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July 2014 Blog Posts (3)

We forgot to teach the 3 most important words in English

Last summer, somewhere 37,000ft above the Middle East, in line for the bathroom, I overheard these words: "They're so rude. They never say please or thank you."

You get no prizes for guessing who the flight attendant was complaining about: the hapless Chinese passengers on the VS251 from Pudong to Heathrow.

Every year China spends $2.1 billion on English language education to help its people interact with the rest of the world and every year 100,000 foreign teachers move to China…


Added by Ross Thorburn on July 30, 2014 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Extremely Grateful and Excited!

My name is Ryan Riddick and I'm joining the September Beijing crew! I've studied Chinese for 5 years at University of Oregon however my skills have suffered after a year in Dickinson, North Dakota. time to get back to what I'm passionate about while trying something new. Moving to Beijing and teaching English is a good place to start. Looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying new experiences in China.

再见 朋友们!!!

Added by Ryan Riddick on July 11, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments

Echo, echo, echo

Who do you think the following exchange is taking place between?

A: What are you doing this weekend?

B: What are you doing this weekend?

A: Maybe I’ll go to the cinema.

B: Maybe I’ll go to the cinema.

A: Really?

B: Really?

A: What?

B: What?

Were the participants:

1. Person A and their talkative parrot?

2. Person A and their annoying younger sister?

3. Person A and their English Language Teacher?

Sadly, the most likely scenario for…


Added by Ross Thorburn on July 9, 2014 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

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