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Chinese Line Dancing!

I joined in right after taking this video and it was fun! Another song came on and they did different movements to that song, which I did along with them... and then another song came on, to which they did no arm movements, just steps with their feet, so it was confusing/boring to do, and I left. It was a cool surprise to walk out and see,… Continue

Added by Rose Connally on November 7, 2011 at 1:29am — 1 Comment

It's getting cold in Shanghai!

It's kind of crazy how the weather has changed so much since I got here.  The first few days I was here, it was very humid and warm, probably about 80 degrees F and it felt rather gross.  I was glad, though, after a few days, it seemed to cool down a bit and not be nearly so humid outside.  Since then we have had a few humid days, but nothing as bad as those first few.  Now it's getting pretty cold outside and we had a very rainy day the other day!  Time to get out the leather jacket, boots…


Added by Rose Connally on October 26, 2011 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

One Month Down...

Eleven to go!


So far, so good!  I'm all settled in now, and learning more and more each day about living here, the language, and the culture.  After the first couple of weeks or so of being here, things do get a lot easier, although I still won't say I love everything about being here... but I can't really say that about many places I've been, anyway.


Now I am mainly feeling bad about how lazy I have been with learning Mandarin.  I have had about four Mandarin…


Added by Rose Connally on October 15, 2011 at 12:18am — No Comments


I'm finding that I am forming a love/hate relationship with China. At least, so far.  As I said before, it seems that every day, I meet some kind of opposition in whatever it is I want to do, whether it is getting from one place to another, finding something in a store, or, as I was trying to do today, simply retrieve cash from my bank account.


Word of advice to anyone coming to live in China: do not lose your ATM card.  Bad, bad idea.  Not because some stranger will…


Added by Rose Connally on October 7, 2011 at 7:12pm — 2 Comments

It's amazing...

what a little R&R can do for one who has just recently arrived in a new country.


Upon arriving in China, I was instantly and intensely surrounded by a plethora of new sights, smells, sounds, situations and experiences.  The culture and the way of living here take some getting used to, and being out and about requires immediate immersion into this culture.


Upon arriving here, I also was convinced that I must go on sightseeing ventures whenever possible, and…


Added by Rose Connally on October 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

After two weeks...

I am starting to get used to living here.  It still feels a bit weird to say "I live in China," and to think of this as my home.  I think it will take a month or two more for it to really sink in that this is where I am staying for a year.


That said, I have been enjoying getting out and seeing some of Shanghai, although at the same time I have been learning a lot.  Some trial and error, and some dumb luck.


Words of advice/warning/info for people who are going…


Added by Rose Connally on September 30, 2011 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Observations after my first day

Well, I've been here a day and a half so far, and it has been a huge learning experience already.  Here are some interesting tidbits:


  • I see a lot fewer children here than I do in the US.  Fewer families walking around together.  Probably because of the limit that is in place, where each couple can only have one child.
  • I don't see any dogs being walked, which is a huge difference from San Francisco.  I guess people here don't really have dogs?
  • There are…

Added by Rose Connally on September 17, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

I made it!

I'm in Shanghai!!! Everything went pretty smoothly. The two worst things of the whole trip were a) the in-flight internet I paid for didn't end up working, and b) I couldn't easily call or email my parents or my boyfriend right away after arriving.

That second part was actually pretty stressful, because the two guys from the hotel who were waiting for me at the airport were also waiting for another girl who was arriving today to teach for EF, and her flight arrived later. As it was, I… Continue

Added by Rose Connally on September 15, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Celebrity English Teachers

Roundhouse kick English into your students' heads.  Don't worry: You won't have to do this at EF--unless you want to...





Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on September 5, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

To-Do List Before I Move to China

I have a tentative leave date of September 14th, which leaves me just a little over three weeks left here in the US.  I have plenty to get done before I move, and to keep track of it all, I need to make a list.  Here is the list of what I can think of right now, and I will surely add things onto it as time goes on.

  • Go to the Consulate and get my Z-Visa (planning on getting this done tomorrow)
  • Book flight to Shanghai
  • Clean up and sell most of my…

Added by Rose Connally on August 23, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Hello from San Francisco!

Hi everyone!


I am moving to Shanghai very soon, and I'm getting excited!  I just got my visa documents in the mail and will be going over to the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco next week to turn them in.


I love my life here in San Francisco, but I am very excited to try something new and go on an adventure for a year in Shanghai.  I have never lived in another country before, let alone one where most people speak a different language!  I don't speak any…


Added by Rose Connally on August 13, 2011 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Do you know what's expected? Do you feel like you belong?

I thought it could be useful to try and explain to everyone why we have built this site. I am happy to introduce you to what we think is an innovative way for you and other EF teachers and recruits in China to connect and communicate. I have trained, managed and recruited teachers for the last 20 years and things have definitely changed. Online community networking takes advantage of the latest social media tools to improve your recruitment and employment experience.

EF English First…


Added by Stephen Farley on August 5, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Qingming Festival is April 5th - What are you doing?

The Qingming Festival is on April 5th this year which means that it is a public holiday in China. My question is what are all EFers doing this year? Do you have any plans? I would love for you to share some things with people waiting to come to China!

For those wanting to know a little about the Qingming Festival, I took the following from Wikipedia…


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on April 2, 2010 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

First ever Shanghai teachers conference

Calling all teachers, this coming June will see the first Shanghai bi - annual teachers conference. It will be for teachers by teachers with workshops covering a vast range of academic and caereer development interests and issues. What can you do to help? Well if you have a passion for a certain topic and would like to share it with your fellow teachers by presenting on the day this is the time and place, or how about suggesting a work shop that you would like to attend.…


Added by Simon on March 30, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

What is Teaching Chinese Students like?


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on March 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Southern Region Teachers' Conference 2

Hi All,

We're busy putting together the next Teacher Conference for Shenzhen and Guangzhou and wondered if you guys had anything you liked most or least about previous conferences you've attended - or if you've been to a non-EF conference you enjoyed and why. Hopefully we'll be able to use as much of your feedback as possible to make this conference fantastic!

Added by Cassandra Burgess on March 27, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Oli's Shanghai Blog


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on February 15, 2010 at 9:02pm — No Comments

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