Posts From Julie Axelsson

Here Comes The Much Dreaded HSK…

Most of us know about the HSK, but how many of us have actually taken it or are aiming to in the future? Our language enthusiast speaks of her qualms

A Foreign Correspondent’s Report

After leaving China for a trip, our language enthusiast discovered that even in Europe, there were to be plenty of encounters with the wonderful and complicated Mandarin. Having spent a

The Triple Challenge

The trials & tribulations of learning a foreign language can be overwhelming. With Mandarin’s intricate system of symbols, this means an essential trio with each new word. As a student

Why bother?

Learning a language takes time. But once you do, you can enjoy the perks, like conversing with locals, getting jokes, & taking pleasure from individual cultural expressions. For me, learning

Where On Earth Is Fulan?

Pronunciation is a key part of learning any language. Julie Axelsson speaks of her recent findings with dialectical pronunciation differences and what to do if a mishap takes place. Talking

Learning, Fast and Slow

Whether you’re a fast learner or a slow learner, you have to do what’s right for you if you want to become fluent in Mandarin. slow & steady is just

Challenging Characters

A character-building challenge that teaches perseverance, is it worth it for us to spend time learning Chinese characters? How many do you know? My mum told me I was reading

My Language Journey, and Yours

We all know how difficult learning or familiarizing with mandarin can be. Language enthusiast Julie Axelsson speaks of the highs & lows of interaction with our lingua franca. Having dedicated

Snuggle up to These Winter Reads

The weather outside may not be particularly frightful, but it’s still cold enough to put on an uncomfortable chill. Avoiding leaving the toasty room and warm bed is probably best

Let’s Talk About Home…

“Where thou art, that is home.” -Emily Dickinson We now are just wrapping up the season of the great annual Dongguan exodus. Come July, and expats start to flee the