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    [post_content] => 大家好!我叫马菁英。I'm a Chinese teacher of the 6-week Chinese project in this summer. I'm a postgraduate majored in MTCSOL in Yunnan University. I have been teaching Chinese over one year. I hold the view that interest is the best teacher and practicing is the best way for learning a language, and I hope all of my students will enjoy your journey and enjoy my lessons as well. My hobbies are reading, cooking and traveling. Wishing us a good trip! - Charlotte/马菁英
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Self-introduction

Charlotte,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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大家好!我叫马菁英。I’m a Chinese teacher of the 6-week Chinese project in this summer. I’m a postgraduate majored in MTCSOL in Yunnan University. I have been teaching Chinese over one year. I hold the view that interest is the best teacher and practicing is the best way for learning a language, and I hope all of my […]

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06/7/17

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Charlotte

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    [post_content] => To All The Dragons Staff & To The Students:

Thank you so very much for the wonderful experience that all the students have received.  The enrichment, the lessons, and the plenty of laughs will be all cherished for sure.   For the great Counselors that accompanied this group , and the Staff.  It has been for all of us including parents a very rewarding journey in all aspects.   My very best to all of you!
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To All the Dragons Team & Students

Rocio & David Bieber,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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To All The Dragons Staff & To The Students: Thank you so very much for the wonderful experience that all the students have received.  The enrichment, the lessons, and the plenty of laughs will be all cherished for sure.   For the great Counselors that accompanied this group , and the Staff.  It has been […]

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08/15/16

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Rocio & David Bieber

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    [post_content] => Hello All - The students and their instructor Joseph have landed safely in LA. Joseph is helping get students to onward flights and rendezvous with family. 一切顺利!
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Group Landed Safely in LA!

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week, Uncategorized

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Hello All – The students and their instructor Joseph have landed safely in LA. Joseph is helping get students to onward flights and rendezvous with family. 一切顺利!

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08/8/16

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Welcome home to a wonderful group ! We have really enjoyed and benefited from your posts. Thank you so much for sharing your growth and your journey. Thank you, also, to the wonderful teacher crew and your wonderful hosts. We knew that you were in great hands.

JL

 

 
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Welcome home!

John Leiner's Dad,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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Welcome home to a wonderful group ! We have really enjoyed and benefited from your posts. Thank you so much for sharing your growth and your journey. Thank you, also, to the wonderful teacher crew and your wonderful hosts. We knew that you were in great hands. JL    

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08/8/16

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John Leiner's Dad

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All students on the group flight (along with their instructor, Joseph) are now on en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles (LAX). You can follow the progress of the flight here. All students with flights onward from LA have their flight info and Joseph will spend a few hours at LAX once the group arrives helping make sure that everyone has the info they need and is headed in the right direction. Thanks again to instructors, Joseph, Angie and Ding Xin for a great six weeks, thanks also to our China Program Coordinator based in Kunming, Annie Jiao, and to our language teachers and host families in Kunming and Nanyao.....and thanks to our amazing student group, parents and families at home!

Happy Reunions and Safe and Interesting Onward Travels to All!

Jody Segar

China Program Director
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En route to Los Angeles

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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Hello Family & Friends, All students on the group flight (along with their instructor, Joseph) are now on en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles (LAX). You can follow the progress of the flight here. All students with flights onward from LA have their flight info and Joseph will spend a few hours at […]

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08/7/16

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello Language 6 Friends and Family!

I’m Benjy Renton — an alum of the Language 6-Week program with Dragons last summer and currently living in Beijing this summer.

I got to meet up with this wonderful group during their last few days in Beijing and Xiangshuihu and go with them touring around the city. We visited the Temple of Heaven, Jingshan Park, the Drum and Bell Towers, and Houhai Lake. We were even able to go into a local Hutong house and meet a ham radio operator who owns a recording studio! We then had a Peking Duck dinner before leaving for Xiangshuihu in the morning.

Thought you would like to see some photos of the group during their last few days — it was great spending time with them!. Wishing them a safe trip home!

Benjy
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Benjy Renton

Last Days in Beijing and Xiangshuihu,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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Hello Language 6 Friends and Family! I’m Benjy Renton — an alum of the Language 6-Week program with Dragons last summer and currently living in Beijing this summer. I got to meet up with this wonderful group during their last few days in Beijing and Xiangshuihu and go with them touring around the city. We […]

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08/7/16

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Last Days in Beijing and Xiangshuihu

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The group all boarded their flight in Beijing on time and will be heading out from Hong Kong to LA in just a few hours. Safe travels and 一路平安 to all!

Dragons Home Office
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The Group is in the Air!

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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Hello Families and Friends! The group all boarded their flight in Beijing on time and will be heading out from Hong Kong to LA in just a few hours. Safe travels and 一路平安 to all! Dragons Home Office

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08/7/16

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Jody Segar

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Family & friends, I want you to know…

That I have found this trip to be an absolutely amazing experience. It exceeded all of my expectations and I have managed to greatly improve in my Chinese by talking to many people throughout the trip. I have been able to make great friends, take in beautiful sights, learn more about the culture, and develop my language skills. - Benjamin

I had a lot of fun while I was on this trip, and I learned a lot. My Chinese greatly improved, and I made some very good friends!  -Ethan

I have immersed myself in Chinese food, culture and language and am excited to bring back and broaden what I have learned. I have also gained new perspectives through meeting fascinating people while traveling as well as getting to know my dragons group - Morgan

That I will always remember this trip. Not only have I managed to improve my Chinese, I have also managed to see so many new places and meet so many new people. It has opened my eyes to China and inspired me to maybe come back one day. - Josh

That this trip was amazing and I will always look back on these memories and smile. This trip showed me that I want to wander the world. I want to travel across land and sea to experience even newer things, I want to hear the different songs of different people, I want to taste the foods grown in different areas, I want to see the beauty of remote places and marvel. I want to experience so much more and I plan to. - Alanna

That I will go away like this again, perhaps further away and for a longer time. I know now that I want nothing more then to wander and learn - and once I learn enough, I would like to try and shape the world as best I can, I hope that you will support me in this endeavor, even if you do not believe I can truly accomplish it. - Maud

That I’ve missed you all, but have had an amazing experience in China. Six weeks has been a long time, but it was worth it. - Isabel

That although I wasn’t super excited to start this adventure, this trip has been eye opening and showed me a whole new perspective on life. I have seen things I never would have expected and have been introduced to amazing foods and crazy experiences. I hope to show you guys what I have seen. I missed you all! - Sydney

That I actually really enjoyed this trip. Spending six weeks on the other side of the world was very intimidating and strange at first, but looking back on it I am so glad that I did it. There were definitely difficult times and I am now fairly certain that I want to live in the United States, but I have learned so much about how to travel and saw many different ways of life that opened my eyes and made me grateful for all that we have, and for that I am thankful. I have a different approach to understanding aspects of a culture I’m unfamiliar with. - Tommy 

The most important thing I’ve learned…

Is that it is extremely important to do my best to push myself if I want to make the most of trips around the world. In order to feel like I have taken as much as I can from a country’s culture and develop my language skills as much as possible, I have to make sure to study when I can and speak as much as possible, staying optimistic along the way to keep my spirits up. - Benjamin

I learned to keep my eyes open at all times, because you never know when you can learn something new, or make a new friend. - Ethan

…Is the difference between a tourist and a traveler and the damaging effect an ignorant visitor can have on a native community. - Morgan

Is how important it is to always keep an open mind. If you do, your experience can be so much more rewarding. - Josh

That I can travel on my own. I have gained confidence in my ability to be in a foreign country and be alright. - Alanna

The value of diversity - of how different people can find diversity as either enlightening and beautiful, or bright and novel. I’ve learned most of all that dehumanizing others for the sake of frustration or attraction is the sort of thing that can bring people emotionally to a blank wall which will block them from going further. - Maud

That happiness can be found anywhere, regardless of class, culture,or religion. - Isabel

People have different variations of happiness than others. - Sydney

How to travel and live in such a foreign country and I have gained so much confidence in my ability to be on my own in new places. - Tommy

The value of sensitivity and the levels at which it can be interpreted, as well as the value of remembering one’s own and other’s humanity, trying not to disregard it for the sake of frustration or novelty. Diversity…is something I will value forever. - Maud

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Transference Afterthoughts

Alanna Bieber,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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Family & friends, I want you to know… That I have found this trip to be an absolutely amazing experience. It exceeded all of my expectations and I have managed to greatly improve in my Chinese by talking to many people throughout the trip. I have been able to make great friends, take in beautiful […]

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08/7/16

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Alanna Bieber

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We were in the midst of X-phase and were based in a rather nice hostel known as the 'Jade Emu' within Dali's old town. It was the temporary home for many foreign travelers whose origins ranged from Australia to Scotland to Russia and so forth. Our first true trial in Dali was a bicycle ride we planned around the lake of Erhai- in total we rode about 50 km, having to weave through traffic and dodge tourists in pursuit of  Xizhou Baba- a pancake-like delicacy said to be quite famous around those parts. We learned rather quickly how ill-planned country roads were planned out, due to the abundance of one way streets being locked in stalemate by cars going opposite directions.

The day after, we hiked up a mountain trail high above the city of Dali to a Taoist temple- occasionally questioning whether or not we had gotten lost because the trail often seemed to splinter into multiple other, equally traveled ones. We were all exhausted when we reached the temple, but the view given to us was quite astonishing: the lake itself could rival a small sea, causing the city to look like a coastal town rather then a far-inland metropolis- the mountains beyond faded into the sky, grey-blue, and the curving slopes disappeared into the mist like a literal stairway to heaven. The temple itself was a mixture of color ranging from deep stone grey to vibrant red and royal blue, all expertly painted and maintained into the architecture- all meant to be the home of worship to the Jade Emporer, King of Heaven.

Another night passed and we went to a market early in the morning far from Dali- alas, it did not prove particularly fascinating other then the abundance of  enormous clams that held dozens of small, ivory pearls which venders picked from the flesh and tried to shape into a variety of jewelry and other knick-knacks. We left soon after to a village half way between the market and our base city to go into a hutong (residential alley) that hid an old courtyard from the Qing dynasty where a group of people still practiced the art of organic dye. They used mainly indigo, picked wild from the nearby mountains to the west that held the village's back by local children- it was then fermented for about two years before it was made into the thick, ink-like substance that our group proceeded to rub into the fabric which we twisted and shaped into different shapes in hopes that it would dye the white cloth relatively unique patterns. While resting and waiting for the dye to dry, some of us went to a nearby open market, settled under a massive and ancient tree that sheltered the people there from the burning sun.

Our nights in Dali consisted of us breaking into groups of three to four, given stipends for dinner before wandering what was apparently called either 'Foreignor Street' or 'Foreignor Town' where many western and eastern shops clashed for customers that flooded the old town each night in an endless torrent.

Alas, our time in Dali seemed all too short as we soon boarded a train to head back to Kunming- perhaps a few of us will return to this place that we called home for a few unforgettable days.

-Maud

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Dali-fornia?

Maud Yancey,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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China Language 6-week summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

August 8th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #5905

Depart: Beijing (PEK) 8:00 AM

Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 11:40 AM

 

August 8th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #884

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Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 11:15 AM

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We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Dear China Language 6-week Students & Families, China Language 6-week summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference: August […]

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