My Chinesepod Office Visit
This is a link to the photos I took during my Chinesepod office visit.
susana9February 08, 2012, 02:23 PM
How great to see these pictures! Thanks for posting them. But it would have been nice to see a picture of John, too! I assume he wasn't there?
jennyzhuFebruary 09, 2012, 05:28 AM
Hope you are enjoying your stay in Shanghai. Thank you for visiting us!
Thanks Jenny. I am, although today is a bit rainy. I plan to leave on the 13th. Thanks again for being a good hostess. It really did mean alot to visit the office and meet the crew. Too bad John and Connie were not in, and I didn't get a chance to meet them. Anyhow thanks again.
PurrfecdizzoFebruary 10, 2012, 02:09 AM
Judging from the photo view counts, there is much interest in Chinesepod. Particularly, the two photos with Jenny had high photo view counts. She must be important to many people. :)
SiYaoFebruary 10, 2012, 03:01 AM
I have been an avid ChinesePod learner since 2006. Jenny, from the get-go, is the true soul of the podcast, without at all, overlooking the other great contributors - (John, Di Lu, Connie, David, Amber, et al.) , to the learning experience whom I all enjoy listening to. I always associate Jenny's clear and friendly voice with my earliest, difficult days of this great journey of learning mandarin.
Xiang Si Yao
PurrfecdizzoFebruary 26, 2012, 04:08 AM
Well, I must say, I enjoyed my visit to Shanghai, and I do want to make a return trip! When I do, I would like to pay another visit to the Chinesepod office, because there were some members there that I did not get to meet. Specifically, I would like to meet Connie and John.
As I told Jenny when I visited, the visit to the office was important for me, as Chinesepod had become a part of my daily life. I felt a sense of accomplishment because when I first started studying Chinese, I wasn't sure if I was going to stay with it, or ever have an opportunity to actually visit China. I think back to the early days for me back in 2008, when I was listening to the welcome newbie lessons, learning words like 'nihao' and 'lai', and not really understanding anything about Chinese language or culture. What I see today is that the Chinesepod team does an excellent job with presenting the content to the listener in a way that is culturally smooth. What I mean is that it was done in a way that allowed me to focus on language learning without the distractions that may arise from cultural differences.
At any rate, it is a shame that I cannot meet Pete, or Ken, or some of the other previous members of the staff, but I do hope to meet the others.
My impression of the office and group is favorable. The office was set up in what I would describe as an informal, and relaxed setup. The room was well lit, and there was a pool table for recreation. While there was an informal feel to the office, I also sensed a true professionalism as well. Everyone was working while I was there, and I get the sense that things are done in an efficient manner.
Everyone I met was friendly and greeted me. As for Jenny, I felt that the warmth was genuine and sincere. It may not be a surprise to hear that jenny's spoken Chinese was very smooth, clear, and at a very accessible pase for me to easily understand. She presented a friendly, down to earth, and polite person who absolutely has a passion for teaching. I also appreciate the fact that, while I was there, she extended herself, and made an effort to understand and know me a little bit. This is refreshing, because this type of thing does not always happen in the corporate world.
Thanks again Jenny for your wonderful hospitality. I mean it when I say that it was important to me to visit the office.