27: Be Brave Enough to Make Mistakes and You’ll Be Wiser the Next Time with Imelda Lapthorne

December 12, 2017

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Imelda is from Queensland Australia. Now living in Melbourne. She speaks English natively and she is also fluent in Chinese and Italian. Imelda has learned Chinese for more than 8 years. Now she is working in international education.

Interesting fact: She loves travelling and she enjoys learning phrases in the local language.

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26: Get Your Heart into Learning Chinese with Andreas Goller

December 5, 2017
Andreas is from Germany and he speaks German natively. Apart from speaking fluent English and Chinese, he also speaks rusty fluent French, intermediate Thai and some basic Japanese and Korean. That’s 7 languages. Andreas has studied Chinese for 8 years and he now lives in Guangzhou China. He is now 27 years old, working as a project manager at the German Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Interesting fact: He once travelled from Singapore to Germany via land.
 
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25: Life as a Foreign Student in the Chinese Education System with Cameron Patterson

November 28, 2017
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Cameron comes from Wales in UK. Apart from English and Chinese, he is also learning Swedish since his girlfriend is from there. Cameron first started learning Chinese 14 years ago, but he has studied it properly for 7 years. Cameron is now 22 years old, living in Lancaster and studying for a masters degree in physics at Lancaster University. 
 
Interesting fact: He got to perform for the Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to the UK a couple of years ago.
 
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24: Finding a Love for Teaching and Learning After Moving to China with Mike Goffman

November 21, 2017
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Mike is from Minnesota, United States. Apart from English and Chinese, he also speaks basic Spanish. Mike studied Chinese on and off for 5 years, then just learned through daily things. Mike is 37 years old, now living in Shanghai and teaching Design Technology at an international school.
 
Interesting fact about Mike: He hates eating tomatoes but he loves foods with tomato in them.
 
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23: Living in China as a Kid and Going on to Win the 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition with Bradley Meredith

November 13, 2017
 
Bradley has dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship. Apart from English and Mandarin Chinese, he also speak a smattering of Cantonese. Bradley first started learning Chinese when he was about 6 and he studied a few years of Chinese through the New Zealand high school curriculum and a couple of Mandarin University papers. Bradley now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and he has recently graduated from university and currently work as a full stack web developer. Bradley also do some random jobs on the side including acting, hosting, and pine tree removal.
 
Interesting facts about Bradley:
1. He was born in Taiwan.
2. He competed in the 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition and had a great time!
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22: A Lifelong Journey of Chinese Learning with Bridie Allen

November 7, 2017
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Bridie 宋玉滢 was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Apart from English and Chinese, Bridie also speaks Italian at an intermediate level as well as some Spanish. Bridie has been studying Chinese for 17 years since primary school, but more seriously since high school. She has lived in China for about a year all together through various trips. Bridie is now 22 years old, currently doing her third year of Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese at the University of Melbourne. She is also the president of ACYA (Australia-China Youth Association), Unimelb Chapter. Bridie is really passionate about connecting the Chinese and Australian communities and promoting the Chinese language to other Aussies. 
 
One interesting fact about Bridie:
She loves to dance! From ballet to salsa to contemporary, that's what she fills her spare time with.
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21: When in China, Do as the Chinese Do with Iain Inglis

October 31, 2017
 
Iain is from the city of Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom. Iain has always enjoyed learning foreign languages. Apart from English and Chinese, he started to learn the ancient Celtic language of Welsh when he was in primary school. He has learnt French for seven or eight years and his university course was interpreting and translating Russian and German into English. He also has some conversational Japanese since he lived in Hokkaido Japan for two years. And he speaks some basic Czech and Dutch. That’s 9 languages! Iain has been living in China for 13 years. He is now 39 years old, living in the beautiful tropical city of Sanya in the province of Hainan. Iain is a freelance actor, presenter, and singer.
 
One interesting fact about Iain: He enjoys singing Chinese 'red songs’, which are patriotic songs that praise China and the Chinese communist party. It has helped him massively with his Chinese learning. Iain appeared on China’s Got Talent and became very famous for singing the Chinese red songs!
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20: Sharing 2 Decades Worth of Experiences and Advice About China, with Richard Doran

October 24, 2017
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Richard is from Dublin, Ireland born in 1976. His native language is English (with a bit of Irish). Richard lived in China from 1998 to 2013. Since then have been back several times a year for work as an educational consultant. 
 
One interesting fact about Richard: He went to China as a bet and ended up living in China for 16 years.
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19: Seeing an Ugly Side to China and Persevering Through It with Joseph Strong

October 17, 2017
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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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