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My First Christmas in America: Why Did My Host Ask for a Gift at His Own Christmas Party?

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

“I just got an invitation from one of my anthropology professors for a Christmas Eve dinner at his house. Would you like to go with me?” I asked my Chinese roommate while she was struggling with some high-level econometric problems. She immediately lifted her head up, “Nice! I’d love to!” “Wait a second. This is […]

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The Beautiful Traditions: My Christmas and Thanksgiving in America

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:13 am

My American Thanksgiving was a truly wonderful experience and gave me a glimpse into what the holiday means for Americans and those living in America. I was privileged to have two Thanksgiving feasts with all the traditional foods, turkey, apple pie, green bean casserole, and the works! The first was at my church the week […]

Where to Travel for Christmas: Washington, DC

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 10:52 am

One year ago: December 2011. A girl’s bags are packed and she is literally “ready to go,” just like John Denver was. She is leaving her home, her family to go miles away, halfway across the world, to the land of dreams, the U.S.A. Yes, she is scared. Yes, she is nervous. However, there is […]

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Sharing a Magical American Christmas in North Dakota

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 10:44 am

As an exchange student from China, I just finished my first (and last) winter break in North Dakota. I finished my finals in late December and checked out of my dorm room to spend the vacation in the city of Grand Forks. Maia Randclev, my best American friend, invited me to spend Christmas with her […]

Do You Know the Meaning of These Words in Your Favorite Christmas Carols?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Many of you, including our own blogger Nick, have suggested using American songs as a way to practice English.  Well, the holiday season is filled with classic Christmas carols that are great for just that purpose. Some Christmas carols have been around so long that they use beautiful archaic language like “hither and thither,” which […]

Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

5 Movies to Get Into the Holiday Spirit and Practice English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 24th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s a festive time of year here in the U.S., what with all the sparkling lights and pretty trees. Many of you have said that one of the best ways to practice your English is to watch American movies.  So as a Christmas present, […]

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Diary of a Distant Christmas

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thoughts from one week of holiday celebrations: Wednesday, December 01The most difficult part of my college experience is being an international student. My friends are anxiously marking days off their calendars in joyful anticipation of celebrating the end of year with their families.  Everywhere I turn, decorations have been hung up high in preparation for […]

Deck the Halls: An American Christmas

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

We’ve mentioned that some American families will invite international students over to share in their Thanksgiving celebration. Well, the Shakespeare family in Bloomington, Indiana (who, full disclosure, are the parents of my good friend and colleague Rebecca) has a lovely tradition of inviting Indiana University international students over to share in their Christmas holiday as […]

Lights Up, It’s Christmas!

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 10:18 am

Lawrence, Kansas, a town of about 90,000 people, about a third of whom are students at The University of Kansas (KU), has become now my second home. After four months living here I have become used to everything around, from the crazy Kansan weather that changes from 60 to almost 20 degrees in the same […]

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