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Buying a Newspaper

At this juncture, we know some of you bespectacled types are going to show-off your 4,000 character-plus savvy and say you read the Chinese newspaper. This lesson, however, is about options. Some of us lazy types just want to know what's going on in the world, without losing our eyesight over mornin...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 30, 2015

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How have you been?

When faced with the 'Do Chinese people really say ni hao ma or are they just succumbing to Englese' quandary, here is a lesson you can use to circumvent these deep unanswerable how-are-you-dilemmas. An alternative greeting option in Mandarin. In this podcast, learn how to ask after a peep in all new...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 28, 2015

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Where are you going?

Little did you know when you started learning Mandarin that you would be placed in the thick of an age-old war of 'where' words. Decide which camp has your allegiance--the roll of your tongue 'nar,' favorite of Beijing cabbies and northern ayis. Or 'nali,' a lighter, double-syllable approach to the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 23, 2015

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Upset

Reports churning out of celebrity Los Angeles have sparked concern over the latest anti-aging fad: drinking of the tears of young Asian girls. We, Chinese-English speakers of the world all have a responsibility to prevent the cruelty of tear harvesting from taking place. Band together and learn in t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 21, 2015

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Are You Tired?

Discovering these 800-plus podcast lessons, likely you've been up for days, listening. You're not tired yet, due to the language-learning high that doesn't wear off until after lesson 452. However, a language full of sh's has been known to produce a trance-like sleepy state. The cure: just turn up t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 19, 2015

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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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So Tall!

Granted, the 'you're tall' compliments have gotten fewer and farther between since Yao Ming had to come on the scene and wreck it for all of us. However, you can still milk some around here... just get some high heeled boots. Listen to this podcast, which will teach you not only to tell someone your...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, numbers

Published: January 05, 2015

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Chinese Breakfast

The visions you're having of glistening bacon and bottomless coffee might very soon be dashed. A lumpy curdled bowl of soy product and noodles a la oil don't appeal at 7:00 am? Wait till you taste... you just might come over to the Chinese side of breaky. This ain't no mini-wheats. 5,000 years in th...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 02, 2015

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Knowing the Teacher

Listening to ChinesePod podcasts every day, one gets to know many profound things from teachers Ken and Jenny. But of course, to quote the infamous Miss Zhu, there are many layers in meat, many layers to learning Mandarin, and... to add another... many layers of 'knowing' things. Learn in this lesso...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 17, 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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Ice Cream

The kids are eating it. The old people are eating it. The babies are smooshing it into their faces and hair. The lady that sells stinky tofu sells it. The meat market man even sells it. We can't make it through the hot summer without it. Summer in China is an ice cream eating bonanza. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, food

Published: November 26, 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 g...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 10, 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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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 1...

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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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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Would You Like a Drink?

Drinking is a big part of Chinese hospitality. Whether you're doing the inviting or the visiting, you need to know how to politely offer or decline a beverage in Mandarin. Listen to today's podcast to find out more!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , 不用

Published: October 06, 2014

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Come on up!

While you may not relish your walk up five flights of stairs six times a day, think of it as a pre-Huangshan hike training ground. Or the third stage of your triathlon-esque commute home. The way to stairmaster-free nice buttocks. After all, the elevator-less buildings of China were the breeding gro...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 03, 2014

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Farm Animals

You can't understand the cows 'mou', the chicken's 'gege,' the sheep's 'miemie,' the horse's 'huirhuir,' nor the pig and its incessant 'hengheng.' In China, you even need a translator for the animals. The good thing is, they mostly look the same. In this podcast, learn how to ask about animals, in M...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 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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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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Taxable Salary

Ah, taxes... one of the few certainties in life, and the bane of our existence. Unfortunately, learning all the little quirks of the Chinese tax system doesn't make the whole ordeal any more fun in China. Listen in to this lesson, and we can help you out with the Mandarin Chinese side of the equatio...

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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NGO Guy

Today's lesson takes us on a blind date. It may be a little awkward at first, but in the end we'll be learning all about non-governmental organizations, or NGO's, and what they do....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 逐渐

Published: September 01, 2014

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Straightening Teeth

Most people dislike going to the dentist. Kids are certainly no exception! Once their baby teeth have fallen out, it's time for braces, retainers and all sorts of fun stuff. Find out more in today's lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 偶尔

Published: September 01, 2014

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Working at the United Nations

We're in New York today, deep in the headquarters of the UN. Listen as an insider describes his work with this preeminent international organization. You'll be learning some key vocabulary for talking about international affairs and diplomacy....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Piano Class

Today's lesson is for everyone interested in talking about music in Chinese. And no, we're not talking about listening to music, we're talking about playing it! Join us for a piano lesson and learn all about keys, scales, and taking instructions from a (strict) piano teacher!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The DVD Vendor

As you know, we at ChinesePod do not advocate drug deals, illegal sale of firearms and/or parking lot rage... but when it comes to our friendly neighborhood DVD man, well, that's when things get a little grey area-ish. Listen in to this podcast and learn all the Chinese movie-purchasing lingo you're...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Free Association

ChinesePod is going a little 'new age' today and encouraging you to explore your inner child. Close your eyes, let your spirit roam... you are getting sleeeepy, wait! Not too sleepy. Make sure to pay attention to this lesson on letting your imagination run wild in Chinese... you never know where it ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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what is your job?

So a banker, a lawyer and a model walk into a bar… seriously. We won't make you the funniest guy in the room, but we will do our best to make you conversational, at least. In this podcast, learn to ask and answer the "what do you do?" query in Mandarin Chinese. And should you actually be a lawyer, w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 27, 2014

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Weekend Plans

Everybody's workin' for the weekend... oh, no, wait a sec, that's just us... slaving away for your daily Chinese podcast dose. But we're not bitter, we love you. Pay us back by allowing us to live vicariously through you and your eventful full meaningful lives. Here, a lesson on living for the weeke...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 22, 2014

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Taxi Small Talk

Don't be put off by that cage contraption. Think about it... a man trapped in a metal cage. What better language partner could there be than one that can't escape? Listen to this podcast and learn how to chew the fat with that paunchy driver who is so bored he's even willing feign listening to your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 15, 2014

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Getting a Phone Number

Unless you are a rainman-like genius, you may find attempts at reciting the fifty billion digit long phone numbers of China a challenge. Get help. Listen to this podcast to learn how to give out your number in Mandarin Chinese. You'll be counting spilled boxes of toothpicks in no time....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 13, 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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A Card Gets Swiped

Someone's credit card has been stolen! Luckily, the bank alerted them via text message. But what to do? Find out in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Time for School, Mom and Dad

Junior is starting first grade, but who's going to take him to and from school? In this lesson, a married couple have a discussion about how to adjust to their child's school schedule.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bringing the Heat Home

Even on a hot day, a hot shower is still strangely refreshing. In this lesson, someone is looking to buy a water heater for their home to make sure they have all the hot water they need.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Paper Chase

Tissues, handkerchiefs, toilet paper, paper towels - that's a lot of paper products! What are they all for? In this lesson, a wife makes it all clear for her husband at the supermarket.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 好像, 怪不得

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chatting at a Family Gathering

Chinese New Year is here and the family is all together again. After the initial greetings, everyone settles down to have a chat. But what to talk about? Finding a topic that everyone wants to talk about proves to be difficult.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 一下, 一_就

Published: August 01, 2014

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Giving Red Envelopes

For Chinese New Year, it's customary for older members of the family to give red envelopes filled with money (红包, hóngbāo) to the younger members of the family. And just because you've married into the family doesn't mean you are exempt. In this lesson, a woman laments to her husband about her new r...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hypnosis Therapy

Usually being under someone's spell isn't such a good thing (just ask Brett Favre), but oddly enough, new methods of therapy that utilize hypnosis are becoming popular in China and elsewhere. If you're trying to kick a nasty habit, today's upper-intermediate lesson is just what the doctor ordered....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: doctor, therapy
Grammar: 得了, 着呢

Published: August 01, 2014

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Calculating Salaries

Salaries at home are confusing enough to calculate after taxes, but they're even more confusing when you're abroad and have no knowledge of local rates and labor laws! Today we'll meet one such confused employee wondering why a substantial portion of their pay has been docked. Learn all about calcul...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: work, salary
Grammar: place, or_means, time,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Organizing a Marketing Event

Your company's brand-new kimchee-flavored chocolate has been painstakingly perfected and is ready to hit store shelves. There's just one problem: how are you going to get anyone to buy it? Tune in to today's lesson to hear how the marketing department is planning to introduce the new product to the ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for the Ironman Race

This lesson is for our boldest, hardiest, and most probably craziest users out there. We're listening in today as one such athlete discusses ironman triathlons in Mandarin Chinese; if you're like us, you'll probably relate much more to the astonished listener than the competitor! Learn how to talk a...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, sports

Published: August 01, 2014

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Motivating a Team

It can be difficult motivating a team. So what do you do when enthusiasm among your employees reaches an all-time low? Just fire the whole lot of them and start over? In this lesson, a wise HR manager tells us that there is another way. Listen in to this Chinese lesson to find out what it is....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 而已, 罢了

Published: August 01, 2014

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An Urgent Call to the Embassy

In these modern times, life is getting easier and easier. Cell phones and the internet make connecting with loved ones half a world away a simple matter. But nothing reminds us of how fragile all these amenities are like a natural disaster. In this lesson, follow along as a Chinese mother and father...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 由于,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for Pain

In this lesson, an intrepid shopper is going through a rather long list of medical supplies as he receives assistance from the pharmacist. As for why an apparently healthy young man would need such an assortment of bandages and painkillers, listen in to this Chinese lesson to find out!...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: ,

Published: August 01, 2014

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