China

Ready for More Weird English Names?!

It seems as if they more my students become aware of western culture, the weirder their english names are. When I started the weirdest names were like, “Cookies” and “Chanley” but now I’m getting so many odd names that make those look positively white bread. Here are some of the Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

The Start of my Tenth Year

It’s impossible to believe, but I am beginning my tenth year in China. It also means it’s my tenth year as a teacher making it the longest job I’ve ever held. Despite that, I almost never think of myself as a teacher. When someone asks me “what do you do?” Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

Taking the Blog to the Next Level

OMG y’all I’m a vlogger! That’s right, I thought it was time to take Badminton Becky to the next level and start a vlog. After all, sports is very much a visual thing and while I love, love, love writing, some things have been harder to express without visual help. Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

Chinese Wedding (with video!)

Remember those students I call “my babies?” The ones I taught for four years and watched them grow up? The ones who stayed with me when I was in the hospital 5 years ago? The one’s that sobbed into my shoulder as they graduated and said goodbye? The ones I Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

Book Review: Expat Jimmy

Expat Jimmy is the latest book from blogger and writer Travis Lee. I will start with an apology because I’m a total jerk. Travis sent me the book ages ago, and I read it, and then I completely forgot about it and never wrote about it. Total duh moment. Expat Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

Young China – A Review

Us China expats are an arrogant lot. Succeeding in China is rough and long-term expats see many friends over the years who can’t handle it, or hate it, and leave. That gives us a sense of that we are “survivors” and when new expats come we can dazzle them with Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

Chinese Kids Wishes to Santa

In my writing class I asked my students to write a letter to Santa. “Tell Santa if you’ve been a good girl or boy and ask Santa for something you want,” I said. While my students all know about Santa they obviously have never written a letter to Santa like Read more…

By Becky, ago