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Name: Kim Iskandar
Duration: January 1, to March 5, 2010
Profession: University Student
Languages spoken: Indonesian, English, French, Japanese
Hobbies: Music, Fine Food & Wine, Yoga, Languages

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Q: Is this your first time in China?
A: No, I have been to China several times as a tourist with my family.
Q: How are you finding your studies in China?
A: I really love it! The best part about studying the language in the country where it's spoken is that what you learn in class in the morning can directly be used that evening on the streets. It's also really fun, discovering new people, new places and having completely new experiences. I feel so fortunate to be here.
Q: What program did you enroll in? Has the program been what you expected?
A: I enrolled for the intensive course covering spoken and written Chinese for 2 months. I actually didn't expect to learn so much in such a short period of time. I like the way the lessons are structured and the way my laoshi teaches. After being here for 3 weeks, I feel that I have quite a satisfactory grip on survival Chinese.
Q: What do you find most interesting about Shanghai?
A:
The never ending mass of people streaming up and down Nanjing Lu day and night – where do they all come from?? Also the fact that there is always something new to discover. I wish I had the money to explore and discover everything in Shanghai.
Q: Tell us a few of your most memorable experiences in China so far?
A: Getting a haircut on the 5th day in Shanghai was a scary yet exciting experience. I mean, you can barely communicate with the hairdresser so I had to really surrender to her scissors and imagination. Turned out well though J Giving the taxi driver proper instructions for the first time to get back to my apartment was also such a simple but satisfying experience. (Using all the things I learnt in class in the real world!)
Q: What advice/tips would you give to future students who plan to study in China?
A: Be as open minded as possible, every moment is a chance to practice and have a great time.
 
Name: Dillwyn Jaye
Duration: June 1 to August 21, 2009
Profession: Teacher
Languages Spoken: English, German, Rusty Russian, Elementary Mandarin.
Hobbies: Music, Sharing new experiences with friends, Walking, Getting to know people in different environments, Learning Chinese!
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Q: Was this your first time in China ?
A: No, I had spent 18 months in Guangzhou, and 6 months in Beijing.
Q: How did you find your studies in China ?
A: Very helpful, thank you.
Q: What do you find most interesting about Beijing?
A:
The city is so large and vibrant that I find I can't really reduce my impressions to one item! However, I found the architecture of new buildings a good talking point, with local people commenting on in various ways.
Q: Tell us a few memorable experiences in China ?
A: Chatting with taxi drivers, browsing though the large bookshop on Wangfujing, at Xidan and Haidian, walking calligraphers with huge brushes and water in public parks, practicing Chinese language with local people at cafes, enjoying a thunder storm at Tiantan.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China ?
A: 1) Prepare lessons in advance to morning's listening and
        speaking opportunities during classroom time.
    2) Discuss with your teacher options for repeating a level, or
        part of a level, if you feel unable to digest new input.
    3) Find a learner's dictionary that contains useful example
        sentences.
    4) Remember that nobody can do the learning for you, so
        be prepared to put in a lot of effort on homework.
    5) Celebrate even small steps as you made progress:
        a positive approach helps you learn more efficiently.
 
Name: Sawitree Laoprapassorn
Duration: May 4 to May 29, 2009
Hobbies: Reading books, surfing internet
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Q: Has the program been as you expected?
A: Yes, I have had ɑ lot of chance to practice my speaking skill which is my main goal, especially during class. Because the teacher always encouraged me to speak.

Q: What do you find most interesting about Beijing?
A: The combination of traditional and modern aspects. For example, you can choose either to go shopping in large department or visit historical places.
Q: Tell us a few memorable experiences in China ?
A: Bargaining for goods in China.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China ?
A: Keep your mind open to everything and try new things. For example, try new food and understand Chinese culture and lifestyle. You will have a valuable experience in China!
 
Name: Annie Duncan
Duration: Apr 1 to Apr 17, 2009
Profession: Scientist
Hobbies: Art House movies, learning languages, sitting on boards of not-for-profit organizations.
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Q: How are you finding your studies in China?
A: I love learning Chinese. We learn so much more doing an intensive course in the country than 1.5 hrs/week in Australia .
Q: What do you find most interesting about Shanghai?
A: The contrast. We knew the western are very modern life and just next door the very Chinese and quite ancient culture still alive. It is fascinating I find the Chinese people very friendly very helpful to waiguoren.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China?
A: For me, coming to stay in China is quite a shock. I suggest students do some Chinese study (however little) helpful coming here. The shock of a new country+ new school is very great.
 
Name: Nicki Haldane
Duration: Apr 1 to Apr 17, 2009
Profession: Teacher
Hobbies:
Reading , Movies, Travel, Walking, Studying Chinese
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Q: How are you finding your studies in China?
A: Fantastic—we have learned so much in such a short time. Unfortunately 2weeks has not been long enough.
Q: What do you find most interesting about Shanghai?
A: Living in the CBD has allowed us to observe the lives and work of the Chinese People. Understanding culture and lifestyle has been a highlight.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China?
A: It would be a good idea to have had some experience of Hanyu before arriving in China , or at least have had exposure to a second language before. Coming to China with an open mind, and try to immerse yourself in the world around you.
 

Name: 增田睦子
Duration: Apr 21 to May 30, 2008
                Oct 27, 2008 to Mar 20, 2009
Profession: Manager
Hobbies:
Play piano, cook Chinese food, reading

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Q: How are you finding your studies in China?
A: I found Mandarin House in a magazine. I contacted the person who was in charge of that magazine.
Q: What do you find most interesting about Beijing?
A: I was very much interested in Chinese history and culture. In Beijing I could see many old historical buildings, at the same time Beijing is a very new and modern city. It is v ery interesting to know.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China?
A: Japanese people will see more interesting introduction about Beijing in magazine and come to Beijing for Sightseeing and buying things. Chinese language is so difficult to learn, so you need to work hard. Maybe it is good to make a simple book for a short term students when they start their Chinese course. I will introduce Mandarin House Chinese school to tr avel agency and make them to encourage Japanese tourists to visit this school.
 
 
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