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The confucius institute at the University of Nottingham next door to our office at Noon Elite Recruitment. Many test centres are based on university campuses and they are prestigious buildings.

HSK – Everything there is to know

HSK. You hear it when looking at Chinese courses, on job adverts and see it required on University courses. But what is it and why is it worth looking into? This post is is all things HSK.  What it shows, why to take it and what it stands for? Here’s everything you need to know… What it is HSK stands for hanyu shuiping kaoshi. This literally means Chinese language water level examination. More accurately translated to Chinese language level exam, or, examination of your Chinese language level.  The examination is run and accredited by Hanban, a department ran by the…

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A British brown man in China – My chinese experience (First days)…..

I had left Heathrow airport after near four months of hurdles in embassy trips, legalisation/authentication and TEFL studying in preparation for living and working in the People’s Republic of China……. So my flight to Beijing has already started with a Chinese flare of things having flown with Air China, I had a passenger next to me who was watching the movie I was but wait – on my screen! Definitely a unique sign of things to come it seems… My ten hour twenty minute flight landed midday in  what felt like arctic wind as I passed through the transfer tunnel…

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First Leap English, Beijing & Shenyang

Hi! My name is Lewis. I’m originally from the UK, born and raised in a small city called Bath, located in the South West of England. The intention of this blog is to give you an honest insight of my first couple of months in China. I will describe from my own perspective and I’ll try to be as honest as I can. I would describe my first week in China as ‘dangerously interesting’. When I say that now, it was a learning curve for me. But when I first came, I had difficulties in terms my contract with my…

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Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai

IMPORTANT CHINESE FESTIVALS

During your time in China, you can expect to experience some of their many festivals, here is a short list outlining the four most important! From their history to their traditions, this will give you a brief understanding of the basics. Spring Festival The spring festival aka the Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year. Vibrant, glowing oranges take precedence and stand centre stage alongside striking traditional dress wear that draws the eye of all those around. Rich pinks feature as a homage to blooming flowers, but the major colour here is a brilliant bright red; with…

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Xijian Miao village street

HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME IN CHINA

During your time in China, you will have free time outside of preparing lessons and teaching, so here is a short list of suggestions on how to keep busy and learn more about this wonderful country! Learn the Language One of the fundamental things to know when in China is the language. So why not spend some of your free time mastering Mandarin? Some of the best apps to use for this are: Pleco – a free offline dictionary that you can also use to take pictures of unfamiliar words and gain an instant translation Skritter – an app to…

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