When did you start learning Chinese? What inspired you to take up the language?
When I was 20, very hard to answer specifically but the simplest accurate answer I can give is interest.
Tell us about your Chinese language learning journey? What has been the most unexpected or rewarding part of the experience?
Most unexpected part is how happy and excited Chinese people are when they hear a foreign person speak their language. The most rewarding part is that it feels like accessing a different world, and, on one's learning journey they will discover themselves in a different light.
What opportunities have opened up for you as a result of your Chinese speaking ability?
Pre COVID-19 days being a driver/tour guide/interpreter all around NZ.
What do you like most about the Chinese culture?
The diversity that exists and the many differences from New Zealand.
What are the most striking differences between Chinese and Kiwi culture?
Uniformity and tradition (China) vs individualism and casualness (NZ)
Why do you think other New Zealanders should learn Chinese? Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of taking up the language?
It will expand the learners' views and ways of looking at things in the world. This will make one more understanding and compassionate towards others.