I was away from ChinesePod for about 5 years. Last year, shocked and compelled by my appalling lack of progress, I came back full-force.
I’m feeling the same way about the new hosts. I had the privilege of actually meeting Jenny and Grace recently, and they’re delightful people. They’re in a really tough spot, and I was surprised by their resilience. Their ears are also wide open. These two qualities, in addition to natural on-camera charisma, can take them far. But they do need time.
Have you heard any of the very earliest Ken/Jenny episodes? Probably not, because they were deleted from ChinesePod years ago. They were horrible. Awkward. Downright embarrassingly awful. Of course, the ChinesePod crowd was an easy audience in 2005. We could be nearly brought to our knees with tears of ecstatic gratitude by anything that gave us hope of speaking Chinese. But kids now are so spoiled…
But it is true there are some serious QC issues right now. I’m focused on older lessons, so they don’t bother me.