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GO EAST, YOUNG MAN (Source: Maclean's)

Can’t find work in Toronto? Savvy young Canadians have found a solution: Nanjing.

When Noel Muller returned to Toronto from China in 2010, he was thrilled to be home. Within a few months, however, the then-28-year-old teacher, fed up with…


Added by Jane Erickson on August 30, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

A Walk Around The Hutongs Of Beijing

Want to see more "real" pictures of Beijing?

Check out this sweet post!




Added by Jaimee Watson on August 23, 2012 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Cat for adoption

I have to, unfortunately, get rid of one of my cats. The problem is that he has been acting out. He does things he knows he shouldn't and he is...attacking my other cat. However, he is still a very lovely cat. He curls up next to me every night to sleep! :) He loves attention. And, once he gets to know you, really enjoys your company. He's about one year old. He's also your standard tabby cat. It seems that between my job and my other cat, I cannot give him the love and constant attention he…


Added by Jim Kiser on August 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Transferring to Shanghai so give me the scoop!

Hello EF Shanghai Family, 

I am very excited about moving to beautiful city of Shanghai. I need a serious orientation so please share everything a transfer needs to know. I have to report right to work so no time for formal orientations for the vets. I will be working as the Director of Studies for Kids and Teens SH No. 3 in Minhang. Still looking for a place to live and if you know where to find a great hair braider and barber for my husband do share! Also is it true they…


Added by Melissa Simmons on July 26, 2012 at 11:27am — 8 Comments

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 06 "Where have you been, Jim!? I've been riding backwards in inner tubes!"

Okay, okay, okay! It's been a few weeks since I have posted anything. Between final exams, moving and getting settled in Guangzhou, things have been really busy for me. However, things have settled back down. And I now back to tell more embarrassing stories about myself! Let's do this! 

In a recent blog post I talked about why I came to China. Well, today I am going to talk about why in the world I decided on coming to EF. Before coming to EF, I spent two years teaching…


Added by Jim Kiser on July 4, 2012 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Shanghai: Great 1BR apartment available on Daning Rd starting 7/1!

Hi everyone,

I've (sadly) just left my apartment on Daning Rd and would love to help my nice landlords fill it, if possible.

About the location:

  • On Daning Rd (Line 1 @ Yanchang Rd -- 10-15 min from People's Square)
  • Located in a very nice, quiet, green neighborhood
  • Directly across from the supermarket, shopping, restaurants
  • Near to…

Added by Brendan Cooney on June 29, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A week in the life...

This will be my first attempt to shed my caveman/technophobe image and start a blog.


I've been in China for around 6 years now so it's a long time coming!


I'll start with a quick look at our recent trip to Chicago.

Having been an avid  runner as a kid and visting such exotic…


Added by Mike Heath on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 05 "The OTHER 'great wall' of China and why it doesn't like T's..."

Hello party people in the place to be! ( That place being EF, of course!) I hope you all had a safe and happy National Velociraptor awareness month as well as a great May 1st holiday! Today I am going to be talking about two REALLY important things: 1) Why/how the internet is blocked in China AND 2) The '3 Ts'. So, let's do this! 

China has the world largest digital shield. It's been named 'The Great Firewall of China'. And, because of it, surfing the internet is...different…


Added by Jim Kiser on May 4, 2012 at 1:33pm — 2 Comments

Beijing Teachers' Conference!!!

The BJ TC is an exciting opportunity for people working for EF English First Beijing to become more involved and engaged by sharing skills and interests.  This year, we are so pleased to welcome Anders Hammarback as our keynote speaker…


Added by Claire Campbell on April 26, 2012 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

That Crazy White Guy: "Velociraptors and YOU"

Hello everyone. Normally, when I write these blogs, I try to make them funny and light hearted. However, today I have something to tell you that could very well save your life. It is a very serious issue. This month is  "National Velociraptor Awareness Month". Ever since the movie "Jurassic Park". Velociraptors  have been taking the lives of innocent people all around the world! This is VERY important! Go to http://www.velociraptors.info/ to find…


Added by Jim Kiser on April 24, 2012 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 04 "Only in China..."

Hello, howdy and hi to you all! I hope this week has been fantastic for you all! I apologize for missing last. You see, I had midterms. And, when I have midterms things get really crazy for me. So, I couldn't do a blog post. But! don't worry I am back to tell more embarrassing stories about myself. (The real i am sure you read this; don't lie!) Today I am going to be answering a question I get a lot, "Jim why are you so handsome!?" (kidding) But really, "Jim why…


Added by Jim Kiser on April 20, 2012 at 3:40pm — No Comments

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 03 "EF: Teaching Teachers to Teach"

Welcome back to “That Crazy White Guy”. Just like the third Transformers movie I am back to tell you more cool things you didn’t know about EF and about China. However, before I get into that I wanted to wish everyone a very happy Tomb Sweeping Day! YAY! I hope you have fun…sweeping tombs?


The past couple of posts have been  about some AMAZING people that work here at EF. The first…


Added by Jim Kiser on April 4, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 02 "10 is 10 but It's not Scolding a Horse"

Hello Everyone! I am back once again to show you all somethings about China/EF! If you have no idea what I am talking about, (shame on you!) then you should check out this link. Once there, read and like it. This week I would like to show you a great guy Peter Liu. He has started a great group…


Added by Jim Kiser on March 22, 2012 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

That Crazy White Guy : Blog 01 "Knowing whether you're a boy or a girl in Chinese Culture"

Hey Guys! My name is Jim and I a soon-to-be teacher here with EF. I am here to do a weekly blog posts about things about China/EF. So, I though a GREAT place to start to giving some shout outs to some great people that are working hard on this website. This first person I would like to give a shout out is Tess Ding. She has a wonderful little group called …


Added by Jim Kiser on March 16, 2012 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

Chinglish is Geliable!

A few days ago, I read Peter Liu's awesome blog post about Asian Poses ( go read it if you haven't :http://ef-teachers.com/profiles/blogs/asian-poses) And, it got me think about something that goes hand-in-hand with Asian poses, and that is 'chinglish'. The merger of Chinese and English into...words.  They're pretty funny. I will give you a few examples. 

Last year sometime I was talking to a student of mine. and,…


Added by Jim Kiser on March 10, 2012 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

Attn: Women in Shanghai

Hey ladies,

Tomorrow is International Women's Day!  We should get the day off, right?  Well, EF doesn't give us a day off, unfortunately, but we can go out an celebrate after work.  I'm going to Brownstone:


And if you're not a member on Shanghai Dolls, you should join!  It's a good website for…


Added by Rose Connally on March 8, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

African American Hair Dresser/Barber in SHANGHAI

Hello all!


I have quite a lot of inquiries and requests for salons or people who know how to style and cut African American hair....well HURRAY! I finally got my good friend Phil's hairdresser, and friend, to give me his number





I am not sure of his prices, but he does mostly men’s hair and has other friends that do women’s hair! Text or call him and mention that Jaimee from EF gave you his number…


Added by Jaimee Watson on February 29, 2012 at 9:49am — 5 Comments

Visa Process

I think that i have finished all of the paperwork that I need for the work permit application. Although i could have forgoten one of the many papers.


I have been trying to make a list of things that i need to bring with me but feel like I am missing something. So far my list includes:

Medications, Vitamins, Pads/Tampons, Deoderant, Bras, Underware, Socks, New Shoes, Work Pants



Added by Amanda Gillock on February 27, 2012 at 8:29am — No Comments

Show Me the Money!

Some people are lucky.  When they move to China, they don't have any financial ties back home, and never need to transfer any money back to their home country.

People like me, on the other hand, are not so lucky.  I have student loans, credit card bills, and a phone bill to pay, all of which must come out of my American bank account.  Since EF is sending my money into my Chinese account, I had to figure out a way to transfer my money from my account here to my American…


Added by Rose Connally on February 23, 2012 at 9:33pm — 2 Comments

English is a Crazy Language!

Thought this was fun and interesting:

Can anyone think of any other strange things?

Added by Rose Connally on February 23, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments

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