Luxi Posted September 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM Report Share Posted September 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM XimalayaFM, has several hundreds of podcasts and audio books that are excellent for listening comprehension practice. Most the ones I've tried are clear and free of noises, canned laughter and loud background music. I find them easier to understand than news broadcasts or modern readings or talks full of slang, and much more interesting to listen to than academic lectures. People with a Chinese phone number can download the episodes to their phones, outsiders need to find a round-about way to get the mp3s for repeated listening. As a sample, I can recommend 2 I've been listening to lately. Both seem relatively easy to follow, and an upper intermediate level may be enough to get something out of them if one looks around for other sources of background information. One is 明朝那些事儿 "Those things about the Ming Dynasty" (my clumsy translation) http://www.ximalaya.com/4782286/album/245403 It's based on a set of books with the same title telling the whole history of the Ming Dynasty in a rather light way with simple, direct language. These podcasts are in a Micro-channel called JOE用灵魂述说. Although it's not a word by word reading of the text, the podcasts seem to be fairly close to the book, at least in the chapters I've listened to so far. I found the e-book for the whole set in Duokan at 13.99 Yuan, quite a bargain for so much reading. http://www.duokan.com/book/38656 I think Amazon.cn has it too. The other podcast is one I discovered yesterday and will probably keep me interested for a while, as it's about the Three Kingdoms It's called 三国 and is in the 谢涛听世界 micro-channel. http://www.ximalaya.com/8889234/album/3703879?page=2 It's not a reading of the famous novel, but rather a historical account of the Three Kingdoms based (I think) on a compilation from several books. I haven't been able to find a text or transcript but the podcast sounded clear enough to get the gist with some background knowledge of the story. There are many more to explore, so if anyone has any recommendations to add, please post. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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