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    What taxes you pay in Vietnam as an English teacher

    Written version: What taxes you pay in Vietnam as an English teacher | Written version.
    Audio version: What taxes you pay in Vietnam as an English teacher | Podcast.
    Video version: What taxes you pay in Vietnam as an English teacher | Video.
    YouTube: What taxes you pay in Vietnam as an English teacher | YouTube.

    There are two categories of English teachers in Vietnam. The first category is the English teachers who work legally in Vietnam and the second category is the English teachers who work illegally in Vietnam. The question is “What kind of taxes do they pay?” [read the full article …]

      Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes

      Written version: Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes | Written version.
      Audio version: Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes | Podcast.
      Video version: Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes | Video.
      YouTube: Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes | YouTube.

      Non-native speakers of English who are English teachers make mistakes. Yes, that is true. Now, we are going to look at two aspects of this matter: why they make mistakes and how bad is that. [read the full article …]

        Top 5 reasons why you should not teach English abroad

        Written version: Top 5 reasons why you should not teach English abroad | Written version.
        Audio version: Top 5 reasons why you should not teach English abroad | Podcast.
        Video version: Top 5 reasons why you should not teach English abroad | Video version.
        YouTube: Top 5 reasons why you should not teach English abroad | YouTube.

        Although there are many reasons why you should teach English abroad, one may consider these five reasons why not to teach English abroad. Life, as an English teacher abroad, is not always pink and there are many reasons you should not do it. Here are my top five reasons why you should not teach English abroad. [read the full article …]

          The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City

          Written version: The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City | Written version.
          Audio version: The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City | Podcast.
          Video version: The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City | Video.
          YouTube: The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City | YouTube.

          The best place to live in Ho Chi Minh City is the one that meets your needs. If you are young, single, and you want to party all night then you might like district 1. According to my Vietnamese friends, the best place to live is district 3. I used to live in district 3 and for me it is not a good place to live. [read the full article …]

            Top 5 reasons you should teach English abroad

            Written version: Top 5 reasons you should teach English abroad | Written version.
            Audio version: Top 5 reasons you should teach English abroad | Podcast.
            Video version: Top 5 reasons you should teach English abroad | Video.
            YouTube: Top 5 reasons you should teach English abroad | YouTube.

            Teaching English abroad is not easy but it has its benefits and this is what we are going to talk about today. So, I am going to present you my top five reasons, in no particular order, why you should teach English abroad. [read the full article …]

              How the accent of teachers of English who are not native speakers of English affects the spoken English of learners of English

              Written version: How the accent of teachers of English who are not native speakers of English affects the spoken English of learners of English | Written version.
              Audio version: How the accent of teachers of English who are not native speakers of English affects the spoken English of learners of English | Podcast.
              Video version: How the accent of teachers of English who are not native speakers of English affects the spoken English of learners of English | Video.
              YouTube: How the accent of teachers of English who are not native speakers of English affects the spoken English of learners of English | YouTube.

              According to my knowledge, there are two big categories of teachers of English: teachers of English who are native speakers of English and teachers of English who are non-native speakers of English. These two categories can be divided into subcategories as well but that is not necessary here. Let’s just consider that teachers from both categories are well educated with a good command of English. [read the full article …]

                Am I too old to teach ESL abroad?

                Written version: Am I too old to teach ESL abroad? | Written version.
                Audio version: Am I too old to teach ESL abroad? | Podcast.
                Video version: Am I too old to teach ESL abroad? | Video.
                YouTube: Am I too old to teach ESL abroad? | YouTube.

                At some point in life, each of us start asking ourselves if we are still young enough for doing certain things, such as teaching English abroad. Many people find teaching English abroad a very exotic thing, others consider it an adventure and others see it just a way of earning easy money.

                This industry attracts tens of thousands (even millions) of prospective teachers of English, mainly in Asia, who want to know what the requirements for finding a teaching job abroad are. One of the questions that I am always asked is:

                “Am I too old to teach English abroad?” [read the full article …]

                  Goc A restaurant | Asian cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City

                  I tried a lot of restaurants located in District 3 and 1 of Saigon; in fact I thought I tried them all but that is not the case. We all had four days of vacation and we tried a few new restaurants. The one that impressed me a lot is named Goc A.

                  Goc A restaurant - Asian cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City [read the full article …]

                    ESL lesson plan | Speaking and Listening | Social Networking | Facebook

                    Every English teacher, including me, has hard time choosing a good topic for an ESL lesson for teenagers. This lesson is a simple lesson suitable for teenagers and it can lead to interesting discussions since it treats a hot topic, social networking, in particular Facebook. [read the full article …]

                      Q&A – Do most schools only hire native speakers of English?

                      Writing version: Do most schools only hire native speakers of English? | Writing version.
                      Audio version: Do most schools only hire native speakers of English? | Podcast.
                      Video version: Do most schools only hire native speakers of English? | Video.
                      YouTube: Do most schools only hire native speakers of English? | YouTube.

                      If you want your question answered then send it to me by email (see the contact page) or leave a comment on this website or on ESL Vietnam Zone YouTube channel.

                      Today’s question comes from someone on ESL Vietnam Zone YouTube channel.

                      The question is:

                      Hi Dan, Your English is good but I thought that most schools only hire native English speakers from US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Is that not true? We love HCMC and will be coming there from the US again next week.

                      [read the full article …]