Learning a New Language Broadens Your Horizons in Life

Chinese classesIn a recent post on some of the best courses in Australia, Bupa Life Insurance featured us (Australasian Centre of Chinese Studies, ACCS) for our leading Mandarin Chinese Language courses. In the article, ‘Learn Something New with These Top Courses’, Bupa says about our centre, ‘the classrooms are casual, relaxing and leading-edge through the use of accelerated learning techniques, making learning a new language not only effective but also fun.’

Numerous studies have shown that learning a foreign language is one of the best things you can do for your brain, medical studies have also shown that it may delay the early onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Language and Cross-cultural communication

Chinglish signWhich is more important? To study a foreign language or learn about its culture? I was asked this question after I gave an address to a group of young diplomates from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. My answer is simple: Both. This is not an either or question. Continue reading “Language and Cross-cultural communication”

Sydney! Sydney! Oh, What A Chinese Feeling!

Sydney Opera HouseTo be in Sydney is to be in a foreign country if you had just arrived from Melbourne! I landed in Sydney a day before Chinese New Year a few years ago! The sun was blinding and the air was thick with promises of a hot summer night on its way! Staying in Sydney’s Chinatown is a wondrous feeling – fire crackers, smells of roast ducks and char siew, beautiful Chinese girls exposing midriffs and a sliver of swaying hip and awesome Chunks (read Chinese hunks) – it must be a foreign country, Can’t be Australia, not even, Little Burke Street in Melbourne. Sydney! Sydney! Continue reading “Sydney! Sydney! Oh, What A Chinese Feeling!”