In honor of Lunar New Year on February 10 this year, today’s special guest paved the way for me, and my passion for language and communication: My mom, Gia Zhang.


Before immigrating to America, she was a language teacher and published author in China. She was around the age I am now when she made the decision to start a new life, learn a new language, and take a risk by doing something no one in our family had before.


In this conversation, we dive inside her early life growing up in China, the cultural differences and similarities between American and Chinese culture, and some tips and tricks for language learning at any age.


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