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PalFish – beautiful in its simplicity.

PalFish offers two different sections. ‘Free Talk’ and Official Kids Course (OKC). What is free talk? Free talk is exactly as it sounds. You get paid for just chatting to Chinese ‘students’ online. It looks like a couple of online companies such as DaDa and First Future have adopted the name ‘Free Talk’ because of its success. However, make no mistake, PalFish is the original and the real deal. As the original, PalFish is of course beautiful in its simplicity. For free talk it’s literally a question of registering with the app, pushing the ‘Start Tutoring’ button and waiting for…

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Class screenshot at Pathways English on laptop

Pathways English. My online school review

If you want to succeed in the online teaching industry, you need be working for more than one company. My next company is my favorite. This company is called Beijing Pathways English. This company is for people with experience working in the ESL industry, online or live classroom experience. Why? Because this style of teaching requires you to teach Chinese children in their school setting. Let me dive a little deeper into the company and my experience with them. Who is Pathways English? Pathways English is an online English education company located in Beijing. We have a reading oriented curriculum…

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TEFL teacher Harry in Changzhou

My experience teaching English at First Leap Changzhou

Before China I was 20 when I decided to teach English abroad. I wanted to see the world, save some money, and do something fresh and exciting, hopefully in a continent I had never visited. I assumed for three years that I would go to Japan, being the first country I learned you could teach English in, but upon learning of Japan’s expensiveness and China’s cheapness, let alone the salary, cost of living, and potential savings of China, I decided to switch countries, and I wound up living in the Jiangsu province, famously containing Nanjing and Shanghai, in the small…

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Me by the I love Shekou sign in Shenzhen

My life teaching at The Affiliated International School of Shenzhen University

Greetings from Shenzhen!  I have been living and working in Shenzhen for nearly four years now.  I started my English teaching career in China working for a company in Shanghai that hires foreign teachers and places them at schools throughout the city, which can be a good way to start your Chinese journey, but after four years in cold classrooms, I decided to move south.  I chose Shenzhen because it has decent air quality (for China, anyway), warm winters, and is just across the border from Hong Kong and other interesting east Asian destinations.  It’s also a first-tier city, meaning…

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