Chinese vs Kiwi approach to using the library

Interesting incident at the Parnell library (behind our Euroasia Parnell campus) today. Chinese lady walked up to counter with granddaughter, wanting to return a book. She said this in Chinese but obviously the Kiwi librarian had no clue what she was on about. Chinese lady asked granddaughter to translate....

The language you use affects your ability to save money

Why do some people save more than others? Germans save 10 percentage points more than the British do (as a fraction of GDP), while Estonians and Chinese save a whopping 20 percentage points more than Greeks and Indians. Economists think a lot about what drives people to save, but...

How babies learn language

Fascinating research on how words are “born”. Deb Roy studies how his own son acquires language and use new words. In an effort to understand how children learn words, he wired his home with bird’s-eye view cameras and microphones for three years to collect data on his son. The home...

New Zealand best place to be a working woman

It’s not surprising that if you’re a working woman, New Zealand is the place to be. The Economist compiled a “glass-ceiling index” to show where women have the best chance of equal treatment at work. It compares five indicators across 26 countries: the number of men and women respectively with...

Chinese vs English family tree – language reflects culture

Language reflects the underlying culture. In a Western context, the family typically refers to the nuclear family – father, mother, sister, brother.  Your father’s brother is your uncle. So is your mother’s brother. Did you know in the Chinese language there’s a lot more fine-tuning: Uncle (Father’s older brother)...

Long overdue hate mail from random stranger

So I return to the office to find some random stranger’s message on my voicemail telling me why I should leave New Zealand. I do get some hate mail every now and then, usually after I stand up for wealthy Chinese investors, poor migrant workers or ripped off international students. Even...

What are Kiwi values? Who is Kiwi?

Sometimes I’m asked what are Kiwis like. What makes someone Kiwi? This is a tough question. The other day I posted a guest blog by Dr Phillipa Smith on what it means to be Kiwi, which she studied for her PhD topic. I’ve been thinking about this some more....

Who's afraid of grammar?

Very often people are quite relaxed about the idea of learning vocabulary: the Italian for ‘table’ is ‘tavola’, the Japanese for ‘car’ is ‘kuruma’. OK, no big deal. You learn the words and you’re half way there. The problem sometimes comes with the second half to get you the whole way...

Live online group classes with Euroasia

It’s already possible to learn a language online with Euroasia, cialis buy online and in fact we’ve conducted a number of courses this way already.  But up to now, courses have only been available on a 1-1 basis.  As from 2013, we’ll be offering group classes online. With online...