酱油微播 Podcast

Name of Podcast: 酱油微播(jiàng yóu wēi bō)

What topics are covered: This is a podcast series about technology and current affairs. The contents in this podcast series are simple and relate to topical issues and public opinion.

Why is it good to listen to?

The podcast hosts are four male students from different Chinese universities. They all speak standard Mandarin with a slight Beijing accent. The speaking speed is moderate – reasonably fast (one of the hosts). They debate in the program and present their opinions and the opinions of others. Some of their words are slang. This podcast series is suitable for intermediate level learners of Chinese.

To listen to the podcast, you can search酱油微播on iTunes .

How often are the podcasts updated? They are updated on approximately a fortnightly basis.

Length of the podcasts:  They vary from 34 to 40 minutes.

Description of the podcast:

Every episode starts with a piece of music (can be an English song too like Queen’s Somebody to Love), and then the four podcasters discuss the topic. For example, if the topic is about high-tech products, the hosts will analyse the functions, features, development, ways of using the most popular product, as well as the product’s shortcomings. They also discuss some technology development trends so that listeners can benefit from listening to this program to gain general knowledge of the most recent technology.

In terms of socially fashionable and sensitive topics, they analyse social reactions and express their own views. Every episode is casual and not particularly organized, really relaxed. The topic can change quickly so it’s useful for listeners to make sure that they are paying attention. There is also background music throughout the podcasts and some podcasts have much more music. Some of the podcasts on iTunes have an “explicit” rating, but this is about 20% of the podcast series.

Summary:

This podcast is recommended if you want to learn about technology and current affairs vocabulary.

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