Update 2016-12-26: Changed ESL Pod links to Lizhi.fm. See this post for more info: ESLPod Links Broken.
Update 2016-03-11: Removed VideoJug links.
Update 2015-10-26: Added ESLpod 1100.
Follow up is what we do after the job interview:
Here are some useful videos and ESL podcasts you can watch and listen to about these kinds of issues.
You can listen to these ESL podcasts (especially designed for learners of English) online on your computer, or you can download the MP3 and listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, smartphone etc.
The audio is free, but some other features ("premium features") require payment.
UPDATE: VideoJug used to have great job hunting videos on their own website and it was possible to watch them in China. But they made some changes to their website recently, and now their job hunting videos are only available on YouTube (which is blocked in China) at YouTube - VideoJug. For now I've removed the VideoJug links (if you have VPN, you can try searching their YouTube channel for "job hunting", "interview", "salary" etc). I'll see if I can find alternative links. Sorry.
Latest update: Bing have changed their links yet again. This is the 4th or 5th time they done it, and I no longer use Bing and will never use it again. I'm trying other online dictinaries like Baidu and Youdao, as well as Jukuu for example sentences.
Update: Since originally writing this article, the Bing dictionary has changed its way of making links for words... again. Which means all the links I originally put into the article don't work any more. And it no longer provides results for the € symbol... at all. Not a single one. So I don't feel Bing is as good as I used to think.
Microsoft's Engkoo/Bing is a great free online resource for ESL students, especially Chinese ones. Dictionary, thesaurus, translator, example sentences, pronunciation audio, even videos. I often put Bing links for words in my posts so that students can get more info on them But like anything in life, Engkoo/Bing is not perfect.
For example I wanted to give a Bing link to my students for €, the symbol for the euro, the common currency of most countries in the EU.
A search on Bing didn't provide a definition or explanation, but it did offer many example sentences, e.g.:
"It is a question of fairness," he said, arguing the public sector had contributed more than €4,000bn in guarantees to help banks.
One difficulty for my students is how to say that symbol €, so I clicked on the little speaker icon at the end of the sentence to hear it pronounced. Try it for yourself!
The pronunciation was fine... until it got to the symbol and numbers. Then it became a disaster.
Update: 2014-04-07: Eliminated links to Bing dictionary, replaced with links to other dictionaries & encyclopedias.
I just did a class on personal finance and my students in China mentioned the low interest rates they receive on their savings.
Well, an article from the Wall Street Journal (the most important financial newspaper in the US) has looked into this and come to this conclusion: people in China who save money are really losing money. Because the percentage of interest they receive is lower than the percentage increase in the cost of living, Chinese savers *lose* an estimated 190 billion yuan a year.
But if savers are losing that money, then who is gaining it? The government, the banks and the companies banks lend to. Ordinary Chinese savers are paying a hidden tax to the government and a hidden subsidy to the banks and their corporate borrowers.
Read more here:China Realtime Report, The Wall Street Journal.
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