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

Nada Al Thawr, Language Assistant and Mentor for Arabic
Hours to be announced.
Contact me | Video Introduction

Marhaba, My name is Nada and I am from Sana'a, Yemen. I am planning to double major in Computer Science and International Relations. I love spending my time eating food, watching "how I met your mother" and trying to play on the piano. A fun fact about my name is that my last name literally means "The Bull" in Arabic. So I am Nada The Bull. I am very fond of languages and love learning different words in every language! If you need help with Arabic come to the Q &A!

Chinese Language Assistant and Tutor

Jiayu Wang, Mentor and Language Assistant for Chinese
Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm and Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
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你好!My name is Jiayu Wang, a junior majoring in Politics and Economics. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. In my spare time, I love to watch TV shows, listen to music and go swimming. As a Chinese mentor, I’m very glad to help you learning Chinese and share the beauty of Chinese language with you. I will be available in person and also through google hangouts.

Honami Tanaka

Honami Tanaka, Mentor for Japanese
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
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Hello, my name is Honami Tanaka, a sophomore from Fukuoka, Japan. I am planning to double major in psychology and chemistry. I like to read, sing, and ride horses. I am on the equestrian team, and I love to spend time with the horses at the equestrian center. Japanese is a beautiful language. I am glad that I get to share it with you! If you ever need help with Japanese, please feel free to stop by.

Meilian Wu, Language Assistant for Chinese

你好!I’m Meilian. I am a English major with a minor in Asian Study. I come from Beijing, China. The character “lian” in my name means “lotus,” and one fun fact is that MHC’s Chinese translated name also has this same character! That’s why I was so sure I would come here. I love reading and writing novels, writing Chinese calligraphy, watching movies while eating a lot of ice cream and sweets. As a language assistant, I love introducing Chinese to more people and make them fall in love with this beautiful language! Fell free to contact me if you want to know more about China or ever need help in learning Chinese.

Xueji Wang, Language Assistant for Chinese

Diana Chen, Language Assistant for Chinese

Hello! My name is Haonan Chen. I am a junior double majoring in East Asian Study and Psychology. I really enjoy learning new languages, doing academic research and practicing Naginata, a Japanese martial art. 

I am glad I could help you with Chinese learning and get to know this country. Also I am  the student liaison for East Asian Study department. If you have interest in this department or any related questions, please feel free to contact me! 

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 planning to major in Art History and especially interested in fashion. I love reading fashion magazines, watching films, and learning different cultures and languages. I also like to watch Korean dramas and listen to K-pop songs. 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.