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How have you been?

When faced with the 'Do Chinese people really say ni hao ma or are they just succumbing to Englese' quandary, here is a lesson you can use to circumvent these deep unanswerable how-are-you-dilemmas. An alternative greeting option in Mandarin. In this podcast, learn how to ask after a peep in all new...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 28, 2015

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Getting Nationalities Straight

One question that a foreigner will continually be asked in China is "Where are you from?".  In this lesson, learn how to talk about where someone is from in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 26, 2015

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Are You Tired?

Discovering these 800-plus podcast lessons, likely you've been up for days, listening. You're not tired yet, due to the language-learning high that doesn't wear off until after lesson 452. However, a language full of sh's has been known to produce a trance-like sleepy state. The cure: just turn up t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 19, 2015

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Do you have a girlfriend?

Of course, being a single man-about-town in a city chock-full of laowai-hungry gals this phrase will not come in handy at all. But, on the off-chance you find yourself being pursued, listen to this podcast and learn the language of getting hit-on, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 14, 2015

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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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Too Much to Drink

Don't be fooled by the bottles of Russian vodka collecting dust by our water cooler, or the small bottle of baijiu on Amber's desk: the drug of choice here at ChinesePod is caffeine. And while it may be socially-acceptable to quaff a few cups of either while working, one too many will shoot your jud...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 19, 2014

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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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I forgot your name

Now, we know that when names consist mainly of a medley of Xs, Qs and Zs, it can be easy to lose it under pressure. So, when that friend that you just ran into is looking into your eyes with an anticipative look, you might just, understandably, come up short. This situation affords two choices: call...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 19, 2014

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The Night Club Experience

Are you a hardcore clubber? Or are you more of a wannabe, hoping for just a little peek into that dark, loud world of music, alcohol, and one-night stands? This lesson provides the outsider perspective into a Chinese club without getting too deep into the scene....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Houyi and The Ten Suns

Did you know that in the mythic past, the earth had ten suns taking turns warming it? That is, until legendary archer Houyi came along. Learn this classic tale in this Chinese lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Dream Girls

Staying at home every night reading manga might not win a guy a supermodel girlfriend, but he can always dream, right? In this lesson, ChinesePod talks about some of China's most famous dream girls and sits in on a dialogue where two guys share their favorites.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: only, 一__就

Published: August 01, 2014

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Anybody home?

Halloween is coming, so we're getting making our lessons a bit scarier. Today we'll arm you with the right phrases in Mandarin for dealing with big scary creaky doors that are left ajar and asking if anyone is there. Just be prepared -- you may not like what you discover... *shiver*  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 30, 2014

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Baby Photos

A picture is worth a thousand Chinese characters. In this Chinese lesson, you'll learn to talk in Mandarin about photographs and the people in them. Is this the first time you've ever talked about pictures in Chinese?  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 21, 2014

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Here she comes

'When someone you've never even met suddenly gives you flowers, that's ChinesePod.' In this podcast, we hear what really goes on inside the mind of the average smitten male. A Chinese lesson in mustering up the courage to talk to that guy/girl you're fancying. So put on some deodorant, grab some dai...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Now, don't be shy to act out all the motions that go along with this podcast, wherein you will learn a well-loved song about your body parts in Mandarin Chinese. Think of it as multi-tasking--a Chinese workout. Oh, and we'll be listening to make sure you are singing along too!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: studying, singing

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Bad Guy

A person's reputation can follow them. What you do in your school days can come back to haunt you later in life if you're not careful. In this lesson, a friend advises another friend against hanging out with a bad guy.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Whatever...

Coined phrase of sulky teenagers and pet phrase of indecisive girlfriends. When you know what you don't want but not what you do want, turn to this lesson to learn how to non-commit, in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast, a motley assortment of ambiguous phrases for the indecisive amongst us....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Fury

Men everywhere know about the fury of the woman scorned, but that holds nothing in comparison to that of a hormone-raging, pubescent, Sweet Valley High novel-reading youth. In this podcast we revisit our Chinese friend Yang Jie, and this time, she's furious. Follow along as the diary leaves the page...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 和(hé)

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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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 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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Calling Roll

We love our ChinesePod students, and we want to make sure that you’re all in attendance today. Thus, our lesson on calling roll. Listen to this podcast to learn how to be accounted for in Mandarin Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, studies

Published: April 01, 2014

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For you, and you, and you

On your next trip back to your home country, don’t forget to pick up some nice “western” treats for all your little friends in the neighborhood to try. And leave it to ChinesePod to think up a lesson to teach you how to be the benevolent benefactor that you will come to be known as around the ‘hood ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Who is that?

You may not be strutting on the catwalk, but your significant other is working it tonight! With this lesson, you can let everyone in the room know, hey... she's with me! And you'll do it in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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I'm Married

Dandy, aren’t we? With that custom-made suit you got made here, you’re bound to turn some heads. In this podcast, ward off a wandering eye and learn to say you are married, in Mandarin Chinese. Ahem…your spouse did ask us to teach you how to speak about being spoken for.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Formal Introduction

This is the formal introduction to the formal introduction lesson: You've mastered your Chinese hello and don't know what to do with that awkward silence. Now what? 1) Lose any sentimental attachment to your previous identity--you're going to need a new name. 2) Smile, bow, handshake, kiss, twiddle ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Street Argument

You know the signs. A mass of people, ten deep, reminiscent of a football huddle. A flying chair. A lot of arguing and pointing and yelling, but nary a punch thrown. Yes, it is the China street argument. Whether you're a looky-loo, or more of the steal-a-furtive-glance type, listen to this Chinese l...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Pretty Ugly

Since 'politically correct' is getting kind of old, ChinesePod today teeters on the edge of controversy with a purely shallow Mandarin Chinese lesson on looks. In this podcast, learn all about making disparaging comments about a person's appearance. Of course, we at ChinesePod do not advocate judgin...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Someone needs a shower

Let's face it. With the rising temperatures of summer, some of those around you may not realize that they are a little bit stinky. Today we are going to give a lesson on how to give a subtle (or not-so-subtle) hint in Chinese regarding that certain funk wafting in your direction. Learn in Mandarin h...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: people, weather

Published: April 01, 2014

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Baby Talk: Praise

Studies show our personalities are formed before the age of four. We at ChinesePod want you to raise a happy, confident little future Chinese speaker…so listen in to this lesson as Jenny teaches all about praising that little whippersnapper. In this podcast, learn how to tell your squishy cute baby ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Being Seated in a Restaurant

The maître d’ asks (in Chinese) “how many “--but you don’t understand, and resort back to your old days of “greasing the palm.” So she sees the 100 kuai note and assumes that you’re dining with 99 others. You’re more than welcome to book the place, or perhaps a quick Mandarin Chinese lesson on “how ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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What's that smell?

Some things are not discussed in polite society. In today's groundbreaking lesson in Mandarin Chinese, we run through how to shatter that taboo and accuse your friends, neighbors and language partners of... well, having an overabundance of spirits. Note: vocabulary also useful when touring certain a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Man or Woman?

When he/she walks like a woman and talks like a man, and the response that comes to your query of “Who is that?” is “It’s Pat,” you may find yourself in a quandary of gender identification. Think you can fake your way through this kind of predicament in Chinese with an evasive ‘ta’? That, and this p...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 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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Wang Wei's Diary: The Importance of Brains

You know the old adage: if they don't find you handsome, they better find you brainy. It's revenge of the nerds in this episode of Diaries of our Lives. We hear from Wang Wei as he breaks out into Mr. Popularity with exam time looming. Listen to this podcast, and hope that some of his brains rub off...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 好像

Published: January 01, 2014

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Describing Athletes

Oh the superlative human form. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so please allow your eye to feast on the lesson image to the left of this very intro, and admire along with the writer that hunk of a man. Oh yes, and before you get too carried away... don't forget to push play and liste...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Of Kings, Emperors, and Presidents

The difference between kings, emperors, and presidents can be confusing to a child. Explaining the difference in Chinese, however, becomes crystal clear in this lesson. Lesson in to learn the vocabulary and the language of power....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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What does she look like?

So that friend that could never get a girlfriend finally got one. The immediate question is, "what does she look like?" Of course, it's a useful question for many contexts. This lesson covers the most common Chinese descriptors for a girl....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Children's Train Ticket

Buying tickets in China can be a hurried affair. Train stations can fill up with literally thousands of people all clamoring to get their tickets out of town. And dealing with so many people on a daily basis often makes ticket sellers less than congenial. In this lesson, a mother talks with the tick...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Better Man

If you're going to treat men like objects, it's important to be able to compare them like objects. In this Chinese lesson, a group of ladies in the office compare two of their male co-workers. Listen in on the age-old debate of Xiao Wang vs. Xiao Li, and learn how to make comparisons in Mandarin!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 05, 2013

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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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Parking Lot Rage

If you’re one of the brave ones amongst us that is bold enough to get behind the wheel in China, surely there may have been times when your usually sunny disposition has become somewhat, let’s say, “ruffled”. Relive them in this podcast teaching you how to teach that jerk of a driver a lesson that h...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: people
Grammar:

Published: July 01, 2013

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Why is everyone looking at me?

Today's podcast explores a common situation, albeit one that's more likely to occur in dreams than real life. You've guessed it - it's the nightmare scenario in which everyone is staring at you, and for a very good reason! Check out today's lesson to find out why this person has everyone else's atte...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Identifying Family Members

The one-child policy might make a conversation about family members in Mandarin Chinese seem like a breeze. Be forewarned: to a nation of only children, birth order is a very interesting topic. Be forearmed: come to China with a cheesy family photo, and listen to this podcast. You'll learn all the v...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 12, 2013

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The Monks in the Temple on the Mountain

Did you ever hear the one about the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain? We have--in fact, the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain is one of our favorites… so much so that in this podcast we’d like to offer up a Mandarin Chinese lesson on the Monks in the Temple on the Mountain. Well, that is, unles...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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