20 Mandarin phrases to help you survive in China

Daily life

May 19, 2018

When I first thought about writing a blog on the most useful survival Chinese phrases for a foreigner in China, I didn’t know where to start. I’ll be honest – if you never eat out, don’t travel anywhere, don’t go to b...

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Chinese toilets – your guide to surviving the squat

Daily life

April 30, 2018

When you move to China to teach you’ll find yourself dealing with a lot of new things. You’ll have to try to learn a few Mandarin words and work to overcome problems caused by not knowing the language. You’ll be faced with all...

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7 weird things in China that gave me culture shock

Daily life

April 12, 2018

As a foreigner in China, I initially experienced a lot of culture shock. Several things that I saw here frustrated and angered me. Nobody ever thought to brief me on what to expect or to explain why these things were happening. Eventually howev...

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5 most unexpected things you will encounter in China

Daily life

October 09, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a new place? Maybe even a new country? Oftentimes, it is easy to forget that not every other place looks just like, or works just like, how things do at home. Even something as simple as McDona...

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Why do Chinese people spit (and do other weird things)?

Daily life

August 13, 2017

I remember my first hour in China. Through immigration at Beijing Capital Airport, reunited with luggage, on the bus to the city I’d be teaching in and looking forward to sleeping off some jet lag – everything seemed pretty norm...

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