A journalist who had studied at Mandarin House found himself in the media spotlight when he demonstrated his Chinese language skills at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in March 2013.
Matthew Dent, or 邓马福 Dèng Mǎ Fú, first started learning Chinese from his wife and an elective Chinese course at university five years ago. After continuing to learn on a part-time basis, he decided to enrol at Mandarin House to take his speaking to the next level, finishing his intensive Chinese course at Mandarin House in December 2012.
Matthew returned to Beijing to cover the CPPCC as a journalist in March 2013. One of the main topics of the conference was China’s macroeconomic policies and trends. As a reporter from CAMG Media Group, Matthew posed his question to the Chinese advisory body in Mandarin. The response proved less noteworthy than the question, as Chinese journalists were immediately intrigued by this foreign reporter speaking Chinese and six of them pursued Matthew for an interview!
Click here to watch Matthew’s appearance at the CPPCC.
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Watch Matthew’s appearance at the CPPCC