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Going to Wudang Mountain

During the holidays, many people on the Chinese mainland head to one of eight special mountains. Perhaps the best know are the four Buddhist mountains, like Huangshan and Emei Shan. Not to be neglected are their siblings, the four Taoist mountains. In today's lesson, learn all about one of these very special travel destinations. Who knows - we might even bump into the RZA on the chair lift......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Starting a Company in China

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in China. Whether it's expats opening a company, or local Chinese doing the same, the waiting periods, the paperwork, and the registration with different departments can all be a huge headache! Join us at ChinesePod today as we explore some of the terminology that surrounds opening a company in China....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Sun Salutation in Yoga

Start your day off right with ChinesePod as we greet the sun and slip into the lotus position! If you haven't already guessed, we're at yoga class. If you've ever wondered what to call yoga positions in Chinese, or if you ever find yourself getting lost with your Chinese-speaking yoga instructor, then have we got a lesson for you! Check out this video for a glimpse into the world of yoga....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Pirates under attack!

Errrrrr! We're off to Beijing - no, scratch that - we're off to the high seas for today's lesson. Hop on board, mateys, and enjoy a wild ride!...

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: October 01, 2014

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A Chinese Bachelor Party

The bachelor party is, in many ways, a rite of passage. Celebrated in movies and books for its wild and crazy traditions, this is an event that helps a man (or, in the case of a bachelorette party, a woman) say "farewell" to youth and "hello" to married life! Join us today as we join a group of guys planning such a party (and find out what the wife-to-be has planned)!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Using a Character Dictionary

Do you ever find yourself only using the English-Chinese side of your dictionary? Do you sometimes feel intimidated by the seemingly arcane system of naming parts of characters? Well then ChinesePod's got a lesson for you today. Join us to learn all about looking up charactersby radical!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 5: The Mistress

Just when you thought that Lulu and Shen Jiawei had put their past indiscretions behind them - Yangyang re-asserts herself as that hot and spicy flame of temptation. For your addictive dose of extra-marital affairs, deception, feigned innocence and saucy love triangles go ahead and listen to today's Mandarin podcast....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Applying for a Loan

Being able to talk people into giving you money is a special skill. Especially when you're talking to professionals who say "no" for a living. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn the key phrases and unorthodox "techniques" that will help you smooth talk any banker (or land you in jail). Soon you'll be basking in the glow of your success! (Maybe.)...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Costume Ball

It's that time of year again - costumes and dress-ups. Explore the social dynamics at play when Chinese adults do dress-up. Will the ugly Pigsy get the sexy Bunny-Girl, or will Bumblebee sweep her off her paws? Pssst, the tall Mandarin speaking ninja over by the bar is John....

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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Adventures of an Andy Lau Fan on Taobao

Everyone in China is doing it, so it's time we informed our users more about buying stuff on Taobao, the Chinese conqueror of eBay. Today's lesson delves into the shady underworld of obsessed fans. (Remember, ChinesePod takes no responsibility for any stinky shoes you may encounter in your online shopping adventures.)...

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a big problem in Chinese society as well as in other parts of the world. Tune in to learn about Chinese attitudes toward drunk driving, all the usual "no, really, I'm fine" lines, and some of the serious legal repercussions as well. We just hope you never find yourself in this particular role!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)

In the spirit of "Choose Your Own Adventure" 1980s pre-teen novels, we revisit Zhang Liang and Lili and rewrite history with a "Choose Your Own Breakup" lesson in Mandarin Chinese. Everyone knows these things don't always end prettily, so, in tribute to all the girls (or guys) you've loved before, listen in and choose your preferred ending to this story of star-crossed lovers.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Snacks

Cultural divide is at times nowhere more evident than in matters of appetite. When it comes to cravings--you're pining for potato chips, she's fancying feet. You're itchin' for a little twinkie-binging loving, she's hankering for a little o' the necks. In this podcast, food-fusion, east-meets-west, necks-meet-pretzels... learn how to nosh in Mandarin Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Drug Dealer

The Departed was a pretty good film, although we have an office-wide dispute over whether it's better than Infernal Affairs. Before you settle down to watch the Hong Kong original in its glorious Mandarin dub though, we recommend checking out this podcast to learn the Chinese of the streets. Otherwise the plot won't make much sense. Bonus points if you can spot our mole ahead of time.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Touring a Factory

We now join our Canadian businessman, Peter, as he goes on a tour of a local factory in China. Will he be faced with startling revelations of sweatshop conditions, child-labor violations and 20 hour workdays--leading to troublesome moral dilemmas? In this podcast, learn as Peter goes to the source and discovers what "Made in China" really means, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Introducing a Friend

First impressions. Intent stares. Is he sizing up the map of your face--determining your future wealth, lack of it, sexual prowess, eyebrow hair luck factor? Or is he just trying to decipher your nin hao? In this lesson, get introduced to your friend's father, and learn the Chinese equivalent of a firm handshake, in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 29, 2014

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Dirty Little Hands

Subway poles, dirty money, bajillions of people... perhaps the fact that hand shaking is not so popular yet has saved the Chinese race from germ decimation. China--not the place for those with hypochondriacal tendencies. In this podcast, learn how to make sure those you share hand space with have washed their dirty little hands.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: children

Published: September 26, 2014

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Good Night

We're not talking about the Grammy Award winning female hip-hop artists who sang Push It, and we're not talking about MSG and chilies. We're talking about the most basic of basics and something you'll definitely need if you want a taste of home. In this podcast, you'll learn how to ask for salt and pepper in Mandarin Chinese. Of course, if you get meiyou'ed, that other world of taste enhancing crystals is always another option.   ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: farewells

Published: September 24, 2014

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