Tolerating Ambiguity: How to Cope With Not Understanding Chinese (Podcast)

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New language learners often find it difficult to cope with the experience of not understanding.  We’re used to being in situations in our native language where we can understand almost everything perfectly. 

To go from that to suddenly being bombarded with words, phrases and grammatical contractions that are totally alien and incomprehensible to us can be quite jarring. 

Yet studies have shown that having higher tolerance thresholds for ambiguity can be a decisive factor in language learning success. 

So on today’s podcast I invited two friends, Karl and Jorge, to discuss how they’ve learned to cope with not understanding and how all Chinese learners can develop our tolerance of ambiguity to make the process of acquiring Chinese smoother and quicker. 

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