2 languages teaching in turn

Like many Taiwanese schoolchildren, my earliest forays into the vast world of Chinese literature began with the recitation of the San Zi Jing (Three-Character Classic) — perhaps best described as catechisms for the budding Confucianist.
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On writing by hand

There is a curious satisfaction in putting pen to paper (especially when that pen is a Muji 0.38mm — try it, it’ll change your life).
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Grammar: It’s just a feeling

If you ask me whether a verb is in the subjunctive mood, it’ll take me a while at best, require that I look up “subjunctive” before I can do the this hypothetical test set before me at worst.
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Catching a buzz

While the term “buzzword” often refers to catchy or industry-relevant phrases, I am here referring to the phrases and words that become detached from their meaning and lose their impact.
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i’m yeLLING

One of the more common critiques of the rise of technology and social media is that it stunts human connection. “Put down your phone and have a real conversation with someone.”
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Getting to know my other half

Recently, my solution has been to write with a split mindset. The first is sporadic, energetic and only cares about spilling anything onto the page, proper grammar or not. The second tries to understand the first, refine its work, and yes, consult a stylebook.
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Getting cocky with copy

Every teacher I’ve had for as long as I can remember has made it a point to impress upon the class that writing is a multi-step process: start with prewriting and outlining, finish with revision and, last but certainly not least, proofread.
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