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Getting Nationalities Straight

One question that a foreigner will continually be asked in China is "Where are you from?".  In this lesson, learn how to talk about where someone is from in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 26, 2015

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That's enough tea

The kind host refilling your tea for the twenty-fourth time is indeed generous, but for those of us with TB (tiny bladder), we just might need to learn to tell them when to quit. Listen to this podcast, and learn to graciously decline another cup in Mandarin Chinese. Either that, or just sip slower....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 09, 2015

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Eating Tofu

So, you're thinking a lesson on eating tofu sounds about as bland as that spongy white square of mush on your plate? That's what you thought... Truth is, there is nothing more racy than an affinity for 'eating tofu.' Confused? Don't let someone else have the last laugh. Listen to this podcast and fi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, food

Published: December 15, 2014

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Toilet Types

The birds do it. The bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, let's go to the toilet. Today's podcast will teach you about one of life's necessities. You'll even learn how to express your preference in toilet types, in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, toilet

Published: October 20, 2014

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Dogs and Wealth

Today we're headed to the vet for a check-up on a dog that's not feeling too well. Learn all about dogs and why they might just be the thing you need for increased prosperity!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Going to Wudang Mountain

During the holidays, many people on the Chinese mainland head to one of eight special mountains. Perhaps the best know are the four Buddhist mountains, like Huangshan and Emei Shan. Not to be neglected are their siblings, the four Taoist mountains. In today's lesson, learn all about one of these ver...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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A Chinese Bachelor Party

The bachelor party is, in many ways, a rite of passage. Celebrated in movies and books for its wild and crazy traditions, this is an event that helps a man (or, in the case of a bachelorette party, a woman) say "farewell" to youth and "hello" to married life! Join us today as we join a group of guys...

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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Interesting Architecture

If you're familiar at all with Shanghai's modern Pudong skyline, you know that "interesting" is a good way to describe it. And with so much interesting architecture going up, you know there are going to be some nicknames given. In this Chinese lesson, we cover not only Shanghai's tallest buildings, ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Management Localization

In this Chinese lesson, ChinesePod marketing manager Kay rounds off her three-point localization list with point number three: localizing management. Did you know that managers in China have to worry about issues like mooncakes and hongbao? Learn about it here....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Houyi and The Ten Suns

Did you know that in the mythic past, the earth had ten suns taking turns warming it? That is, until legendary archer Houyi came along. Learn this classic tale in this Chinese lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Noodles and Child Labor

If you order some noodles, and the person that delivers them to your office is a child, is it a case of child labor? Different cultures don't see this in quite the same way. In this lesson, learn more about the Chinese view on what constitutes "child labor."...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism

China is a bit list-crazy, and among its myriad lists is the "Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism" list. Listen to this Chinese lesson, learn some more about Buddhism, and for you mountain-lovers out there, maybe even gain a new item or two for your China travel itinerary....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Celebrating a Baby's First Month

In Chinese culture, there's a special celebration when a baby turns one month old. The gift-giving details can be a little confusing, even to the Chinese, so listen to this lesson for an explanation. While you're at it, learn what gift is given to celebrate a newborn's birth....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Doing Business in the Bath House

What goes on in a Chinese bath house? Maybe not all of it is fit for a family podcast, but in this lesson a husband insists that bath houses are rapidly becoming popular (and legitimate) places to make business deals. Listen in on the debate and learn some useful Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Frog Prince in the Well

Do you know the story of the Frog Prince? Do you know the Chinese chengyu about frogs and wells? In this lesson, hear a children's fairytale infused with Chinese cultural characteristics, and also get a little dose of Middle Kingdom morals....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: September 01, 2014

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Philosophy: a Useless Major?

You've just graduated high school and you have your whole life ahead of you. It's time to start thinking about what you'll study in university. What happens when you choose a course of study that your parents don't approve of? Learn how to talk about this important life decision in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Traditional Chinese Paintings

We've got a lesson rich in culture for you today. We'll be delving into the world of high art. You'll learn how to talk about art and how to talk about the authenticity of artwork....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Learning English in China

There is a phenomenon in China called "mute English." You've probably met someone who has experienced this - someone who studied English (or any language, for that matter) but who just can't speak it! Well find out more about this in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Introducing Oneself to the Family

"Meet the parents" takes on a whole other meaning in Chinese families. Now, if you can't keep track of which auntie is the elder, whose brother the rotund uncle is and whose sister the tall auntie is... or for that matter--which side is this grandpa is on, and how that lady over in the corner fits i...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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An Invitation to the God of Wealth

Interested in starting out the new year with fortune in your favor? Considering starting a business? Well check out this podcast to learn how to get the cosmos on your side. Today's lesson has a bit of everything: great language and cultural insight!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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No Spring, No Wedding

Today's ChinesePod lesson focuses on a cultural belief held in China regarding years in which there is no spring. Confused? Well, you'll just have to check out today's lesson to find out what could cause such a thing! You'll also find out why it's not prudent to marry in a year in which spring has b...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Foreign Father Loses His Cool

Anyone staying in China for some time will tell you, the Chinese have deep rooted notions about health and medicine, some of which seem utterly strange to foreigners. In this lesson, a foreign man finds this out the hard way after his Chinese wife has given birth.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Believing in Santa

Christmas is coming, and it's time to buy the kids some presents. In this this lesson someone asks their Chinese friend to help buy some Santa gear on Taobao to give their daughter a surprise.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Table Manners in the West

It's well-known that table manners can vary a bit from culture to culture, and that Chinese table manners can sometimes be interpreted as "interesting" abroad. But a new generation of well-educated Chinese travelers are ready to shed that old image. In this lesson, listen in on a discussion on this ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 既然,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Whose Home for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is all about going home to one's family and enjoying precious time with family stuffing one's face. But what happens when a husband and wife are from different cities and they both want to go home to their own families for CNY? This dialog ensues, that's what!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Adopting a Chinese Child

The Chinese are well aware that many foreigners are adopting Chinese babies. Many of these foreigners even return to China with their children, introducing the land of their heritage to them. But what does the average Chinese person think about this phenomenon? Listen in on one such conversation in ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 而且, quite

Published: August 01, 2014

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Pregnancy Series 10: Postnatal Recuperation

In China, the month after childbirth for the new mother is subject to a number of strict rules and careful precautions to make sure she recovers properly. This means dietary restrictions, lots or rest and no showering, to name a few! Today's lesson features a new mother and her mother discussing thi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Trouble with Marrying a Foreigner

Marrying someone from abroad can be a difficult. There are questions of culture and language that have to be overcome. Of course, some issues aren't as big as others. In this dialogue, a young woman talks with her mother about marrying a foreign man.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2014

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Wedding Photo Shoot

No wedding in China would be complete without wedding pictures. These staged, often times extravagant visages of a couple in love are often a highlight for the bride. And the groom? Well, by the looks of it, he's just along for the ride.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: July 01, 2014

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Sneezing

The humble sneeze. It transcends all cultural, language, immune system barriers. It inspires blessings in some circles, superstitions in others. The worldwide bodily function that requires no translation, only a tissue... In this podcast, learn in Mandarin Chinese about the 'culture' of sneezing in ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, health
Function: informing

Published: June 01, 2014

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Thanking a Hospitable Friend

If you've ever had the fortune of being "taken care of" by a Chinese friend while in China, then you know how truly hospitable the Chinese can be. When it comes time to say farewell, though, you may have a little trouble expressing the depths of your gratitude. This Chinese lesson is just what you n...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: thanking, inviting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Tomb Sweeping Day

Today is Tomb Sweeping Day. The special day of paying respect to ancestors, lighting incense, making burnt offerings, and, like any self-respecting Chinese holiday... lighting off firecrackers. The holiday also favored by those with money to burn. So open up your wallet, light up your money, and li...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Going Dutch

The 'Warring Bills' period of Chinese history is officially over for all ChinesePod users. An international treating treaty has been declared, and it involves a handy little phrase that will be an instrument in achieving restaurant check peace. Listen to this podcast to learn what it is, and make yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Moscow

You've always had a secret affinity for borscht, and a secret compulsion to buy nesting dolls at neighborhood garage sales. Enter this lesson, where we transport you to the land that gave us Zhivago, caviar, perogie-making babushkas (bless their souls), and huge fur hat sporting dedushkas. Get ready...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Calligraphy Practice

Brush calligraphy is a time-honored tradition within Chinese culture and has been practiced for centuries. Anyone who's ever practiced it, though, will tell you that it's no cakewalk to practice well! Learn how to discuss calligraphy at a basic level in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Bad Sandwich

That was a nice lunch, wasn't it? But why is everybody nervous all of a sudden? Oh, it looks like the food didn't agree with someone. But what about the rest of us?! In this lesson, ChinesePod looks into tummy troubles.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Stealing a Nose

No, we're not talking about black market organ trafficking. We're talking about the "I got your nose!" trick you play on kids. While this game is not exactly "traditionally Chinese," it's still good fun, and involves some essential facial features and verbs. Learn the Chinese to commit your own acts...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Old China Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving means "turkey day" to most Americans. While the Chinese can get behind the whole idea of a day giving thanks, they also have a few less-than-enthusiastic opinions about turkey. Find out the Chinese view on turkey and learn how to use Chinese to defend the honor of this delicious bird.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Chinese New Year! Whether you plan to celebrate by dancing down the street inside a papier-maché dragon, or by giving cash-stuffed envelopes to your grandchildren, this is the biggest holiday of the year in China. Learn all about it in today's podcast! ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 25, 2014

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You First

Letting others go first is a great way to show respect and give face. In today's podcast, you'll learn how to say "You first" in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: showing_respect

Published: April 02, 2014

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Which Character Is That?

When you hear a Chinese person's name, you can be reasonably sure that each syllable is a character and that the first character is the surname. But with thousands of Chinese characters, you often won't know which character it is unless you ask. Learn how to ask in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Your Receipt

If you’ve spent any time in China, or plan to, you’ll notice a strange piece of paper being asked for at the end of meals/cab rides/etc. What is it? We’d better let Jenny explain; and if you’re lucky, she’ll include a lil’ cultural insight as well. In this podcast, learn how to ask for that precious...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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I love China!

Things that will get you the best seat in the “jia”: 1. Saying “I love Yao Ming!” 2. Saying “I love Chinese food!” 3. Saying “I love China” So, for those who don’t know of giant basketball players, or who haven’t yet ventured out into the “hairy crab” food section, in this podcast we’ll make sure yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Old Chinese Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 19, 2014

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