Chinesepod - Podcast
2.5

Chinesepod - Podcast

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2017-01-04
  • Current Version: 0.9.12
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 94.91 MB
  • Developer: Chinesepod Limited
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 47

Description

We have brand new app for our users, re-written from the ground up. We will be making continual updates on a regular basis, so please use the in-app feedback option to send any bugs of requests. ChinesePod’s Official App gives you the freedom to study more than 4,000 Mandarin lessons in the palm of your hand. Select a lesson, plug in your headphones, and start studying -- on the train, while doing the laundry, when at the gym, wherever! The world is now your classroom. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- We have a lesson for that. -- Over 4000+ lessons available (the largest lesson library of any Mandarin E-Learning Platform!) -- 200+ video lessons to watch -- Five levels of Mandarin lessons, with over 300 lessons per level: Newbie, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Study Mandarin in the sky… on a boat… or on the road.... -- Download lessons onto your device so you can listen offline No more searching through a textbook to find what you need. -- Easy-filter feature allows you to find the lessons you need -- Filter by Bookmarked Lessons, Skill Level, or Downloaded Lessons Everything you need, all in one place. -- Three audio tracks for every lesson: listen to the full show, isolate the dialogue, or listen to the audio vocabulary review -- Complete lesson review activities including grammar notes, expansion sentences, vocabulary lists and dialogue breakdowns -- Audio from native speakers are provided for every sentence, as well as each vocabulary word -- word-by-word translations in Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Pinyin and English -- Look up words and sentences in Pleco Dictionary ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Read our reviews and see why people love learning Mandarin with ChinesePod: "When I was learning Mandarin, ChinesePod was my favourite resource by far. It was essential in getting me up to basic conversational level in just a few months. I recommend it to everyone learning Chinese!" Benny Lewis "The Irish Polyglot", Language expert, bestselling author and blogger; Fluentin3months.com "ChinesePod has a vast scope of topics and diversity in levels, which makes it extremely convenient to progress, never-mind the entertaining hosts, great top-down approach and super useful additional content!" Niel de la Rouviere, Language Blogger and Developer at Buffer ConfusedLaowai.com "ChinesePod is an incredible resource for mastering spoken Chinese - a vast library of entertaining lessons from a great collection of teachers, all short and friendly enough to squeeze into a busy schedule." Mike Love, Creator of Pleco Chinese Dictionary Pleco.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------- To access all features of the app, you need to purchase an in-app premium subscription (monthly/recurring). In-app purchase info: – Title: Premium Membership – Length: 1 month (monthly auto-renew) – Price: $29.99 (price many vary depending on territory) Purchasing Notes: - Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase – Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period – Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal – Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase – Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable For further info, please refer privacy policy and terms & conditions. Privacy policy https://chinesepod.com/privacy/ Terms & conditions https://chinesepod.com/terms/ For any questions please contact http://support.chinesepod.com/

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Reviews

  • Worst service ever! Hardly any new content

    1
    By A in China
    I had signed up for a monthly account. When the gift of learning came out, I contacted them and asked if I could use it for my account. They said no problem. After realizing they were charging me for 2 subscriptions I contacted them multiple time to have it canceled. After multiple automated messages they still couldn’t tell me how to cancel. After weeks of talking with support we finally cancelled it. Also, they confirmed to me that they canceled it. After 6 months I was charged again for a semiannual subscription. I contacted them, but they didn’t seem to know anything about the previous messages, subscriptions, and cancellations. Also, they won’t issue my refund. Huge headache!
  • Terrible experience

    1
    By EdgarBlunt08
    I changed phone and I can’t restore my subscription.
  • No way to get to the beginning

    3
    By zhi ann
    There should be a way to sort the lists by date added or something like that. I’d like to start at the beginning without scrolling for 5 minutes, not at the latest lessons.
  • Superior Language App

    5
    By samuelflorencio
    All the bad reviews must be from freeloaders expecting free services. Best Chinese language learning podcasts available which will teach you from the basics all the way to native level. Been using for years.
  • No new lessons!

    2
    By Smelly Diapers
    Pros: Lots of conversation videos that will help improve listening comprehension for all levels. Cons: 1. Price is way too high for subscription. Wait for Black Friday sale for best price, and even then it’s still expensive! Black Friday discount code will be announce on their Facebook page. 2. Grammar lessons are sorely lacking. In addition, it is hard to find specific grammar lessons as Chinesepod was not designed with this in mind from the start. 3. I subscribed to Chinesepod for 3 years, but starting November or December of 2017, the hosts quietly and abruptly left leaving Chinesepod with no new episode! Perhaps they wanted more money. Very disappointed as I paid about $200 for premium subscription (using Black Friday discount) and wanted to listen to new lessons. It’s been like that for the last 8 to 9 months. Unexceptable! Recently, they’ve hired a few new interim hosts and put up two to three new lessons, but they aren’t enough and not up to par on quality like previous lessons. I am currently revaluing whether to renew my annual subscription this coming Black Friday, 2018. Give me a massive discount to make up for my troubles and I might reconsider, but in its current state, I will look elsewhere for my studies!
  • Geared at people looking to confirm China’s supremacy

    2
    By RuolingOnARiver
    Chinesepod is borderline proChinese/antiAmericn propaganda. To make it worse, over the course of this podcast, there have been (usually male) American hosts with (always female) Chinese hosts flirting with each other and calling this “Chinese class”. Their topics are almost always about cultural things in China that are somehow “better” than the rest of the world. Yellow fever anyone? I’m no longer subscribed, but I downloaded a ton of podcasts before I stopped giving them my money. I often turn them off and walk away because of the clear “China’s the best in the world” message they’re trying to send through their Chinese classes. Yesterday I randomly pulled up a podcast about over the counter drugs. The story was a woman with a headache and her friend offering her an aspirin. Then a guy comes in and announces that you shouldn’t “randomly eat (亂吃)” drugs, as if it was a “don’t do drugs” ad. The entire following 16 min discussion of the dialogue (between an American man flirting with a Chinese woman the whole time) basically says that Americans take over the counter drugs with no concept of what they do to you, and Chinese are better for “powering through the pain”. Yes, this is a cultural difference that will come up in Chinese culture. My Taiwanese friends call me “doctor” because I’ll take ibuprofen when I have a headache or Tums with a stomachache instead of GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. This is called a “cultural difference”. I think spending an afternoon waiting to see a doctor so I can get a prescription for ibuprofen when I have a minor headache is a waste of time, but Chinese culture feels it’s safer this way. I don’t appreciate being SHAMMED in my Chinese lessons for coming from a culture that occasionally uses over-the-counter meds to make oneself feel better when faced with minor discomfort. Too many of these episodes are like this. There’s one where they talk about how being a 酒鬼, aka DRUNKARD isn’t a shameful thing in Chinese culture. Umm, to men over 50 maybe. I don’t know any young people here who aren’t ashamed of Chinese drinking culture, but Chinesepod makes it sound like being drunk 24/7 is the way to be in China! You could create a podcast that explains that men drink a lot in China, and if you’re foreign, you will probably be invited to become stumblingly drunk with them, should that be your thing. Instead, you normalize alcoholism as if it isn’t a disease that needs treatment. And foreigners kinda have a reputation for being crazy party people in China. Any time China does something differently than the US (apparently the only other country on earth, according to this podcast), it’s better. China is not a “better” country. Nor is the Chinese language. It’s different than other places and languages, and the classes should reflect that difference, not the perceived “superiority” that Chinese people are brainwashed from birth to disseminate. Can you imagine an American-created “learn English” podcast where everything emphasized how the US is the best country in the world? “All homes in America have kitchens, not like those pathetic traditional Chinese homes where you can’t afford anything more than a hot plate”. “We’re a melting pot in the US, not like your 92% Han majority culture, so we’re not nationalists like you people”. First of all, the above is false, like lots of “Chinese culture”things in Chinesepod. Secondly, even if it was true, no one should EVER dare frame the US that way. One nation, culture or group is NEVER better than another. We learn languages to become more informed about culture and places that aren’t like the ones we came from. To better understand differences so we don’t jump in and attack people just because they’re different than we are. Languages aren’t learned to announce why one culture is better than the other. If you want to think and talk like that, go back to the 1930’s and join Hitler. Or become a multimillionaire and join Trump. Stay out of cross cultural and linguistic education and please don’t charge people money for your propaganda. At least try a tiny bit to diversify your cast. Also, that “Say it Right” series had so much potential. It’s really unfortunate that you hired some white guy who clearly smoked a ton of weed before coming on to record. I tried using it in my Chinese class, but it’s really hard to convince middle school children to look past the super bloodshot eyes and clearly “somewhere else” face. I can’t even play the audio without half my students shouting “你喜歡大麻嗎?” at no one in particular. Maybe you should have hired one of the thousands of white faces in Taipei that knows not to go near MJ in Taiwan? Maybe a foreign woman? Person of color? There are plenty in Taipei, where it was recorded. Nah, women and people of color don’t learn Chinese. The only people on earth who learn Chinese are white men, according to this podcast. Just like the only native speakers are women who constantly flirt with white men. So much potential and such well thought out lessons. Total failure when it comes to presentation.
  • great 😎

    5
    By DudemanLA
    Best way to learn chinese. they make it fun too.
  • Terrible business decisions

    1
    By sketchc89
    Content has been frozen for 5 months and I started my annual subscription 8 months ago. Not worth the cost anymore.
  • Great for listening

    5
    By rexlu415
    I’ve used ChinesePod for more than a year. The great thing about this app is it’s ability to learn lots of practical dialogues. Each podcast comes with new vocabulary and the sounds that actual locals say. However each podcast are completely independent of one another so they’re like a new chapter in a textbook. The vocabulary doesn’t get reused consistently in other episodes, so you’ll have to constantly go back and review older episodes. Also, the self test is useless since it just repeats what you learned from the dialogue as opposed to having new questions and sentences made. I highly suggest another source for actually learning how to read/write characters. This is ONLY great for listening skills.
  • 老马识途

    1
    By Entertainment attorney
    The older version (pre2016) of this app was far superior. Isn't it time to come to terms that sometimes newer isn't better.
  • Nice content horrible app

    2
    By Ax1shaolin
    App is terrible but the content is extremely good. Too expensive imo as well.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Nickkkk1123
    Be prepared to lose subscribers soon because of this trash heap. I'm thinking of preemptively subscribing now, in fact
  • It costs too much.

    1
    By Car3434car
    I like the videos on YouTube, but buying premium costs way too much.
  • Everything.. Needs a Payment

    1
    By Ash HazelWood
    If you were just going to make us download this and then make us pay for practically anything, then that’s bad marketing. Everything that I saw was ‘premium.’ I had to PAY to use any of the features or even a lesson. Really? You make the app free but make us pay for the lessons.
  • Chinese pod app

    5
    By Kennydotl
    I really enjoy this app, makes studying on the train much easier. Of course, the best way to study is through their website and the app does need more refinement. Ihope to see more changes to this app in the future but it will do for now.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Ashley08766777
    Considering what I pay a month for a chinesepod subscription this app is totally unacceptable. The episodes don't download to the app. Although there is this option to download so you can listen on the go without using your data, the episode just sits there in the download folder but never completes. I've gotten so frustrated I barely use Chinesepod anymore even though I paid for a year. They need to get their act together if they want people to pay for this.
  • Non-functional

    1
    By TiffBAA
    I couldn't get any of the videos to play on the website, and the app was asking for a confirmation code which never came to my email despite following the instructions on the email that was sent to obtain the code. Plus, when they say free 30-day trial, I think all they actually mean is their first three (not four like they are actually saying on the website) are free.
  • Love Chinespod

    2
    By Twomantent
    I love Chinesepod but don't like this app....main issue is everything is too small. I find the website is much more robust than the app. My expectation is a new wonderful app will come out soon to complement the excellent experience of the website.
  • App missing functionality

    2
    By Pwnopotamus
    The app is pretty bad...website is much better. No way to review vocabulary lists or flash cards. Can't add vocabulary to lists either. Don't know why that feature was removed. Also, the app version doesn't have exercises/tests available at the end of the lesson. Pretty disappointing.
  • Update is pretty good, app is essential, worth the money

    5
    By Forrest McSweeney
    I have studied Mandarin for 7 years in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. This app is what you need to improve your Chinese if you do not have particular aptitude at learning languages. They have a very keen understanding of the concept of finding the sweet spot, that level just beyond what you already know so you won't be overwhelmed by the next video/level, but still far enough away to push you to improve. They also possess subtle understanding of the very bizarre differences between Chinese and English and mostly do not rely on cheap/misleading/superficial explanations of meaning. They have good writers (who are actually educated professionals in Chinese language studies) and voice actors who slow down and speed up to the exact speed you need to improve. Production value is pretty good. The app is pretty good, downloading the videos is useful but the best part is that the app offers all of the dialogues in Chinese and English translation (English hidden until button pressed)and has a nifty feature which allows it to seamlessly copy and paste to pleco (which you should also have.) Their Qingwen feature is quite good as these videos are a direct response to user questions. The above review stating that qingwen is not on this update is wrong. My only complaint is that they have not added a counter to the videos telling you how many times you have studied it. They offer a $1 trial period. Get it from the website.
  • Still buggy

    3
    By WombatDecker
    Nice new features but still buggy. I'm on iOS11 and if you bookmark or mark studied, it won't be searchable to you totally close the app. Also, if you bookmark AND mark studied, it also doesn't show up in a search.
  • Really great update

    5
    By Keeponsteering
    In the past the ChinesePod app was a bit lacking, but this new app is awesome and addresses all my feature requests for the old app
  • First Review

    5
    By Graham Boy
    App is pretty awesome.
  • Crashes on open

    1
    By AndrewGalbraith
    Tried to reinstall but chinesepod doesn't recognize my email

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