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Posted on: Antique Appraisal Reality TV
February 09, 2014, 10:10 PM

My lessons aren't going to my iTunes podcasts again. I did get these two:

Leaving early for CNY

A hands on approach

But I didn't get any others. I use Chinesepod via my iTunes podcasts and when they don't come over they don't load.

I've received just 6 podcasts since 6 December!

Can you please, pretty please, fix this?


Steve Kloos

Posted on: Antique Appraisal Reality TV
January 23, 2014, 01:51 AM

Yep, I did get feedback. Thanks.

Posted on: Antique Appraisal Reality TV
January 22, 2014, 04:50 PM

Thanks for the explaination.  The issue is that you are putting out lessons that now don't automatically go to me based on my settings?  You are having 'feed issues'.  So, consequently they don't go to my iTunes podcast, either, and that's been my main way of enjoying Chinesepod.

And, I now understand that you have gotten rid of a bunch of key talents throughout all parts of the company, including podcast personalities, IT people, and support people.  And, many of the remaining people are heading out for the Spring Festival.  So, it will take a while to fix these issues.

At least I understand the situation now.  And, I really do appreciate it. 

Hope you folks can make it through this tough period.

Posted on: Antique Appraisal Reality TV
January 20, 2014, 05:01 PM

I was previously getting new Chinesepod lessons most every day.  I subscribe to Elementary, Intermediate, and Qin Wen.  Now, since 12 December, I've only received three lessons (Antique Apprasial Reality TV, Stop Playing With That Cell Phone, Believing in Santa).

Do others see a huge decrease in Chinespod output?  Or, is it just something wtih my settings?


Posted on: Antique Appraisal Reality TV
January 17, 2014, 01:20 PM

Is Chinesepod having financial troubles?  Is it about to shut down?

That's the only thing I can think of.

I am having trouble with my account and am not getting responses to inquiries sent to the help team.  Consequently, I can't get the podcasts.

Did Chinesepod lay off its support people?  Is the service about to shut down?

I'd like to hear from others.

If so, it's sad.  I've been a paid subscriber since 2008.  I enjoy the podcasts.  Was a great program, back with Ken and Jennie.  I know there have been lots of changes and that's natural.

Posted on: Push and Pull
April 23, 2011, 01:12 PM

In this sentence: 一下

Can it be reworded as: 一下?

Posted on: Encouraging Words
June 18, 2010, 03:48 PM

This is one of my favorite lessons.  It's beautiful.

Posted on: Chinese Idol 2
October 15, 2009, 11:25 AM

Neat lesson.  I heard from several different people that PK means "people killing".  Definition in the lesson of "play a kill" also works and is softer, just never heard it before.

Posted on: Language Exchange
July 14, 2009, 01:42 AM

The way I think of the use of 在 in this case is that it is short for 正在, which means something like in the process of doing something, or currently doing something.  So, "你在学习英文吗?" can mean "Are you currently studying Chinese?"

Posted on: Lao Wang's Office 7: A Firing Afoot?
January 19, 2009, 12:49 PM

Changye - My understanding of the phrase is similar.  I remember when my Chinese teacher taught me  炒鱿鱼 she explained that when a piece a squid is fried it curls up like someone would curl up their bedding when having to move.  So, it refers to being fired.  I thought it was such an interesting expression that I never forgot it (wish that happened more often).

You can also say that you want to fry their squid: 我要炒你的鱿鱼, meaning that you want to fire them.  Or, 老板炒了我的鱿鱼  - the boss fired me.