Shi Tong Posted December 6, 2009 at 02:08 AM Report Share Posted December 6, 2009 at 02:08 AM Hello all, I'm new here and I'd first of all like to thank everyone for their responses, since I hope I'll get a few! I'm an English person who can speak relatively fluent Mandarin Chinese, though I've only had 3 months of formal education. When I went to college in Taiwan at age 24 I didn't think I would get anywhere, but to my own surprise, I managed to get all my tests over 90% and was offered a scholarship. Unfortunately I had to return to work at this time, so I couldn't carry on my Mandarin learning, but I did carry on my speech because my wife is from Taiwan, and from there I managed to learn to speak very well, in that I can speak on a lot of subjects, to a relatively deep level. However, I'm not in a position where I have no qualification in Mandarin, and I would like something to show for my time. This means that I would like to possibly end up taking a GCSE, or even an A-level and upwards. My unique dilema is that: a) I dont know where I stand with how much I know. B) I dont know how hard exams in Chinese are in England. c) I speak with a Taiwanese accent, with Taiwanese slang. d) I write and read (a small amount), in Traditional characters. e) I dont have any idea where I could study these skills in the UK, which would be relatively local/ easy to reach. I hope to spend some time here if I can kick start my Chinese again and start learning how to read and write a lot more, so I hope that I get a few responses to my post, and thanks again in advance for any advice anyone has to offer. - Shi Tong. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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