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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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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The job market in China is very competitive and employers are always looking out for new, capable staff. It’s very tempting to change jobs for more money, or if you think you will have better promotion prospects in another company. Learn how to discuss in Mandarin Chinese about your career plans or listen to a …
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It’s a great characteristic to have if you are strong minded and determined. There are many situations in life where you need such willpower to get you through adversity or challenging times. Being able to learn Mandarin Chinese effectively also needs willpower to keep going and not to give up when you,  sometimes, might feel …
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