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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Want to learn a new language? You need this giveaway!

I was born in Hong Kong but came to the United States when I was 4 years old. We lived in the midwest and in the 1970’s, being the only ethnic kid in school was so not cool. It was a really tough life, constantly being teased for being different and I made myself forget my Cantonese. I just wanted to fit in!

My parents speak Chinese to us and so my brother and I can understand everyday colloquial Cantonese (especially when they’re sayin’ stuff about us) and a teensy tiny bit of Mandarin…but our brains would need a re-wiring to be able to speak the language.

And now, I totally regret not taking the time to re-learn Chinese. I can teach the kids simple words and short phrases and cuss words…but I wish I knew more of the language to be able to speak it at home.

Which is why I think Praxis has a fantastic system. It’s like language school 2.0. They publish a audio and video podcast with Chinese lessons and your journey is fully personalized with lesson plans based on your level, topics that interest you (like flirting, business, shopping, etc.) and a community online that you can practice with. Over 250,000 are already learning Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and English. Praxis gave me a a 2-week trial to try out (you can sign up for a 1 week free trial at Chinese Pod) and offered a nice giveaway for my readers.

Wanna learn how to read and pronounce Chinese menu items? Check out their Chinese Pod’s Chinese Menu Stealer series. Here’s a sample video:

So, to kick off this contest, on Mother’s Day I made the sweet-and-sour-spare-ribs_090510__024_web Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs recipe for you.

Praxis Language Program Giveaway

And guess what? I’m giving away a 12-month Praxis Premium Subscription (worth $239) to Steamy Kitchen readers! Have you ever wanted to learn  Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese or English? If you win, you get your choice of language program. Now, that’s really cool. You have until May 23rd 12pm EST to enter.

To enter, just COMMENT BELOW and tell me which language you’d like to learn!

For a BONUS ENTRY – subscribe to the free Steamy Kitchen email newsletter. My email subscribers get automatically get an extra entry in every contest that I hold.

CONTEST OVER! The winner is announced!

634 Responses to “Want to learn a new language? You need this giveaway!”

  1. Deb — 5/16/09 @ 2:21 pm

    am I supposed to say that I am an email reader?

  2. Wendy C. — 5/16/09 @ 4:16 pm

    I’m the same as you, I would love to relearn Chinese!

  3. Karen — 5/16/09 @ 6:08 pm

    I’d like to learn (well, it’d be half learning-relearning) Chinese. I understand Cantonese, and can speak crappy, extremely accented, simple sentences, and a few words of Mandarin. It would be awesome if I could improve my level of Chinese.

  4. Susan — 5/16/09 @ 6:11 pm

    I’d love to learn to speak Chinese…with a Texas accent, of course!

  5. Quyen — 5/16/09 @ 6:34 pm

    Chinese, please!

  6. Sondha — 5/16/09 @ 8:42 pm

    French please! Perfect for traipsing around Europe later this year!

  7. Tram — 5/16/09 @ 11:37 pm

    I would love the Chinese version! This looks so fun!

  8. Kim — 5/17/09 @ 2:54 am

    French, please

  9. Page — 5/17/09 @ 8:33 am

    My husband is Chinese and I’m Scottish. I know very few words in Chinese. I would love to learn Chinese so that I could understand his parents, communicate with his grandparents, and eventually teach my children.

  10. Elaine — 5/17/09 @ 10:40 am

    I would love to learn Italian!

  11. bernice — 5/17/09 @ 11:47 am

    I would love to learn more Chinese.

  12. Maria — 5/17/09 @ 12:38 pm

    I’d like the Chinese version please.

  13. jul — 5/17/09 @ 1:01 pm

    i’m currently learning french, and hope to improve it when i go there for half a year; however, spanish is one of the ‘to-learn’ languages in my book, so why not :}

  14. Margie — 5/17/09 @ 2:16 pm

    I’d love to learn Spanish along with my kids. Thanks!

  15. Marisa — 5/17/09 @ 3:04 pm

    Xie xie!

  16. Sonia — 5/17/09 @ 3:50 pm

    Mandarin Chinese!

  17. Bianca — 5/17/09 @ 7:15 pm

    I would really like to learn Spanish to honor my grandmother’s heritage. When you’re a kid, you take it for granted that they will always be around to teach you things when you get older and sometimes it doesn’t quite work out.

  18. keri — 5/17/09 @ 9:27 pm

    i would love to learn chinese. i have friends in cheng-du. i would love to be able to have a good dialouge with them in mandarin.

  19. Stephen — 5/17/09 @ 10:42 pm

    Love the recipe – I’m going to try it this week. I’d really like the Chinese Pod subscription too.

  20. Kari — 5/18/09 @ 12:21 am

    I’d like to learn Español!

  21. Kari — 5/18/09 @ 12:22 am

    I am an e-mail subscriber…

  22. Sheila — 5/18/09 @ 12:25 am

    Xie xie.

  23. Lars — 5/18/09 @ 2:06 am

    I would love to learn Italian.

  24. Shao — 5/18/09 @ 3:18 am

    Hoping to win this for the boyfriend! It would make communication between him and my parents a whole lot easier.

  25. marte — 5/18/09 @ 5:12 am

    Hello Jaden,

    I’ve been wanting to tell you that I like this blog and your glorious food and your lovely kids, and now I can do so and maybe even win something!
    (as long as it is an online-only course, probably, because I don’t live in the US)

    I am doing a sort of language-exchange thing with a girl in my building, she is Chinese and goes to university here in the Netherlands. I am trying to help her learn Dutch, and she frowns at me when I fumble my way through anything Mandarin. I would love to be able to wow her (although she never actually seems impressed when I do get something right : ) with something topical..

    Will be making the Korean BBQ beef sometime this week, I love love love asian pear, and am really interested to find out what it can do for beef. Thanks!

  26. e Lim — 5/18/09 @ 9:02 am

    I’d definitely like to bone up on my Chinese (beyond ordering dim sum)!

  27. Amanda — 5/18/09 @ 10:56 am

    I would love to learn French, and use it to explore Burgundy and other wine regions on vacation. Great blog, by the way!

  28. Rebecca — 5/18/09 @ 12:13 pm

    I would love to learn Chinese!

  29. Michelle — 5/18/09 @ 2:47 pm

    I’ve been trying to teach myself Italian but haven’t been able to get very far, so I’d LOVE to win this giveaway!

  30. Eye — 5/18/09 @ 5:50 pm

    I speak mandarin, but cantonese would be helpful communicating with the my in-laws.

  31. Cathy — 5/18/09 @ 6:24 pm

    I would love to learn either Spanish or Italian.

  32. Randy — 5/18/09 @ 7:02 pm

    I would love to learn Chinese Mandarin. Oddly enough I too only know the simple stuff and cuss words.

  33. Allen — 5/18/09 @ 10:37 pm

    My 13 year old daughter loves your blog! She has become quite interested in all things Asian so your Praxis language information is very timely. Thank you.

  34. April — 5/18/09 @ 11:21 pm

    My 7-year-old son would LOVE to learn Chinese, and…well…it might be helpful if I too learned it!

  35. Wendy — 5/19/09 @ 12:43 am

    Spanish please. ;-)

  36. Rachel — 5/19/09 @ 1:42 am

    MANDARIN! My husband and I have been using what we can from Chinese pod and aspire to teach English in China next year. This would be wonderful!!!

  37. MoBatali — 5/19/09 @ 2:30 am

    I love cheese and wine and I want to learn French because I feel like an idiot when attempting a pronunciation! Please pick meeeeeeee!

  38. zenobia — 5/19/09 @ 10:43 am

    Inspired to cook Asian, and love your detailed recipes.
    Would love to learn Spanish.

  39. fontaine prophet — 5/19/09 @ 10:56 am

    Spanish or Japanese please

  40. Monica M — 5/19/09 @ 11:43 am

    I’d love to learn Cantonese

  41. Julie Hood — 5/19/09 @ 1:10 pm


  42. Dawn — 5/19/09 @ 2:22 pm

    wow, what a great giveaway! I would be thrilled to have lessons in French, Spanish, Italian or Chinese! (With a nod to the unlisted Japanese)

  43. veedee — 5/19/09 @ 4:26 pm

    I’ve forgotten Spanish, shame on me!

  44. linda — 5/19/09 @ 6:50 pm

    mandarin/putonghua would be great. thanks.

  45. Betty — 5/19/09 @ 8:32 pm

    I would like to learn Chinese, so I can understand what the ladies in China town are always talking about.

  46. Joe — 5/19/09 @ 9:46 pm

    Spanish please….practical for daily life in the U.S.

  47. Jorge — 5/19/09 @ 11:13 pm

    I’d just love to learn chinese, i’ve always been fascinated by asin cultures. PLEASE, PICK ME!

  48. Markovitch — 5/19/09 @ 11:27 pm

    I want to learn Mandarin so I can ask all the street chefs how they do their thing! And the grandmas at the wet market–they must know the best way to cook those strange greens I’ve never seen before.

  49. Carlos Martinez — 5/20/09 @ 12:55 am

    Definitely want to learn and manage Chinese Mandarin. I’m struggling with tones, pronunciation, characters…

  50. Jonathan — 5/20/09 @ 1:41 am

    Chinese!!! This is a great idea. Love the blog.