"Wish You Happy Every Day": An Expat's Life in China


Helpful Links

General China Interest

The New York Times, China: I like Edward Wong’s reporting on things going on in China. If you’re in the Mainland, though, you will need a VPN to access NYT–it’s been blocked since they ran an article about the finances of the Party elite.

The New Yorker Archives: Check out pieces by Evan Osnos and Peter Hessler, both of whom were the New Yorker’s China correspondents.

China Smack: In the mood for some tabloid news? Read about all the bizarro stuff going on in China, some funny, others decidedly not, with English translations of blog posts by ordinary Chinese netizens.

Living in China

Lost Laowai: A multi-user blog about all things China, from the foreigner’s perspective.

Raoul’s China Saloon: An active web forum for expats. A lot of the people on this site are China “lifers” who really know the ins and outs of various cities, Chinese culture and even visa issues.

Teaching English

Dave’s ESL Cafe: OK, newbie teachers, this is where you go for jobs and classroom games. Skip the forums, though; they’re mostly populated by bitter expats.

ESL Flow: A good resource for worksheets and activities, although it is disorganized and littered with dead links. Best to google your target language plus esl flow (i.e., “present continuous esl flow”).

Azar’s Grammar: Worksheets are your friend (and the students’).  Make grammar practice painless.

Macmillan Inspiration: More worksheets!

Learning Chinese

Chinese Forums: A worldwide community of Chinese learners of all different levels. You can find a detailed archive of information about things like language schools, study methods, useful websites, how to train for HSK, how to find a language partner, etc.

Popup Chinese: A Beijing-based podcast that seeks to make learning Chinese interesting and usually succeeds — bye bye, boring traditional Communist Party-approve textbooks!  However, I think some of the vocabulary they teach is regional to Beijing . . . my husband (native speaker, born and raised in Dalian) didn’t know what they were talking about at times. I recommend testing what you learn on native speakers! That goes for all language resources, I guess.

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