Frances Chan is a Taiwanese-American who is fluent in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and French. She had discovered a technique on how to achieve a “near-native-fluency” and she has started helping others on how to sound more natural and become a more native speaker.
We talked about
- Differences between Asian and European languages
- Dialects in Taiwan
- How she became interested in languages
- Why did she become interested in manga and anime
- How she started learning Japanese and continued until she’s older
- How she started learning Korean
- Some tips on pronouncing Korean
- Challenges she encountered in learning Japanese and Korean
- How many hours she spent studying
- Careers available for language learners
- Great things to experience when you know another language
- Her techniques in learning a language, that others don’t use
- Useful tools you can download
- Interesting facts about Taiwan that others do not know
Keys to Success
- Learning a language is not an overnight success. You need to spend lots of time to learn
- Define your goals for fluency. Is it for travel, is it for career?
- If you want to study abroad, figure out how language learning will fit to your 4 years in college
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