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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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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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Farm Animals

You can't understand the cows 'mou', the chicken's 'gege,' the sheep's 'miemie,' the horse's 'huirhuir,' nor the pig and its incessant 'hengheng.' In China, you even need a translator for the animals. The good thing is, they mostly look the same. In this podcast, learn how to ask about animals, in M...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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How to Weigh an Elephant

Chinese children grow up with a story about Cao Cao's son, Cao Chong, and his clever solution to the question of how to weigh an animal as enormous as an elephant. What's that? You've never heard the story? Tune in for a pleasant introduction to Chinese children's stories that have been passed down ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 连连, 纷纷

Published: September 01, 2014

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Labor is the Most Glorious

Modern China is a country bursting with entrepreneurship and big business, but there was a time when everyone was singing songs glorifying labor. In this Chinese lesson, we harken back to that time, providing a musical link to the past which surprisingly few mainland Chinese don't know. And remember...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Outdoor Survivors (Part 2)

Our not-so-outdoorsey couple managed to stray from the group in part 1 of this series. In today's lesson learn how to talk about survival in the wilderness in Mandarin Chinese as they discuss their plans for staying safe and fed....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Snake's New Necklace

Snake's got a new necklace. Hilarity ensues. Well, kind of...  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: animals, joke, snake

Published: May 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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A Snake Discovery

Let's go out for a spring stroll, shall we? But wait! What's that up ahead? A snake!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: animals, snake

Published: May 01, 2014

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Pandas in Chengdu

So you've hiked the Great Wall, explored the wonders of the Forbidden City, marveled at the Bund; you've exhausted the top-tier tourist attractions of eastern China. Fortunately for tireless travelers like you, China's a massive country chock full of national treasures available for your viewing ple...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Cat in the Hat

If only Dr. Seuss had learned Chinese, children China-over could have had a new chant to repeat after their teachers. "Haohao xuexi, tiantian xiangsheng" could have gotten a lot more fun. Now, listen to Dr. Zhu's version of the classic, 'The Mao in the Mao.' Learn this little story all over again, i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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At the Zoo

We always chuckle to think of the situations you found yourself in before ChinesePod came along…for instance: going to the zoo. While we don’t want to know how you indicated the red-bummed baboon, we would like to offer up a cognitive exercise lesson on identifying some animals in Mandarin Chinese b...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: animals

Published: January 01, 2014

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Two Little Tigers Song

"TIGER, tiger, burning bright, in the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" In the distant post-apocalyptic future, cultural disputes will be resolved through Thunderdome/Survivor showdowns. And when that happens William Blake is in big trouble. Because n...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: music, animals

Published: January 01, 2014

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Easter and Chocolate Bunnies

Ever wondered what Easter has to do with chocolate bunnies? Well…you won’t find out in this podcast. You will, however, learn how to talk about this important holiday in Mandarin Chinese. Listen in to this podcast and learn how to discuss Easter in Chinese, and learn some words that have to do with ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hamsters, Snakes, and Owls

There's only so much that can be said about owning cats and dogs before you, the intermediate learner, feels that urge to move onto discussions about other types of pets... like hamsters! In this Chinese lesson you'll learn not only the essential hamster questions, but some other pet-related languag...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, animals, pets
Grammar: easy, ,

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Parody of Pigs

Recently there's been a lot of news about pigs in the Huangpu River, Shanghai's main waterway. And to cope with the news of copious amounts of pork in their river, many of Shanghai's residents have resorted to jokes. Join in the joking around in this lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, animals, joke, pigs
Grammar: time,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Cat Care

Meow! Meow! Meow! It's cat time at ChinesePod! Meow! Meow! Meow!...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: animals, cat, pets

Published: January 01, 2014

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Dog Breeds

Dog lovers claim that there's a breed of dog suitable for just about everyone. In this lesson, two dog lovers chat about their favorite breeds while deciding what kind of dog they want to raise....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Papa Snake and Baby Snake

Get ready to roll in the aisles, Poddies. Well, slither maybe. It's a joke about two snakes!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Ivory Tower

Recently Chinese authorities have been cracking down on the trade of ivory and ivory products in China. To send a message to ivory dealers and buyers across the country trafficking ivory, the authorities rounded up over 6 tons of ivory for destruction. Two friends talk about the issues involved in t...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: conceding

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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Dog Personalities

It’s been estimated that dogs have the ability to understand a vocabulary of around 200 words. So when you come to China, you’ll find out pretty quickly that that Chinese Shar-Pei dog really doesn’t know what you mean when you say “down boy” in English. In this lesson, learn about some of man’s best...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Sheep, Wolves, and Fruit: a Riddle

True, she’s one of the most downloaded women on the internet, but she also has a wicked sense of humor. In today’s offbeat lesson, Miss Zhu tells an odd, but interesting riddle, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, animals

Published: June 01, 2013

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Pets

Granted, most dogs here look like they chase parked cars, but that doesn’t stop them from being a part of the family. In this podcast, learn how to talk to fellow pet-lovers about your pet, in Mandarin Chinese. Explaining to them that dogs actually *don’t* make the sound “wang-wang” is up to you....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: animals
Function: ma, N___ne,

Published: May 01, 2013

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The Panda's Secret Wish

The first cuddly creature to be used in a diplomatic capacity. A country full of bamboo to eat its way through. In its stuffed animal capacity, the first bear to give teddy a run for its money. The bear that seemingly has it all still wants more. Find out the panda's secret wish in this Mandarin Chi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: telling_a_story

Published: May 01, 2013

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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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Afraid of Dogs

In China, there aren't really that many dogs around to be afraid of, but a good chunk of the population has a paralyzing fear of dogs. This lesson will help you learn the Chinese to deal with that fear....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: worrying, persuading
Grammar: with, exclamatory
Topic: animals, pets, dogs

Published: May 01, 2012

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The Man and the Dog

As mentioned, we’re all quite aware that our Jenny is one of the most downloaded women on the net--but she’s also a hoot! How funny? Really funny… or our name isn’t “ChinesePod.” Which it is…so there you go. Listen in to this podcast and learn a Mandarin Chinese joke to tell at your next party....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2010

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