Many students go to China are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture but don’t really take the time and effort to study either. This was not the case for Jan Wostyn who, in 2001 came to China and studied at three different top universities (华中师范大学,厦门大学,复旦大学) ,and then co-founded Hutong School, which is now …
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In a number of our previous Podcasts I’ve previously recommended Italki, a platform to find online language teachers. As technology is developing, it’s now very easy and convenient to find language teachers and tutors to meet your learning needs. Yet, just how you make the most of your online classes is essential to your studies. …
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My frustration with learning Mandarin Although I have tried to learn Chinese over the past few years, my Chinese language skills are basic to say the least. I used to take lessons locally with an in-person tutor. The biggest problem though was that I couldn’t take lessons with her on a regular basis. For one …
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I’m very pleased to welcome Albert Wolfe to this week’s Podcast interview. Albert is an expert and quite a “star” in the Mandarin Chinese learning world and I have been following his blog LaowaiChinese.net(老外中文)for quite a long time. Albert now lives in Guangzhou, China. We covered a plethora of topics in this session, including his …
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Life is full of ups and downs and some people believe that for every piece of good news there is some bad or not so good news coming your way. However, often the bad news is not so serious and can easily be overcome—leaving you to focus on the good news such as passing an …
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Computers and their associated software are the mainstay of office working life—in fact, it’s hard to imagine how we managed to work without them! Yet, now and then, malfunctions occur and this may be with the hardware or, more likely, the software which is susceptible to virus or malware applications. Then, just who do you …
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It’s always upsetting or disappointing when something goes wrong or doesn’t go according to plan; and, perhaps, more so when the issue or problem is not caused by you. Some things you can endeavour to solve to get over your disappointment, but with others such as the weather there is very little you can do …
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Most people enjoying reading for leisure, as well as reading to learn. If you like novels or stories you probably have your own particular tastes in what you prefer to read, and it’s rare for someone to like, say, science fiction and also classic literature. Still, that’s just one of the reasons why there are …
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Success can mean different things to different people. To some it’s all about getting ahead in your career, getting a high salary and becoming a leader at work. To others it’s more to do with having a family, preferably a son and a daughter, and being able to take care of them and see them …
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Welcome to another Podcast interview! Today’s guest is Ivan Batishchev who is a PR and digital communications executive from Italki. Ivan lives and works in Shanghai, China and can speak 5 languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, German and, of course, Mandarin Chinese! In this interview, he shares lots of his interesting experiences and stories about his …
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