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Gillian Law commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Ok, this is making me think I have to take the plunge. I'm regularly in Chinese grocery shops and noodle bars near my flat and I always chicken out from speaking. I must pluck up courage!"
Nov 12, 2013
imane commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"I'm studying chinese at university, I've always been very shy when it came to talk a foreign language in public, last year I finally decided to talk english in front of the other students and with the teachers, and it turned out that my…"
Sep 20, 2013
Bob Conrod commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"I'd also like to encourage those of you who wish to learn this language not living in China to practice, practice, practice!  Just make sure the person you are going to speak with is Chinese.  I am a helicopter pilot and once, about…"
Jan 15, 2013
Bob Conrod commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Ha ha thanks Alan, Well lucky for me I didn't need to do that. I'd have never learned any of it! 13 years in Guangdong (Canton) for me was the equivalent of being in gastronomic Hell. Everyone has their own tastes. I for one live for the…"
Jan 15, 2013
Alan H commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Thanks for the links Grace. Great story Bob. I think if I was learning Cantonese I would need to spend about half a decade visiting Cantonese restaurants before I could speak it :) 7 tones, too much for me"
Jan 15, 2013
Bob Conrod commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Thanks for sharing Alan, Great story. By the time I started to use my Chinese abilities, those shaky kneed first steps into speaking Mandarin I was already married to my wife, a mainland DongBeiRen. So, this is going back about 16 years... Soon…"
Jan 14, 2013

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Brandon commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"great story Alan - I would encourage all beginners, especially those not living in China/Taiwan, to strike up conversations in Mandarin as often as possible. I have always found strangers to be supportive & enthusiastic that you're learning."
Jan 12, 2013

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Grace commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Thanks Alan for sharing your interesting story. I agree the first step is usually the toughest, though in your experience, it came out quite naturally :-D Guess now you're far more confident in starting a random mandarin conversation? I do like…"
Jan 12, 2013
Worawit Sakda commented on Alan H's blog post How I started speaking Mandarin in public
"Thank you for your sharing experience.  I agree .  I had the experience like you."
Jan 11, 2013
Alan H posted a blog post

How I started speaking Mandarin in public

I'd like to share the story of the day I realized people could understand my 普通话 pǔ tōng huà. For years I've been interested in Mandarin. The language is ancient, unique and the characters themselves intricate and beautiful. I've learned by myself, learned from both Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking colleagues at…See More
Jan 11, 2013
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Jan 7, 2013

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English. I'm learning Chinese, its an interesting language.

I've been frustrated with the current Mandarin learning tools, nothing really suited me. So I built my own www.mandarintap.com

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How I started speaking Mandarin in public

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 5:30am 9 Comments

I'd like to share the story of the day I realized people could understand my 普通话 pǔ tōng huà.

 

For years I've been interested in Mandarin. The language is ancient, unique and the characters themselves intricate and beautiful. I've learned by myself, learned from both Chinese…

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