Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas holiday, i am still full from the massive amount of turkey I had ….
Survey results have been more interest in Mainland china and selling chinese factory goods globally, so I’ll work on more shows for that in the new year – China focus in 2015
My New years resolution is to learn Chinese on a deeper level, I have been at the basic level to travel and “get by” for years but I need to get in deeper
So many of you know recently my startup Social Agent app startup merged with UnchainedApps company – and One interesting side side effect is one of their main apps is called WrittenChinese.com to help foreigners learn chinese! So today I bring on Nora, she is the product manager at Unchained Apps and also the driving force behind the Written Chinese app – she’s an american who speaks really good Chinese and will give us all some pointers so let’s listen in!
Topics Covered in this Episode
- Glad to have more women on the show! Welcome Nora!
- Can you introduce yourself Nora to our listeners
- Introduce Gigabud/ Unchained apps
- Mike mentions joined the company, merged w/ Social Agent
- Why did you come to China?
- You speak Chinese pretty well – how did you do it?
- What are some other ways people can learn Chinese ?
- how much time should someone invest
- I know you always say the Written part or learning Chinese Characters is important for people to learn, but most of us just want to learn spoken to get by – can you share a bit here?
- So our company together, Gigabud has an app for learning Chinese (Written Chinese), maybe you can plug it here
- So we just got you started with a podcast – 2 White Chicks in China – can you explain that to everyone?
- Ways people can reach out to you – linkedin, email, etc
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- Written Chinese
- University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Gigabud Limited – app incubator (no website)
- Unchained Apps Limited – productivity apps
- Social Agent app
- Chengdu – Central Chinese City Nora spent first year in
- Sichuan / Szechuan Chicken
- Chinese characters – over 3,000 characters in Chinese language
- Chinese bigrams – sets of 2 Chinese characters together that mean 1 English word.
- Download Written Chinese .com’s Free Bigram and Character Mobile App
- Train ear for Chinese Tones with her Chinese tone trainer
- Chinese radicals – shapes / pieces of characters that are the foundation of the characters.
- Pinyin – Roman Characters “conversion” to Chinese characters.
- Start page – WrittenChinese.com/start
- Video series – Scavenger Sundays on Youtube
- Nora has a new podcast – 2 White Chicks in China, check it out and send them questions on China life.
- Reaching out to Nora – on Facebook
- Reaching out to Nora – on Linkedin
- Email her at nora @ writtenchinese.com
Episode Length 34:43
Thanks Nora for coming on the show! So for many many years I always skipped learning characters thinking that it was impossible and not needed, but since cooperating with Written Chinese I am using the app and learning characters – which does set a foundation for speaking. I think of the character when I am speaking and I ask my wife Wendy more intelligent questions about words by relating them to the character. Some examples are – Hau, which means good, the character is a mix of the word woman and child – pretty amazing right?
Anyway, I do believe we all need to better learn Chinese not just for business in China, but more and more Chinese are traveling and living all around the world – taking some time to understand the language will differentiate you a lot and they are so happy to hear even the worst efforts for speaking Chinese.
If you have any feedback about the app – let me know – I’m a marketing and BD dude for the company now and trying to help the company improve downloads and user activity – it’s free to try and has in app purchases for more detailed features.
so hope everyone had a great 2014 and is excited for the new year, let’s stay positive and keep on learning! Cheers
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