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32: A Youthful Approach to Learning Chinese with Lizzie Tai

Complete show note: Lizzie is an Australian but grew up in New Zealand and Australia. Lizzie studied Chinese formally for 1.5 years at the university level but studied informally by living in Beijing for 13 years. Lizzie now lives in Melbourne Australia, working as a primary school teacher, as a specialist EAL teacher (English as an Additional Language). Interesting fact: Lizzie was born in a small town in Germany called Blankenstien Join our Facebook...


31: Overnight Train Journeys - The Ultimate Immersive Experience with Hannah Jackson

Complete show note: Hannah comes from the United Kingdom. Hannah has studied Chinese for 4 years and lived in China for 5 years. She is now living in London and works for the Body Shop. Interesting fact: She has a six-month-old puppy called Snoop.


30: How Learning Chinese Led to Personal and Professional Success with Santiago Mateos

Complete show note: Santiago is dual Australian and British citizen. His hometown is Sydney Australia. He has lived, studied and worked in Australia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Japan. Apart from English and Chinese, Santiago also speaks fluent Japanese, intermediate Spanish and used to be able to speak French at an advanced level. Santiago is now 35 years old, he owns and manages a boutique China consultancy and digital agency, which is also...


28: Learning Chinese Acrobatics and Mandarin with Latonya Wigginton

Show note: Latonya is from Brisbane Australia. She has studied Chinese for 5 years. Latonya is now 23 years old, living in Melbourne and working as an acrobat. Interesting fact: She is a vegetarian.


27: Be Brave Enough to Make Mistakes and You’ll Be Wiser the Next Time with Imelda Lapthorne

Show note: Imelda is from Queensland Australia. Now living in Melbourne. She speaks English natively and she is also fluent in Chinese and Italian. Imelda has learned Chinese for more than 8 years. Now she is working in international education. Interesting fact: She loves travelling and she enjoys learning phrases in the local language.


26: Get Your Heart into Learning Chinese with Andreas Goller

Andreas is from Germany and he speaks German natively. Apart from speaking fluent English and Chinese, he also speaks rusty fluent French, intermediate Thai and some basic Japanese and Korean. That’s 7 languages. Andreas has studied Chinese for 8 years and he now lives in Guangzhou China. He is now 27 years old, working as a project manager at the German Chamber of Commerce. Interesting fact: He once travelled from Singapore to Germany via land.


25: Life as a Foreign Student in the Chinese Education System with Cameron Patterson

Show note: Cameron comes from Wales in UK. Apart from English and Chinese, he is also learning Swedish since his girlfriend is from there. Cameron first started learning Chinese 14 years ago, but he has studied it properly for 7 years. Cameron is now 22 years old, living in Lancaster and studying for a masters degree in physics at Lancaster University. Interesting fact: He got to perform for the Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to the...


24: Finding a Love for Teaching and Learning After Moving to China with Mike Goffman

Show note: Mike is from Minnesota, United States. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks basic Spanish. Mike studied Chinese on and off for 5 years, then just learned through daily things. Mike is 37 years old, now living in Shanghai and teaching Design Technology at an international school. Interesting fact about Mike: He hates eating tomatoes but he loves foods with tomato in them.


22: A Lifelong Journey of Chinese Learning with Bridie Allen

Show note: Bridie 宋玉滢 was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Apart from English and Chinese, Bridie also speaks Italian at an intermediate level as well as some Spanish. Bridie has been studying Chinese for 17 years since primary school, but more seriously since high school. She has lived in China for about a year all together through various trips. Bridie is now 22 years old, currently doing her third year of Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese at...


19: Seeing an Ugly Side to China and Persevering Through It with Joseph Strong

Show note: Joseph was born in Germany but raised in the USA, mainly in Colorado, currently, lives in Denver. Joseph began studying Chinese 8 years ago. After 2.5 years of study, he moved to China for 4 years. Joseph now works for the Colorado Judicial Branch of government and his current position is a clerk to a magistrate. One interesting fact about Joseph: He enjoys running and attended the Shanghai marathon in 2013 and got a very ugly orange shirt for...


18: Learning Fluent Chinese by Avoiding the Classroom with Jonathan Kos-Read

Show note: Jonathan is an American film and television actor based in China. Jonathan was born in Torrance, California, in 1973. He attended the film and acting schools of New York University but completed his university career there studying molecular biology. Jonathan began studying Mandarin Chinese at New York University, and relocated to China in 1997 and started his acting career 2 years later. One interesting fact about Jonathan: He is an actor and...


17: How Learning Chinese for Job Prospects Turned into a Passion with Laurence Heyes

Show note: Laurence is from the United Kingdom. His parents currently live in Edinburgh. Laurence has spent 3 years learning Chinese. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks Dutch at beginner’s level. At the age of 22, Laurence goes to university in London and live there during term time. However, he is now studying abroad in Beijing. Two interesting facts about Laurence: Laurence was born on New Year’s Day. Laurence likes running half marathons....


16: Using Theatre and Song to Make Learning Chinese Fun with David Kral

David’s Chinese name is 王大伟. He is from Melbourne, Australia. Apart from English and Chinese, David also speaks a little bit of Italian and French. David started learning Chinese 10 years ago since year 7 in high school. He is now an English and Chinese teacher, completing a Masters of Secondary Teaching at the University of Melbourne. David also performs bilingual musical shows at Primary and Secondary schools to encourage students to learn languages. One interesting fact about David:...


15: Making Connections and Starting a Family in China with Sally Waters

Sally had always wanted to become fluent in a second language but didn’t get the chance until she started learning Chinese at university. Her first trip to China was twenty years ago. Sally is fluent in spoken and written Chinese and has attained professional accreditation as a translator in the direction from Chinese to English. Sally is from Brisbane, Australia, now working as a yoga teacher but also teaches Chinese privately to people in her neighbourhood. One interesting fact about...


14: An Interesting and Insightful Take on Chinese Language with Tristan McCarthy

Tristan was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and he lived in Melbourne for the last 5 years. Tristan speaks English natively and Mandarin Chinese. He started learning Chinese since 2013 and now at the age of 24, he is studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. One interesting fact about Tristan: He won the second place in Oceania in the 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition. See full show note at


12: Speaking Fluent Chinese Without Ever Living in China with Andrei Zlotchevski

Andrei comes from Moscow Russia. He started learning Chinese 6 years ago. Apart from speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese, he speaks Russian, French and English all at native level. He is now 22 years old. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in mathematics at McGill University. His field of research is probability theory. One interesting fact about Andrei: At the age of 11, he won an international mathematics competition and almost exactly 10 years from that day at age 21, he won the...


11: Building an Acting Career by Speaking Chinese with Lawrence Farley

Lawrence is from Texas United States. Currently living in Los Angeles. Lawrence has studied Chinese for almost 7 years. Having just returned to the US and moved to LA, he is now doing acting, modelling, hosting, and writing jobs. Lawrence did some standup in China and plans on doing it in the US as well. One interesting fact about Lawrence in his own words: Despite being 6 foot 3 (192cm) and busting my ass for a model’s frame, it’s completely hollow. I am at best mediocre at all sports;...


10: From American Farms to Chinese Villages with Matt Ekhoff

Matt grew up on a farm in the US. He spent some time learning Chinese in China and he is now living in Chicago in the US. Matt is now 28 years old, working for a Chinese airline. One interesting fact about Matt in his own words: The coolest thing I did in China was taking a bike trip through the countryside. When I was sitting by a lake eating my lunch, dozens of fish started to jump out of the water. I never knew China had such beautiful nature.


9: Make learning Chinese simple and fun with Anthony Jarvis

Anthony is from Darwin Australia, now living in London England since 2012. He has learnt Chinese for 3 and a half years and planning to take HSK 6 exam soon. Anthony is 27 years old and now studying full time in International Studies (which is essentially international relations) and Chinese. One interesting fact about Anthony in his own words: Even though I am left handed naturally I can only write Chinese properly with my right hand.


8: How to Learn Chinese by Yourself with Nick Lenczewski

Nick is from the United States and currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His native language is English. Apart from that, he speaks fluent Mandarin and basic Cantonese. Nick has studied Chinese for almost 10 years now. At 32 years old he now has a website and a book that help people find a job and create a life in China. He also does Chinese translation and interpretation. Here’s one interesting fact about Nick in his own words: I’m addicted to Seinfeld. Seinfeld is an American comedy...


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