11: American Expat in China, Matthew Boyle, Created Mandarin Chinese Card Games After Becoming Fluent in Chinese
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In this episode we talk to Matthew Boyle, who started learning Mandarin Chinese thanks to an administrative error in his Arabic class registration at university. In 2011, he moved from the East Coast of the United States to Southern China and started to “play with the language” immediately.
Since then, he has progressed from learning Mandarin Chinese to making games so other people can learn the language with his company, Language Card Games. In this conversation, Matthew shares his experience with tones, language teachers, phrases to use as a vegetarian in China and so much more.
A special audio thanks to Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting. Without him the audio of this episode would have made you (and me and everyone else) want to cry.
Links to things mentioned in this episode:
-The Changing Scripts YouTube review of Language Card Games
-Matt’s Language Card Games website, YouTube channel , Twitter account and subreddit community page
-Vegetarian Mandarin Chinese phrases
-Japanese F and H sounds
- Chinese character TV reality show, 中国汉字听写大会; (pinyin: Zhōngguó hànzì tīngxiě dàhuì)
-Chinese language reading YouTube videos, here’s an example
-YouTube videos on opening toy eggs: this one has 15 million views!
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Serial expat who loves diving into the communicative messiness of a global life.