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Travel Through China Over Land

Travel Through China Over Land

As I was trying to snap a few photos of our approach to the port in Qingdao from the upper deck of the ferry, an attendant frantically got my attention and handed me an arrival card. It was immediately obvious that her English was limited, but she had brought help.

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Why Shanghai Should be First on your ESL List

Why Shanghai Should be First on your ESL List

I recommend Shanghai for other ESL teachers seeking adventure in a location that has a major city feel. And I want to thank Reach To Teach for being a huge part of this journey in getting me here. Here are just some reasons why I recommend ESL teachers to choose Shanghai as a teaching location in China.

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Interview With Stefanus Hanekom: A South African Teacher In China

Interview With Stefanus Hanekom: A South African Teacher In China

Introducing our latest teacher interview. This week we interviewed Stefanus who took the plunge and made his first steps into a teaching career by moving all the way to China to begin a teaching position. Read on to see what experiences he has had as a first time teacher in China.

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5 Misconceptions About China

5 Misconceptions About China

China is a mysterious place to most people who have never lived there. Even if you have visited China before, there are some things you just can’t understand unless you have lived and worked in the Middle Kingdom. My friends and family back in America cannot conceive of what China is really like. Here’s a little ditty to help them (and you) get a better perspective, and put to rest these 5 misconceptions about China.

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5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 2)

5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 2)

In the previous episode of 5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (found here), we made it abundantly clear that learning at least a little Chinese can really help you in a variety of situations when you go to China (or Taiwan). If you move to China, you’ve no excuse!

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5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 1)

5 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese (Part 1)

An actual conversation that occurred shortly before I moved to China in 2010: My Friend: You’re moving to China? Me: That’s right. My Friend: You’re crazy. Completely nuts. (making “cuckoo eyes” at me) Me: Why? Why is that so crazy? Lots of people do it. My Friend: Because they all speak Chinese there! You’ll probably die. Or maybe get killed. At the very least you’ll get maimed and put in jail. You’re doomed. Me: I’m already learning Chinese! I’ll just get better and better once I’m there. My Friend: I’m not visiting you in jail in China. Here, maybe. In China, no. Me: Whatever. I’m going to learn Chinese. Now, much to the chagrin of my “friend”, I have yet to step foot inside a police station (except to do residency paperwork, I swear!) after three and a half years in China and Taiwan. Neither am I killed, dead, or maimed. Have I learned Chinese? Yes! Am I fluent? Well, not exactly. But I can get around just fine, make conversation with most people, and read a little. Reading is the most difficult part, if you ask me. Once, I even talked my way out of a traffic ticket. Learning Chinese- […]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse

For the people of China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries, the biggest holiday of the year is Chinese New Year. Think Christmas, but with fireworks. Think Thanksgiving, but with more variety of food. Think the Fourth of July, but with bigger and louder fireworks! It’s a celebration to usher in the coming spring, and it’s all about family time and good food. It is definitely the biggest party of the year. This year, we are celebrating the Year of the Horse.

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Top Five Reasons to Teach English in China

Top Five Reasons to Teach English in China

China is a wonderful place rich in culture, history and new experiences to keep any ESL teacher satisfied for years. Here are our top 5 reasons why we think you should teach English in China.

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