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iPhone vs Android

Google's Android system for smartphones is quite popular in China, but the more expensive alternative, the iPhone, is also doing very well in the market. In this Chinese lesson, learn some of the key terms for buying and maintaining one's modern smartphone in the Middle Kingdom....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: technology

Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: September 01, 2014

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4S Dealership

As more and more Chinese buy cars, consumers are increasingly paying attention to the services provided by the dealerships. In today's Chinese lesson, learn what a "4S Dealership" is and what it offers....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: September 01, 2014

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Chinese Input Methods

When writing Chinese characters on your computer, there are many ways to go, and some are more useful than others. In this lesson, learn about different Chinese input methods and how to talk about them in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Vera

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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A Fare Affair

Getting a cab in Shanghai has recently gotten easier. Well, it is if you've downloaded a taxi cab booking app anyway. In this lesson, two friends talk about using an app to book a taxi and avoid waiting to hail a cab.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chinese Gamer Culture

ChinesePod's back with another lesson for all you gamers out there, with a Chinese tilt. We'll cover computer games and console games, plus how to (talk about) hacking your system so you can use all those 7 RMB pirated discs. Get your game on with today's upper-intermediate lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 竟然

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 4: A New Opportunity

The life of our friend Daqi, the programmer has already proved to be a difficult one. In previous lessons, Daqi faced long hours and a mountain of demands both at work and at home. Now, other programmers at the company are coming to him for help. What will Daqi do? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: July 01, 2014

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WeChat

"Writing" in China has come a long way from its oracle bone past all the way to its QQ IMing and smartphone texting present. But now there's a new form called "WeChat" which mixes texting and free internet messages with voice messaging and GPS. WeChat is already pretty big in China, so if you're tot...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 01, 2014

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Using a VPN

A VPN in Western countries can be useful for hiding your less-than-savory browsing history at work, but in China it's an absolute necessity if you have any intention of using international networking sites or Youtube. Learn a bit about this useful cloaking device in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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What's That Website?

In this day and age, you won't be studying Chinese for long at all before you need to start talking about websites. In this basic lesson, learn the words for website, website address, and even "dot com" in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shanghai Expo Pavilions

With Expo fever in full swing, we're getting into the nitty-gritty of the event itself. Having already covered how to buy tickets and Haibao, the ubiquitous Expo mascot, we're spending today's lesson focusing on the much-anticipated China Pavilion and how to talk about it in Chinese. Join us!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sina's Microblogs

First there was blogging, then there was microblogging. Your life in 140 characters or less! Tune in to today's lesson on social media to learn more about this technical trend in China....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 只是

Published: January 01, 2014

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Reinstalling Windows

How long have you been using that installation of Windows? Two years? Consider yourself lucky. Reinstalling the operating system is a necessary nuisance in our modern lives. Add China's computer virus-rich environment into the equation, and you can bet you'll be reinstalling Windows fairly often. Le...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to, ,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Considering an iPad

Now both Beijing and Shanghai have official Apple Stores, just in time for the release of the iPad. What do you think of the iPad? Revolution in computing, or an over-sized (overpriced) iPhone? No matter where you stand on the issue, this lesson will equip you to make some comments on the Apple iPad...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Upgrading Software

They can strike without warning and they want your money! It sounds like highway robbery, but it's not. Well, not quite. It's software upgrades! In this lesson, one friend asks another for help upgrading their current anti-virus software subscription....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Windows 8

Windows has recently come out with its newest operating system. But is it any better than the old ones? In this lesson, someone debates the merits of XP and Windows 8 with their local computer guy, only to find that both have their disadvantages....

Host: John, David
Grammar: emphasis,

Published: January 01, 2014

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You've Been Blacklisted!

Whether it's an ex who won't leave you alone or a pesky salesperson who just doesn't want to take a hint, there are always calls that we'd rather not get. In this lesson, two friends talk about blocking calls on their phones and putting someone's number on their black list....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 2: The Work Piles Up

The programmers are back! In this lesson, listen as work piles up for a programmer as he hears about problems from one of his coworkers. It's going to be a long day......

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 一直, , 不了, V好

Published: January 01, 2014

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