Never Make This Maddening English Language Mistake Ever Again – “Moral Support” vs “Morale Support”

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by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME
Founder, Break Diving, Inc.

It bothers me that 99% of native English speakers don’t even know proper English.

What am I talking about?

Often, I will hear someone say, “I was feeling sad, so my friend gave me some moral support.”  But think about the word ‘moral’.… Read More

The Different Energies in My Nerves

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By: Gay Mare Capones
A Break Diver in the Philippines

We all want to change some aspects of our lives. We are looking for something different, a greater achievement, or something better. This yearning is the reason why we are moving forward with our lives in a positive way.… Read More

中国文化小常识之【月饼】Moon Cake

By: Echo Yu in Suzhou, Chin

月饼是中国人在中秋节食用的传统食品,一般呈圆形,寓意团圆幸福,反映了人们对家人团聚的美好愿望。在古代的中秋节,月饼被用来祭拜月神,后来逐渐形成了中秋吃月饼的传统。月饼通常是烤制而成的,外皮一般是由面粉制成,里面包进某种陷。月饼内陷多选用植物的种子,对人们的健康有益。现在的月饼品种更加繁多,风味更加丰富而广受人们的喜爱。

Moon cake is a traditional food eaten by the Chinese during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Generally it has a round shape, symbolizing reunion and happiness, which reflects people’s aspiration of family reunion. In ancient times, moon cake was made to worship the Luna on the Mid-Autumn Festival.… Read More

秋叶 (Autumn Leaves)

By: Echo Yu in Suzhou, China
Staff Member, Break Diving’s Fluency Project

我喜欢秋天,我更喜欢秋天的落叶。
  我喜欢独自一人坐在秋千上看秋的落叶。看着它们静悄悄的脱离枝脉,一片一片,悠悠荡荡,像一个个小精灵们无忧无虑的飞在空中。
  记忆中的秋天仍是硕果累累的金黄色。下课铃响起,我和伙伴们便迫不及待的冲出教室,在大榕树下的落叶堆里试图寻找最强健的“筋”(树叶的叶脉),试图在“拔筋”(两个人将各自的叶脉交叉,用力拽,谁的叶脉先断即为输)活动中摘得头筹。那时,每个秋天我总是乐此不疲的寻找着“筋”,转瞬已过十多年,却再没有体会过专心寻找一根打遍天下无敌手的“筋”的执着之情了。

  儿时总是有数不清的美好回忆,一片叶子,一截粉笔甚至一块石头都能开心的玩上一天。长大后却远远没了那份耐心,眼里丢失了很多美好。我不在驻足看一片枯黄的秋叶翩然落下,而是裹紧大衣,行色匆匆。有多久没有好好感受秋天了呢,每每想至此,便免不了自责忘记了生活的本质。
  看着落叶幽幽的从枝头姿势悠然的划落下来,没有任何叹息。不免感叹,叶这短短一生,有风掠过,有云掠过,有鸟陪过,有蝶舞过。它品味春天的风雨,夏天的艳阳,留着清光的气息,浓阳的呢喃。
  来年,来年这里又是一方绿葱之地。
  明霞的暖秋,静丽的落叶,温暖的思绪,簌簌的落下。
  秋千的环绕,风儿带来了积藏已久的哀怨和彷徨,寻觅。寻觅灿烂,抓住即逝的美丽,让它闪亮,在记忆中存香。


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The Fluency Project Monthly Challenge

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by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc.

Progress in a foreign language is primarily about two things:

Constant practice and constant correction.

If you have both, you become fluent.  But… it needs to be constant practice in all four disciplines, and constant correction in all four disciplines.… Read More

圣诞的歌声响起来 (The Sounds Of Christmas Have Arrived)

by Claire Hanbing Lu
Volunteer, Break Diving’s Chinese Fluency Project

1225日是圣诞节,它是西方国家一年中最盛大的一个节日。每到这天降临,不论你是谁,桌上总会横七竖八地摆满贺卡,写满祝福的语句。

放学后,同学们莫不在便利店买彩带、买气球,冒着鹅毛大雪点缀教室和走过的每处路段。而学校往日的严肃学风取而代之的则是圣诞节浓郁的气氛。还有那久违了的安谧恬静无处不存在着欢乐,把平日里大家伙之间激烈的竞争抛在脑后。快看啊!那远方就像是被蜡笔涂抹,配上纷纷扬扬的大雪,衬托出圣诞节的纯真无邪。

来到大街上,每个角落都让人感受到过节的气氛。几乎所有的商场都摆放着一颗高大的圣诞树,有的摆在大厅,有的放在门口 。那塔形的圣诞树似穿着一件绿衣裳,身上挂着的一个个小铃铛,轻轻一碰,叮当、叮当发出动听的声音;五颜六色的小灯,好像天上眨眼的星星;红彤彤的小灯笼,一闪一闪的,漂亮极了!

圣诞老人,我衷心地期望您在圣诞树上为我悬挂成千上万个圣诞铃铛!愿我的祝福像风铃,给所有我爱的人们带去叮叮铛铛的快乐!当铃铛响起那是我为家人祈福的声音。十二个月里的风会敲响祝福的音符,把我轻轻的祝福送给不管是身边还是遥远的家人,愿他们福如东海、万事胜意、身体健康! 圣诞老人,请您在圣诞树上为我挂上平安蛋!掬一把温馨的祝福给我心系的家人,但愿关怀与祝福永远与你们同往!圣诞老人,请您在圣诞树上挂上可爱的圣诞帽和圣诞围巾还有些可爱的小礼物。所有的小朋友就在圣诞节里快快乐乐,开开心心迎接新年!

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