Why many language teachers fail at teaching Mandarin Chinese [Podcast Interview]

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American Jenna Cody details how she learned Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, while living in Taiwan and why she feels many teachers and language schools fail at teaching Mandarin Chinese.

Listen to find out:

  • What brought her to Asia
  • How she initially learned Chinese in China
  • How she resumed learning Chinese in Taiwan
  • Why she didn’t like her first language schools
  • Her self study process to learn Chinese
  • The problem with most language teaching systems
  • How her Chinese benefits her in daily life in Taiwan
  • Her current jobs in Taiwan
  • What career advice she has for expats in Taiwan
  • Why she started learning the Taiwanese language
  • The resources she uses to learn Taiwanese
  • How the romanization and tones work in Taiwanese
  • The reaction she gets in public from speaking Taiwanese
  • How Taiwanese people mix Taiwanese and Mandarin
  • What she would have done differently if she were to start learning again
  • What she recommends students look for in a teacher
  • How she practices reading
  • How flashcard systems can be beneficial

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