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Chinese Culture

Thousand Character Chinese Classic

Like I do at the end of every year, I have my students in speaking class become teachers. Their final exam is to “teach class” for 15 minutes. (Not a presentation, but actually teach.) This is always super fun. Students freak out when I assign it to them, but then they quickly realize class is … Continue reading »

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What it’s Like Taking a Intensive Chinese Class

So I just got back from a four-week intensive Chinese class, the second time I’ve taken one of these, and for those of you who are thinking of doing the same thing, I thought I’d write about my experience so you can decide for yourself. Four years ago I was a student at Keats School, … Continue reading »

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Hot Dragon Boat Guys

Dragon Boat Holiday is coming around the corner, meaning a little three-day holiday for us. This will be my seventh Dragon Boat day in China but I have a little guilty confession: I have never seen a dragon boat race. In Hangzhou the closest race was too far away an in Xiamen they actually have … Continue reading »

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Sometimes You Just Don’t China

Spring festival is the biggest holiday in China and a really good chance to dig into and participate in Chinese culture. So what did I do? Got a buttload of KFC and played board games with foreigners all night. Cause sometimes you just don’t China. I mean, I’ve been here for seven years. I’ve learned … Continue reading »

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Hiking the Majestic Yellow Mountain

Not all famous places are worth the hype. The Terracotta Warriors? Kinda lame in person. The Great Wall? S’okay if you can find a quiet day. Hong Kong’s Star Ferry? Made me seasick. But there is one place that is more amazing and more majestic then anywhere I’ve ever been in China. Coincidentally it is … Continue reading »

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Watching China Change Through My Class

Since I got here almost 7 years ago, I have made all my own lesson plans–dozens over the years. They have been tested, honed, and perfected where I know they will get the maximum class participation while teaching something useful. In the past several years, say about four, I haven’t changed much. If it ain’t … Continue reading »

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*Obligatory Sappy Year End Post*

Look, I can’t dent it. This year was kick ass. Trying to sum it all up is too overwhelming. So instead I think I will do it with pictures. In January I started running with a new gang. Little did I know this gang would lead my down the path of depravity and french pastries. … Continue reading »

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War on Christmas (in China)

I know that right now there is a kerfuffle against the plain red Starbucks cups. It seems like it is this year’s battle in the never ending “war against Christmas.” Well, I’m in China, so who cares? In this Communist, developing country, Christmas is far, far away from me. Right?! Nope. It’s followed me even here. … Continue reading »

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Badminton Queen

I’m one month into the semester so I thought I’d fill you in with how things are going. This year I changed departments. Before I was in a different department, but now I’m back to teaching English majors. I wish I could say it was some grand gesture to get back to my roots, engage … Continue reading »

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Mid-Autumn Festival and Bobing!

While the America’s were enjoying their blood moon, we had just finished worshiping the moon ourselves here in China. The lunar eclipse coincided with Mid-Autumn festival, a day you are supposed to gaze at the full moon, eat moon cakes and enjoy the day off. (Sadly, the lunar eclipse was during the daylight hours in … Continue reading »

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