Sunday, August 24, 2014

Interview: Lindie Botes (South Africa)

Let's meet Lindie Botes from South Africa

Could you tell us about yourself, including the languages you know?

I was born in Pretoria, South Africa. Because of my father’s job, I grew up in Paris, Pakistan, Dubai and South Africa. Currently my parents live in Japan. At home I speak Afrikaans. At English schools in various countries I learnt Urdu, Arabic and French as subjects. In 2009 I became interested in Korean and this spread to Japanese, Mandarin, and other Asian languages. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guest Post: How to Switch Your Brain into Chinese Mode when Speaking Mandarin?

(Photo credit: Smart Mandarin)

Many of my foreign students like to translate when speaking Chinese. They tend to think in their own language or English first then translate into Chinese. Of course we know that we probably shouldn’t do that when learning a foreign language, but sometimes we just can’t help it!

So how do we avoid this? How can we change our brain to a total Chinese mode?  It’s not easy, but it’s definitely not impossible!! Here are some suggestions on how to think in Chinese.