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#21 How Important is Chinese Culture When Learning Chinese?

Episode Summary

John and Jared talk about the connection between culture and language and answer the question, do you need to understand the culture to speak Chinese? Guest interview is with Imron Alston, a Chinese speaking, juggling, unicycle riding software developer and admin on the popular

Episode Notes

In this episode, John and I talk about the connection between culture and language. Just how important is a grasp of the culture to learn Chinese? In addition to a rant and a rave, we’ve got a new segment about our adventures in China.

Gest interview is with Imron Alston. In addition to being an accomplished Chinese learner, he has developed software to assist Chinese learners and is an admin on the popular website He shares with us insights gained from years of interacting with Chinese learners.

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