Welcome to the Teach English in China blog!

Here you will find real stories, practical advice and opinion pieces about teaching English in China - all written by past or present teachers.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us and we'll be in touch.

So make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading. You may even decide to teach in China!

Lessons I learned in my first year of teaching in China

Personal stories

July 16, 2018

I can remember when I first made the decision to move into the challenging world of teaching. I didn’t know what to expect but could foresee the promise of travel and absorption into another culture. I was sold! I gained so much from my...

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Should I stay or should I go? What to consider at the end of your teaching contract in China


May 25, 2018

If you plan on teaching English in China for more than a year, you will need to decide whether to renew your contract and stay at the same school or move to a new school. In this article, I highlight some important factors that you should consider...

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The top 10 things to do in Fuzhou (from an expat who lived there)


May 22, 2018

Fuzhou is a city in the southeast of China, not far from the coast and almost directly opposite Taiwan. Few tourists come to Fuzhou. It’s just an ordinary city with people going about their lives, and yet that doesn’t mean there aren&...

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20 basic 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, basic 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 bar...

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What is the best way to learn Chinese?


May 10, 2018

Chinese, or Mandarin, is the world’s most spoken language and there are many ways you can learn it. But what is the best way to learn Chinese? Well, in my experience the best way doesn’t necessarily mean the quickest. Rather, the best...

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