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Chinese Breakfast

The visions you're having of glistening bacon and bottomless coffee might very soon be dashed. A lumpy curdled bowl of soy product and noodles a la oil don't appeal at 7:00 am? Wait till you taste... you just might come over to the Chinese side of breaky. This ain't no mini-wheats. 5,000 years in th...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 02, 2015

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Pumpkin Food

While Linus is keeping his Great Pumpkin vigil in the pumpkin patch, his counterparts in China are doing their own chowing down on the culinary delights that pumpkin season brings. Listen in to this podcast, and learn in Mandarin what the Chinese do with their leftover jack-o-lanterns as the fall a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 03, 2014

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Thirsty for Water

So, you’re thirsty… for water. Now, believe it or not, some shopkeepers will give you tea when you ask for water. In fact, others will even offer up OJ! But you need some H20 and you need it now! Parch no more – it’s a ChinesePod podcast to quench that burning throat…and desire to…(ahem)…learn Manda...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 13, 2014

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Snacks

Cultural divide is at times nowhere more evident than in matters of appetite. When it comes to cravings--you're pining for potato chips, she's fancying feet. You're itchin' for a little twinkie-binging loving, she's hankering for a little o' the necks. In this podcast, food-fusion, east-meets-west, ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Drug Dealer

The Departed was a pretty good film, although we have an office-wide dispute over whether it's better than Infernal Affairs. Before you settle down to watch the Hong Kong original in its glorious Mandarin dub though, we recommend checking out this podcast to learn the Chinese of the streets. Otherwi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The DVD Vendor

As you know, we at ChinesePod do not advocate drug deals, illegal sale of firearms and/or parking lot rage... but when it comes to our friendly neighborhood DVD man, well, that's when things get a little grey area-ish. Listen in to this podcast and learn all the Chinese movie-purchasing lingo you're...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 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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Too Picky

You may feel that it is your God-given right to not have the eyes of your shrimp staring back at you from the plate. Or that bones in your fish are nothing but a potential throat-lodging disaster. But keep in mind, there are others in distant lands who feel that chewing a bagel with cream cheese has...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Going to the Pharmacy

Being sick sucks, but being sick in Chinese really sucks. If you haven't lost your voice yet, get yourself down to the corner pharmacy for some relief. The smorgasbord of remedies range from the thick, boiled and black variety to something of the pill genre that you can't decipher from the box. But ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Instant Noodles

The Mr. Noodles rage that swept elementary schools in the 80s (crunchy raw with seasoning packet sprinkled on top) doesn't hold a candle to Chinese people's love affair with this quick lunch. Nutritional value: no. Great taste: debatable. Cheap and easy: of course. The recipe for any well-loved Chin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Requesting a Glass of Water

Hot day—there’s nothing you imagine that could be better than a nice cold glass of ice water... aha, not so! There is a whole nation of Chinese people that would beg to differ with you on this point. In this podcast, learn how to request a glass of water in Mandarin Chinese... cold water....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Hold the MSG

Some people are addicted to coke, others to crystal meth, but for the Chinese, the white powder of choice is none other than MSG. True, the MSG high leads to jacked up tasting pleasure, but if you want to avoid the crash, you might want to ‘just say no.’ Listen to this podcast to learn how--do your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Noodles without Cilantro

At ChinesePod, we not only care about helping you learn Mandarin, we also want to help your social standing…and, to be honest, herbs in the teeth a cool cat do not make. So, in this podcast, here’s what we can do: teach you how to order those tasty noodles, but without the either loathed or loved ci...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Cold Beer

Not that we think you would like hot beer, but believe us that in China it may be essential that you specify "cold" when you order your beer. In this podcast, learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to order a nice cold beer--essential pre-summer listening for those amongst us who feel that tepid beer is ...

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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Ordering a Steak

Here is a lesson for all our Chinese-speaking carnivores out there. Now, we know steak isn't really a Chinese food, but some of you just may get a yearning to sink your teeth into a red juicy (or not) slab of meat once in a while. So, listen to this podcast to learn how to order it to your liking--i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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How spicy?

When your mouth is on fire and the only thing within reach with which to douse the flames is a tiny cup of hot tea, you had better be wise enough to take precautionary measures. In this lesson, learn how to avoid the potentially high cost of mouth skin grafts, and take control of your oral inferno, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Chinese Seasonings

The little extras you'll have to crown your food masterpiece with on this side of the world may just turn out to be a little different than the humble yet revered fixings you're accustomed to back home. Come to think of it, the foods you'll like to adorn here aren't the most ketchup-and-mustard-frie...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Black or Green Tea

You know (from watching Tom Hanks save the world again) that lemon or milk depends on the brew, but would you be able to order a proper cup of PG Tips in Mandarin? Let’s hope so…no, wait, instead of hoping, in this podcast let’s give you a Mandarin Chinese lesson on black and green tea, for your dri...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Finding Live Music

The experts agree: China is an emerging power. But as a new superpower, what powers will it have on the world stage? Hopefully, one of them will be the power to rock your face off! Slowly but surely, China’s live music scene is making progress. From this podcast you’ll learn the Mandarin Chinese req...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Dog Personalities

It’s been estimated that dogs have the ability to understand a vocabulary of around 200 words. So when you come to China, you’ll find out pretty quickly that that Chinese Shar-Pei dog really doesn’t know what you mean when you say “down boy” in English. In this lesson, learn about some of man’s best...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Just Looking

OK, so you’re in a little Chinese shop, or checking out a vendor’s stand, and the clerk is super excited. She’s trotting out a seemingly endless line of products, not a single one which arises an iota of your interest. So how do you tell her that you’re really “just looking?” In this podcast you can...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 29, 2013

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How do you Take your Coffee?

Coffee drinking is on the rise in China, and nowadays it's easy to get a cup of joe in cities throughout China. In this lesson, learn how to ask for coffee just the way you like it....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 想(xiǎng)

Published: March 12, 2013

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Furniture

“Come on over,” they say, “We’ve a furnished apartment for you!” “Great,” you think – until you get there. The bed is a foot and a half too small, and the chair doesn’t recline at all, making it hard to watch football. So what do you do, lazy boy? Learn how to sleep in the fetal position, or listen ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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American Breakfast

While the writer cannot believe “grits” and “biscuits and gravy” were not included on the list of an “American Breakfast,” his contract stipulates that he still has to write this. So, (begrudgingly) here’s a lesson on that oh-so-important first meal. And if you don’t fancy having rice or noodles wit...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Views on Contact Lenses

Ironic that the person sucking the marrow out of a bone at dinner would be somewhat timid about wearing contact lenses, but it happened (at least, in ChinesePodLand). So tilt your head back, pry open your mind and listen in to this lesson in Mandarin Chinese on Contact Lenses....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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What's your type?

At ChinesePod, we’re all about putting Ken into compromising situations (see: beatings with the “Tone Stick” out back), so when a request came in for talking about the type of men one likes, we couldn’t say no. In this podcast, Jenny teaches and Ken takes on the student of Mandarin Chinese role in o...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2010

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