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Upset

Reports churning out of celebrity Los Angeles have sparked concern over the latest anti-aging fad: drinking of the tears of young Asian girls. We, Chinese-English speakers of the world all have a responsibility to prevent the cruelty of tear harvesting from taking place. Band together and learn in t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 21, 2015

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Are You Tired?

Discovering these 800-plus podcast lessons, likely you've been up for days, listening. You're not tired yet, due to the language-learning high that doesn't wear off until after lesson 452. However, a language full of sh's has been known to produce a trance-like sleepy state. The cure: just turn up t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 19, 2015

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Confession of Love

Men, at times, find comprehending the female nature a perplexing and bewildering endeavor. However, leave it to this podcast to teach you the three magic words that women the world over, no matter what race, religion or language group, love to hear. (If only life were really that simple.) In this le...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 17, 2014

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I'm bored

With the onset of summer vacation, mothers everywhere are familiar with the refrain: "I'm bored!" Now, if you decide to join the kids in a two-month long loafing, better get your whining down pat. In this podcast, learn how to complain about being bored, in Mandarin Chinese. Alternatively... researc...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: feelings

Published: November 14, 2014

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A Startled Friend

“BOO!” Bet you don’t know what to say to that, do ya? We do, and today we’ll teach you the correct response…In this podcast, you will learn how to both be the scare-er and the scare-ee, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 15, 2014

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Detective Li 8: Final Mission (Part 2)

While Detective Li pursues a fleeting shadow alone, Xiao You returns to headquarters where she rediscovers her mentor's mysterious locked drawer. What lies in wait for the young detective? Find out in today's lesson! [上集答案:九校(第九学校)]...

Host: John, David

Published: September 01, 2014

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Free Association

ChinesePod is going a little 'new age' today and encouraging you to explore your inner child. Close your eyes, let your spirit roam... you are getting sleeeepy, wait! Not too sleepy. Make sure to pay attention to this lesson on letting your imagination run wild in Chinese... you never know where it ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Anybody home?

Halloween is coming, so we're getting making our lessons a bit scarier. Today we'll arm you with the right phrases in Mandarin for dealing with big scary creaky doors that are left ajar and asking if anyone is there. Just be prepared -- you may not like what you discover... *shiver*  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 30, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 4: A New Opportunity

The life of our friend Daqi, the programmer has already proved to be a difficult one. In previous lessons, Daqi faced long hours and a mountain of demands both at work and at home. Now, other programmers at the company are coming to him for help. What will Daqi do? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: July 01, 2014

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Here she comes

'When someone you've never even met suddenly gives you flowers, that's ChinesePod.' In this podcast, we hear what really goes on inside the mind of the average smitten male. A Chinese lesson in mustering up the courage to talk to that guy/girl you're fancying. So put on some deodorant, grab some dai...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Asking for Sick Leave

Even the hardest-working employees need a break sometimes! Whether you're actually sick or not, knowing how to ask your Chinese boss for a bit of time off is a highly important skill. Learn how to do so in today's elementary lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Breakup

With this lesson, we did our best to distill the most cliché Chinese breakup lines into one simple dialog. This way, should you ever have the misfortune of needing to understand these words and phrases, you focus on being brokenhearted rather than puzzling over vocabulary and grammar. (You can thank...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: The Final Episode

All good stories have to come to an end, including the saga of our friend Yang Jie. She kinda got sick of writing, as diary-keepers usually do. Plus, we were starting to feel like creeps, slinking into her room every night to sneak a peek. In this podcast, find out how things turn out for Yang Jie a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Encouraging Words

Yes, we know you're going to make your voice sound like the guy in the film when you say "you can do it!"--and that's okay. What's not okay is getting discouraged (and in a language of 4 tones & 50,000 characters, it can happen). So how'bout a podcast with a Mandarin Chinese lesson on helping that f...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, feelings

Published: April 23, 2014

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Are you OK?

Someone's fallen and they can't get up. You want to help, but likely due to the stress of the whole ordeal, you've forgotten every Chinese word you know. By this time you are wishing for a Life Alert alarm with a direct line to ChinesePod's Mandarin Emergency response team. The 24 hour helpline is i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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I miss you!

Despite our unbelievably good music taste (Ken likes anything he can do the “big box-little box” dance to; Jenny’s more of a country music gal), it wasn’t until our “80’s Office Party” that we realized we could make a lesson out of a Milli Vanilli ballad. In this retro-fueled podcast, we teach you h...

Function: greetings
Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: April 01, 2014

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I don't feel well

With a menu full of never before encountered items and a passion for all things oil/MSG, you might end up with the lesser-know “Beijing Belly”. So unless you care to “assume the position” in an off-color game of charades, you might benefit from a lesson on “not feeling well”. In this podcast, you wi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

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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Homesick

It’s hard enough explaining ‘biscuits and gravy’ to other countries, not to mention missing mom and her kitchen. So, when that long face is chewing on something from a cow’s face, how to save face and face up to the fact that you’re homesick? Listen to ChinesePod, of course – the most nurturing of a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: time

Published: March 21, 2014

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Interview with an Athlete

You've heard about the agony of defeat. None of that here. In this podcast, learn about how the thrill of victory feels to an Olympic athlete. Listen in on an interview in Mandarin Chinese with an Olympic champion. (Rest assured: the phrase "I'm going to Hong Kong Disneyland" will not be found anywh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: He's Not Stupid

In this excerpt from Yang Jie aka the Princess' Diary, we get to see how a library date pans out for the under-appreciated Wang Wei. Will he make a move while pretending to be reaching for a book on a shelf? Will he impress with his knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System? Let's see if it works, as y...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , from,

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Member of the 'Moonlight Clan'

How does the word for "moonlight" refer to the modern Chinese worker's spending habits? Learn all about the secret life of the Chinese "moonlight clan" in this lesson, and how it relates to deep-seated Chinese spending habits....

Host: Jenny, John

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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Lili and Zhang Liang 6: An Old Flame

Will the drama never end (let’s hope not, as we like crafting these lessons)? Catching up with Lili, who recently ran into an old “friend” (doing quite well for himself), is making our old pal Zhang Liang a bit worried… but with good reason? You’ll only know if you listen… Listen to this podcast and...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_demand, 竟然

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 16: It's Over

No self-respecting soap opera would be complete without a teary farewell. It's been a long and winding road, but the inevitable time has come for our two lovers to part company. So go and get that box of kleenex and that pink teddy bear that keeps you company through the difficult times, and listen ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 11: Confiding in a Conniving Friend

Did you ever pour your heart out to a friend, only to discover you were playing right into that friend’s insidious master plan which would leave you broken-hearted and miserable? (Yeah, we hate it when that happens too.) Fortunately in this podcast it’s our friend Lili that’s getting duped – not us!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 14: Seeking Comfort

What will our friend Lili do now that she has broken up with Zhang Liang? Run into the arms of a conniving friend? or show up on the doorstep of an internet millionaire? That is for you to find out in this podcast, wherein Lili seeks comfort and you will learn how to give some--in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Why is everyone looking at me?

Today's podcast explores a common situation, albeit one that's more likely to occur in dreams than real life. You've guessed it - it's the nightmare scenario in which everyone is staring at you, and for a very good reason! Check out today's lesson to find out why this person has everyone else's atte...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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This is outrageous!

There's nothing like a little bait and switch to get those customers coming. This tactic works the world over, and China is no exception. Make sure you don't get taken for a ride, and make sure you let them no you're no fool...in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Complaining to the Waiter

Once again, we shed our “puppy dogs and ice cream” demeanor with a lesson on being peeved. In this lesson, Ken (gets furious when we call him Sharon) and Jenny (don’t let that great head of hair throw ya, she’ll scratch your eyes out) take a deep breath, count to ten and lead you in a podcast on get...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 5: Love Letter

Catching back up with Zhang Liang and Chen Li, we find them in a much better position, romantic-wise… as someone wrote someone else a love letter. So good is this lesson, in fact, that we’re in talks of launching “Tian of Our Lives”. In this podcast, learn to use Mandarin Chinese to express your dev...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 2: Growing Affections

No matter where/who you are, the “laying it on thick” stage of the (almost) relationship is the same in any language. So how does boyfriend-to-be Zhang Liang fare in the “Mr. Lover-lover” department? We’ll leave that analysis up to you… hotcakes. In this podcast, follow along and learn how to sweet-...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: tone, 只要, already

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 10: The Other Woman

Well, well… what do we have here? A modern-day “Harold & Maude,” that’s what. Just as Zhang Liang is having doubts about Lili, he finds himself after hours with an attractive female co-worker. Sound spicy? Wait till you hear who catches them! Oohhhhhh, ChinesePod, the Sichuan food of Mandarin Chines...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 8: Scheming Girls

Meddle, meddle, meddle… It wouldn’t be an office place if it didn’t have girls playing “love doctor.” In the latest installment of our on-going story, Lili’s jealous friend finds out one of her friends is Zhang Liang’s co-worker and finds him attractive. Does Cupid carry a Chinese passport? In this ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 7: A Guy's Advice on Women

Will the drama never end? (We secretly hope not, as it makes for great lessons). Catching up with Zhang Liang and Chen Li, this time Zhang’s worried that Lili is becoming a bit too interested in her successful ex and decides to go to his “bro” for advice. In this podcast, here a man’s take on women,...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Don't do that!

A few subway tips you might not be aware of: 1. The process of letting those on the subway off before boarding has not yet caught on; 2. Mobile ring tones are downloaded so owner and train neighbors can hear – meaning you’ll be treated to 90 seconds of a Backstreet Boy weeping; and 3. The process of...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: May 01, 2013

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How embarrassing!

Yes – we’ve prepared you for the language side of things, but there are some situations that just can’t be prepared for (see: using an “Eastern toilet” in a cocktail dress). So perhaps being able to react appropriately would at least slow down that rush of red to your cheeks? In this podcast, we’ll ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: apologizing
Topic: food, feelings

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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Just a Flesh Wound

Learning how to “be a man” and walk off that scrape that secretly makes you cry is important in impressing the other sex. So, follow along with our podcast, where the details just get gorier and gorier—starting off with someone bleeding. Learn all this juicy vocabulary, as well as how to act tough, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: how_come, emphatic
Function: emphatic, how_come

Published: May 01, 2012

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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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You Look Nervous

Fact: There are 1.4 billion people in China. Fact: You don’t read enough to understand the bus schedule Fact: This leaves you with the option of riding a bicycle or hopping on the back of an illegal motorcycle taxi. Fact: You might need to know how to talk about being nervous. In this podcast, Ken a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: April 01, 2012

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I'm not hungry

99.9% of us eat Chinese food before ever coming to China. So it should come as no surprise that 99.9% of everything in China revolves around a meal. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny bake up a tasty session on eating, or not, in Mandarin Chinese. In this lesson, you will hear how to invite someone to d...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, feelings
Function: inviting

Published: April 01, 2012

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Calling in Sick

So, we actually tried to buy you a keyboard (with the “sick” sound effects) from “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” and send it to you to make your phone call to the boss sound more believable, but instead got you the next best thing: a lesson on “Calling in Sick”. In this podcast you’ll learn how to use Man...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: May 01, 2011

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