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Forget It

Quite possibly the most useful phrase around, 'forget it' has been well-used by many a sulky teenager, dejected lover, pms-ing girlfriend and/or frustrated communicator. Listen in to this podcast, and learn how to get the most out of this multi-faceted conversation concluder, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: weather

Published: January 12, 2015

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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 parti...

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. Otherwi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Negotiating Price and Payment Terms

In this installment of our series, Canadian businessman Peter decides to lose the 'nice guy' image and get down and dirty in his negotiations with the Chinese factory. In this podcast, learn some Chinese-style business negotiation tactics. Listen and see if Peter has got what it takes to break free ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: business, money

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Dice Game

This ain't no slummy fuzzy pink dice dangling from some cracked rearview mirror, peeps. We're talking dice of the hardcore, extreme-sport-gaming-variety. Learn these dice or lose your shirt. We're gonna teach you--yes, not only Mandarin but also drinking games. Listen to this podcast, and may your f...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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April Fool's

Being a new language student, everyday can feel like Fool's Day, so think of today as a day to celebrate fools. Take your turn laughing at someone else. Pull the worst fool-causing prank you can, and spend the next year reliving it during those moments of Mandarin learning mortification. In this pod...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Trouble with Grades

Fortunately, ChinesePod won't be sending report cards home to your moms (though we of course would give you all A's!) However, for the millions of Chinese kids in the world, getting good grades can make or break things on the homefront. Listen to this podcast and learn in Mandarin about one poor stu...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Athlete Injuries

In China, potential injuries are lurking around every corner. Prepare yourself... when your foot is stomped on for the twenty-fourth time in one bus commute, you will be crying out for a tensor bandage with the best of them. Not to mention the repetitive strain injury from dinging your bicycle bell ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: He's Not Stupid

In this excerpt from Yang Jie aka the Princess' Diary, we get to see how a library date pans out for the under-appreciated Wang Wei. Will he make a move while pretending to be reaching for a book on a shelf? Will he impress with his knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System? Let's see if it works, as y...

Host: Jenny, Ken
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Published: January 01, 2014

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Going on a Diet

In the Tang Dynasty, to be fat was to be beautiful. Nowadays, as the Bling Dynasty sweeps the nation, oh how the tables have turned. China is a land of magical weight-loss remedies. Whether it's braving the acupuncture needles, downing little "herbal" pills, or, for the more traditional, training on...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Death by Ninja

Though ninjas aren't generally considered one of the risks of doing business in China, one never knows when one is in danger of being knocked off. Sometimes letting down the facade of Mr. Nice Guy can turn on you, as our Canadian businessman Peter is about to discover, to his chagrin. Listen to this...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: business

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
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Published: July 01, 2013

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Rock, Scissors, Cloth

The debate over who invented this game is not as heated as the one about who invented the noodle, thankfully. Perhaps the noodle debate could be settled for all time by a nice round of rock, scissors, paper... or was it cloth? Either way, next time you're in a quandary, learn how to settle it in thi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: materials

Published: May 01, 2013

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You Look Nervous

Fact: There are 1.4 billion people in China. Fact: You don’t read enough to understand the bus schedule Fact: This leaves you with the option of riding a bicycle or hopping on the back of an illegal motorcycle taxi. Fact: You might need to know how to talk about being nervous. In this podcast, Ken a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: April 01, 2012

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Calling in Sick

So, we actually tried to buy you a keyboard (with the “sick” sound effects) from “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” and send it to you to make your phone call to the boss sound more believable, but instead got you the next best thing: a lesson on “Calling in Sick”. In this podcast you’ll learn how to use Man...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: May 01, 2011

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Football (Soccer)

As much as some of us (Yankee) staff would have loved to translate the “gridiron” into Chinese, we cater to the other 98% of the world that calls soccer “football” and turn it into a lesson on football in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Beckham) and Jenny (A Chinese Posh) also will ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: sports

Published: May 01, 2011

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Returning an Item

You lay out a few thousand kuai on what you think is a great deal on a mobile phone. But as you dial your soon to be jealous friend's number and get a waft of the slightly pungent but unmistakable aroma of burning wires, you feel a vague uneasiness. Was it prudent to have trusted that man in the dar...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping

Published: May 01, 2011

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