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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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Chicago

"This is my kind of town, Chicago is." The home of Oprah, the Cubs, and deep dish pizza (the dawgs are better though). The third largest city in the US has....you guessed it....the third largest Chinatown. So hop on the "L" train to Cermak-Chinatown, listen to this Mandarin podcast, and go and pract...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Hawaii

Let's face it, it's December, we'd all rather be there than here... those more fortunate are, those of us less fortunate are sitting here listening to this lesson. Jealousy gets you nowhere, of course, except resenting your cold unheated China apartment. So, put a conch shell up to your ear, and lis...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Paris

We've got the Summer Palace; they've got Versailles. We've got Shaolin Temple; they've got Notre Dame. They've got stinky cheese; we've got stinky tofu. They, eau de toilette; us, squat toilettes. We're the Paris of the east; they're... Paris. In this podcast, learn about the city of romance and fal...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Baseball

Babe Ruth barnstormed in Shanghai, and MLB says baseball was the "unofficial sport" of the People's Liberation Army in the 1940's. But 60 years later, only five Mandarin swinging ball players have made it to the big leagues, all coming from the talent pools of Taiwan. Opening day is 'round the corne...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: hobbies, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dublin

In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet....Ken Carroll!?? Whilst Ken may not be as hot as Molly Malone, he certainly knows his way about Dublin. Listen to the Sino-Irish man himself as he takes you on a Mandarin Chinese tour through the streets of the capit...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Moscow

You've always had a secret affinity for borscht, and a secret compulsion to buy nesting dolls at neighborhood garage sales. Enter this lesson, where we transport you to the land that gave us Zhivago, caviar, perogie-making babushkas (bless their souls), and huge fur hat sporting dedushkas. Get ready...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Seoul

Perhaps best known for remarkable food items such as spicy smelly preserved vegetables and some 'alternative' meats, this capital of Korea is known for a lot more than than its eating. Learn in this lesson about the city of Seoul. A place of delicious food, friendly people, and facelifts. This place...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Kindergarten

Ah, the glory days of kindergarten, the days when singing, dancing and drawing filled the days... well, at least until nap time. In this lesson, hear about a day in the life of a Chinese kindergarten student. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod's newest way to enrich yo...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Who is that?

You may not be strutting on the catwalk, but your significant other is working it tonight! With this lesson, you can let everyone in the room know, hey... she's with me! And you'll do it in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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I'm Married

Dandy, aren’t we? With that custom-made suit you got made here, you’re bound to turn some heads. In this podcast, ward off a wandering eye and learn to say you are married, in Mandarin Chinese. Ahem…your spouse did ask us to teach you how to speak about being spoken for.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Man or Woman?

When he/she walks like a woman and talks like a man, and the response that comes to your query of “Who is that?” is “It’s Pat,” you may find yourself in a quandary of gender identification. Think you can fake your way through this kind of predicament in Chinese with an evasive ‘ta’? That, and this p...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 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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Sailing

Sailing? In Beijing, you say? Boats gliding through the moat of the Forbidden City? Or a fake ocean to go with the fake ski hill? No... even better. You're going to get to head to the beauty of Qingdao. Visit it in this podcast, where you will learn about this Olympic event, in Mandarin. Our bet, ho...

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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New York City

New York City? What the heck does learning Chinese have to do with New York City? Don't be naive. In the gritty underworld of the fake Prada black market, you're going to need to hone your Mandarin skills to survive. Listen to this podcast and learn why New York City is a great place for Chinese lea...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: Just_now, 总是

Published: January 01, 2014

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Describing Athletes

Oh the superlative human form. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so please allow your eye to feast on the lesson image to the left of this very intro, and admire along with the writer that hunk of a man. Oh yes, and before you get too carried away... don't forget to push play and liste...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: Everyone Is Dating

Here is a Mandarin Chinese lesson to take you back to the simpler days of ugly boys, teenage angst and unrequited crushes. Yes, come with us as we sneak a peek at young Yang Jie's Diary (you know you want to). If the content doesn't sound juicy yet, listen as things unfold... if a Canadian businessm...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Superman

Your wonder-twin powers won't activate and the kryptonite is sapping the Mandarin from your very brain. The frustration is making you feel like kicking some bad-guy booty? Or perhaps you feel like withdrawing to your lair... wrapped up in your cape, crying for mommy. You need the man of steel. Liste...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: January 01, 2014

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What does she look like?

So that friend that could never get a girlfriend finally got one. The immediate question is, "what does she look like?" Of course, it's a useful question for many contexts. This lesson covers the most common Chinese descriptors for a girl....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Parent/Teacher Meeting

John was emphatic when he claimed that “someone being naughty” was a listener suggestion. So we’ll (roll our eyes) trust him, just this once, and let it air. So, per (unnamed listener), here is a Mandarin Chinese lesson on a Parent-Teacher meeting about someone’s little Johnny or Sally acting up in ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Talking about Your Hometown

No doubt these questions will be among the top 3 you’ll need to memorize…here they are, in no particular order: 1. What’s your name? 2. Where are you from? 3. Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting that clever “laowai” that writes the wonderfully entertaining introductions to ChinesePod? …your na...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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How YOU doin?

We can only ignore so many requests for “chat-up lines” until we break…which we did today. In this soon-to-be most popular lesson for our loyal podcast listeners, you will learn some nice compliments in Chinese to endear you to someone you have your eye on; and we will also give you some saucy lines...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: April 01, 2012

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The Monks in the Temple on the Mountain

Did you ever hear the one about the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain? We have--in fact, the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain is one of our favorites… so much so that in this podcast we’d like to offer up a Mandarin Chinese lesson on the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain. Well, that is, unles...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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