Monday, June 04th, 2012 | Author:


To all my lovely students at Wuyi University,

First I want to say thank you to all of you for giving me a wonderful two years in Wuyishan. I’ve really enjoyed teaching you. It’s been a very fulfilling experience for me to see many of you become more confident and relaxed about speaking English with a foreigner, and I hope you’ll continue speaking whenever you bump into any backpackers or visitors in China. I will miss you all very much, but at least I am leaving here with some great memories and, I hope, some lifelong friends.

I’ve had so many good times here at Wuyi University. Some of the things that will always stick in my memory include coming home on Friday nights from English Corner and hearing, from down on the ground, my daughters laughing on the 5th floor of our apartment building because they’re having so much fun with their babysitters (so thanks Jean, Ruby, Irene, Alier, Stella, Vera, Niki, Dawn, Vicky, Shakira, Tyler, Avril and all the other students who have looked after our daughters at various times over the years, and sorry to those who I haven’t named here!).

I will also remember the class parties and crazy games you made up for us to play…  the birthday visit to KTV with Ben, Ruby and Irene and our horse riding trip in Sichuan…  trips to Xiamei village with Alier and Sally…  hiking up Tian You Feng with Mavis and Sunny…  sitting outside Building 1 on a beautiful sunny day and singing Pengyou with Class 2…  sharing tissues with Stella and Kathy while crying over Titanic 3-D at the local cinema…  being guests in Jean and Butterfly’s family’s homes during the Spring Festival celebrations…  celebrating Christmas 2011 with tens of students in our home…  talking with my research/writing classes about foot binding in the old China and superhero movies in modern America…  watching Crystal endure almost 10 hours online and on the phone trying to book our flights back to Australia…  eating snacks Fanny and others brought back for us from your hometowns after various holidays…  and many, many other things.

So all in all, the best thing about my time in Wuyishan was not the fresh air, gorgeous mountains and beautiful scenery, but you — my students. I wish all of you the best of luck in the future and hope all your dreams come true. And if any of you ever come to Xiamen or in later years Australia, please look me up. I’d love to welcome you and guide you around and catch up with you. In the meantime, it’s goodbye for now, but hopefully not forever!

With love from your English teacher,


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13 Responses

  1. 1

    See you, our excellent teacher. Good luck!

  2. 2

    We are thankful for what you have done for us, and feel pleaure that you enjoy life here, also reluctant to apart with you so soon. Wish you could have a happy life in Xiamen~! We’d miss you and your lovely babies~!

  3. 3

    Thanks Tom and Stella. And good luck to both of you too!

  4. 4

    Thank you very much for you and Lazar’s companion in this two years! And thanks for your girls, who are really lovely and excellent-looking. I really like to stay with them. I know you are going to leave for Xiamen, and I will miss you very much! I expect to reunite with you at Xiamen someday!
    Yours sincerely,

  5. 5

    also thanks karen and lazar for your excellent teaching, see ya ,both of you and two lovely babies.Have a happy life in xiamen,we will miss you all!

  6. 6

    Thank you,Karen,you are an excellent teacher.We will miss you and your two lovely girls.Good luck!!

  7. 7

    Thanks Dawn, Shakira and Sophie. And thanks again for the picnic – we have a great video of it to remember you all whenever we watch it! Bye K

  8. 8

    dear karen, i am very happy and luky to be your student.i like you, lazar and your lovely babies very much. i will miss you very much. thanks a lot for thses two years.

  9. 9

    We will miss you too Vicky. It was an honour to be your teacher. xx K

  10. 10

    Dear Karen,
    I’m Vicky of your writing class 5. I note my class just because I find there is another Vicky here . lol 🙂
    Really happy to have by both of you and Lazar two excellent teachers. Your two are my favorite foreign teachers in WUYI university.
    last thing I have to say is that I really like your two adorable girls. I do wish I will have a daughter like them in the future. : ) haha~
    I’ll miss you . may you have another wonderful life in Xiamen .
    Best wishes to you and your family.

  11. 11

    Dear Vicky,
    Thanks for your lovely comments and your good wishes. Stay in touch and please let me know if you visit Xiamen. Bye for now. xx K

  12. 12
    Bettina Spencer 

    Hi Karen, A message from your Mum at last! Just catching up on the latest on your amazing website. I wanted to say to the students at Wuyi Uni how much we enjoyed our visit to Wuyi last year and meeting some of them. They are a beautiful lot of young people and I know how much you have enjoyed teaching them. We are looking forward to our visit to Xiaman and the chance to meet some more young people then too. Congratulations on more stories accepted, keep up the good work. We are very proud of both you and Lazar and of course Ekatarina and Aria. Much love from Dad and me and all the family here.

  13. 13

    Thanks, Mum! We are really looking forward to welcoming you and Dad in Xiamen, too. Talk soon. Love K

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