Happy Chinese, Episode 1, The Guest from Afar (Learning Chinese Series)

Yes, the acting is bad. On the bright side the subtitles are in 汉字 and English. This is great for listening to the language at a natural (fast) speed, yet the content is relatively easy if you take time to stop the video and read the subtitles. You may be blown away at first, but after a few viewings the intermediate learner should be able to hear most of what's being said and understand. This episode is about Chinese New Year.

Comment by Martin Volwerk on February 1, 2012 at 2:35am

I so need to work on my listening skills :)

Comment by Ruaridh Maxwell/麥儒叡 on March 23, 2012 at 8:34am

Heh, they speak so fast...horrendous acting, but it's all in good fun!

Comment by JP Villanueva on March 24, 2012 at 10:29am

I love this show, and of course there are tons of problems with it.  A while ago somebody uploaded ALL of the episodes, dozens and dozens of them.  I was glad that they were all online... until youtube took them down for copyright violation!  Luckily, a friend of mine had started downloading them all and sent me as many as he could on DVD... I have 73 episodes.  I haven't watched many more past 16, but I do wish I had the whole set.  

Comment by Martin Volwerk on March 29, 2012 at 3:10pm

It would be nice to get a copy of that DVD, JP!

Comment by Martin Volwerk on March 29, 2012 at 3:48pm

Okay I just found that on CCTV (http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/) all episodes of Happy Chinese can be viewed and downloaded if you use e.g. "download helper" in Firefox. More that 100 episodes, that will keep us busy :-)

Comment by sikora on April 1, 2012 at 8:30am

Hey Martin,

That's a great tip!  There are a lot of great programs for learning Mandarin on CCTV but I almost always run into a "loading" problem when I try to view them there.  Thanks for the info!


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