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Electronic Dogs and Radar Detectors

In today's ChinesePod lesson we're exploring the exciting world of electronic gadgets. These days, they've got a gadget for just about everything. Find out what happens when you opt for the cheap do-it-all gadget (you know, the one they're hawking downstairs for a fifth the price of the real one)! H...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 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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Adventures of an Andy Lau Fan on Taobao

Everyone in China is doing it, so it's time we informed our users more about buying stuff on Taobao, the Chinese conqueror of eBay. Today's lesson delves into the shady underworld of obsessed fans. (Remember, ChinesePod takes no responsibility for any stinky shoes you may encounter in your online sh...

Host: John, David

Published: October 01, 2014

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iPhone vs Android

Google's Android system for smartphones is quite popular in China, but the more expensive alternative, the iPhone, is also doing very well in the market. In this Chinese lesson, learn some of the key terms for buying and maintaining one's modern smartphone in the Middle Kingdom....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: technology

Published: September 01, 2014

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Buying High Quality DVDs

It's no secret that most of the DVDs sold in China are not what you might call "legit." But with this Chinese lesson we're just going to sidestep that whole "legal issue" and get right into the topic of DVD quality. You might be paying bottom dollar, but you still want top quality!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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How do you fix a boring Chinese course?

Foreigners everywhere are working hard at learning Chinese. Unfortunately, many of those sincere students find themselves learning from boring, poorly designed material. In this lesson we take a look at this issue from the angle of the school and the teachers, who are asking each other: what can we ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 倒,倒是

Published: September 01, 2014

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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: September 01, 2014

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A Special Fondness for Jewelry

The couple in this Chinese lesson are shopping for jewelry, with an unusual disregard for price. Learn how to discuss some of the specific Chinese vocabulary relating to these expensive accessories, and even find out where China's "bargain jewelry" is....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 尽管

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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Shopping for a Rice Cooker

If rice is the staple of the Chinese diet, then the electric rice cooker is the staple of the Chinese kitchen. In this lesson, learn about the range of options available to the rice cooker shopper, and which features are most important to the discriminating Chinese consumer....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar:

Published: September 01, 2014

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NGO Guy

Today's lesson takes us on a blind date. It may be a little awkward at first, but in the end we'll be learning all about non-governmental organizations, or NGO's, and what they do....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 逐渐

Published: September 01, 2014

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Traditional Chinese Paintings

We've got a lesson rich in culture for you today. We'll be delving into the world of high art. You'll learn how to talk about art and how to talk about the authenticity of artwork....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Warcraft in China

World of Warcraft is popular in China, but not nearly as popular as the Warcraft III-based LAN game, Defense of the Ancients. In this lesson, learn how to talk Warcraft III in Mandarin Chinese while also learning a bit about how Chinese gamers view WoW....

Host: John, David
Grammar:

Published: September 01, 2014

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An Invitation to the God of Wealth

Interested in starting out the new year with fortune in your favor? Considering starting a business? Well check out this podcast to learn how to get the cosmos on your side. Today's lesson has a bit of everything: great language and cultural insight!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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No Spring, No Wedding

Today's ChinesePod lesson focuses on a cultural belief held in China regarding years in which there is no spring. Confused? Well, you'll just have to check out today's lesson to find out what could cause such a thing! You'll also find out why it's not prudent to marry in a year in which spring has b...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Nutrition Label

There's nothing to ruin an appetite faster than checking the nutritional label on the back of what you're about to eat, right? In this lesson, two friends begin to agonize over nutrition. Listen and learn how you too can worry about your energy, fat and protein intake in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, health

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chinese Input Methods

When writing Chinese characters on your computer, there are many ways to go, and some are more useful than others. In this lesson, learn about different Chinese input methods and how to talk about them in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Play Area for Kids

It's just another day on the playground. In this lesson, grandma takes her grandchild to the playground to play. Learn the words for slide, seesaw and more!  ...

Host: Greg, Connie
Topic: kids, toys

Published: August 01, 2014

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On a Wok-About

It's the heart of every Chinese kitchen - the wok! In this lesson, two people are looking for a wok for their kitchen, only to find that buying one proves more difficult than they bargained for!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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New Sofa

Hooray! The new sofa has arrived! ChinesePod gets ready to relax in style. But wait! Is it pet proof?  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Ordering Furniture Online

Being the "workshop of the world" has its advantages. In China, furniture can made to order for a fraction of the cost that it would in other parts of the world. In this lesson, learn the basics of getting something made to order in China.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bringing the Heat Home

Even on a hot day, a hot shower is still strangely refreshing. In this lesson, someone is looking to buy a water heater for their home to make sure they have all the hot water they need.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Market Research 3: Assessing the Competition

In part three of this series, some serious research has been done on the motor home market in China. We're talking market share, we're talking core competitive advantages, we're talking high-end markets and low-end markets. Learn some of this very important marketing speak in this Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hairwash

When going to the hair salon in China, there are two different ways to get your hair washed. You can either get a "dry wash" (干洗, gānxǐ) or a "wet wash" (水洗, shuǐxǐ). What's the difference? Learn all about it in this lesson!  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Function: choosing, comparing
Topic: price, haircut

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ticket to Ride

For getting around the metropolises of China, taking the subway is essential. In this lesson, listen in as someone looks to buy a subway ticket and learns about the various options....

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Colors of Money

Chinese money, like money in many places throughout the world, is color-coded based its denomination. However, this might come as a bit of a surprise to Americans used to greenbacks. In this lesson, two Americans make the colorful discovery.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, colors

Published: May 01, 2014

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Season Preferences

Winter, spring, summer and fall... which season is your favorite? It's your call! In this lesson, ChinesePod talks about the seasons and how some of them are just too short.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Commuting Options

Subway, taxi, or bus? This is the common commuting conundrum faced by any number of working Chinese throughout the country. Listen in as two coworkers discuss the pros and cons (well, mostly the cons) of each mode of transportation in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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You Sing Terribly!

KTV features prominently in the Chinese social scene. And everyone, everyone has their turn at the mic. Sometimes your friends surprise you with their ability to belt out pop standards. Other times, though, you find yourself suffering through butchered John Denver classics. If you're experiencing th...

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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Introducing Kids to Each Other

Ah, kids. They love to play, but they also love to steal from each other and smack each other around for no reason. (Come to think of it, they're not that different from adults.) In this Chinese lesson, learn how to introduce children to each other so that they start off on the right foot....

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving means "turkey day" to most Americans. While the Chinese can get behind the whole idea of a day giving thanks, they also have a few less-than-enthusiastic opinions about turkey. Find out the Chinese view on turkey and learn how to use Chinese to defend the honor of this delicious bird.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Spending Christmas in China

When living in China, going back to one's home country for Christmas can be difficult. Christmas isn't an official holiday in China and the place that many foreigners call home is far away. So if you end staying China for Christmas, how do you talk about it?  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 01, 2014

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I don't have time

No doubt if you’re learning Mandarin, you’ve seen a picture of Nanjing Lu or Wangfujing. Now, very quickly, name three adjectives to describe the scene. Were “laid-back”, “relaxing” and “chilled out” any of your picks? That’s what we thought; so perhaps now a lesson on time in Mandarin Chinese would...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: March 10, 2014

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Wang Wei's Diary: Food and Girls

In today's diary entry, we get the male perspective on life in the world of Li Yan, Yang Jie and Wang Wei. Why does Wang Wei stare at Yang Jie every day? Is there blossoming romance? Will this be the start of an titillating love triangle? Listen in to this podcast as we tell all, invade privacy, and...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: both..._and

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sina's Microblogs

First there was blogging, then there was microblogging. Your life in 140 characters or less! Tune in to today's lesson on social media to learn more about this technical trend in China....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 只是

Published: January 01, 2014

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Of Kings, Emperors, and Presidents

The difference between kings, emperors, and presidents can be confusing to a child. Explaining the difference in Chinese, however, becomes crystal clear in this lesson. Lesson in to learn the vocabulary and the language of power....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Music Corner in the Park

Maybe you know about the weekly English corner in your local park, but did you know that there are also "music corners?" In China, these informal bands aren't too hard to find (they're the ones with the musical instruments in their hands), and they sometimes even draw quite a crowd. In this lesson, ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: exclamations

Published: January 01, 2014

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Considering an iPad

Now both Beijing and Shanghai have official Apple Stores, just in time for the release of the iPad. What do you think of the iPad? Revolution in computing, or an over-sized (overpriced) iPhone? No matter where you stand on the issue, this lesson will equip you to make some comments on the Apple iPad...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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What does she look like?

So that friend that could never get a girlfriend finally got one. The immediate question is, "what does she look like?" Of course, it's a useful question for many contexts. This lesson covers the most common Chinese descriptors for a girl....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting Warm

When wintertime comes, invariably you and your coworkers, your friends or your neighbors will have the mundane, but essential talk about the best way to keep warm. In this lesson, learn how to keep warm. Who knows, if you're really starved for conversation, it might help break the ice in more ways t...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bakery Binge

Buns, rolls, croissants, muffins, donuts... all of these delicious baked goods make for satisfying snacks, but anyone dieting knows that they are to be avoided. In this lesson, two friends look to satisfy their cravings without going overboard. However, it proves harder than they think....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hamsters, Snakes, and Owls

There's only so much that can be said about owning cats and dogs before you, the intermediate learner, feels that urge to move onto discussions about other types of pets... like hamsters! In this Chinese lesson you'll learn not only the essential hamster questions, but some other pet-related languag...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, animals, pets
Grammar: easy, ,

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Courses of a French Dinner

Intrinsic to any culture is it's food, and the way it is served. Moreover, one of the delights of learning a new language and culture is experiencing it's cuisine. In this lesson, a grandma endeavours to prepare for an excursion to dine in a Western restaurant. Listen in to what thoughts she has abo...

Host: Jenny, David
Topic: dining
Grammar: 差不多,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Kung Fu King Comparisons

Who's the king of kung fu? Is it Bruce Lee? Or Jackie Chan? Listen in this lesson as two friends make their arguments....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Dog Breeds

Dog lovers claim that there's a breed of dog suitable for just about everyone. In this lesson, two dog lovers chat about their favorite breeds while deciding what kind of dog they want to raise....

Host: John, Dilu

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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Weather and Seasons

A place of extremities, our Shanghai: blistering in the summer and arctic in the winter. All worth it for the autumn though. Fancy a “talk about the changing seasons” with another? Then take our hand as we stroll down a red leaf covered path of knowledge, as in this podcast you will learn to wax poe...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 05, 2013

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The Better Man

If you're going to treat men like objects, it's important to be able to compare them like objects. In this Chinese lesson, a group of ladies in the office compare two of their male co-workers. Listen in on the age-old debate of Xiao Wang vs. Xiao Li, and learn how to make comparisons in Mandarin!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 05, 2013

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