Things We Love About China
Some of our shows can be admittedly negative about China, given all of the pressures and stresses that people deal with living here. But China also remains the world's happiest nation, at least according to North Korean media. So for all of the grumbling that we do, there is plenty to love about living here. Which is why we invite everyone feeling down about life in the Middle Kingdom to join Sylvia and Echo today for an advanced podcast in which we chat about everything we really like about life in China. We keep things upbeat for a change, how about that?
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"I love your site; in fact I'm addicted to it.... I started learning Mandarin with Rosetta Stone, but find Popup Chinese so much more relevant."
-- D. Andrews, entrepreneur
"I am finding Popup Chinese such an absolute pleasure that I am torn between enrolling in 7th and 8th semester Chinese classes or continuing my Chinese studies solely with your site."
-- R.J., student
Popup Chinese is the cat's meow....
-- David Moser, Academic Director CET
If you want to learn Chinese online Popup Chinese is the best service I have found.
-- Bill Bishop,
Popup Chinese strikes me as having a better 'attitude' to Chinese studies, and offers a bit more depth than other providers.
-- East Asia Student
I absolutely love, love, love your site/company. What you all have done with learning Chinese is absolutely wonderful, and deserves some type of Nobel Prize for language learning!  You have no idea how many years of boring textbooks I've been through, or maybe you do and that's why you've started this :-)
-- J.N., sinophile
Popup Chinese is a godsend
-- E. Shea, student
The lessons are consistently full of win.... Both the dialogues and the explanations are entertaining and the language in them is very useful. So basically the opposite of using the conventional textbooks that have guided my first couple of years of studying Chinese.
-- Mark's China Blog
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-- C.X., Chinese parent
I was amazed on my last trip to China, because I went to Taiyuan, where they say "pingr". I heard it first on Popup Chinese! The conversations on the site at first sounded slurred, but now I notice that that is the way people speak. I listen to my older teaching materials and they are slow and too perfect.
-- E.H., engineer
I've lived for 30 years and Popup Chinese is one of the few amusements that convinces me to delay death each day.
-- Anonymous
I've learned more Chinese, learned faster, and had way more fun learning than I ever thought possible.... I listen so much so often that I can recite some episodes by heart and mimic the voice actor/actress by now (I'm still at the Elementary but these days I can somewhat follow along TV shows and radio, which before only sounded like an incomprehensible jumble of sound).
-- user na.1788
I'm really enjoying Popup Chinese... the authentic sound and pace of the dialogues - even the elementary lessons are spoken at the actual speed you'll hear people speak here, and loaded with kouyuhua.
-- Richard,
I've learned more Chinese in this one month spent on this site than the 10 months I spent "learning mandarin" in Shanghai 5 years back.
-- user the.koko
Your site is wonderful! I find your dialogs to be practical, inventive, and interesting. Furthermore, they present natural language, and are well-structured for teaching, with impressive execution (i.e. various voices, and necessary repetition for early learners). I can't say enough good things about your site. :)
-- Yanni (雅匿)
I'm writing to thank you for the one year scholarship to China that I've just received from the Confucius Institute. I'm a self-learner and have been studying with Popup Chinese as the main curriculum for about a year and a half. When I passed the HSK (level 3) or speak Chinese or write or read (or do anything with the Chinese language), my friends and family are always impressed, and especially by the fact that I don't go to any class and spent almost nothing learning Chinese.
-- Anna V.
I've listened to your podcasts way too much the past four months, and I've gone from not even understanding the absolute beginners to being able to keep up in the intermediate level podcasts. I am now living with a Chinese roommate at an American university, and get to practice Chinese with my neighbors often. They are all impressed with the speed at which I learned, with my pronunciation, and with my decent (and sometimes strange, 太监 anyone?) vocabulary. I can't tell you how many times they are impressed when I correctly use a difficult word, phrase, or colloquialism.

I have learned almost exclusively from Popup and Anki flashcards. I took no formal Chinese courses and until today, I had paid no money. But I'm subscribing today not because I need the extra features but because I am very grateful for your service. Sometimes my Chinese friends laugh at the strange podcasts, then they give it a listen, then they are envious and want a Popup English to help them learn English. :D
-- Joshua

Chinese Podcasts and Lessons from Beijing, China....

Popup Chinese provides world-class podcasts and tools for learning mandarin. Our approach is different from traditional "textbook-centric" learning methods, and has made us not only the highest rated Chinese podcast series on iTunes, but also the only Chinese learning program recommended by the heads of all four major Chinese immersion programs in Beijing, as well as by the most intensive language teaching program in the United States: the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.

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