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My First Ever Podcast Discussion Recorded Entirely in Mandarin Chinese! 中式礼貌和英式礼貌有什么区别? I'm Learning Mandarin

Today’s episode is a very special edition in which, for the first time ever, the discussion is recorded entirely in Mandarin Chinese.  For some background: Last Christmas I wrote a blog in which I set my new years’ resolution. And the goal for 2022 was to work hard on my speaking skills and get to a level within one year where I’d feel comfortable recording podcast discussions in fluent Mandarin. So after several months of hard work, I’m finally ready to post my first episode – and hopefully the first of many – in Chinese. I’m joined by my Chinese friend Katherine who is a keen language learner and a graduate in translation studies. She’s currently studying a masters in English literature while living in the UK.  A few months ago she came on the podcast to talk about Chinese polite culture and common attitudes Chinese people often have towards learners of Mandarin as a second language. Today we chat about all the ways ways in which Chinese politeness differs from British politeness based on Katherine's experience of living here for over a year.
  1. My First Ever Podcast Discussion Recorded Entirely in Mandarin Chinese! 中式礼貌和英式礼貌有什么区别?
  2. Mandarin Retreat: This New Language Learning Initiative Aims to Replicate the Experience of Total Chinese Immersion Outside Chinese Speaking Countries
  3. Tolerating Ambiguity: How to Cope With Not Understanding When Learning Chinese
  4. How to Overcome the Problem of Chinese Tones
  5. Does Stephen Krashen's Input Hypothesis & Comprehensible Input Work for Learning Mandarin Chinese?

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