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Oil in the Middle East

Nowadays the Middle East is most known for two things: oil and conflict. In this lesson, two friends talk about the Middle East its relationship to its most famous export.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: place, country, oil, war

Published: August 01, 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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Where'd You Get That Food?

A coworker or a roommate gets some food delivered and it looks delicious. But a larger question remains: why weren't we consulted? In this lesson, someone orders up some food, and leaves someone else hanging.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, place, eating

Published: May 01, 2014

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Let Me Off!

Buses in big cities take you where you want to go, but not exactly where you want to go. Often times, you might fly by your destination and have to double back. In this lesson, a couple try to get off the bus on their own terms, only to find that they've got to wait.  ...

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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Looking for a Tour Guide

So are you looking for a tour guide, or are you just looking for a friend of a friend to show you around the city for free? No matter; those two are the same word in Chinese! Learn how to get help finding a tour guide in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Terracotta Warriors

Do you know how to say "terracotta warriors" in China? Any studious student has to know this word, and be warned, the Chinese is quite different from the English. History buffs also take note: Xi'an is a Chinese city that demands your attention.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Do You Live Alone?

Everyone's got different preferences for living situations. Living with roommates can be vexing for those who desire personal space but a necessity for those who crave constant human interaction. Learn how to talk about your own housing situation in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Day in the Life of a Student

School days are here. In this lesson, read the diary of a student about their day at school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Basketball Game

It's time to check out a basketball game. In this lesson, learn the word for 'basketball game', and more importantly, how to say you're free to go watch!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Recognizing a Blind Date

Meeting someone for the first time on a blind date can be an awkward experience as it is, especially when you don't know what they look like. In this lesson, we've decided to raise the stakes by making that first encounter in Chinese! Don't worry, it's easier than you think!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shanghai Sightseeing

Shanghai might not have a "Great Wall" or an army of "Terracotta Warriors," but it does have a few famous landmarks of its own. In this lesson, learn the Chinese names for the Bund and Nanjing Road, two must-see spots for any tourist in Shanghai.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: where, 很(hěn)
Topic: travel, city, place

Published: April 09, 2014

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Where Are You Going In China?

OK, so you can express that you're going to China, in Chinese. That's great! But if you're telling any Chinese person this, their immediate next question is always going to be: where in China?. With this lesson, learn how to face that question and stay just one step ahead. (OK, so it's only two step...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, city, place

Published: April 02, 2014

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Which City Do You Like?

Ah, the eternal question... do you like Shanghai, or do you like Beijing? It's a question that both Chinese and foreigners alike enjoy debating, and with the rapid development of both cities, it kind of feels like a new discussion every time. So take your first steps into this discussion in Chinese ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Topic: china, city, place

Published: April 02, 2014

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Pandas in Chengdu

So you've hiked the Great Wall, explored the wonders of the Forbidden City, marveled at the Bund; you've exhausted the top-tier tourist attractions of eastern China. Fortunately for tireless travelers like you, China's a massive country chock full of national treasures available for your viewing ple...

Host: John, Dilu

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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A Tour of the Office

ChinesePod has visitors today and they're getting the full tour of the office! Find out how to make small talk and give basic directions to people who are visiting from afar!...

Host: Jenny, John

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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A Trip to Shanxi

Shanxi (山西) province is a mountainous plateau region located in northern China. It is know for its yummy noodles and the ancient city of Pingyao (平遥), which has become a world heritage site. But don't be afraid to get dirty! Shanxi is the leading coal producer in China and is also frequented by year...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, city, place
Grammar: 怎么样, , 不过

Published: January 01, 2014

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Activities on Douban

Facebook is blocked in China, so it's not used by most Chinese for socializing and organizing events. For organizing events, especially for the young Chinese artsy crowd, the place to go is Douban. Here you can find information on events as well as book reviews, movie reviews and more. In this lesso...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: Making_a_List,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Traveling around China

So you've enjoyed some travels in China of late, but part of the fun is getting to go home and brag to everyone about what you've seen.  Listen to this podcast and learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to tell someone about what you've seen and done whilst adventuring in the "Middle Kingdom."...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: travel, city, place

Published: August 06, 2013

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You've been everywhere!

So you're planning a trip with your travel buddy, and you're talking about the places you've been and haven't been. The problem is, this guy's been everywhere! Learn these very practical Chinese sentence patterns about past experiences in this lesson. You'll have to figure out the trip destination o...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: city, place

Published: August 05, 2013

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Nearby Tea House

You're in China and you want some tea. Where do you go? A tea house, of course. But what happens if you can't find one? Perhaps you'll have to settle for another kind of caffeinated beverage......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Getting to the Office

You'd normally just check online for the fastest route via public transportation to get to your destination, but you're out of data on your smartphone and can't find wireless. What do you do? Good thing you listened to this ChinesePod lesson and learned how to ask for and understand directions in Ma...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 怎么, 然后

Published: March 05, 2013

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Finding the Office Building

You've gotten directions to the office and gotten your friend to tell the taxi driver where to go. All you need to do now is find your way out of the taxi to the correct floor in the office building itself. Learn how to make this final push in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 01, 2013

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When are you Coming to Hong Kong?

Planning a trip somewhere? This lesson teaches you how to tell someone that you are going someplace and when....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, city, place
Function: expressing_time
Grammar: 哪_(nǎ), to_come

Published: May 04, 2012

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