Monthly Archives: September 2012

The ‘Long’ National Holiday

The Chinese have an interesting take on holidays that I just cannot fathom. We have a week off next week because it is National Day. Everyone keeps saying it’s a really long holiday despite it being the same length as … Continue reading

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A More Balanced View

I have mentioned both here and in various Facebook statuses my mostly amusing near-clashes with my contact teacher, Doreen. I feel I need to present a more balanced view of her as in fact she is incredibly kind. On my … Continue reading

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Raging

Into the second week of teaching and as it’s still early in the week I still have to face the grade 2’s. These classes actually make me HATE children with a passion. Obviously I don’t blame it on the children … Continue reading

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Hospitality Hong Kong Style

On Sunday night I had a wonderful encounter that came about by the most mundane of circumstances: a ride on the London Underground. During my internship in London this summer Tom and I went out for dinner in town one … Continue reading

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Yoga in Chinese…

…is not as relaxing as Yoga in French. I have been living in school for over two weeks now and the fact that I don’t speak Chinese and my neighbours speak a handful of English between the four of them … Continue reading

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First Week of Teaching

I am the last Foreign Teacher (out of those sent to Shenzhen) to start teaching. As such, my evenings and weekends have been filled with horror stories about the children – they don’t understand anything, they are so loud, they … Continue reading

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The ‘N’ Word

One insight I have gained since I’ve been here, is the very roundabout (and often frustrating) way in which a Chinese person will go about denying you something without actually using the word ‘no’.  For example, when I first arrived … Continue reading

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