Exploring China through the eyes of Bill and Grace!

| July 26th, 2017

At the desk of a reception in a dimly lit Filipino hostel, early September 2016 is where it all began. The scene was less than romantic, looking ‘drop dead gorge’ stepping off of a hellish journey from Manila and Will feeling weary, very hung-over and frosty. Alas, this was our serendipity moment.. ahhhhh I know you’re thinking it’s so cute.. but no, the reality of meeting your loved one in a South East Asian hostel makes the birth of this […]Read more…

Frequently asked questions about studying mandarin Chinese in China

| April 20th, 2017

We at Learn Mandarin Now recently undertaken extensive research and put together a great article to help you decide if you wish to learn Chinese in China research—be sure to check it out.

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How to Integrate into Chinese Society as a Language Learner

| September 15th, 2016

The current political and economic situation in China motivates many foreign students to study Chinese and consider getting an education in China. Education is commonly cheaper in China than it is in Europe and the US. Moreover, the standard of living is high enough, and prices for essential goods are relatively low as well.

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Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014

“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two students […]Read more…