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Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.
 
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The Ultra-Traditional, the “Buddy”, the Know-it-All, and the “Too Nice” are all teacher types that John and Jared are going to break down and you should consider avoiding. That being said, they have some redeeming qualities too! Interview is with Brad Johnson whose interest and friendships were the driving force in improving his Chinese skills to t…
 
Is your resting face who you really are or is it just your resting face? Could we reflect on how we handle situations like road rage and arguments? Probably. Can you understand what this conversation is about if one of the hosts speaks only in Mandarin Chinese and the other in English? Maybe yes. Lets find out.Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/…
 
Mikkel Thorup is a seasoned world traveler, entrepreneur, consultant, author, and the host of the Expat Money Show. Since he left Canada in his teens, he has circumnavigated the globe over 400 times, visited more than 100 countries, and lived in 9. In our conversation, he shares his best tips for traveling or moving abroad, learning languages, and …
 
What if you disappeared and then re-appeared in your own life but after making different choices. Would you stay? would you want to go back? Are you curious about how your life would turn out? How would you explain it to your 'what if' spouse? Let's talk about it.Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.…
 
Enjoying the passing of time. Tom and Ula catch up and Ula coughs a lot. All in all a good chat in both Chinese and English. Enjoy. 🙂Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@MandabooGameWebsitewww.mandarinmonkey.comBusiness Coursewww.mandarinmonkey.com/pr…
 
In this special episode, John and Jared interview game-based learning expert Fred Poole who is a professor at Michigan State University, an avid gamer, and also an advanced speaker of Chinese and Spanish. Links from the episode: Fred Poole at Github Game and Activity Book by Fred Poole (PDF) Identity RPG game Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Cur…
 
What's your reaction to a heatwave? Do you celebrate? go and grab your flip flops, your bathing suit and a bottle of Pimms? or do you retreat inside, close the curtains and wait for it to go away while complaining about the freak occurance? Eitherway we love you. 🥰Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl…
 
What is your spirit Animal?Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@MandabooGameWebsitewww.mandarinmonkey.comBusiness Coursewww.mandarinmonkey.com/product/inten…iness-course/Intensive Coursemandarinmonkey.com/intensive-course/Awesome Blogmandarinmonkey.co…
 
Have you ever had comments in Chinese about your weight, asked how much money you make, or experienced just a general lack of “please” and “thank-you”? John and Jared talk about common usages of Chinese that at times can be perceived as “rude” by non-native speakers. Plus we’ll talk about how YOU can avoid being perceived as rude to Chinese speaker…
 
When a Mandarin speaker or an English speaker says something what do they really mean? If they invite you home for a drink, do they actually want you to come round? Or are they just being polite? Let's find out.Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@Man…
 
Sitting alone on the patio, staring at the slowly gliding birds, we think about how many teeth a hippo has, we think about how hard it must be to be a translator. Tom tells a story of trying to get a film job. We discuss if its Tom's fault for cheating on Ula in her dream.Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iO…
 
How long can you use Chinese before your “brain is full”? John and Jared talk about endurance in Chinese, how to build stamina, and what to expect as your Chinese progresses to the next level. Interview is with Tyler Christler, an American based in Dalian speaking Dongbei-flavored Mandarin who produces videos on Chinese social media. Links from the…
 
We go through tea like a warm knife through butter in this one. We also touch on using comprehensible input and finding that input interesting. Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@MandabooGameWebsitewww.mandarinmonkey.comBusiness Coursewww.mandarinmo…
 
What do you do when your dictionary says one thing but native speakers say it differently? John and Jared will talk about how to handle this and put it to use in your own studies. Interview is with Ryan Alexander Holmes, an actor, popular TikTocker, and black Afro Asian American, or Blasian. Links from the episode: Prescriptivism vs. Descriptivism …
 
Travel forwards or backwards in time? Always know when someone is lying or force people to tell the truth? Would you be able to live in a horror movie? These are the difficult questions we tackle in todays episode of the Mandarin Monkey Podcast!Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndr…
 
What would your dream house look like? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? Would you keep any cows or sheep? Ula would, she wants to milk a cow for a few minutes until shes bored then send it home. Good thing is the sheep could cut the grass for you. Now explain all of that in Mandarin Chinese and you got this episode.Get The Podcast Appmandarin…
 
If you could pick only one phrase to say forever what would it be? In Mandarin or in English? Which movie character would you want by your side as a companion?Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@MandabooGameWebsitewww.mandarinmonkey.comBusiness Cours…
 
Jared and John discuss a research paper on learner engagement with vocabulary apps. Whether you’re an independent learner or a teacher, there are plenty of surprises and takeaways! Interview is with Jonathan Coveny, whose obsession with Chinese took him on a winding path of learning the language. Especially for all you study nerds out there, don’t …
 
Darian has gone back to Texas! We discuss bidets as per the title of the episode, we also fall into camping and the strange sounds you can hear at night. It's all very typical of the Mandarin Monkey podcast. Ula speaks 100% Taiwanese Mandarin and Tom speaks Chinglish. Follow along!Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Ma…
 
Learning a language is much more than learning vocabulary. This includes understanding and anticipating interactions within a cultural context. John and Jared discuss exactly what this means and what you should know to maximize your gains. Interview is with Elisa Ferrero, a native of Italy who learned English to learn Chinese and today is a Chinese…
 
We go into it about period clothing, bodybuilders and castles. The conversation darts around a bit, which is great for your Mandarin Chinese as Ula only speaks Mandarin and Tom only speaks English. You get a perfect belnd of entertaining conversation and light hearted chitter chatter to keep you entertained during that awful commute. 😊Get The Podca…
 
We are back after a difficult week last week with Mason who had a tremendous stomach problem which has since resolved itself luckily. We are discussing immersion, working, next steps in language and commitment. All back on track now. Keep an eye on the app for the torrent of new episodes coming out soon!Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandari…
 
In 2021, Jared and John at Mandarin Companion surveyed over a thousand Chinese learners worldwide. Based on a statistical analysis, they found six main types of Chinese learners. Which one are you? Interview is with Dillon Jaghory who achieved a high level of Chinese proficiency while living in the U.S. Links from the episode: Country of the Blind …
 
We visited a castle at the weekend which changed Ula's mind on the interestingness of history. We also helped her realise her lifelong dream of going to BirdWorld, she finally got to see the toucan she has been talking about for so many years.Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroi…
 
Andrew Methven is the creator of Slow Chinese 每周漫闻, a weekly newsletter that helps Mandarin Chinese learners immerse themselves in authentic, colloquial language via interesting stories and news events handpicked from Chinese media, social media, and TV.Instead of learning the stilted and stuffy language of Chinese textbooks, Andrew's excellent new…
 
Slang words in Chinese are always evolving, but is it worth it to learn? As always, it depends. Guest interview is with language enthusiast, author, academic, and polyglot Kyle Anderson. Links from the episode: Kyle Anderson | New Books Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Curly Haired Company | Mandarin Companion Graded Reader Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 | W…
 
It's Easter! We have mostly been getting sick, not from the chocolate, but from a nasty tummy bug that's going around. We did make it to a herb farm and maze over the weekend though. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!Get The Podcast Appmandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidManda…
 
ENS domains are going to revolutionize the internet forever. Many believe .eth will be bigger than .com. I believe this also. I researched twitter to see what people were saying about ENS domains. Subscribe on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AndromedaByKev Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/Kevforking…
 
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Is gratuitous nudity in movies a good thing? Is Game of Thrones worth the time now? Does an invisble person get sunburn? Let's answer these questions right away in Mandarin and English. At the same time.Get The Podcast Apphttps://mandarinmonkey.com/mandarin-monkey-podcast-app/Mandaboo iOStinyurl.com/iosMandabooAndroidtinyurl.com/AndroidMandaboo@Man…
 
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