Hi everyone, my name is Robert, and I’m from the UK. I have a passion for learning Mandarin and getting to know Chinese culture. Beijing is a city that has so much going on! I love live music and playing in bands, so I was surprised to discover Beijing has an amazing music scene. Besides music, I have spent a lot of time getting to know Beijing, and I enjoy showing others the great things the city has to offer.
I understand that it is a big step to “take the plunge” and move to China and it is a pleasure to be able to help new students prepare for their trip. Learning Chinese while being surrounded by the language 24-7 is an amazing experience. The more Mandarin you learn, the more the world comes alive around you which is vital for actually understanding the people and culture.
Upon arriving in Beijing, I quickly realized that the Mandarin that I had learnt in class back in the UK, only scraped the surface of how people communicate here. I especially like the Beijing dialect. They have a bizarre errr twang on the end of many words that makes them sound like pirates when they talk!
There is something new to learn and experience every day here. Although I have lived in Beijing for a while now, I am still learning and finding new things I like about the city.
I hope you can join us soon and I look forward to meeting you!