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!!”

Request For Advice

Last September I was diagnosed with a muscle sprain. Adductor muscles. At the time, if I walked for more than two hours it felt like my legs were going to pop out of their sockets. I rested for a long while. First six weeks, but then I saw that some people take months to recover.Continue reading “Request For Advice”

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!”

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”

Difficult Times

My other half left for basic training a week and a half ago. Today he was sent into isolation for what he thinks is just a cold…in a shared living area with people who have shown coronavirus symptoms. Worldwide people have lost their jobs, companies have closed down, and many have died. So all inContinue reading “Difficult Times”

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