You Can Learn Chinese

#12 Knowledge vs Proficiency

Episode Summary

You may know a lot of Chinese, but are you proficient in it? John and Jared discuss this issue and offer advice on how to balance the two. Guest interview is with actor and playwright Elyse Ribbons.

Episode Notes

You may know a lot of Chinese, but are you proficient in it? Or maybe you’ve studied for a long time but are still unable to speak or hold a simple conversation. Jared and John discuss this as one of the most common issues among language learners and offer practical advice on how to balance the two with an emphasis on how to build Chinese language proficiency. You’ll also get a rant and a rave.

Guest interview is with Elyse Ribbons, playwright, webmistress, radio host, Peking opera performer, social entrepreneur, foodie, yoga teacher, and runner up for China’s top chef. She shares her insights into learning Chinese and her path to starring roles in Chinese TV and movies.

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