I’ve been starting to use the lessons from chinesepod.com for the audio/comprehension component of my Chinese learning. This is a small company in Shianghai that has been around since the mid 2000s. The same three or four people have appeared in dialogs over the years and It was great to hear them again after about 5 years off. The podcasts were original free and accessible on iTunes. Now there is a package that needs to be purchased (it’s pretty cheap) once the free introductory lessons are gone through (I am not through them yet). I am still at the newbie/introductory level. It’s a good complement to my character flashcards.
Chinesepod June 12, 2013