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  • English is a strange language, with many weird phrases and unusual grammar rules to follow, so we can’t blame you for getting confused
  • Whatever you do, don’t nip something in the butt - you will probably get in trouble
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  • Think you can write a funny photo caption? Each week, we present to you one photo, and it’s up to you to submit a wacky description of about 15 words
  • This week, we see one furry friend taking precautions against Covid
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  • Practise your English with our short listening exercises: play the audio linked below; answer the questions; and check the answers at the bottom of the page
  • This week’s podcast is about a notorious scam artist who pulled off the biggest con in history and ‘sold’ the most iconic landmark in Paris
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  • As the city faces its fifth wave of Covid-19 cases, the government has reimposed some of its strictest social-distancing rules
  • The food and drink industry, as well as the fitness sector say many businesses may not be able to weather the latest restrictions and closures
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  • Study Buddy Challenger is for students who want to take their understanding to the next level with more difficult vocabulary and questions that will test their inference skills
  • Check your reading comprehension using the questions below or in the linked Kahoot! game
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  • Each week, Study Buddy Explorer presents an interesting story that we have adjusted to be more accessible for all English learners
  • Check your reading comprehension using the questions below or in the linked Kahoot! game
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College & Uni Life

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  • Becoming more independent from your family is a huge step, but it’s not easy to start the new school year in an unfamiliar place without the comforts of home
  • A former boarding school student gives advice for anyone who is feeling nervous about living in a dormitory and starting at a new school
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  • Ahead of this year’s application deadline, we get some expert advice about your how to rank your potential admission options
  • If academics are not your strong suit, the VTC or other vocational and trainee opportunities could be a good alternative
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  • This week we talk about getting professional help from a counsellor, underage drinking, peer pressure and making friends
  • If you have difficult, embarrassing or awkward questions to ask about teen life, send them in anonymously, and‘Friend of a Friend’ will do their best to help you
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  • Besides tuition fees, you need to budget for accommodation, food and other expenses
  • You should also check if you are allowed to work on a student visa
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  • The spread of Covid-19 has forced a lot of the Class of 2020 to rethink their futures
  • More college freshmen and current students are considering taking a year out to volunteer, take on an internship and gain perspective
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  • The Ivy League school says the Class of 2025 will only need to submit pass/fail grades
  • Applications will continue to be judged on community involvement, employment and other out of classroom factors
College & Uni Life

Career Advice

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  • Four years ago, Kelvin Tan left a job in accounting to restore and tune pianos – a career which requires him to ‘talk’ to instruments using skills which take years to master
  • Every week, Talking Points gives you a worksheet to practise your reading comprehension with questions and exercises about the story we’ve written
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  • A Hong Kong NGO is organising a smartphone app design contest for the city’s students
  • The winners will get the chance to intern at major companies and job shadow senior executive
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  • Since it was founded 30 years ago, the non-profit organisation has helped countless teenagers and young people in Hong Kong
  • One of them is John Joseph Ledesma Caguinguin, a Filipino who grew up in Hong Kong, and who found his path to working in architecture through one of KELY’s work placement programme
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  • Don’t look too closely at the LinkedIn profiles of Nintendo’s Mario or luchador/chef El Fuerte from ‘Street Fighter’
  • These game protagonists all have some explaining to do when they need to make a business card
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  • Many people mistakenly believe that teaching young kids is easy, but it requires a lot of training and hard work
  • Children mentally and physically develop very quickly, so the way they are taught must change too
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  • The former KVD Beauty is in the top three of the show judged by global beauty experts Val Garland and Dominic Skinner
  • The former St Paul's Convent School student hopes to emulate brands such as Dior and YSL, working on both fashion and cosmetics
Career Advice

Events

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  • Practice papers are one of the best ways to prepare for a major exam
  • Sitting the test in real exam conditions is an even better way to get ready for the DSE
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  • We are arranging a second round of mock exams to help you prepare for this compulsory subject
  • Given the class suspension and social distancing, it will be hosted via Zoom
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This hackathon-style challenge offers a rare chance for local STEM students to work with their overseas counterpart

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This is a chance for like-minded STEM students to join forces and solve real-life problems

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The hackathon-style competition challenged local and overseas secondary students to pitch their best ideas on how to combat ocean pollution

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Top designs include a robot that collects waste on beaches, and a prototype that filters pollutants from seawater

Events

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