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The first day at Harrow school

Lorancto is energetic and she lives beside me. I found that she’s not good at logic.

 

Jassica and Alexandra are hot girls. They both have great flexibility. The latter has been here three times. She has done lots of extra-curriculars such as drama and ballet. She is a proud Greek.

 

Our teacher Tania is from a small country near India. She is nice and young (25)

 

The first class was about Shakespeare. We wrote scripts in past tense (communicating with Alexandra was exhausting). Then, she introduced phrasal verbs to us by a clip in a TV series, The Big Bang. (Lorancto seemed a bit too childish and careless. I regretted letting her create the content.)

 

Harrow fives is a hard sport, but worth trying. An Italian girl played it well.

 

The second day at Harrow School

Cambridge is a beautiful place that looks like a scene in a movie. It’s totally a historic and cultural place. It is a wonderful experience that you should never miss. The architecture there is truly a work of art. The details and delicate sculptures are astounding, not to mention the age of those buildings. Most of them are centuries old and were thus designed on paper and by sketching.

 

I found that English people take their quality of life seriously. You can tell that from their gardens and street designs .I think that if I want to keep this feeling with me after I get back, I should well learn gardening and more cultural stuff. Perhaps I should make the best of my leisure time to explore the world and be creative. I think the best thing that English people have impressed on me so far is that they take pride in their culture and try their best to promote it globally.

 

After my visit to Cambridge, I found it boring and exhausting to attend the evening activities. One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s hard to please teenagers and I should learn how to launch an activity properly without making everyone bored. The best way to achieve this is probably to put the people who are attending under close observation. Another experience I got from there is English connects everyone worldwide, which is amazing. I also found it awkward to convey my thoughts to others because different languages come with different experience and logic. Now, I suppose that I can stand in Loracto’s shoes and get to know her more in order to try thinking in her way. By the way, my goal (just came up with it today) is to make friends with all the girls in my class. I hope that I can make it in the end, because if I complete it, I will know that I have the ability to make friends. Most important of all is that I can make the most of my English ability.

 

One last thing, the game splat is interesting. There is be a person in the middle, and whomever he points to has to get down. Then, the two standing beside that person have to splat at each other. The one who does it faster survives.

 

The third day at Harrow school

My classmates and I got to know more about each other. I also finally found the problem, which I’ve been having with Alexandra. She always decides to follow her plans and she is over confident. But I have also found that being confident like her can be quite important, because my biggest disadvantage is that I can’t feel good about myself unless others surrender to me. It makes me feel so weird. I’ve been going through this cycle ever since my school life began. It prevents me from making friends. The most important thing I’ve learnt so far is that I care too much about others’ thoughts and I therefore avoid various possibilities. I hate my personality. I need to change.

 

While in the canteen, I heard Andy talk about the separation between England and EU. Later in the afternoon, we had a quiz about everything including Harrow, music, common sense, and even sports! I suddenly found out how little I know. Although it was not the first time that I noticed my lack of knowledge of the world around me, I had never peered so deeply into my brain that it made me tremble. Now I find that studying is important, but at the same time, it is even better to get involved in this world.

 

Last but not least, I am convinced that teachers do their best to help their students. No matter how boring or terrible, l believe they all mean well in the end. The conclusion is that I must think about the meaning behind school fairs and small activities, and get engaged in classes. I will adopt a new attitude when I get back.

 

The fourth and fifth day at Harrow School

It took a while to get to the city centre. All in all, England is an international place, where people from everywhere walk around. It has a lot on offer. For example, it has one of the best museums in the world and numerous shops and sights to see. In some of those shops, such as the pharmacy, grocery store, and even bookstores, there are various different brands of goods. The malls also have many shiny and luxurious products. The different smells of perfumes mixed up together, will literally make you dizzy. Big cities are all the same to me since they all resemble each other with crowds of tourists and huge buildings. But London’s highlights are its historical buildings and its leafy environment which make it recognizable compared to others. However, its urban areas and countryside are my personal favorite, due to the silence and wonderful views. I think one of the things I envy about Harrowians is this.

 

The sixth day at Harrow school

I think that l must have misunderstood AJ since today she talked to me in a friendly way and listened to my opinion. Also, our class today was about advertising and debates with all those phrases and idioms like “Sorry to interrupt, but...” and” go like hot cakes. When it comes to speaking, AJ always is the best. However, what really stunned me today was the knowledge they had during the debate. For instance, the topic today was”boys are better than girls”. Unfortunately, I was on the agree side, so you’re aware what happened in the end. It didn’t matter who won, but my classmate Jessica and Monica did a good job on that, and they even made examples about Olympics and information like girls are three years more mature than boys. Not to mention that Alexandra had stated that women live ten years longer than men do. Her unbreakable points are so perfect as to make me feel ashamed of being one year younger. In my opinion, it’s better to be knowledgeable about things that are important as well as facts which can be useful while writing and talking.

 

Finally, at the dinner party tonight, I gave my email address to Monica. This meant that I made my first friend here. On the other hand, when I saw the Chinese group going on stage for graduation certificates, l suddenly felt a sense of loss because that made me have to face the whole group of foreigners without the familiar language around me. I started to be afraid of the last half of my journey becoming just us Taiwanese being the minority among those Italians.

 

The seventh day at Harrow school

Today we explored the small town of Harrow. It is amazing that there is such a lively street for residents in Harrow to go shopping. I didn’t learnt much today because there was no class. The only thing that I found interesting is that some of those kids were wearing uniforms today, even though it was still the first month in summer vacation. I didn’t ask why. Anyways, I bought some souvenirs for myself, my mom, and my sister, which were respectively a Harrow hat (at the price of 32£), a pen with my mom’s name written on it (which was surprisingly 1.40£), and a ring for my sister (at about4.00£). I decided to buy something really British for Mom. It was all under 20£.

 

PS, I am making friends with an Italian girl, Cecilia, who is seventeen years old and willing to communicate with us. I’m expecting this relationship will be established easily. Additionally, I played badminton with Angelica today. She’s the girl who played Harrow fives with us last Wednesday. She was not as 衿持as she was before. I acknowledged that playing sports can be an excellent way to make friends, since we can avoid the embarrassment of talking and see the person through their movements, or just simply enjoy the game.

 

The eighth day at Harrow School

It’s been a long time since I got here. The sense of interest has ended, and everything seems to be less intriguing. I found that Monica is remarkably good at English despite her young age. I’m jealous of her. However, I need to come up with a way to advance, so I found out that her abilities over me are vocabulary and how she organizes her thoughts. For example, she can write things down from sentences to articles and then修飾. I want to be just like her, but it’s hard to start because it’s a matter of how. What worries me the most is that I don’t have much time left, and that makes me feel anxious. That’s why how I use my time will be my toughest task.

 

Aside from those things, my day ended with a question: why is it so hard to make friends, and why does everyone here end up with a fellow or two? The answer I have come up with so far is that I always chicken out while making friends with strangers. When I saw AJ get a boyfriend, who’s from Turkey, in less than three days after he arrived, I was really amazed. I believe there is still a lot to learn in my last five days.

 

The ninth and tenth day at Harrow School

Ceceilia is not an easy one. She loves fashion, and loves taking pictures. Another thing I know about her is that she is competitive. I know I don’t have much time left to make friends, but I need to try my best to get this one, and AJ’s Instagram. After these two days, I learned several things. One of them is something I noticed while playing tennis with a bunch of Chinese kids. They are surprisingly selfish. The first time I noticed this was when one of the girls, who is thin and short, was selected to collect the balls. While she was running around the whole field busy as a bee, those children who came along with her kept hitting the ball harder and harder. I found that they didn’t take pity on the girl but focused on their own enjoyment. I saw the girl running and sweating and finally it was even hard for her to catch her breath. She barely said anything the whole time.Despite this, those Italians showed no tolerance to the same girl because she can’t speak English fluently. Correction, she relied on her friend. Those Italian boys couldn’t speak proper English either, however, they sort of spoke ill behind her back in Italian. Well, in my opinion, children in this generation are self-centered. When I talk about this, I am talking about myself, too. It’s such a bad habit we have nowadays. Everyone is doing it though, so it can be it’s just normal. Anyways, it doesn’t mean such behavior is right, and as a citizen in this era, I should be responsible for a change in the situation.

 

Today, I also went to a Disco Night. It was the first experience I had in such an unserious place. I recorded it in my collection of photos and videos. The place was too dark to get any good footage though and my efforts were to no avail.

 

The eleventh day at Harrow School

Today I went to the natural history museum. I tried to connect with Rebecca, a new girl from China. I went with Monica to the earthquake simulation area first. Something I viewed as interesting was that it perfectly showed what life was like in Japan a long time ago, including all the products on the shelves. In addition to that, the explanation about earth and matter was simple and delicate. Most importantly, the samples exhibited in the shop window were real. For example, there were rubies, diamonds, some human skeletons, and even a catfish transported from Japan. However, I regretted not going and seeing the objects and specimens in the green zone. Now I know what a map is for. In the future, if I get a map, I will make better use of it. Just like learning a new skill it can tell you where to start and finish. More importantly, a map makes your journey more efficient. In conclusion, from now on, I’ll make good use of maps.

 

The next place I went today was Harrods, where luxury items are sold. It was such a posh place. Something I couldn’t believe was that the Chinese people, who are the same age as me, bought bags and bags of jewelry and clothes without hesitation. How much money did they actually bring with them? It was just surprising! I’m not a person who actually shops a lot, thus I strolled around and pretended that I was as rich as Monica. She even mimicked those ladies with high heels walking in the department store. It was so hilarious. After that, we listened to some street performers perform in the front of Harrods. There was a fourteen-year-old black girl with a powerful voice who promoted herself in order to become a singer in the future. That is the difference between us and those Europeans. We don’t show off because we think it’s an act of arrogance. On the other hand, when you reveal your ability people see you as a person.

 

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Work by one of our student- Brian

Death, a consequence of everything, a situation you must embrace, early or late, you are going to meet up with it.

 

When you are going to face it, what will come up in your mind? What will you do to take the best use of the rest of your time? I suppose you're going to take the plunge , do whatever you want , stop struggling in any adverse feasibility , put the most effort into your dreams that are not achieved yet , because you know that you don't have much time left. So that you can end up your life with satisfaction.

 

Why don't we have this kind of mentality and determination while we're being challenged? Or simply just everything? Won't this mental pre-preparation help you genuinely immerse and enjoy in the process of coping with the plight you're in or let yourself finely concentrate, and indulge in the feeling of being alive and active?

 

Death, reminds us the value of life, tells us how precious life is, teach us the magnificence to treasure our life just as our children, and push us out of our bubbles and attain what we thought we can't.

 

Don't we need to thank Death devoutly?

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許多要出國留學的同學,都需要經過英文面試這一關。為了訓練自己的英文面試技巧,特別來到 ebs 做練習 ! 顧問通常建議學員們可以做的練習有:
 
1.    換位思考:今天你是面試官,你會錄取什麽樣的人?
2.    改變習慣:今天的狀況,是以往一直以來的做法及習慣所累積而成的結果。希望有不同的結果,必需採用不同的做法。
 
 
國外大學的入學申請面試的型態多重及靈活許多,近幾年學員們常遇到的情況有:
1.    與面試官面對面對談:國外大學會安排面試官直接飛到台灣進行、或委託在台的校友代為進行。
2.    線上與面試官一對一對談:安排時間再以Skype進行。
3.    線上回答:學校安排好時間,申請學生在一定時間內做寫作、與完成口語回答問題的錄製。
4.    集體面試:國外大學面試官直接飛到台灣,安排申請學生以小組方式 ( 3~4人 ) 進行討論及發表。
 

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在台灣大部分的同學會先寫出一篇自我介紹中文稿,想盡辦法翻譯成英文,再努力將英文稿背起來,這是一個很有趣的現象!學校要求英文面試,是希望學生們有一定的英文活用能力,但是大部分的學生卻是靠著中翻英和死背,所以面試表現十分僵硬。也想請大家想一想,花了這麽大的功夫及力氣去背,只是為了解決一次難題嗎? 這些努力對語言能力和自己的實力是否有累積加值的作用? 在 ebs, 顧問和老師們的教學方式,是不斷的去刺激同學思考並活用語言,而不只是死背! 
 
 
另外和大家分享,外國學校的考官在面試過程中,除了最基本的,申請人能否用流利自然的英文溝通,考官還會考慮以下要件:
1. 申請人能否對學校做出貢獻:錄取評審委員會希望招收對於學校能有貢獻的申請人。申請人應當在面試過程中,應該讓考官知道,自己的專業經歷能為學校帶來什麼樣的正面的影響。
2. 申請人能否順利完成學業:到國外學習需要面對截然不同的環境的挑戰。面試時,申請人需要讓考官相信自己能適應新的學習環境。
3. 申請人的性格:亞洲學生個性較內向且參與課堂活動積極性低。請利用面試的機會,向考官表明你是個積極主動、熱衷參與班上活動的學生。
4. 申請人的邏輯、推理能力:考官會審視申請人表達意見時的邏輯和推理能力。他們希望申請人表達意見時,能夠清楚明白、有條理,且具有説服力。
 
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不過大家要記得一點,不論面試官問什麼樣的問題,這些問題沒有標準答案,口試的目的在於想知道你對自己的方向清不清楚,跟系所要走的方向吻不吻合。 不只是學校挑你,你也要注意學校的是不是真的適合你。
 

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今年3月25日時,ebs 的Facebook 粉絲頁收到一個訊息: 
 
您好
我對貴公司的成人一對一教學有興趣!
我所需要的是短期(約十天)全英文面試的練習與指導
特別是財金領域
不知道是否有相關的師資?
主要是想練習面試口語對話。
 

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我們 ebs 常常收到這種短期的的英文面試指導要求,我請同學直接給我電話讓我去電說明。我先問同學何時要 Interview 呢?  沒想到同學說是4/6 北大商學研究所 Interview , 因為教授多為美國籍,所以需要英文面試。哇~ 那麼準備面試的時間不是不到 2 個星期了 !  我大約和同學說明一下我們的排課方式與費用,不過同學說有點超過預算。這也是 ebs常聽到的,因為ebs 所提供的顧問式一對一教學,和一般的一對一家教比起來,的確費用比較高,但我們也提供單純家教老師無法提供的服務。
 
兩天後,那位同學突然自己來到 ebs ,原來同學這兩天去其他英文補習班或家教班詢問,但是都覺得無法滿足他的需求。在時間緊急下,就直接來 ebs 了 ! 在顧問專業解說與規畫課程下,同學也馬上報名。顧問特地為同學申請緊急排課,讓同學隔天就可以馬上上課。並安排3位不同的老師,目的是讓同學先有英語口說的自信與流利,再針對同學的 resume 做全面檢視, 接下來以研究所財金領域為主軸,提供不同形式的面試問題做練習。
 
課程和老師安排好後,在每次上課後顧問都會關心同學的上課情況,並依據同學的回饋和老師做討論,對課程內容再做調整。因為時間因素,同學必須在一個星期中密集上課,還好ebs 上課時段和方式十分有彈性,可以盡量滿足學員的上課時間。雖然只有上了幾次課,但是每次的課程內容都有適度的幫助到同學,所有課程結束後,同學也信心滿滿的出發到大陸去參加面試了!
 

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過兩個月後,同學告知已經順利申請到北大匯豐商學院的金融碩士,並且同時取得獎學金 ! 這也不是第一次 ebs 快速的幫助同學完成面試訓練,為何我們可以在短時間內有效率的幫助同學呢?
 
1. 專業顧問先了解同學的需求並推薦合適老師。
2. 顧問在課程進行中和老師做密切溝通,一同協助同學突破學習盲點。
3. 針對不同面試需求情境式演練,培養同學的信心 !
 
 
其實看過這麼多的學生,我們真的了解到信心的重要性。台灣同學通常比較謙虛,但是在面試時,千萬不要發揮謙虛的美德 ! 一定要讓別人知道你優秀的地方,這方面 ebs 的顧問和老師,都會不斷的提醒同學 ! 

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上周在英國念碩士時認識的一位土耳其同學來台灣玩,不禁讓我掉入回憶的漩渦,不斷想起我在英國念書的那段時光。剛好最近EBS很多新學員來上課,目的就是為了出國念書。我都會提醒同學,不論你是要考TOEFL 還是IELTS,不論你要去哪個國家,當考試成績到達目標後,請一定要開始加強聽力!

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很多人都有盤算著出國念書的可能性,

有人可能是因為想考台灣研究所沒考到,

或是工作久了的疲憊, 讓人很想出去透透氣重返校園。

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先來問問大家一個有趣的問題:

如果看見國小生把下面圖中練習本的「感激」寫成「趕雞」,你會不會覺得這個答案錯了?

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暑假到了,大家有沒有計畫到國外旅遊呢? 

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在上週強颱來臨的前一刻,大家正忙著為接下來學員們的課程做前置作業準備的同時,一封email由ebs老師轉了進來。中心的同仁看到學員Jessie寄來的感謝函中提到,申請到4000英鎊(相當於台幣二十萬元)獎學金時,大家不禁一同歡呼起來,為Jessie的成就感到高興!

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美國名校登天難?李開復老師女兒申請獨家內幕!Early Decision 秘辛(2)

 

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最近來EBS諮詢的一些學員不約而同的下定決心要出國讀一年的語言學校,希望到國外去把英文學好。有去美國、加拿大、愛爾蘭,也有去英國的。

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Julia以前曾在密西根當過交換生,

回國之後有很多感想,剛好透過EBS來慢慢分享。

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【超實用旅遊資訊】part 2

當我們已經按下continue booking了以後

會出現一個畫面需要填寫自己的姓名,電話號碼和發行您手上護照的國家

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某天無意間路過一個開放式的座談會,是美國一些大學聯合來台招生,在我好奇走進去一看,驚訝的發現裡面聚集著滿滿的學生,看起來感覺以高中生和大學生居多,原來台灣有這麼多學生想出國念書啊!

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出國對於這一代的孩子似乎己經不再是件困難的事了,無論是家裡經濟狀況的允許或是政府在這方面的完善政策,讓每個孩子都可以實現出國的夢想,也打破每個層階都有平等學習的機會。

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 但出國留遊學並不是只是高分通過考試並申請到好學校這麼簡單而己,在國外除了專業的學習之外,還有更多是生活上的學習,但在台灣沒有人告訴他們這些事,導致很多人出國後,卻花費很多時間在處理生活上的小狀況。

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出國究竟是怎麼一回事?讓ebs來告訴你幾個有趣的小狀況,就從大家最常使用的結帳櫃台對話開始吧!

 

無論在任何美國實體店面消費,總免不了櫃台結帳時遇到的第一句狀況題:「cash or debit ?」

在美國使用debit card是很一般情況,尤其是留遊學的學生們,有一張debit card可以讓你更easy控管自己的花費。但在第一次開戶申辦debit card的時候是一件很麻煩的事,麻煩的不是資料的準備或申請的流程,申請資料只需準備美國地址、台灣翻譯地址、護照就可以申請,流程也只需填寫幾張內容差不多的表單就可以了,但美國銀行會很小心的確認申請人的身份及申辦的目的,因此會問很多問題確定你的身份背景及目的後再連絡相關單位(911事件的發生,讓美國人至今還無法放鬆),在申請時對於一些基本的問題不但要聽的懂真正的意思,還要回答的有信心,此外回答越簡單越好,因為國外人的思想蠻單純且直接,有時說太多反而帶給他們更多質疑,因此他們會再多問更多問題來交叉確定你的回答。 

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記得第一次申請帳戶時,行員問: How long will you stay here?我一直在想here是指USA?還是Washington DC? 當時的我住Washington DC,但我申請的學校是在Philadelphia,而裡9月才開學,所以我只是先提早二個月去Washington DC體驗真正美國第一級城市的生活,我當時的英文不好,再加上這句話我把它想的太複雜了,正當我在心裡想著要怎麼解釋說「我之後會去Philadelphia,但我又可能轉校到別州去,但還沒有計劃好去哪一州…….」時,行員己經開始懷疑我了,他覺得停留時間不是很基本的問題嗎?於是他緊接著問我美國生活資金來源、多久會匯一次錢進來、會不會在美國打工(順便提醒一下,當美國人問到這個敏感的問題時,千萬別說有打算、有計劃、有考慮等回答。我到美國那年,正當Occupy Wall Street的初期,那時美國失業率極高,如果說我有意要在美國打工或就業,那就會被更嚴格的對待了)、在台灣是做什麼的,結果不回答還好,一說我是媒體業的,他又開始緊張的重問我到美國要幹麻、目的是什麼……(暈)。這樣一來一往快一個小時,再加上這位美國大叔語速快,口音又重(美國地緣廣大,所以各州都有自己獨特的口音及文化哦!)我當時也一直要求他: say again please. 後來由於生活上的方便又去申請另一家銀行開戶,那時己經在美國一個月了,也慢慢的了解美國人的想法,所以第二次申請加等待流程只花一小時左右的時間。 

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其實美國人大多數都很愛聊天,不論結帳或是問路,一件小事就可以一直聊到其它話題,這就美國人的friendly。剛到美國時對於路完全沒有概念,也還沒申辦手機時,第一次拿著地圖問路,由於對方也不知道在哪,因此用手機上網幫我們指路,還問我們從哪來、來多久,並介紹當地的環境和美食讓我們有概念,那時整顆心都溫暖到不行。最常遇到friendly的狀況是在supermarket。美國的cheese有十多種,每種的口味及適合的料理都不同,有時買回去還沒吃時,那味道總己經令人回避三分了,因此我都會很小心的選購cheese。但常常我站在冷凍櫃前時,一旁的婆婆媽媽都會分享他們的經驗,有時甚至還教我故一些簡單的料理呢!有一位白人老太太,在我們見過三次面後他邀請我去他家吃晚餐,而晚餐裡其中有一道就是cheese料理。雖然在品嚐過後我沒辦法接受那樣濃烈的味道,但我”非常”有禮貌的跟他說:I like it very much! 後來幾次在超市再和他碰面時,在他熱情的推薦我更多濃烈cheese後,我告訴他其實我比較喜歡淡淡的味道,剛開始他的表情是驚訝的,後來他微笑的看著我,我當時並不知道那是什麼意思。之後幾次他也試著用味道淡一點的cheese料理,結果我們互動更多,聊得更開心。後來我才了解到,與東方群體意識的生活型態不同之下,美國人在人權平等的概念中,他們偏好與勇於表達自己想法的人聊天勝於只會點頭附合的人。而我剛到美國時,在英文己經不好之下,再加上他們的口音及語速,讓我常常只是以點頭回應,甚至有些是可以再繼續聊下去的話題,我卻不知如何回答而用yes結束話題。

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Friendly是美國人的表現,然而如果要再進一步發展到friendship就比較難了,也就說見面聊天都可以聊的很開心,但如果要到close friend就要很長的相處,如果太刻意的話,也會引起對方的反感哦。因為外國人很重視自己的時間,也就是獨處及獨立,並且希望大家能彼此尊重這點。有一天早上我坐在椅子上看著A女與B女這幕上演。

A: I have two news, one good and one bad. Which do you want to hear first?

B: The good news, you can skip the bad news.

因為B剛起床,有點起床氣,而A也真的只有說The good one. 並遞上一杯咖啡給B。之後B情緒好多了之後就跟A說:What’s the bad news?而在B聽完bad news後很幽默的安慰A說:Oh, dear, on the other hand, I must say that this café is pretty good!

 

再回到美國銀行,美國銀行電子系統很普遍也很方便(這也是為什麼美國銀行裡總是常常空無一人,有別於台灣的銀行總是人多到要抽號碼排),在第一次申辦成功之後,就都可以在線上自己操作。以留遊學生來說,由於台灣與美國銀行互相匯款時需要一筆手續費,因此一般家長都一次匯出一大筆金額提供孩子在美國一段時間的支出(富爸爸的小孩就不一樣了,是直接一張台灣信用卡就可以了),但這樣一大筆的金額存在銀行裡,如果debit card遺失,會不會連同所有存款都被盜走呢?在線上電子銀行裡,有一項功能可自行選擇可使用debit的金額為多少,也就是說跟行戶頭裡如果有100萬的存款,可以先移5萬元到debit帳戶裡,等5萬元刷完後,再移下一筆金額到debit帳戶裡,在debit帳戶裡沒有錢時,到任何的線上購物或實體購物都無法支付費用。但也因為這樣的安全性,我常常忘記將錢移到debit帳戶而造成在買東西時的尷尬場面發生(++)。

 

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如果看過電影『Chef』的人都應該了解美國餐車是一項很popular的街頭文化,但大多數的餐車都是沒有debit的服務,一般餐車的價格大約都在4-8美金,所以準備1美元及5美元的鈔票是很重要的事。但美國的ATM提款機不像台灣到處都有,因此如果在結帳櫃台使用debit card時,在銷費總金額結算之後,瑩幕上會出現”cash back?”意思就是需要現金嗎?舉例來說,如果消費總金額為20美元,再cash back 10美元時,debit card會扣款30美元,其中10美元就會從櫃台裡拿現金給你。

 

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櫃台結帳時遇到的第二句狀況題:「need a bag ?」但通常結帳人員語速都會很快,而且由於每天都需要對幾百個人說同樣的話,因此他們常偷懶的說:「ne’bay?」記得那時剛到美國時,當我第一次聽到這句話還想說為什麼結帳人員一直說”ebay”(==”)。緊接著第三句狀況題出現:「have a recipt ?」但這句話也如同「need a bag ?」的狀況一樣變成「hav’a si?」而我誤會成”have a seat”(==”),差點要回答他說:thanks, I m good。通常國外不像台灣有可以對獎的統一發票這東西,recipet就僅有報帳和退貨時需要的功能,因此一般如果只是購買金額不高的日常用品,美國人是不拿Receipt的。不過receipt的內容除了購買商品外金額外,還會有稅金在上面,由於美國各州的稅都不一樣,因此一樣容量的一瓶cola在New York city買的和在Boston買的價錢也會不一樣。在這裡順便一提,美國的supermarket是美國人購買日常用品的主要地方,因此大多是大型連鎖超市/商,如:CVS、Trade Joy’s等 (美國也有7-11,但不是美國人習慣購買的地方),常設在住宅區裡面或附近,但每個連鎖超市/商都會有一些自己的特色及促銷活動,因此價格也常常浮動不定,有時價差也會很大,像在我們學校附近的CVS就常在星期五中午過後就有零食買一送一的優惠,主要是週末學生常會有Party,而在走幾步路的住宅區附近有一家fresh market則是在每天下午5點後會有低價水果銷售。如果是長時間在美國生活的留遊學生可以比較一下附近supermarket的常用生活品價格及了解各家店的促銷常態時間,有時搭配學生活動,有時是每週五下午的小週末時間哦。

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此外,有些餐廳的Receipt很有趣。美國的複雜小費制度常令留遊學生頭痛,但一般餐廳或餐館是在10%~15%之間,而較高級的餐廳或餐館則是在20%~25%,計程車和飯店則是1元到3元美金即可,在未算入小費時的金額叫subtotal,加入小費後才是total的費用。但有些餐館的小費是自己填寫,也就是在Receipt上會有消費金額(subtotal)、稅(tax)及小費(tip)__________(自填)後,再自填一個總金額(total)______即可。記得有一次到其它城市去旅行,住的都是同一間旅館,結果第二天早上出門後才發現,床頭忘了放小費,心裡想說會不會沒放小費就亂打掃或甚至不打掃之類的,結果回旅館後,房間還是被整理的乾乾淨淨,但隔天早上用餐時被旅館人員尋問服務是否有不滿意之處,哈~~有點小尷尬。有些人會想說忘了放小費是不是隔天要補放呢?其實沒這必要,因為小費是給打掃的服務人員,但每天的服務人員都不一定一樣,所以不一定會被同樣的人拿到。 

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美國的服務沒有很精緻也沒有很貼心,但他們卻很有耐心的去滿足每一位顧客的需求,因此常造成結帳櫃台大排長龍,但卻看不到顧客臉上不悅。而不只在美國,現在在很多國家,例如:日本、新加坡、歐洲等都有一種叫自助結帳機器,如果你趕時間的話可以利用這台機器快速為自己結帳哦!

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想即將踏台灣出國留遊的你,是否己經準備好應付各種生活上的小狀況?它們可以很有趣的讓你輕鬆過關,甚至很上道的立即融入當地生活,但也可以讓你為這些生活瑣事打擾到無法專心學習,甚至走不出華人社交圈。  讓ebs外師告訴你360種出國最常遇到的”鳥事”,讓你一出國就被問”你好了解這裡的生活哦!你在這裡生活了很久嗎?”

 

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剛結束二天的教育聯展,收獲相當的多。原本以為憑藉著英文顧問機構的身份及過來人的經驗,可以給青年學子一些有用的資訊及資源,沒想到他們也”教會我們一些事”。

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這二天看著這些年輕的孩子們,充滿活力的在展覽的每個攤位間穿梭,手裡提著滿滿的資料,嘴裡討論的盡是與出國有關的話題。看著他們臉上充滿著希望卻又困惑的複雜表情……是的,當年準備出國的我們,也曾經是這樣”複雜”的心情

 

我們一直的認為,我們的英文學習環境和教育方式很完善,但為什麼這些準備出國的孩子們卻還是帶著一顆忐忑不安的心呢?即便從小學開始學習英文、高分通過考試、閱讀外文書籍,常常出國旅遊……,但心中不免還是自我懷疑著:我的準備真的好了嗎?

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我們的教育方式”給”的太多。我們總覺得給孩子們越多,他們獲得越多,以後就可以發揮的越多,所以我們給他們上千萬個英文單字,並告訴他們”你們要熟記單字才能廣泛使用”,我們也給了他們文法規則,並告訴他們”你們要熟背文法才能多元運用”,我們給孩子在一個最安全的模式下學習英文,並用通過考試的高分來向孩子證明”你看,我說的對吧!”

當孩子們帶著漂亮分數的TOEFL、GRE等出國後,才發現在與外國人交談時,每個英文單字都懂,但為什整句話意思卻不能理解?或者在開口說英文時,頭腦裡還一再的確認主詞+動詞+受詞….,那要用過去進行式嗎?

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展覽期間,也有許多孩子們尋問是否可以代寫申請學校資料。與這些孩子們再深聊後發現,他們的英文程度不差,考試也都能交出漂亮的成積單,但對於申請學校的資料,尤其自傳卻毫無頭緒。我問”為什麼?為什麼無法用自己平常學到的單字和文法寫自傳呢?”他們的回答令人咋舌:”因為怕外國人看不懂”,”因為怕用錯單字詞或文法,造成外國人誤會而被笑”。

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這件事令我想起曾經有一位ebs的學員,是位高材生,在一次的大學三年級,幸運的通過考試,取得交換學生的資格。當時的他帶著滿滿的自信出國,然而出國後卻完全不料預期。他認為是他英文還學的不夠好,於是回國後到處再找英文學習,後來經過媽媽朋友的推薦他來到ebs。第一次與ebs顧問接觸時,他以為早己為他準備更多更高深的艱難教材等著他,但沒有,桌上什麼都沒有。在經過多次的與顧問交談後,他才發現原來他一直不曾真正的認識英文,以為單字加文法就是英文的全部,卻沒想到語言的背後是文化上的價值觀,原來從外國人的思維去認識英文才能真正的將英文生活化,才能真正的將英文活用

他說在顧問不斷的挖掘問題,讓他更了解自己真正的需求。其實顧問早在第一眼己經看出他的問題所在,但還是不斷的以一問一答的方式啟發他的思考,循序漸進地轉換觀念,並帶入外國人的思維方式,在這樣的過程中他才了解英文字眼上的真正意思,才了解文法真正的運用方式,而不再只是去背哪些時候該加ing,哪些時候該加ed,原來過去進行式和過去完成式是因為我們與外國人對於時間的概念不同。他雖然己經通過TOEFL考試了,但這是他第一次大聲的說出英文好好玩哦!顧問說:如果我一開始就給他全部答案,那跟給他英文單字和文法規則有什麼不同。

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是的,在台灣有很多英文機構,可以幫助孩子們順利的通過英文檢測,可以幫助孩子們寫出漂亮的文件去申請學校,可以讓孩子們很簡單輕鬆的出國留遊學,但是對於孩子們本身呢?

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在展覽會場上,我們並沒有特別主動的去告訴孩子們ebs有多好,ebs能給你什麼,ebs給你什麼保證,而是帶著一顆傾聽的心更想要知道孩子們要什麼。當我聽到一位母親與兒子停留在我身旁討論著”這麼多的資訊,和網路上的都差不多,但看來看去還是不知道要怎麼做?要從哪裡著手啊?”

於是我靠過去問著”Hello,你們今天來看展是要找什麼樣的資訊嗎?”

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我問:有鎖定哪幾間嗎?或者想念什麼科系?

於是我把在國外的經驗及所遇到的問題跟他們分享,也告他們在出國前要怎麼準備及需要準備什麼才能更順利,後來閒聊之餘也說了許多之前在國外遇到的趣事,沒想到引來更多路過的人停留下來,他們充滿興趣的問了很多問題,也一起討論了一些延伸的問題,從原本不認識的彼此找到了志趣相投的伙伴。

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是的,ebs讓有夢想的年輕學子聚集在一起,ebs讓有共同目標的人更有勇氣的一起往前走,讓夢想能夠更腳踏實地的實現ebs只想讓你知道:其實只要找對方法,出國也能像在家生活一樣簡單。

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出國唸書,行李要帶哪些東西?

 

從決定出國,中間一連串的準備,到真的要開始要打包行理! 要出發到海洋的另一端前的那一時刻終於來了!

 

靜下心來,那麽多民生必需品,少少的可攜帶行李重量,哪些是一定要帶的呢?

 

手機,筆電是一定要帶的啦!手機的部份,要先看一下要前往的國家是使用哪一個系統(例:GSMCDMA系統)及其頻率 (frequency).

 

參考各國GSM手機的頻率

http://allworldcellphones.com/gsm-frequencies-list.htm

 

睡袋

太太太重要了!一定要帶一個。什麽時候會用到呢?

住學校宿舍時,通常只給一個薄毯(lucky的話)。有時只有一個薄被單。

大部份地區冬天有暖氣,住homestay時,供一床挺單薄的毯子。

(自已的經驗是,在没有暖氣的台灣,冬天習慣蓋個大被子的我,在冷氣房或在大寒多,蓋著一個薄毯真的是涼快的皮皮挫

剛租到房子,在你百廢待舉尚未添購好家用品時。

出門旅遊時。

到同學家小聚,玩通宵過夜時。

⋯⋯

真的很多機會會用得到它!

 

大同電鍋

在國外若餐餐外食是很貴的!(記得在西方國家,上餐館要給小費喲)

大同電鍋的使用門坎很低,隨時蒸個東西,煮飯,燉香菇雞湯,煮紅豆/綠豆湯,真是太方便了。也曾聽過有學長用大同電鍋煎蛋的!

 

個人常備藥品

若平常個人有習慣服用一些藥物時,普通的如止痛藥,感冒藥,退燒藥,消炎藥,胃藥,止洩藥等等,到醫生開的藥物,隨身帶一點(不需屯太多,注意使用日期),以備不時之需。到了國外,確定有學生或個人的醫療保險之後,還是要看醫生的。(若没有保險,真的不舒服時,還是要看醫生喲!成本不一樣而已,健康第一)。

 

襪子及女生的髮飾

台灣的襪子種類多功能齊全,價格又合理,多帶一些。國外看到的女生髮飾,不外是 Made in China, Taiwan, Korea Vietnam. 台灣的價格優很多,可適量的帶一些常用的會用的到的。

 

防寒手套,帽子

同樣的原因,在台灣可以買到便宜,款式佳又好用的防寒手套及帽子,各帶一份。若你有專業性的用途及需要(如登山或滑雪),還是要到專賣到購買喲!

 

隱形眼鏡

在很多國家,若你要買隱形眼鏡,是要先付費驗光之後,拿著驗光資料才可以購買(包括買拋棄式也一樣)。在台灣的價錢也可愛很多哦!

 

 

最後, 就是確認你的行李沒有過重啦!

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