Hi! My name’s Carl and I’m a NAATI-accredited Chinese-English translator and NAATI/IELTS trainer residing in the cultural hub of Melbourne, Australia. In my spare time I enjoy getting involved in the community through language exchange and intercultural meetups and making new friends.
I started learning Mandarin when I was ten years old, in a primary school in a small town in Queensland. At 13, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to enrol in a Chinese Immersion Program where four of my high school subjects were taught in Mandarin. This greatly fuelled my passion for the language and culture, and here I am, some 15 years later, with an Arts degree (majoring in Chinese and English), a Master’s in Translation Studies (Chinese-into-English translation) and my own training business which allows me to combine my two loves – Chinese and English – and assist people who want to communicate better. I also hold a NAATI accreditation in Chinese-into-English translation, and a HSK 6 Certificate (the highest level language proficiency certificate in the Chinese language).
This blog is an accumulation of my years of learning the language. My aim is to meet more people like me who are young “professional bilinguals” so I can learn more from them. I do also hope that my ramblings here might help be of some help to inspire others to enrich their understanding of the Chinese language and culture.
If you have feedback on any of my articles feel free to leave a message. I look forward to hearing from you!
You can get in contact with me in one of three ways:
Email: 2ironic AT gmail DOT com (but change the “2” to “too”)