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Talking with Beauties: Female Foreigners Speaking Korean

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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After featuring foreigners who spoke Chinese really fluently, I decided to look into foreigners who could speak Korean fluently.  In my search I came across a KBS (Korean Broadcasting Show) called “미녀들의 수다.”  “Global Talk Show” is the official English translation of the show according to KBS, but other English translations include: Talk with beauties, […]

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20 Most Powerful Chinese Celebrities – Part 1

Monday, March 30, 2009

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Forbes did an article titled China’s 25 Most Powerful Celebrities where they compiled a list of the most powerful and influential Chinese celebrities for 2008.  This list and rankings was based on a combination of factors like wealth, income, and the number of appearances in popular media (television, websites, newspapers, etc…).  While the list is […]

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French Women Are Sexual Predators

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Carla Bruni, an ex-model and musician, who now is the wife of French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been quoted as saying “I am a tamer [of men], a cat, an Italian… I am faithful… to myself. I am monogamous from time to time but I prefer polygamy and polyandry [its female equivalent].”  Granted she isn’t […]

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Korean Karaoke Videos Are for Everyone

Friday, March 20, 2009

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Some of you may or may not be familiar with the folk musical comedy duo named Flight of the Conchords.  They are originally from New Zealand and dub themselves “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.”  As you might be able to tell Flight of the Conchords aren’t your typical […]

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Becoham – David Beckham Inspired Chinese Condoms

Thursday, February 26, 2009

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So the story supposedly goes like this.  A Chinese condom manufacturing company was suffering lackluster sales in the marketplace.  In effort to boost sales the company tried one last tactic by changing the brand name to “Becoham” which in Chinese sounds exactly like Beckham, as in David Beckham, the celebrity soccer player.  Thanks to this […]

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Genki Japan: Fun Japanese Learning Songs

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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In my random searching for good or fun Japanese learning materials I came across a website which takes a very unique approach to Japanese learning.  It’s called GenkiJapan.net (though for some reason when you get to the site it redirects to GenkiEnglish.net).  “Genki” in Japanese means “energetic” or “fun” and “Japan” means Japan the country […]

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Top 10 Foreigners Who Speak Chinese Better than Me

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Considering my parent’s are immigrants from Taiwan and I’ve been studying Chinese since I was a kid you would think I would be pretty good at Mandarin.  However, I suck.  While it doesn’t take much to find someone who speaks better Mandarin Chinese than me here are 10 non-native Chinese speakers who rock the language. […]

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Panda, Nature’s Language Master and Teacher

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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For better or for worse , I’ve started to notice a trend in foreign language education.  Apparently, pandas are the most qualified to teach children foreign languages.   Of all of nature’s animals–monkeys, giraffes, sharks, owls, etc … — pandas are the one animal who’s language ability surpasses all the other animals and is the animal […]

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French Women Not Into “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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Liz Tuccillo is the co-author of  the best selling American book HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU and past writer on the HBO show Sex and the City.  After lackluster sales of her book in France, which was also one of the last countries to buy the rights to the book, she decided to investigate […]

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10 Spanish Popular Music Artists You Probably Don’t Know

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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When it comes to Spanish language and culture, I don’t know very much besides the things most Americans might associate (correctly or incorrectly) Spanish culture with like Taco Bell, Ricky Martin, Tapas, etc…When it comes to “Spanish” singers and music I can only come up with Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Selena, and Jennifer Lopez.  […]

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