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The “Amazing” Life of a Chinese College Student (36 Photos)

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As a warm-up ESL activity, I asked my students to think of one amazing thing that they’ve done and write it down on a slip of paper. After they dropped their responses in a hat, we drew them randomly to discuss as a class, and while this was going on, it became clear to me that my students live rather unspectacular lives.

I’ll admit, while reviewing these responses with the class, it was sometimes difficult to keep a straight face, not because of students’ mistakes or English writing ability, but because of the high volume of comically innocent and unremarkable responses. I asked for ‘amazing’ and this is what I got.

Pics or it didn’t happen.

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This has to be some kind of world record.

Her sister got married.

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This might be amazing to me if this wasn’t already the story of my own college life.

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She made him sob tears of justice.

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Out of of 180 responses, six were about accidentally walking into the men’s room.

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Jianbing Guozi

I included this one because I love Jianbing Guozi.

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To be totally fair, the students only had five minutes to think of something amazing they’d done, so some felt rushed. I’m sure they’ve all done things more amazing than this stuff, but even if they haven’t, I appreciate their joy in mundane things.

Before teaching in China, I taught in a high school in Thailand, and my students had some of the most interesting, bizarre and cute English nicknames I’d ever heard. If you enjoyed this post, check out my list of 24 Awesome Thai Nicknames.

Author: Kevin Cook

I post stories, videos, advice and photos about living abroad in Asia. I also eat bananas.

9 Comments

  1. Once I didn’t realize that “once” was such a popular word but now I know it’s quite popular in China; go Kevin -8)))))

  2. haha LOVED this post! fantastic! Hilarious! How old are your students? They sure love their icecreams!

  3. Very funny! I wonder what it is about drinking milk tea in the corner! Love your posts. I was hoping for a video/pics of the dragon boat festival. :)

  4. OMG. I would DYING of laughter in front of my class. Fantastic!! hahaha!

  5. Innocence and a poor grasp of the language can be so loveable…

  6. Hilarious comments, must have taken you a long time to scan them all. Have you ever tried to write in Chinese? At 19-20 years old they still have a lot of college study to get to any reasonable English level.

  7. Love it! I can definitely relate to the student who finished his entire summer homework the day before its due haha!

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