Monroe Mann - How I Finally Learned Mandarin Chinese!
Dive: Linguist - Chinese (Mandarin)
Description: Can read, write, speak, and understand a particular type of Chinese
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Can read, write, speak, and understand Chinese (Mandarin) at a basic level
Certified On: Feb 13, 2019
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Name: Monroe Mann Break Diving Level: Level 1 Number of Certified Dives: 12 From: United States In: United States
1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?
Why did I start studying Chinese? My dad was in WWII, and spent much of his deployment in China in the mid 1940s. My grandpa (who I never met) imported Chinese Ming dynasty replica furniture and so growing up, at Grandma’s house, I always felt I was in China, because virtually every piece of furniture from beds, tables, and chairs were Ming dynasty replicas! So, it always interested me, and any chance I got, I would try to teach myself Chinese. It never worked out very well.
2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
Thankfully, sometime in 2011, I found a Living Language Complete Chinese set, and I ordered it. And it was (and is) really fantastic. It comes with a basic, intermediate, and advanced book, and I’m still working through the Advanced book now actually. But it also came with CDs, and plenty of exercises, and through it, I absolutely learned the basic basics. But it wasn’t until 2014 when I moved to Shanghai that I really solidified those basics in my classes there.
So technically, it took me 20 years to learn the basics, but of actual study, probably about one year.
3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
Resource 1: Break Diving's Chinese Fluency Project - They have regular Chinese events online that you can use to improve. And everyone is very supportive.
Resource 2: Chinese in 3D - This is a great app that teaches you the basic initial set of about 1200 characters. It's a fun app, and will help you a lot.
7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).
8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?
9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?
10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Monroe Mann is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Linguist - Chinese (Mandarin) - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
Certificate number: 4
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