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Wow. I’m really impressed! Other than when you hesitated at times, you sounded much like my Chinese family and friends speaking with no hesitating! Wow! Keep up the great work!

 

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I have re-done the interview, giving more thought to the questions this time. Less hesitating, I think my speaking, though far from perfect, is much better here.  Although I didn't ask her to, I think she speaks more slowly this time. 

 

There are different questions and answers, so please give another listen to this version two! Any feedback welcome.

 

And, by the way, here is some of her art:

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You have interesting ways of improving your Chinese, which are obviously working. (I'm taking mental notes, in case I ever get as far as you have.) It seems like you picked a good point to speak so much without the risk of forming bad, hard-to-fix habits. I can tell that you think a lot as you talk. I’m sure it’ll smooth out for you in time, with practice and as more and more becomes second nature.

 

Again, your speaking is already very impressive. For another example, it’s better than most foreigners speaking Chinese in Chinese TV dramas. I know we, the viewing audience, are supposed to be impressed. But, it makes me cringe with all the bad habits that make their speaking hard to understand. (I’m talking about most, not all. Many speak Chinese really well and without any of the obvious bad habits.) Keep doing what you’re doing! Add oil, lol!

 

It sounds like your wife has a standard Chinese accent, which I’m sure helps. I couldn’t hear an accent at all. Actually, I can’t hear any accent amongst any of my Chinese family and friends either, no matter what part of China they’re from, East, West, whatever. I can’t hear any accent amongst my Taiwanese friends either. So, my spectrum of standard is apparently pretty wide, lol.

 

For English in the U. S., I heard long ago that top news anchors learned the Chicago accent (like the Canadian Peter Jennings). I heard that it isn’t perfect either, but it’s the most neutral accent in the U. S. This reminds me of an old friend of mine who had a thick southern accent. “Pen” sounded like “pin.” I kept asking her to repeat herself. I couldn’t even figure it out with context clues. I literally had to ask her what she meant by “pin.” When she told me what “pen” meant, I was a little dumbfounded, lol.

 

Good luck with your podcast and taking the next step in your speaking. Also, good luck to your wife and her art. (I don't know anything about art. So, I can't offer an opinion about it. I can only appreciate the success she's already had and hope for more. :)) You kind of grilled her, and she had a very nice, level-headed attitude towards it. Your good questions and her responses to them made the interview more interesting to listen to. 

 

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Okay, this is just for a bit of fun, since I’ve found that my username is interestingly similar to yours (suMMit). My initials are actually MM. Can anyone guess what my username means? :D

 

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On 7/11/2022 at 11:14 AM, pon00050 said:

Do you intend on turning this into a real podcast?

I think I will. Or post on Youtube. If I do I'm sure I will learn a lot from it and improve. I have started making a list of people I want to interview.

 

On 7/13/2022 at 2:13 AM, MTH123 said:

I can tell that you think a lot as you talk.

Yeah, my biggest difficulty is grammar/sentence structures. Often I have to think about it and it slows me down.

 

On 7/13/2022 at 2:13 AM, MTH123 said:

It sounds like your wife has a standard Chinese accent, which I’m sure helps.

Yes, she's from Harbin and has a very standard accent. I think living in Tianjin and Beijing for many years, she's lost any Dongbei sound. She's very good to practice with and we speak pretty much 50/50 or more Chinese at home. 

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For English in the U. S., I heard long ago that top news anchors learned the Chicago accent (like the Canadian Peter Jennings). I heard that it isn’t perfect either, but it’s the most neutral accent in the U. S.

 

I don't believe that is correct.  I grew up in Connecticut and was always told we had the most neutral accent (especially in comparison with Boston, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Southern or Texas accents).  I find Midwestern accents (Minnesota, Illinois - including Chicago - and Wisconsin) distinctive and not neutral at all.

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