Mini-Interview with The World

The World, an online public radio program from the BBC, did a brief audio interview with me last week, and it appeared in today’s edition. Here’s a direct link to the 4-minute piece [MP3 download].

To visitors from The World, the work I do on Chinese lessons is actually on a separate site called ChinesePod. Check it out; it’s the best way to learn practical spoken Chinese.

In the interview I talk about my struggles with the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese, (basically very similar to what I’ve covered in my pronunciation section). There are other features of interest to the student of Chinese in the language section of Sinosplice.

Thanks a lot to Dan Washburn for pointing The World’s reporter my way.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Awesome!I listen to NPR everyday through which THE WORLD is broadcasted. Now that you mentioned, in the interview John indeed speaks a bit different from other fellow Americans.

  2. WOW! You’ve been interviewed on NPR! That’s great!

  3. I wish it had been longer!

  4. Thanks, guys!

  5. Congrats on the well deserved attention!

  6. Nice interview, but I had to cringe at some of Joe’s examples and pronunciation.

  7. Hi John: nice to know you and Dan are somewhat connected. He used to be my English teacher in the university, quite popular among students then. Just wondering how he’s doing with Chinese now. He didn’t seem to have the invention of learning that 4 years ago 🙂

  8. Did not hear John speak mandarin. Only the other guy.

  9. Congrats! Being interviewed by The World is definitely cool.

  10. Congratulations!

  11. good one john ! 🙂

  12. John,
    Congrats! Quick unrelated question — I’m trying to find one of your blog entries about the top 22 things Chinese parents say to their kids. Saw it last night but cannot find it today. Can you help?!

  13. Thanks, everyone.

    Caryn, you’re looking for What Not to Say to Your Kid

  14. Thanks, John! I’m at Middlebury College working on an MA in Teaching CSL and shared what I could remember with some classmates who, of course, wanted to hear more …

  15. Haha, congrats John, yeah, it should be longer

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