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the powerless phones

Cell phones are almost universal in China. In some places, they're more common than landlines. In today's podcast, learn to talk in Mandarin Chinese about the most annoying cell phone issue of all: running out of power.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: lending, borrowing

Published: September 10, 2014

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Not So SIM-ple

These SIM cards keep getting smaller and smaller. How can one keep up? In this lesson, someone goes to get their SIM card trimmed so it can fit in their current phone. It proves to be an educational experience.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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WeChat

"Writing" in China has come a long way from its oracle bone past all the way to its QQ IMing and smartphone texting present. But now there's a new form called "WeChat" which mixes texting and free internet messages with voice messaging and GPS. WeChat is already pretty big in China, so if you're tot...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 01, 2014

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Annoying Phone Calls

They could strike anywhere, anytime, without warning. Real estate agents, insurance salesmen, telemarketers - all of them are out there waiting to call you up to bother you at work, at the gym or at home. In this dialogue, some poor soul gets such a call. Will they hear them out? Or just hang up? Le...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Add Me on WeChat

It's now one of the top five most used apps on the planet, but outside of the Sinosphere, few people know about it. It's WeChat! In this lesson, learn what the fuss is all about and how to join in on the fun.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying a Prepaid Cell Phone Card

So you've just had an hour-long argument with your landlord about the electricity bill or exchanged a few hundred texts with your significant other; either way your phone is out of credit. Don't panic! Learn how to recharge your cell phone minutes in today's highly useful Elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: choosing, shopping

Published: May 01, 2014

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New Phone Number

The cell phone gods have deemed that you need a new phone number. Of course, now you've got to let everyone know. In this lesson, learn how to tell someone that you've got a new phone number.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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In Search of a Cell Phone

Our cell phones are practically an extension of our bodies these days. But what happens if you're at home and you suddenly can't find it? (Gasp!) A great search begins. In this lesson, a man searches frantically for his cell phone and asks his wife for help.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Cell Phone Connectivity Issues

Do you know how to express that you can't get through to someone's cell phone? Or that someone's cell phone appears to be off? Learn the Chinese for these important phrases, and also learn about how much trouble you can get into for befalling these technical issues.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Stop Playing with that Cell Phone

It's time for dinner, the kid isn't coming. Why? Video games! Listen to this lesson to find out what mom does when her kid chooses video games over the food she's cooked.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 01, 2014

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It's Time You Got a Smartphone

Smartphones are a way of life for many in China. On the subway in China's most developed cities, these machines are glued to the hands of countless riders. However, like everywhere else, some folks have been slower to jump on the bandwagon. In this lesson, two friends talk about one of them getting ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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You've Been Blacklisted!

Whether it's an ex who won't leave you alone or a pesky salesperson who just doesn't want to take a hint, there are always calls that we'd rather not get. In this lesson, two friends talk about blocking calls on their phones and putting someone's number on their black list....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bad Cell Reception

In this podcast, you'll learn how to complain about a poor cell phone signal. That must be why you didn't understand what your Chinese friend was saying...right? Make sure you always come through loud and clear when you speak Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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