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Something to Do Tomorrow

With a new ChinesePod podcast coming out every day, all Cpoddies everywhere always have something to do tomorrow. So, listen to this lesson on how to tell someone you've got stuff goin' on. (Also comes in handy as an excuse for deflecting unwanted Karaoke invitations.)...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 08, 2014

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I forgot your name

Now, we know that when names consist mainly of a medley of Xs, Qs and Zs, it can be easy to lose it under pressure. So, when that friend that you just ran into is looking into your eyes with an anticipative look, you might just, understandably, come up short. This situation affords two choices: call...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 19, 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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Love Tangle 8: The Good Husband

Lulu has a little accident today, forcing Mr. Shen to re-evaluate his priorities. Does he work too much? Is he available for his child? Find out how the couple handles this drama in today's episode of Love Tangle....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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I Want This

A wee baby learning to talk. His first word, a loving 'mama.' The second, 'dada.' And then comes the 'gimme, gimme, gimme.' Well, you have to start somewhere. In this podcast, learn the phrase that will help you get what you want, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping
Grammar: to_want, to_have

Published: August 06, 2014

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A Disappointing Delivery

One of the most popular and expedient ways to shop in China is by ordering things online. But what do you do when there's a mix-up and the company delivers the wrong product? Find out how to resolve such issues in today's dialogue....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 06, 2014

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Finding One's seat

Even though your waiguoren butt is not going to fit in these seats, you'll at least be able to find the right one. Avoid becoming the event sideshow whilst dislodging said bum from said seat in front of an audience of 50,000. Study this lesson and you'll know how to find your correct seat in Mandari...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Not on purpose

Oops sorry i bumped into you, oops excuse me my umbrella hit your eye, oops I opened the car door into you, oops, oh no, I wiped my baozi juice on your sleeve. In a place like this, accidents will happen. When 'sorry' is getting old and 'buhaoyisi' feels a bit long-winded, learn how to plead innocen...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: apologizing
Topic: etiquette

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn in Your Homework

Homework is a huge part of every Chinese kid's childhood. In this lesson, we cover that dreaded moment when the teacher asks for everyone's homework and one unlucky guy doesn't have his. There's gonna be a reckoning!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 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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U-Turn

"Yep, straight through the light, then pull over to the right - WHAT? No you've passed it!" So you know how to give basic directions in Chinese, but what happens in this situation? In today's lesson we learn how to say "make a u-turn" -- essential taxi survival Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 02, 2014

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Thank You and Sorry

No matter how linguistically well-prepared you may be when you visit China for the first time (all thanks to ChinesePod, of course!), you'll still inevitably encounter any number of awkward and embarrassing situations that will require a basic exchange of niceties in the local language. Today's newb...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Allergies

Sure, some might think this a niche lesson, but consider the alternative: (In Mandarin) “To tell you the truth, doc, I’m not sure if it was my inability to be around cats, or my violent reaction to shellfish--I just can’t breathe.” …or you can simply follow along in this podcast, where you will lear...

Host: Jenny, Ken, John
Function: apologizing
Grammar: 不(bù)-not
Topic: health

Published: April 01, 2014

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Is someone in here?

Sometimes bathroom stalls in China don't have doors on them. Though this may seem shocking to some, it's quite convenient when faced with the dilemma of whether to push the door open to potential stall going-ons, or not. But for those more uncertain times, when you are blocked by those troublesome s...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Wrong Change

You're dancing around gesticulating. They're dancing around gesticulating. Children are clapping and someone might even be singing, shaking an abacus in time to the music. Except that you're not teaching them a "foreign friend" dance, you're trying to get the correct change so you'll have the bus fa...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting the Correct Change

In China there's a whole special language reserved for counting out change (and no, Shanghai poddies, we're not talking about Shanghainese!). This is the language where the Chinese word for "to search for" suddenly becomes "to give back money." Learn all the essential Mandarin in this lesson to mak...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: numbers, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Noisy Renovations

Picture a peaceful Saturday morning, getting rest after a long work when. Then - wham! wham! wham! - you're awoken by the sound of someone hammering away. In this lesson, someone is rudely awoken by renovations in their neighbor's apartment....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Formal Apology

When you need to write a formal apology letter, it is important to do it correctly. How can you impress the recipient with the graveness of your error and yet keep it appropriately dignified? Listen in as one student receives advice on how to compose the perfect apology letter....

Host: Shanell, David

Published: January 01, 2014

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Politely Declining an Invitation

Naturally you're going to accept every invitation to hang out with your Chinese friends and co-workers, but what do you say when you really just can't make it? In this lesson, find out how to politely decline an invitation, thereby increasing your chances of getting invited again (rather than gettin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 16: It's Over

No self-respecting soap opera would be complete without a teary farewell. It's been a long and winding road, but the inevitable time has come for our two lovers to part company. So go and get that box of kleenex and that pink teddy bear that keeps you company through the difficult times, and listen ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Skiing, Not Ice Skating

Skiing and ice skating are two of the world's most popular winter sports. But don't let this singular commonality fool you into thinking that mastery of the one means mastery of the other! Join us today as we explore the wonderful world of powder and piste (and learn that it's quite different from t...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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That's Not Your Food

One of the great things about restaurants in China is that they often bring out your food faster than you can order it. On the downside, sometimes the food isn't quite what you had in mind... Learn about a common dish today, and about how to describe something you might not have ordered!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 已经

Published: June 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 4: Lovers' Spat

Granted, it’s difficult (even for us) to differentiate a “normal talk” from an “upset talk,” but we can tell you that an occasional spat takes place. What over? It rhymes with “shopping”. In this lesson, Zhang Liang and Chen Li get a bit heated in a classic boy-meets-girl at the shopping mall. Just ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 否则, 明明, 出来

Published: June 01, 2013

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Your turn to pay!

Sometimes we take a lesson from our own experience. While names have been changed to protect the innocent (until proven stingy), the account to follow dealing with the guy who always forgets his wallet is real. While we’re busy snickering at the (hot) water cooler, Ken and Jenny will teach you throu...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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How embarrassing!

Yes – we’ve prepared you for the language side of things, but there are some situations that just can’t be prepared for (see: using an “Eastern toilet” in a cocktail dress). So perhaps being able to react appropriately would at least slow down that rush of red to your cheeks? In this podcast, we’ll ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: apologizing
Topic: food, feelings

Published: May 01, 2013

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Caught in the Act

Sure, we've all got our skeletons in the closet. It's just when someone opens the door that we get a little red in the face. In today's podcast, the boss makes a slightly uncomfortable discovery. Should you find yourself entangled in a little 'office scandal,' listen to this podcast to learn how to ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: business

Published: May 01, 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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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: May 25, 2012

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Useful Phrases #3

What could you use more than some more useful phrases in Mandarin Chinese? Well, even better than that, we’ve got some excellent high-frequency language you will wonder how you ever did without (i.e. Where is the washroom?). Listen in on this podcast, and learn some more important and useful questio...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: language

Published: May 01, 2012

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Calling in Sick

So, we actually tried to buy you a keyboard (with the “sick” sound effects) from “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” and send it to you to make your phone call to the boss sound more believable, but instead got you the next best thing: a lesson on “Calling in Sick”. In this podcast you’ll learn how to use Man...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: May 01, 2011

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