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Before Noon, After Noon

The unending feud between those annoying morning people and their alter-egos, the 'night cats' comes to a Chinese lesson today. Listen in as pre-noon takes on post-noon, chipper good mornings take on groggy good afternoons. Listen and learn in Mandarin how to do battle for control of the alarm clock...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 26, 2014

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Time to Go

No, this is not another in our 'taking the classroom to the bathroom' series of Mandarin lessons. Rather, this lesson is about having to get going. So, next time you're waiting as your significant other is performing their getting ready ritual, you will have the words to get him/her rolling. Listen ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 22, 2014

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A Late Knock

With 20 million people all hitting the roads after work at the same time, you just may find yourself in the position of being late. So perhaps being armed with an apology would smooth things over? In this podcast, learn how to apologize for being late, in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 17, 2014

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The Working Hours Policy

Formal Chinese can be a bit tricky at first. In this lesson, your trusty ChinesePod hosts dissect a typical announcement from HR, explaining in everyday terms what that formal language about "flexible work hours" is trying to say....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Negotiating a Deadline

So you're working in a Chinese company, and your boss is really piling on the work, with unrealistic deadlines. What are you going to do? In today's lesson, we see how a conscientious translator is able to skillfully talk her manager into extending the deadline. (Yeah, acquiring this skill is going ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 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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Tickets Today, Tickets Tomorrow

Hopefully you've bought plane tickets before and you're aware that the price can vary a bit according to when you buy. With this lesson, you can also be prepared to deal with this reality in Mandarin Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 20, 2014

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What Time is It Now?

Fans of "are we there yet" will enjoy annoying their companions with the endlessly repeated question, "what time is it now?" Whether you're just curious, or you're shooting for the "super obnoxious" end of the spectrum, you've got to admit that this is a useful question to master. Cover the essentia...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers
Grammar: how_many

Published: June 18, 2014

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Invitation to Dinner

In China, where eating is always the the central activity around which all else is planned, dinner with friends is the preferred way to socialize. So you'd best prepare yourself for dinner invitations and being treated to meals. Cover the basics in this Chinese lesson.    ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: inviting

Published: June 11, 2014

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Time to Get Up!

Oh... Hello?... Time for ChinesePod? ... What? ... What time is it? ... 6am?! I'm going back to bed! ... It's a lesson about getting up and going to bed? Great! I'm going to bed now. Let's talk later!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: time

Published: May 08, 2014

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Can You Help Me Move?

Moving day is here! In this dialogue, someone asks their friend to help them move into a new place. Let's hope there's an elevator...  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers, house

Published: May 01, 2014

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Season Preferences

Winter, spring, summer and fall... which season is your favorite? It's your call! In this lesson, ChinesePod talks about the seasons and how some of them are just too short.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shanghai Weather Forecast

Alright, let's take a look at this week's Shanghai weather. It's rain, rain and more rain! Will the sun ever come out? Find out in this lesson on talking about the weather!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: time, weather
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Asking About the New Job

While chatting with your friends in Chinese, job discussion will surely be a popular topic, especially if someone has just changed jobs. Learn how to give a (diplomatic) answer to some of the more common questions about your new occupation.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Japan Trip Itinerary

Going to Japan? You might be surprised how different the names of Japanese cities are in Japanese and Chinese (even though they're both written in Chinese characters). Learn how to say Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, while also covering basic itinerary language in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where's My Takeout?

If you haven't been in this situation, you haven't been in China long. There are just some times when you wait and you wait, but the food you order never arrives. So when you call to inquire, you're told that it's coming "right away." Learn all the key language in this Chinese lesson. How tough you ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, food, delivery
Grammar: 马上, still, 已经, V_好

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hostel Curfew

Staying at hostels in China are an excellent way to travel for the cash-strapped tourist and tend to be, in our experience, clean, tidy and full of friendly travelers. However, many of them will often lock up their doors as early as midnight! What's to be done if you're looking to explore a city's v...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, travel, hotel

Published: May 01, 2014

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The New Intern

He's the new intern. His name is Mike. He's from Harvard. And he's only here for two months. But he's available to handle all the horribly tedious tasks that you can never seem to get around to, so make good use of him! Get ready for communications with your Chinese interns in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Time for a Holiday

Everyone's always looking forward to their next holiday, but when is it again? Next month? Next week? To help figure it out, in this lesson, we discuss holidays and how to talk about dates and time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Annual Meeting

So much of life if consumed with planning for the things that we want to do. In this lesson, two coworkers talk about an upcoming annual meeting at work and whether or not one of them can attend. Learn how to talk about participating in big events like weddings, meetings, etc., as well as plans to r...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, office, date, party

Published: May 01, 2014

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Have you bought your Shanghai Expo ticket?

Have you heard? The Expo is coming, the Expo is coming! You've read the signs, you've seen the countdown. The time has arrived to get your tickets to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Check out today's lesson to learn how (and where) to buy tickets....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Asking about What to Wear

So you've gotten the invitation to the big event, and you're eager to make a good impression, but one key question lingers: what should you wear?? In today's Chinese lesson, learn how to ask this key question, as well as some of the most likely (culturally appropriate) answers.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which is better: China or the USA?

If you've never taken a taxi in China, you might find this question a bit absurd. "Which is better, China or the USA?" You're quite likely to be asked this in China, however. In this lesson, learn the diplomatic way to answer in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Sleepy

You are getting sleepy, very sleepy. And you know it's lame, but you just want to go to bed early. Learn to express these sentiments and more in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, sleep

Published: May 01, 2014

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Old China Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Hot Water

You think a hotel is a hotel, but in China these quirky little culture differences have a way of sneaking up on you. Learn about one that westerners might find particularly surprising (and potentially shower-nullifying) in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, hotel, cold, water

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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National Day Holiday

If you could have one wish, what would it be? Do you want to speak Mandarin? Would you like to visit China? In today's podcast, make a wish and blow out your candles. ChinesePod makes your dream of learning Chinese come true!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 28, 2014

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Canceling Dinner Plans

Got plans with friends that you've got to rearrange? Looking for a way to explain why you can't attend an appointment? Check out this ChinesePod lesson to learn the language you'll need to cancel plans....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: time, work

Published: April 18, 2014

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I'm gonna be Late

We've all been in this situation... two people agree to meet at a certain time, but one person calls to say she'll be late. And then calls again to say she'll be later. (And then you start to wonder if she's going to make it at all.) Learn the essential Chinese in this lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time

Published: April 16, 2014

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Days of the Week

This lesson teaches the basics for scheduling and making plans. Learn how to talk about days of the week and whether or not one is free to do something....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time, numbers, days
Grammar: 有_(yǒu)

Published: April 12, 2014

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Months

Learn the months of the year in Mandarin in this lesson. In some ways, it proves to be easier than English, requiring mostly that you master counting from 1 to 12!   ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 12, 2014

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Where is the Supermarket?

So you're in China. You don't need no stinking "maps." You'd rather just walk up to the nearest person on the street and ask where the supermarket is, in Chinese (of course). Tune in to today's lesson and learn how to do just that.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: April 03, 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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Making a Dinner Reservation - Part 1

Making a dinner reservation over the phone can be a daunting prospect, especially when restaurant on the other end of the line is exceptionally noisy and hard to understand. Thankfully, the exchange is actually fairly straightforward and scripted, and with the help of today's newbie lesson to break ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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When and What Time?

When you're planning a trip, it's important to know the dates and arrival times for your plane, train, boat, or whatever mode of transportation you're taking. Need to learn how to tell your contact in China all these important details? ChinesePod's got your back with today's newbie lesson!  ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: expressing_time
Grammar: how_many

Published: April 02, 2014

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Your Mandarin Is Really Good!

No matter where you are in China, Chinese people will be lavishing praise on you the moment you're able to utter even a simple "hello" or "thank you" in barely distinguishable Chinese. It's important to know how to deflect this politely (your Chinese companion will often expect you to!). Listen to t...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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What time do you get up?

Rise and shine! This newbie lesson involves a discussion about getting out of bed in the morning and getting off to school. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many

Published: April 02, 2014

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I Have Class

No, we are not talking about the Ron Burgundy type of class, we are talking about the kind you go to...or at least supposed to go to. So don't skip class, and definitely don't skip this podcast. You will slowly become as wise as a miniature Buddha with yet another Chinese lesson under your belt.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Working Hours

The Shanghai bar scene starts with happy hour, but you won’t get the invite if you can’t tell the crew what time you get off work…and you won’t be able to bow out of taking early morning baijiu shots unless you can moan about what time you have to go in the next day… All this can be solved if you li...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: expressing_time

Published: April 01, 2014

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When will he return?

“Call me at the office when you land,” your friend says. So you do… He's not in. Now unless you actually envied Tom Hanks in “The Terminal,” you might want to learn a little phone Mandarin. In this podcast you will learn how to deal with a "bu zai" in Chinese, thereby avoiding the prospect of spendi...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Definitely!

While “nothing is absolute”, we shudder to imagine a world without tying someone down…erm, metaphorically speaking, of course. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny unquestionably and beyond doubt teach you an indisputably certain Mandarin Chinese lesson on verbal confirmation....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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You're late again!

You come here, you set up shop, even hire an assistant who’s nice enough to show up 45 minutes late everyday allowing you to ease in to your day. You think you’re scolding him by saying “You!”, “Here!”, “9:45!”, but he knows of your ChinesePod addiction and figures you’re simply practicing what you’...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time
Grammar: 总是, once_again

Published: April 01, 2014

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Old Chinese Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 19, 2014

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I don't have time

No doubt if you’re learning Mandarin, you’ve seen a picture of Nanjing Lu or Wangfujing. Now, very quickly, name three adjectives to describe the scene. Were “laid-back”, “relaxing” and “chilled out” any of your picks? That’s what we thought; so perhaps now a lesson on time in Mandarin Chinese would...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: March 10, 2014

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Late Getting Back

Now that your Mandarin is getting so good, chances are all you cool CPoddies will be out late partying every night, your Mandarin getting more fluent with every drink you imbibe. But don’t forget there will be some worrywarts who would appreciate a phone call home when you'll be out late. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time, emotions

Published: January 02, 2014

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