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On 6/24/2022 at 7:30 AM, TaxiAsh said:

Love this one. She speaks so clearly. But just listening, I'm just not quick enough, but with the subs, I can understand 80% at normal speed. 

Class find! Thanks!

I got the feeling from the podcast that she would also be a good teacher. So I decided to try her on Italki. Have done 3 classes with her so far. She's a 5%-er in my opinion. Not the cheapest, but worth it. 

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On 6/23/2022 at 7:19 PM, abcdefg said:

It's the same crazy BS that makes lots of Youtube recipes worthless. At least worthless from an instructional standpoint.

@abcdefgWhat do you think of stuff like this? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqwE6zO-hUA&t=734s

 

It's one of my unfinished projects to follow these guys method and surprise my wife by making some fantastic 宫保鸡丁 while learning language from the video at the same time. I'm waiting for a rainy day off to do it. I, like every 老外 to ever set foot in china, can never get enough 宫保鸡丁。

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On 7/3/2022 at 3:36 AM, suMMit said:

Teatime Chinese. Nice podcast for Intermediate level. The speaking rate is too slow for me, but if I change the speed to 1.25 it sounds normal.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHu9ChXObFY

 

Yes, at 1.25-1.5x speed it is fine.

 

Something is off about his pronunciation of "r". Sounds almost as if Mandarin was not his native language... 🧐

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On 7/2/2022 at 8:58 PM, suMMit said:

@abcdefgWhat do you think of stuff like this? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqwE6zO-hUA&t=734s

 

Those guys are a lot of fun, despite their strong accent. I have watched a dozen of their recipes, but I think they sometimes leave things out. I use them to just check specific aspects of technique. For example, how fine to chop some ingredient, or how vigorously to stir things in the pan towards the end of the cooking time. 

 

For an all-round, followable authentic and native 宫保鸡丁 recipe, I would look to 王刚。https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEkVkT6IU9M .

 

This dish has so many versions. Here's my own "how to" on this classic. It is a simple approach, with clear explanations. Made it many times using this method, and have found it to be steady and reliable: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/59150-the-many-faces-of-kung-pao-chicken-宫保鸡丁/#comment-460139

 

 

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On 7/3/2022 at 3:50 AM, suMMit said:

She's a 5%-er in my opinion. Not the cheapest, but worth it. 

 

What are her lessons like? (do you mind sharing more specific content?)

 

I am really impressed with this teacher's lesson here on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj77anX-j5I&ab_channel=UnconventionalChinesewithKeren

(she is way too expensive for me, but having a teacher like this would rock)

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On 7/6/2022 at 7:11 PM, Jan Finster said:

I am really impressed with this teacher's lesson here on Youtube:

Yes, she's definitely good, that style of teaching is right up my alley. I looked at those prices, wow! I would never in my wildest dreams consider that.

 

On 7/6/2022 at 7:11 PM, Jan Finster said:
On 7/3/2022 at 9:50 AM, suMMit said:

She's a 5%-er in my opinion. Not the cheapest, but worth it. 

 

What are her lessons like? (do you mind sharing more specific content?)

She doesn't use any really unconventional method(tprs,etc) but she's just a solid and natural teacher. She tends to ask me questions to see if I get things, rather than just explaining everything. This way you get to practice speaking more, and she knows if you actually understand. She pitches things at the right level, not to easy not too hard. She doesn't give me an endless stream of new vocabulary, which most teachers fall back on. She gives me the fill-in-the-blank exercises as homework and asks me to send a photo to her when done. This way we can use the lesson time for speaking practice rather than filling in the blanks. No English. She's very encouraging, and not in a fake way. I get the feeling she's done a bit of preparation for the lesson, which many teachers do not. She has also learned  several languages, so she understands language learning. 

 

To give an example, in the Hsk 4 下 book"warm up" , rather than just ask me to match the pic/word, she turned it into a speaking activity:

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Tell me about this kid in picture F.

He's a 6 year old, he's s in his first year of elementary school.

What's his expression?

He's surprised.

Why, what's going on.

It's his birthday, his parents told him to come in the room, he's just seen his present, a new bike.

Have you been surprised by anything recently?

Oh, yeah blah, blah. blah

etc, etc

 

I guess that IS kind of Tprs-y actually, but thats just an example, the whole time is not like that. 

 

Another Example: She asked me to study the "Culture note" paragraph and be prepared to spend a minute summarizing it in my own words at the beginning of the next class.

 

After listening to a number of her podcasts, I kinda figured she would be a good teacher. After all, she's taken the time to make thoughtful podcasts aimed at an intermediate learner, put them on YouTube, etc. That's the reason I decided to give her a try, even though at $15/45min it more expensive than I prefer. Definitely one of the best Chinese teachers I've had.

 

Maybe we should start a review thread of Chinese teachers? Or possibly that's against the rules somehow.

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On 7/4/2022 at 8:28 PM, Jan Finster said:

Another great Youtuber for beginner to intermediates: https://www.youtube.com/c/BumpyChinese凹凸中文/videos

 

She is also doing a lot of TPRS. Some videos have high quality cartoons and there is a lot of good slang to pick up on (e.g. 辣眼睛)

I have come across this before, but skipped it because of the INSANELY SLOW speaking speed. I gave it another try at 1.5 speed and its quite good.

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On 7/6/2022 at 9:11 PM, Jan Finster said:

I am really impressed with this teacher's lesson here on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj77anX-j5I&ab_channel=UnconventionalChinesewithKeren

(she is way too expensive for me, but having a teacher like this would rock)

super cool find! I think I might just ask my italki tutor to do something like this. I imagine watching something like Mr.Bean or something would be perfect. something with no dialogue ideally

I had a teacher on iTalki that would teach a grammar point or vocab by clipping 5 different tv show scenes and showing it in different contexts. She wasn't exactly pricy ($15usd-ish) but I decided I'd rather get 2 lessons from someone else. But she was incredibly organised and definitely worth the money

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On 7/6/2022 at 7:11 AM, Jan Finster said:

am really impressed with this teacher's lesson here on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj77anX-j5I&ab_channel=UnconventionalChinesewithKeren

(she is way too expensive for me, but having a teacher like this would rock)

I can't stand her content. A lot of it just seems to be like edgy stuff to get more views. I saw a video where she was playing with a gun that was just laying around and I decided that the channel was not for me.

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On 7/10/2022 at 6:43 AM, Jan Finster said:

This guy speaks super fast, but I can understand virtually everything. I do not get why this is the case.


I experience the same thing all the time. "This person is talking so fast! I shouldn't be able to understand him at all. But I do! How?"

The biggest example of that effect for me, anyway, is a podcast called "Steve说," who also has a corresponding YouTube channel. I think it's because his preferred topic is psychological counseling, which tends to draw from a lot of basic HSK vocabulary pertaining to feelings, family, and relationships. He's not someone I'd necessarily recommend to people here, but he's just that quintessential "talks super-fast, but is easy to understand" kind of person. Especially when he doesn't have a guest, but he's just doing Q&A with listener-submitted letters.

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Generally speaking, I prefer watching what I call "solo talk-show" style videos.

 

小Lin说 has been already mentioned.
 
Features that attract me this style of videos is
  • Content is made for native speakers
  • Informative videos covering current events or various topics
  • No variety of speakers to deal with in one video

I found two more channels that fit the description and, even though I have just discovered them,

I'd like to add them to the list/thread here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/汤山老王

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Q8KmHEHhDl_2LSiQNGLaQ/videos

 

 

 

 

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There are a lot of youtube channels geared at natives at those age groups.

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/科學大觀

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/babybus1000

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1FWj7p-72aprsxN_Prh1OvRLmT0OorEy

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/GOGODINO_Official

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RduioIQRbcE

 

 

It seems that you like Chinese learning Channels

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/LittleFoxChinese

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/ALittleChinese

 

 

I'm don't see as much teaching kids Chinese channels as much as there is native Chinese shows aimed at kids though. There is actually a lot out there but I find it important to watch what I am interested in. There is a lot more material now than there was 10 years ago when I began studying though.

 

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On 7/20/2022 at 7:45 AM, EricJMa said:

There are a lot of youtube channels geared at natives at those age groups.

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/科學大觀

 

Thanks. The first link was getting there.  The less comic-style and baby voices, the better.

 

I would be looking for something like this [this is English, but just to get an idea what I mean]:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRH985XgMYXQ6NxXDo8npw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L7EI0vKVuU&ab_channel=BeSmart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5NK4CXI4GQ&ab_channel=HomeschoolPop

 

On 7/20/2022 at 7:45 AM, EricJMa said:

It seems that you like Chinese learning Channels

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/LittleFoxChinese

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/ALittleChinese

No, definitely not interested. This is just like Peppa Pig....

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