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Published on Jan 20, 2012
http://fluentin3months.com Captions in English, Traditional Chinese (written by native) and Simplified Chinese (converted automatically from traditional). There are many stepping stones to fluency, and this stage is one of them. Hardly my most interesting video, but you can see my first ever attempt at speaking Mandarin on camera. Obviously lots of issues to work on, like tones/pronunciation, comfort with the words, and a need to let them flow together and not need to think so much. But it's a start :)
Rather than being spontaneous, I had a native prepare this script for me in advance, and learned what I needed to. You can see me refer to my notes for two words I had forgotten, but otherwise I'm genuinely thinking of the words themselves, and hope having made this video and the pressure to produce it will give me a boost in this early stage!
[Edit: I'm getting a lot of trolls for this mission, so let me make it clear that I will DELETE your comment if you go off topic, mention people or websites that have NOTHING to do with my mission, post too many comments or are unnecessarily mean. I'm putting myself out there, by making this video so early in my language learning progress, and am not interested in dealing with Internet cowards and time wasters.]