Extended Language Exchange on Sunday!

Good News! We will be starting an “Extended” session of Language Exchange on Sundays. The Extended session will start from September 7th, and it will run from 1PM – 2:15PM (75 minutes), starting on Sunday 7th September. It means that we will have the chance to have more fun longer, make international friends longer and learn Cantonese / English even longer!

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What are you waiting for? Please join us on Sunday 7th for the first session of “Extended Talk Time”.

It’s free, there is no sign up or registration required and it’s always fun and you will have the opportunity to make new international friends.

For more information please check our social media or contact us on Whatsapp 9850 7242

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Guinness World Record Holder at Language Exchange Hong Kong!

This week at Language Exchange Hong Kong we had a special guest all the way from the USA, Jon Pritikin.

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Jon Pritikin is known all around the world for his feats of strength that include his Guinness World Record. Jon travels everywhere performing his incredible feats of strength and sharing his life story!

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Everyone at Language Exchange had a great time listening to Jon tell us about his trips all over the world, sharing his no violence and anti bullying message to school students of all ages.  We also had the opportunity to ask him some questions.

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If you would like to join more international events like this and make new international friends, please join us at Language Exchange Hong Kong or check our social media.

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For enquiries or more information please Whatsapp us.

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4 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language Outside the Classroom

Enrolling in a formal online or traditional college course to learn a language is highly recommended, but if you’re a bit shy there are a few “fun” ways you can do so. For a few suggestions, continue reading below.

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A. Listen to Music

One of the easiest ways to pick up a language and get a better feel for how words are supposed to be pronounced is to listen to music. After all, that’s how famous Colombian singer Shakira claims she learned English. Then you can go back and try to print out the lyrics and decipher the meaning of the song as well.


 

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B. Watch Movies / Soap Operas.

Watching movies and soap operas in your language-of-choice is also another excellent way you can learn. Most movies and TV shows also let you see English subtitles or captions, so in case you’re really get stuck on a word or the characters speak too quickly you should be able to still understand.


 

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C. Study Menus

Another fun way to learn a language outside of the classroom is to “study” menus in the restaurants / cafe. You should also practice ordering your food in the foreign language as well, after all practice makes perfect.


 

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D. Change Phone Settings

Changing the language settings on your cell phone can really intensify your learning experience too. The symbols are all the same you know more or less how to answer phone calls and send text messages, but since you’re forced to see the words for the terms everyday you’ll learn how to spell and say those words faster.


 

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E. Join Language Exchange Hong Kong.

Language Exchange Hong Kong is on every Wednesday night at 6.30pm and 9pm or every Sunday at 1pm. Kids English is on every Sunday at 10.25am. It’s free / no cost and totally fun! www.lexhongkong.com

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source http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/unconventionalll.htm

Written by Maria Rainier

International Summer Fiesta

What’s been happening this summer at Language Exchange Hong Kong?

We had the International Summer Fiesta on Sunday night August 3rd!

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It was a great night. We had super fun ice breakers at the beginning, a Mexican photo booth with giant sombreros (sombreros are traditional Mexican hat) , crazy Bingo games and a big Language Exchange Speed Swap!

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At the beginning, everyone was very shy, but during the Speed Swap people had opportunity to make new international friends and people could practice English, Cantonese, French or  Japanese.

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Bingo games was really fun! Everyone wanted to win the prizes. And guess what!? All the winners were girls! They won cool prizes like expensive chocolates from Belgium, watches and … a cactus!!!!!!

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If you missed Summer Fiesta, don’t worry! We are having international events regularly!

If you’re interested to join some international events & community events like this, please stay updated on Language Exchange Hong Kong’s Facebook, meetup and other social media!


Don’t miss our special event next week!

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Bilingual English / Cantonese, Q&A Session / Free – no cost / Bring your friends!

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For more information please contact us at lexhongkong@gmail.com

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Jon Pritikin is coming to Language Exchange

On Sunday 17th August from 1pm We will have special guest, Guinness World Record Holder Jon Pritikin from the USA join us at Language Exchange!

Who is Jon Pritikin?

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Diagnosed at an early age with a severe learning disability, Jon endured cruel and relentless taunting, ridiculing, and bullying on a daily basis. Even some of Jon’s own teachers said surprisingly callous things that furthered his struggle with low self-worth and sinking sense of personal value.
被診斷患有嚴重的學習障礙的Jon ,自幼每天忍受著友儕間殘酷和無情的嘲弄、恥笑和欺負。但令人驚訝的是,Jon 的老師也竟然對他很冷酷,這促使他從自卑和缺乏個人價值感中奮鬥起來。

Today, Jon is known for his Guinness World Record title, tremendous feats of strength, powerful motivational speeches, and his huge heart for helping people!
今天,Jon是世界健力士紀錄的保持者,擁有力的表現,激勵人心的演講,亦有一個幫助人的心!
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Jon is also an athlete, spent 11 years (12 seasons) in Major League Baseball, motivating players to be the best they can be. He has spoken and performed for every baseball team, from the New York Yankees to the San Francisco Giants and has travelled the world sharing his incredible true story. Jon has spoken to over 7 million people throughout his 20 years of traveling, performing, and sharing his story.

Jon也是一名運動員,他花了11年(12個賽季)在美國職業棒球賽裏。美國職業棒球的隊伍常常激勵球員盡他們所能成為最好的人。他曾經和每一個棒球隊— 從紐約到三藩市,及在世界各地分享他這個令人難以置信的真實的故事。Jon二十多年來東奔西跑,已經跟超過7百萬人表演,並分享他的故事。

Want to see him in person? This is your once in a life time opportunity to meet a Guinness World Record Holder! This event is completely free, so bring your friends!

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20 Simple & Fun Ways to Practice a Foreign Language

Recently I found this great article “No Excuses: 20 Simple and Fun ways to practice a foreign language” and wanted to share some of it with anyone who reads this blog and is wanting to improve their language skills.

No Excuses: 20 Simple & Fun Ways to Practice a Foreign Language
By Rachel Reardon On August 16, 2012

最近我發現一篇很好的文章“沒有藉口:20種簡單又有趣的方式來練習外語。今次就讓我分享一些裏面所提及的。

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1. Read a news article in a foreign language.

2. Write a status update or tweet in a foreign language.

3. Cook from a recipe that is written entirely in a foreign language.

4. Rent a foreign movie and watch it without the subtitles. If that’s too difficult, try turning on the closed captions so that you can see the lines written in the original language, rather than the translated version.

5. Download a trivia app for your smartphone that’s in the language you’d like to learn. Still a beginner? Try looking for a children’s version for simpler phrasing.

6. Next time you go to the store, practice writing your shopping list entirely in the language you are studying.

7. Join a foreign language Meetup in your area.

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1,閱讀外國報張。

2,在社文網頁上用外語來更新狀態或發佈文章。

3,用外語食譜來烹飪。

4,租一套外國電影,不看字幕。如果那太難了,嘗試看原文,而不是翻譯版本。

5,在你的智能手機下載一個你想學習的語言的應用程式。仍然是一個初學者?嘗試尋找一個給兒童用的版本,先學習那些簡單的句子。

6,下一次你去商店前,可以用你正在學習的外語來寫下購物清單。

7,參加一個在你附近的外語Meetup活動。

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A really great foreign language event that in on every week is Language Exchange Hong Kong. Language Exchange is on every Wednesday night at 6.30pm and every Sunday at 1pm. Kids English is on every Sunday at 10.25am. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great place to make new international friends and practice your English and Cantonese.

在每星期的香港「語言の交換」是一個很好很好的外語活動。這個活動是在每個星期三晚上六時半及每星期日下午一時正舉行。兒童英語是在每個星期日的上午十時二十五分。它們是既免費又有趣,確是一個結交新朋友、練習英語和粵語的好地方

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Let’s Fiesta!

What is Fiesta? 什麼是嘉年華?

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1. any festival or festive celebration.
2. (in Spain and Latin America) a festive celebration.
Well, Fiesta means Party in Spanish!!! Fiesta is a period of feasting, usually consisting of parades and masks etc.

嘉年華是一個名詞。
1. 任何節日或節日慶祝活動。
2. (在西班牙和拉丁美洲)節日慶祝活動。
好!嘉年華在西班牙語裏解作派對!嘉年華是指在一段時間中舉行的宴會,通常包括巡遊和面具…等。

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Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, with elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The basic staples remain native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which was meat, from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and lots of spices.
墨西哥菜主要是融合中美洲土著與歐洲烹飪方式,尤其是添加了在阿茲特克帝國在16世紀征服西班牙後的元素。主要食糧如玉米,豆類和辣椒,但歐洲人亦引入了大量的其他食物,其中最重要的是肉,例如一些畜牧的動物(牛、豬、雞、山羊和綿羊)、乳製品產品(尤其是奶酪)和各種草藥和許多香料。

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Mexican cuisine is closely tied to the culture, social structure and popular traditions of the country. The most important example of this connection is the use of mole for special occasions and holidays, particularly in the South and Center regions of the country. For this reason and others, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”.
墨西哥菜和它的文化、社會結構和民間傳統是緊密聯繫在一起的。墨西哥人很喜歡在特別場合和節日假期時吃墨西哥辣醬,尤其是在南部和中部地區一帶的人特別喜歡吃。亦因如此,墨西哥菜被聯合國教科文組織加入到世界的「非物質文化遺產」的名單上。
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