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Before Noon, After Noon

The unending feud between those annoying morning people and their alter-egos, the 'night cats' comes to a Chinese lesson today. Listen in as pre-noon takes on post-noon, chipper good mornings take on groggy good afternoons. Listen and learn in Mandarin how to do battle for control of the alarm clock...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 26, 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 ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: language

Published: November 21, 2014

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Post-Graduation Plans

Ah, the eternal question of what you want to be when you grow up. Said question, posed by well-meaning family members when you are in your third year of enjoying yourself loafing around Asia, starts to lose its charm. Now, if you don't want to go home, and you need a legit job to placate mom and dad...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, education

Published: September 01, 2014

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Language Power Struggle

A battle of wills. Language domination. Do not relinquish your position. The only way to survive the language power struggle is to arm yourself with grammar and vocab. Only the fluent will survive. In this podcast, learn the Chinese to control the conversation when that inevitable eager language 'fr...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Going Dutch

The 'Warring Bills' period of Chinese history is officially over for all ChinesePod users. An international treating treaty has been declared, and it involves a handy little phrase that will be an instrument in achieving restaurant check peace. Listen to this podcast to learn what it is, and make yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ten Four

No, it's not a lesson on CB radio lingo, good buddy. Rather, it's those pesky Chinese tones again. In this podcast, a Mandarin lesson to dissect the difference in sound between the perfect 10 and oft-maligned 4. Listen in, and you'll be blowing them away with the 'forty lions' tongue twister at the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Pretty Ugly

Since 'politically correct' is getting kind of old, ChinesePod today teeters on the edge of controversy with a purely shallow Mandarin Chinese lesson on looks. In this podcast, learn all about making disparaging comments about a person's appearance. Of course, we at ChinesePod do not advocate judgin...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Someone needs a shower

Let's face it. With the rising temperatures of summer, some of those around you may not realize that they are a little bit stinky. Today we are going to give a lesson on how to give a subtle (or not-so-subtle) hint in Chinese regarding that certain funk wafting in your direction. Learn in Mandarin h...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, weather

Published: April 01, 2014

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Why, why, why??

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why is Chinese still using hieroglyphics for its written language? While some questions are simply unanswerable, in this podcast, we will start by answering for you the question of how to say "why" in Mandarin. The answers to all the other enigmas of life...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Scary Clown

Clowns freak people out. They have weird hair, and what's with the big shoes? 10 million crying children can't be wrong. Who came up with clowns, anyway? And who came up with a Chinese lesson on clowns? Some sicko, likely... but the next time one comes up to you, at least you'll have the language to...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: children

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Auntie Bai Show

Ah, the problems of others. The landlord is raising the rent just a bit too high. Someone's lover has run off with someone else. A wayward son can't seem to find his way. For some, hearing about these problems is reason enough to end a conversation or leave the room, but for others, it's entertainme...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: show, parents
Grammar: 而且, 往往, 经过

Published: January 01, 2014

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Lili and Zhang Liang 15: Uncomfortable Encounter in a Bar

It's an awkward part of life, and those in melodramatic serialized fiction are certainly not exempt from the agonizing drama of running into an old ex. It's Zhang Liang's bad luck today when the poor sod runs into Lili and Liu Xiang in a bar. Listen in as things turn ugly and personal for our two lo...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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