Ten Lessons In

Tonight is my 10th Mandarin lesson with my latest student, and I’m psyched! My student has been absolutely incredible. Her pronunciation has improved in leaps and bounds, she’s learned so much about Chinese culture, and she’s picking up a good amount of vocabulary – characters and pronunciation! It’s not really a news update or aContinue reading “Ten Lessons In”

My First Collaborative Translation!!

I’m still a student, so any step forward experience and career-wise is a god-send to me. The University of Leeds has a centre for Chinese writing, and they’ve been working together with Paper Republic to give people a chance to translate a literary piece on the coronavirus. It was called Give-It-A-Go Translation, so naturally IContinue reading “My First Collaborative Translation!!”

Why Today Is Important: 1st May

Today is May Day! And before the term was commonly associated with danger, anyone who heard “May Day” would think of people in bright clothes dancing around a pole with countless ribbons. They’d think of springtime, a new year, and a resounded end to the frost and death of winter. Since Ancient Rome, May DayContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st May”

Book Preview!

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve not been posting much lately – a lot of things have been happening all at once, so it’s been difficult to find time to write about the news as well. On the plus side, I’ve finished writing my book! It’s a small book, but hell, it’s a book! The Garden JournalContinue reading “Book Preview!”

Why Today Is Important: 1st April

April Fools! In the West we take this day for granted as the day we trick each other, and pull pranks on one-another. Some pranks are harmless, and some are cruel. But why the hell do we do this to each other? Some people believe that April Fools was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The CanterburyContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 1st April”

Are We About To Die Out?

Everyone dies. Most of us hope to die in our sleep of old age, after living a long, productive life. And it seems we’ve been successful! More and more people are dying from old age, having had a kid or two and found jobs that work for them. The problem is that we’re not reallyContinue reading “Are We About To Die Out?”

The Garden Journal

When I was a kid, I was raised to love the land. My family would go on walks whenever we could, and mum and dad would point out all the plants you can use: cleavers, comfrey, gorse…plants that are often mislabelled as weeds, pests and useless are actually remarkably good for us. Meanwhile, plants liveContinue reading “The Garden Journal”

(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China

CAN THE JEWS OF KAIFENG, CHINA, SURVIVE XI JINPING, AS THEY HAVE 1,400 YEARS OF CLOODS, REVOLUTION, AND INTERMARRIAGE? Dwindling community in city in Henan province is threatened by a campaign against ‘unaurthorised religion’ It has an unlikely ambassador in the form of an 18-year-old schoolboy from Hong Kong Etan Smallman SCMP March 8, 2020 […]Continue reading “(China-436) March 8, 2020 – A young man in Hong Kong interested in the history of the Jews in China — Getting 2 Know You – China”

Why Today Is Important: 17th March

I’m sure most of the Western readers will have at the very least heard of St Patrick’s Day. It’s known for being a night of drunken revelry and mayhem, in the best kind of way. It’s a time when friends and family come together to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland: St Patrick. And thisContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 17th March”

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