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Ask Experts 005: The Incredible Story Behind Jan Wostyn’s Journey Learning Mandarin Chinese

By Learnmandarinnow

Many students go to China are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture but don’t really take the time and effort to study either. This was not the case for Jan Wostyn who, in 2001 came to China and studied at three different top universities (华中师范大学,厦门大学,复旦大学) ,and then co-founded Hutong School, which is now one of the largest private Chinese Schools in China.

Jan’s dedication and stories about learning Chinese are very inspirational and makes him the perfect person to talk about today’s topic: Studying Mandarin Chinese in China. Listen in to hear his advice about how to choose schools, the application process and some frequently ask questions and misconceptions about studying and living in China.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

1. about Jan’s experiences studying in three different universities in China
2. how Jan and his teammate won a Chinese speech contest in Shanghai
3. tips for selecting the right Chinese school, all about the application process and the ins and outs of studying and living in China
4. why Jan believes studying in private Chinese schools is more effective than universities
5. Jan’s favorite Chinese learning resources
6. the most commonly asked questions and misconceptions about studying Chinese in China
7. what Jan would do if he could start learning Mandarin Chinese again

Resources mentioned in this Podcast:

1. Skritter: a great tool to help you learn to writing Chinese characters
2. Chinese Pod: one of the popular online audio and video tools
3. Duolingo: free online course for Chinese and other language learners
4. Memrise: great software to help you memorise Chinese words
5. The Chairman’s Bao: online Chinese newspaper written for Mandarin Chinese students

Get in touch with Jan and his team members:

If you would like to get in touch with Jan and his team from Hutong School with more questions about going to China to study or just to simply say hello, you can check out this page and I am sure they will get back to your question(s) in a timely manner.

Thanks for Listening!

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Special thanks to Jan for joining me for this interview. Until next time!

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