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Turn on the Light, Turn off the Light

Open the lights and turn off the door, er, I mean, turn on the lights and close the door... why is this so confusing? Just get in here and pretend you love me. Close the lights if you have to. In this podcast, a Mandarin Chinese lesson on how to turn on/off the lights....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 29, 2014

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Phone Call for the Boss

With the chorus of cell phones belting out staticky Chinese pop songs and Crazy Frog remixes, identifying your ring tone can be a challenge, at best. In this podcast, learn how to identify whose phone is ringing, in Mandarin, and save your already half-deaf ears from the mad cacophony. Or, better ye...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: December 05, 2014

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Moving

Don't think of moving house as a pain. Think of it as an excuse for throwing a house-warming bash. Invite us! We'll bring a nice plant. In this podcast, learn how to tell someone that you are moving, using Mandarin Chinese. And, who knows... the more people you try out these phrases on, the more cha...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 12, 2014

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The Door

If it’s not obvious already -- we’re nerds. Nerdy enough to spend far too much money on a sound effects CD. So simply bear with us in this podcast as we listen to a door and teach you the exciting actions relating to the comings and goings through a door, in Mandarin Chinese. (Premium subscribers wi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 22, 2014

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The Mean Boss

Jenny demanded that we teach you how to say that you enjoy your work, but not your boss--due to his temper. While we’re busy looking further into this matter, we’ll go ahead and teach you how to "moan about the man." Listen in to this podcast and learn how to talk about your bad-tempered boss, in Ma...

Published: August 25, 2014

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Sales Call

Of course, the old slam the receiver down always works. But for some, the ring of a telemarketer signals another captive-language-learning partner opportunity. In this podcast, learn how to cut to the chase and use your newfound Chinese skills to hang up on that salesperson in a more delicate manner...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 11, 2014

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Morning at the Office

Here is a Chinese lesson for all those morning people out there that we love to hate. A few chipper 'good mornings' to start off the day. You can shout them out your window to those neighbors who love to rise at the screech of dawn for a powwow outside your window. In this lesson, learn all kinds of...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 04, 2014

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Getting Water Delivered

There was once a fair maiden who lived five stories up, no water to drink, not even a cup. How DOES a princess hire a 60 year old man to carry a five gallon jug of water up the stairs? Using this podcast! And you too can quench your thirst for Mandarin with a Chinese lesson about how to get water de...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Internet is Down

You like your little Roadrunner and T-1 ethernet connections that load pages in 1/100th of a nanosecond? Nice huh? Remember back in the Clinton administration when you could make a cup of coffee in the time it took a page to load? Well, welcome to our world. The Chinese internet ain't exactly up to ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Wireless Internet

Now, we know ChinesePod users like to sit in hip cafés and listen to hip Chinese podcasts, so before you commit to buying that 30RMB cappuccino, we’ve created a lesson to help you to ask if wireless internet is available. We’ll also help you to learn how to ask in Mandarin Chinese whether there are ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Working Hours

The Shanghai bar scene starts with happy hour, but you won’t get the invite if you can’t tell the crew what time you get off work…and you won’t be able to bow out of taking early morning baijiu shots unless you can moan about what time you have to go in the next day… All this can be solved if you li...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: expressing_time

Published: April 01, 2014

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He's Not In

You've arrived, and want to fit in, so start with the national Chinese pastime: cell phone talking (well, it's better than taking up smoking). First, you're going to need a partner in conversation, so pull out one of those linty business cards you shoved in your pocket days ago, any one will do. If ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Definitely!

While “nothing is absolute”, we shudder to imagine a world without tying someone down…erm, metaphorically speaking, of course. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny unquestionably and beyond doubt teach you an indisputably certain Mandarin Chinese lesson on verbal confirmation....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Paying a Bill

In China, convenience reigns supreme. So, not only can you buy a drink, herb-flavored gum, underwear, and/or a brown simmering egg in a convenience store, you can also handily pay your bills. In this podcast, learn how to pay those bills using Mandarin Chinese. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the tan...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 02, 2014

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Wrong Number

You know that guy that keeps calling your home number at 3am and asking for “Lao Li” in Chinese? You’ve tried screaming, you’ve tried threatening, you’ve tried begging. But he just KEEPS CALLING. With the help of this podcast you can learn how to finally tell the guy “wrong number” in Mandarin Chine...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Riding the Elevator

Granted, you might get some stares for just being in an elevator, but your situation might improve if you could actually use your Mandarin Chinese to tell the attendant to which floor you're headed. Thus, the podcast. Next stop: Mandarin on Your Terms (obvious, yes, but we get away with it because w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Lost Keys

Alicia has ‘em, so does Florida. But what happens when you lose yours? A lesson, that’s what! Learn how to express your panic, in Mandarin Chinese, when you can’t find your something....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Power Outage

There are a few things ChinesePod is scared of: 1. Having to be constrained to a classroom seat to learn language 2. Animals dressed as humans 3. The dark …so, over the next few months, we will address each. Today, we start with the 3rd: what would one say when the power goes out?...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are an age-old plague to mankind. Trinket salesmen are an age-old plague to tourists. You'll be assaulted by both climbing the Great Wall, but only one will bite. This podcast teaches you how to shut out those flying bloodsuckers in Mandarin Chinese (and if those are the trinket vendors, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Clogged Toilet

Though your instinct may be to scream and run, a clogged toilet just isn’t going to go away, as we all know. Since you insist on throwing your toilet paper into the toilet (unlike the locals, who know better!), you will likely shortly be in need of this lesson. In this podcast learn how to use your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Joining the Chamber of Commerce

ChinesePod wants you out in the community--spreading the good word about us, he he. Getting involved with your local Chamber of Commerce (while still spreading our word, of course) is one way. So good, in fact, that we even made a lesson on the benefits. Listen to this podcast to learn about making ...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: hái, le2, nàme…

Published: July 01, 2013

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Ordering Office Supplies

You’re dealing with four tones, thousands upon thousands of words, and you’re going to try and shop for your own office supplies? Listen in to this podcast to learn how to order some very essential office supplies in Mandarin Chinese. Or better yet, a lesson on making someone else go to pick up thos...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: more...more

Published: July 01, 2013

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Transferring a Call

Some people worry about the internationalization of call centers. Not us though. What could be more pleasant than getting transferred to a customer service center in Shenzhen? Life is filled with unexpected opportunities for language practice. Listen in to this podcast, and soon you'll be asking for...

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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Office Lunch Options

You eat lunch at your office every day. Five meals a week, nearly fifty weeks a year. It might seem like there are a lot of options at first, but after a few months (or years) on the job, the options really start to bore. Discover a very familiar office conversation in today's lesson on lunch option...

Host: Jenny, John

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 9: The Come-on

Call it pheromones, call it female ambitions, call it what you want… but Lili’s friend finally “busts a move” on Zhang Liang one late night at work. In this podcast, listen in to some serious flirting in Mandarin Chinese. Saucy? Oh – you betcha....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Office Policy: Internet

Being spied on is no longer just a Dan Brown novel (or a Bush Cabinet agenda), so we hope you aren’t sending “romantic messages” to others from your work account. In fact, as this lesson on office policy states, you’re not paid to check your email all day (Chinesepod is okay, though. We asked). In t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Asking for Help

Yes, you’re a go-getter, self-starter, and outside-the-box thinker.  But even you might need the occasional hand… especially at the office.  So, not that you need it, but here’s a podcast with a Mandarin Chinese lesson on asking someone if they have time to give you a hand....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 14, 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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My computer froze!

Situation: You’re working on a document at your office and your computer suddenly freezes up. What do you do? 1. Flail arms around until someone notices, make the “bbbrrrrrrrrr” sound, rub arms and then stand in a “frozen” position. 2. Listen to a lesson on telling someone your computer froze up. …n...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Furniture

“Come on over,” they say, “We’ve a furnished apartment for you!” “Great,” you think – until you get there. The bed is a foot and a half too small, and the chair doesn’t recline at all, making it hard to watch football. So what do you do, lazy boy? Learn how to sleep in the fetal position, or listen ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Making Copies

Again, you don’t have to use ChinesePod for everyday tasks, but it helps. Take, for instance, making copies. The putting down of said document next to blank document and using a finger to indicate (with a dramatic arch) what is on one, needs to go on the other could work, Mr. “Arching-Finger Hidden-...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Addresses

You’ve made contact via mobile phone with your friend and now you need to meet up, but can’t, for the life of you, figure out why he/she keeps saying “hao” after the numbers. Perhaps you should ask for landmarks…Listen in to this podcast and learn how to give addresses in Mandarin Chinese, as well a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: travel

Published: April 01, 2012

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Sending a Fax

They didn’t get your “Just the fax, ma’am” joke, nor did they understand when you mimed the document flying across the little map in their office. So, in this podcast, how about we quickly teach you how to say send a fax in Mandarin Chinese, hmmm?...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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