Note from a Listener in China’s Earthquake Area

I received the following email from Huang, one of our listeners who lives in the area affected by the terrible earthquake in China recently. I thought it would be good to share this note with all of you:

Dear Jeff,
I am Huang from the city of Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, near where a terrible earthquake happened. Thank goodness! Because of being in the urban area of Chengdu, my family, my relatives, my friends, and colleagues are fine and safe now, even there still are minor tremors at times.

On the night of May 12th, in order to avoid being hurt by potential minor earthquakes, I had to sleep on the street outside, with many residents in Chengdu, but I could not get any sleep, because I wanted to keep alert and guard my family. How could I kill time during the long night? I had copied some episodes onto my cell phone and at that time your voice also gave me relief. I used my cell phone to receive the radio and listen to your Podcast if there was no new news.

An insomnious night, with the Podcast, I have experienced. I hope all people could be fine and the more people could be rescued from the disaster. God, please bless them!

Also, thanks very much for your good work. I will continue to listen to your great podcasts.

Thanks you, Lucy and Jeff!

Best regards from China,


Lucy, I, and all of us here at ESL Podcast wish the best to those affected by this earthquake, and all of the other recent natural disasters. We especially hope that Huang and his family are well, and thank him for sharing his thoughts with us.


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16 Responses to Note from a Listener in China’s Earthquake Area

  1. emiliano says:

    Here in Spain we all wish the best to the affected by this terrible earthquake, it has to be horrible and has to be so many people that have loosed everything and
    even the worst some relatives too.
    Huang same as ESL team I hope that you and your family will be well and you do everything to consolate other people that should be in great trouble.
    As Jeff and Lucy are as close friends to us despite long distance, I understand what you mean. In very different circunstances listening to them helped me
    just a lot.
    The best for you and your country. emiliano

  2. Ivan says:

    I think that is very difficult to imagine what an earthquake of that dimension does mean, I hope never discover it. But I could believe how listen a friendly voices can help you when something bad happen. I don’t know Jeff and Lucy personally, but are a lot of years that I listen them and now I can say that they are as a friends for me.
    thank you!
    Everybody in Italy are near all the Chinese people hit by the earthquake.

  3. Gulls says:

    I completely agree with all of you and I also sympathize with all the victims of the earthquake.

  4. Fred says:

    I wish to China people good thing for the futur !

    It was terrible, awful and sad to see gouvernment to refuse help for another contry.

    hope better soon.

  5. Wilma says:

    I felt devastated when I first heard about the earthquake in China. I can imagine how painful it has been for those affected by these natural disasters. The struggle for surviving is brutal and cruel now. Keep on going Huan. Congratulations on your effort to keep alert and guard your family. Like Ivan, I am also near the Chinese people. Listening to Dr. Jeff and Dr. Lucy is really rewarding. Thank to God they exist. So far they did not know they offer us a kind of, psichological service. I myself have already had my experience on being relieved by their voices.
    All the best for you and the Chinese people. Wilma Olmo

  6. Hiromi says:

    I really feel touched and sympathy with Huang. Japan sent a rescue party, but they will soon be back. I would like to send cheering voices to you, and I’m a teacher of English at high school, so I would like to share your people’s worry with us. I hope we can do something for you and your people.

  7. darren says:

    I am also a Chinese like Huang. Although where I live is far away from the epicenter of this earthquake, I’m feeling that I’m with those people affected by this huge natural disaster. We’re doing whatever we can to help those shake-hit areas, whatever it takes. We will definitely conquer the unprecedent catastrophe as long as we unite together.

  8. cathy says:

    Pray for everyone in the area affected by the earthquake.

    listener from Shanghai, China

  9. Gui Rui says:

    I hope everyone in the peace world should enjoy your life, because compared to those people who lived in the war or disasters, we are so lucky! We do not have reasons to live not happily.
    God, if you really exists, please Bless Sichuan, Bless China. I love my country!
    listener from Dalian, China

  10. Elham says:


    I pray for those affected by the earthquake in china, i ask God to give patience to them and bless who died in that terrible disaster.

    Elham from Iran

  11. robert says:

    Thanks for publishing this mail from china. At first just a glimpse in the lives of individuals in the other part of planet earth, then those described touching moments of fate of an individual in the middle of this disaster and how he coped with it. That´s a reminder that we´re all are vulnerable, and we´re all a big family.

  12. Rose says:

    We are all in one blue sky, all people are our family. Please Bless Sichuan, Bless China. I love my country!

  13. Nicholas says:

    Thanks guys. My name is Nicholas. I’m in Beijing now, but my hometown is Mianzhu, one of the most devastated towns, which is less than 60km from the epicenter. I’m grateful and touched seeing you guys from different countries sending us your wishes and blesses. I’ll go back to my hometown this weekend. One of my cousins became victim in this earthquake. Hope the surviving people there can feel your love and wishes. Thank you.

  14. Tiago Conejo says:

    Jeff and Lucy your work in this podcast is more than you guys can even imagine.
    I have a better life because I’ve speaking english.
    You have been helping all this time.
    Thanks God for your lifes.
    Both of you are in my prayers.
    And for those who have lost a relative or a dear friend in this earthquake.
    Don’t give up.
    God bless you all.

    -Tiago Conejo.

  15. Jerry says:

    Thank you, Jeff and Lucy, we all benifit from your hard work. not only improve our english skill, but also the joyful talking with same language.
    Thank everyone show your sympathy with kind heart. Let’s pray for the 90000 victims, hope the survivors recover from the disaster quickly, live happily.
    from Dalian, China

  16. fatima says:

    Best wishes for the affected people in China.

    dear Huang, you has made me cry and made me smile, thank you, best regards to you from Spain

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