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jbraswell wrote:It's so sad that these threads have just languished.
Seriously, it's really frustrating. Despite their crappy organization, the lessons at the site that shimewaza posted above are better than anything JPod101 has ever created. Would someone from JPod please tell us why we can't something similar here? I mean, it should be *easier* than producing a normal JPod lesson. You don't need writers to come up with weird dialogs and try to cram in grammar points all over the place. Just record natural Japanese, and provide a transcript. If they went the extra step and also provided a translation and, say, line-by-line playback, this site would be extraordinary.
Sorry for the rant, I just find the situation regarding language learning to be depressing. I mean, it's really ridiculous. Why the heck is there hardly any material based simply on how a normal, native speaker communicates 90% of the time? WTF? It's like teaching a typing class to people who want to be secretaries but not using QWERTY keyboards.
Hell, maybe one day I'll just break down and do it myself. I think I could hire a few exchange students and a web programmer and make the best language-learning site that has ever existed for less than $5,000.