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7 Common Scams in China and How to Avoid Them

May 24, 2017 Comments(1)

Although China is relatively safe compared to other countries, there are still dangers. City life is never 100% crime-free – there are pickpockets, unscrupulous shop owners, and dodgy taxi drivers everywhere. Here are some common scams you might encounter in China, and how to stay one step ahead. Read more>>

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Lost in Mistranslation

May 10, 2017 Comments(2)

After nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive... ... Read More>>

7 Initiatives to Implement International Student Success

Apr 17, 2017 Comments(6)

Students who study abroad are of a different caliber because they accept new challenges and show great determination in pursuit of higher education.  However, they may not really know what awaits them and related organizations and agencies don’t really ...... Read More>>

8 New Teacher Tips from a TEFL Veteran HOT

Apr 06, 2017 Comments(4)

Do you fall in line following the backward teaching ways given to you to become a “so-so” teacher, or do you make an effort to really learn your craft? If it’s the latter, then here are 8 tips that might come in handy from an American ESL teacher of 13 ...... Read More>>

4 Common English Learning Issues in China HOT

Apr 03, 2017 Comments(5)

Language improvement comes down to focusing on two areas: providing an effective lesson and correcting the weakness.  Naturally, teachers will tend to put in more effort to create lessons that strengthen the speaking ability.  But I would argue that they ...... Read More>>

Language Wars: English-Speaking Chinese Person Meets Mandarin-Speaking Foreigner HOT

Mar 20, 2017 Comments(27)

There exists a so called ‘language war’ in which a Westerner is keen to display his or her hard-to-gain Mandarin skills while the Chinese person is every bit as enthusiastic about speaking English to them. So, what tactics can you use to achieve your goal?... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Chinese Phrases in the ESL Classroom HOT

Mar 16, 2017 Comments(3)

ESL classrooms should always be English language only, but in the early learning stages, children and adults occasionally rely on their mother tongue as a crutch. Knowing some of the common phrases they use can help teachers correct them. ... Read More>>

It’s Now Way Easier to Get Into Tsinghua University HOT

Mar 06, 2017 Comments(4)

Tsinghua University made it easier for exchange students to study there and Chinese students are not happy about it. ... Read More>>

Teaching Tips: How to Survive Your First ESL Class HOT

Jan 18, 2017 Comments(7)

Walking into the classroom to teach your first class is nerve-racking no matter the amount of training you have had. As a new teacher in China, you can expect to be thrown into the classroom unprepared and expected to teach right off the bat. ... Read More>>

Best Universities for Foreigners in China HOT

Dec 13, 2016 Comments(2)

China is one of the most popular places in the world for international students. Listed below is the eChinacities list of best universities for foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

Dec 01, 2016

If you’ve just moved to China or are looking to jump-start your language learning, YCIS Beijing Secondary School Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Jessica Sun have some essential tips that will make sure you’re learning the right way. ... Read More>>

Is the HSK Level 6 Test Too Difficult? Foreign Test Takers Seem to Think So HOT

Nov 09, 2016 Comments(11)

The HSK test, which is proof of one’s Chinese proficiency, can be taken in various levels with each level more difficult than the next. Recently, the HSK 6 – a notoriously difficult-to-pass level – has come under fire for being too difficult. But are the ...... Read More>>

China’s Parachute Children: Studying Abroad Without Parental Guidance HOT

Nov 02, 2016 Comments(11)

There are thousands of Chinese primary and secondary school students living abroad without their families in order to study at a foreign school. The author of the article questions whether young students should be given so much freedom with so little ...... Read More>>

Young Students Chase the New Chinese Dream by Studying Overseas HOT

Oct 20, 2016 Comments(6)

This translated article examines the recent surge in study abroad students from China, and concludes that China cannot call itself a real global power until students compete for spots in Chinese universities rather than foreign ones. ... Read More>>

5,000 British High School Students to Start Intensive Mandarin Course HOT

Oct 10, 2016 Comments(3)

The British government has created a new intensive program for high school students to learn Mandarin. 5,000 students in 15 high schools will study Mandarin eight hours a week. ... Read More>>

Actually Useful Language Guides: How to Curse in Chinese HOT

Sep 28, 2016 Comments(26)

Since we are in China, it is good to know how the locals release their daily frustrations – maybe their swearwords will turn out to be more effective than the one you've been using! ... Read More>>

Lessons in Juche: What Is It Like to Study Abroad in North Korea? HOT

Sep 21, 2016 Comments(4)

A number of Chinese students currently attend university in North Korea. This translated article profiles a Chinese student from He Feng who attended university in the DPRK for five years. ... Read More>>

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

Jun 29, 2016 Comments(23)

Most foreigners in China at some point taught english, be it professionally or not. In most cases, when teaching children, we had to deal with some of those five mistakes parents make towards their children that may impede their english development. ... Read More>>

Expats Who Don’t Learn Mandarin Find it Hard to Succeed in China HOT

Jun 27, 2016 Comments(8)

Expats in China are held back by language barriers and TutorMing seeks to provide a way out. TutorMing’s findings show that expats with basic Mandarin language proficiency are more content with their personal lives in China. ... Read More>>

Shanghai-Wuhan Train Marshal Tries to Drug and Harass Female Passenger HOT

Apr 14, 2016 Comments(8)

A female train passengers was drugged and harassed on a train from Shanghai to Wuhan, and is having trouble seeking justice. ... Read More>>

6 Strange Compliments You Get in China (and How to Handle Them) HOT

Apr 04, 2016 Comments(28)

More often than not, compliments in China come across more as highly personal statements, ranging from the plain statement of fact to the bewildering to the downright offensive. So, how should you handle them? ... Read More>>

A Second Education: 4 Exams and Tests Expats Can Take in China HOT

Feb 17, 2016 Comments(14)

If you’ve got spare time on your hands, why not consider furthering yourself educationally or gaining some extra certificates to pad up your resume with? There are a number of tests and exams on offer in China that are open to foreign candidates. ... Read More>>

Chinese People’s English Names – Is There a Method to the Madness? HOT

Dec 02, 2015 Comments(42)

During my first year in China, I taught at a training school, and occasionally kids would come in with pretty crazy names. One day, a father brought his son in for the first time, casually telling me his son’s English name: Semen. ... Read More>>

3 Things You May Wish You Knew Before Coming to China HOT

Nov 28, 2015 Comments(8)

New Concept Mandarin gives you tips on things you should know before you move to China. ... Read More>>

China’s English has Recently Gotten Worse: What Happened? HOT

Nov 23, 2015 Comments(66)

China's overall English ability has dropped recently, and we ask why. ... Read More>>

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