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This is part 2 of my interview series “Teaching English in China”.  I’m talking to people who either went to China to teach at Chinese universities or language schools or who work with Chinese students online.

In part 1 of the series, I interviewed Alexandra MacArthur from the US and this time it’s Cynthia Bil’s turn.

Cynthia is from Belgium and used to work as a special education teacher,
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As a professional italki teacher, you have the possibility to offer 5 different courses to your students and add descriptions to them. Many teachers don’t realise that this is a powerful tool to attract prospective students. The courses I see are often divided by level: English for beginners, English for intermediate students, English for advanced students. Or something similar. Even worse if there’s almost no or no relevant information in the course description.

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When I started teaching online five years ago, I chose italki as my platform to find students and it has been working perfectly for me. However, at times, italki doesn’t accept new English teachers and competition has also increased. So you may decide that you need more opportunities, especially when you just get started. Or you may prefer to teach for a company so that you don’t have to worry about finding students at all.

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This time I had the pleasure to do an interview with Waldir Prado who is originally from Peru but has been living in South Africa for quite a while and also likes to travel extensively.  He’s a great example that the digital nomad lifestyle is not only for privileged people from the US or West Europe. Everyone can do it if he has the right attitude and mindset. Nationality, gender or educational background should never stop us from striving for the life we want.

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Do you have to pay taxes when you teach languages and travel around the world? This is a delicate topic and I certainly don’t want to encourage anyone to evade taxes.  If you’re a US citizen, you can skip this article, anyway because no matter what your personal situation is like, your government requires you to pay taxes.

I paid taxes when I still lived in Germany and I also did when I lived in Portugal in 2016.

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Let’s imagine the following: You’re just getting started as an online language teacher but don’t have enough students yet to make a living. However, you’re keen to leave your home country and start travelling.

The most obvious solution is to go to a country with low living costs. Thailand and especially Chiang Mai are very popular among digital nomads in general. However, there are lots of other options. Finances are important but going to a place you’re not excited about just because it’s cheap,

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Have you ever felt guilty because you’re “just” a teacher? Have you enviously looked at those people who successfully created their own brands and have hundreds or even thousands of followers on Facebook?

Perhaps you have already spent money on courses on how to build an email list but nobody signs up or everyone wants free stuff only.

Or you just don’t feel motivated to make the next step and become a teacherpreneur.

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A while ago, I wrote an article about how to teach a trial session. In that article, I mentioned that my trials (or first lessons) are normally quite informal and conversation-based. However, it doesn’t make sense to have just a pleasant conversation with a student. So let’s discuss how to ask the right questions which will make your student feel confident about future lessons and will encourage him to book further lessons with you.

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Hoy tengo el placer de presentarte a Estefy, una profesora de español de Argentina que vive en Valencia, España . Conocí a Estefy hace poco tiempo, primero solo por Facebook pero mientras tanto charlamos por Skype también. Estefy es la profesora perfecta para ti cuando quieres aprender más que gramática y vocabulário porque su enfoque está en la cultura y como el idioma y su uso nos enseña mucho sobre un país o una región y su gente.

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I’m proud and thankful to present Luciana as my first interview partner here on Language Journeys. I first met her as my Portuguese teacher in 2015, so I can assure you that she’s a great teacher with a passion for her native language, a lot of patience and a dynamic teaching style. Later on, we became friends because we both lived in Portugal and had the chance to see each other in real life,

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