Monthly Archives: July 2012

An extraordinary, inspirational man – Eric Liddell, the Scottish/Chinese Olympian

Hands up all of you who have seen the 1981 movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ with the extraordinarily evocative music by Vangelis. It won four Oscars and a re-mastered version has just been released to coincide with the London Olympics 2012.  … Continue reading

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Watching Electric Shadows on my Electric Brain

When learning a language you have to build up vocabulary, and remember it.  As infants we all learn to speak in a very natural way – every word is new, but we concentrate on the words that we need or … Continue reading

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Shouting from the rooftops – would it help me learn Chinese?

Recently, when in a local restaurant, I had an exchange with a waiter and I found it rather unusual – he spoke English reasonably well, but he didn’t actually ‘speak’ it, he shouted it. Westerners in China get used to … Continue reading

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