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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #11

    Re: what ability do you have to survive?

    How about:

    If you graduate tomorrow, what skills do you have to earn/make a living?

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    #12

    Re: what ability do you have to survive?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    The dialogue between the reporter and student is all what the piece of the video offered with Chinese text counterpart.

    The reporter intended to solve a myth: If these cheerful Chinese collage/university students have to graduate tomorrow, can they independently make a living?

    It is long said in China that Chinese students are good at dealing with countless examinations, while Western students are good at solving practical problems about the life and the society. So the reporter has had a preoccupation: If W students have to graduate tomorrow, they will be okay to make a living; but if C students have to graduate tomorrow, their survival will be a great challenge for them.
    That's interesting, but I do think it's a myth. It seems to me that people everywhere do what they can to get by. Some are better at it than others in every culture.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #13

    Re: what ability do you have to survive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That's interesting, but I do think it's a myth. It seems to me that people everywhere do what they can to get by. Some are better at it than others in every culture.
    Yes, people will do whatever to survive rather than waiting to starve to death. That is an evolutionary instinct: Survival is everything.

    The idea of the reporter is: Can you honor yourself and honor your family and live independently without help from others if you have to graduate tomorrow?

    The success of the United States (and the UK before the coronavirus pandemic) deeply impressed Chinese people that they come to appreciate American values - one of them is how Americans raise their children: American parents have the right to refuse to raise their children again when they have already grown up (18 years old?). Yet in China when children become young adults, their parents will still have to spend lots of money to buy them houses, prepare their weddings ect. - that is, young Chinese adults are still not independent. The reporter sees it as an embarrassmet and asks the college students whether they can live without help from their parents if they have to graduate tomorrow. "I might starve to death" is the typical answer from these honored college students.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #14

    Re: what ability do you have to survive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That's interesting, but I do think it's a myth. It seems to me that people everywhere do what they can to get by. Some are better at it than others in every culture.
    And might they not be equipped to get on in their cultural system and economy?

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