AiMei 福爱梅

Once a laowai... FOREVER a Mandarin student. 我没有很多时间学习中文但是我很喜欢跟同学们分享我学习中文的事物。天天加油! (Follow 中文 at own risk!)

Inspirational People — Who’s Your Laowai Hero?

My interest in Mandarin and China had been in place well before I discovered my inspirational laowai(s). It is good to know that the little seed that grew into a much larger interest had been planted and nurtured by me. I can’t take all the credit though for any progress I’ve made in my studies, nor the fact that I’m still interested in…

Learning Mandarin Chinese: Finding Inspiration

I started studying Mandarin part-time in the latter half of 2006 and finished three semester modules by the end of 2007. 2008 was a gap year spent in China teaching English at a dàxué (大学). During that year I studied little to nothing. I was “applying” what I had learned before in everyday situations — a rewarding experience in all.

Heisig: It’s going to get worse before it gets better…

Originally published at on March 31, 2012.

How to sentence mine and SRS for Mandarin? That is the question

Originally published at on July 28, 2012.

Heisig 500: Why penguins rule and Lucy Liu ain’t my taskmaster

Originally published at on November 1, 2011.

If you stumbled upon this page and you had no prior context you’d probably be wondering just what the heck this post is about. And if you’ve visited this blog before you’d be excused if you were still baffled by the title — but be baffled…

Accidental Conversations in Mandarin

Originally published at on October 4, 2011.

In China I didn’t hesitate too much when it came to starting…

Celebrating 1500 hanzi with Heisig

Originally published at on April 30, 2012.

I have finished working through my Heisig book — my closest non-human…