First a little bit about myself... Un poco de mi... wer bin ich!

09/02/2009 - 23:59 | JoelBohórquez

My name is Joel and I am 27 years old. I decided to be part of this comunity because I was looking for a partner to speak and practice German, but it is being difficult to learn German because of my many occupations and I decided to keep practicing my English, which is fairly good. I saw that I could be useful to help others to learn Spanish and I realize how frustrating is when one wants to learn another language but there is no people out there, willing to help you learn their native language, because as for me, it has been very hard to find german people to practice, maybe because our time difference. I want to be useful to others... So, I am willing to help you and maybe you can help me to learn this very interesting language.


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09/02/2009 - 16:03 | Akiko_Meguro


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09/02/2009 - 14:39 | DavidCrecente

Works clothes vocabulary.

Describe what the people are wearing.



   In the picture above we can see two women. Both are using clothes which fit them perfectly.

   The woman situated on the left is wearing a pattern dress. Her dress is white and she is using a black and gray belt. It is loose-fitting.

   The other girl seens to wear a bit more sophisticated. Mixxing jeans and jacket.

   She's wearing tight jeans without belt. And a black jacket with three buttons. They are absolute plain.



In the picture above there is a woman wearing a trendy dress. Really short and tight. It's a checked dress with several colors: yellow, red, white, blue and black.

She has also a ring in her finger.


   Thanks in advance.


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Tomorrow is ChungYuan Pu Du Festival

09/02/2009 - 10:04 | 江青欣

It"s a traditional festival in Taiwan.

Many people buy  a lot of foods and some living stuff to worship the ghosts.

Not only fruits,some drinks, cookies ,candies but some clothes, towels etc.

As a result ,you can see many delicious foods display in the gard .

Besides whorshiping other ghosts,people still have to worship their ancestors.

Because It's also a day they will come back to enjoy the preparing.

People will burn some temple money too ,to make them wealthy to spend them when come back.

They believe It's the way to  keep them away from disasters.

There are still many activities this festival famous for.

However sometimes It's hard to see. 

But the traditional things I told you above, it's quite common to see in Chungyuan Pu Du Festival .

To me,It's really a good festival because we can have many candies to eat.Ha ha~~~It's the best part of it



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I have a question about English

09/02/2009 - 07:59 | miyoliu

Hi everyone,


Good day,


I have a question about English.

What difference is between film and movie?


For example,

I will go to the theater to see movie XXX

I will go to the theater to see film XXX


Which sentence is correct?


Please help me, thank you.

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The Inscrutable Japanese in series up to 011 <anonymous>

09/02/2009 - 05:54 | harryterrafrank

The Inscrutable Japanese in series up to 011

001 Why won’t Japanese look me in the eyes?

        This is simply one of many significant cultural difference that most
non-Japanese have hard time understanding. While not making an eye contact
while the other is talking to you is considered rude in Western and many other
cultures, making an eye contact is considered rude in Japan for a long time.
A parent would feel disrespected, if a child looks straight back at their
parents look back.
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002 Why do Japanese say, “yes” all the time?

        Japanese people often use a word “yes”. Despite their verbal agreement
and signs of understanding, it’s not so easy to understand whether Japanese
people have truly agreed or understood you.  This is one of many aspects where
misunderstanding leading to discomfort between the Japanese and the foreigners.
   “Yes” in Japanese “hai” has ambiguity to the word itself depending on
the situation, where as in English, the word “yes” doesn’t have much ambiguity.
   Japanese people would use “yes” as “hai” much same way how English speaker
Would give nod and say “uh-huh” “I see” or “hmm”. With this said, don’t assume
That Japanese people understands everything what they say. They may only be
Saying “yes” as if they’re nodding to what you say. It’s always good to double check
with Japanese people if you think they have a question mark on their face.
   Another reason why you should double check at the end of the conversation is
that in Japanese culture it’s considered rude to interrupt someone in the middle
of the talk.  There’s chance that Japanese people understands the main point of
the conversation but misunderstands the small details.
   In addition, little adjustments such as speaking clearly, slowly, and choosing
Vocabulary can always limit misunderstanding in communication.

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003 Why do Japanese like the word “maybe”?
   Japanese don’t use the word “no”. It’s not that they can’t say the words, but they prefer to use “maybe”. Japanese custom has a strong taboo for one to directly refusing or giving negative opinion to someone else’s ideas. Japanese people will try to keep any confrontation out of work environment in order to maintain the harmony known as “wa”.
  Often times, Japanese people would agree with you during class. This is to avoid any confrontation. However, it wouldn’t hurt to ask the teacher during recess or lunchtime if there was any concern or comment about the lesson. Despite how this might frustrate many of you, with time or with change of setting, the teacher might give you their much honest thought. Due to language barrier, teacher might not have concern. However, it wouldn’t hurt to approach teachers every time., as this act
would make teacher more comfortable with you, that later on, they may
be able to share some honest opinions.
  How do you read their mind to understand if they mean ”no”?
As you may all know, communication is more than just exchanging words.
What one can do to improve better relationship with Japanese people is to try to understand them not only through words, but also with their voice tone and body language.
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004 Why won’t Japanese speak to me directly?
   This is another cultural difference and it’s simply due to Japanese
people doing best to maintain the harmony known as “wa”. In Japan,
directly pointing mistake or giving negative opinion to the co-worker
is avoided. Japanese people think this act will create conflict in work
environment. Because of this Japanese people convey message gently
by not speaking to one directly but by having a third party. For Japanese
people this method of communication is considered best to maintain
the harmony or “wa”, whereas for many foreigners it’s seen as “sneaky”
or “untrustworthy” behavior. Although it is one of the most difficult
customs for many foreigners to understand, it’s important to understand
Japanese people’s effort of maintaining “wa”. Japanese people will
appreciate you understanding and respecting their behavior, and moreover, foreigner’s effort to maintaining “wa” will certainly be
recognized and appreciated by Japanese rather than you trying
to justify your point.
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005 Why do Japanese apologize so much ?
   This is another custom that supports the idea of maintaining “wa”
in Japanese social structure. Historically its society was agricultural and
village-based, with people cultivating tiny plots of land side by side.
Cooperation in the village was essential in order to operate as a group
to cultivate crops on limited available land. In Japan, maintaining group
harmony and restricting individual demands and desires were highly
regarded. This is why individualism has a negative connotation, and can
sometimes be interpreted as simple egoism.
   An expression “sumimasen” which can be translated “I’m sorry”,
is used to ease and prepare the atmosphere and promote interaction,
and not Japanese people simply apologizing for no reason. This act of
conversation is very basic for Japanese, and it’s simply to get someone’s
attention to get to the main discussion point.
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006 Why can’t Japanese insist that they are right?
   Japanese people usually don’t argue with what someone says to them.
In Japan, if you argue back at someone, you run the risk of it being taken
As a character assault. It’s important to take plenty of time before voicing
Opposition, no matter what the subject or situation. It is not good to quickly offer an opposing opinion. Inn reality, “ma” is not just a few seconds or minutes. Sometimes it can take several days or weeks to bring
the topic again after the initial conversation. Conveying a message indirectly through “ma” is an important technique by which Japanese
maintain “wa”.
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007 Why are Japanese so ambiguous?
   In Japan, being ambiguous is intelligent and savvy. Ambiguity is a
weapon that enables one to co-exist harmoniously with others and to enjoy the benefits of insider status. Ambiguity avoids or smoothes over conflicts and promotes teamwork, allowing one to modestly blend into
the group. Foreigners can avoid angrily criticizing the ambiguous behavior of their Japanese colleagues by learning a little about their culture. Efforts to adapt their ways of behavior should be made. Through
repeated trial and error misunderstandings can be resolved.
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008 Why are Japanese speeches hard to understand?
   Japanese try to get to the core of the matter by first understanding the background and context of the problem. Japanese use of “kishotenketsu,” a style of logic used in speeches and in relating accounts. This style presents the background of the event and gives related examples, and only then comes to the main point, in the conclusion.
Foreigners get bored or interrupt the speaker in anticipation of the conclusion. Often time, this builds more frustration, as Japanese speaker usually just starts from the beginning again. This is a result of significant differences in writing style.
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009 Why can’t Japanese explain things clearly?
   It is often said that Japanese convey messages containing unspoken
Meanings. The proverb “Say one, know ten” illustrates the belief that if the whole message is given all at once, a person can give the impression
Of being too pushy or patronizing to the other party. Unfortunately, there are cases in which a Japanese may explain five points to get ten across, thinking that this is enough. But the foreigners may still only understand
half of his explanation. To avoid misunderstandings, foreigners can take
memo and go over the points at the end to let Japanese know what you
got from their explanation. In addition, being aware of body language or gestures is important. Messages are usually given both verbally and through body language. Japanese gestures tend to be subtle, while foreigners are more exaggerated.
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010 Why don’t Japanese go home right after work?
   In Japan, people have to get to know each other and build a good
relationship in order to create “wa” among the group. Everyone works
all day and come back to the staff room at the end of the day, and this is when staff members of the various departments get to see each other, just like a family. Department members get together after five to relax and discuss what happened during the day, exchanging customer-related gossip or information about internal affairs. Japanese stay late in order
to be part of the circle of communication and to network. It’s not that
Japanese always stay late to work. Rather, they stay late to build relationships. In real terms, the practice is not all that productive.
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011 Why do Japanese take so long to make decisions?
   In Japan, an individual’s decision-making authority is more limited
than in other countries. Foreigners can readily change plans after a decision is made, but this is most often almost impossible in Japan. The Japanese strength is that they take time to lay a solid foundation before
the initial decision. Consensus is necessary in making the initial decision, so Japanese must gather the necessary resources, statistics and past precedents along the way in order to persuade top management.
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Please leave your opinions or comments on these topics! Best Regards

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09/01/2009 - 11:11 | ShirleyChang

Me alegro muchísimo de que sea el primer día de la primavera!  Yay! :)  (Bueno...por lo menos, en Australia y el resto del hemisferio sur!)

Como siempre, por favor corrígeme.

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08/31/2009 - 12:58 | cushion

Hi, I'm Spanish,
and I'm looking for some English
native speakers to practice both Spanish and English languages, if you want to
improve your Spanish, either be taught about my country’s
culture, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

I’m keen on cooking and surfing as well :)

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¡Hola todos!

08/31/2009 - 12:22 | Adrián.Lucio

¡Hola, amigos!


 Hi everyone!


 This is my first post. I hope you can help me with my English.


Have a nice day!

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About my profile

08/31/2009 - 04:53 | AlbertoFernandez 2

Hello everybody, I would like to know where I can find my profile... I mean, the place where I can change my picture, my age( I'm not going to change it, but it is just to give more information)... Also, I don't know what picture I have at that moment... I thought that I could find on 'My Account' menu but in this place, I just can change my email, password and something more. Can somebody tell me where my profile is?


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