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Hi, my name is Chris Parker. I’m 32 years old, and I’m here to share my passion – learning Mandarin Chinese.

People always ask me why I wanted to learn Chinese.

For some reason, I always find it difficult to give a decent sounding answer to this question, so I’m going to give it a go now.

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by ‘the world outside’. I always found it ‘boring’ to just think about my own neighbourhood, or the things happening around me.

As a child, my walls were covered in maps and I got lost in atlases. I learnt to recognise all the flags of the world. I was fascinated by the exotic and the unknown.

This naturally led me to be interested in languages. At school, I took all the language classes I possibly could, in French, Spanish and German (I don’t remember any German now). I begged the only Russian teacher in the school to give me classes in lunch break.

When I was choosing what to study at university, I knew it had to be a language: I was addicted. But French and Spanish weren’t so exotic to me any more. I wanted a new challenge and a new high. It was between Arabic and Chinese, and I went with Chinese. I was lucky enough to be accepted by the University of Cambridge.

中国国旗Chinese has been a big part of my life ever since. I started learning it, aged 17. I took trips to China every summer. After I graduated, I taught English, I worked as a Chinese translator and interpreter, and I taught at a university. I’m currently working in online media and I live in Beijing.

Learning to speak Chinese takes time and a lot of commitment – I’m still learning new things after more than 7 years. But I’m here to share with you the message that speaking fluent Mandarin is within anyone’s reach.

I really hope you like the site and I hope that my story and experience can inspire you as you move ahead on the road to fluency in Mandarin!

 Articles I have written for other websites:

Fluent in 3 months – How persistence can get a beginner learner to expert level
Lingholic – How to Become a Fluent Speaker of a Foreign Language
Digmandarin – How to Improve Your Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation
Chinese-tools.com – 5 encouraging things they don’t tell you when you start learning Chinese
Lingholic – Learning Mandarin Chinese – myths busted!

Chris Parker Tianjin TV

Appearances in the Chinese media (in Mandarin):

Tianjin TV – Discovering Chinese magic
Tianjin TV – Talking about marriage customs around the world
Tianjin TV – Discussing drinking cultures in different countries
China.org.cn – Talking about life in Beijing, knock-off goods, and different Chinese dialects

If you have any questions, suggestions for the website, or you would be interested in contributing to the blog, then I would love to hear from you :-) You can email me at:

info AT fluentinmandarin.com

YouTube Channel: Fluent in Mandarin
Weibo: 英国小克里
WeChat Public Account: 英国小克里

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