up, ready to leave. The lady said, “I’ll pra...
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Jul 27, 2017 01:04
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(3/5) The Seen and The Unseen With native lang

The entire conversation, literally her monologue, had lasted over an hour before I knew it. I took a cursory look at my phone out of the ...
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Jul 24, 2017 00:46
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(2/5) The Seen and The Unseen With native lang

She lowered her voice: “I’m gonna audition for a show in Shanghai. Could you listen and give me some advice?” “Sure.” The old lady ...
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Jul 24, 2017 00:41
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(1/5) The Seen and The Unseen With native lang

Today a friend of mine called me to invite me to drink at a pub downtown. I decided to go to the library first, because it was on the way...
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Jul 23, 2017 12:26
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(3/3) My Second American Teacher With native lang

When she returned to the US, we kept in touch via email. But after Yahoo stopped its email service in China, we lost contact because I co...
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Jul 18, 2017 23:29
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(2/3) My Second American Teacher With native lang

When her boyfriend came to China from the US, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that K finally had someone intimate to accompany her ...
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Jul 18, 2017 23:15
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(1/3) My Second American Teacher With native lang

My second American teacher, K, taught me English in university. Though being my teacher, she was only a couple of years older than me. Sh...
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Jul 17, 2017 23:57
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(2/2) Sleeping Beauty -- Lady Dai With native lang

The coffin was the last thing to be dealt with. A silk T-shaped funeral banner draped over the casket. The banner had colorful embroidery...
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Jul 16, 2017 03:02
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(1/2) Sleeping Beauty -- Lady Dai With native lang

Egyptian mummies are well-known throughout the world. In China, there is a body that has been kept well for more than 2,000 years. It isn...
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Jul 14, 2017 00:53
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Museum Volunteer With native lang

Today I saw a notice from the Internet that the provincial museum is going to reopen this October after a five-year renovation. And, the ...
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Jul 13, 2017 01:56
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(2/2) Death Penalty With native lang

In China, a case of a Chinese student missing in the US has inspired a vigorous public debate over the death penalty. While browsing Zhih...
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Jul 12, 2017 00:58
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(1/2) Death Penalty, A Grad School Student Missing With native lang

A case of a Chinese student missing in the US has sent shockwaves through China. There have been on-going reports about this student, Zha...
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Jul 10, 2017 00:41
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How Has Studying English Helped My Native Language Writing With native lang

Some people say that studying foreign languages can be detrimental to one’s native language proficiency. In my view, it really depends an...
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Jul 1, 2017 03:45