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Can You Use Chopsticks?

No matter how long you have lived in China, and no matter how well you speak Chinese, people will be amazed to see that you have learned how to put food into your mouth with sticks. Tune in to today's podcast to learn about the question every foreigner has answered dozens of times.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 24, 2014

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Does it Have Bones?

Time to bone up on your Chinese. Today's podcast lesson is all about eating food that has bones in it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, eating, bones

Published: October 22, 2014

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Napkins

Every smart traveler in China should have a thick stack of thin paper in their pocket. No, we're not talking about money, although that is handy. Today's Mandarin podcast is about napkins. If you plan on eating well in China, they will be indispensable.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 17, 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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The Perfect Sandwich

Like a great sandwich, Chinese has many layers. Listening, Vocabulary, Grammar and Cheese...er, right. Anyway, today's podcast is a meal for the hungriest student. Listen, learn, and lick your lips....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Munich

In today's lesson, you'll learn to talk in Mandarin about magnificent Munich! This vibrant, fun-loving city is waiting for you-- hurry up and see what everyone's talking about!...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: ordering_food

Published: June 01, 2014

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Rice with Soy Sauce

Does steamed white rice have taste? Well, some of us seem to think so. However, there are those who just can't resist drizzling a bit of soy sauce over it to add a bit of flavor. In this elementary lesson, two friends discuss putting soy sauce on rice.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating, rice
Function: giving_advice

Published: June 01, 2014

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Making Dumplings

Ever since Marco Polo brought ravioli to China, the Chinese have loved making dumplings. It's an essential part of celebrating the New Year. In today's podcast, learn how to talk in Chinese about wrapping, boiling and eating these magical little pockets of deliciousness....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Guangdong

The Hungry Traveler series arrives at its next stop - Guangdong, the home of Cantonese food! And what's first on the menu? Barbecue!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 08, 2014

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Smelly Cheese

The French often say the stinkier a cheese, the better its taste. Well not so, according to the characters in today's lesson. Learn how to describe this popular Gallic export and its most important characteristic in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 02, 2014

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Free Parking?

Free parking never comes easy, does it? In this lesson, someone parks in an underground parking garage and finds when it's time to go that parking for free wasn't as easy as they thought....

Grammar: 可以, 那/那么
Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where'd You Get That Food?

A coworker or a roommate gets some food delivered and it looks delicious. But a larger question remains: why weren't we consulted? In this lesson, someone orders up some food, and leaves someone else hanging.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, place, eating

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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New Food

In China, you're apt to encounter all kinds of fruits and vegetables that you haven't seen before. Don't be afraid! They're delicious! Well, most of them anyway. But how do you eat them?  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating

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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Getting Ready for a Dinner Party

Start cleaning the living room and getting busy in the kitchen, you're about to have a dinner party. In this lesson, learn how to discuss how many people will be eating and how many dishes to make to prepare for the dinner party. And as someone plans for a dinner party with their housekeeper, you'll...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Leaving a Tip

How much should you leave as a tip after a meal in China? The answer is nothing! In China, it is not customary to give tips. In this lesson, two friends learn what happens when you try to give a tip in China after a meal.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hot Sauce

Those noodles could use a little bit of a kick, huh? Be careful with that hot sauce though. You might be in for more than you bargained for. In this lesson, someone finds this out the hard way.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering Pizza

From Papa John's to Pizza Hut, American pizza franchises have become a common sight in China's big cities. Learn how to order the pizza you want with today's lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Chinese Fruits

In China you'll have no problem finding many of the fruits you like to eat back home: bananas, apples, watermelons. But China also has a lot of unusual fruits you might have never heard of (or even seen before)! Learn about some of these in today's lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, eating, show, fruit

Published: May 01, 2014

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Getting an Official Receipt

If you intend to claim something as an expense in China, you need an "official receipt" (AKA "fapiao"). So don't just fight over the bill -- make sure you get this government-issued scrap of paper to make it official. Learn the magic words in this Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting, choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 4: Chinese Breakfast

We're back with another useful lesson for the hotel-staffing Chinese learner. Hotel guests highly value their breakfast. Today's lesson will teach you how to direct guests to their morning vittles.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 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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Some Food Clarifications

Menus in China often come with the aid of pictures, but that doesn't always make it clear what's in a dish. In this lesson, two friends are deciding what they want to eat off of a menu, only to find that things need a bit of clarification....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 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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Making Soup

Get your aprons on, ChinesePod! In this lesson, we'll be cooking up a fresh pot of winter melon and pork rib soup to help make it through the cold winter months....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , 然后,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Can I Eat With You?

A new workplace can be intimidating at first if you don't know anyone and especially if no one is speaking English! The first step to breaking the ice and becoming more familiar with your coworkers is obtaining a coveted lunch invitation. But what do you do when you can't get an invite? Learn how to...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: suggesting

Published: August 05, 2013

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That's Not Your Food

One of the great things about restaurants in China is that they often bring out your food faster than you can order it. On the downside, sometimes the food isn't quite what you had in mind... Learn about a common dish today, and about how to describe something you might not have ordered!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 已经

Published: June 01, 2013

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These Napkins Ain't Free

Sometimes we take for granted the little things offered to us for free at many restaurants. In today's lesson, we'll be learning about a particularly useful item that many restaurants in China ask you to pay for....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Dinner with Friends

Having friends who know how to cook is important - otherwise when else are you going to get to try delicious home-cooked foods (and mom's food doesn't count, you grew up with it!)? Join us at ChinesePod today as we're at a friend's house trying strange new dishes......

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 怎么, ,

Published: March 06, 2013

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Hungry Traveler: Inner Mongolia

In today's podcast, our Hungry Travelers are off to Inner Mongolia. Grab a leg of lamb, and slurp down some milk tea, and learn all about this hearty food in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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