In addition to having a Chinese teacher, Chinese textbook, dictionary and people to practice with at all times, Chinese Pod is the listening resource I have used most over the years. Because of this, it seemed like a good idea to write a Chinese Pod review.
When first starting out learning Chinese I listened to all their Newbie and Elementary lessons with Ken Carroll, Jenny Zhu, and John Pasden as the hosts. Later, Chinese Pod was there again with work-related content when I needed to learn more vocabulary related to working at a company in China.
Whether your goal of learning Chinese is for work, travel or romance, Chinese Pod has all of this covered in their nearly 4,000 lessons.
Today I am starting on a new adventure in Asia, and by the time you are reading this I will already be en route to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
You might be wondering, “Why not back to China? Why Thailand and why Chiang Mai?”
While I plan to visit China during my travels, the main reason I am going to Chiang Mai is to meet people who are location-independent with their work. Another name for this kind of person is a digital nomad.
August 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of when I moved to China to first teach English. Since then, I’ve worked at 6 – 8 jobs in the US and China, interviewed for several others and had several other job offers.
Below are 10 lessons I’ve learned about finding China-related jobs in China and the USA.
Lesson 1: Teaching English Gets You a Job in China Fast
As a foreigner in China it’s hard to go more than a few weeks without getting a job offer to teach English while walking down the street or hanging out at a mall.
In the United States things get pretty quiet in the city after rush hour and dinner, even on weekends in the city. In China however, evenings are very lively every night of the week. Many streets turn into markets with vendors hawking things like perfume, underwear, and radios.
In this video not only do we take a look at these products and hear about Nick’s purchasing criteria, but we learn a simple and effective way to practice Mandarin.
Stay for the end and you’ll also witness a dance party!
Hi, I'm Nick and I moved to China to teach English in 2007. Ever since then I've been learning Chinese, traveling around Asia, and working as a teacher, Chinese translator and medical interpreter, writer, movie producer, camp counselor, and cultural liaison. If you have any questions about this site, leave me a comment or send me an email!