commuting and podcasts

May 06, 2012, 05:21 PM posted in General Discussion

你好,你好吗 nihao,nihao ma?

I spend alot of time over the last 1 and 1/2 years listening to chinese pod while commuting to work, it gives me about a solid hour a day. I just don't know how much I am actually learning, as it sure doesn't seem like much at this point!

谢谢 xiexie!


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May 06, 2012, 06:31 PM

I think that listening to Chinesepod while commuting is a good supplement to other methods of study.  I do that myself.  I am not sure how well it would work as a stand-alone method.  Moving to China would probably work even better, but that hasn't been an option.

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May 06, 2012, 10:53 PM

I wish I could throw myself into it and just moved to China, just like many of my chinese friends when they came to Canada, they of course learned so much quicker putting themselves in such a big challenge! Anyways, I will keep plugging away at what I am doing. Some day I will hope to go to China on something work related but it is tough as we are raising a young family and I really don't care to venture to far from home. Thank you again for support and advice!Cody

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May 06, 2012, 11:51 PM

The few years that I had Pimsleur and Chinesepod on my 1 hour commute to work made a huge difference in my ability to speak Chinese.  Just yesterday, a Chinese person said my pronunciation wasn't bad.  I have the commute to thank for that, plus I didn't use a lot of pinyin in those days. 

I noticed that you said you listen to Chinese pod.  Do you shadow, or at least speak with Chinesepod as well?  That made much of the difference in my pronunciation.