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How do you fix a boring Chinese course?

Foreigners everywhere are working hard at learning Chinese. Unfortunately, many of those sincere students find themselves learning from boring, poorly designed material. In this lesson we take a look at this issue from the angle of the school and the teachers, who are asking each other: what can we ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 倒,倒是

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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Saved by the Gong: Preparing for an Exam

You haven't been paying attention in class all semester and the exam's next week; it's going to take more than some serious cramming to make up for all the slacking you've been doing. There's only one option: beg the teacher for the test questions in advance. Listen in as a group of unprepared stude...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 格外,

Published: August 01, 2014

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What Would You Say You Do Here?

Talking about your job is one of the best ways to break the ice in Chinese. In today's Mandarin podcast, you'll learn how to talk about what you do to earn your daily rice. Listen and learn how to talk about your profession in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 14, 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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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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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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Why Are You at Home?

Hey Mom, you're home early! Me? Well, I was just...you know...school got out early-- yeah, that's right! In today's Chinese podcast, you'll learn how to talk your way out of a sticky situation. You'll learn how to explain why you're home much earlier than expected in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 21, 2014

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Sensitive Topics

Every culture has its own sensitive topics, and sometimes a little bit of cultural education is in order. Just a little bit of timely information can save a whole lot of embarrassment. In this lesson, some Chinese teachers fill each other in on situations with students which could potentially be awk...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 总是, to_feel, 特殊

Published: January 01, 2014

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College Kid Expenses

College ain't cheap, is it? There's tuition, dormintory fees, internet fees, the cost of food and more. And what about having fun every once in a while? In this lesson, someone calls home to ask for a bit more money to get through the semester....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: to_come_over,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Caught Cheating

The expectations for Chinese students are high, some would even say impossibly so. In the face of such pressure, cheating is rampant. In this lesson, a group of students discuss how they can cheat their way through a test when they've run out of time to prepare....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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English Grammar Difficulties

Learning Chinese is hard, but learning English is difficult too! In this lesson, a Chinese student faces a teacher after failing to get their head around some points in English grammar. Learn how to talk about tense, prepositions, clauses and all those great grammar words in this lesson!...

Host: John, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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University Nostalgia (Part 1)

College days are the glory days for many of us. In this lesson, a group of Chinese coworkers reminisce about those bygone days....

Host: John, Vera
Grammar:

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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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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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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Guess what I'm learning?

So someone asks you what you've been up to. Be the life of the party and tell them "I've been studying Chinese"…in Mandarin!!! How many cool points awarded to your side? Uber…at least in our book. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny help out in explaining your studies. You will get the chance opine on wh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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