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Lessons 32 to 35 Updated

We've had a lot of feedback regarding the use of Chinese within the lessons from Lesson 30 on. For many of you it was too much. We've taken a long look at it and asked Heidi to slow down her rate of speech to make it easier to understand. Lessons 32 to 35 have been updated with Heidi's lines made slower. The content of the lesson and transcript remains the same.

This approach we're using is similar to how children learn their native language. When the same thing is said to them over and over, it eventually sinks in. So we're hoping that by using the same teaching language in each lesson, it will slowly start to sink in. If ever in doubt, please refer to the Complete word for word transcripts that translate the extra Chinese thrown in there. Once you're used to the current level of Chinese within the lesson, expect more to be introduced until eventually we should be able to use Chinese for most of the lesson!

Please continue to send in your comments as it really helps us improve the course for you.

Lesson 31 and 35 updated

There have been a couple of minor updates to the Lesson 31 and 35 podcasts. According to Kirin, my intros didn't sound right so they were rerecorded to be more correct. The Complete word for word transcripts have been updated to reflect this change.

Since these are lessons that will remain archived to be downloaded anytime, it is important for each lesson to be very accurate.  If you hear any words or phrases that don't sound right, please inform us.  We are also taking corrective steps to avoid having to update future lessons by getting it right the first time!  Thank you for your patience with us. :)

New Lesson notes

The Lesson notes from Lessons 31 on have been updated to include extra vocabulary pertinent to the lesson. The review questions for those lessons have been removed for now as it seems that there isn't much demand for them in their current format. If you would like to see them back though, please let us know.

Over time, the PDF notes on the website will slowly be replaced with their website counterparts. This will allow us to present the material in a better format, as well as allow you to copy and paste into other applications (which was harder to do with PDFs). For those of you wanting to print, you may use the "Print this Page" link at the bottom of every page.

If there's anything else we can do to improve your user experience, please let us know.

More Tone and Pinyin Practice

I've added 3 others to this new section at the bottom of the Premium lessons.  They are a collection of nursery rhymes, so they are short and easy to read.  Being able to master the pronunciation of these will help you with new words as they are introduced in the lessons.  Let me know what you think!

Tone and Pinyin Practice

The first Tone and Pinyin Practice has been added to the Premium section just after Lesson 4.  We had it there before, but feedback was that the audio wasn't good enough (which I agree).  That has since been improved and it's now back up.  I will try and add more of these type of practice as it's a great way to practice pronunciation and reading Pinyin without having to focus on meaning (although the meaning is quite cute!).


The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been updated with a few new questions we've been getting.  It's also been redesigned to make the questions easier to access.  If you have a question, please ask here or Contact Us.

Lessons 32 and 36

These two lessons were both updated to correct some misinformation.

32. There was a mistake in the original lesson as sāichē was originally taught as sàichē. Check the transcript in your lesson. If it has sàichē, then please redownload the lesson.

36. There was a mistake in the original lesson as jiùde was originally taught as jiǔde.  The easiest way to check if you have the updated lesson is to look at the length of the file.  If your file length is 11:00 please redownload the lesson as the new lesson is now 10:44.

In cases, where a major update in a lesson was made as in the above, there will be a message in the Comments section of that lesson (as there is now).  From time to time, we may make minor updates to lessons without changing the content.  In those cases, the updates will be mentioned here but not in the comments section.
Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience!


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Podcast Update: November 2006

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Podcast Update: October 2006

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