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Student’s Stories

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Recently I retired, and suddenly with so much time on my hands, was wondering what to do with myself. I really love travel and China is my favourite destination. I have been before and always regretted not being able to communicate with people. I feel you miss out on so much by not being to communicate with the local people….read more →

13 Years Old Studying Chinese in Beijing - The Parent's Story

13 Years Old Studying Chinese in Beijing – The Parent’s Story

This is Part II of the story of 13 year-old Laodice, who travelled alone to China to learn Mandarin through LTL’s special program for children and families learning Chinese. This piece is written by Laodice’s mother, Maria. Part I: Laodice’s Story can be found here.   Written by Maria Kennedy (Laodice’s mother) Sending our 12 year-old daughter on a first trip alone…read more →

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Some foreign expats come to China for their jobs but with the hope of picking up some of the local lingo. Many other foreigners will come to China specifically to learn Chinese. Whichever category you fall into, learning Chinese is inevitable regardless of your main motives. When living in China, even the most simple of tasks can be made challenging…read more →

Learning Chinese in Tianjin

Learning Chinese in Tianjin

My name is Maria Rodriguez. Me and my partner arrived in Tianjin last February. We were convinced learning Chinese will be a very long and challenging journey, but would help us to understand the culture and people, which was our main reason to move to Asia.We both enjoy travelling and learning new cultures, and the language is indeed the best…read more →

My Story in Chengde: From Zero to Hero!

My Story in Chengde: From Zero to Hero!

Once I had decided that moving to China was a good idea, I have to tell you – I did not expect to end up where I did. After all, I was like most people before they come to China – I knew about Beijing, I imagined people to be short and have very thin eyes, and I knew that…read more →