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Name: Rodolfo Cavalcanti
Occupation: Systems Analyst
Interests: roller skates, bicycle, guitar, movies
"I think that the best way to come and study here is to lodge with a host family."
Q: How are you finding your studies in China?
A: It was wonderful!!! I liked it very much, especially the people that I met at Mandarin House. At all times the teachers, employees and students were kind, friendly and willing to help me in my studies. My class was also amazing. Dominic from Australia , Serge from Congo, Marie-Christine from France and, of course, our teacher Zhang Ye gave me memorable moments and made my studies less difficult. I will miss everyone.
Q: What do you find most interesting about Beijing?
A: Beijing is a big city! There are many people here and this moment is so important to them. I visited some beautiful and big places like Houhai, Beihai Park , as well as interesting places like Temple of Heaven , Qianmen and The Great Wall.
Q: What advice/tips would you give to others who plan to come and study in China?
A: I think that the best way to come and study here is to lodge with a host family. My host family was very nice. All time they worried about me and asked me what I would like to eat, where I would like to go, or if I needed any help with my studies. It was a big opportunity to practice what I had learnt in the classroom.
If you plan to learn Chinese or any other language or thing don't give up! There are many ways to do the same thing. So, if you are unable to take one path, try another. Usually simple actions are enough to fix many problems, like say hello to everyone, for example. In Chinese it is very simple: Ni hao! But means more: "Hello, are you ok! Are you happy today?".