Is it just me?

January 01, 2010, 08:05 PM posted in General Discussion

Is it just me?

Without putting too fine a point on it: the Jenny Zhou show may be the next step in the little princess' star career, but it isn't very interesting or germain to learning chinese, in my humble opinion.

Enough baby talk too!


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January 01, 2010, 09:06 PM

I don't think it's meant to be teaching you Chinese. It's meant to teach Chinese business culture and things you need to know to do business in China. Teaching Chinese culture, not just language, has been a part of ChinesePod for a long time. Neither Dear Amber nor Poems with Pete taught you a lot of useful Chinese, but they taught you about the culture.

I'm not the target audience for The Jenny Zhu Show, so I haven't listened to it, but I assume it's interesting for the people it targets. I really loved the Dear Amber Show, which was more directed at people like me, who are going to China, but not for business purposes. I'm also somewhat interested in Chinese culture and history, so I found the Poems with Pete show quite interesting, too.

Are you a buisinessman or interested in doing business in China? If you are, and still find the show uninteresting, then maybe it does need to change, and could use some more specific critique. If you're not, perhaps the Dear Amber of Poems with Pete shows are more to your liking. You should check them out, they're quite well-made! If you're not into any of this and just want to learn the language, well, the vast majority of material on CPod is still language lessons.