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Phone Call for the Boss

With the chorus of cell phones belting out staticky Chinese pop songs and Crazy Frog remixes, identifying your ring tone can be a challenge, at best. In this podcast, learn how to identify whose phone is ringing, in Mandarin, and save your already half-deaf ears from the mad cacophony. Or, better ye...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: December 05, 2014

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Getting a Phone Number

Unless you are a rainman-like genius, you may find attempts at reciting the fifty billion digit long phone numbers of China a challenge. Get help. Listen to this podcast to learn how to give out your number in Mandarin Chinese. You'll be counting spilled boxes of toothpicks in no time....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 13, 2014

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Taking a Shower

Rub-a-dub-dub four tones in the tub. Bath time just got more fun and your old repertoire of songs to shower by just expanded. In this podcast, lather up and learn how to take a shower, Chinese-style. Also included, for those with long-showering, hot water user-upper roommates: learn how to stage pha...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: August 08, 2014

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Language Power Struggle

A battle of wills. Language domination. Do not relinquish your position. The only way to survive the language power struggle is to arm yourself with grammar and vocab. Only the fluent will survive. In this podcast, learn the Chinese to control the conversation when that inevitable eager language 'fr...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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MSN and QQ

Reports reveal a mysterious drop in the GDP of several countries in the last ten years. Analysts have been concerned and perplexed. But they have overlooked the telltale signs. The blinking orange task bar, the familiar 'ping', the too-fast typing smirk and dexterous click of the mouse when the boss...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: inviting

Published: May 01, 2014

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I'm Not Here

You're a popular person. People are looking for you, but you don't always want to talk to them. Today's Chinese lesson will help you deal with those tricky times when you don't want to be found. Learn how to use Mandarin to explain that you're not around. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 11, 2014

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Adding Credit to a Cell Phone

A few things you can’t live without upon arriving: 1. Toilet paper (oh – you laugh now, but trust us) 2. ChinesePod 3. A mobile phone …now, we hope the first two are self-explanatory, and about the 3rd – it’s all pay-as-you-go, so in this podcast we tender a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on “topping up...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 只_zhǐ, there_is

Published: April 07, 2014

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Asking for a Phone Number

In this lesson, improve your Mandarin skills by practicing how to ask for a cell phone number. As cell phone numbers in China tend to be 11 digits long, it might take a big of getting used to....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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She went out

Wei?! Most likely, this is the word that will stick with you…all day…and night…even in your sleep. So what is it exactly? We’re not sure…and neither are the Chinese, but you still need to learn it…as well as phone basics. In this podcast you will learn how to say hello on the phone in Mandarin Chine...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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When will he return?

“Call me at the office when you land,” your friend says. So you do… He's not in. Now unless you actually envied Tom Hanks in “The Terminal,” you might want to learn a little phone Mandarin. In this podcast you will learn how to deal with a "bu zai" in Chinese, thereby avoiding the prospect of spendi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Cell Phones

The hottest plastic surgery technique to hit China is the surgical removal of mobile phones from the ear. Though it's convenient having it so attached, with the onset of bluetooth technology, more and more young Chinese are opting for removal. So... you’re going to speak Chinese... how better to act...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Wrong Number

You know that guy that keeps calling your home number at 3am and asking for “Lao Li” in Chinese? You’ve tried screaming, you’ve tried threatening, you’ve tried begging. But he just KEEPS CALLING. With the help of this podcast you can learn how to finally tell the guy “wrong number” in Mandarin Chine...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Emergency Call

Emergencies happen. Buildings catch on fire. Here at ChinesePod, we prefer to think of these unfortunate incidents as “opportunities”--for you to start causing a ruckus about it in Mandarin. If your Chinese is not yet up to the task, then it’s time to tune into this podcast. You’ll learn not only ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Didn't Hear Clearly

Sometimes you say one word of Mandarin and the other side assumes you’re fluent and lets loose with a torrent of Chinese. But then there are times when you have the opposite problem: you don’t hear what someone says, and then they write you off as not even understanding “ni hao.” This podcast was de...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Buying a SIM card

We hope that those who come to China have a good memory, seeing as mobile phone numbers are about 20 digits long here. In this podcast, experience a Mandarin Chinese lesson on getting something you can’t live without here—a mobile phone SIM card. (ChinesePod tip: don’t get tricked into taking the nu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hard of Hearing

Screeching scooter brakes, cacophonous construction and prolonged iPod use to block it all out is a China dweller’s recipe for auditory undoing. Before you end up bidding an early retreat to the world of grandpa hearing aids, listen (while you still can) to this podcast and learn about being hard of...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Transferring a Call

Some people worry about the internationalization of call centers. Not us though. What could be more pleasant than getting transferred to a customer service center in Shenzhen? Life is filled with unexpected opportunities for language practice. Listen in to this podcast, and soon you'll be asking for...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Keeping in Touch

Where have you been? Why weren’t you home? I sent you an email, but didn’t hear back…has your email changed?! We know you’re busy studying Mandarin Chinese, but we don’t want you to forget about your old pals. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny (who just want to talk…promise!) have a lesson just for you...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Girly Talk

Combine Alicia Silverstone with Wang Faye and you will start to understand the crux of this podcast…oh yeah, and throw in a 6’4” laowai--now you understand. In this Mandarin Chinese lesson, John and Jenny dissect their Chinese sisters’ girl talk....

Host: Jenny, John, Aggie
Function: hái, zài___V

Published: June 01, 2013

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Connecting with Email

"Don't call me on my cell phone; send me an email." These are the types of relationships we have in this modern world. Learn how to cope with it, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: by_what_means, can, may

Published: May 01, 2013

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Please speak slowly

When trying to understand a new language, it's important to get people to speak slowly with you to ensure that you understand. In this lesson, learn how to ask someone to speak to you slowly....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar:
Function: making_requests

Published: March 21, 2013

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Do You Like Shanghai?

Do you like Shanghai?  There may only be one right answer to this question (depending on who's asking), but there are also plenty of viable non-answers.  Learn how to navigate this verbal minefield in this Chinese lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 02, 2012

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How do you Say...?

The key to learning a new language is finding ways to learn the language when not in class. In this lesson, learn how to say "how do you say..." to help improve your vocabulary....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 25, 2012

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Baby Talk: Be good!

More “baby talk”… In this podcast, you will learn some more popular common phrases in Mandarin Chinese, such as: “Good boy/girl”, “Be careful!” and “Don’t be naughty”. Think these phrases are only for people adopting children? Listen closely and you’ll hear Jenny confess that her parents still use s...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Sending Emails

You could try and mime your way through it to ask for someone’s email address (piano fingers and tongue clicking). You could simply call them every time you needed to speak. Or, you could just listen to this lesson, where you will learn how to ask for someone’s email address in Mandarin Chinese. Goo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Discussing Loan Repayment

Now we know we should “neither a borrower nor lender be”. However, we also know that “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. So what are you gonna do when that friend forgets to pay you back? In this podcast, Ken and Jenny talk all about borrowing and teach you how to use Mandarin Chinese to give a f...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: denying, certainty, le1, jiù, gěi

Published: May 01, 2011

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Surfing Online

Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing
Grammar: 有时

Published: May 01, 2010

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