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Give Me a Kiss

Mouths were intended to be used for so much more than speaking Chinese. Sometimes the language of love communicates better than the best vocabulary, so it never hurts to get a little lip service... In this podcast, get smoochy-smoochy with us and learn to ask for a kiss, in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 07, 2015

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Turn on the Light, Turn off the Light

Open the lights and turn off the door, er, I mean, turn on the lights and close the door... why is this so confusing? Just get in here and pretend you love me. Close the lights if you have to. In this podcast, a Mandarin Chinese lesson on how to turn on/off the lights....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 29, 2014

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Please Speak Chinese

You've just stepped out from the office when a frenzied pack of language students senses your presence and rushes over with English greetings. We've all been there and know this is one of those things about China that can be both sweet as well as incredibly frustrating. How you deal with it is your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: language

Published: November 21, 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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Stand Up!

Even if you’re going to get by for the first while learning a new language using the universal language, charades, you’ll love to learn these initial basic actions in Mandarin Chinese, just in case they can’t guess. In this podcast, follow along with some basic action words in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting
Topic: actions

Published: October 10, 2014

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Salt and Pepper

We're not talking about the Grammy Award winning female hip-hop artists who sang Push It, and we're not talking about MSG and chilies. We're talking about the most basic of basics and something you'll definitely need if you want a taste of home. In this podcast, you'll learn how to ask for salt and ...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 22, 2014

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I want coffee!

China has the soy bean, hairy bean, and the mung bean. What about the coffee bean? In today's podcast, you'll learn how to get your daily dose, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: September 17, 2014

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Stuffy Room

Is it any wonder that Chinese uses the same character for "stuffy" and "depressed"? In this podcast, learn how to use Mandarin to complain about a hot, stuffy room. Better still, learn what to do about it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: September 15, 2014

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Hard Drive Storage

Now that Moore's Law has gotten bored with desktop computers and moved on to smartphones, we don't often find ourselves replacing entire office computers. The amount of data we store is only increasing, though. In this lesson, learn how to discuss your needs for more hard drive storage....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Finding a Taxi

We assume that, as a beginner, deciphering the schedule for the airport bus might be just a little stressful, so put off breaking into that duty-free you bought for 10 minutes or so and get yourself far, far away from the mayhem that is an Asian airport. In this podcast, you will learn how to find a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: August 20, 2014

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Tool Delivery

Whether you're making tables or making babies, you've come to the right place. Not for the faint of heart, this lesson teaches you all the Chinese vocabulary you're going to need to know to be able to ask for your hammer... or your scalpel. Listen in and find out what the heck is going on here. (Dis...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting

Published: June 01, 2014

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I Said COLD Cola

In China, getting a cold drink can be difficult. Many locals prefer not to drink very cold drinks and often times if you want a beverage served cold, you need to ask. In this lesson, learn how to get yourself an icy cold drink.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: requesting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Story Time

Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Let Me Off!

Buses in big cities take you where you want to go, but not exactly where you want to go. Often times, you might fly by your destination and have to double back. In this lesson, a couple try to get off the bus on their own terms, only to find that they've got to wait.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ovens and Microwaves

When looking for an apartment, what's the most important room for you? In this lesson, our “foreign friend” is especially interested in seeing the kitchen in his potential apartment in China. Although it becomes clear quite quickly that kitchens are a bit different in China.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: requesting

Published: May 01, 2014

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Getting Water Delivered

There was once a fair maiden who lived five stories up, no water to drink, not even a cup. How DOES a princess hire a 60 year old man to carry a five gallon jug of water up the stairs? Using this podcast! And you too can quench your thirst for Mandarin with a Chinese lesson about how to get water de...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Wake-up Call

No, this isn't the mid-evening call soliciting those 'other' services provided at certain questionable establishments... this is the all important, rip you from the womb of your 400 count Egyptian cotton fluffy feather pillowed bliss morning call. Now, you're gonna want to make sure your Chinese '4'...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: May 01, 2014

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What Toy Do You Want?

For parents throughout the world, buying toys is a losing battle. As soon as a youngsters get one toy in their hands, a different toy begins to occupy their attention. In this lesson, witness a parent's struggles and learn how to talk about what you want and learn to make suggestions. Also, be sure ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: requesting
Topic: child, toys

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hot Sauce

Those noodles could use a little bit of a kick, huh? Be careful with that hot sauce though. You might be in for more than you bargained for. In this lesson, someone finds this out the hard way.  ...

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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Getting an Official Receipt

If you intend to claim something as an expense in China, you need an "official receipt" (AKA "fapiao"). So don't just fight over the bill -- make sure you get this government-issued scrap of paper to make it official. Learn the magic words in this Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting, choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 4: Chinese Breakfast

We're back with another useful lesson for the hotel-staffing Chinese learner. Hotel guests highly value their breakfast. Today's lesson will teach you how to direct guests to their morning vittles.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 3: Slippers, Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Everyone forgets the essentials sometimes when they travel. What's a poor traveler to do without their toothbrush? Listen in as a forgetful hotel guest asks hotel staff for vital necessities in Mandarin Chinese and learn how to do the same yourself!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting

Published: May 01, 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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Asking for a Phone Number

In this lesson, improve your Mandarin skills by practicing how to ask for a cell phone number. As cell phone numbers in China tend to be 11 digits long, it might take a big of getting used to....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Requesting a Napkin

If you've given up on using chopsticks and haven't studied our lesson on requesting a fork yet, you may just have to pretend that where you come from, eating with your hands is a sign of respect for the chef. No problem! In some places it probably is. But when you're done, don't forget this importan...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking, requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directory Assistance

You may be feeling stranded, lost, confused... but you are never alone. That's right--a friendly robotic lady voice and soothing Kenny G ballad are just a phone call away. Listen to this podcast, and learn the Mandarin Chinese language you'll need to make that inevitably necessary call to Directory ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Clogged Toilet

Though your instinct may be to scream and run, a clogged toilet just isn’t going to go away, as we all know. Since you insist on throwing your toilet paper into the toilet (unlike the locals, who know better!), you will likely shortly be in need of this lesson. In this podcast learn how to use your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Custom-Made Shoes

Getting shoes that fit properly can be a challenge for many a foreigner in China. Luckily, there are many places where one can have shoes custom made to fit, all while sporting a new style. In this lesson, someone goes to a custom shoe store to satisfy what turns out to be an urgent need....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Calling a Moving Company

Moving into a new place can be fun, but getting all your stuff from one place to another can be quite an ordeal. In this lesson, someone calls a moving company and asks them how much it'll cost....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Checking Baggage

You have an inkling from a post-packing teeter on the bathroom scale that your baggage may be overweight. Your only hope to avoid overweight fees is charming that handsome check-in clerk with a batting of eyes and barrage of Chinese. That, or employing strategic passport placement to cover the scale...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 08, 2013

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Transferring a Call

Some people worry about the internationalization of call centers. Not us though. What could be more pleasant than getting transferred to a customer service center in Shenzhen? Life is filled with unexpected opportunities for language practice. Listen in to this podcast, and soon you'll be asking for...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Hangzhou

The city on West Lake is beloved across China for its romantic atmosphere, glorious history, and tasty cuisine. In this podcast, let's take a culinary excursion to the lovely city of Hangzhou....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: June 01, 2013

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These Napkins Ain't Free

Sometimes we take for granted the little things offered to us for free at many restaurants. In today's lesson, we'll be learning about a particularly useful item that many restaurants in China ask you to pay for....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Don't do that!

A few subway tips you might not be aware of: 1. The process of letting those on the subway off before boarding has not yet caught on; 2. Mobile ring tones are downloaded so owner and train neighbors can hear – meaning you’ll be treated to 90 seconds of a Backstreet Boy weeping; and 3. The process of...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

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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Get in line!

For those amongst us who have taken it upon themselves to provide community service in the form of 'Line Management Consulting and Enforcement' and hope to leave a trail of orderly lines behind as their legacy, we provide this podcast. Learn how to confront the offender and whip that line into shape...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Asking for leave

Everybody needs a little time away... and in this podcast you're going to learn how to ask for it in Chinese.  With the plethora of guests you're going to be fielding in your new found home away from home, chances are this will be high-frequency vocab for you.  So listen in and learn... and get read...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting
Grammar: , ,

Published: April 02, 2013

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Hotel Essentials

Now you’ve used your Mandarin skills to find the hotel, check-in, order in some room service—but wait! There is something essential you forgot to learn how to say. In this podcast, we aid you in making a phone call to the front desk to ask for some essential items, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 2013

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I Want to Buy this One

China is a shoppers’ heaven, and in this podcast lesson you’ll learn some key phrases in Mandarin Chinese to help you navigate the markets and shopping streets and get what you want. You’ll learn how to identify the items you want, and ask how much they are. You’ll also learn the colloquial term for...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: March 12, 2013

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Tea Refill

Are you one of those people that doesn't like to waste money on beverages in restaurants and instead just asks for water?  Yeah, so are we.  So in China, we naturally ask for tea.  In this lesson, learn how to make sure that drink you're getting is free....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 07, 2013

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Forks and Spoons

True, asking for a fork is pretty much "giving up" when you're living in China, but there are times when it's not so frowned upon.  And a spoon is basically always OK; eating soup with chopsticks is not for everyone.  Learn this key vocabulary in our Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: requesting
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 07, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Inner Mongolia

In today's podcast, our Hungry Travelers are off to Inner Mongolia. Grab a leg of lamb, and slurp down some milk tea, and learn all about this hearty food in Chinese!...

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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A Ticket to Suzhou

“In the sky there’s heaven, on the earth there’s Suzhou”. Coming in as the 335th city the Chinese call “Venice of the East”, it would be a shame not to spend a few days here. In this podcast, Jenny and Ken maneuver you through the canals of a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying a train ticket to Suzho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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Clearing the Table

A vain flap of the hand. A loud throat clear. A futile effort at eye contact. You want a waiter and you want one now. How you gonna find one? That's right. Start hollering. Hey, you're not tipping so you get what you pay for. Here's how to ask your waiter to clear your dishes away, in Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food
Grammar: to_come_over

Published: May 01, 2010

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