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.



A Guide to China’s Different School Types

July 24th, 2019|

China is home to one of the largest, most competitive education systems in the world. With a population of 1.3 [...]

Leaving Suzhou: Farewells & Reflections

July 14th, 2019|

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

Going Crazy Over Rubbish: Shanghai’s New Waste Rules

July 6th, 2019|

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

Things to do in and around Suzhou

June 25th, 2019|

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

3 Topics I’ve Covered in the Chinese Classroom

June 19th, 2019|

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

What Is Dragon Boat Festival?

June 8th, 2019|

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 [...]

What I Get Asked As a Teacher in China

June 1st, 2019|

By Natasha Lock, State school teacher in Suzhou, 2019 - present   "How is teaching? Do you enjoy it?" Teaching [...]

5 Great End of Term ESL Review Games

May 26th, 2019|

As the end of the school year nears and exam season creeps up, energy levels and enthusiasm among your student [...]

Food and the Dining Experience in China

May 12th, 2019|

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

5 Best Weekend Trips from Shanghai

May 9th, 2019|

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

My First Few Weeks in China

May 3rd, 2019|

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

How to Set Up a Bank Account in China

April 29th, 2019|

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