Lea and Nicole from Germany and Austria

Interview with Marliese Herrmann, Marketing Manager - Mandalingua

Names: Lea and Nicole
Nationalities: Germany and Austria
Occupation: Students
Age: Both 18
Language Program: Conversational 20 and Comprehensive 30

Why did you choose MandaLingua?

Lea: The homepage of MandaLingua was designed in a very professional way that is why this school made the best impression compared to other schools.

Nicole: I had the same thoughts. The homepage is well structured and I got quickly all the information I needed.

What do you like at MandaLingua?

Lea: I really like the excellent teacher-student-relation, I built together with my teacher. The basis is a friendship, I am learning a lot and at the same time I am having lots of fun. Also, the cultural events at MandaLingua are fun and these are a good chance to get to know other international students and the management. It was also great that someone from MandaLingua joined us to go to Suzhou, our first city trip outside of Shanghai. I feel very comfortable, because I know everybody in person. MandaLingua helped me also a lot, when I had to get my new visa. I feel very good with them and I am happy that I chose MandaLingua.

Nicole: I think it is great how close I am actually with the teachers and the management. In case of issues, I always found someone to talk about it. Even when dealing with daily life problems, the MandaLingua team always helped me. I could always ask and therefore, I got very well introduced to the local life. And still, they are very supportive in any case. The atmosphere at MandaLingua is great and I feel very welcome. As soon as I walk through the doors of MandaLingua, I feel like home.

Why do you study Chinese?

Lea: I am generally interested in languages and I think that Chinese skills are very useful for the future. China is the country of the future and if I’ll be able to have conversations with locals, this opens new doors for me and my future work life. At the same time I was looking for a morning activity, so I could work as an Au-pair girl in the afternoon.

Nicole: On the one hand I am learning Chinese to understand better China and its culture. On the other hand, I think that Chinese skills enhance job opportunities, since the economy of China is growing fast. Then, my main goal is to find out if I want to study sinology in the future. During this break between high school and university I could really confirm that my interest for China, the Chinese language as well as culture is deep enough. Now I know that sinology is the right university career for me.

What do you think is easy at your Mandarin studies?

Lea: Chinese is easier to study than I expected. Thanks to the teaching methods of MandaLingua, I learned to understand Chinese quickly, which helped me a lot in my daily life. Chinese is absolutely a learnable language.

Nicole: Because Chinese is built on syllables, I think this language is very logic. Through combining the single syllables, you put them together into new words. The more syllables you know, the easier it becomes to create the new words.

Do you have any advices for a beginner in Chinese language studies?

Both: Do it! It is worth and fun! The Chinese study goes well and the first learning successes are coming soon. It is an unbelievable great feeling to speak with a taxi driver in his mother tongue for the first time.

Nicole: On the one hand I am learning Chinese to understand better China and its culture. On the other hand, I think that Chinese skills enhance job opportunities, since the economy of China is growing fast. Then, my main goal is to find out if I want to study sinology in the future. During this break between high school and university I could really confirm that my interest for China, the Chinese language as well as culture is deep enough. Now I know that sinology is the right university career for me.

What do you think is easy at your Mandarin studies?

Lea: Chinese is easier to study than I expected. Thanks to the teaching methods of MandaLingua, I learned to understand Chinese quickly, which helped me a lot in my daily life. Chinese is absolutely a learnable language.

Nicole: Because Chinese is built on syllables, I think this language is very logic. Through combining the single syllables, you put them together into new words. The more syllables you know, the easier it becomes to create the new words.

Do you have any advices for a beginner in Chinese language studies?

Both: Do it! It is worth and fun! The Chinese study goes well and the first learning successes are coming soon. It is an unbelievable great feeling to speak with a taxi driver in his mother tongue for the first time.

What kind of differences between China and your country are most obvious to you?

Lea: On the one hand, there are things in Shanghai which no longer exist in Germany for some time. And on the other hand, there are also many things which will not exist in Germany for a long time! Like the busy working life, the incredible skyline of Pudong and much more. Then, I am impressed by all these wedding markets. It is completely new to me that Chinese think they have to get married before they turn 30.

Nicole: The happiness of Chinese impresses me a lot. Many people like to dance, play Majong in the park and much more. The life in China is happening more in public space, which I really like. The streets of Shanghai are more busy and vivid at home in Austria.

Why did you decide to study in Shanghai?

Lea: After high school I wanted to go abroad and since my cousin is living in Shanghai, I decided to come to here. Now I am learning Chinese in the morning and work as a Au-pair girl in the afternoon at my cousin’s house. This experience is offering me a great opportunity to become more independent.

Nicole: I wanted to go to Shanghai, because the relation between the modern and the tradition is fascinating me. Shanghai is surely also a culturally growing city and I think there are more open-minded people living here. The city is offering a great opportunity for making new experiences, especially as a young person. I did not want to go to Beijing, because it seemed to be too traditional for me.

What are your favorite spots in Shanghai?

Lea: In the beginning I was really impressed by the East Nanjing Road and the Bund. After a while I got to know more and especially smaller places, which are not that obvious in the first moment. For instance, I really like the AnFu Road with its cafes and restaurants.

Nicole: I like being in parks. I like to observe people dancing and men looking for a new dancing partner. After a while, smaller places are becoming more special to me. There is a bakery where we always go and where the employee already knows us. Every time we go there, she recognizes us and I’m quite excited about it.

 

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