I just subscribed to Du Chinese and I’m waiting on using Chinese Pod. I did not like that in Chinese Pod 1) I did not care for the english conversation/the podcast part 2) I felt the dialogues were relatively sparse.
As some people in this community might be aware of "scaffolding’ concept, ti would appear the Du Chinese app is a clear winner. You can 1) listen first 2) then read 3) the content is around a minute long consistently vs Chinese Pod’s content appearing to being much more variable 4) I think it obeys the principal of “narrowing” your content more than Chinese Pod which Skritter Olle has blogged about as I feel it’s several degrees more structured (the consistent minute long content appears to be just one part of that).
In fact I feel like it hits on more principles championed by SkritterOlle than any graded reader out there.
This would appear to segue nice into The Chairman’s Bao App.
Am I wrong about Chinese Pod? Does the quality of the material significantly expand once you hit intermediate content? Has anyone been able to successfully systematically navigate. It seems a bit of a shotgun approach to learning because of the sheer number of content by different hosts/contributors.