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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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5 Mistakes You will probably make during your first day teaching in China

China is a challenge and the first time you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom filled with bright eyed Chinese students is a definite character builder. As new teachers it takes a little time and practice to refine our teaching methods and many of us will make a number of common mistakes. Here’s a look at those mistakes along with suggestions for addressing them. Speak too fast As native speakers of English if we are not used to teaching english we tend to misjudge the speed at which we are projecting our words. Even a slow speed…

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Suzhou garden

7 things you really should take to China with you

None of these things are life or death, but bringing them will be prove helpful for you in the future. Laptop Obviously, laptops can be bought readily in China, but the tax structure and import duties mean that it is often considerably more expensive to buy a laptop in china than back home. Furthermore, if the laptop is a windows PC and bought in China then it will have the Chinese operating system and the language permanently fixed in Chinese. This can lead to obvious problems if you still have a way to go on your Chinese character recognition .…

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Shanghai financial tower

5 clever tricks to use your time in China to get rich

China is quickly becoming the land of opportunity for foreign experts to come and earn good money in exchange for providing their demanded skills and talents. As the global language of the world, English is currently in high demand and with insufficient teacher supply to slake the huge demand teachers that come to China find they can earn a very tidy income doing something they love. For those with money on their mind, here are a few tips to make the most of your time in China. 1 Extra tuition Extra tuition on the side in China can prove a…

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The great wall

10 Places of stunning beauty to take amazing photos

China has so much to see and so many stunning places to feast your eyes upon. Here’s 10 of our favourites to get you salivating. 1 Guilin karst landscape, Guanxi Guilin’s stunning landscapes have enthralled travellers for centuries. Yangshuo, a once sleepy fishing settlement near Guilin is now a honeypot zone and tourist hotspot. 2 Guizhou Miao minority villages The remote Miao villages in Guilin are only a short journey for teachers living in the provincial capital of Guiyang. The Miao tourist village of Xijiang is a beautiful mix of modern behind the scenes infrastructure such as WiFi and heated beds…

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