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Taking about Figure Skating

What's the difference between a double Axel and a triple Axel? Well, we're not really sure, but the two folks in this week's dialogue definitely know. ChinesePod slides into the world of figure skating.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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An Athlete's Strengths and Weaknesses

Being a true fan of any sport requires you to have a slightly deeper knowledge of participating athletes than "he runs really fast" or "she jumps really high." Learn how to participate in such discussions about endurance, strength, and slightly more complex strategy in today's upper-intermediate les...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Tennis Anyone?

Pop quiz. We know you are all Jenny Zhu's biggest fans. But while you're all a-sighing over her, what makes little Jenny Zhu's heart go pitter-patter? Guesses? In the meantime, listen to this lesson on Olympic tennis and get a hint into the inner longings of the heart of Teacher Jenny, in Mandarin C...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2014

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Equestrian

Long before Catherine the Great made equestrian famous, people used to jump things on horseback. But not in China. Considering their stature and overuse of the word ma, if any nation should dominate a sport, it's the Chinese in equestrian. Sadly this isn't the case, due to an ancient declaration of ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Diving

Though diving out of the way of oncoming vehicles has not yet been included in the Olympic roster, that could change any day now. Hey, don't laugh... if the 'Women's Hammer Throw' can make it in, this is more than feasible. Listen to this lesson on the hardcore street diving's more elegant cousin, O...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: appreciating

Published: May 01, 2014

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Preparing for the Heat

When you come to Beijing in August for the Olympics, you'll meet a sea of umbrellas and wonder if you watched the wrong weather report. If the Chinese know one thing, it's how to stay out of the heat. Listen to this podcast for a Mandarin lesson on how to keep your cool... even when you get a spoke...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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World Records

Put down the bowl of... what IS that... there's no world record for eating the most chicken feet, and you fell asleep three hours after setting out to break the world's record of staying awake the longest. Plus it's seriously time to throw away that storage unit full of Pocky stick wrappers. In this...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: achievement

Published: May 01, 2014

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Country Standings

Don't worry if that old hamstring injury dashed your Olympic dreams of bringing glory to your nation... do what Da Shan did... put on a blue silk Chinese suit and make your Mandarin so annoyingly good that you make your otherwise unassuming country famous. No steroids required. Go for gold, of the M...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Event Times

We are not talking about the starting time of your own athletic competition... the last of which was probably field day at your junior high school where you took home the purple "honorable mention" ribbons in every event you entered. We are talking about the best athletes in the world, and they are ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: expressing_time

Published: May 01, 2014

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The London Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are in London! If you're from London, going to London, or even fond of occasionally mentioning London, you'd better be able to say it in Chinese! (Oh, and while we're at it, let's make sure you can say "London" in Chinese as well...)  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Olympics

We don’t know if you heard but, (if not—were you on Mars?) Beijing’s got the Olympics here in 2008. So we thought we’d make sure you can hold your own in a conversation with a Beijingerrrr (those “r’s” will make sense when you come)—or anyone, for that matter—about all the excitement. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Flags and National Anthems

Now that China is your "adopted country", you had better make sure you know what your flag looks like. The national anthem? Hmm, that we'll leave for you to learn before 2008 (or you can just hum along). In this podcast, learn a little bit about the flag and national anthem of China, in Mandarin Chi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Olympic Training

It would be remiss to have a Mandarin lesson on training for the Olympic Games without a Chinese learning analogy to go with. So... Ken is your coach. Jenny, your cheerleader. The daily podcast is your pep talk. The expansion sentences are your cross-training and the exercises are, well, your exerci...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Volleyball

How a sport which involves sweaty sun-kissed bodies prancing around on sandy beaches became an official Olympic sport, who can say. But the gods of Athens would likely approve. In this podcast, catch some exciting Olympic volleyball action in Mandarin Chinese. And keep your eye on Team China for 200...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Interview with an Athlete

You've heard about the agony of defeat. None of that here. In this podcast, learn about how the thrill of victory feels to an Olympic athlete. Listen in on an interview in Mandarin Chinese with an Olympic champion. (Rest assured: the phrase "I'm going to Hong Kong Disneyland" will not be found anywh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Track and Field

Think of track and field as a profound metaphor for Chinese learning: Jumping over grammar hurdles, throwing out words like shotputs, the high-jump of the leap from elementary to intermediate level... hey, when you have a good enough imagination, anything can be a metaphor for learning Chinese. List...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Olympics on TV

It's not that we advocate being TV addicts, however, come 2008 we'll be glued to our screens (or fighting the crowds in Beijing) with the best of them to watch the very first Olympic games ever held in China. In this podcast, learn how to sit down, turn on the telly, and camp out for a two-week view...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sailing

Sailing? In Beijing, you say? Boats gliding through the moat of the Forbidden City? Or a fake ocean to go with the fake ski hill? No... even better. You're going to get to head to the beauty of Qingdao. Visit it in this podcast, where you will learn about this Olympic event, in Mandarin. Our bet, ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Athlete Injuries

In China, potential injuries are lurking around every corner. Prepare yourself... when your foot is stomped on for the twenty-fourth time in one bus commute, you will be crying out for a tensor bandage with the best of them. Not to mention the repetitive strain injury from dinging your bicycle bell ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Gymnastics

If you feel like you've been doing back flips trying to learn Chinese, this lesson is for you! This next in our series of Olympics lessons is about gymnastics. In this podcast, you'll learn how to describe the elegant movements of the art of gymnastics in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Describing Athletes

Oh the superlative human form. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so please allow your eye to feast on the lesson image to the left of this very intro, and admire along with the writer that hunk of a man. Oh yes, and before you get too carried away... don't forget to push play and liste...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Cycling

Some cyclists train for years before hitting the track in the Olympics. Other cyclists buy a $30 bicycle and are thrown onto the gritty pavement of a Chinese city to learn from their hard knocks. One such lesson learned being: never pass on the right for risk of being spat on by an old man (sorry, p...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Olympic Mascots

An overview of the “Fuwa,” the 5 official mascots for the Beijing Olympics. They’re everywhere…as in: can’t-get-away-wake-up-in-cold-sweats-cause-they’re-chasing-you everywhere. We’re talking about “Fuwa”, the 5 official mascots of that small gathering happening next year in the capital. Listen in t...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Olympic Medals

It’s always exciting to see which world records will be broken by gold medalists, as well as to see which country gets the most medals in the Olympic Games. In this podcast, you will learn about the Olympic medals in Mandarin Chinese. How about your Chinese Olympic trivia? You will also learn about ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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The Olympic Marathon

Oh, you’ll find yourself in that uncomfortable situation, the one where you come here to visit us, and the guy next to you starts talking (in Chinese) about the upcoming Olympic marathon. Do you really want to be that person who just ends up saying “xie xie” the whole time? No. You don’t. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Beijing Olympics: Opening Ceremony

You’ve been waiting for this moment for years. Finally, the Olympics are here and you won’t have to hear about them anymore. No, but really, the Olympic opening ceremonies are a grand spectacle that is amazing to witness. Learn to talk about them in Mandarin Chinese, and about trying to buy tickets ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Olympic Excitement

08-08-2008. The day we've all been waiting for. The factories are closed, the cars are parked away. The buildings are ready, the skies are blue (hopefully). The world has arrived in Beijing and we at ChinesePod are here to cheer everyone on. Jiayou Olympics. Jiayou China. Listen to this podcast and ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Basketball

John promised to stop singing the Curtis Blow hit (”We’re playin’ baaaaaaasketbaaaaaaallllllll….”) if you promise to listen and use this lesson on verbs and cheers any basketball fan might need. In this podcast, learn how to cheer on your team in Mandarin Chinese. At least you’ll make Yao Ming feel ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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Olympic Swimming

Some love to watch Olympic swimming--the poignant fortitude of the human spirit, the split-second heart-breaking culmination to a lifetime of training, the record-crushing photo finishes, the heart-wrenching agony of defeat. Others, however, appreciate something different. The robust, wet, speedo-cl...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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