I started my Monday morning in the best way possible: with a cup of tea, sunshine through the window, and a ChinesePod lesson! I have been studying Chinese for (ouch…) almost a decade (don’t let me go off on a rampant on how fast time goes by and how I’m getting old, etc.) but as I have only lived there for a year (a long time ago, in 2006-2007) and do not have the opportunity or will power to spend every waking hour practicing Chinese, I can use some language exercise. While, as a student of Chinese literature, my reading skills are not bad, my listening comprehension and kouyu (口语）skills suffer from not being in an immersing language environment. ChinesePod to the rescue!