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Elementary lessons on android app

Posted by bescoto July 2, 2015 in the Group General Discussion .

Hi all,

This could be the wrong place to ask---if so, please let me know a better forum.  I've been using the ChinesePod Android App for about 30 minutes a day for a few months.  I'm basically just interested in the audio part, because I listen during my commute, during which I can't really interact with my phone.  Separately, I also try to retain Chinese vocabulary with a flashcard program (Mnemosyne).

I pay for a Premium Subscription, but I've never used a teacher 1 on 1.

Anyway, here are my assorted questions:

1)  How can I just search for elementary lessons?  Despite only activating Elementary under "My Account"->"Feed Settings" at this website, I still see all levels of lesson when I hit "Library" on the Android app.  I can type "elementary" into the search box, but this is cumbersome, and it seems to only return a few results.  It's getting harder and harder for me to find relevant content.  By contrast, on this web site I can simply click "Library"->"Elementary".

2)  How do I select which courses I see on the Android app?  On the website I can see courses like "Daily Life 4", which don't match the courses on the app.  On the app, I just see two courses other than the free one: "Daily Life Elementary Playlist" and "Daily Life Newbie Bridge Course".  I liked both of these courses because I could just click on them and see a series of lessons at the same level.  Also sometimes the lessons were thematically linked.
3)  Have I gotten stupider, or have the Elementary lessons gotten harder?  The recent elementary lessons (by Fiona and Guillem (sp?)) are much harder than the lessons from the Daily Life Elementary Playlist (generally by Jenny and Ken/John).  Even after listening to the newer lessons twice (which includes 12+ repetitions of the dialogue), I still can't make out all the words.  By contrast, I thought the level of the older elementary lessons were perfect for me.

4)  Related to the above, is there a way to see the dialogue in pinyin on the app?  I can press "Dialogue" on the lesson menu, but unfortunately that doesn't help me because I don't know the characters.  The "Vocabulary" section does include pinyin however, and I find it very helpful.

5)  Am I doing it wrong?  I'm asking the questions above because they seem salient, but if I'm just approaching something the wrong way and should change my strategy, please let me know.

Thanks very much,

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