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Weekly interviews with people who learned Mandarin Chinese as a second language. Find out why they learned it, what approach they took, and more importantly what they are doing with the Chinese they have learned.

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Weekly interviews with people who learned Mandarin Chinese as a second language. Find out why they learned it, what approach they took, and more importantly what they are doing with the Chinese they have learned.

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 039: Caleb Shetland

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 039: Caleb Shetland

    In this episode, I interview Caleb Shetland, an American now working in Taipei as a firmware engineer.

    Listen to find out:

    - His experience learning Chinese at a US college
    - What approach he wishes he had used instead, to learn characters
    - When he realized that learning Mandarin would be useful for his engineering career
    - How he thinks Mandarin compares in difficulty versus other languages
    - His experience traveling overseas for the first time to Beijing
    - His experience as a foreign student at a Chinese campus
    - His struggle trying to find a job as an expat engineer in Taiwan
    - His initial experience working in an office environment in Taiwan
    - What it was like being the only foreigner in a large multi-national company
    - The benefit of being a foreign engineer in Taiwan
    - The demand for expats in the local tech industry
    - The importance of co-ops and internships

    • 28 min
    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 038: Alex Trup

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 038: Alex Trup

    In this episode I interview Alex Trup, a Brit now working in Digital Marketing in Taipei, Taiwan.

    Listen to find out:

    - About his experience learning Chinese in the UK
    - How he went from China to Taiwan
    - His experience as a foreigner in a Taiwanese working environment
    - Why he likes Taipei compared to other cities he's lived in
    - His experience as a new father in a mixed cultural relationship
    - His approach to raising his child in a bilingual environment
    - What he would have done differently if he was to learn Chinese from the start
    - His advice for a westerner looking for a job in Taiwan or China
    - How he got the job at his current company as one of its first expat hires

    • 26 min
    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 037: XiaoFei

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 037: XiaoFei

    In this episode I interview Xiao Fei, an American blogger now living in Taiwan.

    Listen to find out:

    - His experience trying to get a degree at a local Taiwanese university
    - Why he switched out of the Chinese program to an English one
    - His experience living in China
    - Why he finds his current university program more manageable
    - How and why he started a blog about waterfalls in Taiwan (Facebook)
    - His long term plans in Taiwan
    - What he would do differently if he was to learn Chinese again
    - Why he thinks writing is a valuable skill to learn
    - Why he's proud of his sloppy writing
    - His opinion on telling jokes in Chinese

    • 34 min
    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 036: Keoni Everington

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 036: Keoni Everington

    In this episode I interview Keoni Everington, an American now working in the media business in Taiwan.

    Listen to find out:

    - What got him interested in learning Chinese 20 years ago
    - What it was like learning Chinese in Ohio
    - How he benefited from guanxi early on
    - What it was like moving from Ohio to Beijing in 1994
    - How he overcame the difficult living conditions back then
    - All the different jobs he had along the way, and how he progressed through them
    - His secret to getting jobs that he may not be directly qualified for
    - The advantages and disadvantages between working for Chinese companies versus western ones
    - What he wishes he had done differently career wise
    - What he recommends more foreigners do to expand their career paths
    - An alternate approach you could use to work at a specific company

    • 29 min
    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 035: Scott Faul

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 035: Scott Faul

    In this episode I interview Scott Faul, an American now living in Taiwan.

    Listen to find out:

    - What got him interested in learning Chinese, while in the US
    - His experience studying Chinese in Taiwan, while working on the side
    - How he used the Chinese he had learned, while working in the US
    - The benefits he found for being able to speak Chinese, while looking for work
    - His experience living in Beijing for 10 years
    - The difference he found in culture between China and Taiwan
    - The difference in accents and slang he experienced between Taipei and Beijing
    - What he would have done differently regarding learning Chinese
    - Why he switched from business to doing a masters in translation
    - What his career plans in translation are currently
    - The difference in business culture in China / Taiwan versus in America
    - How negotiations are handled differently in China / Taiwan versus out west

    • 29 min
    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 034: Aaron Simmons

    Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 034: Aaron Simmons

    In this episode I interview Aaron Simmons, an American Professional Development Coach. He is the founder of Diversify International and Multi-Lingual Story Corner.

    Listen to find out:

    - What got him interested in Chinese culture and language in the first place, while studying in the US
    - Why he chose a more challenging route to learning Chinese
    - What his experience was living in China while in an intensive program learning Chinese
    - Why he moved from China to Taiwan
    - How he got his first job managing a school
    - What he found unique about managing local Taiwanese employees
    - How he had to change his management style to adapt to local culture
    - How he adapted to becoming a consultant
    - How he improved his Chinese skills as a result
    - Why he decided to start his own consulting company
    - How he found new clients
    - How he adapted from simplified Chinese characters to traditional ones
    - What the biggest challenge he had adapting to Chinese in Taiwan was

    • 25 min

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