October 31, 2017
Iain is from the city of Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom. Iain has always enjoyed learning foreign languages. Apart from English and Chinese, he started to learn the ancient Celtic language of Welsh when he was in primary school. He has learnt French for seven or eight years and his university course was interpreting and translating Russian and German into English. He also has some conversational Japanese since he lived in Hokkaido Japan for two years. And he speaks some basic Czech and Dutch. That’s 9 languages! Iain has been living in China for 13 years. He is now 39 years old, living in the beautiful tropical city of Sanya in the province of Hainan. Iain is a freelance actor, presenter, and singer.
One interesting fact about Iain: He enjoys singing Chinese 'red songs’, which are patriotic songs that praise China and the Chinese communist party. It has helped him massively with his Chinese learning. Iain appeared on China’s Got Talent and became very famous for singing the Chinese red songs!
October 24, 2017
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Richard is from Dublin, Ireland born in 1976. His native language is English (with a bit of Irish). Richard lived in China from 1998 to 2013. Since then have been back several times a year for work as an educational consultant.
One interesting fact about Richard: He went to China as a bet and ended up living in China for 16 years.
October 17, 2017
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Joseph was born in Germany but raised in the USA, mainly in Colorado, currently, lives in Denver. Joseph began studying Chinese 8 years ago. After 2.5 years of study, he moved to China for 4 years. Joseph now works for the Colorado Judicial Branch of government and his current position is a clerk to a magistrate.
One interesting fact about Joseph: He enjoys running and attended the Shanghai marathon in 2013 and got a very ugly orange shirt for doing that.
October 10, 2017
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Jonathan is an American film and television actor based in China. Jonathan was born in Torrance, California, in 1973. He attended the film and acting schools of New York University but completed his university career there studying molecular biology. Jonathan began studying Mandarin Chinese at New York University, and relocated to China in 1997 and started his acting career 2 years later.
One interesting fact about Jonathan: He is an actor and he always plays white guys in Chinese movies.
October 3, 2017
Laurence is from the United Kingdom. His parents currently live in Edinburgh. Laurence has spent 3 years learning Chinese. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks Dutch at beginner’s level. At the age of 22, Laurence goes to university in London and live there during term time. However, he is now studying abroad in Beijing.
Two interesting facts about Laurence:
Laurence was born on New Year's Day.
Laurence likes running half marathons. He has run three half marathons, and is going to Singapore this December to run another one.
September 26, 2017
David's Chinese name is 王大伟. He is from Melbourne, Australia. Apart from English and Chinese, David also speaks a little bit of Italian and French. David started learning Chinese 10 years ago since year 7 in high school. He is now an English and Chinese teacher, completing a Masters of Secondary Teaching at the University of Melbourne. David also performs bilingual musical shows at Primary and Secondary schools to encourage students to learn languages.
One interesting fact about David: He has won awards in two shows on China Central Television.
September 19, 2017
Sally had always wanted to become fluent in a second language but didn't get the chance until she started learning Chinese at university. Her first trip to China was twenty years ago. Sally is fluent in spoken and written Chinese and has attained professional accreditation as a translator in the direction from Chinese to English. Sally is from Brisbane, Australia, now working as a yoga teacher but also teaches Chinese privately to people in her neighbourhood.
One interesting fact about Sally: She wrote a book about her experiences of being married to, and raising a family with her husband who is from Qingdao, China.
September 12, 2017
Tristan was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and he lived in Melbourne for the last 5 years. Tristan speaks English natively and Mandarin Chinese. He started learning Chinese since 2013 and now at the age of 24, he is studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
One interesting fact about Tristan: He won the second place in Oceania in the 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition.
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September 5, 2017
Diogo is from Portugal. Currently studying International Relations at University of Lisbon. Diogo has studied Chinese for almost 3 years and will be representing Portugal in the Chinese Bridge worldwide competition for college students. Besides Portuguese which is his native language, he can also speak English, Chinese and a conversational level of Spanish.
Two interesting facts about Diogo:
1. His Chinese name is 李白lǐ bái which is identical to THE most famous Chinese poet of all time.
2. Diogo has an identical twin brother who doesn't speak Chinese and whenever Diogo’s Chinese friends met his brother, they all spoke Chinese with him and they found it weird that Diogo didn't understand anything they said.
August 29, 2017
Andrei comes from Moscow Russia. He started learning Chinese 6 years ago. Apart from speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese, he speaks Russian, French and English all at native level. He is now 22 years old. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in mathematics at McGill University. His field of research is probability theory.
One interesting fact about Andrei: At the age of 11, he won an international mathematics competition and almost exactly 10 years from that day at age 21, he won the Chinese Bridge Competition, which is a Chinese proficiency competition for foreign college students.