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Why is an English teacher or ex English teacher considered low in expat community?


Maluch
13 Jul 2014  #31

ex-pat doesn't really have any negative connotations to me - just means someone who isn't originally from there.

"Foreigners" has a bit of a negative connotation back in north america, but Polish people use it so commonly that I have started using it myself when asking them about their friends, etc. I don't think it really has a negative vibe here.
Wulkan
13 Jul 2014  #32

ex-pat doesn't really have any negative connotations to me

You didn't get it at all, people who deserve the name immigrant call themselves ex-pat to make themselves look better than they are, that's what is being said here.

just means someone who isn't originally from there.

there is much more complex definition of the term expat that this.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expatriate
smurf
14 Jul 2014  #33

just means someone who isn't originally from there.

No, it doesn't.

if you bothered to read the thread you're posting in then you'd know the actual meaning.
Wulkan
15 Jul 2014  #34

if you bothered to read the thread you're posting in then you'd know the actual meaning.

Exactly
PC_Sceptic
15 Jul 2014  #35

English Teacher or any other skilled individual who goes to work abroad in his/her profession is considered expat in common daily lingo now days. I know what wikipedia says.

oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/expatriate

I am a veteran of Indonesian and Chinese Expats Forums... We even had a big discussion/fight, that if a British citizen who goes to work on contract to Jakarta for example (no matter the job) he/she should be called an immigrant.

If Mexicans who come to the US to work on temporary basis (legally) why in earth they aren't called expats?

Back to Indonesia and China, on both Forums,70- 80% of the job seekers are English teachers. mostly from UK and Canada and bit for US and Oz. And English is the only thing that they know. and the term Native-speaker is kind to them since all want Natives.

On expats forums they are arrogant just preying on folks from other non English speaking countries that dares to make a grammar mistake.
We called them Mr/Ms Dictionary.
English teachers have been using the expats forums basically for chit-chat and trying to impress native members, especially females with their charm & superb English language skills.

The real skilled work force from mostly from Europe some from India, had a real education in engineering, programming-IT, management etc or been ex workers on oil rigs/fields thus sought by Indonesian oil companies. and most of those avoided expats forums.

Plus we never got along with each other, including night outing, BBQ and so on.
Wulkan
15 Jul 2014  #36

And English is the only thing that they know. and the term Native-speaker is kind to them since all want Natives.
On expats forums they are arrogant

It seems to be a culture thing then because you have a lot of those on this forum too :-)
Levi_BR
10 Nov 2014  #37

Because most of them are refugees or backpackers.
But not all, of course.
Wulkan
10 Nov 2014  #38

Because most of them are refugees

Refugee an English teacher? Refugee wouldn't speak English as the first language which would be not enough to be an English teacher in Poland.
jon357
10 Nov 2014  #39

Because most of them are refugees or backpackers.

Very few of them. Those guys go to Thailand where the weather and food are better and the entertainment cheap.

Refugee wouldn't speak English as the first language which would be not enough to be an English teacher in Poland.

That plus an ability to teach and some decent experience.

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