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.

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

Nicole Comer: My First Month in China

By Nicole Comer, Primary School TEFL Training teacher, Beijing 2018/19 My name is Nicole Comer, and I am a primary [...]

December 12th, 2018|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

What 3 Months Living in China has Taught me

By Erin Nyland, Teacher in Shanghai 2018-19 I have been living in China for 3 months now, which means that [...]

November 18th, 2018|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Erin Nyland: From Maidenhead to the Middle Kingdom

Hello everyone! My name is Erin Nyland, I am a 2018 graduate, and I am going to be an English [...]

August 30th, 2018|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Getting to know your Colleagues in China

One of the things that scared me the most about moving to China was not travelling or teaching related at [...]

August 20th, 2018|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments

Getting to Know Your Students

The best thing about working in a private school is undoubtedly the chance to get to know your students really [...]

July 8th, 2018|Teacher Blogs|0 Comments