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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. julie — 5/13/09 @ 10:00 pm

    I’d like to learn Chinese so I can speak to my inlaws.

  2. Kristina — 5/13/09 @ 10:18 pm

    My family has a similar story of linguistic loss, where my mom (and siblings) were born in the U.S. to Cantonese-speaking parents, but by soon after entering schools, where they were the only non-blonde-haired-blue-eyed kids in their Minneapolis school, they became English Only. I interviewed my mom for a linguistic loss project I did in college, and she mentioned the regret of not being able to pass the language on to her children. She says she usually understands just enough to know that someone’s saying, “she doesn’t know what I’m saying, does she?”

    Ironically, I speak Spanish, so my soon-to-arrive child will be bilingual in Spanish and English…but no heritage language. I’d love to learn Chinese to be able to pass some heritage on! (I figure Mandarin, though not Cantonese, is something, at least…)

  3. Kristina — 5/13/09 @ 10:18 pm

    I forgot, do I need to mention that I’m an e-mail subscriber, as well?

  4. Beth — 5/13/09 @ 10:35 pm

    I would love to be able to speak Spanish. I know just enough to pick up every other word if people speak REALLY slowly.

  5. Beth — 5/13/09 @ 10:41 pm

    OK, so I tried to sign up for the email newsletter, but it just says entry could not be added to database, contact support. does support mean you? there doesn’t seem to be a support link on the page…

    hmmm….supposed to be FeedBlitz support…but I’ll take care of it! ~jaden

  6. chris — 5/13/09 @ 11:24 pm

    On one hand I would love to learn to speak Italian, and have a conversation with my grandmother, and on the other hand so many of the associates I work with speak spanish. Would love to learn them both!!

  7. Nhiro — 5/13/09 @ 11:25 pm

    I spent about 6 years learning Spanish from middle school up until college. Sadly, I think I can converse in Spanish better than in my native tongue (Viet). Since I don’t see that as an offered language, my vote’s for French. This way when my mom throws random French words at me, I can tell her she’s pronouncing it wrong! ;)

  8. Charm — 5/14/09 @ 12:20 am

    Funny, my husband and I were just discussing the other night how we want our son to learn Chinese. =) I’m Filipino and my husband is Hispanic, so go figure! LOL…but really, we thought it would be good for him to learn. And what better way to teach it…then to learn it yourself. I learned Japanese in high school, so I think it would be FANTASTIC to learn Chinese. (um, too bad I don’t remember a lick of Japanese since I never got to use it. BUT, I was really good at it!) =P

  9. Alison — 5/14/09 @ 12:22 am

    I would love to learn Spanish. Thanks for a great site!

  10. Ashleigh — 5/14/09 @ 12:39 am

    I’d love to learn Chinese! I tried once but I just couldn’t handle the tones.. my brain wanted to explode! Maybe if I can give it another try with something more personalized that I can access 24/7 I’d be more successful. :)

  11. melit medina — 5/14/09 @ 1:16 am

    I’d like to learn Chinese so I can communicate with
    our Cantonese- speaking patients.

  12. Tisa — 5/14/09 @ 2:35 am

    I would love to learn Spanish.

  13. Nate — 5/14/09 @ 2:39 am

    I need to learn Mandarin.

  14. Damian — 5/14/09 @ 6:12 am

    I like to learn Chinese.

  15. Stacy — 5/14/09 @ 6:56 am

    Wow, this is great! I don’t know what I would get – my french needs work. Or I could get some instruction in Spanish, we’ve I’ve picked up words and phrases here and there. Or I could learn something completely new like Italian!

  16. Andrea — 5/14/09 @ 9:44 am

    Hi! Love the site! I’ve already got a decent handle on Spanish after living in Madrid for a year, so I’d like to work on my French.

  17. Elizabeth — 5/14/09 @ 10:13 am

    I’ve been learning Italian for a few years and I just ran out of classes to take at my school, so this would be fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway, Jaden!

  18. Matt — 5/14/09 @ 10:28 am

    I’m making my first trip to China in July. My wife and I will be staying with her brother and his wife in Beijing for a couple weeks before I start my MBA. I can speak some Spanish but for the trip and hopefully my future business plans, I’d love to learn Chinese!

  19. Alicia — 5/14/09 @ 11:08 am

    French. I took in it middle & high school, and all I retained is how to count to 100 and some colors. Have you ever tried to learn any other languages?

  20. Yui — 5/14/09 @ 11:26 am

    I’d really like to learn French!

  21. Lunasea — 5/14/09 @ 1:32 pm

    I would like to learn to speak Spanish.

  22. Emily — 5/14/09 @ 1:54 pm

    I’d love to learn Italian!

  23. Christina — 5/14/09 @ 2:28 pm

    This is so awesome. I want to get my Cantonese up to par as well. I can understand better than I can speak. :)

  24. Leticia — 5/14/09 @ 4:49 pm

    I would like to learn Chinese, I love learning new languages.

  25. Jennifer Le — 5/14/09 @ 5:20 pm

    I am half Chinese (Cantonese) and Thai. I for one was born here and I don’t understand or read either unlike my sister’ and brother’s. I wish I could of learn or pay some kind of attention when I was younger.

  26. Jennie — 5/14/09 @ 6:02 pm

    I’d like to learn Chinese.

  27. Stephanie — 5/14/09 @ 6:46 pm

    I would love to learn Italian.

  28. Cheyenne — 5/14/09 @ 8:26 pm

    I’d love to learn Chinese! When I was really little, I didn’t speak a word of English, but eventually I integrated myself so well into the American school system that I somehow forgot how to speak Cantonese. =( I can still understand it, but really regret not being able communicate with it.

  29. momgateway — 5/14/09 @ 9:19 pm

    Today I saw in the paper that 1 in 6 Americans in the U.S. are hispanics! So think I’d like to learn spanish –it will come in handy in a couple of years. I’d like to learn chinese too. I think both are important languages…plus I can communicate with my in-laws!

  30. Sutat — 5/14/09 @ 10:07 pm

    I’d love to learn Chinese, so I can use it when I visit China next year.

  31. Cindy — 5/14/09 @ 11:43 pm

    I also was born in Hong Kong and came to the States at 4 y/o. I still speak cantonese but I’ve been accused of speaking it with an “english accent” from other natives from the homeland. Oh, and I would be a lousy translator. I would totally use the wrong words and end up saying something stupid. One time, thinking I was saying “boss lady”, I ended up saying “soy sauce lady” cause the both words sounded so much alike. : )

  32. Margaret — 5/15/09 @ 12:22 am

    I love this website. I just recently found it and now have the time to browse. I can’t wait until I am able to get to an Asian market as there are none where I live. I will be making most of these recipes at some time or another.

    I am an email newsletter subscriber. My son, his wife and my grandchild will be living in China for a few years and I am interested in learning Chinese so that when I visit, I can talk to my grandchild as I expect him to be fluent when I get there!

  33. Meagan — 5/15/09 @ 12:49 am

    I really like your site . . . I discovered it recently, and everytime I come back I see new amazing recipes that I just have to try. And, I would really really love to learn Italian.

  34. Meagan — 5/15/09 @ 12:51 am

    Hi again, entering twice…. I am also enjoying the newsletter. Can’t wait to make those ribs.
    And can’t wait to learn Italian

  35. Susan Lee — 5/15/09 @ 8:29 am

    wow. I would love to learn french!

  36. Rexanna — 5/15/09 @ 10:58 am

    Spanish, por favor:)

  37. Chuck — 5/15/09 @ 11:36 am

    I’ve been using ChinesePod for about a year now. It really helps in BOTH writing/reading and speaking.

    Also, I just discovered this website. Fantastic.

  38. Melissa — 5/15/09 @ 1:49 pm

    I took 6 years of Spanish, so I think I might like to learn Chinese.

    I just discovered your site a couple of days ago and I can’t stop reading it. I have already cooked 2 recipes and they were fantastic! Was just trying to find the best place to comment on your awesome site and your no-nonsense, delicious recipes when I found this. I’ve also been laughing the whole time! Can’t wait for the cookbook!

  39. Chris J — 5/15/09 @ 2:50 pm

    Love your blog AND the recipes. We have a house in France and I would love to learn their beautiful language better!!


  40. Jules — 5/15/09 @ 4:38 pm

    I would like to learn Spanish b/c we plan on retiring there one day!

  41. Robin — 5/15/09 @ 6:25 pm


  42. Stephanie — 5/15/09 @ 6:34 pm

    Arabic! My boyfriend will be going to a graduate school in Saudi Arabia (and I’m going with) – and we need a crash course! The sesame seared fish was BOMB.

  43. Ece — 5/16/09 @ 2:42 am

    I really would like to learn Italian. I love cooking, especially Italian, Turkish, Greek food, and I would like to go to Italy for culinary education. I plan on doing this professionally in the future.


  44. Tab — 5/16/09 @ 3:41 am

    Dear Steamy Kitchen,

    Thanks for the great site! I’d like to learn Chinese.

    Keep up the good work,


  45. Amelia — 5/16/09 @ 7:23 am

    I love your blog! I’d really love to learn Chinese.

  46. sheryl — 5/16/09 @ 11:11 am

    I need a UN official language. French si’l vous plait!

  47. Jan Gunther — 5/16/09 @ 12:55 pm

    It is my lifes ambition to read Dante’s Inferno in the original Italian. It would also come in handy for reading my dear friend’s cookbooks that she brought from the old country.

  48. Lexi — 5/16/09 @ 1:06 pm

    I would like to learn Spanish

  49. Suzanne Newberg — 5/16/09 @ 2:19 pm

    I would love to learn Spanish. I adore your site, expecially the gluten free options. Thank you for being so considerate of us GF people!!!

  50. Deb — 5/16/09 @ 2:20 pm

    Spanish, please (actually Japanese would be great, but it’s not on your list)