2018 is the year of the dog. During the May holiday, perhaps you will spend time with family and friends, eat something delicious, and hopefully, rest. Did you know there is a great way to do 3 things all at the same time? You can (1) Rest, (2) Improve your English, (3) Celebrate the year of the dog, all at the same time. How? Glad you asked. It's simple: Sit down and relax, download and watch English dog movies. To see the list of some of my favorite English dog movies, click here.
Do you know the English names for all of the animals pictured above? If not, then you must look at the Animal English Names book pictured on the far right, even if you are not a child! Click here for this free book. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
If you don't know the English words for these yummy things, click here for the answer key.
It's the Year of the Dog! "Dog Chinglish" is an easy activity for students of any age. To see if you can correct these sentences, click here.
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A great way to learn English words for animals is to practice in a zoo. This is a great activity for spring and fall, but some days are not suitable for outdoor activities. 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 environment is a great escape from whatever is outside, and a chance to practice reading a bilingual menu! Animals are sitting and standing all over the coffee shop (don't worry, they aren't real). Next time you visit Zoo Coffee, see if you know the English words for all of the animals you see.
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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.
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.
Would you like to learn more about other holidays? Click here to go to the Lovin' English Holidays page.
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TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID FOR YOUR 2017 CHINESE NEW YEAR, OR WHAT YOU WILL DO THE 2018 CHINESE NEW YEAR. 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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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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EVERY DAY, EVEN IF YOU ARE BUSY: READ SOMETHING IN ENGLISH. LISTEN TO SOMETHING IN ENGLISH. SAY SOMETHING IN ENGLISH.
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