Last Friday lesson about MUSIC went great and the students were very supportive and active – a big progress and success is here already! We sang “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Rolling in the deep” by Adele, watched Michael Jakson’s preformances and talked about Metallica concert that we have recently seen in Shanghai. Needless to say that we’ve got a new member in our team – a prodigious 11 year old girl who writes her own songs and knows English very well. Startling class with amazing students is indeed a blessing!


Check it out more details at below link ๐Ÿ™‚ ย or you can access it via my website:



Gestures and Eye Contact in Cross-cultural communication.

Objective: Gestures and Eye Contact in Cross-cultural communication

Date Conducted: 2nd Aug.

I have sent out below message to my students before the session.

Next Friday at 7pm we will continue watching the video on how to become a master of Small Talk. Students will present their scripts for the video first! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our new topic, though, is Gestures and Eye Contact in cross-cultural communication. We will study it for some time just before meeting our speaker from Germany who is currently on a business trip in Shanghai. Having lived in many different countries, our guest will share his experience in cross-cultural communication, small talks, gestures and eye-contact in particular! Looking forward to welcome our guest and to practice English in multicultural environment! Dear students, please prepare a few good questions for the guest – something really catchy and fun. Improvise! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you next Friday



How did it go:

The third INS Club went great and we all enjoyed the interactive conversation with our speaker Mori. Just an hour before Mori started sharing his cross-cultural experience (having lived in Iran, Germany, Russia, Malaysia and other countries), we watched videos about gestures and small talks,
bringing back to memory all previously learn vocabulary. Thank you guys for coming and special thanks to Mori for his time and effort to attend our class and give us a captivating speech! By the way, extra speacial super thanks to you, Mori, for the team-building game!!! The picture of seemingly useless items on the table actually conveys a lot of meaning, emotions and even hopes!

P.S. Soon all of those attended will get a dropbox file with the video of the class and an email with some hints.
Enjoy your day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gestures & Eye contact1

Gestures & Eye contact2


Margarita Rara.

Teaching/Learning Chinese language.

* I am talking practical stuff here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reading/studying time: 10 min

If somebody non-Chinese, who wasn’t brought up in China at least, tells you that he knows Chinese, donโ€™t believe him. A foreigner might know standard Mandarin, speak it fluently, but still get stuck when a dialectal Chinese is heard. Whatever it is, we, foreigners, still want to learn and actually speak Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese. The latter is a rare case.

To begin with, I want to show you a presentation about Mandarin that I used a few years ago for an open class at a public school for the pupils. Hope you will enjoy it and if so, we will continue our Chinese classes together! ๐Ÿ™‚


Margarita Rara.