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So Tall!

Granted, the 'you're tall' compliments have gotten fewer and farther between since Yao Ming had to come on the scene and wreck it for all of us. However, you can still milk some around here... just get some high heeled boots. Listen to this podcast, which will teach you not only to tell someone your...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, numbers

Published: January 05, 2015

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Ice Cream

The kids are eating it. The old people are eating it. The babies are smooshing it into their faces and hair. The lady that sells stinky tofu sells it. The meat market man even sells it. We can't make it through the hot summer without it. Summer in China is an ice cream eating bonanza. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, food

Published: November 26, 2014

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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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Getting a Phone Number

Unless you are a rainman-like genius, you may find attempts at reciting the fifty billion digit long phone numbers of China a challenge. Get help. Listen to this podcast to learn how to give out your number in Mandarin Chinese. You'll be counting spilled boxes of toothpicks in no time....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 13, 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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What Time is It Now?

Fans of "are we there yet" will enjoy annoying their companions with the endlessly repeated question, "what time is it now?" Whether you're just curious, or you're shooting for the "super obnoxious" end of the spectrum, you've got to admit that this is a useful question to master. Cover the essentia...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers
Grammar: how_many

Published: June 18, 2014

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Writing Characters vs. Typing Characters

The rise of computers in China has meant that people write less and less by hand, and spend more time typing their messages. For the Chinese learner, this has made being able to write in Chinese much easier. All one has to do is type out the pinyin for a character and select it! Find out more about ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Addition and Subtraction

It's like returning to kindergarten all over again! In this lesson, ChinesePod goes over addition and subtraction in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_much

Published: May 01, 2014

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Can You Help Me Move?

Moving day is here! In this dialogue, someone asks their friend to help them move into a new place. Let's hope there's an elevator...  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers, house

Published: May 01, 2014

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Big Numbers

Today's podcast is all about massive numbers in Mandarin Chinese. We're talking the numbers used in high-occurrence discussions on the population of China, US debt to China, your expected salary, and the price of a Ferrari in Shanghai. Enhance your numerical knowledge with today's elementary lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, math

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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Changing Subway Lines

In recent years, both Shanghai and Beijing have been zealously extending their subway lines, making transport by subway a convenient, realistic options for most city dwellers. The only caveat is that you need to know where to change subway lines, and you need to learn how to talk about it in Mandari...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many, can, from

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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Elevator Issues

If there's one place you're apt to find yourself in a crowded elevator, it's China. With so many people around, chances someone will have to help you push your floor if it hasn't been pushed already. This lesson helps bring your elevator talk to a new level.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Time for a Holiday

Everyone's always looking forward to their next holiday, but when is it again? Next month? Next week? To help figure it out, in this lesson, we discuss holidays and how to talk about dates and time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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New Phone Number

The cell phone gods have deemed that you need a new phone number. Of course, now you've got to let everyone know. In this lesson, learn how to tell someone that you've got a new phone number.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Admission Tickets

Step right up, folks! Get your tickets! Want to ride the train? You need tickets! In this lesson, ChinesePod teaches you how to buy those precious pieces of paper and talk about prices.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Taking Two Taxis

In a hurry? It's time to take a taxi. In this lesson, learn how to talk about taking a taxi, including the measure word for cars as well as how to talk about the total number of things.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, taxi

Published: May 01, 2014

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Multiplication and Division

How exhilarating to watch those numbers fly up and down when multiplying and dividing. Of course, the whole exercise got tedious pretty quick after grade school, didn't it? So why not try it in Chinese? ChinesePod shows you how!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_much

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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A Good Book

You may not be up to reading novels in Chinese just yet, but you can certainly express your opinion on whether or not a book is good. In this lesson, all your bookworms can learn how to express a little love for the printed word (the kind on dead trees).  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Days of the Week

This lesson teaches the basics for scheduling and making plans. Learn how to talk about days of the week and whether or not one is free to do something....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time, numbers, days
Grammar: 有_(yǒu)

Published: April 12, 2014

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Months

Learn the months of the year in Mandarin in this lesson. In some ways, it proves to be easier than English, requiring mostly that you master counting from 1 to 12!   ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 12, 2014

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How Old Are You?

How old are you? When an adult asks another adult this question, guessing games are likely to ensue. In this dialog, the question is met with just this kind of response. Learn the Chinese to ask this question, and pick up a coyly evasive (but simple!) response at the same time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 差不多

Published: April 09, 2014

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New School Term

Here's a Chinese lesson for all you students out there, who live and die (hopefully not die) by the academic calendar. One of the most pertinent questions for any student whose vacation is rapidly coming to an end is: "when does the new term begin?"  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 02, 2014

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Making a Dinner Reservation - Part 1

Making a dinner reservation over the phone can be a daunting prospect, especially when restaurant on the other end of the line is exceptionally noisy and hard to understand. Thankfully, the exchange is actually fairly straightforward and scripted, and with the help of today's newbie lesson to break ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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When and What Time?

When you're planning a trip, it's important to know the dates and arrival times for your plane, train, boat, or whatever mode of transportation you're taking. Need to learn how to tell your contact in China all these important details? ChinesePod's got your back with today's newbie lesson!  ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: expressing_time
Grammar: how_many

Published: April 02, 2014

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Does He Have Children?

Mr. Li is the talk of the town. He's dashing, he's witty, and... he's a father! In this lesson, the gossip turns to the subject of Mr. Li's children. If you're a parent (or maybe you're working on a complete inventory of everyone's children), you're going to find this lesson useful.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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What time do you get up?

Rise and shine! This newbie lesson involves a discussion about getting out of bed in the morning and getting off to school. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many

Published: April 02, 2014

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How Old Is Your Brother?

Younger brothers can sometimes be a nuisance, breaking your things or asking you an endless amount of questions (kids are curious, after all). But more often than not, we can't help but feel proud for them. In this lesson we learn how to introduce our younger brother and tell his age. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, family, age

Published: April 02, 2014

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Asking for a Phone Number

In this lesson, improve your Mandarin skills by practicing how to ask for a cell phone number. As cell phone numbers in China tend to be 11 digits long, it might take a big of getting used to....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Ten Four

No, it's not a lesson on CB radio lingo, good buddy. Rather, it's those pesky Chinese tones again. In this podcast, a Mandarin lesson to dissect the difference in sound between the perfect 10 and oft-maligned 4. Listen in, and you'll be blowing them away with the 'forty lions' tongue twister at the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 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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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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Buying a SIM card

We hope that those who come to China have a good memory, seeing as mobile phone numbers are about 20 digits long here. In this podcast, experience a Mandarin Chinese lesson on getting something you can’t live without here—a mobile phone SIM card. (ChinesePod tip: don’t get tricked into taking the nu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

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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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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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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Shanghai Fashion

Granted, the same person that said Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” also said that baijiu was a tasty drink…so we’ll let you decide. Fashion, however, is on the lips of everyone in the area. If you find yourself anywhere in China, Shanghai’s ascent into the ranks of a fashion capital will no dou...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, Dates

Published: June 01, 2013

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Olympic Medals

It’s always exciting to see which world records will be broken by gold medalists, as well as to see which country gets the most medals in the Olympic Games. In this podcast, you will learn about the Olympic medals in Mandarin Chinese. How about your Chinese Olympic trivia? You will also learn about ...

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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Speaking and Writing

It is said that the ability to speak and write is what separates us from the monkeys. Now, if you want to be the Monkey King, then try your hand at learning to speak and write Mandarin. In this podcast, a good start, where you will learn to talk about speaking and writing Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 2013

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Asking About Prices

When buying something in China, it's best to ask the price first as prices in many places are not posted. In this lesson, learn how to ask how much something costs and make a purchase....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: 什么, , ,

Published: March 22, 2013

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Asking the Time

In bustling cities like Shanghai and Beijing, there's always something happening, and sometimes even according to schedule. Knowing what time it is will always be something you need to ask early on. Learn the essential Chinese words and phrases to do so in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers
Grammar: 太_(tài)

Published: March 12, 2013

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Plane Ticket Prices

We hope you're ready for some slightly higher numbers, because these are plane tickets we're talking about; the numbers 1-100 aren't going to cut it.  Learn how to ask about travel planes, and also how to discuss slightly vague price ranges in this Chinese lesson....

Function: comparing

Published: February 01, 2013

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Your Baby is So Cute!

Not every baby is cute, but here in China, almost all of them are, so you'll probably find yourself in many situations in which you'll feel the need to tell parents just how adorable their little one is. In today's Newbie lesson, learn all about how to compliment a baby without holding back, because...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 23, 2012

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How Much is Your Car?

You may know that the Chinese (especially the Shanghainese) are rather open about discussing prices.  Housing prices are a conversation staple.  But you may be surprised how much a car can set you back in modern China.  Learn how to ask how much a car costs, and embrace the harsh financial realities...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: asking_price

Published: May 09, 2012

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Cola and Milk Prices

Cola or milk? Sugar or calcium? Cavities or strong bones? While the more healthy choice may be quite obvious, it's still important to know the price of either product as well. Learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to ask for prices in today's newbie lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, food, price
Function: shopping

Published: May 07, 2012

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When is Your Birthday?

Everyone loves birthdays, and chances are if you're new to Chinese they'll be some of the first things you broach in conversation. Learn about birthdays, dates, and days of the week in Mandarin Chinese in today's lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 是_(shì)

Published: April 30, 2012

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