At 3:30pm on the 29 September 2009, Dan opened Basic Chinese 1 and found there on the pages the first words of what has become his most challenging language. Dan founded the Bang Bang Tang Language Exchange Club after only a month of learning Chinese by himself. It met weekly over about 40 weeks in Melbourne, attracting hundreds of Australians learning Mandarin and international students wanting to improve their English and make new friends.
My Chinese friends come from such a different world view that sometimes I feel like we just aren’t connecting at all regardless of the language. At other times I feel lucky to understand something so insightful, so rational, yet for me so exotic about how they see their own lives and careers.
Since January of 2012, I have been broadcasting in Mandarin on 1341AM (3cw) a Chinese language broadcaster in Melbourne. The recordings aren’t available on the main website, but I’ve just uploaded one for people to listen to if interested. Otherwise please tune in at 6:10pm on Monday nights to 1341Am.
Socialising in Australia
More about my languages and videos can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/danednie