Last week, we had Mary Chan from The Homestay Kitchen Podcast come by for an interview with Greg. They talked about how homestay families can make things better and easier for students and about being open to students’ culture.
Have you stayed with a homestay family before? Sometimes it can be hard to find a good homestay at a reasonable price. However, if you’re able to find a family that fits, living with a Canadian family can be a very rewarding experience. Many students and homestay families become long-lasting friends. I personally know many students and homestays who ended up switching places after because the homestay family went to visit the student in their home country!
But how do you know who’s a good homestay and who’s not?(more…)
When I was in university, I took some Chinese classes. One of the biggest challenges I had was learning how to pronounce the sounds correctly.
As a native English speaker, I struggled to reproduce a lot of Chinese sounds. Not only were the sounds difficult for me to make, but Chinese is also a tonal language. Chinese has four tones: high, rising, dipping, and falling. It also has a neutral tone. The sounds and tones were hard enough on their own. Together? HAH! Even now, I sometimes still have difficulty having correct pronunciation for both sounds and tones.
What really helped me improve my pronunciation was music. Once a week, at my university, there was a Chinese singing class. Each class we would learn and practice one or two songs. It was always fun, and I have many fond memories of laughing with my classmates at our pronunciation. However, as time went on, we found that the songs we learned were actually helping a lot with our pronunciation. To this day, I still remember many of the songs we learned. I also like to practice new songs!
Using singing and music is a wonderful way to learn a language. Here are some of the songs I’ve used before in my classes.
CELPIP Speaking Task 5
*UPDATE: Written on the whiteboard is “Although (your choice) is a good choice, I think that (my choice) may be better.”
What is not clear is that “(your choice)” refers to the choice that the other person has made. My apologies if the video is not clear on that point!