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The Traffic Jam

We know you listen while you’re on the subway, but we’ll put our China commute up against yours any day. In this podcast, we’ll take advantage of your gridlock to teach you “gridlock”. You’ll also learn to talk about how you get to work every day, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation
Grammar: 明白

Published: May 01, 2015

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Paying the Bill

You’ve had the Beijing Duck not to mention an ill-advised attempt at eating “chao mian” with chopsticks, and now it’s time to pay. Who gets the bill? The bigger man, that’s who. Save face by expensing it out. In this podcast you will learn how to request the bill in a Chinese restaurant, as well as ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 15, 2015

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Buying a Newspaper

At this juncture, we know some of you bespectacled types are going to show-off your 4,000 character-plus savvy and say you read the Chinese newspaper. This lesson, however, is about options. Some of us lazy types just want to know what's going on in the world, without losing our eyesight over mornin...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 30, 2015

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How have you been?

When faced with the 'Do Chinese people really say ni hao ma or are they just succumbing to Englese' quandary, here is a lesson you can use to circumvent these deep unanswerable how-are-you-dilemmas. An alternative greeting option in Mandarin. In this podcast, learn how to ask after a peep in all new...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 28, 2015

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Getting Nationalities Straight

One question that a foreigner will continually be asked in China is "Where are you from?".  In this lesson, learn how to talk about where someone is from in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 26, 2015

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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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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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Are You Tired?

Discovering these 800-plus podcast lessons, likely you've been up for days, listening. You're not tired yet, due to the language-learning high that doesn't wear off until after lesson 452. However, a language full of sh's has been known to produce a trance-like sleepy state. The cure: just turn up t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 19, 2015

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How is business?

Now, due to being asked so many personal questions by nosy neighbors, we know you all were waiting for the lesson on 'none of your business.' However, in addition to gossip, doing business in China is another great topic of conversation. Listen in to this podcast and learn to turn the conversation a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 16, 2015

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Do you have a girlfriend?

Of course, being a single man-about-town in a city chock-full of laowai-hungry gals this phrase will not come in handy at all. But, on the off-chance you find yourself being pursued, listen to this podcast and learn the language of getting hit-on, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 14, 2015

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Forget It

Quite possibly the most useful phrase around, 'forget it' has been well-used by many a sulky teenager, dejected lover, pms-ing girlfriend and/or frustrated communicator. Listen in to this podcast, and learn how to get the most out of this multi-faceted conversation concluder, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: weather

Published: January 12, 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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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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So Tall!

Granted, the 'you're tall' compliments have gotten fewer and farther between since Yao Ming had to come on the scene and wreck it for all of us. However, you can still milk some around here... just get some high heeled boots. Listen to this podcast, which will teach you not only to tell someone your...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, numbers

Published: January 05, 2015

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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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A Present from Santa Claus

A crazy man with a white fu manchu and white hair seems to have infiltrated your house. You get your nunchucks out from under your bed, poised to karate chop him. But wait. You've been spending a leeetle too much time studying Mandarin... keep your Chinese whipping stars in the closet--this isn't so...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 31, 2014

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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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Before Noon, After Noon

The unending feud between those annoying morning people and their alter-egos, the 'night cats' comes to a Chinese lesson today. Listen in as pre-noon takes on post-noon, chipper good mornings take on groggy good afternoons. Listen and learn in Mandarin how to do battle for control of the alarm clock...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 26, 2014

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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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Time to Go

No, this is not another in our 'taking the classroom to the bathroom' series of Mandarin lessons. Rather, this lesson is about having to get going. So, next time you're waiting as your significant other is performing their getting ready ritual, you will have the words to get him/her rolling. Listen ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 22, 2014

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Too Much to Drink

Don't be fooled by the bottles of Russian vodka collecting dust by our water cooler, or the small bottle of baijiu on Amber's desk: the drug of choice here at ChinesePod is caffeine. And while it may be socially-acceptable to quaff a few cups of either while working, one too many will shoot your jud...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 19, 2014

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Knowing the Teacher

Listening to ChinesePod podcasts every day, one gets to know many profound things from teachers Ken and Jenny. But of course, to quote the infamous Miss Zhu, there are many layers in meat, many layers to learning Mandarin, and... to add another... many layers of 'knowing' things. Learn in this lesso...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 17, 2014

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Eating Tofu

So, you're thinking a lesson on eating tofu sounds about as bland as that spongy white square of mush on your plate? That's what you thought... Truth is, there is nothing more racy than an affinity for 'eating tofu.' Confused? Don't let someone else have the last laugh. Listen to this podcast and fi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, food

Published: December 15, 2014

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Too Fat

Finally, a place where to be fat is to be glorious. So, next time your friend tells you've gotten fat since coming to China, don't start looking for some fad no-rice carbo diet. Bask in all your paunchy grandeur. You've come to the right place! Listen to this podcast, to learn how to talk fat with t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 12, 2014

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Finding the Teacher

The title of this lesson may bring back painful childhood memories of that field trip to the museum; the one where you got lost somewhere between the Egyptian pharaohs and the Chinese cabbage carved from jade. Maybe it was that self same ethereal cabbage that inspired you to learn Mandarin. So here ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 10, 2014

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Something to Do Tomorrow

With a new ChinesePod podcast coming out every day, all Cpoddies everywhere always have something to do tomorrow. So, listen to this lesson on how to tell someone you've got stuff goin' on. (Also comes in handy as an excuse for deflecting unwanted Karaoke invitations.)...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 08, 2014

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Phone Call for the Boss

With the chorus of cell phones belting out staticky Chinese pop songs and Crazy Frog remixes, identifying your ring tone can be a challenge, at best. In this podcast, learn how to identify whose phone is ringing, in Mandarin, and save your already half-deaf ears from the mad cacophony. Or, better ye...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: December 05, 2014

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Pumpkin Food

While Linus is keeping his Great Pumpkin vigil in the pumpkin patch, his counterparts in China are doing their own chowing down on the culinary delights that pumpkin season brings. Listen in to this podcast, and learn in Mandarin what the Chinese do with their leftover jack-o-lanterns as the fall a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 03, 2014

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A Ghost Outside

With Halloween making its marketing inroads to modern China, the ghosts are sure to follow. Turn out the lights, shine a flashlight on your face and get spooky, with some ghost stories in Mandarin. Listen to this podcast and learn some shivers-up-the-spine Chinese words to help you. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: holidays
Function: warning

Published: December 01, 2014

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Going to the Museum

Remember the days of field trips? Now, field trips in podcast-land aren't to the zoo; nor are they to the waterslides park (though that can be arranged!) Instead, we want you to do something educational and character-building... like going to the museum! Since we can't physically take you to the mus...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: history

Published: November 28, 2014

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Ice Cream

The kids are eating it. The old people are eating it. The babies are smooshing it into their faces and hair. The lady that sells stinky tofu sells it. The meat market man even sells it. We can't make it through the hot summer without it. Summer in China is an ice cream eating bonanza. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, food

Published: November 26, 2014

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Sweet Watermelon

You know it's summertime when those trucks roll into the city, feeding streetside stalls thronging with business as the evening ambles home. Ask anyone who lives here: watermelon is a small joy of life in China. But no one will force it on you. And to get it, you've got to know how to ask for it in ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: November 24, 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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I forgot your name

Now, we know that when names consist mainly of a medley of Xs, Qs and Zs, it can be easy to lose it under pressure. So, when that friend that you just ran into is looking into your eyes with an anticipative look, you might just, understandably, come up short. This situation affords two choices: call...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 19, 2014

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Confession of Love

Men, at times, find comprehending the female nature a perplexing and bewildering endeavor. However, leave it to this podcast to teach you the three magic words that women the world over, no matter what race, religion or language group, love to hear. (If only life were really that simple.) In this le...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 17, 2014

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I'm bored

With the onset of summer vacation, mothers everywhere are familiar with the refrain: "I'm bored!" Now, if you decide to join the kids in a two-month long loafing, better get your whining down pat. In this podcast, learn how to complain about being bored, in Mandarin Chinese. Alternatively... researc...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: feelings

Published: November 14, 2014

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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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My Cat

There are cats to love (white, fluffy kittens) and cats to hate (those gold ones waving their strange little arm at the till in the Chinese restaurant). However, love them or hate them, you probably wouldn't mind a little one to keep you company (they make patient language partners). If so, you're g...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 10, 2014

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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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My Dog

There are dogs to love (big, drooly, friendly pups) and dogs to love (loyal, best friend mutts)... hey--who doesn't love pooches? (No offense to the cat lesson.) Now, we know you've probably got a wallet full of photos to pull out and show off, but first, learn from this podcast how to throw a few d...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: animals, pets, dogs

Published: November 05, 2014

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Repeat after Me

Though we all wish we sounded like Jenny when we repeat after her, the old adage is true, that practice makes (well, almost) perfect. So don't give up! Put Jenny on in your headphones day in and day out, and you'll be guaranteed to be sounding more sweet and adorable within the week. Of course, if y...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 03, 2014

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I Miss Daddy!

Today's podcast will teach you how to call your loved ones and tell them how much you miss them, all in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: all, to_miss

Published: October 31, 2014

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Feminine Products

A man writes these intros. He doesn’t have a “special time” each month. He also realizes that being funny about needing feminine products isn’t funny. So he’ll simply say, “Here’s a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying tampons.” He now feels uncomfortable. But hopes you find this podcast useful....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 30, 2014

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Too Heavy!

We at ChinesePod are always ready to give you a hand as you learn Mandarin. In today's lesson, learn how to share your burdens with a friend, all in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining, helping
Topic: bag, favor, heavy

Published: October 29, 2014

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I'm cold!

When it’s snowing out and finally realize that the reason there is no thermostat in your apartment is because there is actually no central heating, you’re gonna want to be able to find the words to whine about it. In this podcast, learn how to talk about being cold, in Mandarin Chinese—a subject tha...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: weather

Published: October 29, 2014

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Stinky Feet

We know, you've been so absorbed in learning Mandarin on ChinesePod that you haven't had time to wash your feet since before the Olympics...in Athens...Now, you're paying the price: smelly feet. In today's podcast, you'll learn how to complain about rank odors in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shoes, smell, feet

Published: October 27, 2014

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Stopping the Taxi

You might find yourself chuckling so loud at the “No Drunkards or Psychos” rule in the back of Shanghai taxis that you forget to tell the driver where to stop. So how can you? It has something do with listening to (another) brilliant lesson by ChinesePod. That’s us. In this podcast take your taxi dr...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 27, 2014

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Can You Use Chopsticks?

No matter how long you have lived in China, and no matter how well you speak Chinese, people will be amazed to see that you have learned how to put food into your mouth with sticks. Tune in to today's podcast to learn about the question every foreigner has answered dozens of times.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 24, 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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Does it Have Bones?

Time to bone up on your Chinese. Today's podcast lesson is all about eating food that has bones in it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, eating, bones

Published: October 22, 2014

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