Whether you are an old friend, former student, passing net surfer, or someone in between, this section of Krigline.com* can link you to some of our favorite places online.
>>For video inspiration, you can’t beat The John 10:10 Project’s short, uplifting videos.<<
NOTES: Visiting websites can allow viruses into your computer. Be sure your anti-virus software is up to date! Since the web is constantly changing, it is impossible to keep up with broken links–if something doesn’t work, you might try to Google it! Also, many websites outside China do not always work inside China (where I used to teach); sorry if you can’t connect from your location.
This page replaced Krigline.com/link.htm.
Our other websites are http://eflsuccess.com/, www.chinadollscrapping.weebly.com and www.scrapbookflair.com/china_doll; our son’s website: Andrew Krigline’s website
Favorite On-line Dictionaries:
- Longman English Dictionary
- Farlex Free Dictionary
- Princeton’s WordNetWeb dictionary
- UsingEnglish.com (ESL resources, including the definition of sayings)
- www.dictionary.net (you have to click above the box, not just press “enter”; but this dictionary also gives you quotes and sentences that use the searched-for word–very useful for foreign-language learners)
News & Internet:
(unfortunately, many news and “Google-related” sites are blocked in China)
- Google news page
- Google Search
- Google Translate
- Yahoo Home
- MSN news
- VOA news (read/listen/learn)
- US audio headlines (Christian perspective; click “Listen Now”)
- Christianity Today Magazine
- Focus on the Family’s English website and Chinese website offer excellent advice and features on family issues (www.focusonthefamily.com and www.focf.org)
- World time clock and converter: www.timeanddate.com or www.thetimenow.com
- memotome.com: A free service to remind you of birthdays and other events by email: www.memotome.com
- Xinhua news and China Daily: English-language news from a Chinese perspective. (Primary sources of English news in China, because they are never blocked!)
- ZGbriefs is an excellent weekly compilation of China-related news, put together here in Hong Kong
- China Today (www.chinatoday.com) is a huge site, with links to a wealth of articles about China from news outlets all over the English-speaking world, as well as lots of other information. It also has a large “Who’s who” section, so you can find out about some of China’s most important people.
We like to work with instrumental music playing. Click here to see some favorite online music links.
Links for English-Learners (at our other website):
- Our new “Learner Links” page at EFLsuccess.com is still smaller than Krigline.com’s old “Learner Links” page; both link students & teachers to many sites
- Our old “Resources page” links you to helpful resources at the old site: Krigline.com.
- Successful Writing for the Real World (extra resources related to my writing textbook)
- MOVIES: Also look at the collection of links on the bottom of my “Movie Guides” overview page.
Links for English teachers (plus those listed above “for students”):
- http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/beyond/beyond-knowledge/ [I used these materials when I tutored high school students in China.]
- The Chinese agency which oversees Foreign Expert Affairs: http://www.safea.gov.cn/
- Foreign Language Teaching and Resource Press (my publisher; English home page)
- www.TESOL.org (For years, I was a member of this highly-regarded international organization for English teachers; the site doesn’t always work from inside China)
- Asia-TEFL (I was also a member of this Asian teachers’ association) (www.asiatefl.org)
Because we have spent over 15 years teaching in China, it should be no surprise that many of our resources were designed with Chinese students in mind. Here are some resources we found helpful while living in China.
- For English-speakers who are trying to learn/use Chinese on a computer, we love Wenlin.com. I can type in pinyin and get the character AND see what it means, as well as the character’s radicals…and more; I can also go from English to Chinese.
- Our “Intro to China” page with links to info about China & it’s history; we also have lots of photo-pages about China at Krigline.com, including Life in China and Raising our Dog in China.
- “24 photos of China’s insanely stressful college entrance exam process“–a 2015 photo essay on Business Insider India (http://www.businessinsider.in/24-photos-of-Chinas-insanely-stressful-college-entrance-exam-process/articleshow/47547614.cms)
- Are you thinking of moving to China, or wondering how China has changed you? You might enjoy this post–13-careers-living-in-china-prepares-you-for–and others on this expat’s blog.
- My own article about the benefits of working abroad. http://www.krigline.com/work_abroad.htm
- Making the decision to move overseas (whether to take a professional position, serve in answer to a “religious calling,” or both) is not easy. This blogger presents six key considerations (http://www.chinapartnership.org/2015/06/keep-the-charge-of-the-lord-six-considerations-for-becoming-missionaries/).
- Website for expatriates in Kunming: Go-Kunming (www.gokunming.com/en/)
- Similar site for Xiamen: http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/
- The University of Akron (Ohio) has a great links/resources page for those interested in China and the Chinese language. It includes an insightful speech (video) by Dr. Shirk, University of California.
- This blogger looks interesting; you can start with her article on Learning Mandarin.
- ChinaSource is a great website about current issues regarding religion in China.
- See a remarkable live view of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour by visiting EarthTV’s HK page. Try it “full screen!
- Some sites for booking air tickets in China include:
- Visit a friend’s website about Xiamen & Fujian: http://www.amoymagic.mts.cn (within China) http://www.amoymagic.com (outside China)
- Google “Flying Tigers” and you should be able to see some cool pictures and paintings of the Flying Tigers, US volunteers who helped China defeat the Japanese in World War 2. (These may not work in China: http://flyingtigersavg.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers)
- Chinese/Bilingual Art & Gift Ideas (www.newdaycreations.com/business/products_polyresin.html)
- Hearts and Hands sells many handicrafts that also help needy people in China (run by friends of ours in Kunming)
- Baojiayin is a Chinese website selling Christian books/items in China (www.baojiayin.com)
There are LOTS of websites about America, but here are some that we have special connections to:
- The University of Akron (a public university where Michael taught in 2011, where Michael’s sister and our son Andrew graduated with a Bachelor’s degrees, and where Michael’s parents taught before retirement). Click here to see a video advertisement.
- Eastern University (where Michael earned his BA)
- Columbia International University (Vivian studied there, and Michael–and his sister and brother-in-law–earned Masters’ Degrees here)
- Agape English Language Institute (where Michael taught college ESL in the USA; consider this school if you want to study in America, but your English needs to improve first!)
- Columbia International Festival (Michael helped get this great annual event started)
- City of Columbia, SC, USA (Vivian’s hometown)
- North Canton, OH, USA (Michael’s hometown)
- TripBuzz helps you find interesting things to do if you visit an unfamiliar city–great if you are going to travel to the US or Canada. Unfortunately, it won’t help you in Hong Kong, where we live!
Before “smart phones,” every few years we seemed to be looking for a new camera; here are some websites I found helpful.
- Digital Photography review is very comprehensive and professional: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/. You’ll find some of the most in-depth reviews on the web, including “shutter lag” (the time between when you push the button and when the camera takes a photo–this is what I hate most about digital cameras). (I posted a review of the Canon A630 on that website)
- One of best things about this UK website is a shutter lag comparison chart (but you can also navigate to good reviews, an advice section and more). http://www.cameras.co.uk
- Additional sites with insightful reviews: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm, www.steves-digicams.com, www.epinions.com/Digital_Cameras (I have posted a review of the Canon A630 on that website, too)
- I’ve posted lots of photos from China, the USA and elsewhere on my old website: http://www.krigline.com/photos.htm. That page also lists the cameras we’ve used over the years. I’m slowly adding photo pages to the newer website (see the drop-down menu above).
Family and Personal (links we like; maybe you will too!)
- Our EFL website (which will eventually contain all of the “English Learning” resources at www.krigline.com)
- Vivian Krigline’s web (scrapbook) pages: www.chinadollscrapping.weebly.com and http://www.scrapbookflair.com/china_doll.
- Andrew Krigline’s website
- Deviant Art has some interesting art; favorites include Eikonik and Colego
- The Jian Hua Foundation (a Hong Kong company that has been serving the communities of China with hope and love since 1981)
- These websites explain some of the basic ideas of Christianity in a simple, understandable way:
- Steps to Peace with God
- The Four Spiritual Principles
Other useful links:
- I seek to be careful not to use any photos or artwork on this website illegally; “Google images” has “advanced” settings that indicate useage rights, and I also like this source of things in the Public Domain: http://www.publicdomainfiles.com/
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