Meet Michael: Our China Expert and Chinese-English Teacher

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Q: Tell us about yourself!

A: Hi, I’m Michael, I’m a Chinese and Russian speaker currently working in the field of international trade. In my free time, I love to travel, read and am a keen runner.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in China?

A: I love to travel and have been very privileged to have the opportunities and time to travel a lot in China for both leisure and for work. From camel riding in Inner Mongolia, hiking in the Wuyi mountains as well as spending time exploring China’s large cities, there are so many different opportunities within China if you are keen to explore and see new places.

Q: What surprised you the most after you moved to China? Anything you wish you knew?

A: I was surprised at how widespread some technologies are adopted and how some are relied on a daily basis in China compared to my own country. I wish I had made myself aware of the various apps and tools that you need to survive before moving to China.

Q: How did you learn Chinese to the level you can work in this language? What are your tips for beginners?

A: I studied Chinese initially at university and then spent time working with Chinese companies after my graduation. My tip for beginners is that repetition is key. It is more useful to study Chinese ten minutes every day than one or two hours once a week.

Q: What are your favorite Chinese movies/shows/social media channels? What do you like about them? 

A: I don’t generally watch much television, however, I do enjoy watching some good documentaries and programmes about culture, cooking, travel, etc. A bite of China (舌尖上的中国) was one programme definitely worth watching and will help introduce you to the different foods and eating habits within China.

Q: We all know it’s been an unusual year. What are your wishes for 2021?  

A: As someone who used to traveling quite frequently for work, I am looking forward to being able to travel again. 

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