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Idiom – Blue Eyed Boy

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Q-Admin in ,

The idiom, blue eyed boy or blue eyed girl, refers to a someone who is liked, admired and often favoured by someone in authority. It is an expression more often used in Britain and Australia than in American English, and is often used with a derogatory or envious tone of voice and/or feelings of resent….

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Hong Kong Government U-turn On Controversial Chinese Patriotism Lessons

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Q-Admin in ,

Last week we posted an article on our blog about the mass protests in Hong Kong against Chinese patriotism Lessons. It seems now, however, the government have had a change of heart and backed down over the plans to make schoolchildren take the mandatory Chinese patriotism classes, the goal of which was said to foster…

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Language Learning Keeps The Brain In Shape And Boosts Mental Function

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Q-Admin in

It seems that learning another language and speaking it on a regular basis can actually boost the performance of your brain and ward off the onset of degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. (Check below for Vocabulary & Idiom Check) Numerous studies have shown that language study develops the brain’s ability to…

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Mass Protests in Hong Kong Against Chinese Patriotism Lessons

Posted on September 3, 2012 by Q-Admin in

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against what many believe to be an attempt by the authorities to ‘brainwash‘ students. 120,000 HK Protesters Rallied Against Chinese Patriotism Lessons – You Tube Video    It was the second mass demonstration in only two…

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Idiom Of The Day – Cough Up

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Q-Admin in

  If you cough up, you are doing one of two things: You are either getting something out of your body by coughing or vomiting, or you are handing over or relinquishing something, often money and usually with some sense of reluctance.   Examples Sentences Using Cough Up I wouldn’t go to that new restaurant if…

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How Important Is It To Learn Chinese Tones

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Q-Admin in ,

If you want to learn Chinese, mastering tones is of great importance. Some argue that tones are not that important, especially for a beginner,  because, they say, most local Chinese speakers expect foreigners to get it wrong a lot of the time and they will grasp what you are trying to say anyway. However, if…

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