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Celebrating New Zealand Chinese Language Week

September 26, 2022

This week is New Zealand Chinese Language Week. We sat down with our Council members Kiri Nathan, founder of her eponymous clothing brand Kiri Nathan Limited, and Mark Tanner, Founder and Managing Director of Shanghai based market strategy and research agency China Skinny, to explore their own Chinese language journeys.

In this podcast you will hear how two New Zealanders have tackled learning and using their Chinese language. Kiri also shares how she has gained more understanding and respect of different cultures through learning Te Reo Māori and Chinese.


01:49 How Mark first started learning Chinese
03:44 Kiri’s first experience with the Chinese language
06:36 Language as the gateway to understanding culture
08:07 An authentic attempt is a wonderful thing in learning Chinese
09:30 Even a few words are helpful
12:13 Why learn Chinese?
13:51 Beautiful cultural crossovers
17:50 How languages borrow from each other
20:23 Respect the local culture to make a connection.
23:56 Enriching experiences.
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