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Finding the Teacher

The title of this lesson may bring back painful childhood memories of that field trip to the museum; the one where you got lost somewhere between the Egyptian pharaohs and the Chinese cabbage carved from jade. Maybe it was that self same ethereal cabbage that inspired you to learn Mandarin. So here ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 10, 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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How do you fix a boring Chinese course?

Foreigners everywhere are working hard at learning Chinese. Unfortunately, many of those sincere students find themselves learning from boring, poorly designed material. In this lesson we take a look at this issue from the angle of the school and the teachers, who are asking each other: what can we ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 倒,倒是

Published: September 01, 2014

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Sex Education Class

We're back in school, today. No, it's not history class. Nor is it chemistry. Yup, you guessed it! We're talking about sex ed. today. Join us and relive some of the more awkward moments of your youth....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Post-Graduation Plans

Ah, the eternal question of what you want to be when you grow up. Said question, posed by well-meaning family members when you are in your third year of enjoying yourself loafing around Asia, starts to lose its charm. Now, if you don't want to go home, and you need a legit job to placate mom and dad...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, education

Published: September 01, 2014

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Homeschooling

In a society renowned for its rigid examination system, homeschooling might seem like a very attractive option to conscientious parents that are looking to do more for their children's futures then turn them into obedient little worker drones, fresh terracotta bricks for the (not so great) wall. But...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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School Days

In this lesson we hear about a day in the life of a third grader as told by his pre-school brother. It's far from riveting literature, but it will teach you how to talk about your age, make comparisons and use some basic school words. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2014

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More School Days

After elementary school, things start to get a bit more serious scholastically for children everywhere, but in China things can get especially rigorous. In this lesson, an elementary school student talks about her older sister in middle school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Kindergarten

Ah, the glory days of kindergarten, the days when singing, dancing and drawing filled the days... well, at least until nap time. In this lesson, hear about a day in the life of a Chinese kindergarten student. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod's newest way to enrich yo...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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I Have Class

No, we are not talking about the Ron Burgundy type of class, we are talking about the kind you go to...or at least supposed to go to. So don't skip class, and definitely don't skip this podcast. You will slowly become as wise as a miniature Buddha with yet another Chinese lesson under your belt.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Time for Class

Now that 2008 has been declared the "International Year of Languages" by the UN, it's time to buckle down and study Mandarin for world peace. Start with this podcast and learn how to understand your teacher so you don't end up in the detention hall because you confused 'sit down and shut up' with 's...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Trouble with Grades

Fortunately, ChinesePod won't be sending report cards home to your moms (though we of course would give you all A's!) However, for the millions of Chinese kids in the world, getting good grades can make or break things on the homefront. Listen to this podcast and learn in Mandarin about one poor stu...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Child-Parent Fight

You wanted more drama so more drama it is. In this podcast, you’ll learn what a parent-child argument sounds like in Mandarin Chinese. We’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with “homework and good grades”....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Goals for Studying Chinese

With more and more “laowai” coming to the People’s Republic, more and more find themselves in conversations about the occasional frustration one finds at that point in Mandarin where you’re good enough to get by, but are far from fluent. In this podcast, Ken, Jenny and Aggie discuss the aforemention...

Host: Jenny, Ken, Aggie
Grammar:

Published: June 01, 2013

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Parent/Teacher Meeting

John was emphatic when he claimed that “someone being naughty” was a listener suggestion. So we’ll (roll our eyes) trust him, just this once, and let it air. So, per (unnamed listener), here is a Mandarin Chinese lesson on a Parent-Teacher meeting about someone’s little Johnny or Sally acting up in ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Using a Dictionary

With 80,000 total characters (and the majority of words needing at least 2), you might enlist some help along the way. Yes, ChinesePod will be with you (always), but for those times that we’re enjoying the Shanghai life and can’t be reached, a dictionary might come in handy. So handy, in fact, that ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: education

Published: June 01, 2013

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I want to play

Not that we ever had friends calling our name from outside asking us to join the “cool kids” and play, but with our “cool listeners only” rule firmly in effect, we thought we’d teach you. In this podcast, Jenny brings back fond childhood memories while at the same time, peeling back the scab of Ken’...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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A Disappointment

So, you’re able to say “I’m fine”, but what about when you’re in that bad mood? Sure, the easy way out is to always be “fine”--even if you’re not. But wait, this isn’t Stoic-pod, ya know! In this lesson Kind Ken and Jovial Jenny offer up a lesson on “disappointment”…you robot.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , to_put_into

Published: June 01, 2012

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A Correction of Tones

Mandarin tones got ya down? Perk up! We understand. In today’s podcast, our GM Steve comes in and offers up the wrong tones in Mandarin Chinese, so that you can start hearing the difference, which puts you on your way to correcting others mistakes, which is always an ego stroke....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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University Major: Part 2

“Do a lesson on University major’s” you said. “Okay, here you go” Chinesepod replied. (3 weeks past). “Do another lesson on university majors” you demanded. “We already did one” we responded. “Do it NOW” you shouted. “You’re not the boss of me” we informed. “Yes I am” came the curt retort…so now we ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: college

Published: April 01, 2012

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University Major: Part 1

Well, now that you’re a Chinese student, chances are you’re gonna be hangin’ with other students, so how to get in on the lingo? In this podcast Ken and Jenny take time from rushing poor pledges to lecture you in a lesson in Mandarin Chinese, teaching you how to ask someone what they are studying. A...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: education
Function: planning

Published: April 01, 2012

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Teaching English in China

Ken’s done it. John’s done it. Jenny still does it. (Aric padded his C.V. to make it look like he did it). You might do it. Any guesses? (Besides modeling, of course). It would be the world of English teaching--and a conversation that you will find yourself in. In this podcast, you will learn lots o...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, education
Function: hái

Published: February 01, 2012

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