DOI: 10.5176/2382-5677_PYTT13.24

Authors: Paul D'Ambrosio


Last spring, while working at an English school in Hangzhou, I encountered a situation that I think is fairly representative of the difficulty many foreigners can have working with Chinese. This is what happened (only the names have been changed): My boss Jane called me extremely upset after the "ridiculous" actions of another English teacher. She explained that a Russian teacher Mary, a girl in her mid-twenties, who had worked teaching English in China for over two years, had just quit.

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