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The Traffic Jam

We know you listen while you’re on the subway, but we’ll put our China commute up against yours any day. In this podcast, we’ll take advantage of your gridlock to teach you “gridlock”. You’ll also learn to talk about how you get to work every day, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation
Grammar: 明白

Published: May 01, 2015

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Heading Home

You've had a wonderful time in China, but nothing lasts forever. You're at the end of your trip, and you're telling your new Chinese friends that this is goodbye. With a lump in your throat, listen to today's Mandarin podcast.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 不要, to_go_back

Published: October 10, 2014

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Going to Wudang Mountain

During the holidays, many people on the Chinese mainland head to one of eight special mountains. Perhaps the best know are the four Buddhist mountains, like Huangshan and Emei Shan. Not to be neglected are their siblings, the four Taoist mountains. In today's lesson, learn all about one of these ver...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Market Research 1: Consumer Survey

There's a vast market of billions of consumers in China, so companies are clamoring to get their products in the door. But are all products right for China? It may be wise to conduct a little market research before going all in on the Middle Kingdom. This lesson deals with a consumer survey regardin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Travel Wedding

Weddings in China have a long and glorious tradition. So much planning, so many guests, and a ton of protocol. But what if you could skip the whole ceremony and just do the honeymoon, and call it a "travel wedding?" The young lovebirds in this lesson would like to do just that, but their traditional...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Interesting Architecture

If you're familiar at all with Shanghai's modern Pudong skyline, you know that "interesting" is a good way to describe it. And with so much interesting architecture going up, you know there are going to be some nicknames given. In this Chinese lesson, we cover not only Shanghai's tallest buildings, ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Business Trip in Kunming

Business travel can be stressful with all the meetings, but it does have its perks. In this lesson, two friends talk about the advantages of a life out on the road for the company.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Market Research 2: Management Report

So the consumer survey on the potential motorhome market in China has been conducted, and now it's time to present the results to the boss. This lesson, part 2 in an ongoing series, covers the key language for discussing marketing segments in a business setting....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Away on Business

Do you often travel on business in China? Here's a Mandarin lesson that will help you to explain where you're going and when you'll be back. In this class we'll explain some useful phrases to use when you're traveling on business. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 25, 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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Mexico City

Question: What bustling metropolis draws people in with its fabulous food, unique architecture, and exciting atmosphere? (Besides Shanghai, of course.) Answer: Mexico City! Today's podcast will introduce this lovely little town in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Hunan

Some cuisines should come with a fire marshall's warning. Not to fear, a cup of hot tea will be standing by to quell the flames. In this new series, we visit the red hot pastures of Hunan province--the spicy province living in the shadow of better known big brother Sichuan. You'll love or loathe us ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2014

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Thanking a Hospitable Friend

If you've ever had the fortune of being "taken care of" by a Chinese friend while in China, then you know how truly hospitable the Chinese can be. When it comes time to say farewell, though, you may have a little trouble expressing the depths of your gratitude. This Chinese lesson is just what you n...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: thanking, inviting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Buying High-Speed Train Tickets

If you're a fan of traveling (and if you're in China or planning a visit, you almost undoubtedly are!) then chances are you're going to need to buy train tickets at some point. Train ticket offices in China can be very daunting: lines are more of a suggestion and dialects reign supreme. But have no ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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Spending Money in Hong Kong

As one of Asia's premier shopping cities, Hong Kong has more than a few places to spend your hard-earned cash. No matter what it is you buy, your coworkers will undoubtedly be curious as to how much money you've spent on your most recent buying binge. Learn how to discuss such a topic in today's Chi...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Hawaii

Let's face it, it's December, we'd all rather be there than here... those more fortunate are, those of us less fortunate are sitting here listening to this lesson. Jealousy gets you nowhere, of course, except resenting your cold unheated China apartment. So, put a conch shell up to your ear, and lis...

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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Wake-up Call

No, this isn't the mid-evening call soliciting those 'other' services provided at certain questionable establishments... this is the all important, rip you from the womb of your 400 count Egyptian cotton fluffy feather pillowed bliss morning call. Now, you're gonna want to make sure your Chinese '4'...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: May 01, 2014

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Missing Luggage

If you think the people all look alike, wait until you see the luggage coming out of the conveyor belt. Apparently 394 of the 395 other passengers bought their black $15 'Samsonite' luggage from the same Pearl Market back alley. Mistaken luggage identity crisis.... what to do? Find it or not, fear n...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: travel
Function: worrying

Published: May 01, 2014

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Looking for a Tour Guide

So are you looking for a tour guide, or are you just looking for a friend of a friend to show you around the city for free? No matter; those two are the same word in Chinese! Learn how to get help finding a tour guide in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Terracotta Warriors

Do you know how to say "terracotta warriors" in China? Any studious student has to know this word, and be warned, the Chinese is quite different from the English. History buffs also take note: Xi'an is a Chinese city that demands your attention.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Visiting Taiwan

Taiwan is not often the focus of our lessons at ChinesePod, but this time it's front and center. Learn such gems as "Taiwan is an island," as well as some of the names of the major cities on said island. As for you political-minded rascals, ho ho, no we're not going there. We're here to help you lea...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The London Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are in London! If you're from London, going to London, or even fond of occasionally mentioning London, you'd better be able to say it in Chinese! (Oh, and while we're at it, let's make sure you can say "London" in Chinese as well...)  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Admission Tickets

Step right up, folks! Get your tickets! Want to ride the train? You need tickets! In this lesson, ChinesePod teaches you how to buy those precious pieces of paper and talk about prices.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 2: China Union Pay

Our hospitality saga continues with an encounter between a young woman and a hotel clerk. Learn how to talk about room reservations and China Union Pay bank cards in today's lesson!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 1: Welcome to the Hilton!

Imagine that you work at the Hilton in New York City, and you're tasked with welcoming Chinese guests in Mandarin. You better know exactly what to say, and this Chinese lesson covers exactly that.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Help with Luggage

There are times when one must depend upon the kindness of strangers. This Chinese lesson revolves around one such case: a young lady could use a hand getting her heavy luggage up onto that overhead rack. Learn the key phrases with us....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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We're lost

So you're wandering in a scary dark forest, and you realize that you keep seeing this same patch of woods over and over... you're lost! In this Chinese lesson, learn how to admit you're lost (or at least the language to accomplish this difficult feat)....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Choosing a Room

You've had a long day and finally arrive at your hotel, ready for some much needed R&R. But alas, the room you desire isn't available! What is to be done? Today's unlucky traveler finds himself in such a predicament. Be sure to listen in and learn about different room types in today's lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: travel, hotel

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shanghai Sightseeing

Shanghai might not have a "Great Wall" or an army of "Terracotta Warriors," but it does have a few famous landmarks of its own. In this lesson, learn the Chinese names for the Bund and Nanjing Road, two must-see spots for any tourist in Shanghai.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: where, 很(hěn)
Topic: travel, city, place

Published: April 09, 2014

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Housekeeping!

China is a nation of early risers, so don't be too surprised when housekeeping starts pounding on your hotel room door at 8am. In this Chinese lesson, learn to kindly and clearly tell housekeeping that you're more interested in sleeping than a tidy room.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: to_want

Published: April 03, 2014

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Lost Wallet and Passport

You ever lose your passport? Or your wallet? Or your wallet and your passport? We hope not, but just in case, it's probably a good idea to know how to say these things. (At the very least, the Chinese people around you will understand why you're totally freaking out.) This lesson will help.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: also, don’t

Published: April 02, 2014

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Where Are You Going In China?

OK, so you can express that you're going to China, in Chinese. That's great! But if you're telling any Chinese person this, their immediate next question is always going to be: where in China?. With this lesson, learn how to face that question and stay just one step ahead. (OK, so it's only two step...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, city, place

Published: April 02, 2014

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Pandas in Chengdu

So you've hiked the Great Wall, explored the wonders of the Forbidden City, marveled at the Bund; you've exhausted the top-tier tourist attractions of eastern China. Fortunately for tireless travelers like you, China's a massive country chock full of national treasures available for your viewing ple...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Key Card

Just when you learned the Chinese word for 'key', technology had to come in and mess it all up for you. In this podcast, check-in to your hotel with us, in Mandarin, and feel the sense of accomplishment of finding your room, all in Chinese!...

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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Don't Drink the Water

To drink the tap water, or not to drink; that is the question. In this podcast you will learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to warn someone not to drink the tap water; as well as how to ask what is wrong with it, and how to tell someone that the water is unsanitary. Not only that, but you will also le...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: travel, health

Published: January 01, 2014

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Where's the bus stop?

No one likes waiting for the bus. But if you can’t find the bus stop, it’s going to make things that much more difficult. So before you give up and hop in that taxi, listen to this podcast, and learn how to ask where the bus stop is, in Mandarin Chinese. And remember... hold on tight!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: there_is

Published: January 01, 2014

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Lhasa

What China adventure is complete without a trip to majestic Lhasa? Learn all the Chinese you'll need to get yourself to Tibet and into the most famous attractions. Just remember to be wary of the altitude sickness!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Carpooling

It saves the environment. It saves you money. It helps you make new friends. What's there not to like about carpooling? Learn all about how to ask Chinese friends and colleagues about packin' in and sharing a ride in today's intermediate lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, money, car

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Trip to Shanxi

Shanxi (山西) province is a mountainous plateau region located in northern China. It is know for its yummy noodles and the ancient city of Pingyao (平遥), which has become a world heritage site. But don't be afraid to get dirty! Shanxi is the leading coal producer in China and is also frequented by year...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: travel, city, place
Grammar: 怎么样, , 不过

Published: January 01, 2014

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Personal Chop

It's always nice to put your personal stamp on things. In this lesson, we talk about doing it in a very literal way. Learn about the Chinese tradition of using chops to sign documents as well as traditional calligraphy....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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To Shower or To Bathe?

Germs are everywhere, but sometimes we take our desire for cleanliness a bit too far. In this lesson, two friends have a disagreement about whether or not one should take a bath in a hotel. Get prepared to soak up the discussion......

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

Published: January 01, 2014

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Shanghai Home Stay

One of the best ways to engage in language immersion is to live abroad with a host family. However, adapting to a new culture on such an intimate level can sometimes be a difficult thing. In this lesson, we hear about some of the challenges that can come when living with a host family in China....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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