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!

What is it really like to live and teach in China?


May 02, 2018

In August 2013, I left for China to start my first overseas teaching post. I am now partway through my fifth year here. I thought it would be a good idea to write this article so that prospective teachers can find out what it is really like to liv...

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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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From classroom to kitchen: how a Beijing expat turbocharged his career in China


April 25, 2018

Preston Thomas has been teaching English in China since 2011. In a bold career move, this entrepreneurial expat has just opened up a new restaurant in Beijing called The View 4109. I had a chat with Preston to find out about his time teaching in C...

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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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Teaching English in Jining, Shandong province – Q&A with Teacher Dan


April 11, 2018

Canadian Dan Meikle has been teaching English in China for the past three years. He’s currently teaching English in Jining, Shandong province. I interviewed him to find out about his experience teaching in this relatively small city in easte...

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