INTERVIEW (訪談/訪問):   Interviews are one of the many text types students tend to shy away from, not knowing quite how to structure and design questions and responses that not only respond to the demands of the exam prompt but how to simultaneously write it so it seems that discourse is maintained between these two hypothetical individuals. What students don’t realise,...
Your boss.   Whether you love them, hate them or fear them, they must have done something right to be ordering you around. Regardless of how you feel about them, you should respect your boss. Sometimes, this involves seemingly insignificant actions that, if done, will show your boss that you have basic etiquette. This might affect your next promotion. Here are...
How to order food in Chinese (tips for ordering, words to know, things you might be asked)   Imagine this: you stumble into a Michelin star eatery in China, only to find that none of the workers there speaks English! You pull out your phone, only to find that your trusty aide, Google Translate, has been blocked.   Fear no more! This...
It’s no exaggeration when people say the 15 minute preparation time - yes, those nerve-wracking, mind-boggling, sweat-inducing precious minutes - could make or break your performance in an oral exam. Dismissing those 15 minutes as mere filler time would be a fatal misconception. Whether you’re the student sauntering into the exam hall believing you’ve memorised a perfectly crafted, eloquent...
Do you know someone who is a snob? An arrogant charlatan? Someone at school? A colleague? Or even a family member? A celebrity? A politician? I bet you have someone in mind. Whoever that may be. There is a Chinese proverb to sum that person up, 妄自尊大(wàng zì zūn dà). The proverb can be traced back to the Eastern...
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