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Chinese Cooking: Coca-cola Sauce YCIS Charity Gala Are Test Scores Important?

郹曐暚魍妭鶯DM 䉣噿郹曐暚魍旝誼 摙桹䅡駡誒 8093-9200!䉣噿壈攢鲷㣵100誑3-403 舽㚶㛇誑䯤䉣墡縟妭躉棧舽叄2012-0014誑


Change to: What do you want to be when you grow Do you have a role up? model

and what do you want to be when you grow up?

Sophia Grade 1 Qingdao Yinhai Academy I want to be a model in the future. Because I like to be noticed by others and I can wear beautiful dresses if I am a model.

Quincy Kindergarten Champa Flower International Kindergarten I want to be a fireman, because firefighters are brave.

Sarah Grade 8 International School of Qingdao When I grow up I want to be a vet because I like animals.

Will Grade 7 Qingdao No.1 International School James Stewart – because one day I want to ride in motor cross.


Christina Grade 7 Qingdao Southlands School My role model is Yuanchong Xu, because he is an excellent translator. He is 96 now and still working hard. I want to be a super translator when I grow up. I like to learn different languages,and I feel very happy to translate from one to another.

Tony Grade 6 Galaxy International School I want to be a doctor when I grow up. That’s because doctors can save people’s lives or make people suffer less when they are ill. I don’t mean the doctors that do operations and stuff like that. I mean those kinds of doctors that make medicines and find new formulas for better treatments. I believe that if I am able to invent a new type of medicine to help others, I will feel fabulous myself as well.

Tristan Grade 7 International School of Qingdao My role model is Eden Hazard because he is an amazing soccer player and a good guy!

Chara Grade 10 Guokai International School of Qingdao Lenin is the person who I admire most. Lenin is the leader of the U.S.S.R. He is a respectable and humble leader with a good personality.

Angel Grade 2 Qingdao Yinhai Academy I want to be an artist when I grow up because I like drawing very much. I can draw many beautiful pictures.


Crispy chicken nuggets with crisps and Coca Cola


Sometimes a classic recipe is all that is needed for a successful social gathering. This is not one of those recipes... While the recipe might be something which can be found in a Roald Dahl novel, it was taught to me by my mother. Maybe not something which you would like to prepare every day, but a definite winner when it comes to flavor and bizarre ingredients!

Former restaurant owner turned stayat-home grandma, Hui Wai Ning, shares some of her favourite homecooked recipes with you. Easy to make, healthy, and full of love; these recipes will warm the hearts and bellies of every Qingdao family.

Recipe: 1. Beat the egg in a bowl 2. Put the crisps into a plastic resealable bag and crush it with a rolling pin 3. Add the flower to the crisps 4. Cut the chicken in small pieces (this recipe makes about 15 pieces) 5. Cover the chicken pieces with egg and put all the pieces in the bag with the flour – crisps mixture and jumble everything around until all of the chicken is covered. 6. Preheat the oven to 200C 7. Place the chicken in an oven tray and bake it about 20 minutes until it’s become golden brown. 8. Add some vegetable oil to a sauce pan and fry the onions. 9. When the onions are crystalized, add the cola and star anise. Ingredients:

For the Coca Cola sauce:

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400 g chicken breast 1 egg 50g flour 1 bag of potato crisps (I mostly use original, salt flavor but feel free to experiment with other flavors!)

1/2 liter Coca Cola 1 Onion, chopped finely 1 Star anise 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar Green salad for garnish.

10. Once half of the liquid has been evaporated, take the pan of the heat and stir in a pinch of salt and a spoon of balsamic vinegar 11. Serve the dipping sauce in a separate bowl and add some lettuce as garnish



Score No More by Adina 㮾俍銊 Environmental Psychologist

If you haven't scored lately, don't worry! Environmental psychologist, Adina, explains why test scores do not mirror our capabilities and provides a detailed analysis of her own history of scoring while learning Chinese.

Why is there so much emphasis on test scores? I don't know! This is a question I keep asking myself over and over, without being able to come up with a reasonable explanation, as scores aren't a very good reflection of one's real abilities. For article length considerations, I will only refer to language test scores and their reflection on the ability to actually speak that language. Having organized a considerable number of events in the past two years, I came across many people chasing high scores in their English language tests. And please don't get me wrong! Although high scores are important to be accepted in universities a abroad, I also think that there is too much emphasis on the test itself and not on the content, nor the learning journey. Because of the pressure, many people panic during exam periods which might influence their results. Some memorize everything in order to get a high score, but forget everything as soon as the test was


passed, which means that they can't make more use of the knowledge. What's more, the stress accumulated during the exam period will make many people associate language learning with stress, thus, on the long-term, making language learning something undesirable. So what about my experience with tests? Many people already know that I became fluent in Chinese in less than 5 years of language learning. I also have two test scores HSK 5: 213/300 (after 3 years of studying Chinese) and HSK 6: 210/300 (after two more years) to support my level of Chinese. But what do these scores really say about my level of Chinese? Well, there is certain background information that I need to give before answering this question.

The difficulty of each Level In order to show their Chinese proficiency, foreigners have the option to take the HSK test, from Level 1 - the lowest, to Level 6 - the highest proficiency. To have an idea of what it means, having passed HSK 6 a foreigner can be admitted to study a PhD in Chinese language. Strictly comparing the two scores, one would tend to think that there is no improvement in my Chinese skills. But considering the increased difficulty of the HSK 6 exam, it is actually quite difficult to assess how much my level has improved. The structure of the test Now let's take a closer look at the structure of the test: Listening, Reading and Writing, with a maximum of 100 points each.



answer, the next question would come up. Comparing the two, does that mean that my listening skills in Chinese have worsened, but suddenly my writing skills have become better? Well, not really~ So what happened then? Let's take a closer look. The HSK 5 exam was a paper exam, thus during the Listening part I could see all the questions while listening and already knew the answer by the time I would finish listening to each question, whereas the HSK 6 exam was a computer-based one. The questions for the Listening section were given one by one, each one with a very limited amount of time, testing not only my listening skills, but also my reading speed which is still rather low. Therefore, by the time I was able to fully read the question and

As for my writing skills, in a paper based exam you need to handwrite the characters, whereas in a Computer-based exam you can type. I never practiced Chinese characters handwriting, so free handwriting is not an option for me. The fact that I got 50 for the Writing part in the HSK 5 exam is already a miracle. But give me a keyboard to type and Chinese writing is suddenly not a problem anymore. So what does that say about my Chinese skills? Hard to say! Preparation for the exam If I didn't manage to convince that focusing on the test itself is not the best way to go forward, how about mentioning that I took the HSK 6 without previous preparation? When I tested for the HSK 5, I was

still studying Chinese at Qingdao University, so I prepared quite intensively for the test. However, like the Toefl/IELTS exams, Chinese test scores are also valid for only 2 years, so when my HSK 5 score expired, I decided to test for HSK 6 to see whether there is some improvement in my language skills. Said and done, when I registered for the HSK 6 test, I had all the good intentions to prepare for it. I even bought a book to help me study. However, being extremely busy at work, I only managed to do one test from that book. As such, as the exam date got closer, I panicked and wanted to postpone the exam, but it was already too late. According to the exam rules, if I would have cancelled, I would have lost the money. With the money being lost anyway, I decided to take the exam. Needless to say how surprised I was about the result, being convinced that I would fail it for sure. So, this got me thinking about the whole matter and it led me to two conclusions: 1. Even though grades matter, it is more important to focus on the knowledge rather than how to score high. If you have the knowledge, then you can be confident that you will also score high on any test. 2. Even though I haven't prepared specifically for the HSK 6 test itself, in the past two years I haven't given up on my Chinese study. This allowed me to pass the test with a good grade. As such, I can only conclude that if you are passionate about what you do and focus on the knowledge, then you don't need to worry about any test. Automatically you will also get a good score without so much stress for exams.



Mole-mapping with dermoscopy, - less skin cancer risk!

Do you have any of the skin moles below and worry about skin cancer? • • • • • • • • • • •

more than 50 to 100 moles large (diameter > 6-7mm) unusual colour(s) irregular shapes with inflammation ulceration not easy healing moles on the back, difficult to keep an eye on previous history of skin cancer strong family history of skin cancer fair skin that has been severely sunburned moles that have changed shape or colour

If you happened has one or some of these, you need to do a molemapping with dermoscopy. Dermoscopy has a special system that enables the visualisation of subsurface structures and patterns, which reveals an image quite different from the eye’s view. Using dermoscopy, we closely observe skin lesions with


pigmentation and non-pigmented, evaluate abnormal structural features, borderline, color, etc.. This allows one to make an early diagnosis of melanoma, skin cancer, inflammatory dermatoses and benign lesions without the need for biopsy. The term ‘mole mapping’ means a clinical whole-body skin examination and dermoscopy to identify and evaluate lesions. With mole mapping, we can: 1. Print photographs or digital images of skin surface, indicate the position of skin lesions of concern, particularly moles and freckles. 2. Compare findings with previous records that can be used to determine whether a lesion of concern is new or has changed. 3. Determine whether a lesion has the criteria for removal. This can then be done at the earliest possible stage, reducing the risk

Dr. Li Li Dermatologist Qingdao United Family Hospital

of melanoma and minimising surgery. 4. A changing lesion that has not reach the threshold for removal can be re-imaged and watched carefully. 5. Lesions can be diagnosed more accurately, which reduces the potential cost, risks and complications of surgery. Recording images Whole body images Body shot Macro and dermoscopy images of lesions Repeat imaging Dermatology Clinic of Qingdao United Family Hospital

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MAGIC “Uhgg.” I said “Magic isn’t real, how many times do I have to say it? Seriously Meg, how do you still believe in that fairy tale?”. Megan, my sister, gave me a deathly stare as if looks could kill. We’ve had so many fights over this, but none worse than this one. Megan slammed her book down, no longer interested in it. “John, there are magical things out there, if only you know where to look.” She snapped. “You’ve got to be kidding me” I muttered to no one in particular. “Why do I waste my time talking to you?”. And with that I left the room to go to bed. I checked my clock before turning out the lights 21:57. I stared at it then turned the lights off and fell into a deep sleep. Probably wasn’t that deep because I woke up around 01:40 with an urge to use the bathroom. I jumped out of bed, headed toward the bathroom and slipped on a tennis ball my dog left lying around. It wasn’t a hard

fall, but by the time I gained my feet, I could see my knee was cut, bleeding. I cursed myself for being so clumsy before going back to my bedroom to get a Band-Aid. On my way back I felt someone’s hair brushing past me. I turned around and to my horror, there was a girl standing there. She was wearing a red dress with white lace trim. I tried to scream but my voice was silent. She then grabbed my hand and pressed something flat into my palm, laughed a horrible laugh and said “Why don’t you believe in magic, am I not magic, standing right in front of your very eyes?”. I stood there astonished before finding my voice and screamed shrilly before hearing a ringing sound.

down to see if the cut on my knee was still there, but sure enough, it was gone. Relief started to flow through my body before I realized that my other hand was clenched tightly around something inside it. I opened it carefully and there sat a joker-card. At first I thought it was my sister but she couldn’t of been in my dreams, so I had no choice but to believe it was magic. From then on I never again disbelieved my sister and have been telling my story to those who think magic is a some make-believe fairy tale. I have kept that card to this very day.

I awoke frightened, sat up in bed and realized that it had only been a dream. I pushed the blankets

Some think magic is fake, some think magic is real, but just think to yourself, isn’t life itself magic?



HAS A HEART Marion Raimbault covers the QISS Annual Charity Gala for those of us who could not attend.


ast Saturday there was an event for the heart. Well, in this case for two of them. QISS (Qingdao’s No.1 International School of Shandong) held its annual charity gala at Qingdao’s Shangrila Hotel in partnership with the Red Cross to support heart operations for two underprivileged children. The event, which was attended by teachers, administration staff, board members, and some parents from the school, came together to raise money for these two children in their hour of need.

The band played jazzy tunes, as the guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet, drank down the wine that was flowing, played games, unwrapped small gifts and most importantly, spontaneously gave donations throughout the event. Everyone could feel the Holiday spirit. It was seen in the sequined

dresses that the beautiful women wore, the fruitcakes and traditional western holiday entrées that were served, but mostly in the spirit and generosity of those who attended and gave to this event. This standout evening remains an example of what both the holiday

spirit and solidarity truly represent. QISS can be proud to have brought together such an exemplary team. Not only are these people dedicated to teaching the future generations facts and figures but they are also guiding them by modeling the highest values and heart.

Qingdao Family Jan 2018  
Qingdao Family Jan 2018