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June 30, 2014

In the United States, most of us grow up studying tales and stories from Ancient Western civilizations like Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.  The Middle East has a long history of literature that we should all spend some time learning about.  Classical Arabic literature contains some of the w

February 22, 2014
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February 9, 2013

Sunday marks the beginning of the most important holiday in China and Chinese-speaking communities around the world: 年节, known in English as Chinese New Years or the Spring Festival.

September 14, 2010

I have been taking Mandarin for two years now, and can attest that when learning Mandarin, there are two factors that determine whether or not the student truly wishes to continue. One is the student’s own desire to learn, and the second is the teacher’s strong presence in the classroom.