Chinese Learners Wanted
I am doing a small experiment for my Masters thesis, and it involves recording the Mandarin Chinese of Westerners. If you’re a “Westerner” (exactly what that means will have to be defined after I examine the size of the pool of learners I can work with), and your Chinese is at the elementary to intermediate level (equivalent to 1-2 years of formal study), then you’re who I’m looking for!
The recording session will be in Shanghai at the end of November, and should only take about an hour. I will try to make it as fun as possible.
I can’t tell you the exact nature of the research until after the recording (and it’s changed a bit from what I may have posted earlier), but let me assure you that it’s utterly fascinating. Don’t miss out!
Please e-mail me if you’re interested. My e-mail is at the upper right corner on my website.
Update: Thank you to all the readers that have e-mailed me trying to help out. I really appreciate it. Let me answer a few common questions, though:
1. Yes, it has to be at the end of November. (My thesis comes with various deadlines.)
2. Yes, it has to be in Shanghai, in person. (It has to be a controlled experiment; it’s not just for fun.)
I guess I am not the ideal canidate.
Sounds like a cool experiment John. I’d participate if I could afford the travel.
Looking forward to seeing the results.
Do you plan to have both a control group and an experimental group ?
I would like to do it but I am in Beijing
I thought you might enjoy this, even if it isn’t exactly related to your research: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2006/04/21 (the first section of the episode in particular).
A short comedy produced by American students speaking Chinese:
Entertaining? you bet! Helpful? maybe!
Quick question. I’ve always wondered what to do when forced to select a language competency level. Whether it’s a job application or a social site, many times I have to pick Beginner, Intermediate, etc.
We haven’t met, so it may be hard for you to gauge. But I for one hate the word “fluent”.
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