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Phone Plans in China – What to Know

I came to China with a DROID (insert robot noise here) that had a cracked screen and an “international service plan” which basically meant I could use my phone…but it was gonna cost the big bucks. I currently have a friend paying $147/month for his T-Mobile...

Different Kinds of Schools in China & Who They’re Best For

Aside from gazing at a map and thinking of where you want to teach and how much you want to make in China, one of the more important questions you should be asking yourself is which kind of school you’ll be teaching at. After I took my TESOL course, I felt ready...

Let’s Get Private: One to One Teaching in China

One To One Teaching - Why Should You Do It As ESL teachers, we can all empathize with the fact that we will likely not be staying in one specific country or even possibly having a career change after teaching for a certain amount of years. However, one thing a lot of...

Xiamen City Guide – The Garden Island

Consistently ranked highly as a “suitable city for living”, as well as being named China’s “most romantic leisure city,” Xiamen offers an incredible environment to live in, accessible only by one of the four bridges from mainland China. Located in the south eastern...

Six Common Expat Mistakes

As a previous small-town girl that was doing the Hohhot hustle for a good three years, I feel as if the capital has ruined me. I’m about to complete my first year in Beijing, and the only word I can find to describe it is “easy”. The upside: I’ve had my best friend...

Meet Kyle, The Man Determined To Help You Learn Mandarin

    Can you introduce yourself? Hi I'm Kyle Balmer (白马楷)and I run Sensiblechinese.com, hanziwallchart.com and I'm a co-founder of WaiChinese. All are companies revolved around teaching the Chinese language to foreigners and helping them learn Mandarin well....

How to Handle an Emergency in China

Life. Is. Nuts. I can not believe how many times I have been in bizarre situations in China and came out of them like a bo$$. Some of my friends, on the other hand…well, that’s a different story. Working your way through an emergency in China is merely all about luck...

Cash Talk: How To Save Money To Move Overseas

You’ve probably heard quite a few people say that moving overseas was the best decision they’ve ever made in their life. I’m definitely one of those people. Moving out to Asia nearly three years ago was a big decision - and one that many people I knew doubted at the...

A Travel Guide From China to Vietnam

‘Nam, ‘Nam, ‘Nam, ‘Nam. Since I left Vietnam last month I’ve been asking myself one question: WHY DID I LEAVE? What was I thinking? All day food. All day drink. All day sun. All day cheap. No work. Just play. All day. All day. Thinking of going into the poetry biz, if...

ESL Teacher Interview: Chris from America

As you plan your trip to come teach English in China, we know you’ve likely got tons of questions running through your mind. One of the questions I hear most often from potential teachers is what the experience is like coming to China and what they should be aware of...

How To Move Overseas Like a Boss

You’ve read hundreds of blog posts. You’ve watched countless hours of videos on YouTube. You’ve stayed up until three in the morning imagining how to move overseas, obsessing about every detail of your future life. Yet, you’re still stuck at home and haven’t made that...

ESL Teacher Salary: How Much Can You Make?

Ah, the golden question. Money makes the world go ‘round, indeed. But we always try to guide our applicants with the advice that you should absolutely not be chasing salary or city in China — you should be chasing trustworthiness in a school. While some are not as...

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