The Yangko, A Traditional Dance from China

The Yangko Dance is a traditional Chinese folk dance created by the farmers when they worked in the rice field hundreds of years ago. Many Chinese people like the dance and take it as an important method of relaxing, no matter when there is a spring festival or when there are some special celebrations. Before … Read more

Traditional Children’s Games: Playing with Tops

In just about every country, children, especially boys, have played with tops. Usually, the object is to knock over the other players’ tops with your top or to knock them out of a circle. In Venezuela, the traditional top is made of wood. In Indonesia, a bamboo top whistles as it spins, and the object is to … Read more

La Paradura del Niño – Standing Up of the Child

In the Andean region of Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo, the celebration called La Paradura del Niño is focused on Jesus as a baby. It is celebrated around the 6th of January. It is a procession in which the baby in the manger is placed on a large handerchief and each corner is held by a person who … Read more

What’s It Like For ESL Students To Study With More Fluent English Speakers?

California community colleges have very flexible entrance requirements. As a result, students who are still learning English can enroll in classes with native speakers. Even ESL classes may mix students who have great oral fluency with students whose spoken English is still developing. What’s it like for ESL students to take college-level classes with more … Read more

Stoli Grill, A Russian Restaurant

If you want to feel Russian spirit, you ought to go to the Russian restaurant, “Stoli Grill.” Entering the restaurant, you’ll see a large hall with tables and cabinets along the wall. Also, you will hear the sound of live piano or violin music or songs being performed by real singers. Usually they sing famous … Read more

Traditional Children’s Games: Hopscotch

Around the world, children have enjoyed drawing grids on the sidewalk or on the ground and then jumping or hopping from one end of the grid to the other. They draw different kinds of grids. Some are like the one in the photo. Others are round and curl in a circle. Still others are a … Read more

Independence Day in El Salvador

Independence Day in my country, El Salvador, is on September 15th, but the people start to prepare for it on May 1st. All the schools and the military have a parade in the streets; in the capital they do it at the most important stadium. In order to have a parade, each school has already … Read more

Explaining My Name Xiao Wei Nong from China

Our Chinese names regularly consist of three parts. Societies in ancient China were made up of extended families, so the first part of the name is the last name, the family name. The second part is the middle name and should be the symbol of the generation. The third part is just your first name, … Read more