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Where are you going?

Little did you know when you started learning Mandarin that you would be placed in the thick of an age-old war of 'where' words. Decide which camp has your allegiance--the roll of your tongue 'nar,' favorite of Beijing cabbies and northern ayis. Or 'nali,' a lighter, double-syllable approach to the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 23, 2015

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Wait!

The familiar screech of tires on pavement. The last minute, albeit futile, 'wei, wei, wei!' In a place where safety rarely comes first, a little verbal warning exercise can go a long way. In this podcast, learn how to holler at someone in Mandarin Chinese... for their own good, of course. You may ge...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: warning

Published: September 01, 2014

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Finding a Taxi

We assume that, as a beginner, deciphering the schedule for the airport bus might be just a little stressful, so put off breaking into that duty-free you bought for 10 minutes or so and get yourself far, far away from the mayhem that is an Asian airport. In this podcast, you will learn how to find a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: August 20, 2014

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Taxi Small Talk

Don't be put off by that cage contraption. Think about it... a man trapped in a metal cage. What better language partner could there be than one that can't escape? Listen to this podcast and learn how to chew the fat with that paunchy driver who is so bored he's even willing feign listening to your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 15, 2014

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Chicago

"This is my kind of town, Chicago is." The home of Oprah, the Cubs, and deep dish pizza (the dawgs are better though). The third largest city in the US has....you guessed it....the third largest Chinatown. So hop on the "L" train to Cermak-Chinatown, listen to this Mandarin podcast, and go and pract...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Mobile Repairman

What used to be an annoying clanging shouting racket at 6:00am is now the most welcoming sound in the world. Your naive western misconceptions of refund policies have been dashed, and your microwave only came with a one week warranty. Alas... the friendly neighborhood repairman on wheels. A loud ble...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: function__use

Published: June 01, 2014

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Los Angeles

Many a little ditty has been written about the land of beach bunnies, surfer dudes, movie stars, Kobe Bryant and The Lakers. After a day of treating yourself to a new Armani on Rodeo Drive and finishing your Skinny triple French Vanilla Half Caf on Melrose, put the top down on your Beamer and take a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Don't Litter

Dodging street debris may be good foot-dexterity training for the Chinese New Year lion dance you've been getting ready for, but a quick slip on a banana peel can end a potentially brilliant dance career faster than the crash of a gong. In this podcast, a lesson for the litterbugs, in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: disagreeing

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Kidding

It may seem quaint or funny, maybe even a little melodramatic, but when you need it and find yourself flailing in the green, oolong, bubble tea sea... your coffee compulsion is no joke. When desperation begins to lead you down the path to instant Folgers, a $10 cup of coffee may just be what stands...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Paris

We've got the Summer Palace; they've got Versailles. We've got Shaolin Temple; they've got Notre Dame. They've got stinky cheese; we've got stinky tofu. They, eau de toilette; us, squat toilettes. We're the Paris of the east; they're... Paris. In this podcast, learn about the city of romance and fal...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dublin

In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet....Ken Carroll!?? Whilst Ken may not be as hot as Molly Malone, he certainly knows his way about Dublin. Listen to the Sino-Irish man himself as he takes you on a Mandarin Chinese tour through the streets of the capit...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Moscow

You've always had a secret affinity for borscht, and a secret compulsion to buy nesting dolls at neighborhood garage sales. Enter this lesson, where we transport you to the land that gave us Zhivago, caviar, perogie-making babushkas (bless their souls), and huge fur hat sporting dedushkas. Get ready...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Seoul

Perhaps best known for remarkable food items such as spicy smelly preserved vegetables and some 'alternative' meats, this capital of Korea is known for a lot more than than its eating. Learn in this lesson about the city of Seoul. A place of delicious food, friendly people, and facelifts. This place...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Street Argument

You know the signs. A mass of people, ten deep, reminiscent of a football huddle. A flying chair. A lot of arguing and pointing and yelling, but nary a punch thrown. Yes, it is the China street argument. Whether you're a looky-loo, or more of the steal-a-furtive-glance type, listen to this Chinese l...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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On the Way

Life in China is go-go-go. Be it taxi, bicycle, moped or bus number 11, chances are you're going places. In this podcast, learn how to use your Chinese to say you are 'on the way'... here, there, or anywhere.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Please let me through!

No China experience would be complete without the “stuck in the middle of a giant mass of people” part. But you really need to get through. Not willing to just PUSH, you have to know what to say. In this podcast, you learn how to say “let me through” in Mandarin. (Getting the crowd to actually take ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Emergency Call

Emergencies happen. Buildings catch on fire. Here at ChinesePod, we prefer to think of these unfortunate incidents as “opportunities”--for you to start causing a ruckus about it in Mandarin. If your Chinese is not yet up to the task, then it’s time to tune into this podcast. You’ll learn not only ho...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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What stop is this?

Though you may find having your face pressed up against someone else's cheek a little unpleasant, think of the intimacy it affords. Once you have listened to this podcast, you will handily be able use your Mandarin Chinese on a crowded subway or bus to enquire of your newly proximate acquaintance wh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directory Assistance

You may be feeling stranded, lost, confused... but you are never alone. That's right--a friendly robotic lady voice and soothing Kenny G ballad are just a phone call away. Listen to this podcast, and learn the Mandarin Chinese language you'll need to make that inevitably necessary call to Directory ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Jaywalking

Though being the only one at the intersection NOT jaywalking may make you feel like you're not one of the 'cool' kids, we'd hate for you to have to endure the humiliation of having the ear-shattering whistle of the traffic warden blown in your noise-pollution assaulted ears. Listen to this podcast, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: warning

Published: January 01, 2014

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Godzilla in Shanghai

Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror! Mightiest monster! Mightiest melodrama of them all! Civilization crumbles as its death rays blast a city of twenty million from the face of the earth. The legend continues, in Mandarin Chinese... Godzilla arrives in Shanghai. Listen to this podcast... could i...

Host: Jenny, John
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Published: July 01, 2013

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City Comparison

It’s been established you like your city, but why exactly? In this podcast, you will learn how to compare two things using Mandarin Chinese; in this case, cities. The more comparisons you can make, the smarter you sound. And the smarter you sound, the more you like us. And the more you like us, the ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Talking about Your Hometown

No doubt these questions will be among the top 3 you’ll need to memorize…here they are, in no particular order: 1. What’s your name? 2. Where are you from? 3. Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting that clever “laowai” that writes the wonderfully entertaining introductions to ChinesePod? …your na...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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I see a thief!

You see him stealing, you yell at people to draw attention, but all you can say is “bu hao ren,” which could make you come across a bit judgmental. So, the sooner you can shout “thief”, the sooner you can go back home a hero. Listen to this podcast and learn how to make your Mandarin Chinese come to...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2010

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