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Playing Cards

It’s hard to keep that poker face when you face your Mandarin speaking opponents, tongue-tied. So, before you sit down to a card game, listen to this podcast on playing cards. Learn to invite some pals to put their money where their mouths are…in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 20, 2014

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One-on-One Basketball

If you wouldn't let your 10 year old sit court side of an actual pickup basketball game, then you may want to have them sit this one out as well. Grown men can sometimes act like children on the b-ball court, but the talk is of the adult variety. So lace up your Chucks and dust off that skyhook... y...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: hobbies, sports

Published: June 01, 2014

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Signing up for Art Class

You've always admired those Guilin paintings. You know the ones... winding river, limestone mountains... with the pagoda up on the right and that bamboo raft floating by in the foreground. Sometime they get a little crazy and throw in a water buffalo over there on the left. Well, now you too can do ...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: choosing

Published: June 01, 2014

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The Super Bowl

Glendale, Arizona. The home of Super Bowl XLII. No, that's not a world record sized wok, it's football, American style. The New England Patriots are trying to break every record by winning the Super Bowl to cap an undefeated season over the New York Giants... Writer may sound like a fan but only wat...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: explaining

Published: May 01, 2014

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Baseball

Babe Ruth barnstormed in Shanghai, and MLB says baseball was the "unofficial sport" of the People's Liberation Army in the 1940's. But 60 years later, only five Mandarin swinging ball players have made it to the big leagues, all coming from the talent pools of Taiwan. Opening day is 'round the corne...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: hobbies, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hiking

You've been stuck on city streets too long. Lace up your shoes, point in the direction of trees, and trade in red China for green with this podcast on hiking. Whether it's the trails of Yangming Shan, the pseudo-hills of She Shan, or the dizzying cliffs of Huang Shan, explore the woods that inspired...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: complaining
Topic: hobbies

Published: May 01, 2014

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Interested in Chinese Medicine

What are you interested in? Even if it's not traditional Chinese medicine, you're going to want to know how to ask that question and how to answer it. This lesson covers two very common patterns for expressing interest.  ...

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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Favorite Sports

Sports are a popular topic of discussion all over the world, and China is no exception. In this podcast, learn how to discuss which sports you like to play....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Beauty Pageant Registration

Since gracing China with your presence you may be starting to suspect you’re getting better looking by the day: those double-eyelids, that great skin-tone, and ‘you’re beautiful’ catcalls from street vendors. This podcast just might put some ideas in your head. As you learn in Mandarin Chinese about...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Tai Chi

Admit it – you feel bad walking by the park every morning and seeing them twist and turn with the grace of a Beijing acrobat. So how about we teach you how to talk about the age old exercise of Tai Chi so that you can join in (seeing how that’s really the reason you moved here). In this podcast, lea...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: dàodǐ

Published: June 01, 2013

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Going to the Gym

Quick! Name another great thing about ChinesePod. That’s right! You can listen anywhere – taxi, home, or even the gym! What’s that, you say? You’d love nothing more than a lesson on “working out?” Well, we love nothing more than you, so consider it done. In this podcast, learn to talk about weight t...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: health, hobbies

Published: June 01, 2013

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Surfing the Internet

So what do you like to do in the evening? If your answer is something that does not involve going online, then you're weird, and we're not going to help you. If, however, you like going online for your entertainment, we've got just the Chinese lesson for you!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 29, 2013

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What Do You Like to Do on Weekends?

The weekend's here. What are you going to do? Curl up with a book? Play sports with your friends? Surf the web? In this lesson, two friends talk about what they like to do on weekends....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , 那/那么

Published: March 26, 2013

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Weekend Activities

"What did you do over the weekend?" It's a great way to start conversation with a coworker or a friend in Mandarin. In this lesson, learn how to ask what someone did over the weekend, as well as some typical responses.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 21, 2013

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What does she usually do?

You “always” listen to ChinesePod, you “usually” practice everything you learn every day, you “never” miss a podcast and you “sometimes” brag about us to your friends. In this podcast, learn about adverbs of frequency in Mandarin Chinese. You will use them very “often”!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: ma, N___yǒu

Published: May 01, 2012

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Hobbies: Music

While “Peking Opera” is the Chinese equivalent of haggis (few really like it, but you kind of have to try it), the rest of the music scene here will always be a conversation piece. In this Mandarin Chinese lesson podcast, Ken and Jenny teach you how to be your own conversation piece: to talk about w...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: hobbies, music
Function: N___yǒu, de_shíhou

Published: May 01, 2012

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Mahjong

You haven’t really experienced Chinese culture until you’ve spent all night playing Mahjong with your friends. So do you know how to play? If not, listen and learn; in this podcast you will learn how to ask someone in Mandarin Chinese if they know how to play Mahjong. You will also learn how to say ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Weekend Warriors

Now we like mahjong and karaoke as much as the next person, but unless you pay attention to this lesson about what other things people like to do on the weekends, you might just become a compulsive gambler and boozer. In this podcast, learn how to expand your horizons and ask a friend in Mandarin Ch...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: hobbies

Published: April 01, 2012

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Surfing the Internet (original)

Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: also, what

Published: April 01, 2012

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Surfing Online

Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing
Grammar: 有时

Published: May 01, 2010

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