User Comments - SiYao
Posted on: To "The God of Drinking"March 01, 2015, 06:31 AM
the last couple of months has been a transition period for students here. it's taken me some attitude adjustments to appreciate the changes. since i'm an early Chinesepod student, i got used to the Shanghai crew over the years. Jenny Zhu is probably considered one of the most popular online teachers of mandarin. she has the personailty, intelligence and the linguistic skills to navigate bi-lingually and has a great sense of humor. in addition, her vocal dexterity and clearness of voice is extraordinary as was Vera's. the present crew is doing a good job. there are phrases in Taiwan that don't coincide with the Mainland, i'm still figuring out which do and which don't. clearly Constance and Fiona do not have 大陆北方 accents but nor do they speak 台湾国语 either, it's somewhere in between. actually the Shanghai crew was similarly positioned in terms of accent. most Shanghainese and Taiwan friends I know do not pronouce chi, shi, zhi sounds nor do they use 儿话音. so when i speak to them in my Chinesepod influenced accent, they inform me that i sound like 北方人， "很标准". i have a Chinese teacher here in the States that goes as far as saying "Taiwan has ruined the Chinese language". i don't think she's kidding either but she is a native Beijinger so accordingly to her strict academic background, it's natural she would say this. regardless of the argument for or against, i still find Chinesepod very useful in improving my month to month studies, at least in terms of vocabulary improvement, reading skills and listening comprehension. it is a long road to fluency, i have no intention of changing course at the present. actually the present upper intermediate and advanced lessons are very interesting and complex, learning new content all the time.
Posted on: “停用死囚器官”的伦理与法治进步January 03, 2015, 06:09 PM
Written with much truth and heart. I'm still getting over the shock of our beloved Chinese teachers, albeit, online, not being there in 2015!. 我也觉得Jenny 和 David不仅是一对最好优秀的老师而像个最好的朋友。祝Jenny和David幸福快乐！我们都会想你们！
Posted on: “停用死囚器官”的伦理与法治进步January 03, 2015, 05:52 PM
Jenny Zhu/David Xuzhou: 我是项斯耀， 你们的学生。我从2007 一直开心地收听你们的播课。今天很难受悲伤因为我发现了你和David不在Chinesepod了。这个消息非常难接受啊！ 我觉得你们的努力和教法给了个非常好的基础。虽然我父母都是上海人，但我开始学中文的时我根本不会说一句普通话只有一些上海话。现在我的中文会说得比较流利的。 我很感谢你们。希望你们会将在网络上又出现又教中文！你们是世界上最好的中文老师之一！我只有一个后悔， 我从来没有去上海为见到你们！ 真可惜！
Posted on: Movie Time!January 03, 2015, 05:04 PM
Does anyone have an email address or other means of contact for Jenny Zhu or David Xu to share. I just wanted to communicate how sad is was to hear she has left Chinesepod. I'm sort of in shock that these fine teachers are no longer here. They have guided the lessons since I began learning Chinese. Very disappointed in the company for not having the foresight to retain their staff, this is not the way I imagined it happening. Thanks...