November 17

One thing you don’t know about….

The EAL students and teachers interviewed each other to find out one thing (or some things) they didn’t know about one another. We are a pretty interesting group! 
  • Two things you don’t know about Islam are that he ate horse meat and he studied ballet when he was 3-years-old.
  • One thing you don’t know about Maya Takasaku is that she played piano on stage in Singapore in front of 1,089 people.
  • One thing you don’t know about Monica is she has an older sister in Slovenia.
  • One thing you don’t know about Max is that he ate live crickets in New York’s Chinatown.
  • One thing you don’t know about Ms. Standig is that she ate live octopus.
  • One thing you don’t know about Aru is that he is a baritone singer and one time he sang in front of about 25 people.
  • Two things you don’t know about Ms. Singer are that she was born in Alaska and she used to have a sled dog team.
  • Some things you don’t know about Laetitia Schwab are she has lived in many different places. She was born in Kenya, and she moved to the UK, and then to Switzerland. Before she came to NY, she was in Dubai. She moved a lot because of her dad’s job. In addition, she traveled to more than 10 countries! Since she had been to many places, she can adapt in different environments well.
  • One thing you don’t know about Isabella is that she was born in New York.
  • One thing you don’t know about Anouk is that she ate a French coin when she was 2 years old.
  • One thing you don’t know about Sabrina is she accidentally killed a bird when she was little. 
  • Some things you don’t know about Scott is that he has been to Mongolia and they didn’t have water for shower in Mongolia. He also appeared in Humans of New York, a facebook page that talks about some of New Yorkers life and he invest money in stock.
  • One thing you don’t know about  Ms. Kearns is that she is about the be a grandmother.
  • One thing you don’t know about Dawn is she did kung fu for 8 years.
  • One thing you don’t know about Olga is that her name is spell with g but she hated and for that everybody called her Olya.
  • Two things you don’t know about Junior are that he likes to take pictures and likes to make movies.
  • One thing you don’t know about Jenny is that she lived in Norway, Canada, Washington DC, and New York.
  • One thing you don’t know about Thelma is that she likes to learn different languages.
  • One thing you don’t know about Embla is that she’s obsessed with the Harry Potter books.
  • One thing you don’t know about Julien is that he has lived in Russia, Kenya, England, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and now the US.
  • One thing you don’t know about So-Eun is her favorite color is white.
  • One thing you don’t know about Maxim is that he is really good in basketball so he plays on JV.
  • One thing you don’t know about Riccardo is that he likes cooking.
  • One thing you don’t know about Emma is that she has been to Karate.
  • One thing you don’t know about Sammel is that he likes to spend money whenever he has any.
  • One thing you don’t know about Emilia is she started downhill skiing when she was 3 years old.
  • One thing you don’t know about Silvia is that she studied Latin and Ancient Greek.
  • One thing you don’t know about Nina is that she can sleep for 15 hours a day if there is no one wakes her up.
  • One thing you don’t know about Lam is that she can cook and she loves anything that relates to food.
  • Two things you don’t know about Michelle are that she tends to over think and also gets nervous very easily. 
  • One thing you don’t know about Yunfei is that once she was deposited by her mother in the depositary of a hotel when she was 3 years old. They gave her mom a ticket stating that they had Yunfei there and she could pick her back up when she wanted.
  • One thing you don’t know about  Eshkar is when she was three years old something angered her and she told her family that she wanted to leave. Her mom obviously knew she wouldn’t really go anywhere, therefore she said that it would make them all sad but if she insisted she could give her a bag with everything. When she took the bag, of course, she went outside to her backyard of the house and peeked through the window to see if anyone noticed, while everyone was inside looking at her. Even though she was too young to remember, she can assume that it was incredibly funny.
  • One thing you don’t know about Ziyi is that she has 3 siblings: 2 older sisters and 1 younger brother.
  • One thing you don’t know about Christian is that he was in the newspaper.
  • One thing you don’t know about Christy is that she loves to listen to Chinese music and also music by Hanao Miyazaki, who is Japanese.
  • One thing you don’t know about Vittoria is that she has been regional champion in high jump.

 

November 3

Superstitions Around the World

Ziyi: In China, there are a lot of superstitions. For example:

Inline image 1 People believe that if their left eye are twitching, then that means good luck. However, if it is the right eye that is twitching, then it is a black day for them.
Another one is that people, especially small businessman, usually buy and put small Buddha and money cat at their store. In China, these are superstitions that will bring them wealth. For example, in restaurants, small shops, you can often see those things.
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In addition, in the day of new year, Chinese people always have huge celebration and various dishes for dinner and breakfast. During people’s eating time, they can never knock their bowls by chopsticks, because people believe that this action is rude to god and hence will bring bad luck to the whole family in that year.

 

Japanese Superstitions
Kentaro Yokota

One of the Japanese superstitions is that if you whistle at night, snake will come out. It is famous, and was handing down from generation to generation. My mother would often scold me when I whistle at night. So I think many Japanese obey the superstition, although there is no evidence. According to a theory, the reason of the superstition was kidnappers. A long time ago, whistle was a sign for them to kidnap. They often carried out the crime after sunset, so there was danger of being kidnapped if a child whistle at night. In order to avoid this danger, the superstition was made.

Another Japanese superstition is about cutting nails. It is said that you can’t see your parents on their deathbed if you cut your nails at night in Japan. Since my father often cut his nails at night, he couldn’t see his mother on their deathbed. So I don’t cut my nails at night, but I am not sure when to do because morning in New York is night in Japan. Some people say the factor of the superstition is that 夜爪 meaning night nail in Japanese and 夜詰め meaning vigil in Japanese have same pronunciation, while others say that cutting nails at night caused danger of stepping on them because of dark lighting long ago. However many Japanese don’t seem to care the superstition.

Japan By Aru
In Japan, there is a superstition about the blood type.
A: punctual
B: at your own pace
O: not precise
AB: no feature
This is a just superstition present on one site, so there are many other characteristics.

ab-blood-diet-001 Source: http://tinyurl.com/kbuhovl 

Chinese SuperstitionsChina By Yunfei 

 

South Korea by So-Eun

After reading “13 common (but silly) superstitions” http://www.livescience.com/14141-13-common-silly-superstitions.html

Similar to the sixth superstition (which ironically talks about number 666), Koreans believe 4 as an unlucky number. The way you read number 4 in Korean is same as the sounds of the word “die” in a Chinese character. Even in my apartment building in Korea, there is no “4″ button in the elevator, instead it is written as “f.” In some places, there is no fourth floor since the number 4 is considered to calls bad lucks.

Vietnam by Lam

Friday the  13th is kind of common among Vietnamese teenagers, so I was not so surprise when I read the first few lines of the article. But after reading it, I realized that there are many things about Friday the 13th that I did not know. For example, picking up a penny and making wishes on a wishbone give you good luck, or opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck. There is a thing called bad luck comes in threes is kind of what happens in Vietnam on this day. When they receive a bad grade or late for school, and it is Friday the 13th, they immediately think that they will get bad luck for the whole day because of this. Or may be when they try to scare someone, like the kids in my old school, they tell others that they will get bad luck for the whole day or the rest of the year if they do this or do that because it is Friday the 13th, and some people actually believe it.

Japan by Maya

There is also a superstition in Japan, about breaking mirrors. People believe that breaking mirror reflects your bad lucks next seven years. However, I don’t want to believe this, because I recently found a broken mirror because of moving.