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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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The Door

If it’s not obvious already -- we’re nerds. Nerdy enough to spend far too much money on a sound effects CD. So simply bear with us in this podcast as we listen to a door and teach you the exciting actions relating to the comings and goings through a door, in Mandarin Chinese. (Premium subscribers wi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 22, 2014

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A Startled Friend

“BOO!” Bet you don’t know what to say to that, do ya? We do, and today we’ll teach you the correct response…In this podcast, you will learn how to both be the scare-er and the scare-ee, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 15, 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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A Creepy Guy

Any good bar has its share of dolled-up girls and shady but ever-so-eligible bachelors. Maybe he hadn't had enough to drink, maybe he has a staring problem, or maybe he just really hadn't gotten the hang of "blue steel," but in this lesson we join one of those creepy guys in a bar and find out how h...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Employee Exercises

There exists a somewhat uncommon and eccentric business practice utilized by certain companies in China: "military-style management." Predictably, this management style includes a lot slogan-shouting and push-ups. Tune in to today's upper-intermediate lesson to find out more!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 好像, 其实

Published: August 01, 2014

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For you, and you, and you

On your next trip back to your home country, don’t forget to pick up some nice “western” treats for all your little friends in the neighborhood to try. And leave it to ChinesePod to think up a lesson to teach you how to be the benevolent benefactor that you will come to be known as around the ‘hood ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Please let me through!

No China experience would be complete without the “stuck in the middle of a giant mass of people” part. But you really need to get through. Not willing to just PUSH, you have to know what to say. In this podcast, you learn how to say “let me through” in Mandarin. (Getting the crowd to actually take ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Wait for Me Here

Oh sure, you can get ‘em over with a broad gesturing sweep of the arm, but it’s getting them to stay that’s causing some problems. I mean, you touch them and then point down to the sidewalk, which seems obvious--but it could also mean you want to buy concrete. How about a podcast teaching you how to...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Monopoly, Uno, or Twister?

Today ChinesePod is exploring classic games. From the intense world of real estate to the physical challenges of contorting your body, we're exploring options for having fun with friends. Tune in to find out which game the people in today's dialog choose to play! Here's a hint: we hope they stretche...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Play's the Thing

It wouldn't be true drama if it didn't attract dramatic characters. And what higher drama is there than Shakespeare? In this Chinese lesson, you'll hear a director's take on the classic Romeo and Juliet, as his actors struggle to satisfy his demands....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 明明, 偷偷, 偏偏

Published: January 01, 2014

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Weather, Man

Boasting 1.4 billion people, needless to say China’s a big place…with many different types of weather. This podcast will not only teach you weather basics in Mandarin Chinese, but also how to plan accordingly. What else are you going to talk about with the driver while heading to work the same time ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Stop Speeding!

The Grand Prix held here in Shanghai showcased breakneck speeds, hairline turns and drivers with death wishes…and that was all in the taxi ride to the stadium. So either you’re really good at the unspoken-but-point-taken bracing yourself with one hand on the glove box and the other on the “Oh Crap” ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: hái, V_dao, V_jian

Published: June 01, 2013

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A Promotion

You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t a good, pro-active, self-motivating individual. So we’ll make you a deal. After listening to this lesson, you tell 10 friends about ChinesePod and we’ll tell your boss all of those aforementioned qualities. In this podcast, learn to talk about promotions and getti...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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What are you Doing?

We’re all about the classics here – Chuck Taylors, Pong, New Coke, the lot. So why not help you out with the classic question: “what are you doing?” Why not, indeed! Listen to this podcast and learn it in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 2013

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What does she usually do?

You “always” listen to ChinesePod, you “usually” practice everything you learn every day, you “never” miss a podcast and you “sometimes” brag about us to your friends. In this podcast, learn about adverbs of frequency in Mandarin Chinese. You will use them very “often”!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: ma, N___yǒu

Published: May 01, 2012

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Elevator Emergency

Despite most buildings here not having a 4th floor (whoooooooo), occasionally potential disaster still strikes (dum-Dum-DUM). So what would it sound like if two people were stuck in an elevator together? It’s all in the lesson, in Mandarin Chinese. So, if it happens, don’t panic—think ChinesePod....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: le1, zěnme, ba

Published: May 01, 2012

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