Hi there! I’m Reuven Lerner, a programmer, author, and trainer. I was born and raised in the United States, and moved to Israel in 1995. In 2013, I took my first trip to Beijing, to teach programming classes (in English), and had a wonderful time.
Before that first trip, several friends told me that I should try to learn some Chinese. I listened to podcasts and read whatever I could online, and was so excited by this new and different language that I kept going. With each trip to China, I learned and used a bit more — and became increasingly fascinated by the Chinese language.
In the summer of 2014, when I finished my PhD, I decided to start learning Chinese more formally, and started to study, one hour per day, with a teacher in Xian. I have been making steady (if slow) progress ever since, and have been pleasantly surprised by my growing ability to express myself when traveling to China.
I have continued to read, listen, and watch whatever I can to improve my Chinese knowledge and understanding outside of formal classes. “Mandarin Weekly” is my attempt to share the results of my obsession with others who, like me, are learning Chinese.
I’m still a beginner, and am still learning a great deal. Which means that every issue of Mandarin Weekly will likely contain many mistakes. However, I’m hoping that as time goes on, my mistakes will be more interesting, and reflect my growth and learning in the language.
If you are learning Chinese, and then I invite you to join the growing number of people reading “Mandarin Weekly,” who (along with me) are fascinated by China and Chinese, and want to improve our ability to communicate in this language.