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 How do other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day? See p. 4

 ‘Naked Marriage’

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Life and Art at LACMA PHOEBE ZHANG

is a phenomenon is China. Find out what it is, p. 5

 Driving is a challenge in L.A. Here are some tips, p. 6

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Language Labs

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Valentine’s 4 Day Naked Marriage

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Restaurant 5 Review Life in L.A. 6 Quiz

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Events Calendar

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Last Friday, February 3, the Language Academy organized an amazing trip for students to go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). There are more than 100,000 works of art in thecollection, including Japanese, American, Korean, European, South Asian, and Islamic Art, as well as Ancient and Modern, and Contemporary Art. We had more than three hours to appreciate the beauty of art. What is art? Life is art. and a piece of wood leaning art. Sometimes art is so Anything in our lives could on the wall. real, just like the painting be the work of art, like all To be honest, I don’t unSee LACMA on p. 3 kinds of colors, a stack of derstand the beauty of giant plates, a sink, billiards

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES LA Kings @ the STAPLES Center! Thursday, February 16th 5:00pm—10:00pm Do you want to see the famous LA Kings play at the STAPLES Center?! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Come sign up for this awesome activity on Monday, February 6th at NOON in the JEF Courtyard! There will be a $5 payment for this activity, but space is LIMITED! Sign up Monday if you want to go! For more information, go to www.lakings.com!

Disneyland Saturday, February 25th 9am—Midnight THIS IS IT! The activity you’ve all been waiting for—the happiest place on earth! Sign up Monday, February 13th if you want to come with us to Disneyland! There will be a $40 payment for this activity and you MUST take the bus with us to receive your ticket. ONLY Language Academy students will be able to attend this activity, so bring your USC ID!


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Tuesday, Feburary 14th  Time 

Location 

Description 

Facilitator 

Levels 

12:00—1:00 

VKC 101 

IELTS Test Preparation 

James Hutzell 

All Levels  (Recommended  for 3‐6  

12:00—1:00 

VKC 111 

12:00—1:00 

VKC 160 

12:00—1:00 

VKC 209 

American Culture 

Natalie Reyes 

Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 1  

Bella Narvaez 

Level 1 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 2 

Justin Chang 

Level 2 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 3 

Micala Mendoza 

Level 3 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Levels 5, 6 & 7 

Dorothy Chang 

Levels 5, 6 & 7 

Jemal Williams 

Level 4 

11:00—12:00   

JEF Courtyard  12:00—1:00  

Building English Skills  Writing Skills 

Conversation Level 4 

Diana Hiciu 

Levels Beginner,  1 & 2  Jimenah Espinoza  Levels 3, 4, 5, & 6 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Levels 2 

Hannah Yoo 

Level 2 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 3 

Jemal Williams 

Level 3 

Thursday, February 16th  Time 

Location 

Description 

Facilitator 

Levels 

11:00—12:00 

THH 113 

Statement of Purpose Prep 

Levels 3, 4, 5, & 6 

12:00—1:00 

VKC 111 

Heather   Robertson  Diana Hiciu 

12:00—1:00 

VKC 101 

VKC 209 

Life Skills 

Natalie Reyes 

Levels Beginner,  1 & 2  All Levels  (Recommended  for 3‐6   Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 1  

Bella Narvaez 

Level 1 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 2 

Justin Chang 

Level 2 

11:00—12:00    JEF Courtyard  JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 3 

Micala Mendoza 

Level 3 

Conversation Level 4 

Dorothy Chang 

Level 4 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 4 

Jemal Williams 

Level 4 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Levels 5, 6 & 7 

Hannah Yoo 

Levels 5, 6 & 7 

JEF Courtyard 

Conversation Level 3 

Jemal Williams 

Level 3 

Building English Skills 

James Hutzell  GRE/GMAT Test Prep 

12:00—1:00 

12:00—1:00  

Conversation Practice—Practice speaking English by level with REAL USC STUDENTS. This is an interactive discussion in which you will participate in group discussions about several interesting topics. This is your opportunity to practice speaking and to ask questions. Sign up TODAY!


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LACMA Continued from p. 1

“Life doesn’t lack beauty, but it lacks the eyes to discover beauty.” Auguste Rodin

Wrestlers by Thomas Eakins. The light, shadow, portraits and bodies in this painting are so real. However, when I saw Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman with Handkerchief, I really didn’t think it was beautiful. I asked myself, “Why does a crying woman look like this in Picasso’s mind? Why do people like his painting so much? Why are his paintings so valuable? ” I started to think about what beauty actually is. Is beauty real or abstract? I realized that maybe the beauty in my mind is too narrow. Beauty is a nice feeling about our world, and it’s different in everyone’s mind. Artists use art to express their emotions and feelings. We need to have imagination to think and feel. Just like Auguste Rodin (famous French sculptor said, “Life doesn’t lack beauty, but it lacks the eyes to discover beauty.” Time passed quickly, and our trip ended at 5 pm. I was so glad that I spent a leisurely afternoon to appreciate and feel the beauty of art.

Right: Picasso’s painting Weeping Woman with Handkerchief; Below: The Wrestlers by Thomas Eakins. Bottom: Language Academy students at the museum

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Valentine’s Day Around the World by Yara Hadi

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is a holiday on February 14, honoring one or more Christian martyrs, or witnesses, named Saint Valentine. On this day, people express their love to one another. People around the world have special traditions on this special day. The most common ways to celebrate this day are to offer roses to your lover, exchange love letters, have a romantic dinner, or even read poems to one another. These ways of celebrating this holiday are common in the United States and some parts of the United Kingdom while other people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own unique way. In Wales, some people celebrate Valentine’s Day, but they mostly celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen day, also known as St. Dwynwen Day on January 25 instead of February 14. In Norfolk, England, a mystical character named Jack Valentine knocks on the doors of the houses giving treats

the day of Saint Anthony, known as the marriage Saint. On this day, single ladies perform a popular ritual called simpatias to find a good husband or boyfriend. Some countries in the Middle East celebrate Valentine’s Day, like Egypt and Kuwait. Usually the husband brings flowers, cake, or a gift to his beloved wife. The most popular way to celebrate this day is to take his wife to a and presents to the children. Finland fancy dinner. As you can see different councelebrates Friends Day on February 14, a day to remember your friends, tries celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own unique way and day, so not only your loved ones. what’s your tradition? Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in some Asian countries, like Singapore, South Korea, China, and Japan. On this day, people spend the most money on Valentine gifts for their loved ones. In China, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Lunar Calendar. Usually a man gives flowers, chocolate, or both to the woman he loves. In Brazil, they celebrate Lovers Day on July 12. Lovers Day is celebrated on that day because that is

How do you say ‘I love you’ in Different Languages? English Arabic

I Love You ‫اﺣﺒﻚ‬

Eye-love-u ahibak

Mandarin

我爱你

Wo ai ni

Japanese

Watashi wa anata o aishite

Spanish

愛してる Te amo

Thai

ฉันรักคุณ

Phm rak khun

Russian

Ya lyublyu tebya

Ya lyublyu tebya

Korean

Nan Neol Salanghae

French

사랑해 Je t’aime

Vietnamese

Anh Yew Em

Tay-amo

J-tame Anh Yew Em


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Cultural Trends

The Age of “Naked Marriage” in China by Howard Wen

"I have no car, no house, not much money and no wedding ring for you, but I do love you and I do have a heart to spend the rest of my life to be with you... Will you marry me?" This is one of the most famous proposal lines in China now. This line is from a famous TV drama called The Age of Naked Marriage. It's not like what you think; "Naked marriage" doesn't mean a marriage without clothes. It is a phenomenon in China, which is getting more and more popular among young couples now. It actually means the couples that are ready to

get married without pursuing a material foundation. They won't spend money on rings, a wedding, car, new apartment, honeymoon, and such fancy marriage plans. Therefore, they pursue "naked marriage" to show their commitment of true love. I believe No wedding expenses for young couples in China choosing ‘naked marriage.’ that "naked marriage" makes marriage reMost of the young genturn to its original nature erations in China were born because it shows the most in the 80's and 90's after the important element of a mar- one-child policy. It means riage, which is love. young couples will have to

RESTAURANT REVIEW

but elegant. But while the vistas are breathtaking, the fantastic CalAsian cuisines should not be disregarded. The menu is wide in range, encompassing sushi, sashimi, sushi rolls, soups, salads, steaks, fish, and so forth. You will find everything you like and they will be worth every cent. Yamashiro is one of the perfect places for anniversaries or intimate

YINING WEI

Yamashiro 1999 N Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA 90068 Neighborhood: Hollywood (323 466-5125 Yamashiro is one of best restaurants I have ever been to in LA. “Memoirs of a Geisha” was filmed on-site. Although I'd heard of its legendary stories several years ago because of its stunning views of the City of Angels. Its prices were of an unreachable altitude for me as a student. However, after I went there for dinner with my friends two weeks ago I found out that the food there is quite affordable unless you ordered some extremely expensive dish. As for the interior, all the decorations are much like authentic Japanese architectural style—simplistic,

support two couples of parents when their parents are old. However, making a living is not that easy for young people any more. College graduates aren’t easily getting jobs as they did before. In urban areas, the starting average salary for college graduates is about $400 a month, but the average rent is above $500 a month. It means they have to work for 30-40 years to afford their first apartment. As a result, in order to reduce the heavy burden, young couples come out with a new way----"naked marriage".

dates. It's also great for group gatherings. The environment is amazing and romantic coupled with the authentic Japanese Garden. I think it's more of the ambiance and the beauty of this place that attracts so many people to come. The waiters are always friendly and patient, which I considered as another important aspect of a good restaurant.

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Life in L.A.

Be a Smart Driver in L.A.!

SISI LIN Traffic is one of the most annoying and despairing things in Los Angeles. The inconvenient public transportation system forces people who live in the suburbs and work or study in downtown to drive. The traffic crawls along major freeways such as I 10, 110, and 405 during rush hours. What is worse, rush hours are expanding. For instance, the traffic jam in the morning starts at 6:30, and at 3:00 in the afternoon on I 10, the most popular freeway around USC. Under these circumstances, getting up early and leaving early is not the only choice. You should be a smart driver too in LA! Here are some tips to help you survive in rush hours. 

self. Don’t always be a “freeway” driver. Sometimes the traffic on local streets is better than the freeway. Try both local and freeway, and find the best route. Combining local and freeway is always a good choice. Don’t forget to try some side streets, where people barely drive. 

the specific day and time on Google map. Avoid the red and black route (slow route), and choose an alternative green route (fast route). Find an alternative leaving time to avoid the traffic.

Do some research before the time  Design a specific route for youryou leave. Check the traffic of

Find people to carpool with. The carpool lane is for two or more people (the regulation varies from freeway to freeway). The traffic in the carpool lane is usually much better than in other lanes during rush hours. Meanwhile, people can share gas and parking when they carpool, which largely reduces the costs. USC also provides carpool lots for parking, and the price is lower than for single cars.

How to Survive Parking Tickets by Sara Alshehri Have you ever woken up in the morning, gone to your car and found a red envelope waiting for you? Or have you ever gone out from a store and found the police officer putting a red envelope on your front window? This is what happens if you don’t know the parking regulations in LA. There are many parking signs that allow/prohibit parking in certain places, in certain times or in certain days. For example, when you see the No parking from 8 a.m. -11 p.m. on Thursday sign it means there is a street cleaning every Thursday, and it

So if you want to survive in LA you need to pay attention to the parking signs and to make sure that you are in a legal space; otherwise, you’ll face an expensive parking ticket up to $ 200! Source: Los Angeles Department of Transportation ladot.lacity.org will be difficult to clean the street while it’s full of cars. Additionally, 1,2 or 4 hour parking from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. signs are to ensure that everyone can find a space to pull the car over and finish their jobs. As a result, it will allow a maximum number of drivers to use the spaces.


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What do you know about the world? 1. What is the capital of China? a. Hong Kong b. Beijing c. Shanghai 2. In 2022 the World Cup will be held in which country? a. Brazil b. Italy c. Qatar d. Australia 3. Which four countries are in the United Kingdom? a. England, Northern Ireland, Greece, and Wales b. France, Italy, Scotland, and England c. Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England

4. Who was the first president of the Welcome United States? a. Abraham Lincoln Velkommen b. Franklin D. Roosevelt BienvenueFebruary Bienvenidos c. George Washington

Happy Birthday Sign: Bem-vindo Aquarius

Benvenuti 5. Which two countries were in con歡迎 환영 flict during the Gulf War? ようこそ Zhicheng Chen a. Kuwait and Iraq b. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain c. Qatar and Oman

6. Until 1939 what was Thailand called? a. Siam b. Formosa c. Ceylon Answers on p. 8 Compiled by Yara Hadi

Yara Hadi Elected Assistant Editor

Meet the Editor of The Academy News Sisi Lin Sisi Lin got her bachelor's degree in Communications at California State University, East Bay, and will start her master's degree in Communications Management at USC in May. As a communications major, Sisi loves to talk to people with diverse cultures. She worked in the Language Program of California State University in her undergraduate school and got great experience for intercultural communication. She is a traveler, and she has been to many countries. She is looking forward to sharing her travel stories and life experience with everyone! FREE EVENTS Many events on campus are free. Please go to the Arts and Events Calendar for more details at http://web-app.usc.edu/ ws/eo2/calendar/32/feature/2819

10 Lan 11 ยิน ดีตMi อ  นรับ Xurui Wang 11 Қош келдіңіз! Mookelibsiz Alshenqeti 12 Xush ‫( ﻣﺮﺣﺒﺎ ﺑﻜﻢ‬Sylvia Lee 15 Ching-Ying ДоброAbdullah пожаловать Altaefi 15 FahadRiyad Alesayi 16 Courtesy of Google Translate

Hi, my name is Yara Hadi. I’m from Kuwait, which is a small country in the Middle East. I am really grateful to be the editor’s assistant because I know it’s going to be a wonderful and memorable experience for me. After Language Academy, I want to pursue my dream of being an architect for my bachelors degree. I really enjoy art, design, and being creative. I can’t wait to see what this semester and year will offer. Fight On!

Above: Sisi Lin is the new editor of The Academy News; Right: Yara Hadi will assist Ms. Lin in her duties this semester. The editor and assistant editor are elected by the members of the journalism elective. The editor is responsible for leading the staff in generating ideas and selecting stories for the weekly newsletter, editing articles, and working with the advisor.


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Events Calendar: February10-17 Lecture The Olympic Games The Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media, and Society welcomes Jacque Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Alan Abrahamson, USC Annenberg journalism professor and veteran Olympics reporter, for a discussion of the current state of the Games and challenges of the future. This event is part of the Sports & Social Change Speaker Series, funded by a generous grant from Nike. When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Where: Town and Gown RSVP Requested. To RSVP, go to http://ascambassador2.usc.edu/ Events/2012/120215OlympicsROG GE.aspx

Social Event Speed Dating Chinese Style The USC Chinese Student Organization is sponsoring a speed dating event. For more information, visit the CSO webpage (in Chinese): http://www.facebook.com/#!/ events/289545937775613/ Where: THH 101 When: Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30-11 p.m. RSVP Requested. To RSVP, visit the website above.

Music Valentine’s in the Library: Solo Works Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. USC Thornton School of Music, USC Libraries Tuesday, February 14, 2012 : 6:00pm Where: Doheny Memorial Library Intellectual Commons When: Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. A light reception will precede the performance at 5:30 p.m. The performance will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Free

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