The first time I met Ian we were walking around Shanghai for a work event, talking about the challenges of learning Mandarin Chinese. When he casually described the Mandarin Chinese script (cursive) book he had to special order, my mouth dropped and I made a mental note to ask him to be on the podcast later. Thankfully he agreed to do this.
Because of our similar learning method of focusing on reading first and speaking later, this conversation was a turning point for me. Hearing how far Ian has been able to get with this strategy, I finally could envision my own future success in the language, which to that point felt very illusive. (Thanks Ian!) Fair warning, you will want to dig into the show notes for this episode to save some of his learning recommendations.
16:00 Card catalogue
19:41 “Fun with Chinese Characters”
35:00 “How Chinese characters can change English language education: Jonathan Stalling at TEDxOU”
39:40 “Chinese in a Flash”
40:00 Bookstores on Fuzhou Lu, book and cultural street in Shanghai
50:00 Four Chinese character idioms
51:28 New York Times Mandarin Chinese bilingual website, The Chairman’s Bao, BBC News Chinese language edition
56:40 Skritter, Chinese Pod, Anki, ChinesePod , Du Chinese , Word Swing
1:03:16 ADVChina YouTube channel
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