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Can You Use Chopsticks?

No matter how long you have lived in China, and no matter how well you speak Chinese, people will be amazed to see that you have learned how to put food into your mouth with sticks. Tune in to today's podcast to learn about the question every foreigner has answered dozens of times.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 24, 2014

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Not So SIM-ple

These SIM cards keep getting smaller and smaller. How can one keep up? In this lesson, someone goes to get their SIM card trimmed so it can fit in their current phone. It proves to be an educational experience.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Signing a Lease

Even if you're able to find an agent from a reliable real estate company to help you find the apartment of your dreams in China, you're still going to be confronted with a massive block of Chinese at the end of the process: the lease. Needless to say, it will probably take you a bit of time to read ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , , 否则, 除了

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for the Ironman Race

This lesson is for our boldest, hardiest, and most probably craziest users out there. We're listening in today as one such athlete discusses ironman triathlons in Mandarin Chinese; if you're like us, you'll probably relate much more to the astonished listener than the competitor! Learn how to talk a...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, sports

Published: August 01, 2014

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Registering for 3G Service

With the popularization of smartphones, 3G service has become more and more common. For a businessman on the go or anyone else who's exceptionally attached to their email (or youtube, or facebook, or twitter...), 3G is absolutely essential. Tune in to today's ChinesePod lesson as we explore a typica...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 而且, 因为

Published: August 01, 2014

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Anybody home?

Halloween is coming, so we're getting making our lessons a bit scarier. Today we'll arm you with the right phrases in Mandarin for dealing with big scary creaky doors that are left ajar and asking if anyone is there. Just be prepared -- you may not like what you discover... *shiver*  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 30, 2014

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Looking for Someone Else

Have you ever looked for someone, only to find someone else? In today's Mandarin podcast, you'll learn how deal with this common situation. Today, you'll learn how to use Chinese to tell someone: sorry, you're not the one I was looking for.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 30, 2014

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Getting Off the Metro

Squeeze your way to the front of the line for this useful Mandarin podcast. Today, we're explaining how to negotiate your way through a crowded Chinese subway car. Whether you take the metro to work, or even if you're just a fan of public transportation, this Chinese lesson will be a great blessing ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 27, 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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Tables and Chairs

Ah, tables and chairs. Even the most minimalist decorator agrees that "being able to sit down" and "having a raised surface to put stuff on" are good things. There are a few surprises in store for you in today's Chinese lesson, though, so tune in and learn.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 16, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Xi'an

ChinesePod's Hungry Traveler series makes a stop in Xi'an to try some delicious local dishes like 肉夹馍 (ròujiāmó) and 羊肉泡馍 (yángròupàomó). Hope you've worked up an appetite Poddies!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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Free Parking?

Free parking never comes easy, does it? In this lesson, someone parks in an underground parking garage and finds when it's time to go that parking for free wasn't as easy as they thought....

Grammar: 可以, 那/那么
Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where'd You Get That Food?

A coworker or a roommate gets some food delivered and it looks delicious. But a larger question remains: why weren't we consulted? In this lesson, someone orders up some food, and leaves someone else hanging.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, place, eating

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering a Fruit Salad

Apples, peaches, limes, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, oranges... well, you get the idea. This lesson is all about fruits!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Barley Tea

They say that when you're learning Chinese sooner or later you're going to have a lesson on tea. Well, here it comes! This lesson introduces you to the world of tea from green tea and black tea to even barley tea and beyond!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: drinking, tea
Grammar: also, 那(nà)

Published: May 01, 2014

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Big Numbers

Today's podcast is all about massive numbers in Mandarin Chinese. We're talking the numbers used in high-occurrence discussions on the population of China, US debt to China, your expected salary, and the price of a Ferrari in Shanghai. Enhance your numerical knowledge with today's elementary lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, math

Published: May 01, 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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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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Do You Live Alone?

Everyone's got different preferences for living situations. Living with roommates can be vexing for those who desire personal space but a necessity for those who crave constant human interaction. Learn how to talk about your own housing situation in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Preparing for the HSK

Teenagers in the US stress over the SATs, while expats in China go crazy preparing for the HSK, China's official test of Chinese-language skill. It's no easy task, but today you can learn how to talk about studying for this most burdensome of tests in our newest Elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: learning, test

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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Pens and Notebooks

Pens and notebooks are essential for any student, especially a student of Chinese. For many students of Chinese, mastering all of those characters requires writing and re-writing them over and over. In this lesson, learn how to go buy yourself some pens and notebooks and get started.  ...

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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Music Lovers

Whether or not one can play a musical instrument, everyone appreciates a good tune. In this lesson, learn how to talk about music and playing musical instruments.  ...

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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New Year's Eve Party

Get ready for the countdown! The New Year is just hours away. In this lesson, two friends discuss their New Year's Eve plans. Learn the Chinese word for New Year and, of course, champagne!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Beards Are for Old Men

Someone's got a date tonight, and he's getting some important advice from a friend. The main question: do women dig the facial hair, or is it better to go for the clean shave? Find out how to talk about facial hair in today's lesson. We hope you'll add your two cents to this very personal debate aft...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Visiting a Friend's Room

Today's show covers important language for anyone planning on visiting a friend in a doorman building. Learn the basics for interacting with security, 保安(bǎo'ān), in today's helpful ChinesePod lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Chinese Fruits

In China you'll have no problem finding many of the fruits you like to eat back home: bananas, apples, watermelons. But China also has a lot of unusual fruits you might have never heard of (or even seen before)! Learn about some of these in today's lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, eating, show, fruit

Published: May 01, 2014

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An Unplanned Tan

Today's lesson is all about getting a tan on accident! Tune in to find out all the key tools you'll need to bring to the beach this summer in order to avoid tanning!  ...

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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This Needs to be Dry Cleaned

Suits, sweaters... how could anyone possibly know which need to be dry cleaned, and which don't? No need to be shy; just ask! Learn to talk about clothing and dry cleaning options in this lesson.  ...

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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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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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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Marriage and Divorce

Marriage and divorce. We hope you'll be talking much more about one over the other, but just in case, tune into this lesson to learn how to talk about getting married and divorced in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 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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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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Asking for the WiFi password

In this increasingly connected world, it's important to maintain contact with friends and colleagues, even when you're outside the house or the office. Cafés all over the world cater to this by offering free or paid wifi. But how do you ask for the password in Chinese? Find out in today's super-use...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: can_may, again

Published: April 09, 2014

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Turn Right, Turn Left

So you've successfully communicated the address to the taxi driver, but as he approaches your final destination he needs a bit more help. Be sure you know the Chinese for "turn right" and "turn left" so you can avoid the extra "I couldn't explain exactly where to go so I ended up just getting out at...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: by_what_means,

Published: April 09, 2014

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How Old Are You?

How old are you? When an adult asks another adult this question, guessing games are likely to ensue. In this dialog, the question is met with just this kind of response. Learn the Chinese to ask this question, and pick up a coyly evasive (but simple!) response at the same time.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 差不多

Published: April 09, 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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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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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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Answering the Door

OK, so even if you haven't come to China to pursue that job as a door-to-door salesman, you may need to call on a Chinese friend. Learn the appropriate phrases for the person on each side of the door in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: daily_life

Published: April 02, 2014

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