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The hotel is French in case you were wondering.

Met again with my ‘future flight attendant’ student and continued to work on the pronunciation of, “As we come through the cabin to preform our final safety checks, please make sure your seatbelt is fastened, your seat is back and tray tables are in their full upright and lock position.” Piece of cake. 

As weird as it might be, the phrase “breaking my balls” is on the TOEFL exam and after 10 minutes of explaining that it was a metaphor, the girls finally felt comfortable using it. Also went on to explain the similarities between butchering a human (murder) and butchering a sentence. Both are messy and afterwards, indistinguishable. 

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Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).