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In this interview, I talk mainly about learning Chinese (no surprise there), including some personal comments on my own learning and some embarrassing mistakes I’ve made along the way.
These are the questions asked in the interview:
- How would you sum up the approach you’ve taken to learning Chinese? Do you have a certain philosophy about how you learn?
- What are your favourite tools and resources for learning Chinese?
- What type of attitude should a Chinese learner embrace?Do you see other language learners making mistakes you think they should avoid?
- Funny stories from your experience? Embarrassing language mistakes or misunderstandings?
- Any memorable milestones? Any, “Aha!”, or eureka moments?
- How do you keep yourself motivated while studying languages/Chinese?
- Do you have one last tip for something that our readers can do TODAY to improve their Chinese?
If you’re curious about the answer to these questions, head over to FluentFlix and read the interview now!
About FluentFlix and why it’s awesome
Apart from featuring this exclusive interview, FluentFlix is a website you bookmark and visit often. First, the blog. Among other things, it features a large number of really interesting articles about 成語. These aren’t the boring kind of definitions and explanations, they are thorough and entertaining discussions about these idioms and how to use them. If you want to learn 成語, this is a very valuable resource indeed. Here are some examples:
- Attention Bachelors- Describing Chinese Beauty
- Chinese Idiom For Invisible Artist
- Chengyu for Why Starbucks Wins in China While Others Fail
The second reason you should visit FluentFlix is their upcoming video textbook. This is a project with huge potential. Imagine a textbook, YouTube and spaced repetition software merged into one. With such a resource, you would hardly need other resources to create a complete learning environment. Forget about boring textbooks and fake dialogues, why not use entertaining and authentic videos with subtitles, ready to be mined for vocabulary and grammar? FluentFlix is still in beta, but I’m really looking forward to the proper launch of this project!
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