Name of Podcast: 鱼淼淼讲故事 (pinyin: yú miǎo miǎo jiǎng gù shì)
What topics are covered: This is a bedtime story podcast aimed at an audience of children. The stories are very simple and extremely easy to follow. Most of the stories are fictional including fairytales.
Why is it good to listen to?
These are bed-time stories tailored for children. The speed of the speaking is very slow and clear. It includes a lot of colloquial usages of Chinese and exclamation words. The speech of the podcast is in standard mandarin and free of accent. The female presenter’s speech is clear but the pitch is relatively high. Therefore, it’s an ideal podcast for Chinese learners at basic level to practice their listening comprehension so that they can move onto more advanced material.
To listen or subscribe to the podcast, you search 鱼淼淼讲故事 on iTunes Store.
How often are the podcasts updated? Programs are updated every two days.
Length of each podcast: Each episode of the podcast is about 9 to 12 minutes long.
This is a Chinese kids story podcasts. A whole story for kids in about 20 episodes of podcasts. The stories told in this podcast are very straightforward and easy to catch up. Many of the stories are simplified, abridged or remade from western children classics, like story of Peter Pan. Worth-noting is that although it’s a children podcast, the stories in this podcast are not overwhelmingly childish, so they can also be enjoyed by adults as well.
What’s interesting in this podcast is that the storyteller in the podcast imitates different voices of the characters in the story, including boys and girls, young or elderly people. You can recognise the characters simply by her different tones and voices.
Apart from storytelling, this podcast also features a Weibo interaction section. You can listen to the presenter’s replies to Weibo posts.
This is a good podcast for learners of Chinese as a way of starting to listen to Chinese podcasts.