Help me choose a package

July 29, 2009, 06:22 AM posted in General Discussion


I am newly arrived in China, and I speak at an advanced intermediate level (I think).  I can hold normal conversations, but i need to learn lots of combinations.  So I need some help choosing a package that 

(1)  I can listen to for 30 mins a day on my iPod/iPhone (while I commute to work) and 

2) teaches me combinations at this level (结余,编制,大约,集中,判断,机构,分子,网络,成本,规范,具体,简介,使得).  These are combinations that were new to me at a recent meeting that I attended.  

3)  I am American Chinese, so my pronounciation and listening ability is pretty good.  I just don't have practical experience.

Which package of these three will be useful:  Basic, Premium, or Praxis?

Thanks very much to everyone.



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July 29, 2009, 08:54 AM


        By paying for a CPod subscription, you'll have access to our 1200+ lessons. I'm sure you'll find what you need. I'd suggest the Premium over Basic because it gives you access to the vocabulary lists, Expansion sentences (all with audio), and exercises. The expansion sentences are particularly useful as they use key vocab in a variety of contexts.

The Praxis Pass gives you access to FrenchPod, SpanishPod and ItalianPod.

In a nutshell I'd say if your focus is ONLY Chinese go the Premium, if you'd like to brush up on your romance languages too then go the Praxis Pass (3 more languages for 10$ extra per month).

Here's a link to compare the subscriptions



Matt Coleman 

ChinesePod Product Manager

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July 29, 2009, 03:16 PM

Other benefits to premium are the "dialog" and "lesson review" mp3s which help to speed up review and to reinforce the lesson material.