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Chinese Phrases of the Month
rén shān rén hǎi
A sea of people; huge crowds of people; crowded
Refers to the mass migration of people during the CNY holiday
Woah, it is crowded!
Simbarashe在自拍！ Simbarashe is taking a selfie!
Q: Why did you choose to teach abroad?
A: I had heard only wonderful things about teaching abroad from my brother, who had been here a couple of years before me. Helping develop young minds is an awesome experience, doing that in a society that is foreign to me has been a fascinating experience. Since the time I came here I have grown to appreciate the beauty of Chinese culture.
Q: What are some of the most important benefits of the Ambright AHSP for you?
A: The long holidays are probably one of the best aspects of working for Ambright AHSP. Taking advantage of this benefit I never really get home sick and at the same time I get to explore different parts of the world.
Q: What is your most memorable in-class teaching moment?
A: The one day that comes to mind was when a student recited from memory the first 10 digits of pi the mathematical symbol.
Q: What is the biggest difference between schools from your country and schools in China?
A: There are no big differences really except maybe for the fact that the system here is more centralized than back home. The students here are generally of good conduct and more respectful which makes the teaching experience more enjoyable.
Q: What is a must-see place in China?
A: If you are like me and you love the nature and the out-doors. Zhangjiajie (Mountains from the Movie Avatar) is definitely a place to visit and getting to walk on the glass bridge.
Q: What is on your bucket list before you leave China?
A: Running a 5K marathon is definitely something I want to do before I leave China, and maybe learn some taichi.
Q: What is your advice to teachers interested in the Ambright AHSP Program?
A: Moving to a new place can be a great experience, it however requires that one be able to adapt. Teaching abroad means living in a different society, for the well-being of everyone it is important the one respects the natives’ culture. In as much as we may have a lot to contribute to the program some changes cannot be implemented over night and therefore one needs to exercise patience.