Launching the I’m Learning Mandarin Podcast

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I’m excited to announce the official launch of the I’m Learning Mandarin podcast. Each episode I will discuss a new topic regarding how best to learn Chinese, drawing on stories and insights from my experience of learning Mandarin outside of China over the past four years. The first episode is based on my blog about Mandarin tones. In the future, I plan to include interviews and free discussions with interesting people who can offer intelligent insight into the process of learning Chinese.

In Episode 1, I discuss common problems elementary and lower intermediate learners encounter when learning tones. My aim is to help learners who are grappling with tones realise the difficulties they experience are entirely normal but will get better over time. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Anchor, or using the podcast player below. Please comment to let me know your views and experiences, as well as suggestions for future content.

The Key Predictors of Mandarin Success I'm Learning Mandarin

On today’s episode I discuss learning Mandarin with a man who has not only learned the language for  himself, he’s also observed the trajectories of hundreds of other learners over the years.  Max Hobbs is Marketing Director at the leading Chinese language school, LTL Mandarin. He first came into contact with Chinese while backpacking in 2014 and he has since continued to study Mandarin whilst working. His position at the school has given him a real birds eye view, observing and documenting the stories of numerous students over the years at the school he works for.  I found it really insightful to talk to him about his learning experiences and in particular his observations of which attitudes and traits are the strongest predictors of a successful Mandarin learner.
  1. The Key Predictors of Mandarin Success
  2. Overcoming the Intermediate Plateau
  3. Learning Mandarin in a Global Pandemic
  4. Learning Characters with Hack Chinese
  5. Acquiring Mandarin: Naturalistic Immersion or Structured Learning?

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