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Discussing a Thesis Topic with an Advisor

Today's lesson is a must for anyone in higher education in China. Learn how to discuss your ideas, how to make suggestions, and how to hash out a thesis plan and schedule with your advisor....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Life after School

School is out for college students everywhere, and some of them for good. It's time to take on the real world. In this lesson, two friends talk about the difficulties in leaving college and finding a job in the "real world". And in the highly competitive Chinese job market, there's a lot of pressure...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: conceding

Published: August 01, 2014

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Time for School, Mom and Dad

Junior is starting first grade, but who's going to take him to and from school? In this lesson, a married couple have a discussion about how to adjust to their child's school schedule.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Joining a Sports Team

Joining a sports team is a rite of passage for many children growing up. However, in China's highly competitive academic culture, participating in a sports team is a decision bound to cause controversy. In this lesson, a husband and wife discuss whether or not their son Liang Liang should join a spo...

Topic: school, sports, kids
Host: Greg, Vera
Grammar: , 不但, 说不定

Published: August 01, 2014

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Homeschooling

In a society renowned for its rigid examination system, homeschooling might seem like a very attractive option to conscientious parents that are looking to do more for their children's futures then turn them into obedient little worker drones, fresh terracotta bricks for the (not so great) wall. But...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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School Days

In this lesson we hear about a day in the life of a third grader as told by his pre-school brother. It's far from riveting literature, but it will teach you how to talk about your age, make comparisons and use some basic school words. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2014

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Earthquake Evacuation

Everything is shaking! It's an earthquake! Run for it! In this lesson, listen as ChinesePod takes you along on an earthquake evacuation.  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: July 01, 2014

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Time for Attendance

It's a slow day in class today, and a lot of students seem to be elsewhere. Unluckily for them, the teacher has decided to take attendance. One student tries to cover for them, but it doesn't go as planned...  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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More School Days

After elementary school, things start to get a bit more serious scholastically for children everywhere, but in China things can get especially rigorous. In this lesson, an elementary school student talks about her older sister in middle school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where Did You Learn Chinese?

Once you get past the initial niceties and compliments that inevitably take place during a conversation, your newfound Chinese friend will most likely ask you where you've learned such exemplary Mandarin. Today's lesson will teach you how to respond to this question while still preserving the image ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The New Intern

He's the new intern. His name is Mike. He's from Harvard. And he's only here for two months. But he's available to handle all the horribly tedious tasks that you can never seem to get around to, so make good use of him! Get ready for communications with your Chinese interns in this 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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Do you have class this afternoon?

Chinese class is over and it's time to have some fun. In this lesson, learn how to talk about getting out of class, telling time and playing sports.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Pens and Notebooks

Pens and notebooks are essential for any student, especially a student of Chinese. For many students of Chinese, mastering all of those characters requires writing and re-writing them over and over. In this lesson, learn how to go buy yourself some pens and notebooks and get started.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Kindergarten

Ah, the glory days of kindergarten, the days when singing, dancing and drawing filled the days... well, at least until nap time. In this lesson, hear about a day in the life of a Chinese kindergarten student. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod's newest way to enrich yo...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn in Your Homework

Homework is a huge part of every Chinese kid's childhood. In this lesson, we cover that dreaded moment when the teacher asks for everyone's homework and one unlucky guy doesn't have his. There's gonna be a reckoning!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 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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Do You Have Any Questions?

Do you have any questions? Of course you do! Because you're a good student, and good students always have questions. But just in case your question is, "how do you say 'do you have any questions,'" we've prepared this Chinese lesson just for you.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 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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Looking for an Apartment in NYC (Part 1)

It's a common feature of Chinese culture that parents will do almost anything for their children's education - setting aside vast sums of money, investing in after school tutoring and even buying apartments near good schools. In this dialogue, see how far one woman is willing to go for her daughter'...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Formal Apology

When you need to write a formal apology letter, it is important to do it correctly. How can you impress the recipient with the graveness of your error and yet keep it appropriately dignified? Listen in as one student receives advice on how to compose the perfect apology letter....

Host: Shanell, David

Published: January 01, 2014

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Class Elections

Elections are a contentious issue anywhere... even in a classroom. In this lesson, students are asked to elect their leaders. What results is a demonstration in electioneering that would make even seasoned politicos blush!...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 好像, in_vain

Published: January 01, 2014

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Learning the Lei Feng Song

In the old days, Western kids wanted to "Be Like Mike." Chinese kids wanted to "Be Like Comrade Lei Feng." In today's podcast, learn about this ultimate do-gooder. He's a role model for communists and capitalist-running-dogs alike....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: repeating, teaching

Published: June 01, 2013

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Student or Teacher?

If you're reading this, you're most likely studying Mandarin. You need to learn how to talk about yourself and your teachers. In today's lesson, learn how to explain in Chinese that you're a student....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 是_(shì)

Published: March 29, 2013

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