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‘Why do we have to bend over backward?’: Man lectures women for not speaking English in Canada in TikTok video

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  • TikTok user Donna Damaso posted a clip to the platform of a man subjecting a group of Asian women to racist remarks at the Brighouse station on the Richmond Canada Line.
  • Damaso, who captured the encounter on Aug. 11, saw the man berating two women for not speaking English while reminding them that they are in Canada.
  • When Damaso approaches them and calls the man out for being a racist, he repeatedly denies being one and claims to be a lawyer.
  • The argument goes on as the man repeatedly asks Damaso why she doesn't care about the women speaking another language.

A woman captured the moment a man subjected a group of Asian women to racist remarks at a train station in Canada. 

Donna Damaso uploaded the clip to TikTok on Sunday of a masked man berating two women for not speaking English during their conversation at the Brighouse station on the Richmond Canada Line. According to Damaso, the incident happened on Aug. 11.

‘I want to communicate with the world!’: Vietnamese woman’s efforts to learn English go viral on TikTok

  • TikTok user @usukoo posted a now-viral video in which a woman from Vietnam practices her English for a homework assignment.
  • Uploaded on March 19, the video has now accumulated over 25,000 likes and 334,000 views.
  • The poster captioned the video asking how many could understand her English without reading the subtitles in the video.
  • Many users in the comments praised Hang’s efforts and energy or came to her defense in response to negative critiques.

A TikTok video posted over the weekend of a woman from Vietnam practicing English went viral after viewers fell in love with her bubbly energy and sincere efforts. 

In the original video, posted by @usukoo, a woman named Hang introduces herself, as part of an English homework assignment. 

Chinese woman develops unique numeral code to communicate with her husband after he loses ability to talk

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A Chinese woman invented a unique numeral code to communicate with her husband, who lost the ability to speak after a sudden heart attack and cerebral hemorrhage in 2012.

Luo Caiyun, 37, and her husband Hu Minglang, 51, met in 2007 at a nonprofit event and married two years later in 2009. The two are both from Fuyang, a southeastern Chinese province in Anhui, according to Yingzhou Evening News per South China Morning Post.  

‘Extremely not correct’: Chinese alphabet printout purportedly given to third graders goes viral

Incorrect Chinese Alphabet
  • A viral tweet posted by a parent in Irvine, California, shared an alleged printout their third-grade child brought home from school showing a false “Chinese alphabet.”
  • The sheet matched Chinese Hanzi characters with Roman letters, seemingly vaguely correlated by the shape of the characters and letters.
  • “I had to gently explain to him that this was, uh…extremely Not Correct,” the tweet author wrote

A tweet shared by an Irvine, California, parent shows an alleged printout their third grader brought home that incorrectly matched Roman letters to Hanzi characters labeled as the “Chinese alphabet.” 

Twitter user Foz Meadows posted the tweet on Tuesday, also Lunar New Year. A photo of the handout was attached. 

American College Students Want to Learn Korean More Than Ever Because of K-Pop

The number of students learning Korean in universities throughout the United States has increased almost exponentially over the past 10 years, and it’s most likely due to the incredible popularity of K-pop.

According to the U.S. Modern Language Association, the number of American university students enrolled in Korean language classes has doubled between 2006 and 2016, Vice reported. The MLA attributes the rise in demand for learning the Korean language to the effects of the Korean wave, which includes the popularity of K-dramas, global sensations like K-pop group BTS, and even the prominence of Korean skin care routines and products.

Japanese Soccer Star Drops F-Bomb After Mispronouncing a Word

Keisuke Honda

Famous Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda apologized for his adorable slip up during an interview in Australia last week when he mispronounced the word “fact” in an unfortunate way.

At one point during his talk with reporters last week, Honda told them “I have to take care of myself. It’s bad but it’s real, it’s fact.” A brief moment of silence clouded the event venue before Melbourne Victory’s head coach Kevin Muscat stepped in to clear the air saying, “Fact. Fact issue,” according to SoraNews24.

Why I Used to Dread Learning Chinese Until I Went to College

During middle school, students are expected to have minimal exposure to a language other than English. I had Spanish and French for two hours a week in 7th and 8th grade, and I was not interested in either. When high school came, we were allowed to choose between Spanish, French (though this department was later cut because of the cleaver dubbed “Insufficient Funds” that looms over every public school), and German. I was mildly interested in French, but I wasn’t feeling the “yearn to learn” for any of those. Then, my guidance counselor made an announcement that would alter my linguistic career forever: I could take Mandarin Chinese online.

I couldn’t wait. I enrolled as soon as possible and felt hope and excitement for learning a foreign language. I signed up because I wanted to learn the language and learn more about the culture. At that point in my life, I hardly knew anything about Chinese culture. I had the face of a Chinese person, with the values of an American and cultural knowledge that could match the amount of a tourist. This online class was an opportunity to learn and enrich my then-deprived cultural identity.

Kenya Will Start Teaching Mandarin in All Primary Schools Starting 2020

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To better pave the road for trade and connection with China, Kenya is preparing to teach Mandarin lessons in classrooms starting next year.

CEO of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Julius Jwan, recently spoke with Chinese state media Xinhua News, revealing the design, scope, and sequence of the Mandarin syllabus that is now finished and ready to roll out sometime in 2020.

New Character That Means ‘Poor’ and ‘Ugly’ is Extremely Relatable to Chinese Millennials

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A newly-created pessimistic character is garnering attention from Chinese millennials and the younger population, saying that it perfectly describes them.

This new character, “qiou,” is a combination of three characters: (qiong) that means poor, (chou), which is translated as ugly, and also (tu), meaning earth. If put together, the character essentially reads as meaning “poor as dirt and ugly,” according to Shanghaiist.