Greg's ESL Cafe

It’s an instant classic, if you ask me. Greg (with the help of Jamie) has compiled “a more than adequate list of activities, lectures, debates and games you can use to aid you during your semester of teaching here in China.” I don’t think useful is the right word for it, but funny is an extreme understatement. Check it out ASAP!

NOTE: Greg’s humor is the “no holds barred” type, so if you’re looking for PG humor, it might not be for you.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. (Withheld -- sortta like witness protection) Says: February 27, 2004 at 11:20 pm

    After reading Greg’s blog,I am more inpressed by your stnadards (altho they get close to the borderline occasionaly). Perhaps the feeling is starting to grow: Did you see that Howard Stern’s program was finally pulled off the air? Could it be that decency is beginning to flush the air waves? We can only hope.

  2. Legislated “decency” on the airwaves is only a crutch for uptight people who somehow lack the motor skills to change the channel when something they don’t like is on like the rest of us do.

  3. john…
    did you and i use the ESL cafe back in the day?
    i know that i referenced that website pretty regularly while at ELI.
    so why the mention of it now?

  4. Illy,

    You’re talking about Dave’s ESL Cafe. Greg is doing his own version. Two different things.

    I find Dave’s ESL Cafe pretty useless. I once used it to recruit teachers for ZUCC (Wilson), but that’s not free anymore. I’m sure Dave is doing all right without my patronage, though.

  5. One of the greatest things about America – Free Speech – and they want to take it back. I agree with John…what in the world is so hard about changing the channel? Seems to me that if you’re listening to Howard Stern in the first place, you know what you’re getting. But the point really isn’t that THEY can’t change the channel…the point is, they don’t want anyone ELSE being able to listen to it, either. You can’t choose to listen to Stern if there IS no Stern to choose, after all…

  6. When did you stop hosting the China Economy site? Is there a story?

  7. Tim,

    I didn’t “stop hosting” the blog. It moved. It’s now hosted on Living in China.

  8. china economy moved to living in china, though the guy dosn’t live in china…

  9. Thanks. I always get dizzy when I open that one.

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