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After You

It's only been rumored to have ever happened in this city once, and that was from a Canadian tourist who was visiting from the Niagara falls region, and to this day we haven't found any witnesses to confirm this ever took place. In this podcast, a model lesson in Mandarin Chinese from a model world where chivalry is not dead. And if it's not dead... someway, somehow, somewhere, it could happen to you too......

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking
Topic: etiquette

Published: December 24, 2014

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Time to Go

No, this is not another in our 'taking the classroom to the bathroom' series of Mandarin lessons. Rather, this lesson is about having to get going. So, next time you're waiting as your significant other is performing their getting ready ritual, you will have the words to get him/her rolling. Listen to this podcast and learn to nag a little, a la Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 22, 2014

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Too Much to Drink

Don't be fooled by the bottles of Russian vodka collecting dust by our water cooler, or the small bottle of baijiu on Amber's desk: the drug of choice here at ChinesePod is caffeine. And while it may be socially-acceptable to quaff a few cups of either while working, one too many will shoot your judgment and send coworkers fleeing in terror. Listen to this podcast and learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to fend off booze-bedraggled assailants....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 19, 2014

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Knowing the Teacher

Listening to ChinesePod podcasts every day, one gets to know many profound things from teachers Ken and Jenny. But of course, to quote the infamous Miss Zhu, there are many layers in meat, many layers to learning Mandarin, and... to add another... many layers of 'knowing' things. Learn in this lesson about two of the types of 'knowing', in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 17, 2014

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Eating Tofu

So, you're thinking a lesson on eating tofu sounds about as bland as that spongy white square of mush on your plate? That's what you thought... Truth is, there is nothing more racy than an affinity for 'eating tofu.' Confused? Don't let someone else have the last laugh. Listen to this podcast and find out the 'spicy' side of tofu, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, food

Published: December 15, 2014

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Too Fat

Finally, a place where to be fat is to be glorious. So, next time your friend tells you've gotten fat since coming to China, don't start looking for some fad no-rice carbo diet. Bask in all your paunchy grandeur. You've come to the right place! Listen to this podcast, to learn how to talk fat with the rest of them, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 12, 2014

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Finding the Teacher

The title of this lesson may bring back painful childhood memories of that field trip to the museum; the one where you got lost somewhere between the Egyptian pharaohs and the Chinese cabbage carved from jade. Maybe it was that self same ethereal cabbage that inspired you to learn Mandarin. So here you are. And here is our podcast on 'Finding the Teacher.'...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 10, 2014

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Something to Do Tomorrow

With a new ChinesePod podcast coming out every day, all Cpoddies everywhere always have something to do tomorrow. So, listen to this lesson on how to tell someone you've got stuff goin' on. (Also comes in handy as an excuse for deflecting unwanted Karaoke invitations.)...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 08, 2014

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Phone Call for the Boss

With the chorus of cell phones belting out staticky Chinese pop songs and Crazy Frog remixes, identifying your ring tone can be a challenge, at best. In this podcast, learn how to identify whose phone is ringing, in Mandarin, and save your already half-deaf ears from the mad cacophony. Or, better yet, put on the vibrator alert. It makes for a nice back pocket massage....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: December 05, 2014

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Pumpkin Food

While Linus is keeping his Great Pumpkin vigil in the pumpkin patch, his counterparts in China are doing their own chowing down on the culinary delights that pumpkin season brings. Listen in to this podcast, and learn in Mandarin what the Chinese do with their leftover jack-o-lanterns as the fall air crisps and comfort food beckons. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 03, 2014

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A Ghost Outside

With Halloween making its marketing inroads to modern China, the ghosts are sure to follow. Turn out the lights, shine a flashlight on your face and get spooky, with some ghost stories in Mandarin. Listen to this podcast and learn some shivers-up-the-spine Chinese words to help you. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: holidays
Function: warning

Published: December 01, 2014

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Going to the Museum

Remember the days of field trips? Now, field trips in podcast-land aren't to the zoo; nor are they to the waterslides park (though that can be arranged!) Instead, we want you to do something educational and character-building... like going to the museum! Since we can't physically take you to the museum for a field trip (was that a sigh of relief?), jump into this podcast and come along on a virtual trip to a Mandarin Chinese lesson on going to the museum....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: history

Published: November 28, 2014

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Ice Cream

The kids are eating it. The old people are eating it. The babies are smooshing it into their faces and hair. The lady that sells stinky tofu sells it. The meat market man even sells it. We can't make it through the hot summer without it. Summer in China is an ice cream eating bonanza. In this podcast, learn how to get yours, using Mandarin Chinese. P.S. for those of a more reckless palate, green bean flavor comes highly recommended....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, food

Published: November 26, 2014

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Sweet Watermelon

You know it's summertime when those trucks roll into the city, feeding streetside stalls thronging with business as the evening ambles home. Ask anyone who lives here: watermelon is a small joy of life in China. But no one will force it on you. And to get it, you've got to know how to ask for it in Mandarin Chinese. Which is where this podcast comes in. Enjoy!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: November 24, 2014

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Please Speak Chinese

You've just stepped out from the office when a frenzied pack of language students senses your presence and rushes over with English greetings. We've all been there and know this is one of those things about China that can be both sweet as well as incredibly frustrating. How you deal with it is your call. But since pretending you're from Xinjiang isn't always an option, it's useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve for steering conversations back to Mandarin. This podcast covers the easiest way: asking them to speak Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: language

Published: November 21, 2014

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I forgot your name

Now, we know that when names consist mainly of a medley of Xs, Qs and Zs, it can be easy to lose it under pressure. So, when that friend that you just ran into is looking into your eyes with an anticipative look, you might just, understandably, come up short. This situation affords two choices: calling them Li Xiansheng (you just could be right!), or listening in to this podcast, so you can learn how to 'fess up that you've forgotten someone's name, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 19, 2014

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Confession of Love

Men, at times, find comprehending the female nature a perplexing and bewildering endeavor. However, leave it to this podcast to teach you the three magic words that women the world over, no matter what race, religion or language group, love to hear. (If only life were really that simple.) In this lesson, learn how to profess your love in Mandarin Chinese... and remember (profound statement of the day): you don't have to understand something to love it!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 17, 2014

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I'm bored

With the onset of summer vacation, mothers everywhere are familiar with the refrain: "I'm bored!" Now, if you decide to join the kids in a two-month long loafing, better get your whining down pat. In this podcast, learn how to complain about being bored, in Mandarin Chinese. Alternatively... research shows that the cure to boredom is dusting off that enthralling 3,000 Chinese characters book you bought on an ambitious shopping trip months ago. So, there's always options....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: feelings

Published: November 14, 2014

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