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#45 The Perils of Taking Chinese Literally

Episode Summary

John and Jared discuss a linguistic concept that you’ve probably never heard of but is pervasive throughout all languages. Guest interview is with James Loach, a particle physicist turned artificial intelligence developer who fell in love with the Chinese language.

Episode Notes

John and Jared discuss a linguistic concept that you’ve probably never heard of but is pervasive throughout all languages. This will help you understand why for some things there is simply no direct translation and the answer for “why is it said this way?” is often “that’s just how it’s said”!

Guest interview is with James Loach, a particle physicist turned artificial intelligence developer who fell in love with the Chinese language. This interview underscores a fundamental truth: no matter how intelligent you may be or what method you use to learn, you still have to put in the work to learn Chinese.

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