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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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After You

It's only been rumored to have ever happened in this city once, and that was from a Canadian tourist who was visiting from the Niagara falls region, and to this day we haven't found any witnesses to confirm this ever took place. In this podcast, a model lesson in Mandarin Chinese from a model world ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking
Topic: etiquette

Published: December 24, 2014

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Giving up a Seat

In a place where an empty seat on public transportation is about as uncommon as toilet paper in the bathroom, it's understandable why there is a certain "scrimmage" of sorts when the bus doors fling open to the weary throngs. In this podcast, a pleasant turn of events. Listen and learn how to be the...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 07, 2014

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A Late Knock

With 20 million people all hitting the roads after work at the same time, you just may find yourself in the position of being late. So perhaps being armed with an apology would smooth things over? In this podcast, learn how to apologize for being late, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 17, 2014

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May I take your photo?

Things that will get your photo taken in China: - Having blonde (“yellow”) hair - Having hair on your arms - Using a mobile phone - Sitting - Being …so you might as well return the favor – nicely, of course. In this lesson, we zoom in for a tight shot of pictorial verbiage. You will learn how to ask...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 01, 2014

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Introducing a Friend

First impressions. Intent stares. Is he sizing up the map of your face--determining your future wealth, lack of it, sexual prowess, eyebrow hair luck factor? Or is he just trying to decipher your nin hao? In this lesson, get introduced to your friend's father, and learn the Chinese equivalent of a f...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 29, 2014

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Good Night

We're not talking about the Grammy Award winning female hip-hop artists who sang Push It, and we're not talking about MSG and chilies. We're talking about the most basic of basics and something you'll definitely need if you want a taste of home. In this podcast, you'll learn how to ask for salt and...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: farewells

Published: September 24, 2014

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Don't Litter

Dodging street debris may be good foot-dexterity training for the Chinese New Year lion dance you've been getting ready for, but a quick slip on a banana peel can end a potentially brilliant dance career faster than the crash of a gong. In this podcast, a lesson for the litterbugs, in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: disagreeing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Not on purpose

Oops sorry i bumped into you, oops excuse me my umbrella hit your eye, oops I opened the car door into you, oops, oh no, I wiped my baozi juice on your sleeve. In a place like this, accidents will happen. When 'sorry' is getting old and 'buhaoyisi' feels a bit long-winded, learn how to plead innocen...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: apologizing
Topic: etiquette

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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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Formal Introduction

This is the formal introduction to the formal introduction lesson: You've mastered your Chinese hello and don't know what to do with that awkward silence. Now what? 1) Lose any sentimental attachment to your previous identity--you're going to need a new name. 2) Smile, bow, handshake, kiss, twiddle ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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No Need to Take off Your Shoes

You want to be polite. But after a day of sightseeing in vinyl shoes, you are slightly apprehensive of the Chinese tradition of taking off one's shoes. Plus the slippers look like they are about four inches too short. What will you do? Learn in your sweaty socked anxiety how to ask your host apprehe...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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How are you?

Nervous about how to get past that initial “good morning”? Well, nothing better than to ask a question, naturally, “how are you?” Here’s a great basic lesson that will get you through all your “good morning” greets. In this podcast you will learn how to give and respond to greetings in Mandarin Chin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: etiquette

Published: April 01, 2014

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Finding a Seat

Ask anyone who’s braved an hour long subway ride at rush hour here and you’ll understand the need of finding, and securing (politely) a seat. In this podcast, we walk you through a Mandarin Chinese lesson on sitting down....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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I'm really full!

While on your side of the world a “waving one hand while the other rests on the belly” gesture indicates “no more,” here it’s taken more as a challenge. Now, feel free to either use the previous lesson on “throwing up,” or perhaps unbutton that brain for one more helping of ChinesePod. In this podca...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, etiquette

Published: January 01, 2014

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To Bow or Not to Bow

A shake of the hand received with an approving grip. A bow of the head prompts a slightly confused bow in return. A bear hug... a stone stiff body. Two kisses on each cheek... well, you might want to think twice about that one. Unsure what to do? ChinesePod greeting methodology 101 to the rescue. Li...

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Chinese Wedding Customs

What do red dresses, red envelopes and endless toasting have in common? Find out here in this lesson all about the culture of Chinese wedding customs. In this podcast, learn in Mandarin Chinese what a traditional Chinese wedding is like, and also what is expected of you--whether you are the guest......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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A Business Dinner with a Supplier

Sound formal? Well, maybe… until the booze comes out. What does drunk sound like in Mandarin Chinese? Listen in to this podcast as we revisit our Canadian businessman as he meets with a supplier for a business dinner, and find out. And remember, once you can understand slurred drunken jabber in Mand...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 15: Uncomfortable Encounter in a Bar

It's an awkward part of life, and those in melodramatic serialized fiction are certainly not exempt from the agonizing drama of running into an old ex. It's Zhang Liang's bad luck today when the poor sod runs into Lili and Liu Xiang in a bar. Listen in as things turn ugly and personal for our two lo...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Dealing with Praise

“Thanks,” you say (in Chinese). “Goodness me! Your ability to master the language is amazing!” comes the response. So now what do you say? “Yes, actually it’s all due to ChinesePod”? As much as we’d like to think you’d promo us, we’re quite sure a podcast with a Chinese lesson on “playing down” your...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Can I smoke here?

Not that we condone it (we learned that lesson before), but there’s a nice, and a not-so-nice way of lighting up.  So, why not ask if it’s an appropriate “smoking area” beforehand?  In this podcast, learn how to do just that, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 14, 2013

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Introducing the Managers

Managers are a big deal in these parts.  And you don't want to go calling them any old 'Mister.'  In this podcast, learn how to address and introduce your manager in Chinese in the most efficient, face-giving manner possible.  Sure to result in promotions, raises, slaps on the back, and right back a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 01, 2013

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Consoling the Bereaved

It’s always difficult to find the right words of comfort when a friend’s loved one has passed away. It’s many times more difficult when you have to do it in Mandarin. In this podcast, learn the right Chinese phrases for consoling your friend during that painful time....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: how_come, dont

Published: May 01, 2012

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No Walking on the Grass

Contrary to everything you thought you understood about the world up until now, no, grass is not made for walking on, rolling down, dog-frolicking, pant-knee-staining, smelling, or any other such frivolities. Though your laundress may be glad, your walk in the park may never be the same. Listen to t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Dinner Guest

That “Cocktail Party” lesson got you an invite to dinner, and you even went as far to buy the traditional gift of “duck neck” to hand over to your guest. But what say you when the door is opened? In this podcast, learn some Chinese etiquette on being a good guest, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: shi, gēn, , le

Published: May 01, 2012

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Do you have a menu?

Restaurant culture is a huge part of life in China, and you won’t want to miss out on some of the world’s most interesting cuisine just because you can’t ask for a menu in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast lesson you’ll learn the vital phrase “do you have” (just insert toilet, bar, receipt, headache...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Too Polite

The last thing you would want to do is insult your kind host…but where to learn about the do’s and don’ts of Chinese etiquette? In this podcast, Ken and Jenny nicely promenade you through a cultural Mandarin Chinese lesson on Chinese manners. Learn how to be polite—Chinese-style!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: small_talk

Published: April 01, 2012

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Dialect Party Mix

Lots of lessons under your belt and you’re feeling a bit sure of yourself these days, so here’s an intro to a few of the 1500 regional dialects here in China to bring you back down to us. In this podcast you will learn a few key phrases in a couple of the major dialects of China. Be nice and we’ll o...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, etiquette

Published: April 01, 2012

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