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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

Things I Wish I'd Known... Part 3

When I came to China, I could only bring one big suitcase and one medium-sized suitcase with me full of everything I was going to bring with me.  This meant a lot of trimming down of my personal belongings, or packing up and storing away things I was okay with living without for the time being.  Once I was in China, it wasn't long before I became bored with my wardrobe and wanted to buy some clothes here in China.

There are clothing and shoe stores *everywhere* in Shanghai. …


Added by Rose Connally on February 15, 2012 at 1:14pm — 8 Comments

EF on Huff Post: Interview Advice

Ming Chen, EF's Executive VP, has some advice on how to interview in the 21st century. As EF conducts 90 percent of first-round interviews on Skype, Ming will steer you in the right direction for online interviews.  Check out her blog post on the …


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on February 14, 2012 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

A Shanghai Visitor's Guide

Found this visitor's guide that someone wrote... it's a little biased and I don't agree with everything he says, but it has a lot of information and is pretty good.  Some of the info is outdated, though, like taxi fares (14 RMB during the day, 18 at night). But it included some things I hadn't heard about, that I'm now interested in checking out. Take a look and see what you think:…


Added by Rose Connally on February 11, 2012 at 1:12am — No Comments

Things I Wish I'd Known... Part 2

It has been some time since I wrote my last blog entry, because of Chinese New Year busy-ness.  But I have been thinking back to my arrival here and what things made my arrival the most challenging... and the next thing I would like to talk about is the language!

Before coming here, I was aware that I was moving to a country that mainly spoke Chinese, not English, but I was under the impression that most people would at least speak some English, since everyone has to learn it…


Added by Rose Connally on February 10, 2012 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

More than concrete and skyscrapers!

I`ve just spent a couple of days travelling and walking in Anhui. What a beautiful place! Home to the famous Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) and scenery that will take your breath away.

 I began by taking the bus to Taizhou to meet up with the people i`d be going with, we then drove to Anhui taking in the sights on the way including Hong Con, a World Heritage site ancient Chinese village. Our destination would be a further 150 kms away in the heart of some snow capped, mist enveloped…


Added by Ed Sutton on January 30, 2012 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Things I Wish I'd Known... Part 1

I've been asked to write a series on things I wish I had known about living in Shanghai before coming here... and I'm going to start with the thing that made my arrival here pretty stressful: I didn't know that I should have had my American cell phone unlocked before moving here.

When I arrived, I immediately wanted to contact my family and my boyfriend back in the states to let them know I'd made it safely to China.  They were all staying up late to wait for my call.  I…


Added by Rose Connally on January 14, 2012 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

The DOS can sing

Skinny, as WE like to call her, used to be the soft-spoken, fragile senior teacher at PSQ. She was like a kitten-- the kitten that most of our male students would avoid talking to but would stare at for hours. 

Sylvia recently became the DOS of Hongqiao Center. And now that she's DOS, she's shed her kitten fur, and the claws and fangs are out!

Nobody knew she could sing! And to see her on stage  singing and dancing (and hogging the mic), was just mind-blowing!…


Added by Catherine Cayaba on January 12, 2012 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

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