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Importance of tones when learning Chinese – Michele Salvemini

Here is, my first interview and podcast ever, so consider yourself warned and please be considerate in your comments.  Meet Michele Salvemini. An Italian who came to China 3 years ago to learn Chinese. His passion for language and history lead him from a small Italian town into a university major of cultural communication. From there he moved right into the center of Middle Kingdom, Chongqing, where he now studies master degree in MTCSOL at Chongqing University. In this short…

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回锅肉 Sichuan recipe

回锅肉 (hui2 guo1 rou4) 主料:连皮五花猪肉400克,青蒜2根,青椒1颗,红椒1颗,姜片5片 调料:郫县红油豆瓣酱,1又1/2大匙,料酒1大匙,生抽1大匙 做法 1、连皮猪肉,去毛洗净,放入冷水锅内煮至熟,变硬身。 2、将煮好的猪肉冲洗干净放凉,切成薄而大的肉片。 3、锅内仅放一茶匙油,放入肉片和姜片,用小火慢慢煎炒至出油,表面色泽变金黄色。 4、加入1又1/2大匙红油豆瓣酱。 5、翻炒至出红油后,再放入一匙生抽,料酒翻炒片刻。 6、投入青蒜白及红、青椒。 7、翻炒至青蒜白及红、青椒断生即可。 8、最后放入青蒜叶,翻炒片刻即可出锅。 暗示:如豆瓣酱放的多,也可免放生抽,不然会太咸, 肉,青椒,红椒 应该有一样的尺寸 Ingredients: wu2 hua4 rou4 (streaky pork) 400g, garlic shoots and leaves 2 stalks, green pepper 1 bell, red pepper 1 bell,  ginger 5 slices Seasoning: dou4 ban4 jiang4 1 and 1/2 tsp,  cooking wine 1 tbsp, cooking oil(preferably peanut) 1tbsp Steps: Wash the pork, put it into the cold pot to cook until done, hard body.  Rinse the pork and let it…

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Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely

Prompt: People are making economic decisions based on logic and reason. Agree or disagree? Why? Give examples and reasons to support your opinion. I disagree that people are making economic decisions based on logic and reason. For example Dan Ariely in his book Predictably Irrational conducted an experiment where people were suppose to choose between 3 different purchase options. As it turned out, people prefer to compare the premade options and decide for the option that is most convenient. Thinking…

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Objective domains for better teaching

Dividing Blooms taxonomy into 3 Objective domains helps teachers to create well defined, observable, measurable and valid objectives. First domain, the cognitive domain, sometimes also called knowledge based domain encompasses intellectual or thinking skills. Objectives written under this domain are knowledge objectives. Let’s illustrate how objectives are developed on simple task to teach Colors to a group of students. As an example of a knowledge objective we can then write the following: “Students will be able to memorize basic colors…

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Movember in Chongqing – result

Movember is over  …and I hope you guys enjoyed rising of public awareness as same as cool look and attention of crowds:-|) Last month was very inspiring and I met several Chongqing expats fighting the same battle. Glad to meet you all guys. Maybe next year our ranks will be a little wider 🙂 This year was in the sign of getting to know the tools and learn possible alterations as well as the basics of sculpting, shaving, moisturizing and…

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How to add value to your teaching materials

How to screenshot on HTC phone Recently as I started incorporate more and more personal materials to the teaching. From my wallpaper and music collection, to favorite books and articles…all can be well used to inspire the students and engage them more. Once you offer them something from your self, they become more comfortable sharing their stories and trust degree rapidly rises as same as respect. They start to ask you more questions… Where is my teacher making these photos?Where…

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Movember in Chongqing

New year, new adventure, new Mo Be COOL, be IN, try something your girlfriend will not approve under any other circumstances. You now have an ultimate excuse to alter your look without compromise. Movember is here to help us, modern men try new looks every year. Smart way to try something new. MO movement, MObros, movember…for MEN from MEN.    Just remembered last year when I came to Chongqing I still had my MO for couple of last days. As I…

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Diablo – Book of Cain

International department library One of the best things I found out first days in my new occupation is that we have fully equipped International…understand English Library. It is only available for the students in the international department and their teachers 😀 They dont know what they brought up on their library when they hired me. I love fantasy books, stories, encyclopedia, classics, history, anything that feeds my hungry mind or soothes the bruised soul. Before our fist “head teachers meeting”…

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Back in classroom with Murphy

Everything goes wrong all at once. As I came back from Romania, almost all my Chinese world collapsed. I was forced to leave work due to surging competition in our field and area (putting it this way simply sounds much better:). In addition my apartment rental run out. And what a coincidence, also my good old laptop(VBI FL.92) departed to Silicon Heaven. I started to search the first day I came back. My former manager was very helpful and I…

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