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Ruth Schimanowski – academic guide in Beijing

Ruth Schimanowski is the director of the DAAD Beijing Office.

Ruth Schimanowski is used to being at home in a foreign country. “From an early age, I experienced myself as a foreigner, as a guest.” The head of the DAAD Beijing office grew up in Tanzania as a missionary’s daughter. In terms of foreign languages, she speaks Kiswahili, Swedish, French, English and, of course, Chinese. She particularly enjoys finding commonalities in cultural and linguistic differences: “In Chinese, you don’t throw pearls before swine, but you play the zither to a cow,” she explains about idioms.

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