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.



Each year one of our long-term teachers posts a regular blog about their experience living and teaching in their city. Stay up to date with our bloggers here, or head over to the Teacher Interviews page to find out more about participants from our other programmes.

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

My Impression of Cultural Differences in China

By Amy Penny, Teacher in Suzhou, 2019-Present One of the biggest things you hear about China is just how different it [...]

August 3rd, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Leaving Suzhou: Farewells & Reflections

By Natasha Lock, State school teacher in Suzhou, 2019 Everyone says time flies when you’re having fun; never has this felt more true. [...]

July 14th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Things to do in and around Suzhou

By Amy Penny, Teacher in Suzhou, 2019-Present With my mum coming to visit next week for ten days, I’ve been thinking [...]

June 25th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

3 Topics I’ve Covered in the Chinese Classroom

By Natasha Lock, State school teacher in Suzhou, 2019 – present In this article, I will introduce three topics I have covered in [...]

June 19th, 2019|Teacher Blogs, Teaching in China|0 Comments

Food and the Dining Experience in China

By Amy Penny, Teacher in Suzhou, 2019-Present Some of the biggest differences that I’ve come across so far during my time [...]

May 12th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

My First Few Weeks in China

By Amy Penny, Teacher in Suzhou, 2019-Present I have just begun my fourth week living in China (my third week of [...]

May 3rd, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Living in Suzhou: My Thoughts so Far

By Tom, State School Teaching Programme in Suzhou, 2019-present I moved to China about a month ago now, and despite [...]

April 18th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

My Homestay Experience in Shanghai

By Rhiannon Parnell, Homestay Programme Participant in Shanghai, 2018  I recently spent 2 months in Jiading – a suburb of [...]

April 11th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

My Thoughts and Feelings Before Moving to China

By Amy Penny, Teacher in Suzhou, 2019-Present My name is Amy and I will be moving to Suzhou, China to [...]

March 23rd, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

How to Overcome Homesickness in China

Homesickness. A definition does not quite do it justice. Grammatically speaking, the Oxford dictionary defines it as “experiencing a longing [...]

March 13th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Christmas, New Year and Winning an Award

By Erin Nyland, teacher in Shanghai 2018-19 It’s been a busy but especially memorable lead up to 2018. It’s strange [...]

January 19th, 2019|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments