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Negative Portrayal of Chinese in Hollywood Movies

thabet_sava  Jul 11, 2016 Comments(4)

Lately, I was blessed with the luxury of having a great deal of time on my hands after finishing my teaching assignment for the school year. I thought that I should seize that opportunity to pursue one of my favorite hobbies, which is watching movies. To be frank, I have no apprehension to admit that I love watching films in general and ... Read More>>

The differences between Chinese word 不(bu) and 没(mei)

Emilyliao  Jul 05, 2016

bet most of you have confused about the differences between 不 (bù) and 没 (méi). And when you say a Chinese sentence, your Chinese teacher would say: in this case you should say 没 (méi) rather than 不 (bù). Both 不 (bù) and 没 (méi) can be placed in front of a verb or adjective to negate its meaning. However, 不 (bù) and 没 (méi) are ... Read More>>

Five Ways that Parents Can Hurt their Children's English Development

adb2014  Jun 27, 2016 Comments(2)

In my eight years as an ESL teacher, I’ve dealt with all types of parents – from the supportive to the apathetic and everyone in between. Being a parent myself and teaching both my sons English, I know first-hand the amount of time and effort needed to help them learn.Recently I started wondering: why do some kids excel at learning English ... Read More>>

This language is incredible

makenzo_gold  Jun 23, 2016

The ancient written standard was Classical Chinese. It was used for thousands of years, but was mostly used by scholars and intellectuals which forms the "top" class of the society called "shi da fu (士大夫)". It is difficult but possible for ordinary people to become the "top" class by passing written exams. Calligraphy later became ... Read More>>

Discrimination in ESL

jasonc87  May 25, 2016

Although in this very competitive country - China, people do everything it takes to break through in business, I am very strongly against malpractices like bribery, dishonesty, discrimination, etc. 1. It is wrong to think that an English teacher MUST be a native English speaker. (Being a native speaker of a language doesn't qualify one enough to ... Read More>>

Tips to Controlling Your Desire to Smoke

afrojujunet  May 24, 2016

Understanding when you generally smoke will put you in a great position to produce a strategy to fight the desire.If you go out to consume, make sure you are sitting in the no smoking cigarettes location. Prevent going into tobacco shops, and likewise attempt to restrict the quantity of time you are around other cigarette smokers.The specific ... Read More>>

US expat taxes for Americans living in China – everything you need to know

brighttax  May 24, 2016

(This post was first published at are an estimated 149,000 Americans living in China.Living in China is an adventure, and it should be a rewarding one. With China's unique and fascinating history, culture, and cuisine, it's guaranteed to be a mind-expanding experience. As an American expatriate living in ... Read More>>

We need to revolutionize Chinese studying habits Featured

thabet_sava  May 23, 2016 Comments(6)

On my way to class, I watched some students pacing back and forth while repeatedly reciting English words in an attempt to memorize their spelling. I could not resist the temptation to stop and ask few of them about the objectives that they wish to achieve from that trivial exercise.They indicated that they wanted to learn the English words by ... Read More>>

Is it difficult learning english as second language?

cardoso82  May 18, 2016

Most people think that start learning some other language is really difficult, in terms, maybe. Difficulty is something that we find even in our daily activities, at home, in our jobs, in relationships and whatever that moves you to learn we may find difficulties. Difficulty by definition is a problem, a thing or situation that causes problems, ... Read More>>

Job Scams in China: Visa scam

jasonc87  May 13, 2016 Comments(1)

Job Scams in China: Visa scamRecently I was approached for a job in Beijing. I won’t say who it was from because quite frankly it isn’t worth my time to get into details. At first it looked like a good position. A good salary for Beijing, job description matches everything I want to get experience in and so far no bad English which is usually a... Read More>>

Getting Shirty - Funny English T-shirts in China Featured

adb2014  May 04, 2016 Comments(9)

While you're out and about today, have a look at how many people are wearing English-language t-shirts. Lots, right? The funny lines and squiggles on these shirts will probably have generic or boring slogans (Broadcast News, the Supreme Court of Justice) or sometimes nonsense (Power Girl Pie) but probably nothing too offensive.Still, I highly ... Read More>>

Top 5 busiest cities in China.

Ranvir  May 04, 2016 Comments(5)

Top 5 busiest cities in ChinaNO.5 ShanghaiComments: because of the "international metropolis" slogan, Shanghai people constantly strive to work. the people from the world are working in Shanghai; First is work, consumption is the second, they also smart in terms of active investment and consumption of luxury goods. But the high prices of house ... Read More>>


Bambou  Apr 29, 2016

Am a Ugandan. Am a trained teacher. In order to graduate with my first bachelor's degree,I had endured 19 good years in school. In all those years, the medium of instruction was English save for 3 years which was a mixture of my native language and English. But the rest of the rest of the 16 years I spent in school were conducted in English and ... Read More>>

Office Craziness in China (PART 1)

SpongeBob  Apr 20, 2016 Comments(4)

I could just leave all I have experienced to myself. I hate to gossip. However, I decide to write this out because the past 3 months was so shocking. Maybe someday, someone who’s smarter than I am, could do a better analyze to this. I am no expert in writing nor English language, but I still hope the following blogs I posted on here is going to ... Read More>>

Parents Need Not Apply Featured

Sinobear  Apr 17, 2016 Comments(9)

What has China got against parents?Been doing some job and soul-searching lately, and there’s something I’ve noticed.As a parent of twins, most schools offering positions offer either no discount or only a 50% discount on tuition.This gets me to thinking…shouldn’t parents be more responsible and less likely to pull a runner? Shouldn’t a ... Read More>>

Simplifying the Art of English Writing

thabet_sava  Apr 15, 2016 Comments(3)

“Give a person a fish and he/she will eat a meal, teaches him/her how to fish, he/she will eat for life”Few weeks ago, I began to contemplate about the above adage when my students expressed their inability to grasp the concept of English writing. Their fear of failing their English writing exams aroused my curiosity and led me to venture into... Read More>>

My Most Memorable Workmates in China

adb2014  Apr 11, 2016 Comments(5)

A little while ago, I posted a blog on memorable flatmates. They were real characters for sure but lately, I’ve been thinking about some of my most memorable coworkers over the years as well. Since starting this ESL teaching gig almost 8 years ago, I’ve lost count of the number of teachers I’ve worked with (maybe 200 at a rough guess) Most ... Read More>>

10 Must-have-apps in China Featured

Sarah105  Mar 30, 2016

Are you upset about not being able to use some apps due to the Chinese internet restriction? Here is a list of some Chinese replacement apps that might help make your life easier. In the future, you could watch for RINGY's guidelines for these apps. (RINGY is a wechat official account that provides free instant interpretations by real human ... Read More>>

Happy Life in China Featured

AmlanAparajit  Mar 14, 2016 Comments(9)

Embrace the differences and get behind the mindset of Chinese culture. I’m writing down some tips that would help newcomers and also the expats who have been here for a while feel happy and content.I’ve been living in China for about two years now. Soon I will be celebrating 2nd anniversary of my love affair with China and its citizens. I ... Read More>>

How to over-come intercultural communication barriers

Tabani  Mar 12, 2016 Comments(2)

As human beings, we enjoy to talk, share ideas and express feelings. Since we are living in a global village, we have to work on our inter-cultural communication skills so as to communicate effectively with members of diffirent cultures. Here are some of the tips on how to deal with intercultural communication barriers:Avoid ambiguity and ... Read More>>

East v West - When Parenting Styles Clash Featured

adb2014  Mar 08, 2016 Comments(7)

Life as a parent can be difficult. It’s tiring, stressful, kills your social life and can be emotionally and financially draining. However, these are mere irritations compared to the challenges of raising kids in a different culture, in a family with completely different methods to my own. As well as learning on the job, I feel like I’m ... Read More>>

Hopes for the Year of the Monkey

thabet_sava  Feb 19, 2016 Comments(1)

As the Year of the Goat came to an end along with the arrival of the Year of the Monkey, I sat down to contemplate about the highlights of the passing year and my hopes and aspirations for the new one. One of the highlights of the year of the goat was my discovery of the mesmerizing beauty of Guilin. After residing in China for more than 12 ... Read More>>

getting a job, is really a challenge!

arlenemae  Feb 18, 2016 Comments(9)

Looking for a job now adays is really a big challenge. You have to consider so many things. Your educational background, experiences, and a lot more.I am currently employed but still looking for a better job. Everyone who is reading this blog can relate to my situation "thinking the best for my family" is the inspiration that I have to continue ... Read More>>

And So It Goes Featured

Sinobear  Feb 17, 2016 Comments(2)

Here’s the story of a friend I’ll call ‘Xena’.Xena was hired to be the Vice-Principal of a school to teach young Americans Chinese (their parents have hopes and even expectations that their child will later attend a prestigious Chinese university).Problem is, Xena cannot read, write or speak Chinese. Her only qualification is that she used ... Read More>>

Fantasy and Reality: My expat life in China

Jasongogogo  Jan 29, 2016 Comments(9)

A few months ago I left home, seeking adventure in a mysterious and daunting land: China. With its long history, beautiful scenery and unique culture, I have been forever fascinated with this country. As many other expatriates, I came to China as an ESL teacher and totally fell in love with it after living here for just a couple of months. The ... Read More>>

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