Practicing English

Is there anything more embarrassing for an English learner than being asked to repeat what you just said? Twice, thrice (that means three times) … each pointing out that you have not mastered English. Yet. (Worse is when the American you’re speaking with RAISES THEIR VOICE as if you are deaf instead of struggling.) Mastering…

Penn State Class of 2017

My great-grandfather starved to death. He died in the 50s. My dad doesn’t know the exact year, or even his name. He was one among untold millions of Chinese people who died during Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward.” It was a cold winter day; the earth was hard and frosted over. His family was so…

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE STROME SCHOOL OF BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY - Mark Strome, right, speaks with Johnn Cujardo, 19, a student at Old Dominion University. Strome participated in a panel discussion about entrepreneurship at the Diehn Center at Old Dominion University  Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Norfolk, Va (Photo by Sammy Dallal/Invision for Strome School of Business/Entrepreneurial Center, Old Dominion University/AP Images)

The United States is consistently the top study abroad destination for students around the world, with nearly 900,000 international students coming to the U.S. to study during the 2013-2014 school year. But why do international students choose to come to the United States? While there are numerous different reasons, here are four of the reasons…

BestEnglishName

Have you wondered why some international students keep their official names, and why others choose an English name? Many international students I spoke with said their main reason for adopting an English name is because many fellow students cannot understand their original names. But it’s not just for American students – international students say their…