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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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The Sun Salutation in Yoga

Start your day off right with ChinesePod as we greet the sun and slip into the lotus position! If you haven't already guessed, we're at yoga class. If you've ever wondered what to call yoga positions in Chinese, or if you ever find yourself getting lost with your Chinese-speaking yoga instructor, th...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Detective Li 5: The Bloody Love Triangle (Part 1)

Three bodies, a trail of bloody footprints, and some serious violence. This episode Detective Li and his partner Xiao You arrive on the grisly scene and begin their investigation into three violent deaths. This episode is divided into two parts. It begins here. [上集答案:驯兽师训练猴子拿走了钻石,除了人类之外只有猴子有指纹。]...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Detective Li 4: The Circus Troupe

In part 4 of the series, the indomitable Detective Li and his faithful partner Xiao You find themselves summoned to the scene of a burglary... in a circus. Listen in to the details of the case, and see if you can match wits with Detective Li and determine who committed the crime. [上集答案:根据条件,没有说谎的孩子是...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Labor is the Most Glorious

Modern China is a country bursting with entrepreneurship and big business, but there was a time when everyone was singing songs glorifying labor. In this Chinese lesson, we harken back to that time, providing a musical link to the past which surprisingly few mainland Chinese don't know. And remember...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Made-to-Order Calendars

Remembering important dates can be a difficult for some of us. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays can easily pop up without our knowing. However, in this lesson, somebody at work has come up with a solution: a made-to-order calendar!  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

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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The Paper Chase

Tissues, handkerchiefs, toilet paper, paper towels - that's a lot of paper products! What are they all for? In this lesson, a wife makes it all clear for her husband at the supermarket.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 好像, 怪不得

Published: August 01, 2014

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An Athlete's Strengths and Weaknesses

Being a true fan of any sport requires you to have a slightly deeper knowledge of participating athletes than "he runs really fast" or "she jumps really high." Learn how to participate in such discussions about endurance, strength, and slightly more complex strategy in today's upper-intermediate les...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Teaching Japanese Go

Known in the West as "bizarro Othello" and "the thinking man's checkers," the game known as "go" in Japan and "weiqi" in China is actually quite the intellectual exercise with a long, rich tradition. In this Chinese lesson, the basics are taught to a child (who might actually be a bit too young to a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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April Fool's Day Car

It's April Fool's day and someone is about to get punk'd. Find out just what happens by tuning in to today's ChinesePod lesson all about practical jokes!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Personal Ad

Can't find a spouse? Don't like the one you have? Have we got a lesson for you! In today's podcast, you'll learn all about personal ads in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 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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Will you Marry Me?

The biggest question you'll ever answer is not "Do you wanna take this outside, buddy?" or "Does this dress make me look fat?" It's "will you marry me?" In today's podcast, learn how to answer in Mandarin Chinese. And if you just can't get enough lunar representation, check out John's blog for a det...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Choosing Fruit

When fruits are in season, they're everywhere. They'll flood fruit sellers stands and end up in carts right on the street. But how do you make sure you get the good stuff? In this lesson, ChinesePod chats with a fruit seller about his watermelons in order to get the best one!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, taste, fruit

Published: May 08, 2014

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Hospitality 7:Hotel Room Cleaning

So you slept in until noon, and NOW it's convenient for you to have housekeeping clean your room? That's fine... you're the guest after all. Find out what both the request and the polite staff response are in this continuation of ChinesePod's hospitality series.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: hotel, cleaning

Published: May 08, 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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More School Days

After elementary school, things start to get a bit more serious scholastically for children everywhere, but in China things can get especially rigorous. In this lesson, an elementary school student talks about her older sister in middle school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shanghai Weather Forecast

Alright, let's take a look at this week's Shanghai weather. It's rain, rain and more rain! Will the sun ever come out? Find out in this lesson on talking about the weather!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: time, weather
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Shampoo and Cut

That hair of yours is getting long and straggly, ain't it? Time for a haircut! In this lesson, you'll learn the basics for getting your hair done in Chinese, as well as a bit about barbershop culture in China....

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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What's This Made of?

Whether you're shopping for furniture or buying low-quality knick-knacks at the fake market, it always helps to know what your product is made of to help determine a fair price. There's nothing worse than realizing your shiny dragon statue is made of cheap plastic! Learn how to talk about materials ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where Did You Learn Chinese?

Once you get past the initial niceties and compliments that inevitably take place during a conversation, your newfound Chinese friend will most likely ask you where you've learned such exemplary Mandarin. Today's lesson will teach you how to respond to this question while still preserving the image ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Day in the Life of a Student

School days are here. In this lesson, read the diary of a student about their day at school.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: describing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Recognizing a Blind Date

Meeting someone for the first time on a blind date can be an awkward experience as it is, especially when you don't know what they look like. In this lesson, we've decided to raise the stakes by making that first encounter in Chinese! Don't worry, it's easier than you think!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Snake Discovery

Let's go out for a spring stroll, shall we? But wait! What's that up ahead? A snake!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: animals, snake

Published: May 01, 2014

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Fattening Up Over Chinese New Year

Much like Christmas and Thanksgiving , Chinese New Year is also famous for feasting with the whole family. And it's easy for anyone to overdo it and put on a few pounds. In this lesson, two friends assess the damage after a gluttonous Chinese New Year. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Slippery Ground

Often times in China when you're running out the door you notice the street cleaners have just washed down the streets and sidewalks. This can be especially dangerous in the winter when water freezes into ice. In today's lesson, learn how to tell someone to watch out if the ground is slippery. You'l...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A New Jug for the Water Cooler

The office water cooler: this is such a common part of most offices that in English we even have a way of describing gossip that originates there! But what happens when the water runs out? Learn how to talk about this in today's super-practical lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Checking out at a Hotel

It's checkout time, also known as "check the room for consumption of overpriced snacks and beverages or theft of towels time." In this lesson, learn how to tell the hotel you're checking out, and the Chinese you're going to hear when they bust you.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Workout Frequency at the Gym

Gym rats love to be told that their efforts are noticed, and they may just want to share how often they work out. Even if working out is not your thing, this lesson has you covered. So start learning the Chinese to talk about gyms now!...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, sports, gym

Published: May 01, 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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Common Measure Words

While “how much” is usually reserved for all the bargaining you do here, it can also be used for “quantifying things,” meaning that you need to understand “measure words,” which means we need to make you a lesson on it… lest your retort to “how far is it” be “too expensive!” Listen in and expand you...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing, counting

Published: March 12, 2014

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Shanghai Expo Pavilions

With Expo fever in full swing, we're getting into the nitty-gritty of the event itself. Having already covered how to buy tickets and Haibao, the ubiquitous Expo mascot, we're spending today's lesson focusing on the much-anticipated China Pavilion and how to talk about it in Chinese. Join us!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Daddy Changes a Diaper

Everyone loves babies, right? Well today's lesson will cover some essential language for talking about (and to) these little bundles of joy! You'll be learning some great ways to compliment the baby (which always makes new parents proud)......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Weighing Yourself on the Street

Where do you go to weigh yourself? Your own bathroom? The doctor's office, perhaps? This Chinese lesson highlights one of those particular Chinese sights: the practice of weighing oneself on a public, busy street. If you're a health nut you'll want to pay close attention to the vocabulary; it's a bi...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Renting an Apartment through an Agent

Many people own their own apartments. However for those that rent, it's quite common to do so through a real estate agency. Learn some great language for describing your ideal apartment to an agent in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Reserving a Taxi Cab by Telephone

Major cities in China have automated taxi cab reservation services. You make a phone call, listen to a recording, and then are put in touch with an operator. This lesson will cover all the basics for what to expect from such a call, empowering you to start reserving your own taxis!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Custom-Made Shoes

Getting shoes that fit properly can be a challenge for many a foreigner in China. Luckily, there are many places where one can have shoes custom made to fit, all while sporting a new style. In this lesson, someone goes to a custom shoe store to satisfy what turns out to be an urgent need....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Difficult Cake Choices

Everyone has been at the mercy of indecision at one time or another. However, the task of deciding becomes even more difficult when you are being pummeled by an array of delicious dessert choices. In this lesson, we explore the challenging task of choosing a birthday cake - from black forest to mang...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 出来, tone, 只要

Published: January 01, 2014

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Making Soup

Get your aprons on, ChinesePod! In this lesson, we'll be cooking up a fresh pot of winter melon and pork rib soup to help make it through the cold winter months....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , 然后,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Christmas Gifts from China

After spending some time in China, going home for Christmas can be a troublesome event for any expat. Aside from getting that plane ticket home, you've also got to figure out what to bring the folks at home from the Middle Kingdom. In this lesson, a foreigner talks with his Chinese coworker about wh...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Looking for an Apartment in NYC (Part 1)

It's a common feature of Chinese culture that parents will do almost anything for their children's education - setting aside vast sums of money, investing in after school tutoring and even buying apartments near good schools. In this dialogue, see how far one woman is willing to go for her daughter'...

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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Calling a Moving Company

Moving into a new place can be fun, but getting all your stuff from one place to another can be quite an ordeal. In this lesson, someone calls a moving company and asks them how much it'll cost....

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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Restaurants with Entertainment

With fierce competition comes innovation, and in the restaurant industry in China that has meant the development of some very interesting services. In this lesson, learn about some of them!...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Visit to a Temple (Part 2)

ChinesePod continues its visit to a Buddhist temple. In the second part of this series, we learn about arhats (罗汉, luóhàn), Buddhist saints known for their different and sometimes comical looks....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 其实, 应该

Published: January 01, 2014

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