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 He Studied Arabic

While I studied Chinese, my boyfriend went to the same university to study Arabic. We were both in the languages department, with intense interests in history and politics, and we were both crazy enough to choose some of the most difficult languages in the world. People still ask us “which one’s harder?” And honestly, I’veContinue reading “Why He Studied Arabic”

Cultural Tips: Dating in China

Extract from The Way We Communicate, Volume 2, by Xu Zhenya Find a good excuse before talking with a female stranger, especially with good-looking ones. Most Chinese still think it improper for girls to talk with strangers on the street, though helping a stranger would be acceptable and considered a good deed. One should comeContinue reading “Cultural Tips: Dating in China”

Why I Learned Chinese

When you grow up in a rough neighbourhood, you start fantasising about running away from a very young age. Luckily, I somehow resisted doing anything stupid, and stuck around in school until I was eighteen, when I left school with 14 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels (the qualifications needed for university). I was all set upContinue reading “Why I Learned Chinese”

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