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The Sun Salutation in Yoga

Start your day off right with ChinesePod as we greet the sun and slip into the lotus position! If you haven't already guessed, we're at yoga class. If you've ever wondered what to call yoga positions in Chinese, or if you ever find yourself getting lost with your Chinese-speaking yoga instructor, th...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Put Back the Weights

In the rules of workout etiquette, putting back weights when you're done with them is an important one. It's not just inconvenient; it can be dangerous, too! In this lesson, someone falls victim to a misplaced weight.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports, gym
Grammar: 把(bǎ)

Published: August 01, 2014

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Dart Match

A game of darts is winding down in the sports bar. It looks like one of the teams has it locked down, or do they? Listen to this lesson to find out what happens.  ...

Topic: sports, games
Host: Greg, Vera
Grammar: , 竟然, 只要_就

Published: August 01, 2014

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Taking about Figure Skating

What's the difference between a double Axel and a triple Axel? Well, we're not really sure, but the two folks in this week's dialogue definitely know. ChinesePod slides into the world of figure skating.  ...

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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Participating in a Marathon

Stretch out those legs. It's time to go for a run, and a long one at that! In this lesson, ChinesePod talks about the Shanghai Marathon!  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chatting at a Family Gathering

Chinese New Year is here and the family is all together again. After the initial greetings, everyone settles down to have a chat. But what to talk about? Finding a topic that everyone wants to talk about proves to be difficult.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 一下, 一_就

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Classic Grand Slam Matchup

Grand Slam tournaments have been the stage for classic battles between fierce rivals throughout tennis history: Becker and Edberg, Lendl and McEnroe, Borg and Connors, Sampras and Agassi...the list goes on and on. Today's upper-intermediate lesson focuses on perhaps the greatest rivalry in the last ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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An Athlete's Strengths and Weaknesses

Being a true fan of any sport requires you to have a slightly deeper knowledge of participating athletes than "he runs really fast" or "she jumps really high." Learn how to participate in such discussions about endurance, strength, and slightly more complex strategy in today's upper-intermediate les...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for the Ironman Race

This lesson is for our boldest, hardiest, and most probably craziest users out there. We're listening in today as one such athlete discusses ironman triathlons in Mandarin Chinese; if you're like us, you'll probably relate much more to the astonished listener than the competitor! Learn how to talk a...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, sports

Published: August 01, 2014

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One-on-One Basketball

If you wouldn't let your 10 year old sit court side of an actual pickup basketball game, then you may want to have them sit this one out as well. Grown men can sometimes act like children on the b-ball court, but the talk is of the adult variety. So lace up your Chucks and dust off that skyhook... y...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: hobbies, sports

Published: June 01, 2014

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Gone Fishing

Are you hooked on learning Chinese? We've lined up an exciting podcast for you. Catch this next lesson, and don't release it until you've learned how to talk about fishing in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Tennis Anyone?

Pop quiz. We know you are all Jenny Zhu's biggest fans. But while you're all a-sighing over her, what makes little Jenny Zhu's heart go pitter-patter? Guesses? In the meantime, listen to this lesson on Olympic tennis and get a hint into the inner longings of the heart of Teacher Jenny, in Mandarin C...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2014

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Swimming Cap

It's time to take a swim! Swimsuit? Got it. Goggles? Check. Swimcap? No? Do you need it anyway? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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What's the Score?

Get ready! Serve's up! In this lesson, two friends go head to head in a game of ping pong. Learn how to talk about sports and keep score in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: how_many
Topic: sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Equestrian

Long before Catherine the Great made equestrian famous, people used to jump things on horseback. But not in China. Considering their stature and overuse of the word ma, if any nation should dominate a sport, it's the Chinese in equestrian. Sadly this isn't the case, due to an ancient declaration of ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Super Bowl

Glendale, Arizona. The home of Super Bowl XLII. No, that's not a world record sized wok, it's football, American style. The New England Patriots are trying to break every record by winning the Super Bowl to cap an undefeated season over the New York Giants... Writer may sound like a fan but only wat...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: explaining

Published: May 01, 2014

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Diving

Though diving out of the way of oncoming vehicles has not yet been included in the Olympic roster, that could change any day now. Hey, don't laugh... if the 'Women's Hammer Throw' can make it in, this is more than feasible. Listen to this lesson on the hardcore street diving's more elegant cousin, O...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: appreciating

Published: May 01, 2014

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World Records

Put down the bowl of... what IS that... there's no world record for eating the most chicken feet, and you fell asleep three hours after setting out to break the world's record of staying awake the longest. Plus it's seriously time to throw away that storage unit full of Pocky stick wrappers. In this...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: achievement

Published: May 01, 2014

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Country Standings

Don't worry if that old hamstring injury dashed your Olympic dreams of bringing glory to your nation... do what Da Shan did... put on a blue silk Chinese suit and make your Mandarin so annoyingly good that you make your otherwise unassuming country famous. No steroids required. Go for gold, of the M...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Baseball

Babe Ruth barnstormed in Shanghai, and MLB says baseball was the "unofficial sport" of the People's Liberation Army in the 1940's. But 60 years later, only five Mandarin swinging ball players have made it to the big leagues, all coming from the talent pools of Taiwan. Opening day is 'round the corne...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: hobbies, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Event Times

We are not talking about the starting time of your own athletic competition... the last of which was probably field day at your junior high school where you took home the purple "honorable mention" ribbons in every event you entered. We are talking about the best athletes in the world, and they are ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: expressing_time

Published: May 01, 2014

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Aussie Rules

Olive-ball may not be big in China, but in Laowai land it is. English, American and Aussie styles may differ quite a bit, but they all hold the same potential for a lovers' spat on a lazy weekend afternoon. Couch, beer, game... or... wife, mall, shopping. In this podcast, our sports fan finds himsel...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Golf

"So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama... " If Carl the grounds-keeper can make it down to China to play a round of golf, so can you. But you'll need the lingo, and that is where we come in. After this lesson, you'll be equipped ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: ability, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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The London Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are in London! If you're from London, going to London, or even fond of occasionally mentioning London, you'd better be able to say it in Chinese! (Oh, and while we're at it, let's make sure you can say "London" in Chinese as well...)  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Workout Frequency at the Gym

Gym rats love to be told that their efforts are noticed, and they may just want to share how often they work out. Even if working out is not your thing, this lesson has you covered. So start learning the Chinese to talk about gyms now!...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, sports, gym

Published: May 01, 2014

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World Cup Football Terms

Despite the majority of our staff being passificus apatheticus when it comes to soccer football--we simply couldn’t ignore that World Cup thingy. In this podcast, Jenny, John and Aric teach “let’s go”, “great shot”, “REFEREE!!!”, and more, all in Mandarin Chinese. Now, if you’ll excuse us, there are...

Host: Jenny, John, Aric
Topic: sports

Published: April 01, 2014

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The Olympics

We don’t know if you heard but, (if not—were you on Mars?) Beijing’s got the Olympics here in 2008. So we thought we’d make sure you can hold your own in a conversation with a Beijingerrrr (those “r’s” will make sense when you come)—or anyone, for that matter—about all the excitement. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Olympic Training

It would be remiss to have a Mandarin lesson on training for the Olympic Games without a Chinese learning analogy to go with. So... Ken is your coach. Jenny, your cheerleader. The daily podcast is your pep talk. The expansion sentences are your cross-training and the exercises are, well, your exerci...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Volleyball

How a sport which involves sweaty sun-kissed bodies prancing around on sandy beaches became an official Olympic sport, who can say. But the gods of Athens would likely approve. In this podcast, catch some exciting Olympic volleyball action in Mandarin Chinese. And keep your eye on Team China for 200...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Track and Field

Think of track and field as a profound metaphor for Chinese learning: Jumping over grammar hurdles, throwing out words like shotputs, the high-jump of the leap from elementary to intermediate level... hey, when you have a good enough imagination, anything can be a metaphor for learning Chinese. List...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sailing

Sailing? In Beijing, you say? Boats gliding through the moat of the Forbidden City? Or a fake ocean to go with the fake ski hill? No... even better. You're going to get to head to the beauty of Qingdao. Visit it in this podcast, where you will learn about this Olympic event, in Mandarin. Our bet, ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Athlete Injuries

In China, potential injuries are lurking around every corner. Prepare yourself... when your foot is stomped on for the twenty-fourth time in one bus commute, you will be crying out for a tensor bandage with the best of them. Not to mention the repetitive strain injury from dinging your bicycle bell ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Gymnastics

If you feel like you've been doing back flips trying to learn Chinese, this lesson is for you! This next in our series of Olympics lessons is about gymnastics. In this podcast, you'll learn how to describe the elegant movements of the art of gymnastics in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Cycling

Some cyclists train for years before hitting the track in the Olympics. Other cyclists buy a $30 bicycle and are thrown onto the gritty pavement of a Chinese city to learn from their hard knocks. One such lesson learned being: never pass on the right for risk of being spat on by an old man (sorry, p...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Boxing Match

Ladies and gentlemen! In this lesson, we bring you the fight of the century! Get your gloves on poddies! It's time to go for a few rounds of boxing, Chinese style! To enhance your experience, be sure to make use of the new Task feature for this lesson where you can upload a video of yourself explain...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports, boxing

Published: January 01, 2014

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Soccer Betting

Soccer betting can be addictive, no one denies that. So what is the attraction to this type of gambling and how far do some people go to be involved? This lesson will delve into the topic so you can too!...

Host: Jenny, David

Published: January 01, 2014

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Favorite Sports

Sports are a popular topic of discussion all over the world, and China is no exception. In this podcast, learn how to discuss which sports you like to play....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Skiing, Not Ice Skating

Skiing and ice skating are two of the world's most popular winter sports. But don't let this singular commonality fool you into thinking that mastery of the one means mastery of the other! Join us today as we explore the wonderful world of powder and piste (and learn that it's quite different from t...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Olympic Medals

It’s always exciting to see which world records will be broken by gold medalists, as well as to see which country gets the most medals in the Olympic Games. In this podcast, you will learn about the Olympic medals in Mandarin Chinese. How about your Chinese Olympic trivia? You will also learn about ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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What Do You Like to Do on Weekends?

The weekend's here. What are you going to do? Curl up with a book? Play sports with your friends? Surf the web? In this lesson, two friends talk about what they like to do on weekends....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , 那/那么

Published: March 26, 2013

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The Olympic Marathon

Oh, you’ll find yourself in that uncomfortable situation, the one where you come here to visit us, and the guy next to you starts talking (in Chinese) about the upcoming Olympic marathon. Do you really want to be that person who just ends up saying “xie xie” the whole time? No. You don’t. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Beijing Olympics: Opening Ceremony

You’ve been waiting for this moment for years. Finally, the Olympics are here and you won’t have to hear about them anymore. No, but really, the Olympic opening ceremonies are a grand spectacle that is amazing to witness. Learn to talk about them in Mandarin Chinese, and about trying to buy tickets ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Football (Soccer)

As much as some of us (Yankee) staff would have loved to translate the “gridiron” into Chinese, we cater to the other 98% of the world that calls soccer “football” and turn it into a lesson on football in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Beckham) and Jenny (A Chinese Posh) also will ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: sports

Published: May 01, 2011

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Basketball

John promised to stop singing the Curtis Blow hit (”We’re playin’ baaaaaaasketbaaaaaaallllllll….”) if you promise to listen and use this lesson on verbs and cheers any basketball fan might need. In this podcast, learn how to cheer on your team in Mandarin Chinese. At least you’ll make Yao Ming feel ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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Olympic Swimming

Some love to watch Olympic swimming--the poignant fortitude of the human spirit, the split-second heart-breaking culmination to a lifetime of training, the record-crushing photo finishes, the heart-wrenching agony of defeat. Others, however, appreciate something different. The robust, wet, speedo-cl...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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