19: Seeing an Ugly Side to China and Persevering Through It with Joseph Strong

October 17, 2017
Show note: http://chinesetalkeze.com/19
 
Joseph was born in Germany but raised in the USA, mainly in Colorado, currently, lives in Denver. Joseph began studying Chinese 8 years ago. After 2.5 years of study, he moved to China for 4 years. Joseph now works for the Colorado Judicial Branch of government and his current position is a clerk to a magistrate.
 
One interesting fact about Joseph: He enjoys running and attended the Shanghai marathon in 2013 and got a very ugly orange shirt for doing that.
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18: Learning Fluent Chinese by Avoiding the Classroom with Jonathan Kos-Read

October 10, 2017
Show note: http://chinesetalkeze.com/18
 
Jonathan is an American film and television actor based in China. Jonathan was born in Torrance, California, in 1973. He attended the film and acting schools of New York University but completed his university career there studying molecular biology. Jonathan began studying Mandarin Chinese at New York University, and relocated to China in 1997 and started his acting career 2 years later.
 
One interesting fact about Jonathan: He is an actor and he always plays white guys in Chinese movies. 
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17: How Learning Chinese for Job Prospects Turned into a Passion with Laurence Heyes

October 3, 2017
 
Laurence is from the United Kingdom. His parents currently live in Edinburgh. Laurence has spent 3 years learning Chinese. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks Dutch at beginner’s level. At the age of 22, Laurence goes to university in London and live there during term time. However, he is now studying abroad in Beijing.
 
Two interesting facts about Laurence: 
Laurence was born on New Year's Day. 
Laurence likes running half marathons. He has run three half marathons, and is going to Singapore this December to run another one.
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16: Using Theatre and Song to Make Learning Chinese Fun with David Kral

September 26, 2017
David's Chinese name is 王大伟. He is from Melbourne, Australia. Apart from English and Chinese, David also speaks a little bit of Italian and French. David started learning Chinese 10 years ago since year 7 in high school. He is now an English and Chinese teacher, completing a Masters of Secondary Teaching at the University of Melbourne. David also performs bilingual musical shows at Primary and Secondary schools to encourage students to learn languages.
 
One interesting fact about David: He has won awards in two shows on China Central Television.
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15: Making Connections and Starting a Family in China with Sally Waters

September 19, 2017
Sally had always wanted to become fluent in a second language but didn't get the chance until she started learning Chinese at university. Her first trip to China was twenty years ago. Sally is fluent in spoken and written Chinese and has attained professional accreditation as a translator in the direction from Chinese to English. Sally is from Brisbane, Australia, now working as a yoga teacher but also teaches Chinese privately to people in her neighbourhood. 
 
One interesting fact about Sally: She wrote a book about her experiences of being married to, and raising a family with her husband who is from Qingdao, China.
 
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14: An Interesting and Insightful Take on Chinese Language with Tristan McCarthy

September 12, 2017

Tristan was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and he lived in Melbourne for the last 5 years. Tristan speaks English natively and Mandarin Chinese. He started learning Chinese since 2013 and now at the age of 24, he is studying Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

One interesting fact about Tristan: He won the second place in Oceania in the 2016 Chinese Bridge Competition.

See full show note at http://chinesetalkeze.com/14

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13: How Speaking Chinese Opened the Door to a Happier Life with Diogo Ilheu

September 5, 2017
Diogo is from Portugal. Currently studying International Relations at University of Lisbon. Diogo has studied Chinese for almost 3 years and will be representing Portugal in the Chinese Bridge worldwide competition for college students. Besides Portuguese which is his native language, he can also speak English, Chinese and a conversational level of Spanish.
 
Two interesting facts about Diogo:
1. His Chinese name is 李白lǐ bái which is identical to THE most famous Chinese poet of all time.
 
2. Diogo has an identical twin brother who doesn't speak Chinese and whenever Diogo’s Chinese friends met his brother, they all spoke Chinese with him and they found it weird that Diogo didn't understand anything they said.
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12: Speaking Fluent Chinese Without Ever Living in China with Andrei Zlotchevski

August 29, 2017
Andrei comes from Moscow Russia. He started learning Chinese 6 years ago. Apart from speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese, he speaks Russian, French and English all at native level. He is now 22 years old. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in mathematics at McGill University. His field of research is probability theory. 
 
One interesting fact about Andrei: At the age of 11, he won an international mathematics competition and almost exactly 10 years from that day at age 21, he won the Chinese Bridge Competition, which is a Chinese proficiency competition for foreign college students. 
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11: Building an Acting Career by Speaking Chinese with Lawrence Farley

August 22, 2017

Lawrence is from Texas United States. Currently living in Los Angeles. Lawrence has studied Chinese for almost 7 years. Having just returned to the US and moved to LA, he is now doing acting, modelling, hosting, and writing jobs. Lawrence did some standup in China and plans on doing it in the US as well.

One interesting fact about Lawrence in his own words: Despite being 6 foot 3 (192cm) and busting my ass for a model's frame, it's completely hollow. I am at best mediocre at all sports; can't jump high, can't run fast, reaction time is garbage. Unfortunately, as a basketball enthusiast, every time I played ball in China with a new crew, we always had to get through the inevitable awkward moment of them realizing the tall muscular American sucks.

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10: From American Farms to Chinese Villages with Matt Ekhoff

August 15, 2017
Matt grew up on a farm in the US. He spent some time learning Chinese in China and he is now living in Chicago in the US. Matt is now 28 years old, working for a Chinese airline. 
 
One interesting fact about Matt in his own words: The coolest thing I did in China was taking a bike trip through the countryside. When I was sitting by a lake eating my lunch, dozens of fish started to jump out of the water. I never knew China had such beautiful nature.
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