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Guest Post: Learning Chinese Taught Me To Be Comfortable Making A Fool Of Myself

Many Chinese learners feel embarrassed when speaking the language in front of others and are afraid of being judged negatively for making mistakes. In this guest post language teacher and blogger, Lingo Geek, writes about how learning Mandarin helped him overcome his lifelong fear of making a fool of himself in public. There were countless…

The Final Verdict. How Effective is Duolingo Chinese? (Podcast)

*This podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Pocket Casts and Breaker. Please subscribe on your favoured podcast provider and leave a review. On today’s podcast we discuss the world’s most popular language app, Duolingo. I’ve long been a critic of Duolingo, having spent a ridiculous amount of time completing the Mandarin Duolingo…

Reality Check: Can You Actually Master Mandarin in Six Months?

Recently I watched a YouTube video (see below) titled “How I Mastered Chinese in 6 Months.” The video has done pretty well – as videos with enticing titles often do – amassing over 100,000 views in a few months. It begins with a clarification. The vlogger admits that by “mastering” the language she is referring…

Matt Vs Japan on Input, Stephen Krashen, Why Accents Matter & Much More (Podcast)

*This podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Pocket Casts and Breaker. Please subscribe on your favoured podcast provider and leave a review. On today’s podcast we have a very special guest, the YouTube superstar and fluent Japanese speaker Matt Vs Japan. Matt is a well known face in the language learning community…

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