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.



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 [...]

Living in Suzhou: My Thoughts so Far

April 18th, 2019|

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

Applying for a Certificate of No Criminal Convictions in China

April 17th, 2019|

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

My Homestay Experience in Shanghai

April 11th, 2019|

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

Using Your ESL Teaching Experience to Get a Job

April 3rd, 2019|

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

My Thoughts and Feelings Before Moving to China

March 23rd, 2019|

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

How to Learn Mandarin in China

March 19th, 2019|

If you’re planning on spending some time in China, you probably have an interest in learning the language. Though it [...]

How to Overcome Homesickness in China

March 13th, 2019|

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

How to Make the Most of your Time in China

February 13th, 2019|

Living and working abroad is an exciting, if not a little nerve-wracking experience. Once you’ve successfully burst your way out [...]

Christmas, New Year and Winning an Award

January 19th, 2019|

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