One of the highlights of the MIM program is studying either Japanese or Mandarin Chinese. By studying a foreign language along with international business it allows us to be more competitive and attractive to future employers
I think many of us have bonded over the difficulty of pronouncing a new language and making comical mistakes. Since the MIM program has a large percentage of international students we are able to practice what we learn right away.
One of the Chinese teachers is Meiru Liu, she is the Director of the Confucius Institute of Portland. Liu Laoshi (Laoshi means teacher in Chinese) is an energetic and creative language teacher. She not only teaches us language but also explains Chinese manners, traditions and business customs.
During one of our classes Liu Laoshi and her assistant teachers displayed how to make and serve traditional Chinese tea. The Confucius Institute has a lovely tea set that we used, Liu Laoshi also brought fortune cookies for us to snack on. We sampled two types of tea: green and jasmine.