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Playing Cards

It’s hard to keep that poker face when you face your Mandarin speaking opponents, tongue-tied. So, before you sit down to a card game, listen to this podcast on playing cards. Learn to invite some pals to put their money where their mouths are…in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 20, 2014

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Signing up for Art Class

You've always admired those Guilin paintings. You know the ones... winding river, limestone mountains... with the pagoda up on the right and that bamboo raft floating by in the foreground. Sometime they get a little crazy and throw in a water buffalo over there on the left. Well, now you too can do ...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: choosing

Published: June 01, 2014

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Golf

"So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama... " If Carl the grounds-keeper can make it down to China to play a round of golf, so can you. But you'll need the lingo, and that is where we come in. After this lesson, you'll be equipped ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: ability, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Can you Speak Chinese?

"Do you speak Chinese?" It's a question you're bound to hear in Mandarin quite a lot while in China. Learn how to say this imporant question, and most importantly, how you should respond....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 21, 2014

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Sing and Dance

The hills are alive with the sound of the pipa. Singing in China... rife in KTV bars, on street corners, in public parks, in low-budget questionably-directed lip-dub videos. Dancing.. though it's singing's less popular cousin, look out for the classy ballroom dancers in a lit up corner of the park o...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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I can't sing

Oh sure, we say “karaoke” and you laugh and think about making a fool out of yourself in front of 200 others at the bar who all chimed in on the chorus to “Proud Mary.” But here it’s serious business. So how in the world can you explain in Mandarin Chinese to your demanding hosts that you really can...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: ability, music

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Flat Bicycle Tire

A flat bike tire is like a bad hair day, in that… erm, neither are…. uh, fun. In this podcast, learn how to tell the repairman that you have a flat tire (which is inevitable!), and how to ask him to help you repair it, and your bicycle, using Mandarin Chinese. ChinesePod: the pink basket on the ride...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: ability
Grammar: more...more

Published: June 01, 2013

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Dealing with Praise

“Thanks,” you say (in Chinese). “Goodness me! Your ability to master the language is amazing!” comes the response. So now what do you say? “Yes, actually it’s all due to ChinesePod”? As much as we’d like to think you’d promo us, we’re quite sure a podcast with a Chinese lesson on “playing down” your...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Speaking and Writing

It is said that the ability to speak and write is what separates us from the monkeys. Now, if you want to be the Monkey King, then try your hand at learning to speak and write Mandarin. In this podcast, a good start, where you will learn to talk about speaking and writing Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 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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Tortoise and the Hare

Granted, the names might have changed, but the story stays the same. The same story that got [Artist Previously Known as Rian the Intern] through some rough times. The least we can do is share it with you... in Chinese, of course. In this podcast, learn the Mandarin Chinese version of the well-loved...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Mahjong

You haven’t really experienced Chinese culture until you’ve spent all night playing Mahjong with your friends. So do you know how to play? If not, listen and learn; in this podcast you will learn how to ask someone in Mandarin Chinese if they know how to play Mahjong. You will also learn how to say ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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How do you Say...?

The key to learning a new language is finding ways to learn the language when not in class. In this lesson, learn how to say "how do you say..." to help improve your vocabulary....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 25, 2012

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Singing Ability

Think the Von Trapp’s liked to sing? That’s nothing! Wait until you get the Chinese invite to listen…which is anytime. So, what do you do after someone gives you a tune, offer up the same “thanks” you give a taxi driver or a proper “you sing very well”? In this podcast Ken and Jenny compose a lesson...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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