38: Language: American Expat in Asia, Eric Olander of the China in Africa Podcast, On Mandarin Chinese Learning As a Lifelong Relationship, Part 2
In this episode we continue our conversation from episode 8 with Eric Olander about his 33 year Mandarin Chinese language learning experience. Eric is a Journalist, Blogger, Media Executive, and Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the China Africa Project which includes the China in Africa Podcast, which he co-hosts weekly with Cobus Van Staden.
Last time we chatted with Eric in episode 8 he shared his controversial learning methods but this time we dig into more of the cultural side of the Mandarin Chinese. We learn about how learning about how the time indicator 了 (le) can be thought of as a time bridge, how he knew he achieved a certain level of language learning competency when he got yelled at in Chinese and so much more.
-Chengyu, 3 Chinese character sayings
-”rubber time” https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rubber-time
-”Misunderstood” by Tanya Crossman
-Dolce and Gabbana & recent events in China
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