你好! 我是 Milena!
Hello, I’m Milena!
Three years ago our family of five was given the opportunity to move to China and embark on a journey that is still with us today even though we have returned to the United States. I have been learning and teaching my children to speak Mandarin Chinese ever since then, but have been frustrated that I could not find the exact right tools, learning materials, instruction, or classes to help my kids learn Mandarin and stick with it.
That is mainly why I’m making this website – to help me and my family in our Mandarin language journey, and share what I’m learning with you as we do it so you can save time and frustration. I will detail the methods we use in our blog, review classes, products, and podcasts, talk about what works and what doesn’t, so stay tuned!
I am a lifelong lover of languages and Mandarin is the 4th language I am going about learning. I love to travel, cook, blog, and explore new cultures. Growing up as a first (and a half) generation American with family from the former Yugoslavia – I always knew what it was like to feel “out of place,” and in that way I believe I can feel “in place” just about anywhere. Learning to live in and love other cultures is a skill, in my opinion, and that is also what this blog is about!
But why learn Mandarin?
My devotion to Mandarin and love for China springs not only from my personal experiences there, but also because I have Master’s degree in finance and economics and I am absolutely blown away by the massive growth China has experienced over the last 30 years. According to me (and the world’s most well-respected authorities on this topic), there is every reason to expect that growth is going to continue at breakneck speeds over the next 30 years. I want my kids to be a part of that and I believe teaching them Mandarin and connecting to China is one of the best things I can do for them as a parent.
If you are interested in reading the books that convinced me Mandarin Chinese is THE language today’s children should be learning, I recommend the following books. You really can read them in one hour, and even though they are aimed at a “business” audience, I think they should be required reading for anyone interested in the future and how China fits in.
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