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First Leap English, Beijing & Shenyang

Hi! My name is Lewis. I’m originally from the UK, born and raised in a small city called Bath, located in the South West of England. The intention of this blog is to give you an honest insight of my first couple of months in China. I will describe from my own perspective and I’ll try to be as honest as I can. I would describe my first week in China as ‘dangerously interesting’. When I say that now, it was a learning curve for me. But when I first came, I had difficulties in terms my contract with my…

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Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai

IMPORTANT CHINESE FESTIVALS

During your time in China, you can expect to experience some of their many festivals, here is a short list outlining the four most important! From their history to their traditions, this will give you a brief understanding of the basics. Spring Festival The spring festival aka the Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year. Vibrant, glowing oranges take precedence and stand centre stage alongside striking traditional dress wear that draws the eye of all those around. Rich pinks feature as a homage to blooming flowers, but the major colour here is a brilliant bright red; with…

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Xijian Miao village street

HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME IN CHINA

During your time in China, you will have free time outside of preparing lessons and teaching, so here is a short list of suggestions on how to keep busy and learn more about this wonderful country! Learn the Language One of the fundamental things to know when in China is the language. So why not spend some of your free time mastering Mandarin? Some of the best apps to use for this are: Pleco – a free offline dictionary that you can also use to take pictures of unfamiliar words and gain an instant translation Skritter – an app to…

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Five staple Chinese foods that you can rely on during your time TEFL teaching in China

6 Incredible Chinese Foods to Try

Travelling to China is a wonderful opportunity, and while you’re there, why not immerse yourself within the culture by trying some foods they have to offer. Here are 6 foods we recommend you try! Ma Po Tofu A powerfully spicy and pungent dish, mapo tofu is one of the top ten famous Chinese dishes and one of the most famous in all Chuan cuisine. The tofu is cooked in a spicy, oily chili and bean based sauce which gives it a striking aroma. Gong Bao Chicken A classic Sichuan cuisine made with chicken, peanuts, chili peppers and vegetables, characterised with…

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CHINA: FINDING YOUR PLACE

Having some trouble deciding where to go for your ChinaTEFLer experience? Then this article is just for you! Beijing Beijing is the heart of China, and has a fantastic history that stretches back over 3 millennia; meaning you will never be lost for something new to discover or do. From the National Museum of China that displays a vast and fascinating collection of ancient, cultural relics, to the Great Wall of China; a famous architectural site, containing some of the world’s greatest historical stories – Beijing is perfect for anyone with an interest in breath-taking places. In addition to this,…

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