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A Present from Santa Claus

A crazy man with a white fu manchu and white hair seems to have infiltrated your house. You get your nunchucks out from under your bed, poised to karate chop him. But wait. You've been spending a leeetle too much time studying Mandarin... keep your Chinese whipping stars in the closet--this isn't so...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 31, 2014

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A Ghost Outside

With Halloween making its marketing inroads to modern China, the ghosts are sure to follow. Turn out the lights, shine a flashlight on your face and get spooky, with some ghost stories in Mandarin. Listen to this podcast and learn some shivers-up-the-spine Chinese words to help you. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: holidays
Function: warning

Published: December 01, 2014

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Happy Birthday

Quick – name things that you love! 1. ChinesePod 2. Cake That’s right! So what’s the only thing we could include to make this a very special day? How about taking advantage of the coincidence of one of your hosts being born on this day? In this podcast, learn how to wish someone a Happy Birthday!...

Function: greetings
Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: holidays

Published: October 08, 2014

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Not So Silent Night

The age-old dilemma: On Christmas Eve, should we go to church, or to a bar? In today's podcast you'll learn how to talk it over in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Valentine's Day

Wo ai ni. I love you. I mean it. Look at these flowers i bought you, and these chocolates. And this card... it is a Hallmark day after all. Nothing says i love you like a lesson about Valentine's Day. After all... the Chinese celebrate not one, not two, but THREE Valentine's Days. And who said Manda...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Tomb Sweeping Day

Today is Tomb Sweeping Day. The special day of paying respect to ancestors, lighting incense, making burnt offerings, and, like any self-respecting Chinese holiday... lighting off firecrackers. The holiday also favored by those with money to burn. So open up your wallet, light up your money, and li...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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St. Patrick's Day

You may know about a famous Chinese "Day for the Ladies," but what about that face-down-in-green-beer-that-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time holiday involving leprechauns? You'll only know if you listen to this podcast, the source to learn about St. Patrick’s Day in Mandarin Chinese....

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Easter and Chocolate Bunnies

Ever wondered what Easter has to do with chocolate bunnies? Well…you won’t find out in this podcast. You will, however, learn how to talk about this important holiday in Mandarin Chinese. Listen in to this podcast and learn how to discuss Easter in Chinese, and learn some words that have to do with ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Mother's Day

Once a year people across the world celebrate the women who brought them into the world. Join us today as we cover some of the essentials for wishing mom a wonderful Mother's Day!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Christmas Presents

“Do they know it’s Christmastime at allllllll....” - while John and Ken fight over who gets to sing the Spandau Ballet part, in this podcast we’ll unwrap a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying Christmas presents here in China.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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New Year

When the countdown to midnight begins, you never know who you’re going to be standing next to. In this lesson, learn how to talk about how you plan to spend New Year’s, and also how to wish someone a “Happy New Year” in Mandarin Chinese. Listen to this podcast, and we’ll help you to not be lost for ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: holidays

Published: April 01, 2012

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