Interview with An Advanced-Level Chinese Learner-Part II

Again, happy interviewing time!

Hey there! Still remember our interview with the advanced-level Chinese learner Aaron Miller? Do you find his suggestions from my last post useful and effective for your Chinese learning?

Aaron with His Chinese Friends in Atlanta

Aaron with His Chinese Friends in Atlanta

Today I am back with more of his interview. Besides answering my questions, kind Aaron has also offered a list of online Chinese learning materials for you guys, which have been used all the time during his own Chinese study, which are free and easy to access for any Chinese learners. So please check this out!

Qo7. Do you have any other useful learning methods besides what the teachers use when they learning you and your classmates?

Q08. When there are no Chinese people around, how do you create Chinese environment for yourself?

Q09. What do you think is the most difficult part in your language learning (especially Chinese learning)?

Q10. Aaron, sometimes I feel that my English level goes back. The same thing has also happened to my mother tongue Chinese as well. How does that happen –  you lose a language, even your mother tongue?

Q11. Multi-language ability can be a huge advantage when one looks for a job. Since you can speak so many languages (ps. I know you are learning Taiwan dialect now), what kind of job do you expect to do in the future?

Q12. Since you’ve visited my blog, can you give me some suggestions to improve it as both a native English speaker and an advanced-level Chinese learner?

Well, Aaron said, this is how he creates his Chinese learning environment… 

Check this photo out!

Aaron with His Chinese Friends in Gainesville, Florida

Aaron with His Chinese Friends in Gainesville, Florida

Below is the “gift list” Aaron gave Chinese learners — a list of valuable online learning materials including instant translating websites/dictionaries, Chinese learning center with more than simply the words, radio station official websites with both English and Chinese versions.

Dictionaries: (Click the SCREENSHOT Icon for the website)

Chinese Learning Center: (Click the SCREENSHOT Icon for the website)

Radio Station Official Websites: (Click the SCREENSHOT Icon for the website)

Hope this “gift list” helps! Happy future Chinese learning!

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Interview with An Advanced-Level Chinese Learner-Part I

Generally speaking, knowing how to “fish” is usually more important than how many “fish” you get. In explanation, “method” is the key part in doing a lot of things, such as learning languages. It is also useful for you to know what other successful language learners do when they learn a new language or even several new languages. 

Aaron & His Favorite Sport, Bowling

Aaron & His Favorite Sport, Bowling

In today’s post, my friend Aaron Miller, an Asian-born-American, who is known as the “grammar editor” among the Chinese students, will share with us his experience learning Chinese, Cantonese and a little Korean.

As a native Chinese speaker, I was pretty surprised by Aaron’s Chinese level and his language talents at the first time when I met him and heard him speak. Here are the first part of recordings I got during the interview with him.

Q01. Aaron, can you greet our readers with the several languages you can speak?

Q02. Languages are usually considered as the indicators of different cultures. Since you are such an expert in learning foreign languages, I guess the readers must be really curious about what kind of background you come from that makes you so good at languages?

A Screen Shot of Aaron's Hometown, Angeles City, Philippines, on Google Map

A Screen Shot of Aaron's Hometown, Angeles City, Philippines, on Google Map

(Click the Above Image for Detailed Map)

Q03. What is the reason that made you choose Chinese as you major here in the University of Florida? Up till now, how long have you been a Chinese learner?

Q04. As a lot of Chinese learners complain, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world. Do you think so as well? Do you have your own method to conquer this problem?

Q05. Who teaches (or taught) you Chinese? Where do they come from? What kind of learning materials have you been using? 

Here are the screenshots for the textbooks Aaron has been using for his Chinese study.

Textbook for Level II

Textbook for Level II

Textbook for Level I

Textbook for Level I

Qo6. At the baby level of your Chinese, how did your teacher(s) do to guide your learning tour? And what method are you using at this level?

“Just have fun with it” is what impressed me the most in Aaron’s talking. Indeed. Interest is the most necessary and effective motivation in doing and succeeding in one thing. One will never do something well if he finds the thing boring. Neither can he do it well if he “hates” the thing. 

So, play with Chinese and try to get the most fun out of it. If you can manage to do that, you will make a good Chinese learner.

Please come back and check out for the second part of my interview with the advanced-level Chinese learner, Aaron Miller!

A Quiet Corner at 5141 SW 91st Way, Gainesville, FL.

A Quiet Corner at 5141 SW 91st Way, Gainesville, FL.

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