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Reading, Writing & Future Mandarin Chinese Language Goals with Ryan Shuken (3 of 3) : Language NaPodPoMo 17
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.
Part 1 of this chat:
Part 3 is coming tomorrow! Ryan will expand on his reading and writing challenges and successes as well as what he plans to do to continue to improve his Mandarin Chinese language skills in the future.
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.
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What is a geopat and what does this podcast usually cover? Today we step back and take a look at the big picture of the Geopats Podcast, which is part language show, like you are hearing all of November during NaPodPoMo, and part other things too. Book, the internet, coffee and podcasting are part of this podcast. How do they connect, let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »
Podcast versus 播客 and other audio differences between English and Mandarin Chinese with James Thomas of Four Seas One Family Podcast: Language NaPodPoMo 13
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.
Guest Info: James Thomas
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?
Have you ever written or read a language that has 3 scripts with different readings of them as well? Lisa has and was kind enough to describe how she navigates writing Japanese on mobile phones and computers. This is part 2 of a 2 part interview, because NaPodPoMo, see below for more info.
Have you ever written or read a language that has 3 scripts with different readings of them as well? Lisa has and was kind enough to describe how she navigates writing Japanese on mobile phones and computers. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview, because NaPodPoMo, see below for more info.
Behind The Mic Reading Mandarin Chinese Overview with Geopats Host, Stephanie Fuccio: Language NaPodPoMo 9
Do you learn languages better by focusing on reading first? Me too! Here is an overview of my parallel Mandarin Chinese studying while this month of mini interviews about the language is going on.
Monkey's Paw graded reader: https://mandarincompanion.com/products/the-monkeys-paw/