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The Reality of Raising Kids in China. Featured

adb2014  Sep 06, 2017 Comments(1)

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge, though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country instead of China. In many ways it's what I imagined parenting to be like but raising Chinese-Australians here does present some interesting challenges: Everyday Life The boys’ childhood has been anything but traditional by Chinese ... Read More>>

When Laowai Ladies meet Chinese Gentlemen: The different dating expectations Featured

orlando113  Sep 01, 2017 Comments(1)

Last year in August, whilst I was puzzling over how to prepare my vegetarian British girlfriend’s first visit to Chengdu, my American friend has facebooked me an article published on the E-ChinaCities titled: ‘Chinese men, western women: differences in the dating’ written by blogger Susan Walker. It went in depth explaining why most western ... Read More>>

Types of Expats You May Not Meet in China Anymore Featured

JayChina77  Aug 01, 2017 Comments(3)

I came across a fun article on '12 Types of Expats You'll Definitely Meet in China' http://space.echinacities.com/1626450/blog/spacenodedetail/5300I disagreed with some of the 'types' but mainly because I felt they were describing 'phases' or simply negative characteristics that anyone might express to some degree. But some 'types' are real. I ... Read More>>

12 Types of Foreigners You’ll Definitely Meet in China Featured

cwzialor  Jun 18, 2017 Comments(9)

This is little article I started when I first came to China a year-and-a-half ago. I am a student at Renmin Univesrity of China hoping to stay in China after I graduate.1. The China ExpertThe China Expert has probably been teaching in China for over a year they’re able to use the local language at a basic level and they respect China generally. ... Read More>>

Lost in Mistranslation Featured

adb2014  May 08, 2017 Comments(1)

I’ll start by coming clean – after nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive. I speak to my wife and sons in English and it’s the main language at my work as well. Now, my workmates speak the language quite well but they’re comfortable with basic, functional English. They’re ... Read More>>

8 New Teacher Tips from a TEFL Veteran Featured

easyteaching  Mar 31, 2017

Ok, you got your TEFL certificate, and now the world is yours to teach! Then you got your first teaching gig only to realize that the formal teacher training classes you got were background information and not applicable to the teaching reality of getting students to speak. Moreover, the middle school wants you to pull rabbits out of your hat to ... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Phrases in the ESL Classroom Featured

adb2014  Mar 13, 2017 Comments(2)

The first rule of English class is that students are forbidden from speaking Chinese. This is fair enough, but until they have the ability to confidently switch between both languages, they’ll rely on their mother tongue to get their point across in class. Teachers need to keep enforcing the ‘English only’ rule and remind them of the correct ... Read More>>

Why I'm Trying to Lose Friends and Alienate my Co-workers Featured

adb2014  Feb 28, 2017 Comments(4)

I have a big confession to make. I did something recently that may well turn me into the office pariah – shunned, ignored, ostracized and more likely than ever to be passed over for promotion. In mere seconds, I broke the unspoken bond that held the team together. I quit the staff WeChat group. It's ironic because I created the group about two ... Read More>>

Office Craziness Part II Featured

SpongeBob  Feb 18, 2017 Comments(3)

It has almost been a year since my last update. A lot of things happened in the past year and I decide to pick this blog up and keep on writing. People come and go in one’s life and even memories don’t last forever. Sarah, Andy and all the other people are already the history and will eventually be forgotten, but the past year had taught me so ... Read More>>

Understanding the Construction of the ‘Asian-Guy’ Stereotype Featured

PamyuPamyu  Jan 10, 2017

Understanding the Construction of the ‘Asian-Guy’ StereotypePretty much on a daily basis I feel someone not-so-slyly staring or double-glancing at me and my Hong Kong boyfriend holding hands. So what’s the deal here?I'll admit, before starting university in the UK, I knew very little about Hong Kong and indeed Asian guys in general. Coming ... Read More>>

On the OtherSide of the Great Wall. Featured

nebertis  Jul 29, 2016

About 10 months ago, I embarked on a journey to see the greatWall of china.Folks in my Country tell many stories about the great all of china and this caused a young mind to be inquisitive, The stories told range from how impossible it was to build the greatwall to how it later became a defence mechanism and now the pride of China. On my first ... 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

How strict are Chinese laws Featured

GaliaSlavova  Jan 05, 2016 Comments(7)

More than a year ago my arrival in China was a mixture of curiosity, strong positive bias to learn and to implement my knowledge and skills (strange, but well supported with my 15 years successful career in Europe). A year ago this all is like some lost dream and recently I have received a fair letter from another expat residing in China, ... Read More>>

Why Chinese Couples Now (In My Opinion) Prefer Daughters Featured

adb2014  Nov 25, 2015 Comments(10)

For so long I was lead to believe that all expectant Chinese couples prefer boys. Maybe in many small to mid-sized cities, that's still very much the case. Here in the first-tier city of Guangzhou however, I've noticed a change of attitude from many expectant parents in my work and social life. With the abolition of the one-child policy, there's ... Read More>>

The Administration Horror or How not to loose nerves when dealing with Administrative issues Featured

GaliaSlavova  Nov 21, 2015 Comments(12)

I have been doing consulting for many years in my native Europe, but never expected that coming to China for abrupt carer change and idea for getting new skills and knowledge will make me again entering the shoes of a trouble-shooting guy. And this time trouble shooting was in aspect of my own employment and visa issues, which first seemed to be ... Read More>>

Shopping Experiences in China Featured

adb2014  Oct 06, 2015 Comments(5)

This blog is aimed mainly at the newer arrivals who are about to go shopping in China for the first time. Whether you choose to frequent the big chain department stores or the thousands of 'hole in the wall' stores in any city, here are some important things I've learned.1. Shopping dialogues in textbooks aren't very helpfulWhen I was reading ... Read More>>

7 Important Things you have to know before signing up for HSK Test Featured

chineseschools  Jul 31, 2015 Comments(7)

7 Important Things you have to know before signing up for HSK Testby Jenny Wang, Chinese Teacher from SN Mandarin Shanghai 1. Paper -and-pen or Online?Starting in 2010, there have been two versions of HSK test. One is paper-and-pen based and the other is electronic online. Both are held at exactly the same time. The test items and standards are ... Read More>>

Going to Shanghai Featured

nzteacher80  Jul 12, 2015 Comments(24)

My friend and I decided to take a trip to Shanghai to experience the big city. I have been to Shanghai about four or five times but my friend had never been. We planned a three day holiday to take in the sights, experience the night life and do some shopping.Shanghai is a three hour bus ride from the town where I work and live. I usually dread ... Read More>>

Shanghai, a City that Caters to all Tastes Featured

thabet_sava  Jun 11, 2015 Comments(10)

Being an avid traveler, I had the opportunity to visit most metropolitan cities worldwide. After making China my home away from home in 2003, visiting Shanghai, one of my favorite cities, became my top priority. Recently, I had the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of exploring its magical wonders. As a student, I read, extensively, about ... Read More>>

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