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For everyone who is trying to learn Chinese or reaching for the next level, you came to the right place! Hosts Jared Turner and John Pasden bring you this new podcast series to discuss everything learning Chinese. Together they started the Mandarin Companion graded reader series and John has been a fixture in Chinese education for over a decade. You'll find helpful information, inspiring stories, and practical guidance on your journey of learning Chinese. You can do this!

For everyone who is trying to learn Chinese or reaching for the next level, you came to the right place! Hosts Jared Turner and John Pasden bring you this new podcast series to discuss everything learning Chinese. Together they started the Mandarin Companion graded reader series and John has been a fixture in Chinese education for over a decade. You'll find helpful information, inspiring stories, and practical guidance on your journey of learning Chinese. You can do this!
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For everyone who is trying to learn Chinese or reaching for the next level, you came to the right place! Hosts Jared Turner and John Pasden bring you this new podcast series to discuss everything learning Chinese. Together they started the Mandarin Companion graded reader series and John has been a fixture in Chinese education for over a decade. You'll find helpful information, inspiring stories, and practical guidance on your journey of learning Chinese. You can do this!

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English


Episodes

#14 How to Pronounce Like a Pro

7/15/2019
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How is your pronunciation? In this podcast, John and Jared discuss Chinese pronunciation, common pitfalls, and tips on how to sound even better when you’re speaking Chinese. Learn how to pronounce like a pro! Guest interview is with Shang Zhu Zhang, who at age 7 moved to Canada, learned French and English, and forgot how to speak Mandarin. She will share her journey of how she reconnected with her Chinese roots and finally learned Chinese as an adult. Please write us a review on Apple...

Duration:00:51:28

#13 The Four Keys to Learning Chinese You Need to Know

7/1/2019
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Are you doing the right things to learn Chinese? In this episode, John and Jared discuss the Four Strands of language learning developed by Paul Nation, a famous researcher in vocabulary acquisition, and how we can use these four keys to identify strengths and weaknesses in any language program. After listening to this show, you’ll not only be able to identify a good Chinese program, you’ll know what you need to do to optimize your progress towards fluency! Gest interview is with Daniel...

Duration:00:56:00

#12 Knowledge vs Proficiency

6/16/2019
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You may know a lot of Chinese, but are you proficient in it? Or maybe you’ve studied for a long time but are still unable to speak or hold a simple conversation. Jared and John discuss this as one of the most common issues among language learners and offer practical advice on how to balance the two with an emphasis on how to build Chinese language proficiency. You’ll also get a rant and a rave. Guest interview is with Elyse Ribbons, playwright, webmistress, radio host, Peking opera...

Duration:00:53:46

#11 How to Build Reading Fluency

6/3/2019
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What makes a fluent reader in Chinese? To cut through the wide range of opinions on this subject, this episode delves into the research behind what makes a reader fluent and what you can do to achieve reading fluency in Chinese. Join John and Jared on this insightful discussion that dispel myths and help you know what to focus on. And of course, you’ll get a rant and a rave. Guest interview is with Ola Jagielska from Poland who has learned multiple languages including Chinese. If you like...

Duration:00:51:05

#10 The Stages of Learning Chinese

5/20/2019
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Jared gives a review of the 2019 National Chinese Language Conference in San Diego, California, and John & Jared discuss the different stages of learning Chinese. As usual, you’ll get a rant and a rave, including a rant that goes into a unique tangent. Guest interview is with John D’Andrea who began learning Chinese back in the 70’s and teaches Chinese today. You’ll discover how much the methods of learning Chinese have progressed to what we have today. A fascinating perspective that will...

Duration:01:02:47

#9 Skritter CEO Jacob Gill Interview

5/6/2019
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Jared & John field a question from a listener asking a question pertaining to Chinese linguistics, a subject in which John just happens to have a masters degree. As usual, you’ll get a rant and a rave, and Jared pulls out the original Chinese emoji: 囧 (jiǒng). Guest interview is with Jacob Gill, the CEO of Skritter. Jake originally thought he could never learn a second language but has gone on to obtain a high level of Chinese without having spent extensive time in Asia. If you like the...

Duration:00:57:05

#8 Tones, Music, and Confidence

4/22/2019
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Jared & John discuss everything you wanted to know about tones but were afraid to ask. They highlight why they are important, what makes them difficult, where learners usually go wrong, and how to polish your tones to sound better than you thought possible. You’ll get a rant about Chinese teachers using English names and mixing simplified and traditional characters together. Guest interview is with Dr. David Moser, Chinese professor, author, Chinese language performer, translator, media...

Duration:01:05:21

#7 The Myth of Learning Chinese Like a Child

4/8/2019
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Jared & John talk about the myth of adults learning Chinese like a child. If you think this is the best way for someone to learn, you may come away with not only a different perspective but also new ideas on how you can learn Chinese faster. John and Jared also discuss a listeners question, fake graded readers, and the mystique of the Chinese typewriter (yes, it’s a real thing). Our guest interview is with Matt McGill. Some might call Matt a Scottish version of Harrison Ford; he started out...

Duration:00:58:15

#6 Chinese Immersion: The Home Version

3/25/2019
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This episode is all about how to immerse yourself in the language without having to travel half way around the world. Jared and John share all sorts of tried and true tips from learners everywhere, including some you’ve probably never heard of! Get the scoop on reading, movies, music, and tricks to help you create that immersive environment. You’ll even get a sample of the “Crazy Rich Asians” soundtrack and the Youtube channel “Chinese Buddy”, plus John will tell you what he thinks is the...

Duration:00:59:03

#5 Writing Characters: Is It Worth Your Time?

3/11/2019
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In this episode, we talk about a number of common questions people have about reading and writing in Chinese. We challenge the conventional wisdom that kids books in Chinese are good things to read when you are learning Chinese (spoiler; they're not). You'll also learn why so many books in Chinese have pinyin over the top of the characters and how this can negatively impact our learning. We also address the question students face in our modern age: should I learn to hand write Chinese...

Duration:00:56:52

#4 Chinese Language Power Struggles

2/25/2019
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In this episode, John introduces the concept of language power struggles which is when you want to practice your Chinese with a Chinese person, but they will only talk to you in English. We also talk about the reverse when you are speaking English and the other person is speaking Chinese and you both understand each other, kind of like Han Solo and Chewbacca. We delve into the different accents in Chinese along with the myriad of different "dialects" in Chinese and how in reality many of...

Duration:00:46:54

#3 Chinese Dual Immersion: It's Been Going On Longer Than You Think

2/7/2019
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In this episode, Jared asks John how his Chinese became so good, Chinese that is so good that he once asked him the word for "puppet" and he knew it offhand. In the US, there are nearly 300 Chinese dual language immersion schools and they have been going on for decades. Caitlin Lee graduated from such a program over ten years ago and it will make you wish you learned Chinese like this! She shares her experience of learning Chinese as a kid including how it has impacted her life and career....

Duration:03:07:01

#2 Why Chinese is Taught the Way It Is

2/7/2019
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In this episode, John and Jared talk about why Chinese is taught the way it is, can we learn Chinese the way a child does, and how do you keep up your Chinese? You'll also get a rant and a rave. A guest interview with Josh Campbell, a public relations executive in China to talk about his experience with learning Chinese in the 90's and how it has impacted his career, including his experience with managing the Singapore Airlines crash of 2000 in Taiwan. Find us at www.MandarinCompanion.com

Duration:02:36:32

#1 Introduction

2/4/2019
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Introduction to the podcast, getting to know Jared Turner and John Pasden, and an overview of what this podcast is all about. What This Podcast Is This is the very first Chinese podcast of it’s kind! Here is what it is all about. For each show, Jared and John will be discussing different topics followed by a guest interview. We already have many interviews recorded with guests sharing their fascinating and wide ranging experiences with learning Chinese including an actor, a public...

Duration:00:15:31