Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school year. Starting with…

The top 5 most viewed posts of 2010-2011:

#1) International Student in Japan Recounts Earthquake Experience: ‘I was so astonished and panicked’, by Seungmin Bang

Japan's massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake collapsed a pedestrian road in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2011. (Photo: AFP)
Photo: AFP

It’s like a movie, something like a disaster film. This is my very first time to undergo such a severe earthquake in Japan. Since never having experienced an earthquake like this, my other international friends and I was so astonished and panicked. On the contrary to this, other Japanese people were relatively calm.

We also spoke several times to Kana Igarashi, a Japanese student studying in California.  Kana’s family was in Fukushima, and she talked about their experience in the earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis.

#2) How to Speak English Fluently?, by Nick Hoang

I’m not exaggerating in saying that American movies and music were my principal English teachers in 9th grade. I would buy CDs of Westlife and Britney Spears, download the lyrics and sing along to the songs.

#3) Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story

Since I came here I’ve undergone significant personal transformation, especially in terms of my knowledge.  Because before that I was very – I wouldn’t say closed-minded, but I wasn’t aware of the issues around me and the global issues.

#4) Who’s Nicer, Americans or Chinese?, by Tara Cheng

So newcomers, please take a conservative attitude when people here say you are amazing, great or something is wonderful, perfect. Most of times, it is just a habit of saying like that, the truth is you are still who you are, your worries are still out there, just enjoy the compliment for a second and then get back to real life.

#5) Are Foreign Students Stereotyped by American Classmates?, Question of the Week

I am happy to say that outright discrimination or prejudice have never been a problem for me. What I have noted most of all is plain ignorance, simply a lack of information on other cultures, religions, and traditions, a gap which I am always more than happy to close when it comes to things pertaining to Armenians.


  1. Dear Everyone,

    I need your helps. One of below sentences has grammatical error. However, I do not know which one it is. Could you help me out this?

    a)That is the singer that we took a photo with.
    b)That is the singer with that we took a photo.
    c)That is the singer whom we took a photo with.
    d)That is the singer with whom we took a photo.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hai, I hope this isn’t for a homework assignment! The option that wouldn’t make sense if you said it to me is (b). The one you would hear most often in everyday speech is (a) (or “That is the singer who we took a photo with”). Some people are strict about not ending a sentence with a preposition, and would say that (d) is the correct phrasing for formal writing.

      1. Dear Jessica Stahl,
        welcome back and hope you had a great vacation!!!
        Thank you very much for the comments and noted. (b) is a correct answer which is ill-formed.
        Have nice days!!!
        Best wishes,

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