Mandarin Learning Resources

Ben Pearce recently returned to the UK after four years living and working in Haining. He has reached an excellent standard of Mandarin and is now teaching the language to students of various ages in London. In this blog, he shares some of his top tips to help you get started with learning Mandarin.



Staying Busy in Xiamen

Eight weeks ago to the day, I arrived in Xiamen. That said, it has absolutely flown by. I have been [...]

January 8th, 2020|General, Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Why Do the Chinese Give Apples Around Christmas?

Christmas is not typically celebrated in China, since only a small percentage of the population are Christians. That said, no [...]

December 22nd, 2019|General|0 Comments

My Tips for Travelling During Golden Week

By Shawn Wright, Teacher in Nanjing 2019 – 2020 Around 1 month into the school year there is a 1-week [...]

November 17th, 2019|General, Travel|0 Comments

Chinese National Holidays (aka days off)

The Chinese workplace is notorious for offering workers an astonishingly low number of annual leave days. Fortunately, this isn’t the [...]

September 11th, 2019|General|0 Comments

How to Deal with Cultural Differences in China

By Erin Nyland, teacher in Shanghai 2018-19 Although moving to another country is fun, exciting and exhilarating, the lifestyle transformation [...]

August 28th, 2019|General, Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Why Going to the Gym was the Best Thing I did in China

By Erin Nyland, teacher in Shanghai 2018-19 They say everything happens for a reason: everything you do in life will [...]

August 7th, 2019|General, Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Going Crazy Over Rubbish: Shanghai’s New Waste Rules

Rubbish. That’s the word on everyone’s lips at the moment in Shanghai, where a new waste management scheme has been [...]

July 6th, 2019|General|0 Comments

What Is Dragon Boat Festival?

Dragon Boat Festival, known in Chinese as 端(duān)午(wǔ)节(jié) is a traditional holiday that happens yearly to commemorate the life and [...]

June 8th, 2019|General|0 Comments

5 Best Weekend Trips from Shanghai

The spring is well and truly upon us here in Shanghai, and it’s got us in the holiday mood. The [...]

May 9th, 2019|General|0 Comments

How to Set Up a Bank Account in China

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you arrive in China to work or study is set [...]

April 29th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Applying for a Certificate of No Criminal Convictions in China

If you are abroad for an extended period of time before returning home to work, your next employer is likely [...]

April 17th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Using Your ESL Teaching Experience to Get a Job

Some people do it to gain teaching experience, some for a productive gap year, others to explore the world. But [...]

April 3rd, 2019|Careers, General, Teaching in China|0 Comments