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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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Give Me a Kiss

Mouths were intended to be used for so much more than speaking Chinese. Sometimes the language of love communicates better than the best vocabulary, so it never hurts to get a little lip service... In this podcast, get smoochy-smoochy with us and learn to ask for a kiss, in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 07, 2015

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A Chinese Bachelor Party

The bachelor party is, in many ways, a rite of passage. Celebrated in movies and books for its wild and crazy traditions, this is an event that helps a man (or, in the case of a bachelorette party, a woman) say "farewell" to youth and "hello" to married life! Join us today as we join a group of guys...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 5: The Mistress

Just when you thought that Lulu and Shen Jiawei had put their past indiscretions behind them - Yangyang re-asserts herself as that hot and spicy flame of temptation. For your addictive dose of extra-marital affairs, deception, feigned innocence and saucy love triangles go ahead and listen to today's...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Costume Ball

It's that time of year again - costumes and dress-ups. Explore the social dynamics at play when Chinese adults do dress-up. Will the ugly Pigsy get the sexy Bunny-Girl, or will Bumblebee sweep her off her paws? Pssst, the tall Mandarin speaking ninja over by the bar is John....

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)

In the spirit of "Choose Your Own Adventure" 1980s pre-teen novels, we revisit Zhang Liang and Lili and rewrite history with a "Choose Your Own Breakup" lesson in Mandarin Chinese. Everyone knows these things don't always end prettily, so, in tribute to all the girls (or guys) you've loved before, l...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 2: Facing Divorce

We return to the topic of the "seven year itch" to find another couple's marriage struggling. Additionally, a close friend's seemingly perfect marriage is now facing divorce. Listen in for all the details; if you're looking for more lessons pertaining to marital strife, check out ChinesePod's origin...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: not_until, blaming

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch

Popularized by the 1955 Marilyn Monroe film, the "seven year itch" is a phrase which has found its way into Chinese culture, and, unfortunately, some Chinese marriages as well. In this lesson, delve into the psyche of a young woman whose marriage is a bit shy of perfection....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 8: The Good Husband

Lulu has a little accident today, forcing Mr. Shen to re-evaluate his priorities. Does he work too much? Is he available for his child? Find out how the couple handles this drama in today's episode of Love Tangle....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 7: The Mistress Returns

Things continue to get more complicated as Yangyang shows up, out of the blue, from her studies abroad. How will Shen react now that he's expecting a child with his wife? Tune in to today's show to find out how the drama unfolds!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 6: The Pregnant Wife

It's the newest installation of our Love Tangle series. Lulu is pregnant - and thinking about what to get the baby. She starts to ask questions about shenanigans at the office. Will Jiawei be able to play it cool?...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Free Association

ChinesePod is going a little 'new age' today and encouraging you to explore your inner child. Close your eyes, let your spirit roam... you are getting sleeeepy, wait! Not too sleepy. Make sure to pay attention to this lesson on letting your imagination run wild in Chinese... you never know where it ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Man-to-Man Advice on Women

Today's show features two friends - one who is in desperate need of advice, and another who is eager to give it. Learn all about the game of love (and how these guys choose to play it) in today's lesson!...

Published: September 01, 2014

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Foreign Father Loses His Cool

Anyone staying in China for some time will tell you, the Chinese have deep rooted notions about health and medicine, some of which seem utterly strange to foreigners. In this lesson, a foreign man finds this out the hard way after his Chinese wife has given birth.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 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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Made-to-Order Calendars

Remembering important dates can be a difficult for some of us. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays can easily pop up without our knowing. However, in this lesson, somebody at work has come up with a solution: a made-to-order calendar!  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Running into an Ex

It's an awkward moment that most of us would rather avoid - running into an ex! In this dialogue, a woman tells her friend all about running into her old boyfriend. It turns out he's not such a good guy.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Romantic Movies and Real Life

We all love a romantic chick-flick every now and then, but for some women it becomes a problem: they expect every man to live up to their Ryan Gosling/ Zhou Yumin/Seth Rogen-sized expectations, and it sometimes grates on their partners. In today's upper-intermediate lesson, learn all about to discus...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 宁愿, 得了

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This is a tale of a young man with a penchant for women who flip out on him and make his life miserable, even long after they've "ended" it. Yes, the crazy ex-girlfriend trope is alive and well in Chinese culture as well. It's not going to be pleasant, but sooner or later you're going to have to fac...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Creepy Guy

Any good bar has its share of dolled-up girls and shady but ever-so-eligible bachelors. Maybe he hadn't had enough to drink, maybe he has a staring problem, or maybe he just really hadn't gotten the hang of "blue steel," but in this lesson we join one of those creepy guys in a bar and find out how h...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Dropping Marriage Hints

You know how your girlfriend has been mercilessly dropping marriage hints, and you've been equally heartlessly pretending not to notice? Well, it's actually kind of bumming her out, so you can bet she's going to have a heart-to-heart with her Chinese girlfriends about this critical issue. In this le...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 5 - Beyond the Itch

The "Seven Year Itch" has ravaged and nearly destroyed the relationships of our saga, but it seems the epidemic has finally subsided. In the final chapter, we listen in on two seasoned husbands and their reflections on their personal encounters with the "itch." You'll find the previous lesson in the...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 似的

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 4: The End of the Itch

We've witnessed the trials and tribulations endured by couples afflicted with the seven-year-itch: fierce arguments, suspect extramarital interactions, even divorce. Luckily, at least one couple has managed to make it through relatively unscathed with their relationship intact. Listen in as she disc...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 3: Extramarital Involvement

ChinesePod brings you the next installment in our series on marital strife. One couple's marriage is in severe jeopardy after a husband's rather suspect interaction with a young college girl. Listen in to find out more! You'll find the previous chapter here....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Trouble with Marrying a Foreigner

Marrying someone from abroad can be a difficult. There are questions of culture and language that have to be overcome. Of course, some issues aren't as big as others. In this dialogue, a young woman talks with her mother about marrying a foreign man.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 4: A New Opportunity

The life of our friend Daqi, the programmer has already proved to be a difficult one. In previous lessons, Daqi faced long hours and a mountain of demands both at work and at home. Now, other programmers at the company are coming to him for help. What will Daqi do? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: July 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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Beards Are for Old Men

Someone's got a date tonight, and he's getting some important advice from a friend. The main question: do women dig the facial hair, or is it better to go for the clean shave? Find out how to talk about facial hair in today's lesson. We hope you'll add your two cents to this very personal debate aft...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Breakup

With this lesson, we did our best to distill the most cliché Chinese breakup lines into one simple dialog. This way, should you ever have the misfortune of needing to understand these words and phrases, you focus on being brokenhearted rather than puzzling over vocabulary and grammar. (You can thank...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Marriage and Divorce

Marriage and divorce. We hope you'll be talking much more about one over the other, but just in case, tune into this lesson to learn how to talk about getting married and divorced in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: The Final Episode

All good stories have to come to an end, including the saga of our friend Yang Jie. She kinda got sick of writing, as diary-keepers usually do. Plus, we were starting to feel like creeps, slinking into her room every night to sneak a peek. In this podcast, find out how things turn out for Yang Jie a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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All in the Family

Chances are that while you’re pulling out your wallet to buy that “I Climbed The Great Wall” t-shirt, a few photos of the family will show themselves. So we’ll make sure you can tell them you have a sister…unless that traditional tiara is for you. In this podcast you’ll also get the chance to learn ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 17, 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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Li Yan's Diary: More and More

The romance seems to be escalating. Things are getting juicy. They've gone from studying to eating to... utterly scandalous... watching movies together. Where will our two lovers go from here... listen to this podcast and read along with us as Li Yan continues to bare her deep thoughts, in Mandarin ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: Everyone Is Dating

Here is a Mandarin Chinese lesson to take you back to the simpler days of ugly boys, teenage angst and unrequited crushes. Yes, come with us as we sneak a peek at young Yang Jie's Diary (you know you want to). If the content doesn't sound juicy yet, listen as things unfold... if a Canadian businessm...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Yang Jie's Diary: Date with a Nerd

It's about time the nerds of the world got some respect. Bookworm Wang Wei seems to be trying to win the heart of fair Yang Jie. What does Yang Jie really think of this scholarly specimen? Is the way to her heart through the library? Let's snoop, in this podcast, where we look into a girl's not-so-d...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Li Yan's Diary: Love and Italian Food

Some may deem it 'nosy,' but we prefer the term 'inquisitive.' This week, we find another diary under the mattress, and this time it's young Yang Jie's rival in love... Li Yan. Read along with us as she pours out her soon to be not-so-private thoughts to her diary, and to millions of Mandarin Chines...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 总是, all, to_reckon,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Unlucky Day

Sometimes you just have one of those days where everything goes wrong and you're in a terrible mood all day long. In this Chinese lesson, follow along this story about a series of unfortunate events and learn what made this guy's day so miserable....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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It's Written in the Stars - Part 1

Whether you believe in it or not, astrology is an unavoidable part of dating in China. When looking for a potential mate, many people still look to the stars for answers. In the first of ChinesePod's series on astrology, two friends discuss the positives of having a Virgo husband....

Grammar: 难怪, 既然

Published: January 01, 2014

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Rental Boyfriend

The pressure from parents on young Chinese people to find spouses can be severe. In fact, so much so that renting a boyfriend or girlfriend to take home for Chinese New Year has become a full-blown phenomenon. In this lesson, two friends commiserate over their “personal problem” and consider renting...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 赶紧,

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Wonders of WeChat

Nobody in China sends text messages any more. They do WeChat! In this lesson, find out why WeChat is so popular and why everyone is using it....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 除非, , 基本上

Published: January 01, 2014

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Going for Younger Guys

ChinesePod steps into the realm of gender politics by taking on the issue of 姐弟恋 (jiědìliàn), relationships between older women and younger men. Most women seem okay going for guys a few years younger with them if they're right one, but younger than that? Let the discussion begin!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting a Date

We don’t allow ugly (on the inside) people to listen (work here, yes, but not listen), so of course, when you come here to visit us, you will end up being asked out (not the other way around, of course).  So, despite us never having done this on the first date before, in this podcast we’ll forgo all...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 06, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 6: An Old Flame

Will the drama never end (let’s hope not, as we like crafting these lessons)? Catching up with Lili, who recently ran into an old “friend” (doing quite well for himself), is making our old pal Zhang Liang a bit worried… but with good reason? You’ll only know if you listen… Listen to this podcast and...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_demand, 竟然

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 16: It's Over

No self-respecting soap opera would be complete without a teary farewell. It's been a long and winding road, but the inevitable time has come for our two lovers to part company. So go and get that box of kleenex and that pink teddy bear that keeps you company through the difficult times, and listen ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 11: Confiding in a Conniving Friend

Did you ever pour your heart out to a friend, only to discover you were playing right into that friend’s insidious master plan which would leave you broken-hearted and miserable? (Yeah, we hate it when that happens too.) Fortunately in this podcast it’s our friend Lili that’s getting duped – not us!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 12: The Breakup

Who knew it could all end up like this? In this podcast, could it really be possible that our friends Lili and Zhang Liang will part ways? Or can they work it out? Listen in and hear what a breakup sounds like in Mandarin Chinese. Love hurts. However, look on the bright side--you will finally be abl...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 15: Uncomfortable Encounter in a Bar

It's an awkward part of life, and those in melodramatic serialized fiction are certainly not exempt from the agonizing drama of running into an old ex. It's Zhang Liang's bad luck today when the poor sod runs into Lili and Liu Xiang in a bar. Listen in as things turn ugly and personal for our two lo...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 13: A Dad Gives Advice to a Broken-Hearted Son

Last time we heard from our friend Zhang Liang he was in the heat of a messy breakup. But who’s there to help him pick up the pieces but good ‘ole dad. In this podcast, listen in and learn some of dad’s words of (attempted) comfort in Mandarin Chinese, as he tries to cheer up a wretched Zhang Liang....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 14: Seeking Comfort

What will our friend Lili do now that she has broken up with Zhang Liang? Run into the arms of a conniving friend? or show up on the doorstep of an internet millionaire? That is for you to find out in this podcast, wherein Lili seeks comfort and you will learn how to give some--in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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