Farewell John? Say it ain't so

January 08, 2014, 02:19 PM posted in General Discussion

OK, I'm on a semester break (and being lazy).  I Haven't been around much on the boards lately, and probably won't be back on a semi-regular basis until late Feb, but stumbled across this shocking piece of information:


Have I missed something? I couldn't find any posts about it on the CPod discussion boards. Is John really leaving Chinesepod? Say it ain't so? I feel so sad...I am absolutely amazed at his knowledge and mastery of the Chinese language. I take my hat off to anyone who can do a master's degree - in China - in Chinese - as a non-native speaker. It just blows my mind. In fact, it is very hard for me to imagine that he was once even a 'newbie', but I guess that gives me hope...

I always feel a little sad when people leave ChinesePod - Ken, Amber and now John...It feels as if I 'know' them in sort of an impersonal way (It took me a long time to get over the departure of Dear Amber).

John, you have done a fantastic job at ChinesePod and you are an inspiration to many of us Chinese language learners, with your knowledge, insight, modesty and meticulous teaching pedagogy. Thanks for the past 8 years at ChinesePod and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours with AllSet Learning. You have helped untold thousands demystify the Chinese language and no doubt will help many thousands more in the future.

I feel privliedged to have studied under your tutelage and can't help but feel they'll be a big hole in my studies in the future because of your absence.

谢谢 and 再见




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January 09, 2014, 12:44 AM

So sorry to hear about this. I will miss him!

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January 12, 2014, 11:57 PM

John, Best of luck to you with AllSetLearning. Inevitably, people leave organizations, so Chinesepod will continue, but you left a strong positive mark on Chinesepod that was noticed and appreciated. 

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January 09, 2014, 02:08 AM


Thanks very much. I appreciate you taking the time to leave this message.

I've loved my time at ChinesePod, and yet, nothing can stay the same forever. The nice thing about all my work at ChinesePod over the years is that a lot of it is literally recorded and can live on. I hope it continues to serve you poddies well.

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yes, that's the only consolation. I'm devo, but at least we have your amazing body of work John, will keep me busy for a very long time working through them. You've been such an inspiration and an awesome teacher, not to mention a cool dude. Thanks for everything mate. Totally understand your move into the entrepreneurial world...only to be expected from one so talented. Wish you all the very best with Allset and all future endeavours. I hope our paths cross again someday. Cheers 加油

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Wow, this surprises me as well. I just want to say that I always enjoyed your podcasts tremendously and your explanations were always quite clear and distinct. I wish you nothing but the best in the future. Thank you for all you did for Chinesepod.

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I hope their new lessons can continue to be of high quality, fun and in tune with modern times. If the lessons become boring, I am out of here!

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Cant say I'm surprised, but like Baba, Im "devo" (I can only guess this must be Australirican for devastated). You are without a doubt the best in the world once those recording doors close. I think I can safely say cpod would not have become what it is today without you. Good luck.


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I'm really sad to know it. The Cpod team is really very good (by the way, I do agree with what you've written about Vera) but I'll miss you, John. I suscribed again recently because I knew that I would miss you all, team and poddies. I wish you the best and hope to hear from you someday.

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Congratulations on the successful transition, and getting on with the next phase of your career. You will be missed, but I have no doubt that the content you were so instrumental in developing will remain a valuable teaching aid to many for years to come. Great job hosting, too. I agree 100% with all of the above praise as well. Well done.

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I will miss hearing new material from you John. I know all things change. Good luck to you.

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Like others I've benefited immensely from your hard work over the years--thank you for that. Best of luck and 祝你未来更美好。

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January 09, 2014, 10:39 AM

You know it's one thing to review past lessons and hear of people leaving, and another when someone who has become an active part of your learning experience leaves. Undoubtedly John, you will be missed by poddies and co-workers. Here's to your continued succes, and any possible pop ups as a surprise co-host =).

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January 09, 2014, 05:21 PM

Very, very sad news. What will be the future of ChinesePod without John? - I have the worst fears.

@John, I wish you all the best for your future projects.

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January 09, 2014, 10:55 PM

Happy for you John but many of us will have a hard time with the fact that you have moved on.  Fortunately, we have all of your wonderful recordings.  You are "The Man".  Best of luck and thank you for being the inspiration that you have been for those of us who share your passion.  地下次见

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January 09, 2014, 12:57 AM

I am sorry for that, too. It's very nice to working with him.

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January 10, 2014, 10:44 AM

Sad to hear you're going, but wish you all the best in the future. You're an inspiration to me and many many other learners. ChinesePod definitely won't be the same without you.

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January 10, 2014, 05:41 PM

Just heard the news myself.

John, I would like to add my thanks for all the help you have been over the years, and my best wishes for the future.


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January 11, 2014, 01:42 PM

I would also like to say thanks John. This is my first post since I joined a couple of months back but after over 200 lessons I feel I know you somehow!

I met a guy today in Brisbane(Matt) who said he worked with Chinesepod in 2009 after he overheard me speaking mandarin to a waitress at a local chinese restaraunt and he was just wondering where I was learning Chinese.

Of course I told him my teacher is "Chinesepod" and in addition I just do freetalk with online teachers to practice what I have learnt.

Anyway sorry to see you go but you will live on in your recordings :-)

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January 12, 2014, 10:35 PM

It's a tragedy.  

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January 10, 2014, 02:49 AM

What?  No way...  First Ken, now John?  I guess good things never last.  It's a shame I won't get to meet you in person at the ChinesePod studios.  I hope that ChinesePod is able to keep up the standard that the present day crew has set with your help.  I also wish you all the best for your future!