I am very new to Mandarin (a couple of months doing a class a week) and while my ability to speak is improving a bit due to classes and Pimsleur software every night, I have a lot of trouble understanding ANYTHING when I hear it.
I've learned Spanish in the past and currently study French too and they both have various programmes/comedies on the internet which are made for students of the language.
Is anyone aware of any programme/comedy anything designed for students where people speak slower than normal and use basic vocab and grammar. So far, I've only found "growing with Chinese" on youtube and it's okay.
I would also be interested in suggestion as couldn't find many options either.
You can try a series from CCTV called Happy Chinese: http://english.cntv.cn/program/learnchinese/happychinese/
The language itself is more for intermediate students, but I think they also mean it for beginners as everything is subtitled and each episode has a few quick breaks to focus on a particular grammar point used in the script.
The problem I have with it is that the plot is not that interesting and I don't find it that informative about China as it is revolving around the same old themes most Chinese learning books are talking about (which I often find clichés); so I kind of lost interest after 10 episodes.