Nanjing China, near the Confucious Temple.

Nanjing China, near the Confucious Temple.

I have created this website to provide a place where we can post resources and ideas. For you, I hope it can a place that in some way helps your Mandarin learning journey. Most websites about language learning are written from the perspective of someone fluent with the language – teachers or polyglots. Here I want to go through the journey with you – as someone still learning. I believe it is an important perspective – we all experience it at least once.

But what do I know?

My ability to speak Mandarin has a long way to go. In fact, I have only just started seriously learning 普通话 little over a year ago (Dec 2015). My informal studies began with some pinyin, numbers, and some basic HSK 1 words and phrases, but it was little more than an introduction. I made the jump to focus much of my time on developing my skill. Since then, I have learned quite a lot, but still can’t hold a real conversation, though I can express myself simply if need be. I am absolutely fine with where I at my present state of learning the Mandarin language but am continuing to learn more daily – language, culture, history, geography. My present state being continuous learning.

Why am learning Mandarin?

Why would I put myself through the torture of studying such a difficult language? For me the answer is simple – I like the challenge of tackling something that is perceived as being difficult. Rather than extreme sports, my pursuits tend to be more cerebral. Since then I have really started to develop an interest in Chinese culture and history. Like all cultures, it has it’s good and bad, but that is mostly just a matter of perspective.

Despite ups and downs, I keep moving forward – One day at a time.

As an experienced videographer and photographer (but by no means an expert), I will be posting images and videos from my time in and around Nanjing & Shanghai, and hopefully other places in 中国.

Let me know what you would like to see. Comment, follow and let me know what you like and want more of. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

谢谢。罗升远 aka Robin.