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Chinese Breakfast

The visions you're having of glistening bacon and bottomless coffee might very soon be dashed. A lumpy curdled bowl of soy product and noodles a la oil don't appeal at 7:00 am? Wait till you taste... you just might come over to the Chinese side of breaky. This ain't no mini-wheats. 5,000 years in th...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 02, 2015

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Vegetarian Eating

In a country known for its “Beijing Duck”, Inner “Mongolian Hot Pot” and “Pork Dumplings,” should you not be a carnivore, you’ll need to know how to say “vegetarian”–a lot vegetable dishes even have a smattering of meat. In this podcast, we help you learn how to explain in Mandarin Chinese that you ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, health
Function: ordering_food

Published: October 03, 2014

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Munich

In today's lesson, you'll learn to talk in Mandarin about magnificent Munich! This vibrant, fun-loving city is waiting for you-- hurry up and see what everyone's talking about!...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: ordering_food

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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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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Too Picky

You may feel that it is your God-given right to not have the eyes of your shrimp staring back at you from the plate. Or that bones in your fish are nothing but a potential throat-lodging disaster. But keep in mind, there are others in distant lands who feel that chewing a bagel with cream cheese has...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Diet Coke

No, ChinesePod has not sold out. We have not succumbed to target marketing, multinational corporate conspiracies, nor do we endorse one cola over another (though in the blind taste test challenge, admittedly, had a favorite). This lesson is simply for those of us who want a Diet Coke. Here's how to ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Macao

When you mix a Portuguese bun with a Chinese egg roll, what do you get? Is there any hope of a compatible union for these two unlikely partners in calories? This edition of the Hungry Traveler takes us to the shores of Macao. The Las Vegas of China, where one can only hope to find all-you-can-eat bu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: ordering_food

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Hong Kong

In another edition of the Hungry Traveler, we find ourselves in HK. The city full of millionaires, movie stars, fast cars, and... food! It's all about the dim sum baby. When you hear that squeaky cart roll by your table, you have to think fast. Decisions... decisions. What culinary delights will our...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: ordering_food

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering Noodles

The Chinese claim to have discovered the key to a long life... eating noodles on your birthday. While they struggle for immortality, you the Newbie can start with a little mortality, and learn how to order some in Mandarin. Your own struggle may have less to do with life and more to do with slippery...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 想(xiǎng)

Published: April 12, 2014

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Rice First

Some foreigners think there's a conspiracy to deprive them of enjoying rice with their meal in China. In fact, it's just a Chinese custom which might seem strange to you. Here's a helpful tip: if you want to eat your rice with your meal, you can always ask them to bring out the rice first. Learn to...

Host: Jason, Cynthia

Published: April 02, 2014

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Hold the MSG

Some people are addicted to coke, others to crystal meth, but for the Chinese, the white powder of choice is none other than MSG. True, the MSG high leads to jacked up tasting pleasure, but if you want to avoid the crash, you might want to ‘just say no.’ Listen to this podcast to learn how--do your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Some Food Clarifications

Menus in China often come with the aid of pictures, but that doesn't always make it clear what's in a dish. In this lesson, two friends are deciding what they want to eat off of a menu, only to find that things need a bit of clarification....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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Noodles without Cilantro

At ChinesePod, we not only care about helping you learn Mandarin, we also want to help your social standing…and, to be honest, herbs in the teeth a cool cat do not make. So, in this podcast, here’s what we can do: teach you how to order those tasty noodles, but without the either loathed or loved ci...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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How spicy?

When your mouth is on fire and the only thing within reach with which to douse the flames is a tiny cup of hot tea, you had better be wise enough to take precautionary measures. In this lesson, learn how to avoid the potentially high cost of mouth skin grafts, and take control of your oral inferno, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Chinese Seasonings

The little extras you'll have to crown your food masterpiece with on this side of the world may just turn out to be a little different than the humble yet revered fixings you're accustomed to back home. Come to think of it, the foods you'll like to adorn here aren't the most ketchup-and-mustard-frie...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Sichuan

We call it Szechuan, they call it Sichuan. Does Ants on a Tree really come with ants? Was it just a novelty dish? All just a joke on the American public? Well, now is your chance to find out. Learn about the Chinese cuisine embraced the world over: the hot and spicy Sichuan. And while you're at it, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 06, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Shanghai

Our Hungry Traveler series is taking us to the Pearl of the Orient today. Join us as we explore some of the delicacies that make Shanghai's food so special. We're covering two essential street-side snacks!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Dongbei

Northeastern Chinese are known for their hearty appetites and hilarious accents. In today's Mandarin podcast, let's look at a few specialties from China's northeast. Learn how to talk in Mandarin about the cooking and culture of China's Rustbelt....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar:

Published: June 01, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Halal

China is a country of diverse eating and drinking habits. In today's podcast, you'll learn how to talk in Mandarin about avoiding foods for religious reasons. If you don't dig on swine, this is the lesson for you....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 3: The Jealous Friend

The “lucky color” red doesn’t go well with green--especially when the latter is brought on by a fit of jealousy. Catching up with girlfriend/boyfriend Chen Li and Zhang Liang, we find out that there’s a (tiny) possessive side to one of Chen Li’s friends. Better start writing that diary in code! In t...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: certainty, 根本, tone

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 1: A Fated Meeting

It’s the classic (21st century, Chinese) love tale: a couple meets online (QQ, most likely), start talking (BBS, no doubt) and then meet in person for the first time. If we could spell the word “serendipitous” we’d use it here. Witness it all in the form of a podcast depicting one of those (a little...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Having Food Delivered

With the, ahem, “affordability” of DVD’s here, you might find yourself three seasons into a show you’ve never even heard of (see: “The Pretender”) and not wanting to go all the way downstairs and 50 feet to the right. So, you either snack on those cold chicken feet your neighbor gave you, or you ord...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: May 01, 2013

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The Doggy Bag

Oh sure – you come over with a good 6 inches on the average Chinese person, thinking that half-a-foot will make you the leader in FAT (Food Acquisition Tolerance), but that egg you’re eyeing is about to be on your face. They can put it away; you can’t. So either concede culinary conquest, or hide be...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: May 01, 2013

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Ordering Fancy Coffee

Sometimes ordering a plain old coffee, or even a latte isn't enough. In this lesson, learn how to get fancy with your coffee orders in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 还是

Published: March 26, 2013

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Asking About Prices

When buying something in China, it's best to ask the price first as prices in many places are not posted. In this lesson, learn how to ask how much something costs and make a purchase....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: 什么, , ,

Published: March 22, 2013

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How do you Take your Coffee?

Coffee drinking is on the rise in China, and nowadays it's easy to get a cup of joe in cities throughout China. In this lesson, learn how to ask for coffee just the way you like it....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 想(xiǎng)

Published: March 12, 2013

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American Breakfast

While the writer cannot believe “grits” and “biscuits and gravy” were not included on the list of an “American Breakfast,” his contract stipulates that he still has to write this. So, (begrudgingly) here’s a lesson on that oh-so-important first meal. And if you don’t fancy having rice or noodles wit...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Fast Food

In certain groups, McDonalds has been renamed the “McEmbassy” – and no matter how much you tell yourself you won’t, you will end up caving in to that craving for something familiar. So what would a burger order sound like? A super-sized lesson, that’s what. Listen in to this podcast and learn how to...

Topic: greetings, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Do you have a menu?

Restaurant culture is a huge part of life in China, and you won’t want to miss out on some of the world’s most interesting cuisine just because you can’t ask for a menu in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast lesson you’ll learn the vital phrase “do you have” (just insert toilet, bar, receipt, headache...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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