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Do you have a girlfriend?

Of course, being a single man-about-town in a city chock-full of laowai-hungry gals this phrase will not come in handy at all. But, on the off-chance you find yourself being pursued, listen to this podcast and learn the language of getting hit-on, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 14, 2015

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Turn on the Light, Turn off the Light

Open the lights and turn off the door, er, I mean, turn on the lights and close the door... why is this so confusing? Just get in here and pretend you love me. Close the lights if you have to. In this podcast, a Mandarin Chinese lesson on how to turn on/off the lights....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 29, 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 ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 10, 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: call...

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 le...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 17, 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...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 07, 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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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 wi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 22, 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 f...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 29, 2014

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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 ...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 22, 2014

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Introducing Oneself to the Family

"Meet the parents" takes on a whole other meaning in Chinese families. Now, if you can't keep track of which auntie is the elder, whose brother the rotund uncle is and whose sister the tall auntie is... or for that matter--which side is this grandpa is on, and how that lady over in the corner fits i...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Sales Call

Of course, the old slam the receiver down always works. But for some, the ring of a telemarketer signals another captive-language-learning partner opportunity. In this podcast, learn how to cut to the chase and use your newfound Chinese skills to hang up on that salesperson in a more delicate manner...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 11, 2014

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Morning at the Office

Here is a Chinese lesson for all those morning people out there that we love to hate. A few chipper 'good mornings' to start off the day. You can shout them out your window to those neighbors who love to rise at the screech of dawn for a powwow outside your window. In this lesson, learn all kinds of...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 04, 2014

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Here she comes

'When someone you've never even met suddenly gives you flowers, that's ChinesePod.' In this podcast, we hear what really goes on inside the mind of the average smitten male. A Chinese lesson in mustering up the courage to talk to that guy/girl you're fancying. So put on some deodorant, grab some dai...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 2: Welcome to the Team

We revisit the office of Wang in this episode. Today, a new player arrives on the office scene. In this podcast, come along on an office tour and learn what all the departments are in Chinese. Along the way, get some office introductions and insights into the culture of a Chinese office, in Mandarin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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They're Twins!

Seeing double or just looking at a pair of twins? It's a common practice the world over for the parents of twins to dress up their double bundles of joy in matching clothing. In this lesson, learn to talk about similarities and differences as someone is overtaken by the cuteness of a pair of twin ba...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Riddle of Three Sons

Masterful Chinese riddle making? Or just silly foolishness? Decide for yourself in this lesson about familial relations and how to ask someone's name. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod's newest way to enrich your learning experience along with fellow poddies!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: name, family, joke

Published: May 01, 2014

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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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All in the Family

Chances are that while you’re pulling out your wallet to buy that “I Climbed The Great Wall” t-shirt, a few photos of the family will show themselves. So we’ll make sure you can tell them you have a sister…unless that traditional tiara is for you. In this podcast you’ll also get the chance to learn ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 17, 2014

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Are you OK?

Someone's fallen and they can't get up. You want to help, but likely due to the stress of the whole ordeal, you've forgotten every Chinese word you know. By this time you are wishing for a Life Alert alarm with a direct line to ChinesePod's Mandarin Emergency response team. The 24 hour helpline is i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Calling Roll

We love our ChinesePod students, and we want to make sure that you’re all in attendance today. Thus, our lesson on calling roll. Listen to this podcast to learn how to be accounted for in Mandarin Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, studies

Published: April 01, 2014

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For you, and you, and you

On your next trip back to your home country, don’t forget to pick up some nice “western” treats for all your little friends in the neighborhood to try. And leave it to ChinesePod to think up a lesson to teach you how to be the benevolent benefactor that you will come to be known as around the ‘hood ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Time for Class

Now that 2008 has been declared the "International Year of Languages" by the UN, it's time to buckle down and study Mandarin for world peace. Start with this podcast and learn how to understand your teacher so you don't end up in the detention hall because you confused 'sit down and shut up' with 's...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Formal Introduction

This is the formal introduction to the formal introduction lesson: You've mastered your Chinese hello and don't know what to do with that awkward silence. Now what? 1) Lose any sentimental attachment to your previous identity--you're going to need a new name. 2) Smile, bow, handshake, kiss, twiddle ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Emergency Call

Emergencies happen. Buildings catch on fire. Here at ChinesePod, we prefer to think of these unfortunate incidents as “opportunities”--for you to start causing a ruckus about it in Mandarin. If your Chinese is not yet up to the task, then it’s time to tune into this podcast. You’ll learn not only ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Riding the Elevator

Granted, you might get some stares for just being in an elevator, but your situation might improve if you could actually use your Mandarin Chinese to tell the attendant to which floor you're headed. Thus, the podcast. Next stop: Mandarin on Your Terms (obvious, yes, but we get away with it because w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Buying Bread and Butter

It’s only right that with us being the “bread and butter” of your day, we also offer up a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying these two basics at the grocers. In this podcast, learn how to request a specific item at the supermarket, using your Mandarin Chinese. Spread the word!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hard of Hearing

Screeching scooter brakes, cacophonous construction and prolonged iPod use to block it all out is a China dweller’s recipe for auditory undoing. Before you end up bidding an early retreat to the world of grandpa hearing aids, listen (while you still can) to this podcast and learn about being hard of...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Betrothal Gifts and Dowries, Oh My!

In many places in China, there is an expectation that marriage comes with gifts for both the bride and the groom's families. Sometimes these obligations are so great that they can threaten what might be a happy marriage. Other times they end up being ceremonial. In this lesson, several young people ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Beijing

Peking, Khanbaliq, Yanjing, Beijing. No matter what you call it, the city is a paradise for foodies. From snacks to banquets, you'll find it here. Get the low down on the foods of Beijing for your listening and eating pleasure, and learn how to say them in Chinese. Are you ready to eat? A capital id...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 05, 2013

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Transferring a Call

Some people worry about the internationalization of call centers. Not us though. What could be more pleasant than getting transferred to a customer service center in Shenzhen? Life is filled with unexpected opportunities for language practice. Listen in to this podcast, and soon you'll be asking for...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Godzilla in Shanghai

Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror! Mightiest monster! Mightiest melodrama of them all! Civilization crumbles as its death rays blast a city of twenty million from the face of the earth. The legend continues, in Mandarin Chinese... Godzilla arrives in Shanghai. Listen to this podcast... could i...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: July 01, 2013

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What are you Doing?

We’re all about the classics here – Chuck Taylors, Pong, New Coke, the lot. So why not help you out with the classic question: “what are you doing?” Why not, indeed! Listen to this podcast and learn it in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 2013

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How's the Weather?

Though quite likely the response in these parts on a given day may be typhoon, blizzard or hurricane, we're not going to teach you how to say those just yet.  However, in this podcast you will learn how to get your way through this universal conversation starter in Mandarin Chinese.  How's the weath...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , 怎么样

Published: March 12, 2013

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Introducing One's Spouse

No, it's not cool to ignore your spouse at those social functions.  (That's what those repeated pokes in the ribs are trying to tell you.) So learn how to introduce him or her with this practical Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 18, 2012

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Making Introductions

It's time to make introductions. This lesson will equip you with a few phrases to assist in Chinese introductions like how to ask for someone's last name and if someone has a name card. ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 16, 2012

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Come In, Please

When making friends in China, it's typical for someone to invite you to their home. This lesson teaches you the basics of at-the-door pleasantries that you'll exchange when you arrive....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 11, 2012

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Mysterious Visitor

Picture this: it’s a dark night, and someone’s all tucked in. Alone in the house, each creak seems to come directly at her. So when the doorknob starts to rattle, what happens? A Mandarin Chinese lesson, that’s what…Listen in to this podcast and learn how to be able to discern who it really is pound...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Baby Talk: Be good!

More “baby talk”… In this podcast, you will learn some more popular common phrases in Mandarin Chinese, such as: “Good boy/girl”, “Be careful!” and “Don’t be naughty”. Think these phrases are only for people adopting children? Listen closely and you’ll hear Jenny confess that her parents still use s...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Clearing the Table

A vain flap of the hand. A loud throat clear. A futile effort at eye contact. You want a waiter and you want one now. How you gonna find one? That's right. Start hollering. Hey, you're not tipping so you get what you pay for. Here's how to ask your waiter to clear your dishes away, in Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food
Grammar: to_come_over

Published: May 01, 2010

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