Language Assistants and Mentors

For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

The Asian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning languages. These include the Chinese Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and Mentors who support language learning through weekly interactive activities and cultural events. The weekly Language Table is a shared meal which provides opportunities to informally practice speaking a range of with the Language Assistants, faculty members, and students. The Q&A sessions with the Language Mentor offer more support around the concepts of learning the language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Chinese Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Photo of Yegi Seo, Korean Language Assistant

Yeji Seo, Language Assistant for Korean

안녕하세요. My name is Yeji and I am from Korea. I'm majoring in Art History and especially interested in fashion. I love reading fashion magazines, watching films, and learning different cultures and languages. When I first came to Mount Holyoke College, I was so happy to find out that the college offers Korean classes and there are many students who are interested in Korean culture and language. So, as a language assistant, I am more than happy to help you with Korean and talk about Korean culture. Please feel free to ask me anything about Korea.

Ayame Yazawa

Ayame Yazawa, Language Assistant for Japanese

My name is Ayame and I am from Tokyo, Japan. I'm double majoring in Economics and Psychology. My hobbies include shopping, playing tennis, and watching movies. As a language assistant, I am very excited to help you with Japanese and talk about Japanese culture. I also did study abroad last year, 2017-2018, at International Christian University in Tokyo. So if you have any concerns about the study abroad program, please feel free to ask me anything!

Dongge (Holly) Chen

Dongge (Holly) Chen, Language Assistant for Chinese

Ni Hao! I'm Dongge and I'm a sophomore from China. I major in Mathematics and International Relations. The literal meaning of my name is 'Winter Song,' and that's the main reason that winter is my favorite season! In my spare time I read international news and go to the gym. I'm very interested in photography, fashion clothing, and also Chinese traditional clothing. As the language assistant for Chinese LLC this year, I would really like to share my interest and personal knowledge with students who are curious about Chinese language and culture.

Yuming Wang, Japanese Language Assistant

Yuming Wang, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hello, my name is Yuming Wang, and I am class of 2022. I was born in Nanjing, China and moved to Japan when I was eight. I'm a member of the ice hockey team, and I enjoy painting and watching anime in my spare time. As a language assistant, I hope to share my experience in Japan and make the learning process more enjoyable for everyone. Please feel free to talk to me outside of the review session or language table! I'm looking forward to learning Japanese with you all!


Qianzhen (Annie) Fu, Mentor in Chinese

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Thursdsays 7:30-8:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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Hi, my name is Qianzhen (Annie) Fu. My major is Art History, my minor Anthropology. I am from Chengdu, China. I love dancing and listening to music. I have studied abroad in Japan and Germany, and such international exposures made me realize the importance of cultural interactions. I feel driven by being able to help people with learning language.

Huixuan (Christy) Pang

Huixuan (Christy) Pang, Language Assistant in Chinese

Hi! I'm Huixuan (Christy) Pang, a first-year student. I'm a from Jilin China. I am now studying German and willing to study French later. I love learning languages, and I enjoy playing the piano and hiking during my spare time. I am also a sponsor of the Girl up Club. I love teaching children from LEDCs as a volunteer. You are welcome to join us!

As the LA for the Chinese floor this year, I’d like to share my experience in China and make language fun of learning. Feel free to talk to me at any time. Hope to see you all!

Hinako Yamaguchi is standing in front of a bench and foliage.

Hinako Yamaguchi, Japanese Language Assistant and Language Mentor

Hi, my name is Hinako Yamaguchi. I am a proud member of the Class of 2022 and am an intended religion major. I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but I spent the last 10 years in Yokohama, Japan. My hobby is to watch figure skating. I look forward to studying Japanese with all of you.

Lucy Rabinowitz, a Mount Holyoke Student and Arabic Language Mentor

Lucy Rabinowitz, Arabic Language Mentor

Hello, my name is Lucy and I'm from New York City. I am majoring in Art History, and I'm especially interested in film and television. I am minoring in Arabic and have been studying it since my first semester here at Mount Holyoke. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching tv, and drawing. I have loved learning Arabic here. I’ve made a lot of friends while studying and practicing the language, and I’m excited to meet you all at the Q&A sessions! I know how difficult learning Arabic can be, so please feel free to ask me if you have any questions!