Saturday, August 23, 2008

ChinesePod Ren...Zui Hao De

Whenever you meet celebrities, you have to expect that they may be a bit different in person than how they portray themselves in the media. This can stir up uneasiness, because you may carry expectations that may be swayed after your meeting.

This was certainly not the case yesterday when we dropped by the ChinesePod studio in Shanghai to meet some of our zhongwen laoshi (Chinese teachers). These individuals, along with Hsin Taitai back home, definitely have celebrity status in the Balla household. Almost no day goes by when we don't listen to the wonderful voices of Ken, Jenny, Amber, John, Connie, JP, and all the individuals who make ChinesePod the ideal when it comes to learning this truly challenging language.

So we show up (a bit early) and are welcomed in a way that not only fulfilled our need to put the personalities with the people, but also sealed in our minds the love they have for spreading the philosophy that is Praxis Language. They are interesting individuals who are a blast to talk to. It didn't have to be that way, but thankfully it was.

Thanks to all of you at ChinesePod (and, of course, a special shout-out to Adi who hooked us up big time) for taking the time to meet us and make us comfortable in your new digs. Not only does your teaching inspire us, but your genuine, welcoming nature will undoubtedly drum up very positive thoughts when we tune in for our daily dose of ChinesePod.



At 2:05 AM, Blogger John said...

Awww, thanks, Desi! It was a lot of fun meeting you guys too. Rarely does a whole family come and meet us, especially one so enthusiastic and positive about China and learning Chinese! I'm sure you'll all have a blast in Beijing. Get out there and use that Chinese!

At 2:10 AM, Blogger Amber said...

Seriously, your family totally inspired me! :D

At 2:25 AM, Blogger connie said...


At 4:33 AM, Blogger jenny zhu said...

Desi and the kids (most men are kids, right?)
Like Amber said, you are an inspiration. Ever since Steve told on the site that the family is learning together and Julie and Z rocked at the school concert with a dashing Chinese song, you guys have captivated me.
Thank you for stopping by the office and letting us be part of your journey.

At 4:37 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Hopefully we won't let our teachers down and next time our Chinese will be much better!


PS: The panda's secret wish joke isn't working on westerners. We're going to have to try it on some locals!


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