Do you know the English names for all of the animals pictured above? If not, then you better look at the Animal English Names book pictured on the far right, even if you are not a child! Click here to take a look.
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One of the best ways to learn English words for animals is to practice in a zoo. This is a great activity for spring and fall, but who wants to stand out in the summer scorching sun just to look at animals. Another way to practice English animal names is to visit a Zoo Coffee shop, located in most of China's major cities. Zoo Coffee's cool air conditioned environment is a great escape from the summer heat, and a chance to practice reading a bilingual menu!
See more about this exciting holiday, including a free video about Easter on our holiday page.
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One of the things I love about Chinese people is their love for celebrations. They always find a reason to celebrate. They even made a “holiday” out of November 11, Singles Day, a record shopping day. But everybody knows the biggest holiday in China is Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival. The Chinese New Year holiday season has always been long, but now it seems to be getting even longer.
Back in the United States our holiday season typically begins on Thanksgiving Day, near the end of November, and extends through New Year’s Day, January 1. During most of this time people work as usual. Most companies shut down for a day, or maybe two, for Christmas and another day for the New Year. Schools normally have a break around Christmas and the New Year, but it’s only about 2 weeks, very short compared to the long Chinese holiday.
Now that Christmas is joyously celebrated in China, the holiday season here extends from December all the way through Spring Festival. In some places Chinese red lanterns and Christmas trees are even displayed together. China has the longest holiday season in the world!
Of course, every joyous occasion has critics. There may be people in the world who do not like Chinese New Year, and there are some in China who object to Christmas. But today we have become a globalized world where we happily share each others' celebrations. Chinese New Year is celebrated in some international schools, even though a few may protest, “I’m not Chinese.” And those who think Christmas is a western holiday have forgotten the “reason for the season.” The one whose birth we celebrate on this holiday was born in the Mideast, not in the West. It’s a holiday for people everywhere to enjoy!
I would love to see Spring Festival celebrated by more people back in my home country, the USA. Can you imagine it? Our holiday season would run from Thanksgiving Day all the way through Chinese New Yearl! But, until that happens, China holds the record for the longest holiday celebration!
Another Christmas and New Years Day have passed, but in China, the holiday season will continue through Spring Festival. We still see Christmas decorations is some of China's stores and coffee shops, so we don't have to give it up completely. One of my kids' favorite songs is, Let it be Christmas every day. If you would like to keep celebrating and learning about Christmas, you can go directly to our Christmas page here.
Enjoy this free (click here) Christmas video to learn more about the holiday and at the same time, practice English listening.The video is in English, but it is also available with Chinese subtitles.
Lots of Christmas resources are available on our holiday page.
It's refreshing to sit in a coffee shop where Christmas is still celebrated. In China, we enjoy delightful Christmas music at Maan Coffee, which is really decked out for the holiday. In the picture below, Christmas garland adorns the wooden railing beside my table.
Christmas trees, gifts, and so many other images of Christmas? What are they all about? What do they mean? Get all of your answers from a brand new free PDF article, Images of Christmas. Click here to find your answers.
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TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID FOR YOUR 2017 CHINESE NEW YEAR, OR WHAT YOU WILL DO THIS SUMMER. These are very easy topics for practicing English. Just tell a friend what you did for the holiday or what you will do this summer. It can be simple, but use English. Click here to see my simple conversation about the holiday, and then try it yourself. It's so easy!
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Do you ever make English mistakes? What a silly question! Of course, everybody makes mistakes. The real question is this: Do you want to correct your English mistakes? If your answer is "yes," go to our English Mistakes page.
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December is Christmas season around the world. Stores are decorating for the holiday and many people are busy with Christmas shopping. Click on the Christmas tree to go to the holiday page and learn more about Christmas.
Holidays are a great time to practice your English, learn about cultures and explore the history of these important holidays. Although Christmas and New Years Day are past, you can still keep increasing your understanding of culture by studying the meaning of holidays.
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One of the most practical ways to improve English skills is to read bilingual articles. Of course, you have to read both languages, not just the Chinese. Here are some free samples you may like to try:
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What scientists say about Evolution:
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