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Touring a Factory

We now join our Canadian businessman, Peter, as he goes on a tour of a local factory in China. Will he be faced with startling revelations of sweatshop conditions, child-labor violations and 20 hour workdays--leading to troublesome moral dilemmas? In this podcast, learn as Peter goes to the source a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Resume Revisions

Remember the first time you wrote up your resume, and its 10 pages of vainglory? Recent university grads in China make the same mistake, and benefit from some sage advice on how to distill a CV to its essence. Learn the Chinese for this key job search language in this lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: jobs, work, resume

Published: September 01, 2014

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A Job Posting for Sales Representatives

What does a formal job posting in Chinese sound like? You're about to find out! In this lesson, we cover the cliche phrases you're bound to run into, as well as some very useful vocabulary related to job searches in general....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, business

Published: September 01, 2014

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Post-Graduation Plans

Ah, the eternal question of what you want to be when you grow up. Said question, posed by well-meaning family members when you are in your third year of enjoying yourself loafing around Asia, starts to lose its charm. Now, if you don't want to go home, and you need a legit job to placate mom and dad...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, education

Published: September 01, 2014

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what is your job?

So a banker, a lawyer and a model walk into a bar… seriously. We won't make you the funniest guy in the room, but we will do our best to make you conversational, at least. In this podcast, learn to ask and answer the "what do you do?" query in Mandarin Chinese. And should you actually be a lawyer, w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 27, 2014

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Roommate Hunting

Finding a place to live in a big city is always a nerve-wracking ordeal. Can you find an affordable place? Will it be too far away from everything? Will you have roommates? If so, who are they? Will they be complete weirdos? Two friends talk it out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Life after School

School is out for college students everywhere, and some of them for good. It's time to take on the real world. In this lesson, two friends talk about the difficulties in leaving college and finding a job in the "real world". And in the highly competitive Chinese job market, there's a lot of pressure...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: conceding

Published: August 01, 2014

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Discussing Old Jobs

We hope all of our employed users have perfect jobs that are extremely fun and have great benefits and high salaries. Unfortunately, we have yet to meet someone who has never had a job that they despised. Today's Upper-Intermediate lesson joins three coworkers who have had less than satisfactory job...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, work, wages

Published: August 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 2: Welcome to the Team

We revisit the office of Wang in this episode. Today, a new player arrives on the office scene. In this podcast, come along on an office tour and learn what all the departments are in Chinese. Along the way, get some office introductions and insights into the culture of a Chinese office, in Mandarin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 9: Wang Plans Revenge

Like Nanjing salty duck, revenge is a dish best served cold. In today's podcast, follow Lao Wang as he plots against his old company, and learn some Mandarin Chinese as well....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_think

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 8: Trimming the Fat at the Office

After all you've done for them, they kick you to the curb! In today's podcast, learn how to deal with being fired in Chinese. Tough luck, Charlie-- your squid just got fried....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 6: Up-and-Comer in the Office

Today's podcast is about office politics: reciprocal back-stabbing, currying of favor, awkward encounters in the bathroom. Will young whipper-snapper Wu Gang or aging warhorse Lao Wang emerge triumphant? Chat with your boss in Mandarin Chinese, and watch your career take off....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: praising, discussing

Published: June 01, 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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Asking About the New Job

While chatting with your friends in Chinese, job discussion will surely be a popular topic, especially if someone has just changed jobs. Learn how to give a (diplomatic) answer to some of the more common questions about your new occupation.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Microsoft

A little name-dropping serves one well in many environments. 'Brad Pitt' is just too long to say in Chinese, so let's start with a more business-oriented angle first. You may recognize your nosy neighbor in the conversation that follows. And, if you really want to impress him, throw in a little of y...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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The New Intern

He's the new intern. His name is Mike. He's from Harvard. And he's only here for two months. But he's available to handle all the horribly tedious tasks that you can never seem to get around to, so make good use of him! Get ready for communications with your Chinese interns in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Goodbye to a Co-worker

Co-workers come and go in offices throughout the world. In this lesson, learn how to say goodbye to your Chinese co-workers and wish them the best.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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The Stingy Boss

Bosses amongst us, sit up and take note. Though you may not have had time to see it (due to being occupied with your "boss" things), you must take measures to ensure that your employees aren't comparing you to the annoying boss on "The Office." You may not have time for pseudo-reality TV shows, but ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 2: The Work Piles Up

The programmers are back! In this lesson, listen as work piles up for a programmer as he hears about problems from one of his coworkers. It's going to be a long day......

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 一直, , 不了, V好

Published: January 01, 2014

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Insurances

When you start a new job it's important to understand what kind of insurance coverage the company provides and how much you will pay. In this lesson we delve into China's insurance system of "Five social insurances and one housing fund" or " 五险一金”. (Wǔ xiǎn yī jīn)...

Host: Jenny, Shanell
Grammar:

Published: January 01, 2014

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Flattery in the Office

Rules of boss flattery: if you start complimenting your beer-bellied boss on his figure, he might catch on that you're just looking for a raise. Better to stick to his rugged good looks. In this podcast, a Mandarin lesson on how to use your Chinese charms to suck up....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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You look exhausted!

Now, we’d like to think that all of our listeners are hard-working, diligent employees, putting in 10 hours a day…and even if you’re not, we’ll help you tell someone about those long grueling hours at the office. In this podcast, learn to use Mandarin Chinese to talk about being too busy, and too ti...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs

Published: June 01, 2013

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Future Goals

What are your plans for the future? Think that this question ends after you walk out of your guidance counselor’s office? “Think two times” (Chinglish for “twice”). In this podcast, we offer up a monologue on business plans in Mandarin Chinese. Listen and learn…you might just get some good ideas!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, business
Grammar: from

Published: June 01, 2013

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Discussing Work

So you think pressure is something only you and Freddy Mercury have (had) in common? Try competing with 1.4 billion others. In this Intermediate lesson Ken and Jenny take time out of their hectic lives to help you talk about yours. In this podcast, learn how to talk in Mandarin Chinese about pressur...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, business

Published: June 01, 2013

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A Promotion

You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t a good, pro-active, self-motivating individual. So we’ll make you a deal. After listening to this lesson, you tell 10 friends about ChinesePod and we’ll tell your boss all of those aforementioned qualities. In this podcast, learn to talk about promotions and getti...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Requesting a Raise

So, the contract said “5000 a month” and you said “heck, yes” and at the end of that first glorious month you realized that 5000 RMB is slightly less than it sounded…not a problem, simply ask for a raise. In this podcast, you will learn how to ask for a raise from your boss in Mandarin Chinese. Tell...

Host: Jenny, Ken

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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What do you do?

So a banker, a lawyer and a model walk into a bar… seriously. We won't make you the funniest guy in the room, but we will do our best to make you conversational, at least. In this podcast, learn to ask and answer the "what do you do?" query in Mandarin Chinese. And should you actually be a lawyer, w...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: April 02, 2013

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Explaining Your Job

“So… what do you do?” While that might sound like a “Singles’ Night” introduction, we mean it… seriously (you should see our faces right now). In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone what they do, using Mandarin Chinese. And this podcast will also help you to learn how to give a nice sound...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 很(hěn)

Published: April 02, 2013

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Long Time No See!

Cliché as it may be, a good “long time no see” does wonders for reconnecting with old friends. In this podcast, we’re going to make you sound more like a local by sharing these tidbits, as well as a cooler way of saying “how are you." And how are you? In this Chinese lesson, you'll learn that in Sha...

Topic: greetings, jobs
Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 呢(ne)

Published: March 29, 2013

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What's Your Job?

During introductions, you're bound to be asked about your job. In this lesson, learn how to ask someone about their job and tell them about your own....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: March 12, 2013

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An Email Introduction

It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers.  In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: February 28, 2013

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Old Friend

Yes, we know you were the prom queen in school (and to be honest, you might not remember us--we were the weird ones that took drama very seriously). So what happens when you bump into someone from “back in the day?” In this podcast, we open that wound of high school days past and teach you how to ca...

Topic: greetings, jobs
Host: Jenny, John
Function: V___de, hái, V__bu, V_V

Published: July 06, 2012

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I Work in Shanghai

What are you doing here in Shanghai?  It's what everyone wants to know.  So tell them that you're here in Shanghai working, and learning Chinese in your spare time.  (Convincing them that you're not all about partying and living the high life is a topic for another lesson...)...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 21, 2012

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Explaining Your Occupation

“So…what do you do?” While that might sound like a “Singles’ Night” introduction, we mean it…seriously (you should see our faces right now). In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone what they do, using Mandarin Chinese. And this podcast will also help you to learn how to give a nice soundin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, business

Published: April 01, 2012

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Teaching English in China

Ken’s done it. John’s done it. Jenny still does it. (Aric padded his C.V. to make it look like he did it). You might do it. Any guesses? (Besides modeling, of course). It would be the world of English teaching--and a conversation that you will find yourself in. In this podcast, you will learn lots o...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, education
Function: hái

Published: February 01, 2012

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