CHINA EXPAT INTERVIEW
Make Chinese friends and immerse yourself in the culture — Jideofor shares how he became fluent in Chinese.
He knows what he’s talking about. He runs the sourcing business. People contact him from Nigeria, right?
Jideofor: Yeah, from Nigeria.
Kwadwo: And he gets what they need in factories here, and he has to speak Chinese.
Why make Chinese friends?
Jideofor: The one thing that’s helped me learn Chinese is making lots of Chinese friends.
Kwadwo: Easy, why?
Jideofor: They’re there in China, right? That’s the first thing.
Second thing is, when you make Chinese friends, then it just forces you to immerse yourself in the culture.
Jideofor: You get to hang out with them, you get to drink with them, you get to eat with them. And then you learn a lot about the society.
Kwadwo: If you want to reach out to him, because you need products from China, well, get in touch.
Jideofor: No matter what, you’re going to be having these little vibes of Chinese language all around you. So, when that’s happening, all of a sudden you’re going to find out like, “Oh, now it’s not just a barrage of words.” You’re starting to hear words individually.
So, you speak Chinese with your Chinese friends?
Jideofor: Yeah, that’s it.
Jideofor: When you get in trouble, you can’t find your way around, all you just have to do is call up a Chinese friend that is going to help you get around. So, that’s the good thing about making Chinese friends.
Kwadwo: And this is Kwadwo, Elementary Chinese.
Both: Good, good study day, day up.
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