I felt it necessary to mention that ChinesePod really does work. What prompted me to say this? Well, here is the story. This summer I only had one part-time job that gave me a lot of free time to study Chinese on my own. This is why for the past few months I have been everywhere on the message board. Now I am working at a university. They have a modest size Mandarin program here. I decided to pull some strings and sit in on as many classes as possible. They placed me in their highest level class. To my surprise, I felt totally comfortable in there, and discovered that my level was at least somewhere in the middle. Then I entered listening class. In the past, no matter how hard I tried, I had not been able to match the level of my Asian classmates. This time I was the best (at least I was during our only class so far). There are probably several reasons that contribute to my advancement, but I suspect constantly having ChinesePod lessons blaring in my ears for a few months was probably the biggest factor.
So if you feel like you are getting nowhere fast at this website, I assure you that if you stick with it you will progress. Because believe me, I definitely have no special talent for learning languages.
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