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! 🙂

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! 🙂 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!!! 🙂

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Margarita Rara.


Teaching/Learning Chinese language.

* I am talking practical stuff here 😉

Reading/studying time: 10 min

If somebody non-Chinese, who wasn’t brought up in China at least, tells you that he knows Chinese, don’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! 🙂


Margarita Rara.

A trip around China in 10 days! Part 2

Reading time: 10 minutes

Day 3.



Suzhou (苏州; Sūzhōu) is a city in Jiangsu province. It used to be the capital of the kingdom of Wu from the 12th to 4th centuries BC, thus, the center of Wu culture. The Suzhou dialect of the Wu language is still considered the standard dialect even though the language is now often called “Shanghainese”.

After spending 5 hours on the speed train from Beijing South railway station (北京南), we got to Suzhou North station (苏州北). From there we took a cap that brought us to the hotel in half an hour. Needless to say that Suzhou North station is quite far from the city centre and thus not very convenient. You can also book a plane ticket beforehand but then you will miss the sceneries that you can see when on the train.

We stayed in a Chinese style hotel (dark purple colors, dim lights and cigarette smoke everywhere) just for a night, but even a night was too much in a smoky room. As for the city itself, the Chinese Venice, as Suzhou is often called, is indeed beautiful. Though not the whole city is beautiful! – some parts are.

Eventually we arrived in Suzhou by evening and were in the hotel at 4pm. Though the hotel left much to be desired, its location was really convenient as right behind it there was a street with local cuisine restaurants – yummy! I even found there a milk tea that I used to drink every day in Malaysia! By the time we had dinner it was getting darker outside and we decided to take a boat trip so we took a rickshaw ride down to the canal. The driver was an old man, cutting the road and almost running into cars as if he didn’t mind not living any more. After this trip my mom claimed she’d never get on a rickshaw again. Aha, wait and see 😉 Luckily, we got to a port for tourists safely and took a 7p.m. boat trip around Suzhou which was quite amazing but would have been much better if we could stop and walk around for 10-15 minutes. I wouldn’t say that a 150 Yuan tickets is worth this trip. On the other hand it’s quite interesting as there was a guide on the boat who told us about the history of all the passing-by bridges… in Chinese 😛 A view from the boat:

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The next day we woke up really early to get to the opening of the Humble Administrator’s Garden -拙政园(Zhuōzhèng Yuán) at 7a.m.

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But for some reason it was open half an hour later. Nevertheless, we got into the garden being happier than we expected as there were just a few people waiting with us (usually you see crowds in Chinese gardens which doesn’t exactly make you enjoy the time), most of them were old Chinese ladies and men going there for their morning exercises.

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One of the reasons why we chose to see this particular garden was… the Mandarin ducks:

A trip around China in 10 days! Part 1

Reading time: 10 minutes

This post is for those of you who want to visit China, but don’t have more than 10 days to do it. As for those who want but cannot visit China at the moment, let’s take a trip together!

This sightseeing-trip with some useful tips on how to get around will help you build your vacation.

So there I was in the Beijing Capital International Airport waiting for my mother who was very excited about our trip around China. We had huge plans and very little time so we were prepared for sleepless nights and endless train trips. So let’s start our trip here!

The Plan was:

3 days in Beijing

1,5 days in Suzhou

2 days in Shanghai

3 days in Weifang

1 day in Beijing


Day 1.

Luckily, my mom arrived very early in the morning – at 7am. We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel which cost us 100 Yuan. In an hour we were in out “okey”-looking hotel… but just on the outside:


We were glad to get a really good service in the hotel with unique designs of every floor, take a look at China floor:


The fact that we would be travelling and sightseeing non-stop made me choose really nice place with a surprisingly affordable price. The names of the hotels where we stayed will be revealed in the comments only to those who’re interested 😉

To our surprise right across the road from our hotel we found the famous Red Theatre (红剧 场hóng jùchǎng)! It’s extremely convenient because the Kung Fu shows are in the evening and trust me you don’t want to travel back to your hotel by underground or taxi after a really good show 😉