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Kevin: Two foot massages a week. I know that sounds weird, but-
Kwadwo: It’s absolutely weird. You guys know I’m about learn real Chinese, communicate, and have fun, and I guess that is a way to have fun.
Kevin: When you come to China, go get foot massages. Here’s the logic behind it. You’re probably already studying Chinese. You’ve got a textbook, you’ve got apps that you’re using. Supplement that by getting foot massages because you’re going to get a one-on-one experience with someone sitting across from you. It’s really cheap. By the hour, you can spend like 40 RMB an hour for a foot massage.
Kwadwo: How much does a tutor cost?
Kevin: A couple of years ago, it was like 85 RMB.
Kwadwo: So, half, guys. Half.
Kevin: Go to private tutoring, immediately go get a foot massage afterward, review your vocab, do your homework with them. Yeah, that’s what I did for about 10 months in Shanghai, and it was really useful.
Kwadwo: Clean your feet first. That way, the people will actually want to teach you, otherwise, they’re going to try to get you out of their shop.
Kevin: I actually did it, and every time I went, the folks were really excited to see me because they knew I was interested in studying Chinese. I wasn’t just sitting there playing with my phone. I was always interacting with them.
Kwadwo: What materials are you taking in there?
Kevin: I would take a textbook. Even if you don’t have a tutoring thing, I think it’s essential to have a textbook just so that you at least have a path to follow.
Kwadwo: Yeah, yeah.
Kevin: Go, and you’s got, all right, 20 new vocab words. Just go and read off the pinyin. Show them the characters and everything, and it enforces your speaking and listening. A lot of people don’t have enough speaking enforcement in their daily studies.
Kwadwo: Thanks, Kevin.
Kevin: Yeah, of course.
Both: Good, good study, day, day up.
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