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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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After You

It's only been rumored to have ever happened in this city once, and that was from a Canadian tourist who was visiting from the Niagara falls region, and to this day we haven't found any witnesses to confirm this ever took place. In this podcast, a model lesson in Mandarin Chinese from a model world ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking
Topic: etiquette

Published: December 24, 2014

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Thanking a Hospitable Friend

If you've ever had the fortune of being "taken care of" by a Chinese friend while in China, then you know how truly hospitable the Chinese can be. When it comes time to say farewell, though, you may have a little trouble expressing the depths of your gratitude. This Chinese lesson is just what you n...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: thanking, inviting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Thank You and Sorry

No matter how linguistically well-prepared you may be when you visit China for the first time (all thanks to ChinesePod, of course!), you'll still inevitably encounter any number of awkward and embarrassing situations that will require a basic exchange of niceties in the local language. Today's newb...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Key Card

Just when you learned the Chinese word for 'key', technology had to come in and mess it all up for you. In this podcast, check-in to your hotel with us, in Mandarin, and feel the sense of accomplishment of finding your room, all in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Bumming a Smoke

Your doctor tells you to quit, the surgeon general's cancer warning on the pack kinda freaks you out, but the artist in you can't get those wispy smoke-filled 'In the Mood for Love' scenes out of your mind. You didn't come to the only place on the planet where smoking in pubs hasn't been banned yet ...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Pretty Clothes

Fabric markets, little shops, department stores, Taobao... cheap and cheerful clothes abound in China. You're feeling like a knock-out in your knock-offs, and now that you're going to be looking so pretty, better learn how to accept a compliment. In this podcast, learn how to comment on clothing, an...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Asking for English Books

You're in the place aptly dubbed "Book City," and the masses of Chinese characters overwhelm you like the masses of humanity you just jostled through to find the information counter. Not an ABC in sight. So, how to get the elusive English book you seek (or at least a procurable substitute)? Listen t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking

Published: April 01, 2014

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How are you?

Nervous about how to get past that initial “good morning”? Well, nothing better than to ask a question, naturally, “how are you?” Here’s a great basic lesson that will get you through all your “good morning” greets. In this podcast you will learn how to give and respond to greetings in Mandarin Chin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: etiquette

Published: April 01, 2014

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Riding the Elevator

Granted, you might get some stares for just being in an elevator, but your situation might improve if you could actually use your Mandarin Chinese to tell the attendant to which floor you're headed. Thus, the podcast. Next stop: Mandarin on Your Terms (obvious, yes, but we get away with it because w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 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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Don't Drink the Water

To drink the tap water, or not to drink; that is the question. In this podcast you will learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to warn someone not to drink the tap water; as well as how to ask what is wrong with it, and how to tell someone that the water is unsanitary. Not only that, but you will also le...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: travel, health

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bank Hours

You've camped out for U2 tickets, queued for boxing day sales... but the bank? Waiting outside the bank before it opens is a national pastime and community social event in China. So take your number (ah, so this is why they line up at the screech of dawn), take a seat and hunker down for your lesson...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Special Green Hat

Gifts range from the practical to the extravagant, and in today's lesson we're learning about both the language and culture of gift-giving in China. It might be news to you, but green hats are a big no-no. Find out why by tuning in!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Asking for a Raise

Today's lesson focuses on a conversation between an employee and his boss. Learn the language appropriate for dealing with superiors, and find out how to ask for that raise you've been wanting - in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Picking Up a Friend at the Airport

Your friend just got off of a long haul flight. He's got nasty bed-head and his breath could kill a small animal. But even that can't deter you from doing your duties as a proper Chinese host and meeting him at the airport. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn how to greet your friend at the airport....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 03, 2013

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A Thanksgiving Phone Call

It's the time of the year when Americans (and even some Canadians, too) give thanks for the good things in their lives. Today we're listening to a conversation between a mother and son - and there's a great Thanksgiving surprise at the end!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Business Cards

Business cards. In China they’re handed out for any and every reason… but what do you say when you get one? “Thanks” might seem a little bland, but then again, “WOW! You’ve such fine taste in paper!” might be a bit over the top. So then what? Better find out; you’ll be doing it about 12 times a day....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: name, work, business

Published: April 02, 2013

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Checking into a Hotel

If you're planning on spending a night in a Chinese hotel, as a foreigner, you better have your passport ready. In this lesson, learn those magic Chinese phrases that will land you in a hotel room.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 是_(shì)

Published: March 12, 2013

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Dialect Party Mix

Lots of lessons under your belt and you’re feeling a bit sure of yourself these days, so here’s an intro to a few of the 1500 regional dialects here in China to bring you back down to us. In this podcast you will learn a few key phrases in a couple of the major dialects of China. Be nice and we’ll o...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, etiquette

Published: April 01, 2012

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