About the Author
A native Chinese speaker fluent in English, Vivienne Zhang has been translating, interpreting and teaching for many years. She was born in the Southern Chinese province of Guangdong, a region known for its diversity of languages and cuisines. Vivienne is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, and, of course, English. A keen interest in languages has also helped Vivienne pick up basics in Japanese, German and French.
Vivienne spent her formative high school years in her hometown and soon after moved to the international city of Shenzhen (China's Silicon Valley) to continue her English studies. Her hard work and good performance were recognized by Shenzhen university, and Vivienne was awarded a scholarship (merit-based) allowing her to complete her degree in Australia. After graduation from University in 2009, Vivienne worked as a freelance interpreter for many international companies such as Huawei, Samsung, Apple, Daimler, Siemens, Areva, Peugeot, and others.
Vivienne's studying abroad encouraged in her, a strong desire to travel. With visits to 15+ countries around the world, she has a unique and worldly perspective on foreign culture that she draws upon in daily life.
In 2010, Vivienne decided to start and manage her own company in language training, cultural awareness and translation to foreign expats employed at those same multi-national companies where she worked as an interpreter previously.
Before writing her own books, Vivienne had not been satisfied with the teaching materials available for foreigners wishing to learn Chinese. Over the last several years, Vivienne had tried, tested and perfected various lessons and techniques that apply well to Chinese studies. Those techniques have proved very popular among the students and readers.
At the tender age of 24 she decided to create a series of books that teach Chinese using those unique learning methods she put together. Currently, Vivienne has all four of these books published and selling on Amazon, iTunes Store/iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and the like.