39 episodes

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 discuss everything learning Chinese. Together they started the Mandarin Companion graded reader series and have spent countless years in Chinese education. You'll find helpful information, inspiring stories, and practical guidance on your journey of learning Chinese. You can do this!
Visit us at MandarinCompanion.com.

You Can Learn Chinese Jared Turner, John Pasden

    • Language Learning
    • 4.6, 41 Ratings

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 discuss everything learning Chinese. Together they started the Mandarin Companion graded reader series and have spent countless years in Chinese education. You'll find helpful information, inspiring stories, and practical guidance on your journey of learning Chinese. You can do this!
Visit us at MandarinCompanion.com.

    #39 The Future of Learning Chinese

    #39 The Future of Learning Chinese

    In this special episode, guest interview is with expert Chinese teacher trainer and innovator, Terry Waltz. She’s a renegade in the Chinese language of community, championing the cause of comprehensible input.

    John and Jared break down her interview and talk about the points that are critical to you as a Chinese learner.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #38 How Much Mandarin Do You Need To Speak?

    #38 How Much Mandarin Do You Need To Speak?

    John and Jared break down what it’s going to take if you want to get conversational in Chinese both in terms of the number of words and which ones are the most necessary.

    Guest interview is with Finlay Davidson, who went from being the below-average student in his classes to a Chinese language teacher today.

    • 51 min
    #37 Chinese Homestay Censorship Vampires

    #37 Chinese Homestay Censorship Vampires

    Guest interview is with John Gordon, a longtime resident of Beijing who went from English education to starring in a Children’s TV show in China. John and Jared then discuss his story and explore the value of homestays, navigating Chinese censorship and how to represent yourself as a foreigner in China.

    • 59 min
    #36 How To Find The Perfect Tutor

    #36 How To Find The Perfect Tutor

    How can you be sure to find a good Chinese tutor? John and Jared give you tips on how to identify a tutor who can help you take your Chinese to the next level.

    Guest interview is with Lucy Jak-Lax, an aspiring musician who fell in love with China, explored the diverse ethnic music of the country, and has even written her own songs in Chinese.

    • 59 min
    #35 Don't Be the Girl with the Name Radiohead

    #35 Don't Be the Girl with the Name Radiohead

    What is in a name? John and Jared deconstruct names in Chinese and how to pick a good one.

    Guest interview is with Millie Potter who during a study abroad in China, took the path less traveled and found a home-stay family when school was out.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #34 Pronouncing Chinese Confidently

    #34 Pronouncing Chinese Confidently

    This episode kicks off interviewing Jason Schuurman, an American who has spent a third of his life immersed in Chinese culture and having a blast while doing it. Later, John and Jared unpack Jason’s tips for pronouncing Chinese confidently and share their own stories about having fun teaching themselves Chinese.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Mitchell (米明秋) ,

My favorite podcast. No other one like it.

I’ve been listening to the podcast since episode one. I’m a white guy from LA who’s been studying Mandarin for about 5 years now.

I love the show so much, there really isn’t another one like it. The interviews are always fun, and informative. The advice given is insightful. Hearing from people who’ve been through the grind and achieved fluency is so valuable.

When I was in China back in July 2019 on a Sunday, I remember getting a notification that podcast dropped. I was so thrilled cause it normally comes out on Mondays--it was like a gift. So I listened to it while I was at Shanghai Disneyland by myself. Also, when I was back in China in December 2019, Jared or John recommended people go try the China-exclusive Toffee Starbucks drink—I ordered one the same day and drank several more after that haha.

Keep it up guys!

Also, Jared’s intro-sequence Dad jokes make me laugh every time <3

NinjaForLife102 ,

Jared, please accept my love!

Dear Jared,
I remember the day I discovered the You Can Learn Chinese podcast. You stole my heart and made it skip. I love you so much, and you don't even know it. Sometimes I get scared about showing it. My lips lock up because my love is so strong, and the words that would best express my feelings are unreachable, as my immense love for you is unfathomable. I find your limitless knowledge of Chinese language and culture to be absolutely mystifying, your wisdom reaches me in ways I’m unable to express, I treasure each and every word that rolls off your tongue more than you’d ever imagine. Sometimes I want to open up and tell you how I feel, but I guess I've just been too scared... I love you, so please know that I always will. Do we really have to be... just friends? John’s cool too, I guess. Sorry John. Keep up the good work y’all, I always feel so inspired!

Sam_Ole ,

Love the book series!

I’m about 6 months in to my Mandarin journey, and I finally decided it’s tike to start reading. MC Graded Reader Series is awesome.
I’ve blown through 22 episodes in the last two weeks, it’ll be a bittersweet day to catch-up.

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