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Salt and Pepper

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.  ...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 22, 2014

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To bag or not to bag?

Since last summer, getting a plastic bag when you shop in the People's Republic has gotten a little more expensive. Listen to this Chinese podcast and learn how to cut waste, reduce litter, and give some love to Mother Earth, in one fell swoop. It's in the bag!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 19, 2014

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I want coffee!

China has the soy bean, hairy bean, and the mung bean. What about the coffee bean? In today's podcast, you'll learn how to get your daily dose, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: September 17, 2014

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Stuffy Room

Is it any wonder that Chinese uses the same character for "stuffy" and "depressed"? In this podcast, learn how to use Mandarin to complain about a hot, stuffy room. Better still, learn what to do about it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: September 15, 2014

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Christmas Surprise

You just got that karaoke machine you've wanted for ages. How do you express your delight in Mandarin Chinese? Listen to today's podcast! P.S. For those of you still shopping, ChinesePod makes a great gift...  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 12, 2014

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the powerless phones

Cell phones are almost universal in China. In some places, they're more common than landlines. In today's podcast, learn to talk in Mandarin Chinese about the most annoying cell phone issue of all: running out of power.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: lending, borrowing

Published: September 10, 2014

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Seeing Somebody to the Door

In today's podcast we'll cover an integral part of Chinese manners - 'Seeing Someone Off'. Being able to not only see someone to the door, but politely refuse such offers in Mandarin is certainly a handy skill for those of you doing business in China, or trying to impress your loved one's parents the first time you meet them.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: leaving

Published: September 08, 2014

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The Broken Chair

A low squat is a popular way to take a load off here. But there will be times when you need to sit down on something beside your ankles. In this lesson, you'll learn how to talk in Mandarin about wobbly seats. Three chairs for ChinesePod!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: seat, chair

Published: September 05, 2014

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A Special Fondness for Jewelry

The couple in this Chinese lesson are shopping for jewelry, with an unusual disregard for price. Learn how to discuss some of the specific Chinese vocabulary relating to these expensive accessories, and even find out where China's "bargain jewelry" is....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 尽管

Published: September 01, 2014

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Negotiating a Deadline

So you're working in a Chinese company, and your boss is really piling on the work, with unrealistic deadlines. What are you going to do? In today's lesson, we see how a conscientious translator is able to skillfully talk her manager into extending the deadline. (Yeah, acquiring this skill is going to take some practice!)...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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4S Dealership

As more and more Chinese buy cars, consumers are increasingly paying attention to the services provided by the dealerships. In today's Chinese lesson, learn what a "4S Dealership" is and what it offers....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: September 01, 2014

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Discussing a Thesis Topic with an Advisor

Today's lesson is a must for anyone in higher education in China. Learn how to discuss your ideas, how to make suggestions, and how to hash out a thesis plan and schedule with your advisor....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Outdoor Survivors (Part 2)

Our not-so-outdoorsey couple managed to stray from the group in part 1 of this series. In today's lesson learn how to talk about survival in the wilderness in Mandarin Chinese as they discuss their plans for staying safe and fed....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Outdoor Survivors (Part 1)

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city. In today's lesson, a couple plans a weekend camping trip, which ends up getting a little more complicated than expected. We hope you packed provisions! This might be a longer trip than originally thought......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Product Localization

So many companies dream of selling their products to China's billion consumers. But selling to China means localizing for China, and not just any product is going to sell. Listen in on the thoughts of a real marketing manager for some perspective on how it's done....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Sex Education Class

We're back in school, today. No, it's not history class. Nor is it chemistry. Yup, you guessed it! We're talking about sex ed. today. Join us and relive some of the more awkward moments of your youth....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 9: The Divorce

Tune in today to hear the thrilling conclusion to the series Love Tangle. We don't want to spoil the ending - all we'll say is that you might not have seen this one coming!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: listing

Published: September 01, 2014

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