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Best Sources for (Video) Content outside Chinesepod

I am a passive not active learner - and I cannot be bothered to sit down and learn actively. I can only consume Chinese - else it’s getting boring for me.
So by now I listened to more or less all HSK3-HSK5 classed chinesepod lessons twice (but never heard the audio fix - though I guess I should have as I still miss many words even though I can understand the meaning of all upper intermediate lessons - and a few months ago decided to start with the difficult lessons). Usually I just listen to Chinesepod while doing sports or driving by car/train.

Great sources:
My second source for learning - and I feel especially in the beginning this was great - is - however I watched most remotely interesting C-Drama there - and need some new material.

Great but much more limited in content - but super effective - foreign youtubers in China - my list:
from intermediate level - with english subs:
Afu Thomas:
PKU Lila:

Tv Shows with foreigners - no english subs - you should be starting with advanced lessons on chinesepod already before you go for them:

Not good:
XiaoHongShu - way too little conversation. Hard to find good people to listen to. Maybe I should invest more time
Most drama on bilibili - Problem is that the subs are usually so badly translated / computer generated it is frustrating.
Any direct competitors to chinesepod - like chinese101 or others - way too little content and not good for listening passively.

My problem - I’m still not comfortable with watching chinese drama or movies without subtitles - if I concentrate hard I can understand something - but usually drift off after some time due to being lost.
So I need some more material like the above that is easy to consume.
Any tips for other foreign youtubers with very good chinese level that prefeably have subs so enable/disable? I need more material like the above that is good. Anyone here having favorites.

I started learning Chinese long time ago - but never made it further than A1-A2 level (3 years of 2 hours per week chinese class as foreign language at University). Then 3 years ago I discovered chinesepod and and started just consuming Chinese. At some point I really have to attack characters - but didn’t do so yet. I spend maybe 2hours per day consuming chinese content those 3 years - plus living 4.5 month in Taiwan and 5 weeks travelling alone through China.
I can by now communicate fluently for daily life - even on phone quite okay (say ordering food in Chinese, or booking a tour/ticket whithout being afraid) - or able to travel with Chinese people speaking english for a week and maybe only falling back to English for 5% of the time (plus sometimes using English for single vocabs).
Some teachers told me my listening/talking skills are around C1 - between HSK5 and HSK6 - but yeah that seems not enough yet for really ditching subtitles and watching chinese news/drama without them. Goal: get to C2 level and able to communicate also about specific topics like technology, politics and so on - and understand any drama/movie in Puthonghua without problems (not every word - but 95% of the story). I want to get to HSK5 reading level - but yeah I know that means sitting down and starting to learn - likely with ANKI. Cannot commit yet to it. I had initially hoped to get to C1 quicker - and then being able to learn to read by looking at chinese subs on drama - but I think that will not work. Or would take ages. That will be good to continue once reaching HSK5 level on reading.
I will move back to Taiwan for winter if they drop the quarantine - cannot be bothered right now.
Taking Chinese group classes doesn’t work. At NTNU they told me I would fall into their highest or second highest level on talking - but cannot read so no way… I could take private classes but then it’s easy to find chinese friends when living in China/Taiwan so thought that is easier.

Oh yeah - in Taiwan for finding friends and speaking chinese - use “eatgether” app. That is crazy effective - way better than language exchange as you don’t lose half of the time doing conversation in English. I have not heard of an equivalent in mainland China.

BTW - here is a good overview for content on Youtube:

– some more stuff that is pretty good: for Advanced learners:
Taiwanese family in Germany - no english subs but lots of non stop talk at not too difficult level:

For TV Shows that are not the same stupid love stories or ancient stories on youtube:
The first half of my Life:

Nothing but Thirty:

In general the youtube channels of LeTV official Channel and MzTV have quite some interesting stuff away from the average stuff on IQIYI or VIKI. In general IQIYI has pretty good english subs too.

Another good series for upper intermediate/advanced is Be With You on IQIYI:

In general variety shows are quite a good thing to watch. Much more talk vs drama/movies.

How can you understand Chinese Pod in the car when you don’t know the new words yet?

You don’t have to understand everything. Its enough to understand 50 percent of the meaning IMHO. It really depends on your style of learning. I do it immersive and rather listen to a lot than repeat and bore out.

Im right now watching ode to joy without English subs. And I can follow the story. There are plenty of words I don’t get.
Plus often from hearing the same phrase I understand the meaning without understanding all vocabs, even missing key ones. Yet if you ask me those key ones I cannot give you a translation. Repetitive learning is faster, but too boring. If it’s feels like work I give up. Its all in my free time.

In general podcasts are much easier than video/TV. Has to be spoken clearly as no-one has subs. Enough of local Chinese depend on subs sometimes. so they can get away with talking gibberish from time to time or strange accents.