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#23 Pinyin Over Characters: the Crippling Crutch

Episode Summary

John and Jared discuss why pinyin over Chinese characters is detrimental to your learning and what you can do instead. Guest interview is with Kwadwo [QUĀY.jo] Sampani-Kessi, the founder of Elementary Chinese, a popular YouTube and Instagram channel for learning Chinese. He will tell his tale of moving past the limitations of the traditional Chinese education system.

Episode Notes

John and Jared discuss the all too common situation of pinyin over Chinese characters, something Jared sometimes refer to as the “crippling crutch”. They go into depth on why this is so common, why it is so detrimental, and what to do instead.

Guest interview is with Kwadwo [QUĀY.jo] Sampani Kessi, the founder of Elementary Chinese, a popular YouTube and Instagram channel for learning Chinese. He will tell his tale of falling in love with Chinese while in …Paris! And then he takes us on his journey moving past the limitations of the traditional Chinese education system and forging ahead with new ideas on how people can learn.

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