About Teaching Abroad

Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching English Abroad: I think I am interested in teaching abroad. Where do I start? To get started, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself. The first, of course, is “Where do I want to go?” Selecting a country is based on various factors, including language(s) spoken, cost […]

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Drunken Australians and the Truth About Their Accents

There’s a new story circulating on the inter-web right now which tells us that the Australian accent came about because the European settlers to Australia were all drunk and so they passed on their slurred speech to their children. Apparently these settlers would come home from a hard day herding kangaroo or sheering rabbits or […]

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Teachers Deported From China

According to the CRI news agency, two TEFL teachers have been deported from China after they were found to be working illegally in Shanxi province. Police arrested the two – a 59 year old American woman and a 25 year old Pakistani man – after raiding an English school which was not certified to employ […]

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English Teacher Faces 5 Years Jail for Faking Degree

An English teacher in Poland is facing up to 5 years in jail after authorities discovered her teaching with a fake degree. The unnamed woman taught English at various kindergarten schools for 5 years before being caught. The degree was bought off an open air market in Lodz and the woman used it to obtain […]

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Idioms

Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that are either grammatically unusual, as in, “Long time, no see!”, or their meaning cannot be taken literally, as in, “It’s raining cats and dogs!” This expression does not mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky, but it is a metaphorical expression (word picture) that means […]

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Make A Note Of

Write down as to remember; or, remember. For Example: I’ll make a note of the fact that the tires are low. Shakespeare used this term in a slightly different form in The Two Gentlemen of Verona(2:7): “Go with me to my chamber to take a note of what I stand in need.”

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

This is an especially humorous English phrase because of the word “bark” being used in the same phrase with the word “tree.” While “bark” is a word for the outer layer of a tree, the “barking” here actually refers to the action of a dog barking. When a dog chases a squirrel or similar animal […]

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At The Drop Of A Hat

This is an English phrase that is used to say that only the slightest movement is necessary to start a process or activity. It is used to indicate that a person needs very little motivation to cause them to do something. For Example: “When I win the lottery I will happily travel the world at […]

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