Have you ever thought about teaching here in China?
Dear Aupairs,Our Language Lessons will begin shortly, and you can become one of the teachers if you want! Have you always wanted to become a teacher? Are you a teacher and want to have a different experience in our country? Do you have a good level of English, and maybe some other language? Then get in touch with us and come to teach English or Spanish to Chinese children，while learning about our culture.
1. I wasn't born yesterday.(我又不是三岁小孩)2. How do I address you?(我怎么称呼你)3. She turns me off.(她使我厌烦。)4. So far so good.(目前为止，一切都好。)5. Be my guest.(请便、别客气)6. That was a close call.(太危险了/千钧一发)7. Far from it.(一点也不。)8. It's a pain in the neck.[麻烦的事(人)](那真是件麻烦事)9. We're in the same boat.(我们处境相同。)10. My mouth is watering.(我在流口水了。)11. I ache all over.(我浑身酸痛。)12. I have a runny nose.(我流鼻涕。)13. Do you have any openings?(你们有空缺吗?)14. Think nothing of it.(别放在心上。)15. I'm not myself today.(我今天心神不宁。)16. I have a sweet tooth.(我喜欢吃甜食。)17. For the time being.(暂时;暂且;目前)18. Don't beat around the bush. (别拐弯抹角了。)19. It's up on the air[悬而未决].(尚未确定。)20. It slipped my mind.(我忘了。)21. You can't please[使人感到满意和愉快] everyone.(你不可能讨好每一个人。)22. I'm working on[着手;从事] it.(我正在努力。)23. You bet!(当然!)24. Drop me a line[短信].(写封信给我)25. Are you pulling my leg[同某人开玩笑;取笑]?(你在开我玩笑吗?)26. I'll keep my ears open.(我会留意的。)27. Neck and neck.(不分上下。)28. I'm feeling under the weather.(我觉得不舒服/精神不好/情绪低落。)29. Don't get me wrong[误解].(不要误会我。)30. You're the boss.(听你的。)31. If I were in your shoes[处在某人的位置].(如果我是你的话。)32. Over my dead body!(休想)33. It'll come to me.(我会想起来的。)34. I will play it by ear[见机行事;临时现做].(我会见机行事的;到时候再说。)35. Let's talk over coffee.(我们边喝边谈。)36. Take it easy.(轻松一点;别紧张;放松放松;再见。)[这是美国人最喜欢说的话，也可作离别用语。}37. Let's give him a big hand.(让我们热烈鼓掌。)38. As far as I'm concerned.(就我而言。)39. I'm up to my ears[忙得不可开交;深陷于某事物中] in work.(我忙死了。)40. You can't do this to me.(你不能这么对我。)41. Just to be on the safe side. (为了安全起见。)42. It's been a long time.(好久不见了。)43. It's about time.(时间差不多了。)44. I can't imagine why.(我想不通为什么。)45. That's really something.(真了不起。)46. Excuse me for a moment.(失陪一会儿。)47. I'm dying[很想] to see you.(我真想见你。)48. I'm flattered.(过奖了。)49. You can never tell.(不知道/谁也没把握。)50. I won't buy[相信;接受] you story.(我不信你那一套。)51. It hurts like hell!(疼死啦!)52. It can't be helped.(无能为力。)53. Sorry to bother you.(抱歉打扰你。[事前])Sorry to have bothered you.(抱歉打扰你。[事后])54. Stay out of this matter, please.(请别管这事。)55. I'll make it up to you.(我会赔偿的。)56. I'm very / really / terribly / awfully / extremely sorry.(十分抱歉)57. Let's forgive and forget.(让我们摈弃前嫌。)58. I've heard so much about you!(久仰大名!)58. Don't underestimate me.(别小看我。)59. She gives me a headache.(她让我头疼。)60. You're wasting you breath.(你在白费口舌)61. Don't get on my nerves!(不要搅得我心烦。)62. His argument doesn't hold water.(他的论点站不住脚)63. You've got to do something.(你一定要想办法。)64. Don't look wise.(别自作聪明)65. You're going too far!(你太过分了!)66. Don't bury your head in the sand.(不要逃避现实。)67. Nothing works.(什么都不对劲儿。)68. Money will come and go.(钱乃身外之物。)69. He's been behind bars for almost 30 years.(他坐了将近30年牢。)70. You have my word.(我保证。)71. He hit the ceiling at the news.(他听到那消息暴跳如雷/大发雷霆)72. You're too outspoken.(你太直率了。)73. Every dog has his day.(凡人皆有得意时。)74. Are you out of you mind?(你疯了吗?)75. He's been everywhere.(他到处都去过了。)76. Who is to blame?(该怪谁?)77. There're a lot of rumors going around.(很多流言流传着。)78. I don't feel up to that.(我觉得不能胜任那工作。)79. I'm mad at myself.(我生自己的气。)80. It's raining cats and dogs.(下着倾盆大雨。)81. What the hell are you doing?(你到底在做什么?)82. I can't seem to get to sleep.(我好象睡不着。)83. You look very serious about something.(你似乎有很严重的事。)84. I hope I'm not in the way.(我希望没有造成妨碍。)85. A fool never learns.(傻瓜永远学不会。)86. What brings you to Beijing?(什么风把你吹到北京来的?)87. She looks blue.(她满面忧伤.)
Au Pair activity :)
Every weekend we prepare some Au Pair activities with our candidates, in order to meet other foreign students and hang out. Let's see what it looked like previous Saturday :)
美国儿童心理学家经过多年的研究发现，注重培养孩子快乐的性格，有利于孩子健康成长。那么，如何培养孩子的快乐性格呢?以下几个方面可... 美国儿童心理学家经过多年的研究发现，注重培养孩子快乐的性格，有利于孩子健康成长。那么，如何培养孩子的快乐性格呢?以下几个方面可为您提供参考： 第一，密切同孩子之间的感情。在培养快乐性格的过程中，友谊起着重要的作用。因此父母要鼓励孩子与同龄人一起玩耍，让他们学会愉快融洽的人际交往。 第二，给孩子提供决策的机会和权力。快乐性格的养成与指导和控制孩子的行为有着密切的联系。父母要设法给孩子提供机会，使孩子从小就知道怎样使用自己的决策权。 第三，教孩子调整心理状态。应使孩子明白，有些人一生快乐，其秘诀在于有适应力很强的心理状态，这使他们能很快地从失望中振作起来。在孩子受到某种挫折时，要让他知道前途总是光明的，并教孩子注意调整心理状态，使他恢复快乐的心情。 第四，限制孩子的物质占有欲。因为给孩子东西太多会使其产生“获得就是得到幸福的源泉”这样一种错觉，所以应结合事例教育他们，人生的快乐不能仅与物质财富的占有划等号。 第五，培养孩子广泛的兴趣。平时注意孩子的爱好。为孩子提供各种兴趣的选择，并给予孩子必要的引导，孩子的业余爱好广泛，自然容易拥有快乐的性格。 第六，保持家庭生活的美满和谐。家庭和睦，也是培养孩子快乐性格的一个主要因素。有资料表明，在幸福的家庭中成长起来的孩子，成年后能幸福生活的比在不幸家庭成长起来的孩子要多得多。
美国高中近年来低龄化留学趋势日益显著，美国作为教育资源大国，选择赴美国高中留学的学生越来越多，从而其申请竞争也越来越多... 近年来低龄化留学趋势日益显著，美国作为教育资源大国，选择赴美国高中留学的学生越来越多，从而其申请竞争也越来越多激烈，而且美国高中留学的申请要求也在不断变化。 寄宿高中对学生数量进行限制并提高评估水平 由于近几年美国著名中学的申请者英文水平普遍较高，所以美国寄宿中学将更加看重学生的活动及爱好。根据兆龙留学近期的录取案例分析：寄宿高中更喜欢具有国际背景的学子。 寄宿初中申请将会更为激烈 如今，许多家长希望从7、8年级开始就让孩子出国读书。但是美国寄宿制初中较少，申请难度较大。但是在美国读初中的学生，升入美国高中的难度要比从中国直升美国高中简单。兆龙留学美国部彭老师建议家长要提早准备。 TOEFL JUNIOR成绩很重要 如今TOEFL JUNIOR已逐渐被部分走读私立中学和寄宿中学所认可。TOEFL JUNIOR的难度相对于TOEFL较为简单一些，学生更容易考出高分。兆龙留学专家建议家长多加关注TOEFL JUNIOR考试信息，可以将TOEFL JUNIOR考试看成是TOEFL的基础考试。 热门区域寄宿家庭资源会更加稀缺 美国走读中学因其周边寄宿家庭较少而不能招收更多的国际生，热门地区的寄宿家庭资源更加稀少。如果希望选择热门学校，需要做好自己的孩子与其他国际生同住在一家寄宿家庭的准备。 美国校园面试预约难度将提升 随着申请的学生越来越多，校园面试预约的时间也变得越来越早，彭老师建议学生自8月底开始联系学校，并进行相关规划。 参加美国中学夏季课程的人数会有所增加 美国中学的夏季课程对于我国学生了解美国教育方式有一定帮助，如果学生在夏季课程项目里表现较好，也能够得到相关老师的推荐，在申请时也会有一定的优势。
Au pair from Poland :)
Hey guys! Remember Mariola, girl from Poland that arrived here almost 2 months ago? Well, we wanted to check up on her, and she says she's extremely satisfied and would like to find a job here ^_^ Good luck Mariola, hope all your wishes come true :) Not to mention we got pretty close, and hanging around in our free time :D Here are some pictures of her with host - sister.
Chinese New Year Now — Modern Activities
1.3 Billion People Are on the Move — Traffic Is in ChaosPacked Guilin Railway StationIt seems the whole nation is on the move during the festival. The festival is thebusiest travel season in China, when trains and buses are fully packed. Even flight tickets are hard to get.Chinese people do whatever they can to go home to see their families: buying a ticket from scalpers at several times the price, queuing for three days, fightingfor a ticket to stand for more than 20 hours in an over-packed train, or riding a bus with 20 extra passengers on stools down the aisle for 12 hours or more.China's migrant workers are the main force during this migration. They carry large and heavy bags full of their worldly possessions and gifts, traveling generally from China's rich east back to their hometowns.A Rough Time for Singles — Rent a Fake Boyfriend?Chinese New Year is a joyful time for most, but for singles above the normal matrimonial age it is not so. Parents and relatives think they should be settled down.In China, females are said to be marriageable before 30, and males before 32. Those who don't get married before these ages are thought to be the dregs of society.For these singles, parents are extremely anxious. So New Year's Eve is heighted by embarrassing interrogations of the singles. Parents even arrange dating for their single children.To solve this problem an interesting, and often ridiculous, solution has appeared — renting a boyfriend or girlfriend for the New Year. There are websites and agents specialized in this business. Taobao, China's largest online retailer, has a section for fake boyfriend and girlfriend rentals. The price is about 100 yuan (16 USD) a day. Sending Lucky Chinese New Year Cell Phone MessagesSending cell phone messages has become the main way to greet people on Chinese New Year's Eve. In the past people sent New Year cards or called each other to express their good wishes during the Spring Festival. Now most people use cell phone text messages or WeChat (微信 Wēixìn /way-sshin/) to greet their friends.There are plentiful messages online for people to choose from when New Year is coming. Long or short, these messages are filled with warmth and good wishes.
How Chinese New Year Is Celebrated Traditionally
Spring Festival HistoryThe Spring Festival has a history of more than 4,000 years. It is said that it originated from a belief in deities that had to be sacrificed to every year. When the solar terms changed, dictating farming activities, especially at the end of a year, people would sacrifice to the deities and pray for a good harvest.Rarely Seen Cultural Activities to SeeChinese New Year lion danceMany cultural activities occur during the festival. Rural areas and small towns retain more traditional celebrations, such as setting off firecrackers, ancestor worship, and dragon dances. Setting off firecrackers and fireworks are common during the Spring Festival season all over China; dragon dances and ancestor worship less so in the city.At temple fairs in many Chinese cities traditional performances can be seen: dragon dances, lion dances, and performances representing palace events like an emperor's wedding. A great variety of traditional Chinese products are on offer there, and strange Chinese snacks, rarely seen the rest of the year. Beijing's temple fairs are held in parks from the first day of the lunar year to the Lantern Festival. In North China people perform various versions of the Rice Sprout Song (扭秧歌 Niǔyāng Gē /nyoh-yang ger/ ‘twist sprout song'), a traditional Chinese dance performed by a group of colorfully-dressed women and men.Lucky Decorations EverywhereRed lanterns hang in a park in BeijingEvery street, building, and house is decorated with red. “Red” is the main color for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious color. Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.As 2016 is the year of monkey, decorations related to monkeys will be commonly seen. There are red monkey dolls for children and New Year paintings with monkeys on. Read more on Chinese New Year Decorations.Red Envelopes — the Most Popular GiftsLike Christmas in the West, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. The most common gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. It is not a customs to give red envelopes to (working) adults. Read more on Chinese New Year Gift IdeasFoods with Lucky Meanings Are EatenChinese Dumplings is a must for Chinese New YearCertain foods are eaten during the festival because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearance.Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish (鱼 yú /yoo/) sounds like the word for surplus (余 yú). Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year. Another traditional Chinese New Year food is Chinese dumplings. Because the shape of Chinese dumplings looks like silver ingot - a kind of ancient Chinese money, Chinese people believe eating dumplings during the New Year festival will bring more money and wealth for the coming year. Other New Year food includes spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes and Sweet Rice Balls.A Season of Superstitions — How to be Lucky in 2016…Chinese people believe that, as the Spring Festival is the start of a new year, what you do then will affect your luck in the coming year. There are many taboos for the Spring Festival season. These taboos usually apply up to a month before the festival and continue to the end of the festival (day 15, the Lantern Festival). They are strictly followed in rural areas by the older generations, but the younger generations and people in urban areas may not know them.Some Chinese people believe that they mustn't do cleaning and wash their hair in the first three days as that will sweep/wash away good luck.A cry of a child is believed to bring bad luck to the family, so the young are placated fastidiously.To ask for a loan is a big "no-no".Another interesting thing is the red underwear. You will see red underwear sold at supermarkets and street markets. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For the people born in a year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004), red underwear is a must for 2016.To pray in a temple during the Chinese New Year is said to be blessed, and will lead to a smooth coming year. In Shanghai, China's biggest city, thousands flock to Longhua Temple, the city's biggest temple, praying for good fortune.
Learning is a lifelong process
Recently, the famous professor "Zhengqiang" from Zhejiang University made another speech, in which was a sentence "Chinese Children don't lose at the finishing line, but instead are all tortured to death at the starting line." In his speech, he reproached the current situation where children are taught with academic knowledge at a quite early age. Looking around, the present situation is really astounding. Babies under the age of one are in different educational institutions, trained with so-called skills; in the nurseries, small kids are learning characters and math; in schools, the problems faced with students sometimes are so difficult and confusing even to adults. People are complaining of the educational system, but parents are enthusiastic about different courses for they all believe their children are genius and don't want to miss any chance to develop them. However, one thing is often ignored. That is how often they pay attention to the children's perseverance.In my view, I don't think there are too many problems in teaching small kids academic knowledge or other skills. The key point is what the expectations of the parents are and how they will get around their children if their interest is not in line with theirs. It's not wrong to teacher children knowledge while it's wrong not to teach them how to treat knowledge and life itself. Since we cannot or we should not expect our children to live up to our own expectations, we are supposed to be prepared to accept the fact that they don't like the way we have chosen for them and dont' want to follow it. Therefore, it will be better if we highlight the importance of perseverance in their development rather than how much they have learned. When the spirit is cultivated, we cannot ensure a child's excellence at different ages compared with others while it's certain that he will be excellence in his own life. The purpose of education is to foster an excellent person, not to foster a person who is better than others.I feel sorry when I see students in colleges are tired with knowledge, hanging around every day, waiting for the certificate at their graduation but without any interest in their majors for their interest is being worn out when they are "forced" to learn at their early age. Actually, learning is a lifelong process, which goes with our growth. Due to it, we are meant to be persevered. Actually, it's lucky for children to have opportunities to learn even when they are still babies. As long as they know what perseverance means to them and they are required to live up to their own expectations, learning will not be a burden but an enjoyment. Although the real world is cruel for us and learning for certain purposes cannot be avoid when we are faced with heated competitions, we should always remind ourselves of what really matters.Hopefully, one day, when students graduate from the high school, we can see their desire for college life and study instead of their extreme behaviors such as tearing all their books and papers up to express their depressions in their study. After all, graduating from the high school is not an end but the beginning to our adult life.
It is never too late to learn
Below is a good speech, so me-Rebecca, one of the Ou Bei staff copy the article and put it on our website. It's never too late to learn It’s my great honor to be here to talk about the importance of something on learning. May I begin my speech by asking a question? Have you ever eager to learning something but doubting it is too late to do so. If you do, I would tell you that I have a friend much like you do!Last winter holiday I backed home., a friend who dropped out of school three years ago came to me .after knowing the interesting university life of mine ,he showed great interest on university .and hesitated whether to back to school to go on the study, as a friend of his, of course I had encouraged him to continue .it seems that to get a further education can benefit us a lot. it may make the way shorter when we try to be succeeded .he promised he would think it over. but a few days later he told me he finally decide to give up .it’s too late and too hard for him start afresh the high school course…A few weeks ago, he gave me a call, excited to tell me that he planed to be a kindergarten. The male kindergarten is hot in China as few man choose to take this job. but he worried that it seems too late to start it at a age of 22.Fine! He was hesitating ,again!I understand why people feel uneasy when the attend to go on a job that they have missed the best time to do. as the job may has great impact on their future life. To start it or not .it’s really troubled. Hesitating is reasonable . But ,dose hesitation make any difference? The only way to change your actuality is: Figure out a plan and bravely to set out your step. Just do it! You don’t have the qualification to judge it utill you try. Its never too late to learn, a learning heart can never be growing old. Like a uncle of mine. Who retired from work several years ago. He is 64-year-old already. And it shocked me greatly that he is learning English now. which proved his words “keep learning until go to the other world is the most wonderful thing in life. A 22-year-old man complained “It’s too late to do it.” while a 70 one said “I feel I’m young to learn”. Is’t it strange ?Can’t we realize the importance of the meaning of“never to late to learn”until we experienced a lot and being old like a 70 man? It’s a sorrow if we a waste of the golden time of our life. Why not to start our plan right now. don’t be heel-dragging, or you will never becoming a winner . Remember it :every moment could be the most suitable time as long as you decide to learn.
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