Mishi Saran
Updated: 2014-03-14

Mishi Saran.jpgName:  Mishi Saran
Institute: Shanghai International College of Culture



As a novelist researching old Shanghai, I had my own books, but I was looking for a teacher who could help me understand the pages of literary Mandarin, laced with Shanghainese idioms and packed with local colour and customs. Even with two decades of China experience, I was struggling with the material.

As the mother of a toddler, I also needed a flexible schedule. I was thrilled to find the Shanghai International College of Culture. They instantly understood my requirements and matched me with Teacher Ding. Our one-on-one lessons started over a year ago and have been the highlight of my research.

Teacher Ding's incredible breadth and depth of knowledge of the language and history have helped me understand China – and Shanghai – as never before. Whatever value the novel has will largely be thanks to her. 

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