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by David Moseley 28-11-2016
If you are a couple of months in and the shock of actually being in China is wearing off, as if the feeling of drowning in a world of characters and tones and strange food and traffic which seems intent on killing you could wear off, you may eventually realise that the news in your Facebook feed isn't...
If you are a couple of months in and the shock of actually being in China is wearing off, as...
If you are a couple of months in and the...
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by David Moseley 09-09-2016
This is for my fellow linguists and learners of Mandarin Chinese, who know that the struggle is real, that languages are the way forward, and that chemistry and law and fine art degrees can all jog on and make way for the polyglots. However, getting to grips with a language isn’t always easy or...
This is for my fellow linguists and learners of Mandarin Chinese, who know that the struggle...
This is for my fellow linguists and learners...
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by David Moseley 26-08-2016
It's that time of year when some students are about to head out on their year abroad, and when other students, like me, are soon to return to their home universities in the UK. I will be swapping the needle cold and soupy smog of Beijing for the soggy streets of Manchester.  Whether you're going...
It's that time of year when some students are about to head out on their year abroad, and when...
It's that time of year when some students...
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by David Moseley 25-07-2016
In a country where a pint of beer can cost a pound and you can buy mojitos from kiosks in the street, there's little wonder why foreigners let loose in China. Bars and clubs don't differ hugely from places in the West, but there's no lack of distinct Chinese-ness either. Of course I was in Beijing, and...
In a country where a pint of beer can cost a pound and you can buy mojitos from kiosks in the...
In a country where a pint of beer can cost...
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by David Moseley 13-07-2016
When I went out to Beijing all I had was a single hold bag of 23kg and my hand luggage. However many bags you plan on taking, you're going to have to be selective about what you take. Of course you'll need a sense of adventure and a desire to discover this mysterious land, but those things don't take...
When I went out to Beijing all I had was a single hold bag of 23kg and my hand luggage. However...
When I went out to Beijing all I had was...
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by David Moseley 29-06-2016
Actually, you probably won't die if you can't use chopsticks. You'll probably get pretty good eating with them. One of my friends couldn't use chopsticks when he arrived, now he can snatch mosquitoes out of the air. Once you're in China, you'll discover that most things are like chopsticks. You've never...
Actually, you probably won't die if you can't use chopsticks. You'll probably get pretty good...
Actually, you probably won't die if you can't...
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by David Moseley 06-06-2016
If you're anything like I was, you probably don't have much of an idea of what life in China is going to be like. I knew I needed a visa, that they eat a lot of rice here, and I'd seen the pictures of the big cities swimming in smog. For the most part, it doesn't matter if you don't know what to expect....
If you're anything like I was, you probably don't have much of an idea of what life in China...
If you're anything like I was, you probably...
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by David Moseley 27-05-2016
Sitting over a metal bowl filled with fried aubergine and eggs in a rowdy canteen, thinking that everything was too bright and noisy, and wondering why on earth I had decided to go to China. That is one of the first memories I have of being in this country. I was still jet-lagged, I had arrived quite...
Sitting over a metal bowl filled with fried aubergine and eggs in a rowdy canteen, thinking...
Sitting over a metal bowl filled with fried...