A Chinese bank transfer slip - how much can you read?

How I learned Chinese – Part 3: Office Girl

I took a job in Langfang, a small city between Beijing and Tianjin, and my Chinese rose to a new level. I was often the only English speaker in the open office area where my desk was. Eavesdropping became a great language learning tool.

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Getting the full treatment at my favourite nail salon back in 2007

How I learned Chinese – Part 2: Passenger and Patron

I studied Chinese in school for over ten years, the final year being at a Chinese university in Beijing. All this did NOT make me fluent. It didn’t make me sound Chinese. So what did? Talking to lots of people – especially taxi drivers.