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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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I'm bored

With the onset of summer vacation, mothers everywhere are familiar with the refrain: "I'm bored!" Now, if you decide to join the kids in a two-month long loafing, better get your whining down pat. In this podcast, learn how to complain about being bored, in Mandarin Chinese. Alternatively... researc...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: feelings

Published: November 14, 2014

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Too Heavy!

We at ChinesePod are always ready to give you a hand as you learn Mandarin. In today's lesson, learn how to share your burdens with a friend, all in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining, helping
Topic: bag, favor, heavy

Published: October 29, 2014

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Adventures of an Andy Lau Fan on Taobao

Everyone in China is doing it, so it's time we informed our users more about buying stuff on Taobao, the Chinese conqueror of eBay. Today's lesson delves into the shady underworld of obsessed fans. (Remember, ChinesePod takes no responsibility for any stinky shoes you may encounter in your online sh...

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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Travel Wedding

Weddings in China have a long and glorious tradition. So much planning, so many guests, and a ton of protocol. But what if you could skip the whole ceremony and just do the honeymoon, and call it a "travel wedding?" The young lovebirds in this lesson would like to do just that, but their traditional...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Designing the New Apartment 4

Today we're continuing with our series about designing a new apartment. Many of the basics have been covered, but now it's time to get the details taken care of. In this podcast learn how to talk about getting internet installed. There's so much left to do! Find out how this couple handles the chaos...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 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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Put Back the Weights

In the rules of workout etiquette, putting back weights when you're done with them is an important one. It's not just inconvenient; it can be dangerous, too! In this lesson, someone falls victim to a misplaced weight.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports, gym
Grammar: 把(bǎ)

Published: August 01, 2014

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Nutrition Label

There's nothing to ruin an appetite faster than checking the nutritional label on the back of what you're about to eat, right? In this lesson, two friends begin to agonize over nutrition. Listen and learn how you too can worry about your energy, fat and protein intake in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, health

Published: August 01, 2014

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Time to Buy a Mask

After decades of astounding industrial growth, China is now paying the price in terms of rising air pollution. For the past several months, smog clouds have loomed in cities throughout China. In this dialogue, two residents of a Chinese city wake up to go for work only to find themselves in for an u...

Host: Greg, Vera
Grammar: , 从来

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bumming a Ride

There's a saying that you shouldn't pick up hitchhikers because they're all deranged maniacs. Of course, it's also said that you shouldn't hitchhike because anyone who would pick you up is a deranged maniac. So what can one do? Find out how it goes in this lesson as we join a hapless couple trying t...

Host: Greg, Connie
Grammar: emphatic, already

Published: August 01, 2014

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Running into an Ex

It's an awkward moment that most of us would rather avoid - running into an ex! In this dialogue, a woman tells her friend all about running into her old boyfriend. It turns out he's not such a good guy.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chinese Gamer Culture

ChinesePod's back with another lesson for all you gamers out there, with a Chinese tilt. We'll cover computer games and console games, plus how to (talk about) hacking your system so you can use all those 7 RMB pirated discs. Get your game on with today's upper-intermediate lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 竟然

Published: August 01, 2014

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Extreme Weather and Pollution

The weather has been a ghastly roller coaster of weirdness in recent years, and in China, many are taking a closer look at pollution. Specifically, we're talking about fine particulate matter. Listen in to learn more about this very timely issue....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 往往, terrible

Published: August 01, 2014

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Driving in China

Driving in China has been likened to action films, video games, and even demolition derby. Make no mistake -- there are good reasons not to get behind the wheel in China! On the other hand, there are also compelling reasons not to make that daily commute. Learn more in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 9: Wang Plans Revenge

Like Nanjing salty duck, revenge is a dish best served cold. In today's podcast, follow Lao Wang as he plots against his old company, and learn some Mandarin Chinese as well....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_think

Published: June 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Hunan

Some cuisines should come with a fire marshall's warning. Not to fear, a cup of hot tea will be standing by to quell the flames. In this new series, we visit the red hot pastures of Hunan province--the spicy province living in the shadow of better known big brother Sichuan. You'll love or loathe us ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2014

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Train Food

On trains throughout China, attendants will sell snacks and drinks in the aisles even if the train is rammed full with people. This can make riding the train an unpleasant experience indeed. On top of that, few people end up buying these items anyway. Why? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: train, food, service
Function: complaining, selling

Published: May 08, 2014

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Internet Cafe Rates

There is going to be lots to write home about when you're in China, so because ChinesePod knows how much your mom wants to hear from you, we have created this lesson on inquiring about internet café rates. In this podcast, learn how to ask in Mandarin Chinese how much the rate is per hour, and also ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 02, 2014

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A Call Fur Action

In springtime, pets start shedding, leaving a hairy trail of destruction in their wake. What to do? Find out the answer in this lesson!...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Cold from Biking

If the potholes, rogue taxis and silent electric bikes passing on the right don't get ya, cold will! Sure, snow pants and moon boots seem cumbersome, but when that Tibetan front blows in, you won't mind the rubberneckers staring at you as you pass. They can just go stick their tongues on a frozen po...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Kidding

It may seem quaint or funny, maybe even a little melodramatic, but when you need it and find yourself flailing in the green, oolong, bubble tea sea... your coffee compulsion is no joke. When desperation begins to lead you down the path to instant Folgers, a $10 cup of coffee may just be what stands...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hiking

You've been stuck on city streets too long. Lace up your shoes, point in the direction of trees, and trade in red China for green with this podcast on hiking. Whether it's the trails of Yangming Shan, the pseudo-hills of She Shan, or the dizzying cliffs of Huang Shan, explore the woods that inspired...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: hobbies

Published: May 01, 2014

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Issues with Flavor

Who doesn't love being an amateur food critic? Strong, weak, bland, flavorful; OK, maybe they're not the most expressive adjectives in the book, but they're still useful when discussing your food. Learn some basic words in Mandarin Chinese to discuss your food's flavor in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, drinking, tea

Published: May 01, 2014

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Open the Trunk!

Whether you're a tourist with a plethora of heavy bags or a mafia gangster with some relatively sensitive cargo, it's important to be able to ask the driver to open the trunk of a car. Today's lesson will teach you how to say this highly useful phrase in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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You Sing Terribly!

KTV features prominently in the Chinese social scene. And everyone, everyone has their turn at the mic. Sometimes your friends surprise you with their ability to belt out pop standards. Other times, though, you find yourself suffering through butchered John Denver classics. If you're experiencing th...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Internet is Down

You like your little Roadrunner and T-1 ethernet connections that load pages in 1/100th of a nanosecond? Nice huh? Remember back in the Clinton administration when you could make a cup of coffee in the time it took a page to load? Well, welcome to our world. The Chinese internet ain't exactly up to ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Chinese Green Eggs and Ham

The concept of green eggs is not one so particularly far-fetched in China. Could a 1,000 year old egg be any other color? Sam-I-am has found his place in the sun. In this podcast, green eggs and ham revisited with a Chinese bent--fried rice as their companion. With a mouse, in a house, on the train....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, colors

Published: April 01, 2014

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The Stingy Boss

Bosses amongst us, sit up and take note. Though you may not have had time to see it (due to being occupied with your "boss" things), you must take measures to ensure that your employees aren't comparing you to the annoying boss on "The Office." You may not have time for pseudo-reality TV shows, but ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Wang Wei's Diary: Food and Girls

In today's diary entry, we get the male perspective on life in the world of Li Yan, Yang Jie and Wang Wei. Why does Wang Wei stare at Yang Jie every day? Is there blossoming romance? Will this be the start of an titillating love triangle? Listen in to this podcast as we tell all, invade privacy, and...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: both..._and

Published: January 01, 2014

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Leaky Pipes and Faucets

Drip. Drip. Drip... we've got a leaky faucet today - time to call the plumber! Learn some great plumbing terms that will help you get your bathroom and kitchen in working order again....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting the Correct Change

In China there's a whole special language reserved for counting out change (and no, Shanghai poddies, we're not talking about Shanghainese!). This is the language where the Chinese word for "to search for" suddenly becomes "to give back money." Learn all the essential Mandarin in this lesson to mak...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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World Cup Talk

So you've had some time to get into the World Cup. How do you describe your favorite players? What are the Chinese names of two of the world's most famous footballers? Find out all of this and more in today's intermediate lesson on World Cup talk....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Noisy Eater

You may have heard that China has different standards regarding dining etiquette, and what is considered impolite to do at the table in your country may not be so in China. But what if a guy in a noodle shop is totally getting his slurp on, loudly sucking down a bowl of noodles? Might that be enough...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting Warm

When wintertime comes, invariably you and your coworkers, your friends or your neighbors will have the mundane, but essential talk about the best way to keep warm. In this lesson, learn how to keep warm. Who knows, if you're really starved for conversation, it might help break the ice in more ways t...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Construction

Construction is everywhere in China's major cities. You can't avoid it, so you better learn how to talk about it. In this Chinese lesson, learn not only how to say that a road is under construction, but also learn to describe some of the major machinery on the construction site....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Asking to Be Paid Back

Lending money to friends can be a risky business. They might be a good friend, but are they good with money? What's worse, how can you put pressure on a friend to pay you back? In this lesson, two friends discus how to get another friend to pay one of them back....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, friends, life

Published: January 01, 2014

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Noisy Renovations

Picture a peaceful Saturday morning, getting rest after a long work when. Then - wham! wham! wham! - you're awoken by the sound of someone hammering away. In this lesson, someone is rudely awoken by renovations in their neighbor's apartment....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Shanghai Home Stay

One of the best ways to engage in language immersion is to live abroad with a host family. However, adapting to a new culture on such an intimate level can sometimes be a difficult thing. In this lesson, we hear about some of the challenges that can come when living with a host family in China....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Square Dancing: Chinese Style

It's an activity that takes place in public squares all across China every night: 广场舞 (guǎngchǎngwǔ), elderly women setting up stereos and dancing together in the public places. And while everyone is happy to see retired women keeping fit in their old age, the noise produced by this activity isn't a...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Supplier Problems

Welcome to the world of manufacturing, where suppliers, factory managers and designers are all locked in a heated battle to produce the best product for the lowest amount of money. In this lesson, a designer and a factory boss have it out over the declining quality of components from a supplier....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Graduate School Advisors

Defending a thesis, looking for a job, helping out one's advisers... what's a graduate student to do? In this lesson, learn about graduate school issues as two graduate students talk about the pressures facing them....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 根本, 尽量, 尤其

Published: January 01, 2014

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American Chinese Food

American favorites from Chinese take out include dishes like crab rangoon, General Tso's chicken and orange beef. However, these dishes are more American than Chinese. In fact, most Chinese people are unlikely to even have heard of these dishes. In this lesson, listen as two Chinese friends talk abo...

Host: John, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Not Cooked Enough

When you travel in China, you're sure to encounter some unusual cuisine. Today's Mandarin podcast is about a peculiar and popular dish: drunken shrimp. Listen to this podcast and learn all about this culinary wonder. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Office Lunch Options

You eat lunch at your office every day. Five meals a week, nearly fifty weeks a year. It might seem like there are a lot of options at first, but after a few months (or years) on the job, the options really start to bore. Discover a very familiar office conversation in today's lesson on lunch option...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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You look exhausted!

Now, we’d like to think that all of our listeners are hard-working, diligent employees, putting in 10 hours a day…and even if you’re not, we’ll help you tell someone about those long grueling hours at the office. In this podcast, learn to use Mandarin Chinese to talk about being too busy, and too ti...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs

Published: June 01, 2013

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Discussing Work

So you think pressure is something only you and Freddy Mercury have (had) in common? Try competing with 1.4 billion others. In this Intermediate lesson Ken and Jenny take time out of their hectic lives to help you talk about yours. In this podcast, learn how to talk in Mandarin Chinese about pressur...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, business

Published: June 01, 2013

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Don't do that!

A few subway tips you might not be aware of: 1. The process of letting those on the subway off before boarding has not yet caught on; 2. Mobile ring tones are downloaded so owner and train neighbors can hear – meaning you’ll be treated to 90 seconds of a Backstreet Boy weeping; and 3. The process of...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: May 01, 2013

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Too Expensive!

We know you would *never* lower yourself to buying a “Rolax” here and passing it off as an original for someone’s birthday, but we’re sure that “friend of yours” will. So how to politely suggest that the opening bid might be a bit out of your range? A lesson on acting incensed by the price could sav...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 太_(tài)
Topic: shopping, money
Function: complaining

Published: March 12, 2013

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Christmas Presents

“Do they know it’s Christmastime at allllllll....” - while John and Ken fight over who gets to sing the Spandau Ballet part, in this podcast we’ll unwrap a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying Christmas presents here in China.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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