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John and Jared discuss the difference between how you think your Chinese sounds vs how it really sounds. Surprise surprise, there is a difference! John takes us through an academic paper to tell you which tones you should prioritize to make yourself understood more clearly.
Guest interview is with Linda Yi, creator of Panda Cub stories and a heritage speaker who spent years trying to fit in before fully embracing her cultural identity. Although they have an advantage in learning Chinese, heritage speakers have unique challenges when compared to the average Chinese learner, something you’ll hear in Linda’s story.
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Links referenced in this Episode
- Panda Cub Stories
- Toward Better Tones in Natural Speech
- The Four Tones: Updated Tone Diagram
- Laowai Delusions of Fluency
- Chinese Film Classics
- Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel
- Mandarin Companion Shirts
- Mandarin Companion Memes - Instagram