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Adventures of an Andy Lau Fan on Taobao

Everyone in China is doing it, so it's time we informed our users more about buying stuff on Taobao, the Chinese conqueror of eBay. Today's lesson delves into the shady underworld of obsessed fans. (Remember, ChinesePod takes no responsibility for any stinky shoes you may encounter in your online sh...

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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To bag or not to bag?

Since last summer, getting a plastic bag when you shop in the People's Republic has gotten a little more expensive. Listen to this Chinese podcast and learn how to cut waste, reduce litter, and give some love to Mother Earth, in one fell swoop. It's in the bag!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 19, 2014

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Weekend Plans

Everybody's workin' for the weekend... oh, no, wait a sec, that's just us... slaving away for your daily Chinese podcast dose. But we're not bitter, we love you. Pay us back by allowing us to live vicariously through you and your eventful full meaningful lives. Here, a lesson on living for the weeke...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 22, 2014

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I Want This

A wee baby learning to talk. His first word, a loving 'mama.' The second, 'dada.' And then comes the 'gimme, gimme, gimme.' Well, you have to start somewhere. In this podcast, learn the phrase that will help you get what you want, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping
Grammar: to_want, to_have

Published: August 06, 2014

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What size?

Thought of as 'petite' in your homeland, as you browse the corner shoe store, you are alarmed to find that the only thing you can get your dainty foot into is a florescent orange counterfeit men's 'Croc' clog. Things aren't looking up anytime soon, so listen to this podcast to learn how to ask for y...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 01, 2014

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Time to Buy a Mask

After decades of astounding industrial growth, China is now paying the price in terms of rising air pollution. For the past several months, smog clouds have loomed in cities throughout China. In this dialogue, two residents of a Chinese city wake up to go for work only to find themselves in for an u...

Host: Greg, Vera
Grammar: , 从来

Published: August 01, 2014

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Cracking QR Codes

QR codes have become quite a phenomenon in China. On the subway or walking through the mall, one is likely to see QR codes ready for scanning everywhere. In this lesson, someone learns how they work for the first time while waiting for a seat in a restaurant.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bringing the Heat Home

Even on a hot day, a hot shower is still strangely refreshing. In this lesson, someone is looking to buy a water heater for their home to make sure they have all the hot water they need.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Paper Chase

Tissues, handkerchiefs, toilet paper, paper towels - that's a lot of paper products! What are they all for? In this lesson, a wife makes it all clear for her husband at the supermarket.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 好像, 怪不得

Published: August 01, 2014

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Buying a Plasma TV

How much of the Chinese language could you learn if you spent half as much time with ChinesePod as you do with "Neighbors," "COPS," and "MTV"? Television is a brain-washing machine. If you want to kill your soul, watch the boob tube. If you want to learn Chinese, listen to this podcast. ChinesePod i...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Trip to the Convenience Store

Break time at the office, and it's time for a trip to the convenience store! Sodas! Popcorn! Candy! In this lesson, a co-worker takes a trip to the convenience store and takes orders from the rest of the office.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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A Disappointing Delivery

One of the most popular and expedient ways to shop in China is by ordering things online. But what do you do when there's a mix-up and the company delivers the wrong product? Find out how to resolve such issues in today's dialogue....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 06, 2014

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How Many People Does It Take...

Oh no, a light bulb has gone out in the house! It's a problem sure to get the whole family involved. How will they resolve it? Find out in this lesson!...

Topic: shopping, house
Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Classic Haggling

Bargaining is a part of life in China. If you want to pay a good price for something, you have to haggle a bit. In this lesson, learn the basics of bargaining in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: bargaining

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying Diapers

It's not the proudest moment in any parent's day, but diapers need to be bought. In this lesson, a father figures out what size of diapers he needs for his son. Learn how to make suggestions and ask about age and weight.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 6:Buying a Handbag

We revisit Ms. Wu's saga in New York in today's elementary lesson as we follow on a handbag shopping excursion. Will she be able to find one that suits her? Learn how to shop for handbags (and other products) in today's ChinesePod lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying a Prepaid Cell Phone Card

So you've just had an hour-long argument with your landlord about the electricity bill or exchanged a few hundred texts with your significant other; either way your phone is out of credit. Don't panic! Learn how to recharge your cell phone minutes in today's highly useful Elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: choosing, shopping

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying a Bouquet of Flowers

This friendly reminder lesson goes out to all you boyfriends, husbands, secret admirers, penpals, joe blows and stalkers in the land... buy some flowers for your lady on the way home tonight. In this podcast, you'll get the language you need to do it right, in Mandarin Chinese. And don't forget to ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Seoul

Perhaps best known for remarkable food items such as spicy smelly preserved vegetables and some 'alternative' meats, this capital of Korea is known for a lot more than than its eating. Learn in this lesson about the city of Seoul. A place of delicious food, friendly people, and facelifts. This place...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Need a Sofa?

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you just cannot get off your hands? Sure, there's eBay or Taobao, but it'd be so much less of a hassle to just pawn it off on one of your unassuming friends or coworkers. Learn how to convince someone to buy an unwanted couch in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: persuading, selling

Published: May 01, 2014

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What's This Made of?

Whether you're shopping for furniture or buying low-quality knick-knacks at the fake market, it always helps to know what your product is made of to help determine a fair price. There's nothing worse than realizing your shiny dragon statue is made of cheap plastic! Learn how to talk about materials ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buy One Get One Free

Get 'em while you can! In this lesson, learn how to talk about "buy one get one free" deals! You'll also learn how to talk about doing an action more as well as saying that you want something.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Online Shopping Help

We're sure many of our subscribers, tech-savvy or not, have experienced the joys of shopping online. In today's lesson, learn about one of China's biggest online shopping site, Taobao, in addition to learning how to discuss buying things online in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Boxing Day

No, Boxing Day has nothing to do with the big fight on Pay-Per-View. It's that semi-mystical holiday celebrated by the loyal subjects of the queen. Apparently it's all about shopping? If you have any idea what we're talking about, let's convert the idea into Chinese in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: all, 太(tài)

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Good Book

You may not be up to reading novels in Chinese just yet, but you can certainly express your opinion on whether or not a book is good. In this lesson, all your bookworms can learn how to express a little love for the printed word (the kind on dead trees).  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Adding Credit to a Cell Phone

A few things you can’t live without upon arriving: 1. Toilet paper (oh – you laugh now, but trust us) 2. ChinesePod 3. A mobile phone …now, we hope the first two are self-explanatory, and about the 3rd – it’s all pay-as-you-go, so in this podcast we tender a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on “topping up...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 只_zhǐ, there_is

Published: April 07, 2014

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Ten Four

No, it's not a lesson on CB radio lingo, good buddy. Rather, it's those pesky Chinese tones again. In this podcast, a Mandarin lesson to dissect the difference in sound between the perfect 10 and oft-maligned 4. Listen in, and you'll be blowing them away with the 'forty lions' tongue twister at the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Do you have...?

In the hierarchy of language learning, there are the 'haves' and the 'havenots.' The 'haves' are those that know how to ask for something. The 'havenot' is that guy over there wildly gesturing, grunting, pointing and flailing at the laoban. In China, of course, as a 'have', you may find you can't al...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping, food, beer
Grammar: to_have

Published: April 01, 2014

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Asking for English Books

You're in the place aptly dubbed "Book City," and the masses of Chinese characters overwhelm you like the masses of humanity you just jostled through to find the information counter. Not an ABC in sight. So, how to get the elusive English book you seek (or at least a procurable substitute)? Listen t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking

Published: April 01, 2014

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Finding Things in the Supermarket

It's time to go to the supermarket! In China, most supermarkets are spread out over several floors, making finding what you're looking for that much more confusing. In this dialogue, a brave shopper attempts to buy a flashlight, chocolate and more.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: April 01, 2014

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Buying Foundation

It's time to get pretty! In this lesson, ChinesePod gives an introduction to the world of make-up in Chinese by going out to buy some foundation!  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: April 01, 2014

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Your Receipt

If you’ve spent any time in China, or plan to, you’ll notice a strange piece of paper being asked for at the end of meals/cab rides/etc. What is it? We’d better let Jenny explain; and if you’re lucky, she’ll include a lil’ cultural insight as well. In this podcast, learn how to ask for that precious...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Buying Bread and Butter

It’s only right that with us being the “bread and butter” of your day, we also offer up a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying these two basics at the grocers. In this podcast, learn how to request a specific item at the supermarket, using your Mandarin Chinese. Spread the word!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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I can't buy my size

Not that anyone's intimating that you've got big feet, a wide girth, or an ample posterior -- but those who have been in China for a while know that the Chinese tend to be a little more "petite" than their western counterparts. In this lesson, learn how to ask for your size in Mandarin Chinese... an...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 根本, 知道

Published: January 01, 2014

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Condoms

Drug stores are full of potentially embarrassing items. Embarrassment is exponentially heightened when it involves the acting out of said item to drug store clerk, gesturing to specific body parts and drawing pictures. Thankfully, we at ChinesePod do not shy away from these topics (to wit: lesson on...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping, show

Published: January 01, 2014

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Voucher Promotion at the Mall

Everyone likes free money, right? But is there really such a thing as free money? Join us at ChinesePod today as we go shopping - and receive some vouchers that are tempting... too tempting!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Kinds of Nuts

Nuts come in all shapes and sizes - and some people say eating them will even make you smarter. Join us today as we browse many varieties of this delicious snack. We're sure you'll find a kind you like!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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No, thank you!

Any stroll down Wangfujing or Nanjing Lu will tell you the shops aren’t the only ones selling. Constant “hallo!’s” tailed with “bag?” “watch?” and “DVD?” will follow you no matter what you do to escape. So, either learn how to walk faster, master the “laowai lookaway,” or simply find a brilliant pod...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping

Published: January 01, 2014

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Using a Credit Card

For a million yuan, a ChinesePod pop quiz: Q. You could be asked 2 things at the cash register. One is “paper or plastic,” and the other is “_________ or _________” (answer rhymes with “cash or credit”). In this podcast, we’ll aid you in adding to that credit card debt you keep kidding yourself that...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Custom-Made Shoes

Getting shoes that fit properly can be a challenge for many a foreigner in China. Luckily, there are many places where one can have shoes custom made to fit, all while sporting a new style. In this lesson, someone goes to a custom shoe store to satisfy what turns out to be an urgent need....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Adventures of a Shopaholic

Shopaholics live for shopping. So for them, a sale is absolutely heaven! Today's lesson relates the escapades of one shopaholic and her husband's opinion of her buying habits....

Host: Jenny, David
Topic: shopping, sales
Grammar: more_and_more,

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Place for the Rejects

You're a flawed dress shirt. You're labeled incorrectly. Your buttons don't match. There's a weird seam running down your back. Nobody wants you. Or do they? Learn about the world of rejects and high quality fakes in this lesson!...

Topic: shopping, law, fake
Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Going on a Diet

In the Tang Dynasty, to be fat was to be beautiful. Nowadays, as the Bling Dynasty sweeps the nation, oh how the tables have turned. China is a land of magical weight-loss remedies. Whether it's braving the acupuncture needles, downing little "herbal" pills, or, for the more traditional, training on...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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My New MP3 Player

So you've decided to get with the cool kids and buy an MP3 player so you can rock the ChinesePod, shake your body. But how are you going to brag about it if you don't know all this techno-lingo? Don't fear--just put those earbuds in your ear, press play, and listen to this podcast with a Mandarin Ch...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: shopping, music

Published: July 01, 2013

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Juiced!

Tea and baijiu aren't the only things you can drink in China. In today's Mandarin podcast, you'll learn how to order a juice -- and how to complain when it isn't all you dreamed it would be!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: eating

Published: June 01, 2013

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What do Foreigners Like?

No matter what you sell, you have to know your market. In today's podcast you'll learn how to talk in Chinese about dealing with picky customers who always want a good deal. Learn Mandarin while shopping!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Buying a Computer

So you’ve succumbed to the peer pressure, and want to become more “techy”. Which means a trip to the vast computer marketplace. You know “how much” and “too expensive”, but this is only going to get you so far when sparring with those shop-owners. So, what do you say when you need to buy a new compu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: planning

Published: June 01, 2013

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Finding a Supermarket

You’re more than welcome to visit and eat rice to your hearts content…don’t get us wrong, we love our rice, but there comes a point where if one more thing comes from a paddy, you might go mad in the head. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny spare you from the monotony by giving you a lesson in how to us...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: food, eating_in

Published: June 01, 2013

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Describing Travels

No doubt if you find yourself in this lesson, you plan on doing some traveling in the “Middle Kingdom”. So what better way to take that initial-journey first step than with a conversation about where to go. In this podcast, Ken (travel guy) and Jenny (travel guide) walk you through it. This lesson w...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: famous_places

Published: June 01, 2013

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Shopping

You dare to journey the Silk Road and not buy any silk? No one in their right mind comes to China and leaves with less than two extra carry-on bags. Cash or credit card? Expensive or not? In this lesson Ken and Jenny, a.k.a. shoppicus maximus, teach you about shopping in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping

Published: June 01, 2013

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