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.

Benjamin Zephaniah on Learning Mandarin Chinese I'm Learning Mandarin

For Today’s podcast I had the honour of interviewing a very distinguished guest. Benjamin Zephaniah is best known as one of Britain’s favourite poets. He is also a political activist, playwright and novelist who has been listed as one of Britain’s 50 greatest postwar writers by the Times newspaper.  One of the lesser known aspects of Benjamin’s life is his interest in foreign languages and in particular Mandarin. In his Autobiography, the life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, he writes about his decades long exploration of the Chinese language and culture. I wanted to find out more about why he took on the challenge of learning Chinese, how he went about doing so and why he believes language learning can be a powerful tool against bigotry and war.  Links:  For more blogs & podcasts: Benjamin's Website: Benjamin's autobiography: Dreaming in Chinese, Deborah Fallows:
  1. Benjamin Zephaniah on Learning Mandarin Chinese
  2. Expectations Vs Reality of Learning Chinese (With Luke Truman)
  3. Learning Mandarin with Graded Readers
  4. The Key Predictors of Mandarin Success
  5. Overcoming the Intermediate Plateau

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