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Teen learns Mandarin to escape poverty

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:21 pm    Post subject: Teen learns Mandarin to escape poverty Reply with quote

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/brunswick-teen-learns-mandarin-escape-poverty-174120228.html

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Tevinn Richards, 19, was raised in poverty by a single mother in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"We've had a hard life. Not everyday we were guaranteed food, nothing," Andrea Richards, Tevinn's mother, told CBC News.

Richards hopes Mandarin will help him escape a life of social-assistance dependency and minimum-wage jobs.

The teen started learning the language while he was attending Simonds High School and doing poorly there. After school, he'd spend hours in his room teaching himself Mandarin by chatting online with people from China.

"When I first started learning Chinese, I was really not doing well in high school," Tevinn said.

Tevinn quickly excelled in the language, so much so that his online teacher encouraged him to visit China.

He is now on full scholarship at Qufu Normal University in Shandong province friends and neighbours chipped in the $3,000 in airfare costs to get there and is confident he has a bright future in teaching.
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