Welcome to Living a Dream in China
– a blog that shares my advice for life, love and language learning in China.
My blog will take you to small and ancient villages, to the dinner table of a Chinese family. It will take you with me to my journey to visit every province in China. I offer advice on learning Mandarin Chinese and have lessons both offline and online.
Want to know how it’s like to live in an ancient village that has history of hundreds of years? Or how it’s like to become a part of a Chinese family? Want to start studying Chinese or improve your current skills?
Making a dream come true
My name is Sara Jaaksola and I have a Master’s Degree in teaching Chinese. I came to China in early 2010 and I’m living and teaching in Guangzhou.
I’ve always been interested in China and everything relates to it, culture, language, people. My parent’s used to live in Beijing for a few years before I was born, so my interest towards the Middle Kingdom must have started when I was in my mom’s tummy! Twenty years passed and I enrolled in a university in Finland, studying history as my major. I also finally started taking Chinese classes.
In March 2010 I came to Guangzhou and spent three semesters at Guangzhou University as an exchange student. When I decided to let my history degree go and study Chinese major instead, my choice was Sun Yat-Sen University, the best university here in the south.
In December 2013 I graduated with a Chinese as a second language undergraduate degree. Two and a half years later in 2016 I finished my MA in teaching Chinese. I’ve been working as a 1on1 Chinese teacher since 2014 and offer Mandarin lessons in Guangzhou. I also have online tutoring services.
学说粤语学做广东菜芬兰媳妇古村结良缘 (Information Times 2014)
Living a Dream in China: Sara’s wonderful world (Chinese-Tools.com 2014)
A Finnish Challenges and excitement in Learning Chinese: Sara Jaaksola (nihaohello 2013)
Sara: Living a Dream in China (InterNations 2013)
5 common questions Chinese ask foreigners in China (China elevator stories 2013)
Studying Chinese at Sun Yat-Sen University (CUCAS 2013)