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Moving

Don't think of moving house as a pain. Think of it as an excuse for throwing a house-warming bash. Invite us! We'll bring a nice plant. In this podcast, learn how to tell someone that you are moving, using Mandarin Chinese. And, who knows... the more people you try out these phrases on, the more chance you have that someone might actually get the hint and offer to pitch in (bribing with beer and pizza helps for this aspect, of course)....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 12, 2014

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My Cat

There are cats to love (white, fluffy kittens) and cats to hate (those gold ones waving their strange little arm at the till in the Chinese restaurant). However, love them or hate them, you probably wouldn't mind a little one to keep you company (they make patient language partners). If so, you're going to have to learn how to use your Mandarin to bond with the rice-eating cats of China. Listen to this podcast, and learn how!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 10, 2014

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Giving up a Seat

In a place where an empty seat on public transportation is about as uncommon as toilet paper in the bathroom, it's understandable why there is a certain "scrimmage" of sorts when the bus doors fling open to the weary throngs. In this podcast, a pleasant turn of events. Listen and learn how to be the kind soul that offers up his seat, in Mandarin Chinese. And remember, what goes around comes around--you never know... just when you're desperately in need of some TP... it just might come around your way. Or one can hope....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 07, 2014

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My Dog

There are dogs to love (big, drooly, friendly pups) and dogs to love (loyal, best friend mutts)... hey--who doesn't love pooches? (No offense to the cat lesson.) Now, we know you've probably got a wallet full of photos to pull out and show off, but first, learn from this podcast how to throw a few dog commands and compliments around, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: animals, pets, dogs

Published: November 05, 2014

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Repeat after Me

Though we all wish we sounded like Jenny when we repeat after her, the old adage is true, that practice makes (well, almost) perfect. So don't give up! Put Jenny on in your headphones day in and day out, and you'll be guaranteed to be sounding more sweet and adorable within the week. Of course, if you are a man, this may or may not be a good thing... Either way, in this lesson, learn how to repeat after the teacher, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 03, 2014

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I Miss Daddy!

Today's podcast will teach you how to call your loved ones and tell them how much you miss them, all in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: all, to_miss

Published: October 31, 2014

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Feminine Products

A man writes these intros. He doesn’t have a “special time” each month. He also realizes that being funny about needing feminine products isn’t funny. So he’ll simply say, “Here’s a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying tampons.” He now feels uncomfortable. But hopes you find this podcast useful....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 30, 2014

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Too Heavy!

We at ChinesePod are always ready to give you a hand as you learn Mandarin. In today's lesson, learn how to share your burdens with a friend, all in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining, helping
Topic: bag, favor, heavy

Published: October 29, 2014

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I'm cold!

When it’s snowing out and finally realize that the reason there is no thermostat in your apartment is because there is actually no central heating, you’re gonna want to be able to find the words to whine about it. In this podcast, learn how to talk about being cold, in Mandarin Chinese—a subject that will come up often (that is when you’re not whining about being too hot)....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: weather

Published: October 29, 2014

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Stinky Feet

We know, you've been so absorbed in learning Mandarin on ChinesePod that you haven't had time to wash your feet since before the Olympics...in Athens...Now, you're paying the price: smelly feet. In today's podcast, you'll learn how to complain about rank odors in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shoes, smell, feet

Published: October 27, 2014

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Stopping the Taxi

You might find yourself chuckling so loud at the “No Drunkards or Psychos” rule in the back of Shanghai taxis that you forget to tell the driver where to stop. So how can you? It has something do with listening to (another) brilliant lesson by ChinesePod. That’s us. In this podcast take your taxi driver Mandarin Chinese banter to the next level....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 27, 2014

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Can You Use Chopsticks?

No matter how long you have lived in China, and no matter how well you speak Chinese, people will be amazed to see that you have learned how to put food into your mouth with sticks. Tune in to today's podcast to learn about the question every foreigner has answered dozens of times.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 24, 2014

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Asking for Change

Now, we know when in Rome, you like to adapt to the locals. So, we expect that you’ll be treating everyone to 12 course dinners like the best of them. But, if, for some reason, you go western style and split the bill, you’re gonna need this podcast. Listen, and learn how to ask for change for that 100 yuan bill (again, sounds like more than it is) in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, money

Published: October 24, 2014

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Does it Have Bones?

Time to bone up on your Chinese. Today's podcast lesson is all about eating food that has bones in it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, eating, bones

Published: October 22, 2014

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The Door

If it’s not obvious already -- we’re nerds. Nerdy enough to spend far too much money on a sound effects CD. So simply bear with us in this podcast as we listen to a door and teach you the exciting actions relating to the comings and goings through a door, in Mandarin Chinese. (Premium subscribers will be invited to the studio to join us as we talk into the fan to sound like a Transformer)....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 22, 2014

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Toilet Types

The birds do it. The bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, let's go to the toilet. Today's podcast will teach you about one of life's necessities. You'll even learn how to express your preference in toilet types, in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, toilet

Published: October 20, 2014

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Playing Cards

It’s hard to keep that poker face when you face your Mandarin speaking opponents, tongue-tied. So, before you sit down to a card game, listen to this podcast on playing cards. Learn to invite some pals to put their money where their mouths are…in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 20, 2014

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Napkins

Every smart traveler in China should have a thick stack of thin paper in their pocket. No, we're not talking about money, although that is handy. Today's Mandarin podcast is about napkins. If you plan on eating well in China, they will be indispensable.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 17, 2014

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