Age Is But A Number

All my life I never lied about my age, but in China I found myself lying about my age all the time. I had just been assigned to teach a new class, a Corporate Language Training (CLT) class in which we are hired by a company to teach their employees business English. When EF was selling the class to the company, they lied and told them I was 26 years old (when in fact I am only 23) with a lot of business experience.

When I asked my Chinese boss why they did this, she said not to worry because everyone in China lies about their age. I found out later that the company didn’t want someone right out of college with little to no experience. So instead of assigning a teacher who had more experience and who might be a little more seasoned, EF decided to tell a lie and tell them that I was a seasoned vet. I always thought that I would lie about my age at some point in my life. Either lying that I was older when I was younger to buy alcohol or when I was older that I was younger so that I could pick up a younger chicha. But instead of all those cool reasons to lie, I was lying about my age so that I can impress my students. Go figure.


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Spending a year teaching English and saving the world in China
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