Leah Bramhill and how learning Japanese led to one opportunity after another

  There’s no doubting the popular attraction of Japanese culture and food, and from a young age Leah Bramhill has been hooked on Japan. Leah’s passion for Japan and learning the Japanese language has been a major part of her … Read More

The China Bridge Mandarin proficiency competition: Interview with finalist Rebecca Morrison

  Dan from Asia Options recently sat down with Rebecca Morrison to talk about the worldwide Chinese Bridge (汉语桥) competition, which challenges contestants with their knowledge of Chinese culture, history and, of course, their proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The annual competition is … Read More

Hopkins Nanjing Center (HNC)

Hopkins Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies Review

The Hopkins Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a Sino-US educational collaboration and can still boast to being the only university program in China with academic freedom of speech. Students even get access to a … Read More

Absolute Beginners Guide to learning Chinese

China is an absolutely fascinating country and one that will have you hooked from the first taste because of its vibrant and diverse culture, economy and people. However, if you’re serious about engaging with China, you’ll want to learn Chinese. … Read More

Studying Chinese in a second tier city with Emily Dunn

While Beijing has long been a favourite choice for Australians studying on exchange to learn Mandarin, there is a range of second-tier cities offering a top-notch China experience. Nanjing and Kunming are two popular cities for Australians and Asia Options … Read More

Jonathon Day and taking up the China challenge

  Jonathon Day grew up with holidays to the family beach house in Lorne and riding motorbikes and hunting rabbits in rural Victoria. His family never travelled overseas and life outside of Australia seemed almost an entirely different world. Jono was also … Read More

Tips from an Australian student studying in Taiwan and Mainland China

As a part of my degree program at the Australian National University, I was given an incredible opportunity to study in a Mandarin-speaking country for one academic year, and in return, I received a Graduate Diploma of Asia-Pacific Studies. The … Read More

Hello Talk Review: A Free Instant Messaging App for Online Language Exchange

Language exchange has truly reached the smartphone age with a neat new app called Hello Talk. The interface is similar to other instant messenger apps such as WeChat and Kakao Talk where you can send instant messages, images and voice messaging. However, unlike … Read More