[I sent this note to all 21,000 subscribers to “Mandarin Weekly” last week, and am posting here on the blog now, as well.]

Hi there. This is a very difficult message for me to write.

More than four years ago, I started to learn Chinese. I travel to China for work several times each year (teaching courses in Python programming and data science to high-tech companies), and I soon realized that being able to communicate with people there, in their native language, made my trips more enjoyable and interesting. I find the language (and culture) of China to be beautiful and fascinating. My daily 5 a.m. hour-long lesson helps me to start the day with a smile. And on each trip to China, I find that I’m able to read, speak, and understand more than before, which only encourages me to continue my studies. …


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