Subscribe to ChinesePod, receive a voucher for any second Praxis LanguagePod!

October 02, 2009, 08:50 AM posted in General Discussion

As we understand it, a great many of you are learning Mandarin primarily as a hobby (a challenging hobby, yes, but that’s part of the fun!).

Accordingly, you may be interested in a subscription offer we've put together for fellow language enthusiasts this month, to offer you even more leisure-time fun. The details are as below:


When you purchase a 12- or 24-month Premium ChinesePod subscription ($239 and $399 respectively), you'll receive a complimentary voucher for a subscription of the same type to any Praxis Language product.

That's 'Buy One Language, Get One Free'*

If you've been considering taking on a new language, now's the time. Choose either FrenchPod, ItalianPod, EnglishPod or SpanishPod, to either explore something totally new or brush-up on your existing skills alongside your Mandarin studies.

You might also like to give the voucher to a friend!

Demo lessons for the various websites can be accessed below:
FrenchPod, ItalianPod, SpanishPod, EnglishPod

To receive your free second language, subscribe before the end of October 2009 (click here to go to your ChinesePod account).

Once you have completed payment, you’ll be taken to a page with a suggestions box that looks like this:

Please tell us your chosen second Praxis product in this box, and your subscription will be added within one business day.

*Please note: This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts.

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October 02, 2009, 09:04 AM


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October 22, 2009, 08:25 AM

Hi there,

I've just paid for a 6 months premium account, but there was no option to choose an extra language... Later, I discovered I should have purchased the 12-month one.

I would like to give a Spanishpod account to a friend as a present. Do I have to cancel my subscription and then pay a new one, or just pay for other 6 months? I want to get the Spanishpod too... can you help me?

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October 02, 2009, 11:43 AM


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October 02, 2009, 11:58 AM

Haven't ItalianPod and FrenchPod been shut down?

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October 02, 2009, 12:39 PM

Henning -

Just to confirm, ItalianPod and FrenchPod haven't been shut down. The sites are live, the communities open, and the teams are still around to help users through the lessons (there are a combined 450+ on the sites now).

As of September 30th they have stopped publishing regular new lessons as ChinesePod, SpanishPod and EnglishPod do.

More generally speaking, I'd recommend anyone who's considering a FrenchPod or ItalianPod subscription to try out the free trials beforehand to get a feel for the sites. Their content is top quality, but they are obviously not meant to be carbon copies of ChinesePod.

Hope that helps to clarify.



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October 02, 2009, 11:22 PM

I'm curious. After a user pays $239 or $399 for a membership, why immediately ask them how likely they are to recommend your site to friends? Is this information useful? 10/10 is the default? And then present them with a huge suggestion box asking for any other ideas or suggestions? Were they already asked for ideas or suggestions somewhere else in the payment process? Are they e-mailed later on and asked for even more suggestions?

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October 03, 2009, 12:36 AM

Every month seems to have pretty good offers if you subscribe.  Any chance that existing users could get some of the free stuff?

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October 04, 2009, 12:24 PM

A good offer. But for a person like me, without linguistic abilities, learning Chinese is more than enough. I think I will stick with my chopstick language, at least for now.. Although, JapanesePod would be interesting in the future!



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October 09, 2009, 08:39 PM

I think languages like Russian, Arabic, Greek & Norvegian would be more chalenging.  Well, at least for me :)

Chinesepod philosophy of learning new languages should be applied to any language.  I think it would be best to begin with languages that are more significant.

Personnaly I only recent discovered and I think  it's a great learning tool.


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October 09, 2009, 09:57 PM

Good deal..... Now that I have 3 daughters taking Spanish, I could buy another year of Chinesepod for myself and give Spanishpod to them.

Unfortunately, the 4th daughter is taking French....

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October 02, 2009, 11:21 AM

Tempting offer... I fit in this hobbyist category and I have a tendency to want to learn too many languages at the same time which is, to say the least, a bit difficult ;p

Currently my priorities are Japanese (kind of intermediate level) and Chinese (still pretty much the newbie, even though I have been a subscriber for a while I haven't really done much to get really started). So I'm not sure there is room for more but I'll think about it.

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October 10, 2009, 09:40 AM

I know I'm being pedantic but shouldn't it be learn a third language?

And can you make the forum/discussion for each lesson like the form over at skritter?  The thing just gets too big too fast to contribute to and have a good discussion with.

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October 15, 2009, 04:30 AM

Count me in for JapanesePod as well.

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October 18, 2009, 12:52 AM

I have a question.

I just renewed my ChinesePod for the next year and signed up for SpanishPod, could I then get a year of FrenchPod and get free ItalianPod?

I've sort of been studying all three and want subscriptions to all three but would love to not pay $717 for the lot.

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October 18, 2009, 11:26 AM

Hi Sarah,

Re FrenchPod & ItalianPod you wrote: "As of September 30th they have stopped publishing regular new lessons as ChinesePod, SpanishPod and EnglishPod do."

Could you please tell me how often will the FrenchPod team now publish new episodes? Many thanks.

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October 18, 2009, 04:25 PM

charlizinhu: Have you checked out the Praxis language pass? That'll get you access to all of the languages.

This is kind of tempting to me. I have a Praxis pass in order to be able to keep my French from deteriorating, but it's soon running out. I guess I could prolong it now and get French for free. Unfortunately, the fact that there are no more lessons being made sort of makes it not so useful for me anymore, as I'm not trying to learn French, just keep it alive by listening to some stuff. It's a shame, really.

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October 19, 2009, 09:18 AM

Charlizinhu -

As simonpettersson mentioned, the Praxis pass would be better value (all Praxis languages are included for $39 a month or $299 a year - Premium access).

The support team can help to upgrade you if you do choose that option (

Also, if you have any questions about the format of each website, we can help answer these.

Diamond8 -

Just to confirm, FrenchPod and Italian are no longer publishing new lessons. There are hundreds of lessons on the websites, though, and everything else is as normal (for example, the teams are still there to help you through the content).

Feel free to contact us, or direct message me, if you have any further questions. I'm aware you've been a subscriber to FrenchPod before, so I'm sure these questions are particularly important.





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October 21, 2009, 12:16 PM

Hi,Ken I paid my premium subscription and I choosed italian as a second language,but didn't work (I could just use one week).So what can I do??



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October 22, 2009, 01:17 AM

Egukas - our customer service team can help you. I'll let them know of your problem, and they'll contact you directly.



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October 10, 2009, 07:02 AM

I was hoping for japanesepod but I guess it won't come in the nearest future.