posted by seamus5 on July 7, 2012 | 11 comments
Hey! I have a chinese friend who will be traveling to South America next year and she wants to learn spanish. Soooo, naturally, I would like to recommend popupspanish! except that when I click the link for popupspanish, I get a page for china VPN...

Is the spanish site still running?
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trevelyan on July 7, 2012 | reply
@seamus5,

It's not running yet. We're hoping to launch later this summer, possibly fall. The link is up mostly to "age" the domain, so that it isn't considered a totally new site in the eyes of Google when it finally launches.
linguist_on_air on July 10, 2012 | reply
I am from Mexico I'd love to teach her, I am living in Changchun right now. My e-mail is linguist_on_air@live.com.mx
seamus5 on July 10, 2012 | reply
Hey great! Thank you for showing interest! She was just saying, that she maybe wants to learn a little bit before interacting with a native speaker. But I will pass your email along to her and hopefully she will get in touch with you.
mtpastille on December 13, 2012 | reply
Out of curiosity, is there a long-term plan to create versions of Popup Chinese for many more languages?
trevelyan on December 15, 2012 | reply
@mtpastille,

I'd like us to do French, Spanish and Latin at some point if only out of personal interest, but there's no timeline and we've had trouble getting Spanish started as our Spanish-speaking friends have been dealing with their own issues that have come in the way.

We're bootstrapped, so everything gets funded out of payments. We're slowly climbing the ranks in Google, and if you want to help out, linking to us in some fashion is probably the easiest way. In the meantime, we've registered the whole heap of popup domains, and are trying to keep things open.
murrayjames on December 14, 2012 | reply
Also, any chance of spin-off sites like Popup Cooking, Popup Geography, Popup Real Estate Development?
Echo on December 14, 2012 | reply
@murrayjames,

Lol, I love the idea of Popup Cooking! :D

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
na.1788 on December 20, 2012 | reply
I have to say I feel a little heartbroken every time I click on the PopUp Spanish link and see that it's still not up yet

I've been clicking for a few months now

On a rather unrelated note:

My first year as a PopUp Chinese subscriber has been great

I have no background and already dropped out of a Chinese class back in college.

Since "discovering" Pop Up Chinese, I've learned more Chinese, learned faster, and had way more fun learning than I ever thought possible.

I don't actively learn all the time, but I always put on my iPod and listen nonstop during my long daily commute

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 radios, which before only sounded like an incomprehensible jumble of sound)

Sometimes my friends' conversations sound like they came straight out of a Pop Up podcast

With the success from listening/speaking, I've even feel encouraged enough to venture into learning Hanzi (and learned enough to stalk my friends' Facebook status and read some simple writings)

When my friends compliment my Chinese, I proudly tell them: 四個字:泡泡中文

Many thanks to the team at Pop Up Chinese: Echo, Brendan, David, Apple, Gail, and the voice cast.

When the time rolls around next year to renew my subscription, the answer is 当然了!!
trevelyan on December 22, 2012 | reply
Belated reply, but thanks for such a nice post. It really makes a difference for us to hear this sort of thing.

We'll definitely send out an email when we launch a Spanish site or site for any other language. I had hoped we would already be doing things, but that hasn't been possible for various reasons, some financial and some more personal. It is still in the cards of course, but it's difficult to give any timeline.

In the meantime, you may not be far from Intermediate given the way you describe your progress. Even if the podcasts are tough, you might find the dialogues manageable with the transcripts in hand. I think it is also the funnest level, at least in terms of the dialogues we tend to know by heart in house. :)

Anyway, thanks again for such uplifting feedback. I'll make sure everyone on the team reads it.
laubis on January 18, 2013 | reply
I am not very interested (yet) in the Spanish speaking world but if it's the same team working on Popup Spanish I'm in!
duke.villanueva on December 30, 2013 | reply
I am a super duper fan of the Popup Chinese teaching methodology. I count Popup Chinese up there in the scale of mankind's achievements as the invention of the internal combustion engine. If there'd be a Popup Spanish podcast, that would be absolutely awesome!