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How To Survive Living Abroad: An Expatriate Guide to Not Getting Robbed, Scammed, Jailed, or Killed (Volume 4) Paperback


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How To Survive Living Abroad: An Expatriate Guide to Not Getting Robbed, Scammed, Jailed, or Killed (Volume 4) + English Teacher X Guide To Teaching English Abroad: Practical Advice for Surviving the Perils and Pitfalls of a TEFL Job + Speaking Activities That Don't Suck: Foolproof Ways to Force Your EFL Students to Produce Enormous Amounts of English
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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470011433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470011437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools in the world. He has lived and worked in eight cities in seven countries. He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.

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English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools in the world.

He has lived and worked in eight different cities in seven different countries, including Thailand and Russia.

He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.

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I feel like I've learned so much from his travels just by reading through his books.
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I like well-used profanity, but it was tiresome and repetitive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2013
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Written from an interesting perspective, bold, no holds barred, but very informative. Real life information, not watered down. No spoon fed sugar, just the real deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt W. on July 16, 2013
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English Teacher X's fourth book, it's a crash course on how not to get killed, scammed, raped or otherwise smacked around when you move abroad. A dream of many Americans, living abroad can easily screw your life up if you aren't prepared. ETX has lived abroad for the better part of twenty years in half-a-dozen different countries, making him more than qualified to espouse on expatriation.

How to Survive Living Abroad covers everything you could possibly want to know about the subject, from making money to visas to sex, drugs and disease. It's leavened with ETX's typical bleak humor, making reading it an absolute joy; I was cracking up after every other paragraph. The most valuable chapter is the one dealing with personal security, as ETX comprehensively guides you on how to protect yourself from thieves, pickpockets, and other criminals.

While more sensitive types might be off-put by ETX's cynicism and writing style, How to Survive Living Abroad is easily one of the best resources out there for budding expats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jwag on March 4, 2014
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If you can skip all the passages in most of his literary output on sex-tourism, as it distracts from his most important message, then you'll find he has an insider's take on the realities and corruption of the industry. This dyspeptic message is delivered with sufficient humor to wash away the nasty aftertaste, and let's face it, you really should know what you're getting into before you go abroad to do this job for any of the myriad of unregulated bandit outposts and robber-barons who run them. After all, they make up the back bone of the spineless TEFL industry and ETX is the one who has been telling it like it is from the beginning. Why not listen to someone who knows?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on February 17, 2014
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Most ESL experiences are one-and-done. (One year or less and then back home.) This man - for whatever reason - has spent most of his adult life teaching English in Asia and Russia. What he doesn't know isn't worth worrying about. This is mainly a "guy book" and therein lies its value. I have noticed that Asian travel books by women talk about bad toilets and worse food, while books by men talk about crime. Mr. X points out that wandering around red-light districts drunk and/or stoned looking for sex greatly increases your chances of finding out more about crime in your host country than you really want to know.. Critics claim that he is vulgar. He is raunchy, but so are squat toilets, God-knows-what's-in-this food, and Thai lady-boys.(And I mean that in the nicest possible way.) If American men thought beforehand about the downsides of inviting that transvestite hooker and her boyfriend back to the hotel there would probably be fewer frantic calls to U.S. embassies. I also liked his take on hooking up with those beautiful, young, subservient foreign women that so many American men dream of. According to him, the problems are different but not fewer and a man who wants sex without bother should check out inflatables. He's no shining light, but he knows the ropes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoMo on January 13, 2014
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One would think that quite a bit of info in this book was obvious and that anyone with an IQ above 9 would not make the mistakes the author warns against. Well, you'd be wrong. I've in various ways been involved or heard stories of many a moron going abroad with no plan, no money, no credit cards, and no understanding that they are in a foreign country.

Warning: this book in not for the politically-correct individuals who abhor vulgarity and crude language. But if the occasional f* bomb doesn't bother you, get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hm on April 9, 2013
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Completely entertaining. English Teacher X doesn't sugracoat anything. Funny, bitter, pityless, practical guide to living abroad. all highschoolers should be required to read this. His practice guides were hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim on December 11, 2012
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Its a book written by a guy who has spent many years living and working abroad. Its a lot different than the other three travel books that I have read. If you read Roosh, Naughty Nomad, or Neil Skywalker you will think that traveling is mostly a blast and the downsides are not all that terrible. (Well maybe Roosh says some bad things about food poisoning, etc.) But if you read How to Survive Living Abroad, you'll be much less enthusiastic about traveling the world.

Its probably quite worth a read for the knowledge that the world isn't terribly different in many places and in many ways. If you want good stuff, then you need to pay lots for it. He says the girls are thinner, but not necessarily better.

I wonder how much of his pessimism about traveling comes from the fact that he is working abroad as well as just traveling.

Its an interesting book and it would be good to remember that there are lots of downsides to traveling, food poisoning, being a target of theft, etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By uglazniga on November 13, 2012
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I definitely enjoyed reading all of English Teacher X's books about his adventures teaching Englsh abroad. I was seriosuly considering teaching abroad, but after reading his ultra informative and brutally honest exploits, I have reconsidered my plans. I feel like I've learned so much from his travels just by reading through his books. His style of writing is engaging and I quickly read through his works because of how funny and crazy his stories were. Thanks ETX!
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