Not that we didn’t believe the Yahoo! rankings and BBC interview — hell, we even suggested buying stock many months back — but we’re fairly certain that once CNN flies in to do a piece on how Shanghai-based ChinesePod.com is changing how people learn Mandarin, it’s big — as in big big. (Full disclosure: The writer of this post occasionally works for ChinesePod.)
ChinesePod was founded by Ken Carroll of Kai En Language School fame, and Hank Horkoff just over a year ago. Now they have a staff of 40+ (including a recent addition of John from the Sinosplice blog). The combination of 15-minute (free) daily downloadable lessons and a site full of transcripts and flash-cards has proven successful — they even have some imitators trying to do the same for Japanese, Italian and more.
Beats the hell out of the “ma – ma – ma – ma” courses we took when we were first got here … plus, Jenny Zhu (pictured) is really hot … which, as you know, makes all the difference in a teacher.
Click here or here for the streaming interview.
Picture of Jenny Zhu, ChinesePod host.