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May 17th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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If you or someone you know wants to learn Chinese, be sure to keep watching out for details! We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated. ;)

Our Fan Page of Facebook we talked about in this news is here!

Please be sure to check it out and become a fan of us!

May 22nd, 2009 at 09:36 AM
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ChineseClass101 is indeed new, but the goal was to have a lot of content available for users to work with right away after the site opened, which is why the lessons date back to January 2009. :grin: Even though the site is new, there are about 4-5 months worth of content to work with!

May 22nd, 2009 at 12:48 AM
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I'm a little confused, if the chineseclass site is brand new, why are there lessons going back to January 2009??

May 21st, 2009 at 08:13 PM
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I second the motion for DutchPod101! Tankyouwell in advance!

David Carlton
May 21st, 2009 at 12:41 PM
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Jessie: Thanks!

Sean Somers
May 21st, 2009 at 04:41 AM
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Eh, my post on Peter's "man-to-man" language learning was deleted. I was hoping he'd expand more on his statements in regard to gender and language acquisition.

My little wish-list for future podcasts :wink: --

(1) Brazilian Portuguese

(2) Dutch

(3) Irish Gaelic

(4) Punjabi

(5) Icelandic

Maybe one day, yeah?

May 20th, 2009 at 06:03 PM
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David Carltonさん>

Please email contactus@japanesepod101.com and I believe they'll have something special for you :wink:

David Carlton
May 20th, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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Nice of you to temporarily make all the Chinese lessons available in the basic iTunes feed, by the way - I really appreciate being able to easily go back to the early ones while deciding whether or not to sign up.

David Carlton
May 20th, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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Is there a discount for jpod101 subscribers on the new site?

May 20th, 2009 at 03:00 AM
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ご無沙汰していました!(Sorry for the long silence.)

First thank you for all the feedback, both the positive and the critical. The positive helps drive us, especially when working and posting at 3am :grin:, and the critical helps keep us in check. We're very lucky to have both from everyone. :dogeza:

Let me chime in and try to answer a few questions.

Regarding the type of Chinese:

We'll be teaching Mandarin, with a Beijing accent.

Standard Chinese is based on the Beijing dialect, so this was important for us.

Our team records in Beijing using professional voice actors for the dialogue.

Regarding the writing system:

We'll focus on simplified, but include traditional.

You can usually find both in the same lesson notes.

Regarding advantages of knowing Japanese when studying Chinese:

As a student of both Japanese and Chinese, I would

say that knowing Japanese definitely comes in handy

more often than not.

I would agree there are confusing moments, but

overall I think it's a definite plus for reading and understanding.

When I was studying in Japanese school, Chinese

students had quite an advantage in understanding

long written passages. *Interestingly enough, the large

amount of English loan words actually gives a native

English speaker an advantage when speaking on many topics

such as computers, once the level of Japanese

comprehension is high enough.

As for entering the Chinese market, there are

a lot of products out there. We feel we definitely

have a top notch product to offer.

In fact, it's because the stars were aligned on this,

we were able to do this.

We're lucky enough to be working with David from

Popup Chinese and Amber in NY....

Let's just say we hit the jackpot!

Regarding unique aspects of ChineseClass101.com

Or what makes us special:

I would say that David at Popup Chinese had a lot of the

ingredients :)

1. Beijing Accent (this is really, really big)

2. Native Male Chinese host - one thing we try to always

incorporate here at JapanesePod101.com as we feel it's

important for male speakers learning a language

learn to imitate native male speakers

3. Linear approach in which each lesson builds on the previous one

so you can progress in a step-by-step manner

4. Test preparation material (coming soon)

Regarding Other projects

Portuguese and Hungarian would be nice. ;)

Final note, there is a good blog write up here by David here:


And lastly, thank you again everyone. I will reiterate once more.

We started 4 years ago with 1 desk in downtown Tokyo.

Thanks to the amazing support, praise, critiques, comments, e-mails and everything else our community has done for us, here were are at site number 11!

(Sean-san, 10.5 ;), but give us 6 more weeks.)

I really hope you know that we feel like we did this together.

So a big thank you from Tokyo, New York and Beijing! :dogeza:

May 19th, 2009 at 11:27 PM
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Hey guys, you forgot to add Chinese to the footer on your page.