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My Internship Experience in Beijing, China

My Internship Experience in Beijing, China

This article was written by LTL intern Lisa. At 18 years old, Lisa did a seven week architecture internship with a Chinese architecture firm in Beijing after first doing a week of intensive Chinese group classes. Lisa plans to study architecture after returning to her native Germany. I decided to go to China right after graduating from Highschool: a new country,…read more →

Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese was something I had always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity. I graduated from university in 2013 and, like most people my age, failed to get a job in the UK. I decided to make the most of the opportunity and spend six-months in China learning Mandarin. Picking a school was not easy. I wanted to…read more →

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

China is famous for its ancient culture and traditions, however modern day China is not without its own set of rules and in many cases these are more important to note than the older traditions which have become less important during the recent economic boom and communist rule. You’ll find many articles on the internet telling you what not to do in…read more →

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Moving to China can be crazy! New time zone, new culture, new food and especially, new language. You’re going to need a few basic Chinese phrases to survive before you have time to really learn the language. I asked some expat friends that live here in Beijing, what the first (useful) phrases were that they learnt when they arrived and…read more →

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

I did not know a single word in Chinese when I first came to Beijing in July 2013 to study Mandarin. After finishing highschool I decided to spend my gap year trying to achieve fluency in Chinese – something I was back then not very certain I could achieve within only a year. Mandarin is generally believed to be one…read more →

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

These past 10 months I’ve been in China studying Mandarin with LTL. I started out in Beijing and then for the final leg of my trip I was in Chengde, Hebei. When I first arrived in Chengde I wasn’t really excited to be there. I had already established a pretty good lifestyle in Beijing; I had my classmates, my homestay, my…read more →