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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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Focus and Specialization

Do you hear a big round of applause for your making it to Upper-Intermediate? You might find yourself in a learning plateau though. Take heart! This level is about focus, refining your goals and fully delving into the rewarding learning and life experiences on the road ahead....

Host: Jenny, John, Greg

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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Bad Skype Connection

Skype conference calls don't always go so smoothly, do they? Listen and learn how to handle connection problems in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Addition and Subtraction

It's like returning to kindergarten all over again! In this lesson, ChinesePod goes over addition and subtraction in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_much

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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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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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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Multiplication and Division

How exhilarating to watch those numbers fly up and down when multiplying and dividing. Of course, the whole exercise got tedious pretty quick after grade school, didn't it? So why not try it in Chinese? ChinesePod shows you how!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_much

Published: May 01, 2014

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Character Amnesia

Learning how to hand-write characters can be a daunting task for those of us just starting to learn Chinese; how often have you forgotten how to write a character? The answer is probably exceedingly often. Don't feel too bad, though. In today's lesson, you'll learn that it's not just foreigners who ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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What to Expect

We know the challenge of getting into Mandarin Chinese is daunting to say the least, but don't worry, ChinesePod is here to help! Today's lesson is a practical guide for the complete newbie, hopefully assuaging some of the fears associated with learning Mandarin and giving you pointers of what you s...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 02, 2014

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Which Tone?

The tones of Mandarin Chinese are a challenge for every learner. You don't just master tones in a week; it's a lengthy process. One thing you're going to be doing for a while, then, as a dedicated learner, is clarifying the tones for the words you're learning. In this lesson, learn the crucial quest...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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What's That in Chinese?

When you're first learning Chinese, it's pretty tough to express your basic opinions, needs, and desires when you don't know the names of the various objects that surround you. Today's lesson will teach you a useful phrase that will let you smoothly ask your teacher what something is called in Chine...

Host: John, Dilu

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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What Does This Word Mean?

Some say "1.3 billion people," but we say "1.3 billion human dictionaries." That's right, why should you thumb through one of those new-fangled "book" thingies when you can rely on glorious oral tradition and just ask people what words mean? This lesson will equip you to do just that, in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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Language Exchange

If you're learning Chinese in China, there's a very good chance that someone will try to become your language partner. With any luck, you'll become fast friends. If not, the experience can be awkward and dull. In any case, let's listen to this podcast and learn how to talk about language exchange in...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: making_friends

Published: March 17, 2014

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Studying Chinese

So you're studying Chinese? Is it hard? As a student of Chinese, you better be prepared to answer these questions. And don't worry... Chinese people won't mind if you tell them you're finding it a tad bit difficult. They've wrestled with it their whole lives too.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 29, 2013

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Say It Again, Please

When jumping into a new language, you'll definitely need to ask someone to repeat something they've said. In this lesson, learn how to do this in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: , ,
Function: studying

Published: March 21, 2013

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