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Next Stop: Taipei

I’m leaving Vietnam for a stay in Taipei, where I can re-immerse myself in Mandarin and force myself to study the language more.

forbidden city

Linguist Olympics

For a short time before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I taught at a language center in Shenzhen. It wasn’t entirely legal as the company couldn’t get me a residence permit and had me apply for business visas for which I was labelled a consultant. Fortunately, while stories circulated about visa crackdowns across China, I …

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Useful Language

Learning some basics in any language can be useful. In Chinese, it’s important to also learn some hand signals.

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