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

Qianxue Jin, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hi, my name is Qianxue Jin. I am a Japanese born Chinese and fluent in both languages. My parents also gave me a Japanese name called Chiyuki Kinn, and it is interesting that my Japanese and Chinese names are written in the same way using identical characters. I am planning to major in Philosophy or East Asian studies. In my spare time, I love to take a walk, sleep, and read. As there are still many things I find that are fresh to me in Japanese, I'm also in the process of learning the language. As a language assistant and a learner, it would be great if we could expand our knowledge of Japanese and make progress together.

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.

Joud Mar'i

Joud Mar'i, Mentor for Arabic Language

"Marhaba! I am Joud, a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behaviour with a Nexus in Biomedical Engineering. I am Palestinian, born and raised in Amman-Jordan. My name is pronounced just like the song "Hey Jude", but it is spelled differently as Joud means generosity in Arabic! In my free time, I like to beatbox and play the Darbouka! I am excited to teach Arabic and spread cultural and political awareness about our region."

Yidan Xu

Yidan Xu-Language Assistant for Chinese

"I'm Yidan from class of 2020 majoring in Economics. China is a country with a long and rich history, and Chinese is a beautiful language that as you learn more about it, you love it more and more. Teaching the fourth hour of Chinese has been one of my favorite things since I started it last year. I'm always impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work of the students. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help with Chinese. I will be very excited to meet you all!"

Lilong Teng

Lilong Teng, Language Assistant for Chinese

My name is Lilong and I am from China. I am a biochemistry and computer science double major, class of 2019. I love natural science, especially plant biology and biochemistry. I enjoy the weather here in New England (yes I do) and I love all the animals and plants living with us on campus. I’ve been tutoring Chinese for two years and I just started teaching fourth hour as a language assistant. It is my great pleasure to talk to people interested in Chinese and Chinese culture, and I am happy to help you if you have questions.