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Say Ni Hao to Lixia!

Lives in Moe

Ni Hao.

Lixia – Mandarin

 

Of all the culture shocks of moving to a new country, it was a quick trip to the shops that offered Lixia the clearest reminder she wasn’t in China anymore.

Ten years ago, Lixia, her husband Anthony and their son Bart shifted from the bustling South China province of Guangdong and its population of more than 100 million people in an area smaller than the state of Victoria, to the quiet surrounds of Moe.

“When I first came here I went into Kmart at 6:00pm and they said ‘you need to come back’ and I said ‘no I only just came in’,” Lixia recalled.

“Every shop in China closes at 11:00pm or maybe midnight. I didn’t see the sign and didn’t realise and it was only me and one other person there.”

Lixia soon adjusted and fell in love with her new home and the community in which Anthony grew up. The pair met while working at the same school in China, where Anthony was teaching English.

They returned to the Latrobe Valley shortly before Bart’s first birthday, with daughter Mary born a few years later.

Lixia’s first language is Mandarin, which she still speaks regularly with her family back in China, often via messaging app WeChat.

While Lixia learned some English at school in China, she credits Take 5 Magazine as her most effective tool for picking up the language.

Reading and writing the language have proved easier than speaking it, but the Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network’s Chit Chat Coffee Cart initiative has offered an invaluable opportunity to develop her conversation skills.

Lixia was introduced to the cart through Latrobe Community Health Service’s weekly Multicultural Friendship Group and has been an active volunteer, sometimes once a week, sometimes more and sometimes with the assistance of her family.

“It’s more to do with the environment. The longer you stay the better [you get],” Lixia said.

“I like living here. The people are very nice, very friendly and the environment is very good, the air is fresh.”

Lixia is currently learning to drive and now has a Certificate III in Children Services.

 

The #WaysWeHello series explores and celebrates some of the many different greetings you may encounter in the Latrobe Valley to encourage greater social connection across our diverse community.

Say Ni Hao to Lixia!

Lives in Moe

Ni Hao.

Lixia – Mandarin

 

Of all the culture shocks of moving to a new country, it was a quick trip to the shops that offered Lixia the clearest reminder she wasn’t in China anymore.

Ten years ago, Lixia, her husband Anthony and their son Bart shifted from the bustling South China province of Guangdong and its population of more than 100 million people in an area smaller than the state of Victoria, to the quiet surrounds of Moe.

“When I first came here I went into Kmart at 6:00pm and they said ‘you need to come back’ and I said ‘no I only just came in’,” Lixia recalled.

“Every shop in China closes at 11:00pm or maybe midnight. I didn’t see the sign and didn’t realise and it was only me and one other person there.”

Lixia soon adjusted and fell in love with her new home and the community in which Anthony grew up. The pair met while working at the same school in China, where Anthony was teaching English.

They returned to the Latrobe Valley shortly before Bart’s first birthday, with daughter Mary born a few years later.

Lixia’s first language is Mandarin, which she still speaks regularly with her family back in China, often via messaging app WeChat.

While Lixia learned some English at school in China, she credits Take 5 Magazine as her most effective tool for picking up the language.

Reading and writing the language have proved easier than speaking it, but the Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network’s Chit Chat Coffee Cart initiative has offered an invaluable opportunity to develop her conversation skills.

Lixia was introduced to the cart through Latrobe Community Health Service’s weekly Multicultural Friendship Group and has been an active volunteer, sometimes once a week, sometimes more and sometimes with the assistance of her family.

“It’s more to do with the environment. The longer you stay the better [you get],” Lixia said.

“I like living here. The people are very nice, very friendly and the environment is very good, the air is fresh.”

Lixia is currently learning to drive and now has a Certificate III in Children Services.

 

The #WaysWeHello series explores and celebrates some of the many different greetings you may encounter in the Latrobe Valley to encourage greater social connection across our diverse community.

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