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Share An old man struggling with the language
2016-1-17 15:22
My family and I first visited China in 2008. We came back to live in 2009. I was 53 when I started studying the Chinese language. Of course I knew that Chinese is considered a difficult language to learn, but I thought, how hard could it be? I really expected that after a year or two of persistent study, I would achieve a functional level of oral Chinese. Of course since I'm writing this blog, clearly my language learning goal was not achieved. There was no ...
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Share Expectations of a foreign English teacher
2016-1-10 12:55
I love teaching English in China! Both my high school and college students are wonderful people. I love them all! I also tutor adult students in my home, not for a fee, just for fun. I have met so many kind, interesting and loving people through teaching. However, I get the impression that most of my students think, at first, that if they have a native English-speaking teacher, learning English will "magically" be fast and easy. I think some students are a little disappo ...
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      • An old man struggling with the language 2016-1-23 09:27

        HenLaoLaoShi: Yes, I know I was quite naive.  And the there is a Chinese saying equivalent to "You're never to old to learn"  Of course I can't remember i ...
        Don't worry,just take it easy.

        "I'm a slow walker but I never go backwards," that's one of my mottoes.

      • Expectations of a foreign English teacher 2016-1-21 13:44

        I don't think I would enjoy the Beijing lifestyle either.  I am in a rural part of southern Sichuan.  As the students say, this college "is not very famous".  It is really not anyone's first choice school, but the kids seem motivated for the most part.  I had to give up my introvert ways when I started teaching, but I'm still not too good at making things fun.  I'll have to think about the competition aspect.  I already have them divided into groups for projects.

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