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老外看点 just discovered and quite like it.
This is definitely one of my current favourites. What I like about it is that unlike most Chinese shows with foreigners, it isn't just saying "ooh look at the foreigner talking/performing in Chinese". They actually just treat them as normal people with an opinion to express.
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What I like about it is that unlike most Chinese shows with foreigners, it isn't just saying "ooh look at the foreigner talking/performing in Chinese". They actually just treat them as normal people with an opinion to express.

Finally a paradigm shift, long overdue and highly welcome.

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The audio and videos streams for 老外看点 http://gb.cri.cn/news/other/lwdc/lwkd.htm can be captured using the free VLC player

Here is a "how to" using VLC player http://forum.videohelp.com/topic316907.html

The audio stream

mms://media.cri.cn/chi/talkshow/lw090915001.wma

The video stream - includes video and audio

mms://media.cri.cn/v/laowai090915101.wmv

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They produce one show a day from Mon-Fri. I'm not sure how often they update the website. You can listen to the show daily on CRI's live radio stream (http://newsradio.cri.cn/). Each shows airs at 9:00 pm Beijing time and is repeated the following day at 11:30 am.

For back episodes, just click the big button halfway down the page that says "更多节目请点击

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Here is a "how to" using VLC player http://forum.videohelp.com/topic316907.html

Thanks Philip, indeed it works well. Get ASF file which can then be converted to MP3 with Super.

About BBC daily news 中国丛谈 which I advised in my previous post. In fact they have just announced in their sept18th podcast that 中国丛谈 will stop, replaced by other news formats. Haven't had time yet to look for the new podcast. Hope that we'll still be able to get them in China through a rss reader:

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Thanks Philip, indeed it works well. Get ASF file which can then be converted to MP3 with Super.

You can transcode directly to MP3 from VLC. From the Stream/Save window, choose File output with a *.mp3 file ending, encapsulation of Raw, and audio codec of mp3. A bitrate of 64k, 1 channel should be sufficient for speech audio.

For AAC (mp4) output, use .m4a as the file ending, encapsulation of MP4, and audio codec of mp4a.

For WMA, it's probably already that format if it's an ASF stream. But if you want to transcode to that format from a different encoding, the file ending is .wma, encapsulation is ASF, and codec is wma.

This is just from trial and error, and from the VLC docs.

Edit: I'm behind the curve--this method was for VLC v0.8. In the latest version, you can pick MP3 or AAC directly from a dropdown list.

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You can transcode directly to MP3 from VLC. From the Stream/Save window, choose File output with a *.mp3 file ending, encapsulation of Raw, and audio codec of mp3. A bitrate of 64k, 1 channel should be sufficient for speech audio.

Thanks Redman; indeed, it works pretty well (have VLC 0.8 ) . Get directly a mp3 with a size half of what I had through the previous process, with similar sound quality. :clap

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Hi, I was wondering what you guys think is the best video podcast (not really for learning chinese but simply in chinese). I checked this thread and there are a few mentioned here which i will try to check out too.

Thanks!

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Hi, I was wondering what you guys think is the best video podcast (not really for learning chinese but simply in chinese).

I have to say, I really only know of the VOA ones, and they are ok, although perhaps of minimal interest to some.

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realmayo

The BBC's China Reel podcast -- I just noticed this hasn't been downloading into my iTunes since 18 September. I can't see anything about it online, can't find any proper references to it on the bbc site. Has anyone been able to download episodes since 18 September?

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Ah, thanks guys. wushijiao, I found it, "China Focus", really glad to get these downloading again. :clap

The bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/* pages linked to above appear to be blocked, so if anyone's interested in the address for the podcasts without going to those sites first, it's:

itpc://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/chinafocus/rss.xml

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Yeah, realmayo, I too was really worried that they had cancelled it at one point! It's just an excellent show.

I hope they do end up putting up those other ones Gleaves listed, and more. At least the BBC is starting to put more of their (already pretty good) content online.

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I hadn't seen all the other two until now. Before I just took the China Reel, and the UK football. I've just added "Real UK" into iTunes, which sounds very interesting. Not so sure how useful the "Study in the UK" one will be, but it's clear Chinese, hopefully will be quite satisfying hearing about Chinese people struggling to learn English in the UK!

So these are the four BBC Putonghua feeds I've found, unblocked, for iTunes etc:

Real UK (Mandarin)

This programme covers all aspects of life in the UK, including cultural and social issues and events, life style, Chinese communities in the UK, and Sino-British cultural exchanges.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/ruk/rss.xml

Study in the UK (Mandarin)

The programme introduces higher education in the UK, focusing on its educational systems. It provides information on studying in the UK, and covers all aspects of overseas Chinese students' life.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/suk/rss.xml

Chinese Service China Focus

China Focus forms part of our daily news and current affairs programme; as the name suggest, it contains key interviews and analysis on Chinese affairs, regular columns, press reviews on China and audience views on hot topics. The programme goes out on BB

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/chinafocus/rss.xml

English Football (Mandarin)

The fun packed magazine programme reports on what's hot and current in English Premiership football, including a weekly roundup and professional comments by the Chinese footballer Sun Jihai.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/engfoot/rss.xml

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Does anyone know where to find MP3 files *plus* 中文 transcripts for the Voice of America Mandarin news broadcasts?

I found the following website which has an archive of the MP3's plus 中文 transcripts for 2006:

http://lost-theory.org/ocrat/voa/2006/

This is exactly what I'm looking for at the current VOA website. The older MP3s + transcripts at the above site are very useful for Chinese study, but I'd prefer to use more current news, if its still available at VOA.

Thanks in advance!

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How's the Real UK BBC podcast working out? Sounds intriguing, I could do with a bit of magazine-type content. The new China Focus seems ok - I feel like I preferred China Reel, not sure why.

Also, has anyone got anything that's along the same lines as Princess Remy? Obviously I'm still Remy's biggest fan, but she hasn't been the most regular of podcasters lately.

Re: finding transcripts - take a particular phrase from a podcast that's already a few days old and put it into google in "quotes". If there's a transcript out there you'll find it. With news shows you can often find the corresponding story, but you can't expect it to be word-for-word accurate, or for it to be all presented in one page.

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