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.



Reviewing Chinese Literature: The Good Earth, Pearl Buck

February 8th, 2020|

By Sean Harris, Long-term Private School Teacher 2020 Private School Teacher Sean has been preparing for his teaching placement by [...]

Overcoming Common Grammar Mistakes your Chinese Students Make

January 25th, 2020|

Any ESL teacher will be very familiar with common difficulties their students face when learning the English language. Despite having [...]

Have Yourself a Merry Chinese Christmas

January 18th, 2020|

By Shawn Wright, Teacher in Nanjing 2019 – 2020 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nanjing. Almost [...]

Staying Busy in Xiamen

January 8th, 2020|

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

Why Do the Chinese Give Apples Around Christmas?

December 22nd, 2019|

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

Escaping the Cold Chinese Winter

December 14th, 2019|

By Shawn Wright, Teacher in Nanjing 2019 – 2020 The first trip after Golden Week was a weekend getaway to [...]

What you should consider before teaching in China

December 8th, 2019|

When it comes to choosing your teaching placement in China, it’s important you get it right. Though with a wealth [...]

How to prepare for the Beijing TEFL Training Camp

November 24th, 2019|

By Amy Warmington, teacher in Beijing 2017/2018 Hi, my name is Amy and I was a foreign language teacher in [...]

My Tips for Travelling During Golden Week

November 17th, 2019|

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

How to Prepare for your First Lesson in China

November 10th, 2019|

As former foreign teachers, we know that moving to China and starting a new role can be nerve wracking. But [...]

Adjusting to My New Life in China

November 3rd, 2019|

By Shawn Wright, Teacher in Nanjing 2019 – 2020 A couple of months have passed now since I arrived in [...]

What is the Gaokao

October 27th, 2019|

China’s notoriously difficult College Entrance Exam has made international headlines in recent years owing to its brain-scrambling difficulty and the [...]