Growing up as a bilingual child, I remember my Father telling me that I would speak to the neighbours in Mandarin with a Kiwi accent! It was before I started learning to speak English around 4 years old, and I could only get a grasp of what English sounded like. Mandarin is the first language … More The Importance Of Keeping Your Mother Tongue Alive
I arrived back from Wellington last night, and I felt an overwhelming sense of love and happiness. I don’t get to see my family often, and so I feel very grateful when I can. My sister and I were watching this short video that talked about how one sustains longevity and good health. The three … More Adventures In Wellington And Raising Awareness
This is a thought that’s been on my mind, ever since I’ve been curious to discover more about my cultural roots. I’ve wanted to take a DNA test, but have been hesitant to do so. My family background originates from China, with my grandparents originating from Shanghai, Hunan and Xiamen. My parents and one grandparent … More How Do You Identify Yourself?
I was born and raised in New Zealand, and grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese. Although I learned to speak Mandarin first, I always felt more fluent in English. I have previously mentioned that English (and Music) have always been my best subjects. In my teenage years, and occasionally as an adult (depending who I’m talking … More Five Tips To Improve Your Chinese Vocabulary
I finished reading Being Chinese – A New Zealander’s Story by Helene Wong in two days, and it really made me think about my own background, experiences and thoughts on being a New Zealander. Wong was born in Taihape, with a mixture of second and third generation in her family, and in her book, she explores her … More A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese
I was born and raised in New Zealand, and even though my grammar still has room for improvement (note my use of commas), English has always been one of my favourite subject at school. I love writing essays, reading novels and have always had a love of the language. My mother tongue is Chinese, as … More When You’re Asian And More Fluent In English
It is New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2017 from 16-22 October, which is a initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover more about the Chinese language and culture. There are many reasons why it’s great to learn or improve your Mandarin, as not only is it one of the most beautiful languages, but it is … More Five Reasons To Improve Your Mandarin
Chinese is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. When you see the words themselves, each of them are like a picture. It is the most spoken language in the world by more than 1 billion people. I remember my Grandmother explaining to my sister and I the way each Chinese character are … More How To Improve Your Chinese Language Skills