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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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Moving

Don't think of moving house as a pain. Think of it as an excuse for throwing a house-warming bash. Invite us! We'll bring a nice plant. In this podcast, learn how to tell someone that you are moving, using Mandarin Chinese. And, who knows... the more people you try out these phrases on, the more cha...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 12, 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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Going to Wudang Mountain

During the holidays, many people on the Chinese mainland head to one of eight special mountains. Perhaps the best know are the four Buddhist mountains, like Huangshan and Emei Shan. Not to be neglected are their siblings, the four Taoist mountains. In today's lesson, learn all about one of these ver...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Starting a Company in China

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in China. Whether it's expats opening a company, or local Chinese doing the same, the waiting periods, the paperwork, and the registration with different departments can all be a huge headache! Join us at ChinesePod today as we explore some of the termino...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Taxi Destination

You feel like you've won the battle by actually getting one to stop--though you had to beat off your street corner contenders to do it. All is fair in the battle for the cab... you claimed this curb first. But now, as you settle into the not-so-white white seat covers, don't lose the war. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: where, 一下

Published: August 18, 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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Business Trip in Kunming

Business travel can be stressful with all the meetings, but it does have its perks. In this lesson, two friends talk about the advantages of a life out on the road for the company.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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For the Love of Pale Skin

Chinese culture (and the ladies in particular) tends to prize pale skin. East Asian ladies of all nationalities, in fact, will go to great lengths to keep their skin as white as possible, employing anti-UV umbrellas and various creams. The Chinese have recently taken the obsession to new heights wit...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 似的, 多亏

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bangkok

One lesson about Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy... One lesson about Bangkok and the tough guys tumble... Can't be too careful with your Mandarin Chinese study. Listen to this podcast and get yourself in the Oriental setting. You'll be speaking better Chinese th...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: June 01, 2014

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Language Power Struggle

A battle of wills. Language domination. Do not relinquish your position. The only way to survive the language power struggle is to arm yourself with grammar and vocab. Only the fluent will survive. In this podcast, learn the Chinese to control the conversation when that inevitable eager language 'fr...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Asking for Sick Leave

Even the hardest-working employees need a break sometimes! Whether you're actually sick or not, knowing how to ask your Chinese boss for a bit of time off is a highly important skill. Learn how to do so in today's elementary lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Equestrian

Long before Catherine the Great made equestrian famous, people used to jump things on horseback. But not in China. Considering their stature and overuse of the word ma, if any nation should dominate a sport, it's the Chinese in equestrian. Sadly this isn't the case, due to an ancient declaration of ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Tomb Sweeping Day

Today is Tomb Sweeping Day. The special day of paying respect to ancestors, lighting incense, making burnt offerings, and, like any self-respecting Chinese holiday... lighting off firecrackers. The holiday also favored by those with money to burn. So open up your wallet, light up your money, and li...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Art Museum

Everyone knows there are a lot of fakes in China. Fake prada, fake watches, fake art students... yes, those too. So stay away from those sweet looking Nanjing Lu predators, and stick to the real art museums of China. Where treasures of jade bok choy and 50,000 renditions of West Lake lie awaiting yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: art

Published: May 01, 2014

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Cheering

Whether you've headed to this lesson because you're feeling a little lethargic in your study efforts, or because the idea of a cheerleader egging you on brings you some sort of post-jock high school flashback comfort, you're sure to gain a little spring in your step. Listen to this podcast when you'...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Going Dutch

The 'Warring Bills' period of Chinese history is officially over for all ChinesePod users. An international treating treaty has been declared, and it involves a handy little phrase that will be an instrument in achieving restaurant check peace. Listen to this podcast to learn what it is, and make yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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War Zone

We assume you will never be a foreign soldier in a Chinese army, and sincerely hope that world peace is attained and this lesson will soon be obsolete. However, after 955 lessons it was about time that we taught you how to 'charge' in Mandarin. Don't forget that this vocabulary can also be applied i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Visiting a Friend's Room

Today's show covers important language for anyone planning on visiting a friend in a doorman building. Learn the basics for interacting with security, 保安(bǎo'ān), in today's helpful ChinesePod lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 1: Welcome to the Hilton!

Imagine that you work at the Hilton in New York City, and you're tasked with welcoming Chinese guests in Mandarin. You better know exactly what to say, and this Chinese lesson covers exactly that.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Number Two

Writing classy lessons about bodily functions may be considered a difficult task by some. One lesson better left to the naughty neighborhood kids, perhaps. But, we at ChinesePod know that there are certain times where acting out what you are trying to get across in polite company is just a big no-no...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Fans at Andy Lau's Concert

ChinesePod is heading to a concert today - not just any concert, but one of megastar Andy Lau's. Join us today to learn the Chinese you'll need to know when going to your next live show, and an answer to perhaps an even bigger question: is this guy still relevant?...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_start_to

Published: January 01, 2014

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Carpooling

It saves the environment. It saves you money. It helps you make new friends. What's there not to like about carpooling? Learn all about how to ask Chinese friends and colleagues about packin' in and sharing a ride in today's intermediate lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, money, car

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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No Fear of Street Food

Steaming hot soups, fried cakes and just about anything barbecued on a skewer - yep, it's street food! Of course, cooking anything outside on a Chinese city street isn't the cleanest of activities. In this lesson, two friends debate whether or not to partake in the feast....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, snacks
Grammar: , , both..._and

Published: January 01, 2014

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Tropical Fish

Who says raising fish is easy? In this lesson, someone is preparing a small aquarium for their apartment. However, getting everything set up properly will take a bit of doing....

Host: Jenny, Shanell
Grammar: emphatic, 而且
Topic: fish

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sales: Understanding a Customer's Needs

The art of sales is no easy one. In this lesson, a seasoned saleswoman shares her tips on relating to customers and making a sale....

Host: Jenny, John

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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Booking a Plane Ticket

Our businessman friend, Peter, has sobered up and accepted the exciting offer of touring the factory he is considering buying product from in China. But he's got to get there first. Since China is a little bit bigger than he had anticipated when he booked and then subsequently cancelled the 52 hour ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: July 01, 2013

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Excited About Traveling

Oh boy, oh boy! You're going traveling soon, and you just can't wait! Tell all your friends in perfect Mandarin Chinese that you are going to be taking a trip soon. Today's podcast is all about the fun of looking forward to a vacation....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: visit, tour, tourism

Published: June 01, 2013

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Mother's Day

Once a year people across the world celebrate the women who brought them into the world. Join us today as we cover some of the essentials for wishing mom a wonderful Mother's Day!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Future Goals

What are your plans for the future? Think that this question ends after you walk out of your guidance counselor’s office? “Think two times” (Chinglish for “twice”). In this podcast, we offer up a monologue on business plans in Mandarin Chinese. Listen and learn…you might just get some good ideas!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, business
Grammar: from

Published: June 01, 2013

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Travel Itinerary

Having a travel itinerary in place is no problem in China.  You can take a tour and be ushered along to a string of jade factories, miracle pearl cream shops, dramatic burn-healing remedy demonstrations and, uh, another jade factory... oh, yeah, and to the Great Wall too, if you're lucky!  In this p...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 然后,

Published: April 12, 2013

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Finishing Work for the Weekend

At the end of the work week things generally wind down. But for some people, Fridays are the busiest. Check out today's lesson to learn about a person who's trying to cram everything in before the weekend. Jenny and John will also be discussing the very common practice of working overtime: 加班 (jiābā...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 26, 2013

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Help with Housework

For the record, we're a clean podcast. But every now and then we make a mess. But does a podcast listed in Time Magazine clean up after itself? Absolutely not! We delegate.This is where you learn the Mandarin you need to get that Chinese housework done....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , to_think

Published: May 01, 2012

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