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Friday, March 7, 2008

Podcast (播客)

You might be wondering what has happen? There isn't any post of late. Well, actually I am still learning Mandarin everyday and progressing well.

Of late, I had been busy learning Mandarin from this site.

At ChinesePod, you can find many lessons from absolute beginners to advanced students. I like the conversation style of the teaching. Besides, the feature where one can bookmark or remove learned lessons is great. With this, I can now study on the go on my mp3 player.

Well, listen to the podcast below and judge yourself whether it is suitable for you.

10 comments:

lankwaifong said...

In Huangshan (黄山) southern Anhui province in Eastern China, Fu Shou-Bing
logs on to the computer in the public library near his village. Since
discovering ECpod.com (http://www.ECpod.com), the retired High School
Chemistry teacher has been logging on almost every day to the
English-Chinese teaching website. Sometimes he cycles the 25 miles home,
cooks himself a simple lunch of rice and stir-fried vegetables with salted
fish, often returning once again to the library and his new hobby in the
evening.

ECpod.com boasts an educational website that teaches members
conversational English or Chinese (no “this is an apple” stuff here) via
video clips contributed by other members. After a vetting and often
transcribing process by language tutors commissioned by the site, the
clips are available free of charge in YouTube fashion. The twist? Members
film each other in everyday activities, hoping other members will learn
not just their native tongue, but also cultural innuendos lost in
textbooks and more conventional means of language learning.

“One member filmed himself cooking in his kitchen. We got a few emails
asking what condiments he used,” says a bemused Warwick Hau, one of the
site’s more public faces. One emailer even wanted to know if she could
achieve the same Chinese stir-fry using ingredients from her regular CR
Vanguard (华润超级) supermarket. “We often forget our every day activities may
not be as mundane to people on the other side of the world,” Hau adds.
Another such clip is “loaches” - a Chinese mother of 3 filmed her children
and their friends playing with a bucket of loaches - slippery eel-like
fish the children were picking up and gently squeezing between their
fingers.

Lately the members have also begun to make cross-border friends and
contacts. The ECpal function works much the same way sites like
Facebook.com and MySpace.com work - members can invite each other to view
their clips and make friends. And it has its fair share of juvenile humor
as well. “Farting Competition” features two teenagers and graphic sound
effects. Within several days, the clip was one of the most popular videos
that week, likely due to mass-forwarding by the participants’ schoolmates.

For other members keen to learn more than the fact juvenile humor is
similar everywhere, there are many home videos featuring unlikely little
nuggets of wisdom. “The last thing I learned from the site is why you
never find green caps for sale in China”, says Adam Schiedler one of the
English language contributors to the site. Green caps signify cuckolded
husbands, particularly shameful in China as they are a huge loss of face.
Adam vows not to buy any green headgear for his newfound friends.

The subject matter of the videos often speaks volumes about its
contributors. Members choose their own content and film the clip wherever
they please, some of their efforts drawing attention to rural surroundings
and the quaint insides of little homes otherwise not seen unless you
backpack your way thru the tiny dirt roads and villages along the Chinese
countryside.

Idyllic countrysides and cooking lessons aside however, ECpod marries the
latest video sharing technology with the old school way of teaching a
language - from the native speakers on the street. It’s a modern, more
convenient alternative to spending 6 months in China. And why not let the
Chinese teach you?

Visit us at http://www.ECPod.com

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Pete said...

Hi, thks for sharing the info.

Joby said...

Besides podcasts, a good way to learn Mandarin is also to use language learning software. I have used Rosetta Stone and Transparent and liked the Immersion apporach from Rosetta. However sometimes it is hard to tell what the pictures really mean and there are no translation excercises and not so many usufuel phrases. Now I learn with L-Ceps software which I like a lot. You can have a look at their website at www.l-ceps.com

Anonymous said...

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