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Dogs and Wealth

Today we're headed to the vet for a check-up on a dog that's not feeling too well. Learn all about dogs and why they might just be the thing you need for increased prosperity!...

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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Using a Character Dictionary

Do you ever find yourself only using the English-Chinese side of your dictionary? Do you sometimes feel intimidated by the seemingly arcane system of naming parts of characters? Well then ChinesePod's got a lesson for you today. Join us to learn all about looking up charactersby radical!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Applying for a Loan

Being able to talk people into giving you money is a special skill. Especially when you're talking to professionals who say "no" for a living. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn the key phrases and unorthodox "techniques" that will help you smooth talk any banker (or land you in jail). Soon you'll ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Detective Li 9: Final Mission (Part 3)

As Detective Li and Xiao You pursue a terrorist threat known only as "Black Cat," Xiao You heads back to headquarters while Detective Li pursues a fleeing "shadow" on his own. In this lesson, Detective Li finally confronts the shadow and learns its true intent. [上集答案:5239]...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 始终, ,

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Night Club Experience

Are you a hardcore clubber? Or are you more of a wannabe, hoping for just a little peek into that dark, loud world of music, alcohol, and one-night stands? This lesson provides the outsider perspective into a Chinese club without getting too deep into the scene....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Working Hours Policy

Formal Chinese can be a bit tricky at first. In this lesson, your trusty ChinesePod hosts dissect a typical announcement from HR, explaining in everyday terms what that formal language about "flexible work hours" is trying to say....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Detective Li 1: The Bath House Murder

In part 1 of this detective story, we follow Detective Li and his assistant Xiao You on a trip to the bath house. Follow along and learn some Chinese as Detective Li applies his powers of deduction to this murder case....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Management Localization

In this Chinese lesson, ChinesePod marketing manager Kay rounds off her three-point localization list with point number three: localizing management. Did you know that managers in China have to worry about issues like mooncakes and hongbao? Learn about it here....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Noodles and Child Labor

If you order some noodles, and the person that delivers them to your office is a child, is it a case of child labor? Different cultures don't see this in quite the same way. In this lesson, learn more about the Chinese view on what constitutes "child labor."...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Phone Call from a Headhunter

Today's upper-intermediate level lesson is essential for anyone trying to improve their ability to discuss marketing and advertising related issues in Chinese. Learn some great industry jargon, as well as the Chinese names of some of the biggest companies in these fields....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Celebrating a Baby's First Month

In Chinese culture, there's a special celebration when a baby turns one month old. The gift-giving details can be a little confusing, even to the Chinese, so listen to this lesson for an explanation. While you're at it, learn what gift is given to celebrate a newborn's birth....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Doing Business in the Bath House

What goes on in a Chinese bath house? Maybe not all of it is fit for a family podcast, but in this lesson a husband insists that bath houses are rapidly becoming popular (and legitimate) places to make business deals. Listen in on the debate and learn some useful Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Taxable Salary

Ah, taxes... one of the few certainties in life, and the bane of our existence. Unfortunately, learning all the little quirks of the Chinese tax system doesn't make the whole ordeal any more fun in China. Listen in to this lesson, and we can help you out with the Mandarin Chinese side of the equatio...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Mudslide

In August 7, 2010, there was a terrible mudslide in Gansu Province. In this lesson we hear not only a newscast related to the natural disaster, but also the reactions of some average Chinese people with relatives in Gansu....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Frog Prince in the Well

Do you know the story of the Frog Prince? Do you know the Chinese chengyu about frogs and wells? In this lesson, hear a children's fairytale infused with Chinese cultural characteristics, and also get a little dose of Middle Kingdom morals....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Working in the Countryside

Do you know all the work that goes into maintaining a rice paddy? And can you talk about it in Mandarin Chinese? In this lesson, a visitor to the countryside learns about both the hard labor and the simple pleasures to be found outside of China's urban areas....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Firing Someone

It's never easy to fire someone, even if you have ample reason to do so. This lesson demonstrates the Chinese way of laying out the facts leading to that unpleasant decision, in a firm but humane way....

Host: Jenny, John

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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Discussing a Thesis Topic with an Advisor

Today's lesson is a must for anyone in higher education in China. Learn how to discuss your ideas, how to make suggestions, and how to hash out a thesis plan and schedule with your advisor....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Sex Education Class

We're back in school, today. No, it's not history class. Nor is it chemistry. Yup, you guessed it! We're talking about sex ed. today. Join us and relive some of the more awkward moments of your youth....

Host: Jenny, John

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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Into the Sandstorm

For anyone who has ever woken up to find their car covered in sand, the situation covered in today's lesson will be a familiar one. In some parts of the world, like Italy, France, and northern China, sandstorms are a part of the weather, even if the nearest desert lies hundreds of miles away. Today ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 6: The Pregnant Wife

It's the newest installation of our Love Tangle series. Lulu is pregnant - and thinking about what to get the baby. She starts to ask questions about shenanigans at the office. Will Jiawei be able to play it cool?...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Customer Comes First

Today ChinesePod has got a lesson for you! We're at the cell phone store and things are getting heated up! Find out how to demand your rights be respected in this upper-intermediate level podcast....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Man-to-Man Advice on Women

Today's show features two friends - one who is in desperate need of advice, and another who is eager to give it. Learn all about the game of love (and how these guys choose to play it) in today's lesson!...

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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Foreign Father Loses His Cool

Anyone staying in China for some time will tell you, the Chinese have deep rooted notions about health and medicine, some of which seem utterly strange to foreigners. In this lesson, a foreign man finds this out the hard way after his Chinese wife has given birth.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Believing in Santa

Christmas is coming, and it's time to buy the kids some presents. In this this lesson someone asks their Chinese friend to help buy some Santa gear on Taobao to give their daughter a surprise.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Cracking QR Codes

QR codes have become quite a phenomenon in China. On the subway or walking through the mall, one is likely to see QR codes ready for scanning everywhere. In this lesson, someone learns how they work for the first time while waiting for a seat in a restaurant.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Table Manners in the West

It's well-known that table manners can vary a bit from culture to culture, and that Chinese table manners can sometimes be interpreted as "interesting" abroad. But a new generation of well-educated Chinese travelers are ready to shed that old image. In this lesson, listen in on a discussion on this ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 既然,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hiring an Intern

It seems like an internship is the new "senior thesis." And it's a good thing for business because hey, those interns are cheap! Learn the appropriate language for discussing the prospect of hiring an intern in this business-focused Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Calculating Salaries

Salaries at home are confusing enough to calculate after taxes, but they're even more confusing when you're abroad and have no knowledge of local rates and labor laws! Today we'll meet one such confused employee wondering why a substantial portion of their pay has been docked. Learn all about calcul...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: work, salary
Grammar: place, or_means, time,

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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Extreme Weather and Pollution

The weather has been a ghastly roller coaster of weirdness in recent years, and in China, many are taking a closer look at pollution. Specifically, we're talking about fine particulate matter. Listen in to learn more about this very timely issue....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 往往, terrible

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Lot of Sisters

Are your sisters weird? In today's Chinese podcast, learn how to talk in Mandarin about your vast quantities of older sisters. You may even learn a Chinese word or two for other relatives. The only way to find out is to tune in to this exciting Chinese podcast.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 11, 2014

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The Trouble with Marrying a Foreigner

Marrying someone from abroad can be a difficult. There are questions of culture and language that have to be overcome. Of course, some issues aren't as big as others. In this dialogue, a young woman talks with her mother about marrying a foreign man.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2014

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WeChat

"Writing" in China has come a long way from its oracle bone past all the way to its QQ IMing and smartphone texting present. But now there's a new form called "WeChat" which mixes texting and free internet messages with voice messaging and GPS. WeChat is already pretty big in China, so if you're tot...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 01, 2014

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Which Finger?

What is the deal with the mob? Just when you think you've got it "made," they fit you with a pair of concrete galoshes and tell you to take a swim. Get organized, and listen to today's Chinese podcast about an involuntary amputation....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 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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Writing Characters vs. Typing Characters

The rise of computers in China has meant that people write less and less by hand, and spend more time typing their messages. For the Chinese learner, this has made being able to write in Chinese much easier. All one has to do is type out the pinyin for a character and select it! Find out more about ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Addition and Subtraction

It's like returning to kindergarten all over again! In this lesson, ChinesePod goes over addition and subtraction in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_much

Published: May 01, 2014

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Can You Help Me Move?

Moving day is here! In this dialogue, someone asks their friend to help them move into a new place. Let's hope there's an elevator...  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers, house

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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Swimming Cap

It's time to take a swim! Swimsuit? Got it. Goggles? Check. Swimcap? No? Do you need it anyway? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Let Me Off!

Buses in big cities take you where you want to go, but not exactly where you want to go. Often times, you might fly by your destination and have to double back. In this lesson, a couple try to get off the bus on their own terms, only to find that they've got to wait.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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New Food

In China, you're apt to encounter all kinds of fruits and vegetables that you haven't seen before. Don't be afraid! They're delicious! Well, most of them anyway. But how do you eat them?  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Super Bowl

Glendale, Arizona. The home of Super Bowl XLII. No, that's not a world record sized wok, it's football, American style. The New England Patriots are trying to break every record by winning the Super Bowl to cap an undefeated season over the New York Giants... Writer may sound like a fan but only wat...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: explaining

Published: May 01, 2014

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