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Getting Nationalities Straight

One question that a foreigner will continually be asked in China is "Where are you from?".  In this lesson, learn how to talk about where someone is from in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 26, 2015

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How to Wash Clothes

In this lesson, a woman instructs her housekeeper or her 阿姨 (āyí) on how to wash her clothes. There appear to be some major differences over how things are done...  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Golf

"So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama... " If Carl the grounds-keeper can make it down to China to play a round of golf, so can you. But you'll need the lingo, and that is where we come in. After this lesson, you'll be equipped ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: ability, sports

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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Pronunciation Correction

Oh, it will happen – right after the cab driver who you just told “I don’t speak Chinese” starts drawing Chinese characters on the window with his hand. It’s the “tone correction” sit-down. Get used to it now, with this podcast giving you a Mandarin Chinese lesson in a tone correction. Forget those...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: language

Published: March 14, 2014

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Wrong Change

You're dancing around gesticulating. They're dancing around gesticulating. Children are clapping and someone might even be singing, shaking an abacus in time to the music. Except that you're not teaching them a "foreign friend" dance, you're trying to get the correct change so you'll have the bus fa...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: money

Published: January 01, 2014

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