A couple of months ago, I thought about making a blog post about my experience as a student in China. I wanted to make it a little bit personal, but also helpful and informative to those who were thinking about going to China to study Mandarin. During my 2 years as a Chinese language student, I got asked for tips and recommendations by both friends and strangers, and I wanted to make an outline of things to think about when studying in China.
I’ve only studied in China for two years, from 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, so I cannot promise that any advice, tips or recommendations will be recent and exact as this is mostly based on experience. But hopefully, reading this will help any readers get a better understanding of studying in China, and will help readers to pursue their decision if they’ve already thought about studying Mandarin.
This will (likely) be most helpful to:
- Those thinking or pursuing studies as a Chinese language student
- Overseas Chinese hoping to learn or re-learn the language
I’ve decided to call this entry, Where and Why, two of the most basic, and in some way important questions to anybody’s quest for learning. Picking the where can help determine the atmosphere, learning environment, pace and opportunities to any study abroad experience, and why will help explain why I believe it’s relevant. This topic comes in three main parts in my entry: THE CITY, THE SCHOOL, THE ABODE.