Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 010: Cheryl Robbins

Cheryl has been in Taiwan for 26 years and has worked as a tour guide, translator and author.

Listen to this episode to find out:

– What brought Cheryl to Taiwan in the first place
– Why she recommends Taiwan as a place to learn Mandarin
– The advantage to learning phonetic symbols (zhuyin) along with characters
– How she was able to transition from teaching English to translation and then as a tour guide / translator.
– How she got her first job at a museum
– Why she thinks the demand for translation services will continue to increase
– How to create your own path in your own niche / specialty in Taiwan
– The importance of networking to find opportunities
– What types of projects she would like to do in the future
– The difference in working at a Taiwanese company versus a foreign company
– How to get your ideas through, when working at a local company
– The process of registering your own company here
– How her kids fared with bilingual education


Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 009: Max

Max works as a Chinese interpreter in Australia. Listen to this episode to find out:

  • The difference between translating and interpreting
  • How the free interpreting service works in Australia
  • The disadvantage of relying on an interpreter versus learning the local language yourself
  • How it was like to grow up with Chinese ethnicity in an English country
  • Why he recommends learning speaking / listening before starting characters
  • His approach to Chinese within his family now

 


Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 008: Rob Kilpatrick

Rob Kilpatrick teaches English in Taiwan, where he’s lived in the past 11 years.

Listen to this podcast to find out:

  • What made him choose Taiwan over other countries
  • What gave him his initial motivation to learn Chinese
  • How he was able to integrate the Chinese he was learning in class into his day to day life
  • The benefit of having local Chinese friends to learn the language and culture
  • The benefits of living in Taiwan in general
  • The benefits of learning Chinese in a classroom environment
  • What can be done on your own to improve your Chinese
  • Why he thinks learning characters from the beginning is important
  • The importance of having local Chinese friends

Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 007: Malachi McGee

In this episode, I interview Malachi McGee. Malachi originally came to Taiwan 7 years ago as a Mormon Missionary. Listen on to find out:

  • Why Malachi decided to stay on in Taiwan even after his missionary term was up
  • About the Missionary Training Center program’s intensive Mandarin course
  • Why he decided to stay on in Taiwan to continue learning Chinese
  • His process for learning Chinese on his own
  • How he practiced reading characters
  • Why he chose to also learn zhuyin (bo po mo fo)
  • The process that LDS missionaries go through to come to Taiwan
  • The benefits of travel and living in foreign countries

Learn Chinese Insights Podcast Episode 006: Todd Blackhurst

In this episode, I interview Todd Blackhurst. Todd moved to Taiwan from Texas with his wife and 3 teenagers in 2013. Listen to find out:

  • What promoted Todd to move his whole family to Taiwan
  • How he prepared for the big move
  • The adjustments for the kids, now living in Taiwan
  • The comparisons between the local education (American school) and American education
  • What he would have done differently if he had come with younger kids
  • How living in Taiwan is different from coming as a visitor
  • The challenges an American family has living in Taiwan
  • The differences in how direct you communicate with other people in Taiwan versus America
  • What worked for Todd when it came to learning Chinese
  • Their long term plans and language investment in Taiwan
  • Why he recommends others travel as a family
  • An aspect he loves about living in Taiwan
  • The closeness of family in Taiwan