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Into the Sandstorm

For anyone who has ever woken up to find their car covered in sand, the situation covered in today's lesson will be a familiar one. In some parts of the world, like Italy, France, and northern China, sandstorms are a part of the weather, even if the nearest desert lies hundreds of miles away. Today ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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What size?

Thought of as 'petite' in your homeland, as you browse the corner shoe store, you are alarmed to find that the only thing you can get your dainty foot into is a florescent orange counterfeit men's 'Croc' clog. Things aren't looking up anytime soon, so listen to this podcast to learn how to ask for y...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 01, 2014

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How to Wash Clothes

In this lesson, a woman instructs her housekeeper or her 阿姨 (āyí) on how to wash her clothes. There appear to be some major differences over how things are done...  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Suitable Attire

Sometimes wearing the right clothes is everything. In this dialogue, a wife gives her husband a hard time for not wearing the right clothes to go see a play. Time to go change clothes... quick!...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Cold from Biking

If the potholes, rogue taxis and silent electric bikes passing on the right don't get ya, cold will! Sure, snow pants and moon boots seem cumbersome, but when that Tibetan front blows in, you won't mind the rubberneckers staring at you as you pass. They can just go stick their tongues on a frozen po...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Recognizing a Blind Date

Meeting someone for the first time on a blind date can be an awkward experience as it is, especially when you don't know what they look like. In this lesson, we've decided to raise the stakes by making that first encounter in Chinese! Don't worry, it's easier than you think!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Asking about What to Wear

So you've gotten the invitation to the big event, and you're eager to make a good impression, but one key question lingers: what should you wear?? In today's Chinese lesson, learn how to ask this key question, as well as some of the most likely (culturally appropriate) answers.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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This Needs to be Dry Cleaned

Suits, sweaters... how could anyone possibly know which need to be dry cleaned, and which don't? No need to be shy; just ask! Learn to talk about clothing and dry cleaning options in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 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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I can't buy my size

Not that anyone's intimating that you've got big feet, a wide girth, or an ample posterior -- but those who have been in China for a while know that the Chinese tend to be a little more "petite" than their western counterparts. In this lesson, learn how to ask for your size in Mandarin Chinese... an...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 根本, 知道

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting Dressed

Though XYZ doesn't translate well into Chinese (that being said, the letters X, Y and Z do have great pinyin potential), you may find yourself in the unenviable position of informing someone that they're 'flying low.' In this podcast, learn to tell someone to 'do it up' in Mandarin. And while we're ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

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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Cold Weather Is Coming

One thing is true about the weather these days: it's really unpredictable! People generally try to stay on top of the weather news in China, but despite an effort to stay informed, one of the characters in today's lesson will most definitely be feeling the chill tomorrow. Tune in to find out why!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 06, 2013

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Tailor-made Clothing

Some do it because nowhere else in the world could you get a tailor-made suit for under $100. Some do it because everywhere else in the world laughs at a request for “tight in the bum, boot fit corduroys”. Regardless, you come here, and you leave with twice the amount of luggage. In this podcast, le...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 4: Lovers' Spat

Granted, it’s difficult (even for us) to differentiate a “normal talk” from an “upset talk,” but we can tell you that an occasional spat takes place. What over? It rhymes with “shopping”. In this lesson, Zhang Liang and Chen Li get a bit heated in a classic boy-meets-girl at the shopping mall. Just ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 否则, 明明, 出来

Published: June 01, 2013

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A Trip to the Dry Cleaner's

Not that your ayi is a bad ayi, but her opinion that towels can be thrown in with your suit is one that will not change. We highly suggest being able to make a trip to the dry cleaner’s yourself, lest you be strangely comfy in an Italian-cum-cotton look. In this podcast, learn to discuss the mundane...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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New Clothes

You don't really need an excuse to buy new clothes. But Chinese New Year lets you rationalize buying that snazzy faux fur hat and "Guchi" sun-dress. Listen to today's podcast and learn to talk in Mandarin about your New Year's sartorial sojourn....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Dress Warmly

You’re not cold, but it doesn’t matter. Your Chinese friends know you’re here without your mother, so along with feeding you, there’s also the ongoing fear that you’ll catch cold. So what would a lesson on “dressing warmly” sound like? Erm… this. In this podcast, learn how to tell someone it’s cold ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Dinner Guest

That “Cocktail Party” lesson got you an invite to dinner, and you even went as far to buy the traditional gift of “duck neck” to hand over to your guest. But what say you when the door is opened? In this podcast, learn some Chinese etiquette on being a good guest, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: shi, gēn, , le

Published: May 01, 2012

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