Monthly archive for August 2014

The Importance of Mastering American Slang

The Importance of Mastering American Slang

What’s up?! Well, a lot of things. Stars. Ceilings. Trees. But you know as well as I that I’m asking about your life. What is happening and how you are handling it? That’s the sly, simple, spacious impact of slang in our culture today. We hardly recognize when we slip into such commonly used colloquialisms. Which is precisely why it’s so important for us to have a good mastery of American slang, especially if we’re attempting to teach non-English speakers the nuances of our confounding language. Thankfully, good people have done the hard yards of compiling the words you need to know. I’m just here to tell you why you need to know them. For Building Relationships Slang, by its nature, is informal. You wouldn’t typically use it on your scholarly essays and tests because those are assessing your grasp of “proper” or formal English. You may as well take your tea and crumpets along. But once you leave Downton Abbey and step out onto the streets, slang is not only commonplace, but highly relatable. It is the people’s language of choice. It is metaphor and irony and slant rhymes. And mastering slang will help connect you with others via […]

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5 Korean Summer Fashion Trends

5 Korean Summer Fashion Trends

If any one word best describes the generation of modern Koreans, it’s trendsetters. Seriously, I’ve yet to see another country so amazingly on point with their fashion game. Each season, Korea brings fresh new trends and revamps old ones with an almost unbelievable amount of originality.

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Korean Men And Make-Up

Korean Men And Make-Up

I believed a hyped lie before I moved to Asia, and that lie was that most men wear beauty products as casually as women do in South Korea. The strange thing is that all I felt was a sense of excitement. Call me crazy, but I don’t think that hiding a few blemishes with concealer or foundation makes a man any less of a….well, a man.

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Korea’s Hottest Summer Trends

Korea's Hottest Summer Trends

The three things you’ll quickly learn to be true while living in South Korea go as follows: kimchi is a cure all, your elders must be respected without question, and a beautiful face can get you through any tough situation. With these three nuggets of wisdom, I’d say having a beautiful face is the most important.

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Resource List for the Future Perfect Tense

Resource List for the Future Perfect Tense

Once you go through these links, you will have mastered the Future Perfect tense. So kick your feet up and jump right in. Understanding and Teaching the Future Perfect A very simple chart to ease you into the Future Perfect structure. Here’s the breakdown on the Future Perfect with some pictures to boot. Charts for each possible subject pairing of the Future Perfect. An overview of the Future Perfect (plus links to all other tenses). Practicing the Future Perfect Printable color worksheets to hand out or hang around the room. Perfect English Grammar’s online practice quiz. Another online practice arena for the Future Perfect with automatic answers. An online, jumbled sentence game to hone your mad skills. An asteroids game that somehow relates to the verb tenses. Games and Activities for the Classroom Seven “perfect” activities to teach the Future Perfect. Once again, Will Smith steps in to help us learn our verb tenses. That guy. What a legend. A simple board game for Future Perfect practice and question generation. Penny for your thoughts? “Looking Into The Future” lesson plan for teaching the Future Perfect. The Grammar Tenses Simple Present (main verb) Simple Past (past tense of main verb) Simple Future (will or […]

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The Call to Create

The Call to Create

As I sat at the lakeside listening to the waves stirred up by the refreshing breeze, stoic, snow-capped mountain peaks standing guard at the water’s edge, poetry practically punched me square in the jaw. This moment of peace and beauty needed to be quantified somehow. Some words, some picture, some art, so that when I wanted to forget and get caught up in the stresses and worries life always offers, I wouldn’t be able to. I would remember. A friend recently told me one of the things she adored most about travel was the addiction of looking back, of remembering. Because the reality of travel isn’t nearly as sweet as the filters our minds make in remembrance. I wonder then, what it takes to properly capture a moment? To drink in the fullness of these colors and find peace in the sounds of this rain and relish the genius of the jazz playing in front of us? Each note part of a tune we’ll soon forget, but comprising an evening we will cherish into eternity. This is a call to the poets. The photographers. The painters. The wordsmiths. The knitters. The metalworkers. The carpenters. The ship-in-bottle builders. This is a […]

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Travel Inspiration Series: Zoe Tuckey

Travel Inspiration Series: Zoe Tuckey

One of my favorite aspects of travel is the friendships I build with fascinating people from all over our sweet world. Zoe is one of those friends who inspire me as a writer, a traveler, and a lover of life. I had a chance to chat with Zoe about some of her experiences and I walked away in typical fashion: stirred in my soul. JG: You’ve had quite a fascinating, dare I say exotic, childhood. Tell me a bit about your family and where you call home. ZT: When people say things like this I always find it strange because I don’t see anything unusual about my upbringing until someone points it out. Yes, I guess I have had a fascinating childhood! My parents moved to India when I was about 2 years old. I’ve done a bit of moving around since then but have found myself back where I started. I think I will always call India home, but also like to see myself as some sort of world citizen. That is if the world will have me! JG: Having grown up in an Eastern culture, what values shaped you and where does travel fit in those values? ZT: People […]

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Networking At EPIK Orientation

Networking At EPIK Orientation

Fall EPIK orientation is just weeks away and now that you have your packing list and last minute tips from my previous articles, we can begin to focus on another good idea to keep in mind during your time at orientation: networking. I know on top of all the other things going through your mind the thought of networking might seem furthest from important, but it really does have its advantages.

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