It was suggested that I post here by whomever manages the twitter: https://twitter.com/ChinesePod/status/874536395129274368
My goal is a simple one… I want to make sure that I can understand regional variations in Mandarin. I’m not talking about straight up dialects, but rather, how to make sure when I go to the many parts of china where people speak mandarin, but they do so with a strong accent. I’ve sought out teachers from various parts of china and while their pronunciation does vary some, because they’re teachers, they all speak fairly standard mandarin.
I think this could be a really create ChinesePod series (kind of like the Shanghainese one), but I’m curious how people have gone about this? Right now, I’ve been listening to the 民主沙龙 podcast which generally has callers from all over with the biggest diversity in pronunciation I’ve found… but the fact that it’s about politics makes it tough as various topics can involve a lot of specific vocabulary (HOW DARE CHINA BUY ATTACK SUBS WE SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT WITH OUR DESTROYERS and the like), so I’m wondering if people have good sources or ideas? Because I’ve just heard so many stories of people struggling to get by in whatever 3rd tier city etc.