CHINA EXPAT INTERVIEW
Do you want to learn Chinese? Vladimir Shares his one surprising tip for learning the hardest language on the planet.
Vladimir: *Speaking Russian” Russians speak the best Chinese!
What is your one tip for learning Chinese?
Vladimir: My one tip is just don’t learn Chinese if you don’t really have passion for Chinese culture and Chinese language, because otherwise it doesn’t worth the effort.
Vladimir: Because Chinese is much more difficult than, for example, English, Spanish, or even Russian.
Kwadwo: You speak Russian?
Vladimir: I do.
Kwadwo: You are Russia?
Vladimir: I am Russian.
Kwadwo: He’s Russian.
Vladimir: My name is Vladimir, I’m a translator. I translate media stuff, TV series and movies from Chinese into Russian.
Kwadwo: Well I’m Kwadwo. Learn real Chinese, communicate and have fun.
Vladimir: If you work hard to study Chinese, but you don’t really like it, it just doesn’t work that way.
Kwadwo: And the culture is really different too.
Vladimir: Yeah the culture..
Kwadwo: So you really have to like it.
Vladimir: The cultural constructs in our heads are all different.
Kwadwo: So what else do you speak?
Vladimir: I just speak Russian, Chinese, and English, only three languages.
Kwadwo: Yeah, only like the three hardest languages in the world.
Vladimir: English is not that hard.
Kwadwo: Sure, right.
Kwadwo: Well, geez, that was simple. I’m Kwadwo, Elementary Chinese, learn real Chinese, communicate, have fun.
Both: Good good study, day day up.
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