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I opted not to use the “Learn Chinese / It’s easier than you think” banner, I don’t think it accurately expresses my feelings. How about “ChinesePod! The least painful way to bash your head against the wall!” Or “Ten minutes a day with Jenny and Ken make me sound slightly less stupid!”
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