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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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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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Detective Li 3: The Broken Glass

The story continues, and we learn in this episode that Detective Li is an eccentric man who may be hiding a few secrets. We also take a break from the murder cases as our favorite Chinese Sherlock turns his powers of deduction to the antics of some naughty neighborhood kids. [上集答案:暗号是“五木:朝阳区”。其中,“五木...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Dream Girls

Staying at home every night reading manga might not win a guy a supermodel girlfriend, but he can always dream, right? In this lesson, ChinesePod talks about some of China's most famous dream girls and sits in on a dialogue where two guys share their favorites.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: only, 一__就

Published: August 01, 2014

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They're Twins!

Seeing double or just looking at a pair of twins? It's a common practice the world over for the parents of twins to dress up their double bundles of joy in matching clothing. In this lesson, learn to talk about similarities and differences as someone is overtaken by the cuteness of a pair of twin ba...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Beards Are for Old Men

Someone's got a date tonight, and he's getting some important advice from a friend. The main question: do women dig the facial hair, or is it better to go for the clean shave? Find out how to talk about facial hair in today's lesson. We hope you'll add your two cents to this very personal debate aft...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Who is that?

You may not be strutting on the catwalk, but your significant other is working it tonight! With this lesson, you can let everyone in the room know, hey... she's with me! And you'll do it in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Pretty Clothes

Fabric markets, little shops, department stores, Taobao... cheap and cheerful clothes abound in China. You're feeling like a knock-out in your knock-offs, and now that you're going to be looking so pretty, better learn how to accept a compliment. In this podcast, learn how to comment on clothing, an...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Pretty Ugly

Since 'politically correct' is getting kind of old, ChinesePod today teeters on the edge of controversy with a purely shallow Mandarin Chinese lesson on looks. In this podcast, learn all about making disparaging comments about a person's appearance. Of course, we at ChinesePod do not advocate judgin...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Colored Balls

You never know when you’ll end up in the colored ball room at Ikea and want to know how to have a conversation about colored balls, but, seriously, knowing about shapes and colors always comes in handy! In this podcast, Ken and Jenny use a graphic to help put you through the training. Learn the Mand...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Basic Shapes

After months of painstakingly writing Chinese characters, we recommend you take a moment to vent your frustrations by grabbing a felt marker and angrily drawing squares, circles, and triangles all over that Chinese textbook. It's strangely liberating, actually. Then, listen to this podcast so you ca...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance
Function: classifying

Published: January 01, 2014

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Man or Woman?

When he/she walks like a woman and talks like a man, and the response that comes to your query of “Who is that?” is “It’s Pat,” you may find yourself in a quandary of gender identification. Think you can fake your way through this kind of predicament in Chinese with an evasive ‘ta’? That, and this p...

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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Superman

Your wonder-twin powers won't activate and the kryptonite is sapping the Mandarin from your very brain. The frustration is making you feel like kicking some bad-guy booty? Or perhaps you feel like withdrawing to your lair... wrapped up in your cape, crying for mommy. You need the man of steel. Liste...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: January 01, 2014

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Wang Wei's Diary: Food and Girls

In today's diary entry, we get the male perspective on life in the world of Li Yan, Yang Jie and Wang Wei. Why does Wang Wei stare at Yang Jie every day? Is there blossoming romance? Will this be the start of an titillating love triangle? Listen in to this podcast as we tell all, invade privacy, and...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: both..._and

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Short Haircut

Whether you prefer a high-end salon or that guy cutting hair under the bridge, this lesson will cover all the Mandarin Chinese a guy needs to simply make his hair shorter (and then a bit shorter). Beware, though: learning this material could result in massive hair loss. Use with caution....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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What does she look like?

So that friend that could never get a girlfriend finally got one. The immediate question is, "what does she look like?" Of course, it's a useful question for many contexts. This lesson covers the most common Chinese descriptors for a girl....

Host: Jenny, John

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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The Better Man

If you're going to treat men like objects, it's important to be able to compare them like objects. In this Chinese lesson, a group of ladies in the office compare two of their male co-workers. Listen in on the age-old debate of Xiao Wang vs. Xiao Li, and learn how to make comparisons in Mandarin!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 05, 2013

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Going on a Diet

In the Tang Dynasty, to be fat was to be beautiful. Nowadays, as the Bling Dynasty sweeps the nation, oh how the tables have turned. China is a land of magical weight-loss remedies. Whether it's braving the acupuncture needles, downing little "herbal" pills, or, for the more traditional, training on...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Beauty Pageant for Bloggers

'Beauty' and 'bloggers' may not seem a likely recipe for an eye-pleasing swimsuit competition. But in the new internet age, worlds meld. In this podcast, learn in Mandarin Chinese about a blogger who has got it all: nerdiness and avatar-appeal. Makes you wonder what the talent competition will be li...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_appear,

Published: July 01, 2013

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Beauty Pageant Registration

Since gracing China with your presence you may be starting to suspect you’re getting better looking by the day: those double-eyelids, that great skin-tone, and ‘you’re beautiful’ catcalls from street vendors. This podcast just might put some ideas in your head. As you learn in Mandarin Chinese about...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 3: The Jealous Friend

The “lucky color” red doesn’t go well with green--especially when the latter is brought on by a fit of jealousy. Catching up with girlfriend/boyfriend Chen Li and Zhang Liang, we find out that there’s a (tiny) possessive side to one of Chen Li’s friends. Better start writing that diary in code! In t...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: certainty, 根本, tone

Published: June 01, 2013

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Adoption

In 2005, Americans adopted 7,906 children from China (highest of any country). So a conversation between a Chinese lady and a “laowai” who recently adopted might be of interest. And we’re all about being interesting. In this podcast, learn to speak in Mandarin Chinese about some of the formalities a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 2: Growing Affections

No matter where/who you are, the “laying it on thick” stage of the (almost) relationship is the same in any language. So how does boyfriend-to-be Zhang Liang fare in the “Mr. Lover-lover” department? We’ll leave that analysis up to you… hotcakes. In this podcast, follow along and learn how to sweet-...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: tone, 只要, already

Published: June 01, 2013

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Living in Nanjing

You are about to experience the saga of Miss Wang and handsome John, and their fabulous lives in Nanjing.  Don't worry; it's a short saga, composed of short, Newbie-level sentences.  It's a saga for learning Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 都(dōu)

Published: April 02, 2013

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Which friend?

“So… you’ll never guess who I bumped into! You know, about 5′8″, dark hair….” Yeah, good luck with that.  We’re thinking that a lesson on describing people would help out– and we’re all about helping.  In this podcast, learn how to describe people, using Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing
Grammar: , 就是

Published: March 13, 2013

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Dumb Joke

Jokes are never as funny when they have to be explained, and it’s likely that a joke in Chinese is going to need an explanation. But what about a joke where there’s really nothing to get? Not only do you not feel dumb, but you actually get smarter, because you learn all the Mandarin associated with ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: May 01, 2012

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How YOU doin?

We can only ignore so many requests for “chat-up lines” until we break…which we did today. In this soon-to-be most popular lesson for our loyal podcast listeners, you will learn some nice compliments in Chinese to endear you to someone you have your eye on; and we will also give you some saucy lines...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: April 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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