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Journey to Chinese Fluency | Learn Chinese | Culture | Technique | Motivation

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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.

Duration: 00:44:13

23: Living in China as a Kid and Going on to Win the 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition with Bradley Meredith

Show note: Bradley has dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship. Apart from English and Mandarin Chinese, he also speak a smattering of Cantonese. Bradley first started learning Chinese when he was about 6 and he studied a few years of Chinese through the New Zealand high school curriculum and a couple of Mandarin University papers. Bradley now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and he has recently graduated from university and currently work as a full...

Duration: 00:38:33

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...

Duration: 00:30:09

21: When in China, Do as the Chinese Do with Iain Inglis

Show note: Iain is from the city of Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom. Iain has always enjoyed learning foreign languages. Apart from English and Chinese, he started to learn the ancient Celtic language of Welsh when he was in primary school. He has learnt French for seven or eight years and his university course was interpreting and translating Russian and German into English. He also has some conversational Japanese since he...

Duration: 00:42:28

20: Sharing 2 Decades Worth of Experiences and Advice About China, with Richard Doran

Show note: Richard is from Dublin, Ireland born in 1976. His native language is English (with a bit of Irish). Richard lived in China from 1998 to 2013. Since then have been back several times a year for work as an educational consultant. One interesting fact about Richard: He went to China as a bet and ended up living in China for 16 years.

Duration: 00:51:10

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...

Duration: 01:11:26

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...

Duration: 00:49:26

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....

Duration: 00:44:23

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:...

Duration: 01:12:46

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...

Duration: 00:55:22

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

Duration: 00:45:42

13: How Speaking Chinese Opened the Door to a Happier Life with Diogo Ilheu

Diogo is from Portugal. Currently studying International Relations at University of Lisbon. Diogo has studied Chinese for almost 3 years and will be representing Portugal in the Chinese Bridge worldwide competition for college students. Besides Portuguese which is his native language, he can also speak English, Chinese and a conversational level of Spanish. Two interesting facts about Diogo: 1. His Chinese name is 李白lǐ bái which is identical to THE most famous Chinese poet of all...

Duration: 00:50:37

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...

Duration: 00:33:50

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;...

Duration: 00:44:48

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.

Duration: 00:28:00

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.

Duration: 00:43:50

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...

Duration: 00:40:27

7: Half Third Tone, Space Repetition and Avoid Burnout with Anthony Roberts

Anthony is from Connecticut, USA. Anthony is in his late 30s. He speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese. Apart from that, he can also speak Thai at basic conversation level and bits and pieces in Cantonese and Teochew 潮州话 which are another 2 dialects of Chinese. Anthony is married. Now teaching martial arts and just started doing some English-Mandarin interpreting.

Duration: 00:40:54

6: Accidentally Learnt Chinese to Fluency with Klaudia Klonowska

Klaudia is from Poland. Her native language is Polish. Apart from Chinese and English, she also speaks Spanish and learning French and Korean at the moment. Klaudia started her journey learning Chinese since she was 13. She is now an undergraduate student in Amsterdam Netherlands.

Duration: 00:29:24

5: How to Reach Chinese Fluency Academically with Anthony Paul Williams

Anthony is from High Wycombe, England. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks French and German. Anthony is a NAATI professional Chinese-English translator, a tutor, a musician and a song-writer. He started learning Chinese since 14 years old and continued learning Chinese in high school and university. Anthony has just turned 30, now living in Melbourne Australia and completing his PhD in Chinese computational linguistics and teaching Chinese part-time in Monash University.

Duration: 00:36:02

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