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johnc1
First name John
City Honolulu
Native country US USA
Current country US USA
Age 74
Gender Male
Native language EN English
Studied language ZH Chinese (Mandarin)

 

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A single older man living in Hawaii with a few semesters of Confucius Institute Chinese at Univ. of Hawaii. I can do WeChat or/& facebook messenger.
Know a bit about computers and computer security; a bit about art (graphic); have worked in federal court as a court reporter; have taught for a few years for Kaiser Permanente. Vietnam veteran. Re-inventing myself after a few bad e-commerce (financial) experiences online. Hobbies? Education in a variety of subjects. Not particularly obsessed with physical fitness but have 30 years experience with yoga and tai ji.
More about me so you can make a better idea of how we might help each other:
If language exchange is your goal and English is part of that, we can use GoogleDrive interactively for a huge boost to our studies. iPhone isn't so good for that purpose. Best is with a tablet/laptop and at least 2 computer monitors. I don't teach ESL but have a court reporter's competence with the language, as well as a large stock of professional ESL audio and pdf materials easily uploadable to GDrive for you to download. And I am a patient person.
I come to Language Exchange to exchange with Native Chinese speakers to learn more authentic Mandarin and Chinese culture. I've watched Chinese tv series and movies and documentaries for about 5 years now, more or less obsessively. Favorite series include Romance of Three Kingdoms; Empress of China; Nothing Gold Can Stay; Princess Agents; Di RenJie; Chinese Interpol 803 and other police procedural. More movies than I can count -- I really like historical movies and movies with a financial focus; psychological focus; economic development focus; emerging technology focus; military focus; village life focus, and more.
Studied Mandarin (I still suck.:我的普通话不好。对不起)) from the major sources in US including Confucius Institute at Univ. of Hawaii for a few semesters, and downloaded whole tutorial series from CCTV4 and elsewhere -- obviously there's a ton of stuff available; I've collected a ton of it. I've understood the major patterns/approaches (their pros/cons) to teaching Mandarin in the U.S.; no need to spend more money going to formal school then, working on my own is more important, and working with a few or many native speakers of the language.
Long ago I watched the Teach Mandarin series on BON TV, by the multi-lingual African guy, Francis Tchiegue, downloaded all of his lessons. I refer to them from time to time. They're Ok. Growing Up With Chinese is really good but focused on teenagers. Happy Chinese is intermediate Mandarin focused on multi-generational family life. I like it and use some episodes from time to time, but...
And various people have made lots of grammar videos that are really useful, and...
I think nothing can take the place of real people talking in the real language, not something made for academic television or whatever...
I do have questions about the differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Mainland China Mandarin but later for that...

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johnc1
First name John
City Honolulu
Current country US USA
Native language EN English
Studied language ZH Chinese (Mandarin)
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