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Upset

Reports churning out of celebrity Los Angeles have sparked concern over the latest anti-aging fad: drinking of the tears of young Asian girls. We, Chinese-English speakers of the world all have a responsibility to prevent the cruelty of tear harvesting from taking place. Band together and learn in t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 21, 2015

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That's enough tea

The kind host refilling your tea for the twenty-fourth time is indeed generous, but for those of us with TB (tiny bladder), we just might need to learn to tell them when to quit. Listen to this podcast, and learn to graciously decline another cup in Mandarin Chinese. Either that, or just sip slower....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 09, 2015

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Giving up a Seat

In a place where an empty seat on public transportation is about as uncommon as toilet paper in the bathroom, it's understandable why there is a certain "scrimmage" of sorts when the bus doors fling open to the weary throngs. In this podcast, a pleasant turn of events. Listen and learn how to be the...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 07, 2014

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Dogs and Wealth

Today we're headed to the vet for a check-up on a dog that's not feeling too well. Learn all about dogs and why they might just be the thing you need for increased prosperity!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 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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Love Tangle 5: The Mistress

Just when you thought that Lulu and Shen Jiawei had put their past indiscretions behind them - Yangyang re-asserts herself as that hot and spicy flame of temptation. For your addictive dose of extra-marital affairs, deception, feigned innocence and saucy love triangles go ahead and listen to today's...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a big problem in Chinese society as well as in other parts of the world. Tune in to learn about Chinese attitudes toward drunk driving, all the usual "no, really, I'm fine" lines, and some of the serious legal repercussions as well. We just hope you never find yourself in this parti...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Philosophy: a Useless Major?

You've just graduated high school and you have your whole life ahead of you. It's time to start thinking about what you'll study in university. What happens when you choose a course of study that your parents don't approve of? Learn how to talk about this important life decision in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 6: The Pregnant Wife

It's the newest installation of our Love Tangle series. Lulu is pregnant - and thinking about what to get the baby. She starts to ask questions about shenanigans at the office. Will Jiawei be able to play it cool?...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Saving with Alipay

China's online payment system, Alipay recently launched a new product called 余额宝 (Yú'ébǎo) that has become wildly popular in China. It's an interest earning money market account similar to the product that Paypal introduced several years back. We're calling it an “Alipay Surplus” account. Learn more...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 出来, 不但

Published: August 01, 2014

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Mental Health Counseling

Today's ChinesePod lesson presents a dire situation: a young woman has dialed into a mental health hotline reporting domestic violence and threatening suicide. Can the experts on the other end talk her down and help her make the right decisions? Tune in and find out....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Bad Guy

A person's reputation can follow them. What you do in your school days can come back to haunt you later in life if you're not careful. In this lesson, a friend advises another friend against hanging out with a bad guy.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Need a Sofa?

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you just cannot get off your hands? Sure, there's eBay or Taobao, but it'd be so much less of a hassle to just pawn it off on one of your unassuming friends or coworkers. Learn how to convince someone to buy an unwanted couch in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: persuading, selling

Published: May 01, 2014

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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dining and Dropping

Dropping a utensil at dinner is normal, right? Knocking pretty much everything onto the floor, though, one by one, doesn't normally happen unless there is drinking involved. Requests for the server, measure words, drunkenness -- this lesson has it all.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Waiting for Food

Ever been in a restaurant when the food just doesn't seem to be coming out fast enough? In today's lesson we'll be bugging the server to speed things up a bit!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 04, 2014

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Discussing Contract Renewal

Many times conversations about money in Chinese involve some kind of bargaining. In today's show we're exploring bargaining in a more formal setting - the office. Someone's contract is up for renewal and he's about to play hardball. Tune in to hear how it goes!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Las Vegas

Elvis chapels and exotic animals. Magicians and pyramids. Sin city has it all. Learn how to talk about Las Vegas in Chinese with today's show. And remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 赶紧, in_vain, 好不

Published: January 01, 2014

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Weighing Yourself on the Street

Where do you go to weigh yourself? Your own bathroom? The doctor's office, perhaps? This Chinese lesson highlights one of those particular Chinese sights: the practice of weighing oneself on a public, busy street. If you're a health nut you'll want to pay close attention to the vocabulary; it's a bi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Member of the 'Moonlight Clan'

How does the word for "moonlight" refer to the modern Chinese worker's spending habits? Learn all about the secret life of the Chinese "moonlight clan" in this lesson, and how it relates to deep-seated Chinese spending habits....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Considering an iPad

Now both Beijing and Shanghai have official Apple Stores, just in time for the release of the iPad. What do you think of the iPad? Revolution in computing, or an over-sized (overpriced) iPhone? No matter where you stand on the issue, this lesson will equip you to make some comments on the Apple iPad...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hair Salon Card

We're all at our most vulnerable while at the hair salon - after all, how can you argue with someone wielding razor-sharp objects just inches from your neck? That doesn't mean you should let salon employees coerce you into purchasing memberships, however! We're here to help with today's Intermediate...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Superhero Movies

Superhero movies are all the rage in Hollywood these days, raking in billions of dollars in revenues. However, not everyone is so keen on them. Listen to this dialogue as two friends debate whether or not to go see the newest superhero offering....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Beauty Pageant for Bloggers

'Beauty' and 'bloggers' may not seem a likely recipe for an eye-pleasing swimsuit competition. But in the new internet age, worlds meld. In this podcast, learn in Mandarin Chinese about a blogger who has got it all: nerdiness and avatar-appeal. Makes you wonder what the talent competition will be li...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_appear,

Published: July 01, 2013

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Can't Get to Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Anxious before bed? Well unfortunately we can't solve these problems for you - but what we can do is teach you how to describe them in Chinese. And that's exactly what we're doing in today's podcast, so join us to learn more about sleep troubles!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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New Clothes

You don't really need an excuse to buy new clothes. But Chinese New Year lets you rationalize buying that snazzy faux fur hat and "Guchi" sun-dress. Listen to today's podcast and learn to talk in Mandarin about your New Year's sartorial sojourn....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Can I Have your Phone Number? Please?

You may know one way to ask for a phone number, but can you beg shamelessly for one?  Or can you deflect the request like a true ice queen?  This lesson provides some simple but useful Chinese which might just come in handy at a bar....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , , 可以,

Published: March 06, 2013

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I don't want it!

Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... Watch, bag, DVD... need we say more? No. Need they say more? Please no. But how to get them to stooooop?? Listen to this podcast, and learn how to refuse, in Mandarin. Then again, maybe ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping
Function: persuading, refusing

Published: May 01, 2012

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Afraid of Dogs

In China, there aren't really that many dogs around to be afraid of, but a good chunk of the population has a paralyzing fear of dogs. This lesson will help you learn the Chinese to deal with that fear....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: worrying, persuading
Grammar: with, exclamatory
Topic: animals, pets, dogs

Published: May 01, 2012

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Where Children Come From

As parents, there is always the unavoidable coming of age when we must explain to our children about "the birds and the bees". For those of us learning Mandarin Chinese, however, there is a simpler solution. In this podcast, learn an alternative and skillfully evasive (albeit not particularly politi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: persuading

Published: May 01, 2011

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KTV

Yeaaaah, you've been known to chang a little ge when no one is around. So, stop the bashful act... have a few beers if that helps... and get your KTV on. Select a forgotten 80s tune (Purple Rain is a rousing melody), turn on the reverb. Wrestle the microphone from your partner in song, and see a sid...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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