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(1/2) Formidable Tropical Cyclones: The Typhoon and the Kamikaze (神風) With native lang

The other day, Dan, a guy I went to college with, called me and said, “Hey SP! Tell me where you bought your laptop online from… Mine has...
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Aug 27, 2017 01:22
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Alter-ego With native lang

I’ve been up to my ears in work lately. Aside from a heavier-than-usual workload, I was given another task of translating English article...
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Aug 25, 2017 01:45
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The 22 (The Japanese Invasion) With native lang

TGIF. I went to a movie today. I’d originally wanted to be entertained but a movie called “the 22” made me depressed. This movie was actu...
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Aug 19, 2017 01:44
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Trail Mix With native lang

A few years ago, a colleague of mine gave me a big package of trail mix after her trip to the US. I didn’t know the snack name back then,...
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Aug 13, 2017 22:56
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(2) I’m a “Tour Guide” -- A Defaced Beauty (Jiuzhaigou) With native lang

A magnitude 7 earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province, China a few days ago, causing 20 deaths and hundreds of casualties. In additio...
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Aug 12, 2017 01:03
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Audiobooks With native lang

I’ve formed the habit of reading English books for quite a while. However, I sometimes feel a bit bored because the major part of my focu...
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Aug 10, 2017 01:01
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Muscle Says & Heart Happy With native lang

Earlier this year, a young American guy shared his fitness tricks with me. He spoke really fast and excitedly, so I was basically in list...
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Aug 8, 2017 00:02
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(3.3) Idiomaitc English -- Idioms With native lang

Some Americans are unfamiliar with British idioms. I’ve tentatively used a few idioms on here (marked “BrE” in the aforementioned diction...
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Aug 7, 2017 00:39
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(3.2) Idiomaitc English -- Idioms With native lang

Some English idioms originated from English classics, such as Shakespeare’s works (pound of flesh, wear my heart upon my sleeve), and Geo...
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Aug 7, 2017 00:37
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(3.1) Idiomatic English -- Idioms With native lang

2) Copious use of idioms Idiomatic English, of course, involves using idioms. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, an idiom ...
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Aug 6, 2017 02:32
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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