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Asking for Change

Now, we know when in Rome, you like to adapt to the locals. So, we expect that you’ll be treating everyone to 12 course dinners like the best of them. But, if, for some reason, you go western style and split the bill, you’re gonna need this podcast. Listen, and learn how to ask for change for that 1...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, money

Published: October 24, 2014

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Applying for a Loan

Being able to talk people into giving you money is a special skill. Especially when you're talking to professionals who say "no" for a living. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn the key phrases and unorthodox "techniques" that will help you smooth talk any banker (or land you in jail). Soon you'll ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Negotiating Price and Payment Terms

In this installment of our series, Canadian businessman Peter decides to lose the 'nice guy' image and get down and dirty in his negotiations with the Chinese factory. In this podcast, learn some Chinese-style business negotiation tactics. Listen and see if Peter has got what it takes to break free ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: business, money

Published: September 01, 2014

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A Card Gets Swiped

Someone's credit card has been stolen! Luckily, the bank alerted them via text message. But what to do? Find out in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Saving with Alipay

China's online payment system, Alipay recently launched a new product called 余额宝 (Yú'ébǎo) that has become wildly popular in China. It's an interest earning money market account similar to the product that Paypal introduced several years back. We're calling it an “Alipay Surplus” account. Learn more...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 出来, 不但

Published: August 01, 2014

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Money Laundering Operation

Don't you hate it when you have millions of RMB (which you claim you won legally gambling in Macau), but don't have a way of discreetly "converting" that money into squeaky clean assets, seeing as how you're a high-level official in your home county, and your constituents kind of frown on that kind ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Secret Cash Stash

It's not uncommon in China for the wife in a marriage to have sole access to the family credit cards and bank accounts (the reason being to avoid wasteful purchases, of course!). Naturally, the husbands have devised a way around their wives' vice-like grip on the family funds: stashing money in nook...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Donation Dilemma

In 2011, the Red Cross of China suffered from a corruption scandal. A woman named Guo Meimei, allegedly the mistress of someone on the board of the Red Cross, posted pictures of her lavish lifestyle, possibly paid for by funds embezzled from the Red Cross. Since then the Chinese people have been rel...

Host: John, Vera

Published: July 01, 2014

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Tickets Today, Tickets Tomorrow

Hopefully you've bought plane tickets before and you're aware that the price can vary a bit according to when you buy. With this lesson, you can also be prepared to deal with this reality in Mandarin Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 20, 2014

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Antiperspirant in China

Confidence, confidence, dry and secure... raise your hand..... raise your hand... if you're sure you want to drop a hundred kuai on your favorite stick, spray, or roll-on at the fancy supermarket. The laowai demand has caused the supply to shift in our favor. Or maybe the locals finally realized the...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: money, health

Published: June 01, 2014

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Borrowing Money

In today's podcast, learn how to ask for a temporary capital injection, in Mandarin Chinese. If you need somebody to let you hold a few g's until payday, or slip you some skin to cover the electrical bill, this is the lesson for you....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Internet Cafe Rates

There is going to be lots to write home about when you're in China, so because ChinesePod knows how much your mom wants to hear from you, we have created this lesson on inquiring about internet café rates. In this podcast, learn how to ask in Mandarin Chinese how much the rate is per hour, and also ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 02, 2014

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Free Parking?

Free parking never comes easy, does it? In this lesson, someone parks in an underground parking garage and finds when it's time to go that parking for free wasn't as easy as they thought....

Grammar: 可以, 那/那么
Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Colors of Money

Chinese money, like money in many places throughout the world, is color-coded based its denomination. However, this might come as a bit of a surprise to Americans used to greenbacks. In this lesson, two Americans make the colorful discovery.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, colors

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Change for the Bus Fare

When hopping on the public bus in China, make sure you have some change with you if you don't have a transport card. If not, you'll have to work something out with the driver. Learn how in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Umbrella Opportunism

Stuck out in the rain without an umbrella? No problem! In China, umbrella salespeople pop up as soon as it begins to pour. Of course, it'll cost you...  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Tricky Text

They're out there lurking. They're sending text messages to try and get you to give them your money. 骗子 (piànzi)! Con-artists have quite a reputation in China. Learn about one of their most common scams in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny_Zhu, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Spending Money in Hong Kong

As one of Asia's premier shopping cities, Hong Kong has more than a few places to spend your hard-earned cash. No matter what it is you buy, your coworkers will undoubtedly be curious as to how much money you've spent on your most recent buying binge. Learn how to discuss such a topic in today's Chi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Repaying a Debt

If a good friend asks to borrow a little bit of money from us, we'll probably oblige 99% of the time without setting up any repayment parameters. But as the days turn into weeks and weeks into months, things can get a bit tricky and awkward when your "good friend" is slow in repaying his or her loan...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, money

Published: May 01, 2014

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Can You Lend Me Money?

What are friends for? Lending money, right? In this lesson, learn how to extract as much money as possible from your good, generous friend. (You'll pay him back, of course.)  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Fake Beggars?

When going out in the evening in Chinese cities, one is likely to run into ragged looking beggars soliciting change from passersby. And while some of these beggars have experienced terrible misfortunes, for others it's just an act to make easy money. In his lesson, learn how to talk about beggars an...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, fake

Published: May 01, 2014

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Rich and Poor

Ah the income gap - a prevalent issue in China and many other parts of the world. Most of us are struggling forward to rise to the next income bracket (and studying Chinese might just be the boost you need to get there!). In this lesson we will be discussing differences between the rich and the poor...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: people, money, car
Grammar: also, 和(hé)

Published: May 01, 2014

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Leaving a Tip

How much should you leave as a tip after a meal in China? The answer is nothing! In China, it is not customary to give tips. In this lesson, two friends learn what happens when you try to give a tip in China after a meal.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Changing a Plane Ticket

For whatever reason you're in the airport and the flight you've got just won't do. Now comes the tricky part! How do you ask to change your ticket? Find out today with this elementary level lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_need, to_leave

Published: May 01, 2014

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This Needs to be Dry Cleaned

Suits, sweaters... how could anyone possibly know which need to be dry cleaned, and which don't? No need to be shy; just ask! Learn to talk about clothing and dry cleaning options in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Checking out at a Hotel

It's checkout time, also known as "check the room for consumption of overpriced snacks and beverages or theft of towels time." In this lesson, learn how to tell the hotel you're checking out, and the Chinese you're going to hear when they bust you.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 2: China Union Pay

Our hospitality saga continues with an encounter between a young woman and a hotel clerk. Learn how to talk about room reservations and China Union Pay bank cards in today's lesson!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Chinese Money Denominations

Don't make the short-sighted mistake of dismissing the many miniscule denominations of Chinese currency jingling around at the bottom of your pocket just because they are worth, say, one one-thousandth or so of a US cent. In no time, you'll be fighting tooth and nail over that self same mao, jiao or...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, money
Function: quantifying

Published: January 20, 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 Change

You're dancing around gesticulating. They're dancing around gesticulating. Children are clapping and someone might even be singing, shaking an abacus in time to the music. Except that you're not teaching them a "foreign friend" dance, you're trying to get the correct change so you'll have the bus fa...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bank Hours

You've camped out for U2 tickets, queued for boxing day sales... but the bank? Waiting outside the bank before it opens is a national pastime and community social event in China. So take your number (ah, so this is why they line up at the screech of dawn), take a seat and hunker down for your lesson...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting the Correct Change

In China there's a whole special language reserved for counting out change (and no, Shanghai poddies, we're not talking about Shanghainese!). This is the language where the Chinese word for "to search for" suddenly becomes "to give back money." Learn all the essential Mandarin in this lesson to mak...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Using a Credit Card

For a million yuan, a ChinesePod pop quiz: Q. You could be asked 2 things at the cash register. One is “paper or plastic,” and the other is “_________ or _________” (answer rhymes with “cash or credit”). In this podcast, we’ll aid you in adding to that credit card debt you keep kidding yourself that...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Help at the ATM

In big cities in China, ATMs are everywhere, and many of them can even take foreign cards now. Of course, it's very useful to actually know how to use these things, and learning the appropriate Chinese terms is a huge step in the right direction. Today's lesson covers the ATM basics, including check...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Member of the 'Moonlight Clan'

How does the word for "moonlight" refer to the modern Chinese worker's spending habits? Learn all about the secret life of the Chinese "moonlight clan" in this lesson, and how it relates to deep-seated Chinese spending habits....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Private Money Changer

So we don't mean to say the you're a "sucker" for going to "banks" and accepting their unfavorable "exchange rates" and "exchange limits." All we're trying to say is that there are other, perhaps less painful, paths to obtaining the foreign currency you desire. What's that? Is it legal? OK, let's ju...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, china, bank
Grammar: , 从来, 只好

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hair Salon Card

We're all at our most vulnerable while at the hair salon - after all, how can you argue with someone wielding razor-sharp objects just inches from your neck? That doesn't mean you should let salon employees coerce you into purchasing memberships, however! We're here to help with today's Intermediate...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Carpooling

It saves the environment. It saves you money. It helps you make new friends. What's there not to like about carpooling? Learn all about how to ask Chinese friends and colleagues about packin' in and sharing a ride in today's intermediate lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, money, car

Published: January 01, 2014

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My Bank Card Was Eaten!

Under any circumstances, if an ATM eats your bank card, it's massively inconvenient. But if you're on your way out of town, the situation is much more pressing. In this lesson, someone loses has his bank card eaten and finds himself at the mercy of the bank....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, place, bank
Grammar: ,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Asking to Be Paid Back

Lending money to friends can be a risky business. They might be a good friend, but are they good with money? What's worse, how can you put pressure on a friend to pay you back? In this lesson, two friends discus how to get another friend to pay one of them back....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, friends, life

Published: January 01, 2014

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Calling a Moving Company

Moving into a new place can be fun, but getting all your stuff from one place to another can be quite an ordeal. In this lesson, someone calls a moving company and asks them how much it'll cost....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Defusing the Red Bomb

Weddings in China often involve large banquets, sometimes with hundreds of guests. In a way, wedding receptions often appear more like fundraisers than an intimate ceremony for family and friends. It seems even more so when one considers that all the guests in attendance are socially obligated to gi...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, marriage
Grammar:

Published: January 01, 2014

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Living on Welfare

Governments throughout the world provide welfare for its impoverished citizens, and China is no exception. But how does the system work in China? In this lesson, two friends talk about the process of applying for welfare in China....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Price of Marriage

Marriage in China is a serious business that involves more than just the complexities of love and interpersonal relationships. In a culture where family is highly revered, marrying someone means becoming part of the family. And this requires making commitments that are both spiritual and financial. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 对于, average

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bank Transactions

You can change it to RMB, but not back unless you have a form and oh, by the way… where’s your red book, visa, and passport? Wrong line – it’s that one, but take another number and wait here. No, there, sorry, we don’t do it at this branch… Exhausting to read? Try hearing it in Mandarin. Fortunately...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: business, money

Published: July 01, 2013

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Getting Reimbursed

ChinesePod may be the only company in the world where employees can be legitimately reimbursed for buying knock-off DVDs (they were for Movie Madness, we promise). Though, admittedly, wrangling a receipt is sometimes a challenging endeavor. In this podcast, listen in and find out how to use your Man...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Renting a Bike

You can't bring your trusty bike with you everywhere you go. When you arrive in a new city in China, you can check out bike rentals. Pay your deposit and rental fee, and you'll be zipping around in no time flat. Learn how to do this all in Chinese in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Standing in Line

Back in the day it was one bus per hour, which explains the, erm, shall we say, “lack of formation” in that ticket queue. In this podcast you will obtain some cultural insight and learn a few stinging phrases in Mandarin Chinese to bring line etiquette to the attention of the offender. Would that re...

Host: John, Aggie
Topic: money

Published: June 01, 2013

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Calling a Supplier for a Quote

Catching up with our Canadian businessman, he's finally getting in his groove. Today, we listen in (actually eavesdrop) as he gets a quote. In this podcast, learn how to ask for a price and talk terms when ordering from a supplier in China, using Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Exchanging Dollars for RMB

One of the first things you're going to need to do in China is change some of your hard-earned cash into spendable RMB. Today's dialogue follows one such traveler as they venture into a local bank. Learn all the vital vocab for exchanging money using Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: 这么
Function: making_requests

Published: April 11, 2013

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