Australian-born Harry Harding is a television and radio host in the Chinese province of Guangdong. Also known as 'Hazza', he is fluent in English and Mandarin. Drawing on his own experience of learning another language, he shares his tips for learning English.
Traditionally, learning a second language is a lot like another subject in the classroom. But for Harry, the traditional route didn't work.
But then he discovered that he could learn Mandarin through something he was passionate about: music.
He used his love for karaoke to practise his language skills by memorising the lyrics of Chinese pop songs and his covers of Chinese songs were picked up by people in the entertainment industry in China.
“I guess the rest is history,” says Harry.
Harry studied Mandarin as part of a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics at Griffith University in Queensland. He now finds himself presenting television and radio for Guangdong Radio and Television in Guangzhou.
Living and working in Guangzhou over the past five years means that Harry considers China his second home and uses the Chinese language daily.
Harry's Chinese colleagues can also speak English but they sometimes worry about speaking English to a native speaker - like him. However, his experience of learning and working in his second language means that he has lots of encouragement to offer them.
According to Harry, confidence and enthusiasm are invaluable for the journey to fluency in multiple languages.
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