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Resume Revisions

Remember the first time you wrote up your resume, and its 10 pages of vainglory? Recent university grads in China make the same mistake, and benefit from some sage advice on how to distill a CV to its essence. Learn the Chinese for this key job search language in this lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: jobs, work, resume

Published: September 01, 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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Noodles and Child Labor

If you order some noodles, and the person that delivers them to your office is a child, is it a case of child labor? Different cultures don't see this in quite the same way. In this lesson, learn more about the Chinese view on what constitutes "child labor."...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Firing Someone

It's never easy to fire someone, even if you have ample reason to do so. This lesson demonstrates the Chinese way of laying out the facts leading to that unpleasant decision, in a firm but humane way....

Host: Jenny, John

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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Working at the United Nations

We're in New York today, deep in the headquarters of the UN. Listen as an insider describes his work with this preeminent international organization. You'll be learning some key vocabulary for talking about international affairs and diplomacy....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Labor Dispute

The company is looking to cut costs, and you know what that means - lay offs and cuts in salary and benefits. In this lesson, a worker gets an offer from the boss that doesn't seem so good. So what's to be done? Have a listen and find out!  ...

Topic: work, office, law
Function: negotiating, arguing
Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hiring an Intern

It seems like an internship is the new "senior thesis." And it's a good thing for business because hey, those interns are cheap! Learn the appropriate language for discussing the prospect of hiring an intern in this business-focused Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Employee Exercises

There exists a somewhat uncommon and eccentric business practice utilized by certain companies in China: "military-style management." Predictably, this management style includes a lot slogan-shouting and push-ups. Tune in to today's upper-intermediate lesson to find out more!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 好像, 其实

Published: August 01, 2014

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Calculating Salaries

Salaries at home are confusing enough to calculate after taxes, but they're even more confusing when you're abroad and have no knowledge of local rates and labor laws! Today we'll meet one such confused employee wondering why a substantial portion of their pay has been docked. Learn all about calcul...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: work, salary
Grammar: place, or_means, time,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Applying for a Work Visa

"Z Visa," "Alien Employment License," "Foreigner Entry Visa Invitation Letter," "Temporary Residence Permit." If you're not familiar with these terms yet but you want to work in China and handle your own paperwork, this is information you're going to want to study....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: work, visa

Published: August 01, 2014

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Motivating a Team

It can be difficult motivating a team. So what do you do when enthusiasm among your employees reaches an all-time low? Just fire the whole lot of them and start over? In this lesson, a wise HR manager tells us that there is another way. Listen in to this Chinese lesson to find out what it is....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 而已, 罢了

Published: August 01, 2014

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Filling a Managerial Position

When a high-level manager departs for greener pastures it's often difficult to find an able replacement. Today's dialogue features a debate between two high-level executives deciding how to fill a recently-vacated managerial position within the company: through making a new hire or an inner promotio...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Discussing Old Jobs

We hope all of our employed users have perfect jobs that are extremely fun and have great benefits and high salaries. Unfortunately, we have yet to meet someone who has never had a job that they despised. Today's Upper-Intermediate lesson joins three coworkers who have had less than satisfactory job...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: jobs, work, wages

Published: August 01, 2014

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Napping in the Meeting

So it's another long, boring morning meeting. What's an employee to do? In this Chinese lesson, the boss makes it clear that it's not OK to sleep during the meeting. Learn the key language here.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , don’t

Published: June 13, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 9: Wang Plans Revenge

Like Nanjing salty duck, revenge is a dish best served cold. In today's podcast, follow Lao Wang as he plots against his old company, and learn some Mandarin Chinese as well....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_think

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 8: Trimming the Fat at the Office

After all you've done for them, they kick you to the curb! In today's podcast, learn how to deal with being fired in Chinese. Tough luck, Charlie-- your squid just got fried....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 7: A Firing Afoot?

In these tough economic times, scheming to keep your job (or get someone else's) is a high art. The level of intrigue in Wang's Office would've impressed the eunuchs in the old Forbidden City. To keep up with the latest comings and goings, you'll need to listen to today's Chinese podcast....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: making_requests
Grammar: to_be_missing

Published: June 01, 2014

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Asking for Sick Leave

Even the hardest-working employees need a break sometimes! Whether you're actually sick or not, knowing how to ask your Chinese boss for a bit of time off is a highly important skill. Learn how to do so in today's elementary lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Words of Encouragement

It's been a rough week. The work piled up over the holiday last week and all your dutiful employees have been working long overtime hours. What's the best way, other than an expensive bonus, to show your immense appreciation for your subordinates who pour their blood, sweat and tears into your compa...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: appreciating

Published: May 01, 2014

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Check Your Spam

Most of us have spam filters on our email inboxes. They certainly make life easier a lot of the time, saving us the hassle of deleting loads of advertisements for unnecessary (and often less-than-wholesome) products. Yet sometimes spam filters also cause problems. Check out today's lesson for some u...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Handsome Foreign Student

If you're a foreign student in China, or planning to be one, you should probably learn the word for "foreign student." And since all our listeners are good-looking, the word for "handsome guy" might just come in handy as well. Learn all this and more in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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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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Workplace Woes

It's a nightmarish situation that haunts office workers around the globe. A report is finished and then - poof! - it suddenly disappears! Whether it was deleted by accident or never saved properly, the loss of a document is one of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to any employee. In ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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Discussing Contract Renewal

Many times conversations about money in Chinese involve some kind of bargaining. In today's show we're exploring bargaining in a more formal setting - the office. Someone's contract is up for renewal and he's about to play hardball. Tune in to hear how it goes!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Asking for a Raise

Today's lesson focuses on a conversation between an employee and his boss. Learn the language appropriate for dealing with superiors, and find out how to ask for that raise you've been wanting - in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Meeting the Girlfriend's Parents

A nerve-wracking situation in any culture, today we're meeting the girlfriend's parents. Will they be impressed or disappointed in their daughter's choice of boyfriend? Check out today's lesson to find out!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Using Excel

Excel is one of the most widely used business computer programs in the world; it's vital in most work environments to have at least a basic grasp of how it functions. Today's ChinesePod lesson will give you the elementary words and phrases necessary to discuss this useful program in Mandarin Chinese...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 出来

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sending a Large File

It's amazing what can be done these days with Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Final Cut Pro... but sometimes the price for that quality you love is a huge file. Transferring a large file can be a problem when you're dealing with multiple gigabytes. Explore the options in Chinese with this lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Vying for the Meeting Room

Oh, everyone wants that meeting room, don't they? In this lesson, someone angles for a spot in the office's meeting room, only to find that getting a spot might be more than they bargained for....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Insurances

When you start a new job it's important to understand what kind of insurance coverage the company provides and how much you will pay. In this lesson we delve into China's insurance system of "Five social insurances and one housing fund" or " 五险一金”. (Wǔ xiǎn yī jīn)...

Host: Jenny, Shanell
Grammar:

Published: January 01, 2014

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Employment Permit Issues

Obtaining a working visa in China can be a complex and challenging process. One important part of the process is obtaining an employment permit, or 就业证 (jiùyèzhèng) from the Labor Bureau. In this lesson, listen in as someone wrangles with the regulations....

Host: Jenny, Shanell
Topic: work, law

Published: January 01, 2014

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Can't Get to Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Anxious before bed? Well unfortunately we can't solve these problems for you - but what we can do is teach you how to describe them in Chinese. And that's exactly what we're doing in today's podcast, so join us to learn more about sleep troubles!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Keeping in Touch

Where have you been? Why weren’t you home? I sent you an email, but didn’t hear back…has your email changed?! We know you’re busy studying Mandarin Chinese, but we don’t want you to forget about your old pals. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny (who just want to talk…promise!) have a lesson just for you...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Business Style

Now, back home, an open liquor bottle on your desk might get you a one-way ticket to Palookaville, but in China, a little “báijiǔ” at the end of the meeting is all part of the deal. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny give a lesson about how business gets done in China. You will learn to talk about doing...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Requesting a Raise

So, the contract said “5000 a month” and you said “heck, yes” and at the end of that first glorious month you realized that 5000 RMB is slightly less than it sounded…not a problem, simply ask for a raise. In this podcast, you will learn how to ask for a raise from your boss in Mandarin Chinese. Tell...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Didn't you get my email?

There are many reasons to believe that someone may not have received your email.  Whether you're a conspiracy theorist or simply need to remind a technology-challenged co-worker, this Chinese lesson will equip you to ask someone if he got your email....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: work, office, email
Grammar: , , 没有

Published: April 03, 2013

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Business Cards

Business cards. In China they’re handed out for any and every reason… but what do you say when you get one? “Thanks” might seem a little bland, but then again, “WOW! You’ve such fine taste in paper!” might be a bit over the top. So then what? Better find out; you’ll be doing it about 12 times a day....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: name, work, business

Published: April 02, 2013

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What do you do?

So a banker, a lawyer and a model walk into a bar… seriously. We won't make you the funniest guy in the room, but we will do our best to make you conversational, at least. In this podcast, learn to ask and answer the "what do you do?" query in Mandarin Chinese. And should you actually be a lawyer, w...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: April 02, 2013

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Explaining Your Job

“So… what do you do?” While that might sound like a “Singles’ Night” introduction, we mean it… seriously (you should see our faces right now). In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone what they do, using Mandarin Chinese. And this podcast will also help you to learn how to give a nice sound...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 很(hěn)

Published: April 02, 2013

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Asking for leave

Everybody needs a little time away... and in this podcast you're going to learn how to ask for it in Chinese.  With the plethora of guests you're going to be fielding in your new found home away from home, chances are this will be high-frequency vocab for you.  So listen in and learn... and get read...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting
Grammar: , ,

Published: April 02, 2013

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Scheduling a Time

You'd like to talk with someone, but they're just not free right now. Learn how to use Mandarin to pick a convenient time to talk with someone in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 27, 2013

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Finishing Work for the Weekend

At the end of the work week things generally wind down. But for some people, Fridays are the busiest. Check out today's lesson to learn about a person who's trying to cram everything in before the weekend. Jenny and John will also be discussing the very common practice of working overtime: 加班 (jiābā...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 26, 2013

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What's Your Job?

During introductions, you're bound to be asked about your job. In this lesson, learn how to ask someone about their job and tell them about your own....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: March 12, 2013

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An Email Introduction

It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers.  In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: February 28, 2013

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