other websites for good listening practice

April 04, 2013, 03:58 AM posted in General Discussion



I was wondering if anyone knew any other good websites that I could use for Chinese language listening practice. I feel I need more practice with that and would like to find a website with more natural, uncontrived language to practice my listening skills. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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April 04, 2013, 04:35 AM

There's Chinese Stories Platform:


However they are moving to a new site (I think within the next few days), and I'm not sure whether the downloads will still be free. So maybe you should spend a few hours downloading everything from the old site.

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looks really interesting, thanks!

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You can search for Chinese drama on Hulu. They're pretty good and if you get lost trying to understand the dialogues, you can turn on closed-captioning.

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Didn't know hulu had some - but yikes, looks like a terrible selection, like they tried to pick the trash shows.

For example, they have 'palace' 宫, instead of 'startling by each step '步步惊心 - these two shows have essentially the same plot, a time traveler from modern times goes to the same period of the Qing dynasty, yet the first is from 于正, the master of creating absolute trash (this year he also ruined a tv adapation of my favorite book, 笑傲江湖), and is soooo stupidly written you will want to throw up, while the latter is a wonderful, intelligent adapation of a great book.

Better to just search on baidu shipin if you want to find tv shows, or any of the many websites/apps like souhu, qiyi, etc...here is the link to souhu http://tv.sohu.com/

I suppose they do have the advantage of having english subtitles, but I actually don't think even begining learners should watch anything but chinese subtitles, it will reinforce your reading as well as giving some clue to hat is being said, better to figure it out that way than try to do some running reverse translation...

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PPS Live and PPS Stream (not sure the difference of the two really) have great movies and shows in Chinese, all with subtitles. All free. Great mobile apps too on all platforms.

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May 13, 2013, 03:24 AM

-talk shows with transcripts 


-go to itunes, change country setting to China, and look at the most popular podcasts

-tunein radio (I love listening to the Beijing traffic chaos report every morning)