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Achieving a Near Native Chinese Accent with Professor Karen Chung (Podcast) I'm Learning Mandarin

Links:  Karen's Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQEWEPIHLzQ My Roadmap to Learning Mandarin Tones: https://imlearningmandarin.com/2022/02/12/its-never-too-late-to-learn-chinese-tones-heres-how/ On today’s podcast, I chat with a very distinguished guest. Someone  who has designed a technique she believes can help learners of any  language achieve near native accents. Karen Chung from the USA has lived in Taiwan for more than 30 years  and for most of that time has worked as a linguistics professor at the  National Taiwan University. In 2018 a Ted Talk which she delivered in flawless Mandarin received over a million views  and brought her methods to the attention of a large international  audience. In the video she explains her accent training technique which she  calls the echo method. The method which is based on her own learning  experiences takes advantage of our echoic memory. First we listen to a sentence or phrase in our target language,  waiting for the audio to replay or echo in our minds, before finally  mimicking it out loud. Doing it this way allows us to mimic native  speech much more closely than conventional listen and repeat methods. In this podcast, we explore her own language learning journey, how  she learned Mandarin to such a high level and why she disagrees with  conventional language learning opinion which argues accents don’t matter  as long as we can more or less make ourselves understood. She also kindly agreed to give me a brief demonstration of her method to help improve my own Mandarin accent.
  1. Achieving a Near Native Chinese Accent with Professor Karen Chung (Podcast)
  2. How This Medical Student Became Totally Fluent in Chinese Within One Year While Living in the UK
  3. Mental Health, Language Learning & the Psychological Highs and Lows of Learning Chinese
  4. The Final Verdict. How Effective is Duolingo Chinese?
  5. Matt Vs Japan on why your accent matters, Stephen Krashen, the input hypothesis and much more

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