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Retired Life

What does retirement mean to the Chinese elderly? Just pensions and a bunch of sitting around? Fortunately, some old folks have more interesting aspirations. In this Chinese lesson, we take a positive and a negative look at life after work....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Firing the Ayi

Your housekeeper, the ayi, hasn't been very diligent in her work lately. In fact, she's been so delinquent that it seems like she hasn't been coming at all. In this lesson, ChinesePod helps you figure out a way to let her off easy.  ...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: to_think,

Published: August 01, 2014

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On a Wok-About

It's the heart of every Chinese kitchen - the wok! In this lesson, two people are looking for a wok for their kitchen, only to find that buying one proves more difficult than they bargained for!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Tables and Chairs

Ah, tables and chairs. Even the most minimalist decorator agrees that "being able to sit down" and "having a raised surface to put stuff on" are good things. There are a few surprises in store for you in today's Chinese lesson, though, so tune in and learn.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 16, 2014

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Invitation to Dinner

In China, where eating is always the the central activity around which all else is planned, dinner with friends is the preferred way to socialize. So you'd best prepare yourself for dinner invitations and being treated to meals. Cover the basics in this Chinese lesson.    ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: inviting

Published: June 11, 2014

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Time to Get Up!

Oh... Hello?... Time for ChinesePod? ... What? ... What time is it? ... 6am?! I'm going back to bed! ... It's a lesson about getting up and going to bed? Great! I'm going to bed now. Let's talk later!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: time

Published: May 08, 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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Use Your Headphones!

It can happen almost anywhere. On the subway, in a dorm room, at a coffee shop, or even in your own home... someone is playing their music too loud! In this lesson, learn how to ask someone to turn it down, or better yet, to just wear headphones!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hiccups

In this ChinesePod lesson, we'll- Hic! Excuse us. We'll be discussing how to talk about- Hic! Sorry. We're going to hold our breath a moment... Okay, better. We'll be talking talking about- Hic!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: daily_life

Published: May 01, 2014

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Let Me Off!

Buses in big cities take you where you want to go, but not exactly where you want to go. Often times, you might fly by your destination and have to double back. In this lesson, a couple try to get off the bus on their own terms, only to find that they've got to wait.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering a Fruit Salad

Apples, peaches, limes, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, oranges... well, you get the idea. This lesson is all about fruits!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Umbrella Opportunism

Stuck out in the rain without an umbrella? No problem! In China, umbrella salespeople pop up as soon as it begins to pour. Of course, it'll cost you...  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shampoo and Cut

That hair of yours is getting long and straggly, ain't it? Time for a haircut! In this lesson, you'll learn the basics for getting your hair done in Chinese, as well as a bit about barbershop culture in China....

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: describing

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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I'm Retired

Ah, retirement! It's time to kick back, relax and play with the grandkids. In this lesson, learn how to talk about retirement in Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Whatever...

Coined phrase of sulky teenagers and pet phrase of indecisive girlfriends. When you know what you don't want but not what you do want, turn to this lesson to learn how to non-commit, in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast, a motley assortment of ambiguous phrases for the indecisive amongst us....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Restaurant Recommendation

Each person has his own preferences, but the Chinese way to finding a good restaurant is -- no, not Yelp or Dianping -- asking friends, face to face, the good old-fashioned way! In this lesson, follow such a conversation about where to eat lunch and learn some Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: giving_advice

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn It Down, Please

Whether you've just gotten off a 12-hour flight or been up all night partying, sometimes you just want some peace and quiet on your taxi ride home. Unfortunately for you, the cab driver is a Beijing opera enthusiast and has different plans. Learn how to (politely) ask someone to turn down the music ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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Do You Live Alone?

Everyone's got different preferences for living situations. Living with roommates can be vexing for those who desire personal space but a necessity for those who crave constant human interaction. Learn how to talk about your own housing situation in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Commuting Options

Subway, taxi, or bus? This is the common commuting conundrum faced by any number of working Chinese throughout the country. Listen in as two coworkers discuss the pros and cons (well, mostly the cons) of each mode of transportation in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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No TP

Practically, it's a very important piece of knowledge to have: bathrooms in China often don't have toilet paper. The assumption is that folks will bring their own paper or tissues with them when doing their business. In this lesson, someone learns this piece of information the hard way...  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Day in the Life of a Student

School days are here. In this lesson, read the diary of a student about their day at school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Elevator Issues

If there's one place you're apt to find yourself in a crowded elevator, it's China. With so many people around, chances someone will have to help you push your floor if it hasn't been pushed already. This lesson helps bring your elevator talk to a new level.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Time for a Holiday

Everyone's always looking forward to their next holiday, but when is it again? Next month? Next week? To help figure it out, in this lesson, we discuss holidays and how to talk about dates and time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Movie Theater Jabbering

Squawking on the phone, jabbering about plans, discussing plot points - these are just some of the many moments of talking during a movie that are apt to incense other audience members. In this lesson, a couple out on a date draw the wrath of one of their fellow movie goers. Also, be sure to check o...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where Are My Socks?

Ah, marriage... that fine institution of intimacy. Of course, it has it's own mundane downside. In this lesson, a husband and wife engage in one of the hallmarks of domesticity: looking for clothes. Learn words for clothing and how to ask where something is. Also, be sure to check out the new task f...

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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Swearing at a Driver

"Aggressive" would be a kind way to describe the driving style you'll witness on the streets of mainland China. For the most part, the pedestrian population regards this driving behavior with amazing tolerance, but every now and then you'll witness a conflict. In this PG-13 Chinese lesson, listen in...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: arguing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dental Floss

In recent years, China's stunning economic progress has propelled it into the ranks of "nations that pretend to use dental floss to appease their dentists." Many Chinese people are also now aware that excessive use of toothpicks can be a bad thing. If you're ready for the big "dental floss or toothp...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 3: Slippers, Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Everyone forgets the essentials sometimes when they travel. What's a poor traveler to do without their toothbrush? Listen in as a forgetful hotel guest asks hotel staff for vital necessities in Mandarin Chinese and learn how to do the same yourself!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting

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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How Old Are You?

How old are you? When an adult asks another adult this question, guessing games are likely to ensue. In this dialog, the question is met with just this kind of response. Learn the Chinese to ask this question, and pick up a coyly evasive (but simple!) response at the same time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 差不多

Published: April 09, 2014

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Just Call Me...

Unless your name is "John Smith" or "Anna Jones," chances are your new Chinese friends will have a little difficulty with the pronunciation of your English name. If you've adopted a Chinese name for your stay in the Middle Kingdom, you'll want to make it known to your Chinese friends. Learn how to d...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: can, to_be_called

Published: April 09, 2014

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Don't push me!

You'll have many fantastic experiences on your trip to China, but, unfortunately, "squeezing into an elevator" or "waiting in line" are not going to be on that list. For most travelers, there's going to be a bit of "jostling." Arm yourself with a few phrases to help you push back (linguistically, at...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 07, 2014

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Answering the Door

OK, so even if you haven't come to China to pursue that job as a door-to-door salesman, you may need to call on a Chinese friend. Learn the appropriate phrases for the person on each side of the door in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: daily_life

Published: April 02, 2014

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Thank You and Sorry

No matter how linguistically well-prepared you may be when you visit China for the first time (all thanks to ChinesePod, of course!), you'll still inevitably encounter any number of awkward and embarrassing situations that will require a basic exchange of niceties in the local language. Today's newb...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Hello and Goodbye

Greetings and farewells: the indispensable tools for striking up and ending conversations. If you don't want to appear entirely socially inept, you should probably master these phrases. Learn them in Mandarin Chinese in today's lesson.  ...

Function: greetings
Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 你_(nǐ)

Published: April 02, 2014

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Your Mandarin Is Really Good!

No matter where you are in China, Chinese people will be lavishing praise on you the moment you're able to utter even a simple "hello" or "thank you" in barely distinguishable Chinese. It's important to know how to deflect this politely (your Chinese companion will often expect you to!). Listen to t...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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What Do You Want To Eat?

Take a deep breath. It's time to order your first meal in Chinese. Luckily, many restaurants in China have picture menus which makes ordering a matter of simply pointing to something and saying "I want this". In this lesson, learn how to do just that, as well as discuss briefly with a friend what th...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 02, 2014

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Hot Dogs and Fried Rice

China's known for its fried rice; it's not known for its hot dogs. Still, there are plenty of spots in the Middle Kingdom to grab one these days. Of course, not everybody has an appetite for them... ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 02, 2014

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What time do you get up?

Rise and shine! This newbie lesson involves a discussion about getting out of bed in the morning and getting off to school. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many

Published: April 02, 2014

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What's up?

If we were slangpod.com, this lesson would be called 'whattup.' But for the sake of warding off potential improper English critics, we'll stick to the Queen's English just this once. Enough about English, what about Chinese? How do you greet your peeps? Listen in to this podcast and get the lingo do...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Broken Pipe

If you're staying in a Chinese apartment, sooner or later something is going to go wrong, and you'll need to find the right person to fix the problem. In this Chinese lesson, our fearless tenant contacts the building management about a broken pipe....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 31, 2014

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Noisy Eater

You may have heard that China has different standards regarding dining etiquette, and what is considered impolite to do at the table in your country may not be so in China. But what if a guy in a noodle shop is totally getting his slurp on, loudly sucking down a bowl of noodles? Might that be enough...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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You Smell Terrible!

So which is more important... bathing regularly, or changing your clothes regularly? In this dialogue, we'll meet someone with some interesting views on the matter. (Sorry, we're still working on the full "smellcast" version of this Chinese lesson, so until then, rank odors not included.)...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting Warm

When wintertime comes, invariably you and your coworkers, your friends or your neighbors will have the mundane, but essential talk about the best way to keep warm. In this lesson, learn how to keep warm. Who knows, if you're really starved for conversation, it might help break the ice in more ways t...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bakery Binge

Buns, rolls, croissants, muffins, donuts... all of these delicious baked goods make for satisfying snacks, but anyone dieting knows that they are to be avoided. In this lesson, two friends look to satisfy their cravings without going overboard. However, it proves harder than they think....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Noisy Renovations

Picture a peaceful Saturday morning, getting rest after a long work when. Then - wham! wham! wham! - you're awoken by the sound of someone hammering away. In this lesson, someone is rudely awoken by renovations in their neighbor's apartment....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Unlucky Day

Sometimes you just have one of those days where everything goes wrong and you're in a terrible mood all day long. In this Chinese lesson, follow along this story about a series of unfortunate events and learn what made this guy's day so miserable....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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No Tip?

In China, waiters don't get tips. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Of course, there's no way that can fly in the US where tipping is ubiquitous. In this lesson, two Chinese friends discuss American tipping culture and how it relates to Chinese customs....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 要不是, 甚至

Published: January 01, 2014

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