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Where are you going?

Little did you know when you started learning Mandarin that you would be placed in the thick of an age-old war of 'where' words. Decide which camp has your allegiance--the roll of your tongue 'nar,' favorite of Beijing cabbies and northern ayis. Or 'nali,' a lighter, double-syllable approach to the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 23, 2015

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Knowing the Teacher

Listening to ChinesePod podcasts every day, one gets to know many profound things from teachers Ken and Jenny. But of course, to quote the infamous Miss Zhu, there are many layers in meat, many layers to learning Mandarin, and... to add another... many layers of 'knowing' things. Learn in this lesso...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 17, 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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My Cat

There are cats to love (white, fluffy kittens) and cats to hate (those gold ones waving their strange little arm at the till in the Chinese restaurant). However, love them or hate them, you probably wouldn't mind a little one to keep you company (they make patient language partners). If so, you're g...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 10, 2014

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Feminine Products

A man writes these intros. He doesn’t have a “special time” each month. He also realizes that being funny about needing feminine products isn’t funny. So he’ll simply say, “Here’s a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying tampons.” He now feels uncomfortable. But hopes you find this podcast useful....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 30, 2014

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Stopping the Taxi

You might find yourself chuckling so loud at the “No Drunkards or Psychos” rule in the back of Shanghai taxis that you forget to tell the driver where to stop. So how can you? It has something do with listening to (another) brilliant lesson by ChinesePod. That’s us. In this podcast take your taxi dr...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 27, 2014

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Taxi Destination

You feel like you've won the battle by actually getting one to stop--though you had to beat off your street corner contenders to do it. All is fair in the battle for the cab... you claimed this curb first. But now, as you settle into the not-so-white white seat covers, don't lose the war. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: where, 一下

Published: August 18, 2014

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Home Delivery

It's a scene that takes place all over China thousands of times a day. The deliveryman is attempting to deliver a package, but can't find the customer! In this lesson, learn how to talk about addresses in Chinese and whether or not someone is at your door!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 08, 2014

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Finding One's seat

Even though your waiguoren butt is not going to fit in these seats, you'll at least be able to find the right one. Avoid becoming the event sideshow whilst dislodging said bum from said seat in front of an audience of 50,000. Study this lesson and you'll know how to find your correct seat in Mandari...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 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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Hawaii

Let's face it, it's December, we'd all rather be there than here... those more fortunate are, those of us less fortunate are sitting here listening to this lesson. Jealousy gets you nowhere, of course, except resenting your cold unheated China apartment. So, put a conch shell up to your ear, and lis...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Paris

We've got the Summer Palace; they've got Versailles. We've got Shaolin Temple; they've got Notre Dame. They've got stinky cheese; we've got stinky tofu. They, eau de toilette; us, squat toilettes. We're the Paris of the east; they're... Paris. In this podcast, learn about the city of romance and fal...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Seoul

Perhaps best known for remarkable food items such as spicy smelly preserved vegetables and some 'alternative' meats, this capital of Korea is known for a lot more than than its eating. Learn in this lesson about the city of Seoul. A place of delicious food, friendly people, and facelifts. This place...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Visiting Taiwan

Taiwan is not often the focus of our lessons at ChinesePod, but this time it's front and center. Learn such gems as "Taiwan is an island," as well as some of the names of the major cities on said island. As for you political-minded rascals, ho ho, no we're not going there. We're here to help you lea...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where Are My Socks?

Ah, marriage... that fine institution of intimacy. Of course, it has it's own mundane downside. In this lesson, a husband and wife engage in one of the hallmarks of domesticity: looking for clothes. Learn words for clothing and how to ask where something is. Also, be sure to check out the new task f...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which Hilton?

So you're a busy executive, shuttling between hotels and conferences during your business trip to China. You're learning more and more Chinese, but just learning the Chinese name of your hotel might not be enough. We hope you snagged one of the hotel's business cards on your way out...  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where do you Live?

Whether you're making a new friend or you've gotten lost in a new city, you'll need to be able to tell someone where you live. In this lesson, learn how to tell someone where you live in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: where

Published: April 20, 2014

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Where is the Supermarket?

So you're in China. You don't need no stinking "maps." You'd rather just walk up to the nearest person on the street and ask where the supermarket is, in Chinese (of course). Tune in to today's lesson and learn how to do just that.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: April 03, 2014

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Sightseeing at Tiananmen

A square, you say? Touring a rectangle seems a little more stimulating, perhaps? This is not just any four-sided box. This is the center of Beijing. A place full of history and full of people. Now it's so big, you may just stumble across it, but we're thinking you might need a little more help. Sinc...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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When will he return?

“Call me at the office when you land,” your friend says. So you do… He's not in. Now unless you actually envied Tom Hanks in “The Terminal,” you might want to learn a little phone Mandarin. In this podcast you will learn how to deal with a "bu zai" in Chinese, thereby avoiding the prospect of spendi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Is it far?

So, you’ve used our lessons to land the big contract (we’d like a cut), and all you have to do is meet at their office. Who knew your western GPS wouldn’t work in Asia?! What are you going to do now, G.G. Ross? Can we suggest a lesson on using Mandarin to find out where you are going? In the unlikel...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Cat in the Hat

If only Dr. Seuss had learned Chinese, children China-over could have had a new chant to repeat after their teachers. "Haohao xuexi, tiantian xiangsheng" could have gotten a lot more fun. Now, listen to Dr. Zhu's version of the classic, 'The Mao in the Mao.' Learn this little story all over again, i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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On the Way

Life in China is go-go-go. Be it taxi, bicycle, moped or bus number 11, chances are you're going places. In this podcast, learn how to use your Chinese to say you are 'on the way'... here, there, or anywhere.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Asking for English Books

You're in the place aptly dubbed "Book City," and the masses of Chinese characters overwhelm you like the masses of humanity you just jostled through to find the information counter. Not an ABC in sight. So, how to get the elusive English book you seek (or at least a procurable substitute)? Listen t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking

Published: April 01, 2014

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Wait for Me Here

Oh sure, you can get ‘em over with a broad gesturing sweep of the arm, but it’s getting them to stay that’s causing some problems. I mean, you touch them and then point down to the sidewalk, which seems obvious--but it could also mean you want to buy concrete. How about a podcast teaching you how to...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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I'm not Chinese

You might look the part, you might sound the part, but you’re not actually Chinese. So how would you go about telling someone that although you might sound like a native speaker (hopefully!), you’re not from China? Ken knows – he gets it all the time. Listen to this podcast to learn how to clarify w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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What stop is this?

Though you may find having your face pressed up against someone else's cheek a little unpleasant, think of the intimacy it affords. Once you have listened to this podcast, you will handily be able use your Mandarin Chinese on a crowded subway or bus to enquire of your newly proximate acquaintance wh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Where's the bus stop?

No one likes waiting for the bus. But if you can’t find the bus stop, it’s going to make things that much more difficult. So before you give up and hop in that taxi, listen to this podcast, and learn how to ask where the bus stop is, in Mandarin Chinese. And remember... hold on tight!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: there_is

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directory Assistance

You may be feeling stranded, lost, confused... but you are never alone. That's right--a friendly robotic lady voice and soothing Kenny G ballad are just a phone call away. Listen to this podcast, and learn the Mandarin Chinese language you'll need to make that inevitably necessary call to Directory ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Number Two

Writing classy lessons about bodily functions may be considered a difficult task by some. One lesson better left to the naughty neighborhood kids, perhaps. But, we at ChinesePod know that there are certain times where acting out what you are trying to get across in polite company is just a big no-no...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sailing

Sailing? In Beijing, you say? Boats gliding through the moat of the Forbidden City? Or a fake ocean to go with the fake ski hill? No... even better. You're going to get to head to the beauty of Qingdao. Visit it in this podcast, where you will learn about this Olympic event, in Mandarin. Our bet, ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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New York City

New York City? What the heck does learning Chinese have to do with New York City? Don't be naive. In the gritty underworld of the fake Prada black market, you're going to need to hone your Mandarin skills to survive. Listen to this podcast and learn why New York City is a great place for Chinese lea...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: Just_now, 总是

Published: January 01, 2014

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Finding a Street Number

Ever found yourself running late, navigating an unknown place, trying to find the address you had scribbled down in front of you? Well today we're in this very situation, and our directions are all off! Learn how to ask for directions (and to criticize someone for completely messing up the direction...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Phone Call to the Moving Company

Some people are minimalists, others are pack-rats. When it comes to moving house, you'd better hope your the former and not the latter! Join us today as we call up a moving company to find out just how to get stuff out of one apartment and into another!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Renting an Apartment through an Agent

Many people own their own apartments. However for those that rent, it's quite common to do so through a real estate agency. Learn some great language for describing your ideal apartment to an agent in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directions with a map#1

Yes, we know you’d love nothing more than a “map to Jenny,” but until our ratings drop (yeah, right), we’ll hang onto that.   What we can do is offer up “Jenny and a map.”  In this visionary-of-a-lesson, keep your eye on the map and your ear on “The Zhu.”   In this podcast, learn how to get around, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 06, 2013

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Which Subway Exit

Meeting up with friends in the city can sometimes be confusing. In today's lesson you'll learn the Chinese you need to know to describe which exit of the metro station you'll be meeting your friends at....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Booking a Plane Ticket

Our businessman friend, Peter, has sobered up and accepted the exciting offer of touring the factory he is considering buying product from in China. But he's got to get there first. Since China is a little bit bigger than he had anticipated when he booked and then subsequently cancelled the 52 hour ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: July 01, 2013

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City Stats

One never knows when one will find oneself in a game of pin the tail on the Chinese city. Get a head start on your Chinese topography. In a place where a city you've never even heard of can have the population equivalent to that of a small country, there is a lot to learn. Listen to this podcast and...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Travel Itinerary

Having a travel itinerary in place is no problem in China.  You can take a tour and be ushered along to a string of jade factories, miracle pearl cream shops, dramatic burn-healing remedy demonstrations and, uh, another jade factory... oh, yeah, and to the Great Wall too, if you're lucky!  In this p...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 然后,

Published: April 12, 2013

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Where's the Bathroom?

Despite our professional image (ahem) we confess to laughing like schoolgirls anytime someone attempts to act out this phrase. So, listen in to this podcast and get the education in the things you really need to know in Mandarin Chinese. If we didn’t teach you, who would?  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 在(zai)

Published: March 29, 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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Which friend?

“So… you’ll never guess who I bumped into! You know, about 5′8″, dark hair….” Yeah, good luck with that.  We’re thinking that a lesson on describing people would help out– and we’re all about helping.  In this podcast, learn how to describe people, using Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing
Grammar: , 就是

Published: March 13, 2013

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Directions for the Taxi Driver

Why bother to even ask for directions at all, when you can just hop in a cab, call your Chinese friend, and have her tell the driver where you want to go?  In this lesson, our lazy office visitor does just that. But you may just learn some Chinese from the exchange if you listen in and pay attention...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 13, 2013

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Do you Like China?

When you travel to China, the question on all Chinese people’s lips is “Do you like China?" So, in this podcast lesson, we help you to answer that all important question. You’ll learn how to give an emphatic “Yes! I like China!” in Mandarin Chinese. In this lesson you will also learn how to speak ab...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: where

Published: May 30, 2012

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Mysterious Visitor

Picture this: it’s a dark night, and someone’s all tucked in. Alone in the house, each creak seems to come directly at her. So when the doorknob starts to rattle, what happens? A Mandarin Chinese lesson, that’s what…Listen in to this podcast and learn how to be able to discern who it really is pound...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Lying in Chinese

Not that we’d ever take you for a impostor, but just in case you might need to talk your way out of something defend yourself or simply argue…all the time…like my ex…ahem. Anyway, it’s Ken and Jenny to the rescue in this lesson. In this podcast you will learn some important phrases like “you’re lyin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: arguing, denying

Published: April 01, 2012

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Describing the Weather

With the northern tip touching Russia, and the southern hitting Thailand, it should come as no surprise that China, and her people, have much to talk about when it comes to climate…do you? In this podcast, you will learn to talk about the weather and temperatures in Mandarin Chinese. “Weather-Ken” a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 怎么样, 大约

Published: April 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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Directions with a Map #2

So, you dug the previous “left/right” lesson (or enjoyed taking “orders” from Jenny) so much, we decided to make another. But in this podcast, instead of “left/right,” we’re taking you north/south/east/west. Watch, listen, learn ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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