I first met Laoshi around April 2016. I heard about her through a colleague as I had always been interested in learning Mandarin. From the day we met, she was very warm and extremely passionate about her language. When she teaches mandarin, she makes simple examples that are easy to understand and remember. She even goes the extra mile and makes illustrations. I have learnt far more than I had anticipated from her. She has taught me about the Chinese culture and has also introduced me to Chinese food. Every morning while going through the lesson, we have Chinese tea together which I am now very fond of and enjoy very much. This is unbelievable because I never took tea nor enjoyed it.
One of her most admirable qualities is her willingness and eagerness to help others. In our relationship, she has grown to be more than a teacher to me; she has become a friend, a motivator and most importantly a mother. Learning Mandarin is definitely one of the most challenging things I have ever embarked on, however with Laoshi on my side, I believe I will make it and as Laoshi always says, it will open doors that I had never imagined possible.