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15 Times My Chinese Students Made Me LOL

I have lots of Chinese students and friends who are near and dear to my heart and sometimes they do funny things that make me laugh or I don’t understand (I’m sure I confuse them as well).

During the last 3 years of living in China there have been some language barrier obstacles, cultural misunderstandings, or just funny conversations between me and my Chinese friends, and that’s all part of the fun of living in a foreign country.

Here are a few times my Chinese students sent me messages that made me laugh. 

1. When They Think You’re BFFs With Taylor Swift

Or maybe she’s just asking if I know Taylor Swift is American. I’m not sure. But I have also been asked if I have Taylor Swift’s phone number (I don’t).

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2. When It’s Single’s Day

Only in China do they celebrate single’s day (11/11). Your friends will send you red packets (lucky money) and call you a single dog if you are alone!


3. When They Tell You About Your First Kiss

This is actually one of the cutest things ever.

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4. When They Want Advice On How To Be Taller

Eat some vegetables…?


5. When Pitch Perfect Is Life

My friend Mervin sent me this the first time he saw Pitch Perfect and I think it blew his mind.


6. When They Ask You For Help To Get A Girl

Lewis saw a photo of Doris and just had to get her number (what a go getter!) I play matchmaker sometimes.


7. When They Spell Your Name Wrong

I’ve been called Ryan, Richard, and all variations of Rachel (Richel, Richal, Rechal). To be fair, I’m sure I’ve mispronounced their Chinese names.

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8. When They Have So Much Sass

Calm down pls

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9. When You Teach Them American Slang And They Use It

What can I say? As a teacher I’m proud they remembered something I taught them.

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10. When Their Pickup Lines Are Smooth

And English is his second language.

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11. When You Ask For Their English Names

Two very different responses.

english name is no

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12. When They Need A Fake Boyfriend ASAP

I see requests like this all the time and know some people who have hired a fake bf/gf to take home to their family. The pressure is real in China.

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13. When They Have The Right Priorities in Life

Food over teachers, I get it.


14. When You Just Found Out You Have A Baby?

This is the first I’ve heard about it.

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15. When They Get You

But actually I feel like I’m the lucky one to have this student.

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This is all in good fun, of course – my Chinese friends have made my time in China much more meaningful and special and I value my relationships with them immensely. I’m thankful for the opportunity to  connect with so many wonderful students here in China and look forward to more interesting conversations I can have with them.

Most of these conversations are with university students I taught at the University of South China and I miss them so much! For many of them, I was the first foreign teacher they ever had. Like my student Skyler said below, important things need to be said three times: Love you, love you, love you!


Read about some of my other favorite moments with my students in China:



  1. These are Gold! Single little dog 😂 you’re living quite the life in China it would seem. Pals with Swifty and everyone comes to you for advice. If you do have any tips on how to grow tall… I’m all ears. You might enjoy chinglish_signs on instagram if you don’t already follow. X

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  2. This is so great!! I worked for a company primarily made of Chinese people who were here in the US on work visas. I can’t tell you how funny it was when one of them asked me to define, “bye Felicia.” 😂 😂

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  3. Pronouncing the language is difficult for them. It can happen in many countries too. At least they are trying to learn is a big thing and they pay for it. If you want to have a real Chinglish listen to Singaporeans and Malaysian slang it will be more crazy time while understanding them fir the first time. Enjoy your teaching and make them to learn too. Have fun. Cheers.

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  4. I got distracted from the original post of Big city vs small city and was redirected here… Rachel this is hilarious LOL I’m so glad you get all of these exciting people to be your students!! HAhaha

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  5. OMG!!!!! This made me laugh so hard!! It’s honestly so relatable, I never felt more loved than by random Chinese people on wechat that I hardly even know.

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