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Too Much to Drink

Don't be fooled by the bottles of Russian vodka collecting dust by our water cooler, or the small bottle of baijiu on Amber's desk: the drug of choice here at ChinesePod is caffeine. And while it may be socially-acceptable to quaff a few cups of either while working, one too many will shoot your jud...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 19, 2014

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Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)

In the spirit of "Choose Your Own Adventure" 1980s pre-teen novels, we revisit Zhang Liang and Lili and rewrite history with a "Choose Your Own Breakup" lesson in Mandarin Chinese. Everyone knows these things don't always end prettily, so, in tribute to all the girls (or guys) you've loved before, l...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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To bag or not to bag?

Since last summer, getting a plastic bag when you shop in the People's Republic has gotten a little more expensive. Listen to this Chinese podcast and learn how to cut waste, reduce litter, and give some love to Mother Earth, in one fell swoop. It's in the bag!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 19, 2014

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Sales Call

Of course, the old slam the receiver down always works. But for some, the ring of a telemarketer signals another captive-language-learning partner opportunity. In this podcast, learn how to cut to the chase and use your newfound Chinese skills to hang up on that salesperson in a more delicate manner...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 11, 2014

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Wrong Number

You know that guy that keeps calling your home number at 3am and asking for “Lao Li” in Chinese? You’ve tried screaming, you’ve tried threatening, you’ve tried begging. But he just KEEPS CALLING. With the help of this podcast you can learn how to finally tell the guy “wrong number” in Mandarin Chine...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Death by Ninja

Though ninjas aren't generally considered one of the risks of doing business in China, one never knows when one is in danger of being knocked off. Sometimes letting down the facade of Mr. Nice Guy can turn on you, as our Canadian businessman Peter is about to discover, to his chagrin. Listen to this...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: business

Published: July 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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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
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Published: March 26, 2013

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No Walking on the Grass

Contrary to everything you thought you understood about the world up until now, no, grass is not made for walking on, rolling down, dog-frolicking, pant-knee-staining, smelling, or any other such frivolities. Though your laundress may be glad, your walk in the park may never be the same. Listen to t...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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