trevelyan on September 26, 2014 (0) | reply

This should be fixed for you now, right?We have a script that looks for published lessons that haven't been pushed out to the feed and takes care of them. It looks like the lesson had gone live, but this script hadn't run yet, that's all.

murrayjames on September 26, 2014 (0) | reply
Yes, I see it now. Thanks David!
trevelyan on September 22, 2014 (0) | reply
I like her too. I actually forget her name offhand, but she's originally from Macao and is studying broadcasting at Chuanmei Daxue here in Beijing. Smart and a good actress.
trevelyan on September 18, 2014 (0) | reply

Are you using an iOS device that doesn't support the flash player? If that's the case, you won't be able to play the shows through the site, but you can still get them. Just grab the most recent 200 shows or so from the iTunes podcast directory:

trevelyan on September 18, 2014 (0) | reply

We used to have a calendar where people could bookmark lessons for "publication" into their account individually. And I can look at adding it back (the functionality is still there) but it was not very widely used and I would be surprised if even one in a hundred people even knew that it existed....

What happens now is that we add all of our lessons to people's accounts by default, scheduled by their original date of publication. Lessons get tagged as "studied" as people use them so there is some way of sorting the material people have looked at from the archive of stuff they haven't seen yet. If this is what you need, try clicking on the "banner" link at the top of the lesson archive page. It will show you a list of all lessons in your account, with simple tags (studied/unstudied/all) you can use to navigate through materials you have and have not seen.

Are there better ways of doing things? We're very open to suggestions. One of the big usability problems is actually making it obvious how things work. We've had more complicated setups, but they've always involved putting a lot more explanatory text on the site that no-one reads. When we added a more limited set of lessons to accounts on account creation and required people to manually add levels and shows, we would start getting emails with questions about where all the lessons were, for instance.

As far as the question of implicit structure goes, we are putting together a more structured set of lessons for people who know absolutely nothing -- i.e. "your first ten lessons" somewhat along the lines of the intro series we have for Cantonese. The pedagogical problem with making other lessons hierarchical is that the more anyone knows, the less a one-size-fits-all course makes sense. This is why we bias towards rough levels with 10-minute lessons that people can push through at their own pace and skip if they find them too easy. Suggestions on features and things we can do to improve the site are always useful though, and -- as promised -- we are always happy to refund anyone who isn't happy with the way things work for them.

saxophone.n.theology on September 22, 2014 (0) | reply
Thanks, David (I think it's David)...

I appreciate your response. Your reasons make a ton of sense. I actually sent an email yesterday to your "service@" email address with some suggestions. Here's the cliff's notes version:

*add tags for all the subject matter (adv., inter., ab beg., etc.).

*Consider changing the banner Chinese Community to Language Learning Tools or something like that...

All in all, I LOVE what you guys do. Your podcasts are like listening in on a conversation with friends, and, like you said, are in short chunks so one can do as many or as little as possible. I looked at several other websites before deciding on yours. The podcasts sold me. Adding the extra tags would help people siphon through the amount of lessons there are. I didn't even know until yesterday that there were HSK lessons, Film lessons, plus your music video links. Though the tags would help people find them easier, it was a good find! Many thanks. 谢谢! 再见!

saxophone.n.theology on September 22, 2014 (0) | reply
Ok, so here comes annoying newbie with other "ideas..." Well, here we go:

*Put an "account lesson page" link in the banner, in the links below the banner, or in a drop down menu.

*Add the Chrome add-on to the Chrome store. Since your add-on isn't in the Chrome store, it automatically boots it off after using it just one time. They ask us to ask the author to add it so it won't kick it off every time. That said, if you need a body in the US to do it, I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks, once more, for your kind consideration.
trevelyan on September 4, 2014 (0) | reply

You mean for indicating time? You can often avoid it in colloquial speech, but it goes at the end of the clause that indicates the period in question.

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