Over the past four years, I’ve lived in six different cities.
No, I’m not homeless. I’m not unstable. (Well, that’s debatable, depending on who you ask!)
I’m a traveler, and I’m always on the go. Only one of those moves was due to an employment offer. In the other five towns, I had to find a new job from scratch.
Only a few more months until summer vacation! Not that I’m counting or anything …
If you teach in Chinese public schools, when the students are on holiday, so are you! Different schools have various vacation dates, but you should have roughly two months to do whatever you want during summer vacation.
We all know this engaged couple. (Or maybe you are one half of this couple!) They spend their money on plane tickets instead of new cars and spend their weekends camping instead of partying.
If you are one of those wedding guests who takes gift giving seriously, you probably want to tailor your present to this travel couple’s style. Here are a few gift ideas for the big day.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. It’s a small, hip city on the coast of the country’s North Island. In 2014 and 2015, I lived in Wellington for six months and fell in love with the city! Here are some of my favorite things about Wellington.
Traveling with kids can be difficult, especially in countries vastly different from your own, such as China. Thankfully, Shenzhen, China, has several attractions aimed at children.
Shenzhen is a new city, and its tourism is rapidly growing. Don’t miss out on a fun family vacation before all the sites become crowded with travelers!
Have you been eyeing the French section of your local bookstore? From afar? Without having purchased a single book yet?
Maybe you’ve noticed all the French movies and English movies with French subtitles that are available on Netflix. And yet you still haven’t watched any of them.
Or you might be re-watching a ton of Jenna Marbles videos on YouTube, even though your brain reminds you that there are countless French learning videos on the website, too.
My first few weeks teaching primary school students, I avoided singing songs in the classroom. Singing at work? It felt like cheating.
Eventually, I asked an English teacher who was Chinese for feedback. She actually advised me to start leading my students in learning songs.
How long do you think you can last in a conversation without mentioning your family?
It doesn’t sound that difficult. Most adults don’t feel compelled to speak at length about our mommies and daddies.
Think about it, though. How often in a conversation do you say something like, “Sorry, my dad keeps texting me.”
“Oh, you like my sweater? Thanks! My husband gave it to me for Christmas.”
Right across the border from Hong Kong, Southeast China attracts more and more tourists every year. In this part of the country, you’ll find three popular provinces. First, Guangdong Province contains Southeast China’s only tier-1 cities, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Second, Hainan Province dishes up a relaxing beach lifestyle. Third, Fujian Province is one of the most culturally diverse provinces in the country.
The female security guard shoved the sealed tampon in my face. My neck and ears flushed as I racked my brain for something to say.
"What is this?" she barked.
"Oh, that's nothing," I sputtered. My evasiveness sounded sketchy, but I didn't know how to explain. Cameroonian women don't use pads or tampons.
Honestly, I don’t consider myself a “beach person.” I always migrate toward cities, where I can find quirky restaurants and fun bars.
However, China is a huge country full of bustling cities.I lived in Shenzhen, a tier-1 city in Southeast China, for a year. As much as I loved this metropolis, I needed a change in scenery every once in a while. That’s why I started hopping on buses and riding to nearby beaches.
Delving into the past can sometimes be painful.
Do you agree?
Fuddling through the correct conjugations for the French past tense—and all the right verb agreements—can make recalling past events even more painful.
Again, are you in agreement? Give me a wink, a nod or a thumbs up if I’m on to something.
Only by confronting the past (tense) can you move forward in your French studies.
So let’s bring the past to life.
In March 2016, newly engaged, I walked into David’s Bridal and recited to myself, “I will not spend more than $500 on a wedding dress. I will not spend more than $500 on a wedding dress.”
I spent $900 on my wedding dress. Before alterations. Whoops.
At first, I cried because I was so emotional over seeing myself in the dress of my dreams. Then I cried because of the price tag.
It’s time to fall in love all over again.
If you’re at odds with French due to verbs, we’re here to help.
Let’s add some spark and playfulness back into the romance!
But first, let’s talk about why the relationship went south in the first place. What is it about verbs that causes so much friction?
Should I lie to my husband?
Whenever faced with this question in the past, the answer was always a clear “no.”
But what if it’s for his own good?
Do you ever have this internal crisis? When you know you shouldn’t lie to your spouse, but if it’ll benefit them in the long run you feel like it’s maybe okay?
In my case, the temptation to lie came from a simple cultural norm: setting a budget.