Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ellen's Chinese podcasts

After mentioning Naturegirl's blog in the last post I really should also mention Ellen's Chinese podcasts. Ellen has lots of material on her site and most of it comes with audio. There are different levels of dialog, with text and translations. You also get to hear children's voices, male and female...

I am not sure why more people don't seem to use resources like this, material posted by real Chinese speakers is particularly precious. Ellen gives you some real dialogs often with a lot of humor. Naturegirl's chengyu were a great find, I have just started really taking the study of chengyu seriously and appreciate the example sentences and the fact that I can ask questions.

I get the impression that many learners carry a classroom mentality and are afraid of stepping outside of a set course of instruction. I don't see how stepping outside and spending time expanding your experience can ever cause harm?

5 comments:

Mark said...

Wow I just love your site. I was really disheartened by the rubbish textbooks available. I use Chinesepod/Japanesepod and similar resources now and love your links.

barry said...

Hi Chris. Yup, you're right about Ellen. Her stuff is pretty original in my experience. It is disheartening that so few people leave comments on her podcast page. She is always keen to help learners' with their Chinese study and is a lovely lady too.

Buddy said...

wow just read your chinese posts. though it not very good. but I think it's good enough for you.

Chris said...

@buddy my Chinese posts are very out of date now, I should do some more soon...
@barry and @mark well it looks like she has one new reader at least not ;)

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