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The Australian who woke up speaking Mandarin

26:29 | May 30th

5 recommendations
Ben McMahon from Melbourne, Australia, has had an unlikely career in Chinese reality TV after waking up from a coma speaking Mandarin. When he was 18 years old, Ben suffered a head injury during a car...Show More


jennx recommended:Jun 29th

Fascinating take on just what the human brain can do in regards to our language learning abilities. A speech scientist breaks down what happened when an Aussie guy wakes up from a coma with an enhanced ability to speak Mandarin. It’s funny that I’m familiar with the Chinese dating show the guy talke...Show More

I thought this episode was:

🧐 Intriguing

mmJun 29th

@jennx They made it sound like he was the only white dude in the show 😛

phocks recommended:Jun 5th

The brain is a fascinating organ.

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
💯 A must listen
🤯 Unbeliveable
👍 Well-produced

danny recommended:Jun 2nd

What if he's a spy and it's all an elaborate rouse... But joking aside, a bit of a clickbait title, but amazing what and how our brains store information.

I thought this episode was:

🤯 Unbeliveable

rmmiller364Jun 3rd

@danny yeah, I agree about the title. It made it seem like someone who had never spoken Mandarin before woke up with the ability to do that. And it also misses the point that doctors have described his case more as “temporary losing a first language” rather than “suddenly acquiring perfect fluency ...Show More

dannyJun 3rd

@rmmiller364 I've added this podcast to my profile / daily routine for now. So impressed with the reporting on this podcast.

rmmiller364 recommended:Jun 2nd

Wow! Brains are amazing

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational
🤯 Unbeliveable

mm recommended:Jun 1st

Australian guy gets in a car accident and woke up speaking Mandarin. Next thing you know he’s on a Mandarin TV dating show. Fascinating story about how your brain works with your native vs second languages.

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational
🤯 Unbeliveable

dannyJun 1st

@mm this sounds too crazy to be true... But, I've added it to my queue

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