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Ten Online Resources for Learning Chinese

Ten Online Resources for Learning Chinese

Learning Chinese is hard. While nothing substitutes learning in a formal class, these links will help you so that you can become conversant in Chinese.

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How To Get Along With Your Host Family

How To Get Along With Your Host Family

Living with a host family is an opportunity like no other.  You will get to know the local culture not just as a visitor and observer, but as a part of a family.  That doesn’t mean that it will be all smooth sailing, though.  From language barriers to misunderstandings about one another’s cultures, living with a host family presents a number of challenges.  Here are some tips on what to expect, and how to make sure that your home-stay abroad goes well. Language Barrier The biggest problem that you are likely to encounter is the language barrier.  Although members of your host family will likely have some English ability, there’s a good chance that it will be fairly basic.  Whether you have a good foundation in the local language, or have just learned a few words, communicating with you host family will likely pose a challenge. Asking your local friends and coworkers to help translate can be a great help, but ultimately it will only get you so far.  You can’t rely on translators for the day-to-day interactions and conversations that make up most of your life with your host family.  Your own studies of the local language will help. […]

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect While Teaching in Thailand

5 Things You Shouldn't Expect While Teaching in Thailand

This is Andrea Emerson, Bangkok based expat English teacher. I have spent over a year teaching English to hormone riddled teenagers, attempting to photograph fire balloons and generally not going on any dates, and now I would like to impart some of my wisdom from this crazy adventure. If you’d like to learn more about teaching in Thailand, Bangkok specifically, or even if you just want to know where on earth to buy women’s essentials in this land that doesn’t really ‘do’ tampons, you’ve come to the right place.

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RTT Interviews Raymond Revnyak, a Reach To Teach Teacher in South Korea

RTT Interviews Raymond Revnyak, a Reach To Teach Teacher in South Korea

An interview with a Reach to Teach teacher in South Korea. Raymond Revnyak joined the EPIK program in August 2011.

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Taking The Next Step – A Teacher in South Korea Shares her Experiences of Moving Abroad

Taking The Next Step - A Teacher in South Korea Shares her Experiences of Moving Abroad

Guest Article by Uzma Ali, a Reach To Teach teacher in South Korea When I made the decision to leave my comfortable, unfulfilling life to start teaching English in Korea, I was excited at the prospect of having an adventure half way across the world. However, when the moment came to say goodbye to ‘home’ I can honestly say I have never felt such fear. The urge to run indoors and make my excuses was immense and stepping onto the train to London, Heathrow was quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever had to do. “What in God’s name am I doing?” I thought. The only thing I remember about that train journey was breathing deeply and whispering to myself, “Be brave, be brave, be brave,” as I watched the landscape fly by. Deciding to live in a different country – be it a few months, a year or even three years – is certainly not as easy as it may seem. Many people find the idea of living abroad enticing, but when push comes to shove and it’s time to make that final decision, the number of doubts that will go through your mind is unexpectedly high. In […]

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How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

We all know what it feels like to walk into a new culture we know nothing about. Almost all of us have experienced culture shock. By the time we return to our home countries, the last thing on our mind is how different things might feel. You may have only been away for a year. Maybe you have been gone for 10 years, but one thing for certain is that it is easier to go to a new country then return to your home country! Here are some thoughts from our staff and teachers on reverse culture shock: “The first thing I noticed when I got home was that everything was expensive. After a year of living in Asia you start to take for granted how much lower the cost of living is. It takes a few weeks to get used to paying five dollars for a loaf of bread and tipping at every restaurant. The second biggest trial was the waste. You quickly become aware how much we westerners waste after spending time abroad. The other tests of the reverse culture shocked traveler, in my case, were readjusting to being around people en masse all the time, and speaking […]

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