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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470011433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470011437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,318 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.

Customer Reviews

I like well-used profanity, but it was tiresome and repetitive.
K. Dersch
As a mature and intelligent adult instead of a spring break loving young adult, I did not find this book to be helpful.
l.w
Like a good adventure fiction book, this is one of the only non-fiction guides I just couldn't put down.
Kirk Bowman

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4 of 5 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angel on March 4, 2012
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As mentioned in my review for English Teacher X Guide To Teaching English Abroad: Practical Advice for Surviving the Perils and Pitfalls of a TEFL Job, I received both of these recently, and quickly read through them.

Like in his other writing, English Teacher X is sharp and cynical here. The focus of this book is a bit more broad, covering everything beside teaching abroad. Work issues are dealt with, but more from a logistical visa/salary/balancing your life angle. Once again, he's astute about the downsides would be ex-pats might overlook, and offers some hard questions about the readers' motivations. He points out that saving money or dating successfully, for example, are not necessarily issues of geography but lifestyle and composure. He also has great tips about staying safe, navigating the culture shock, cultivating appropriate expectations (e.g.- you're not necessarily escaping the rat race by competing for the increasingly smaller pool of great gigs), and then some well-earned suggestions about philosophies for life abroad. One that stuck out: ""Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives and the serious part of frivolous lives."

Again, the writing is engaging and reading is quick. X has some pearls to share. He's certainly not altogether a naysayer. Hell, he's been doing this for most of his adult life, and is aware of the rewards. But if only in an effort to keep others from unnecessary disappointment, he offers what seems like an honest take on the shortcomings. If you're thinking about living and working abroad, consider spending a few bucks and getting his take. You'll at least have a few laughs, and likely some new considerations to chew on.
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4 of 5 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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3 of 4 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whistlers Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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's 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Bowman on March 16, 2013
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I've read a number of books about traveling abroad, and English Teacher X's Overseas Survival Guide is a must-read. His observations/examples are fresh and to-the-point. There are a few things he mentions that are new observations I never really thought of, but are totally right-on. Like a good adventure fiction book, this is one of the only non-fiction guides I just couldn't put down.

One reason I was really compelled to write a review is a couple of the low reviews talking about the raw language etc. Well, for you guys, I hope Mary Poppins floats down and gives you a kiss and spoonful of sugar when you land in another country... but if she's not there for you, you really should pay attention to what is being said in this book! "Raw Language" in any media - books, movies, live performance is often a cheap shot for shock value - the "rawness" here is for a reason and really hits home. (Some is absolute laugh-out-loud.)

I've traveled to Europe 3 times and wish this book would have been available back then. Highly recommended!
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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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