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Post time 2014-7-1 14:18:01 |Display all floors
Thank every member who answered readers' questions from last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:

1. Do universities in the West have student organizations such as class committees to organize activities and regulate studies and daily lives of the class members? What kind of posts do they have in these organizations? Thank you.

2. Could you introduce some Western car etiquette, regarding the seating arrangement for people of different ages and status?

3. In Chinese, we call those who carelessly say ominous things which always spoil the mood “crow beak”, and those who bring good luck to us “lucky star”. Does English have similar expressions?

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Post time 2014-7-1 20:09:44 |Display all floors
1.  Yes, in the US we have all kinds of student activities both in high school and college, and even some in middle school.  We have what we call a student union (may also have other names) and usually a student president, vice president, secretary, and maybe other members depending on the size of the student body.
However, I'm not sure the terms "regulate studies and daily lives of the class members" are the right terms to use for US student activities.  Most student committees kind of represent the students at the school to the school staff and may also arrange for out-of-class activities.  "Studying" is pretty much left  up to the student, very few if anyone else gets involved in that, you take responsibility for doing your own school work/studying.
But the biggest activities are the clubs, all sorts of them, e.g. The French Club, Chess Club, Debate Team, Robotics Club, Yearbook, etc., etc., etc., etc.  There are probably at least 2 or 3 activities going on each day.  In a week you could have 50 or more things besides class going on depending on the size of the school.
And then you have sports; I probably don't have enough years left in me to describe this one.

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Post time 2014-7-1 20:17:37 |Display all floors
2. "car etiquette", simple - adults in the front, children in the back.  I know the question was about seating but I can't help but mention some things about driving on the road.  I have a 4-wheel drive lifted truck at home (the tires are as big as some cars), I would dearly love to have some of these motor scooters drive in the US the way they do here - I would have a field day!  
Also, in the US car drivers do not think they are more important than everyone else.  Pedestrians always have the right-of-way even when they don't have the right-of-way.
And remember, if you ever drive in the US DO NOT pull in front of someone - you WILL get run over; especially if it's me in my truck.

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Post time 2014-7-1 20:18:44 |Display all floors
3.  Never heard of any, we usually just say "you killed the mood".

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Post time 2014-7-1 21:45:39 |Display all floors
geoxian Post time: 2014-7-1 04:18
3.  Never heard of any, we usually just say "you killed the mood".

Sometimes just giving them that special stare that says, "you're an idiot" is sufficient.
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Post time 2014-7-1 22:14:28 |Display all floors
This post was edited by craig32935 at 2014-7-1 06:16

Car etiquette? So glad you asked and equally glad the seating issue was already addressed. There are far more important matters than seating to be addressed.

For starters, traffic control devices and signs are not optional suggestions.
Stop means stop!
Right turn on red? That's after you stop first!
4-way stop? If you can't figure that one out go back home.

Speed limits? Ours are in MPH, not KPH so if the local road limit is 25 you do not do 15 or 10 unless you want to end up under geoxian's truck!

Center turn lane? It is NOT an acceleration or passing lane.
Turn signal operation? It's not complicated! Push up for right and down for left!!
Parking? (ladies this one is for you) Please learn to do it in 5 tries or less, otherwise take a taxi.

Side view mirror usage? If you like your drivers door, you can keep your drivers door if you use it BEFORE exiting your vehicle on a busy street!

Entrance and Exit signs are not interchangeable.

I'm sure there are more, but I want to give others a chance.
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Post time 2014-7-2 07:15:09 |Display all floors
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"crow beak" = spoilsport; killjoy; dog in the manger
"lucky star" = an angel; a blessing; a good luck charm

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