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Student of the Year Awards 2013
The Mandarin House Student of the Year Awards aim to promote Chinese language learning and showcase the achievements of students in Mandarin House. The Awards are presented at the 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
These students must have shown excellence in the following areas:
- Chinese learning achievement
- is an inspirational role model to their fellow students.
- has demonstrated an achievement or contribution that adds value to the community.
Watch video profile about the winners:
Pixie Lim 林瑞莲
Eoin Guiry 欧文
My name is Eoin Guiry, I’m from Ireland and I’m currently studying at Mandarin house in Hongquai. In the 6 months I’ve been studying at Mandarin house I’ve been very fortunate to have a fantastic teacher, Laoshi Chin.
For me, learning Mandarin allows me to not only educate myself in one of the most important languages in the world but it also allows me to begin to integrate into the Chinese society. The ability to utilise what I’ve learnt in daily life, like ordering food, asking for directions and chatting with locals has enriched our lives and enabled us to really enjoy our time here. It also allows me and my family to fully utilise the services available here, from Taobao to public transport.
From a business sense it is proving a real benefit to be able to communicate with colleagues in their own language. Although I’m only a beginner I’ve already had several experiences where I’ve been able to clearly articulate to team members what is required and ensure that we’re all clear on the same plan of action.
But it’s not just the language that I’ve learned at Mandarin House. Every day I learn something new about the culture. My teacher has been fantastic at understanding the culture that I come from and pointing out and explaining the differences and why they exist. I come from a culture that has completely different values and beliefs to China, and by learning and understanding the differences I’ve been able to connect better with people here and appreciate their perspective and expectations, both from a personal level and a business level.
I started out expecting to learn a language, but what I’ve actually experienced is so much more enriching.
I started out expecting to be a student of a subject, but I’ve become a student of Chinese life.
I started out expecting to be able to interact with people at a basic level, but I’ve actually learned how to positively integrate our lives into this, a very different China to what I expected.
Mandarin house is a fantastic institute and it is with huge thanks and appreciation to Amy, Laoshi Chin and all their team that I am able to live such a rich life here in Shanghai.
Thank you very much
Lehy Laurent 罗恒
Carla Diane Hagler 贺凯睿
Thank you for including me in your celebration.
Just about a year ago, I came to China from the USA as a total beginner to learn Mandarin at your Beijing school. The learning pace has been very challenging. As a resident of Hawaii I’ve spent a lot of time in the ocean, and attending this school reminds me of being caught in a wave, tossed around but every so often you rise to the surface and have a brief moment in the sun before the next wave hits and sends you back under. Eventually I learned to let go and swim as best I could, knowing I would eventually rise to the surface again. In July, Rita convinced me to take the HSK 4 exam in September, and I was sure I was not ready. At that time I was taking the HSK 4 prep class, and my lowest performance was in “ting li”. However, thanks to the help and patience of several Mandarin House teachers (Zhang Ye, Li Fang, and Zhao Jian Sheng), in 8 weeks I went from getting scores of 20-30% in “ting li” practice tests to passing HSK 4 with my highest score of 94% in “ting li”. I cannot say enough about the teachers and staff at Mandarin House, they have all been wonderful. I wish Mandarin House a very happy 10th anniversary, and long may it continue!
Marcela Portaluppi 马莎
去年我决定学习汉语，开始我很紧张，因为对中国不了解。我不知道怎么开始，所以我在网络上搜“中国最好的语言学校”，然后Mandarin House 出现了。我联系他们，一个咨询顾问写信帮助我，她回答了我所有的问题，无论问题多傻。几个月后，我来到了中国。现在已经7个月了，我爱每一天。中国是一个很棒很有趣的国家，我感到很荣幸在这里学习中文，这个很棒的语言。MH的老师是传播中国文化的好使者，我很感激他们的耐心和专业。我可以说我现在能和很多人交流。谢谢你，MH，提供这个机会，还有老师，谢谢你们的智慧。
Stewart Bass 斯图
Weerawan Suwannachat 宋婉
William Driscoll 比尔
Rebecca Hoggan Bergsmo 白芮