Multilingual reader Thom Clairmont, ThomReads in Instagram, is returning to the Geopats Podcast language show to help us complete NaPodPoMo with a bang. He is almost done with his Masters in Sinology but despite being super busy with his research, he took some time to answer questions about his reading in Mandarin Chinese and other languages. Thanks Thom!
NaPodPoMo 27: Language: Online chat, Song Lyrics & Manga Reading in Mandarin Chinese with French/German Speaker Pascal Hauser :
We should all read the same thing to learn a language well, right? Our guest today, Pascal, is a firm believer that interest level is far more important than anything else. You should hear what he used to get to his level of fluency in Mandarin Chinese. No really, you should have a listen, errr, right now. Lol. Here is his Mandarin Chinese reading story.
Is writing in Mandarin Chinese and English very different? Nanci, a local Chinese Writer I met in various cultural groups in Shanghai, was kind enough to share her experiences writing in both languages from an early age. Does anything she say surprise you? Does her experience resonate with you? Please share your ideas with us on Twitter, Instagram or via Gmail: stephfuccio is my handle in all of these places.
NaPodPoMo 19: Language: How Much Do Our Language Teachers Influence Our Personality IN a Language with Host Steph:
Do we sound like our language teachers? Do we pick up and carry with us different language and personality nuances based on their language usage? Geopats Host Stephanie dives into this idea from both a language learner AND language teacher point of view. What do you think?
Are you a beginning language learner? Do you feel inadequate, shy, hesitant about talking about your learning process? Let's work on that. #languagelearningpride at every stage should be a thing and I want to help make it a thing. Who's with me on this?
Does the phrase "practice make perfect" make you cringe? Me too! When it comes to learning and using Mandarin Chinese, our guest Venture Capitalist Ryan Shuken focuses on fluency. He mentioned this in parts 1 and 2 of this interview but really expands on this concept with real life examples in today's episode. He stresses that he wants to keep talking to people, keep reading the newspaper, and keep typing a message. Perfection is not the goal: communication is. That's not to say that being understood is not important and this is clear in Ryan's future language goals of continuing to build vocabulary to make these communicative moments even more powerful.
666 has a bad meaning in every culture, right? In today's episode Venture Capitalist Ryan Shuken explains what 666 means in Mandarin Chinese how numbers were a gateway into understanding Chinese culture for him. He also admits that focusing on communication instead of language perfection was a strong element in his success in finally becoming fluent in a language after years and years of struggle.
Have you ever had to create your own path to succeed at something? That is exactly what Venture Capitalist Ryan Shuken did to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In fact, he was so successful at it that he ended up being the Lead Interpreter for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in China. This is a 2 part interview about his amazing language learning story. Come back tomorrow and the day after for the rest of Ryan's inspiring language story.
NaPodPoMo 13: Podcast versus 播客 and other audio differences between English & Mandarin Chinese with James Thomas of Four Seas One Family Podcast
What words and phrases are to talk about podcasting in Mandarin Chinese? How are they different from English? Audio and language experienced James Thomas, Host of the Four Seas One Family Podcast oins us for today's mini episode to answer these questions.
Japanese uses 3 writing scripts but how many does English use? Lisa's 2 recent mini episodes about typing and reading Japanese in these multiple scripts got me thinking really hard about this. Guess how many scripts we use in English? Did I miss any?
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