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Key Predictors of Mandarin Success (Podcast)

On today’s episode I discuss learning Mandarin with a man who has not only learned the language for  himself, he’s also observed the trajectories of hundreds of other learners over the years.  Max Hobbs is Marketing Director at the leading Chinese language school, LTL Mandarin. He first came into contact with Chinese while backpacking in…

Three Ways Native Speakers React to Chinese Learners

Two years ago I hosted a party for the language exchange group I run. My guests included a mixture of Chinese and English friends who were all keen to practice their language skills. Some brought along friends of their own who I had never met before. When my first Chinese guests arrived I showed them…

Cracking the Intermediate Plateau (Podcast)

*The I’m Learning Mandarin Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify . If you enjoyed this content please subscribe on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review. You can also subscribe to this blog to have new posts and podcasts pinged straight to your email. As an intermediate Mandarin learner, one of…

Can You Speak A Foreign Language With 400 Words?

Two years ago I had an experience which completely altered my perspective on language learning. I travelled to Taiwan for a three week trip and quickly realised I had vastly overestimated my proficiency in Chinese. I had hoped the trip would consolidate all my studies over the previous two years. In my naive state as…

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