Me (Albert Wolfe)
In addition to running this blog, I write scripts for Yoyo Chinese and occasionally do usability consulting for various online learning resources (such as MDBG and ChineseTeachers.com). I also “maintain” the sharable Chinese Resource Bank and EFL Linguist, a website of resources for English teachers in China.
I started learning Chinese on my own (well, I had friends and dictionaries) my first year in China while teaching at a college in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. My second year was spent as the only English literature teacher at Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming, Yunnan Province. Since then, I’ve been working at Peizheng College in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province where I teach English and also Beginning Chinese to the other foreign teachers.
During my years in China, I’ve served as a translator in many capacities, hosted a televised English speech contest, appeared on a Chinese-language radio talk show, and gigged with a local rock band for the opening of a new supermarket. I’ve also written a few Chinese pop songs (available here) and I currently serve as the director of Peizheng College’s drumline. I’ve still never taken a formal class on Chinese.
I’m originally from California and Arizona.
My first book is called Chinese 24/7: Everyday Strategies for Speaking and Understanding Mandarin.
My second book is a techno-thriller novel called faceless.
The Great China Quest,which I’m currently working on with my friend Adrian, will be next.