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How to say yes in Japanese

June 27, 2012 By: Claudio Secci Category: Asia, English, Japan, Teaching Visited: No Comments →

A Japanese smile

The Japanese is an amazing culture and a funny language, but not an easy one to learn… unless you are Japanese or Chinese and able to read ideograms or Kanji for a huge head start.  Once in Japan, if you don’t want to be feeling completely lost in translation, one of the first thing you need to learn is how to say “yes”. The thing is,  Japanese people have many, many different way to say “yes”. Let me introduce you the most used ones. (more…)

The Monk from Brooklin: an interview with Antonio Graceffo Pt.2

December 13, 2009 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Interviews, Teaching, Travels Visited: 2 Comments →

Antonio Graceffo fighting

MM- You speak many languages and have been into teaching ESL in Asia. How do you feel towards this industry? Do you think Asians really need all of this focus on learning the English language?

Countries in Asia fall into two broad categories: Chinese sphere of influence countries, and all of the others. Chinese sphere of influence countries or Chinese culture countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam have an incredible dedication to studies. Children attend school six or seven days per week sometimes as much as 16 hours per day. They value education to the point that when the financial tsunami hit and many parents became unemployed, they didn’t pull their kids out of school. They would sooner do without food.

Thailand, Lao, Malaysia (the Malay ethnics) Burmese, Indonesia…. Put much less emphasis on education. If you look at Malaysia or Cambodia or even the Philippines, non-Chinese families try to send their kids to the Chinese schools because they are the best. (more…)

Volontariato in Cambogia a Battambang

October 03, 2008 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Teaching, Volunteering Visited: 5 Comments →


Se passate dalla cambogia andrete sicuramente a Siem Reap a vedere i templi di Angkor. prima di andare a Poipet e passare in Thailandia, una ottima cosa che potreste fare sarebbe quella di fermarvi a Battambang, città sonnolenta, sebbene la seconda della Cambogia per grandezza, dove alle otto di sera tutto è chiuso e alle 10 si va a dormire stanchi perchè non c’è nulla da fare. Perchè fermarsi, quindi? Perchè potreste fare un’esperienza molto particolare e aiutare della gente. (more…)

Scontro col Potere Negativo pt.2

March 27, 2008 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, China, Teaching, Travels Visited: 4 Comments →


“Signor Ferrarese, lei sa che noi riponiamo grande fiducia in Lei e che ci siamo avvalsi della sua esperienza durante lo scorso semestre”
”Si, la ringrazio”
”Lei sa anche che nell’ambito delle relazioni internazionali la nostra scuola si e’ distinta per aver aperto canali di sviluppo con un’universita’ in Alabama e con l’Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia”
”Si, lo so”
Immagino gia’ un branco di wasp che a Birmingham stanno rigirando le mazzette di dollari, pensando a quanto sono scemi questi cinesi, mentre una Rebel Flag campeggia indiscreta sul muro. E la seconda cosa di Perugia, non pare affatto vera. (more…)

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