I was channel surfing just the other day. In the nano second that I had my eyes on Phoenix Channel, I noticed a familiar westerner speaking in fluent mandarin to a reporter from Beijing. I thought nothing of it as dubbed interviews are not uncommon in China.
I soon realised that the interviewee was Kevin Rudd, the current prime Minister of Australia. Having spent some time in Australia before, naturally, I was quite interested to hear what he had to say.
I tuned back to the channel and tried follow the interview. It then occurred to me the "dubber" didnt have a Beijing accent. Oh. it was actually Kevin Rudd speaking in Mandrain! and very fluently too! His selection of some of the words used throughout the interview was excellent, perhaps even better then some oversea Chinese.
I then googled a bit on his background. Apparently, he majored in Chinese language and history in the Australia National University and then furthering this studies in Taiwan. He has a Chinese alias too, "陸克文".
You can catch an instance of him speaking in Mandrain here. Nice one Kev~.
The Chinese language has never been an easy language to master. Many consider the language to be the most difficult language in the world followed by Russian.
Impressive! And like the Aussies says "Good on ya mate !"