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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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Happy Birthday

Quick – name things that you love! 1. ChinesePod 2. Cake That’s right! So what’s the only thing we could include to make this a very special day? How about taking advantage of the coincidence of one of your hosts being born on this day? In this podcast, learn how to wish someone a Happy Birthday!...

Function: greetings
Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: holidays

Published: October 08, 2014

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Introducing Oneself to the Family

"Meet the parents" takes on a whole other meaning in Chinese families. Now, if you can't keep track of which auntie is the elder, whose brother the rotund uncle is and whose sister the tall auntie is... or for that matter--which side is this grandpa is on, and how that lady over in the corner fits i...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Ballet Lessons

In this lesson, ChinesePod pirouettes, prances and pliés around the subject of dancing and ballet. Learn how to talk about dancing and different kinds of dances. And a one, two, three, four!  ...

Host: John, 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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Chatting at a Family Gathering

Chinese New Year is here and the family is all together again. After the initial greetings, everyone settles down to have a chat. But what to talk about? Finding a topic that everyone wants to talk about proves to be difficult.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 一下, 一_就

Published: August 01, 2014

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Important Visitor

You know something important is going on when someone from the bank comes to see you at work. It's enough to excuse yourself from an important meeting. Learn how in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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I'm Retired

Ah, retirement! It's time to kick back, relax and play with the grandkids. In this lesson, learn how to talk about retirement in Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Spending Money in Hong Kong

As one of Asia's premier shopping cities, Hong Kong has more than a few places to spend your hard-earned cash. No matter what it is you buy, your coworkers will undoubtedly be curious as to how much money you've spent on your most recent buying binge. Learn how to discuss such a topic in today's Chi...

Host: Jenny, John

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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The New Intern

He's the new intern. His name is Mike. He's from Harvard. And he's only here for two months. But he's available to handle all the horribly tedious tasks that you can never seem to get around to, so make good use of him! Get ready for communications with your Chinese interns in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 1: Welcome to the Hilton!

Imagine that you work at the Hilton in New York City, and you're tasked with welcoming Chinese guests in Mandarin. You better know exactly what to say, and this Chinese lesson covers exactly that.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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A Self-Introduction

Today's newbie lesson will teach all of you who've just started learning Chinese how to give a basic self-introduction. We admit, this framework may not knock you off your feet with its scintillating content, but hey, it's functional and will get your point across. Learn how to let people know where...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Hello and Goodbye

Greetings and farewells: the indispensable tools for striking up and ending conversations. If you don't want to appear entirely socially inept, you should probably master these phrases. Learn them in Mandarin Chinese in today's lesson.  ...

Function: greetings
Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 你_(nǐ)

Published: April 02, 2014

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I miss you!

Despite our unbelievably good music taste (Ken likes anything he can do the “big box-little box” dance to; Jenny’s more of a country music gal), it wasn’t until our “80’s Office Party” that we realized we could make a lesson out of a Milli Vanilli ballad. In this retro-fueled podcast, we teach you h...

Function: greetings
Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: feelings

Published: April 01, 2014

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How are you?

Nervous about how to get past that initial “good morning”? Well, nothing better than to ask a question, naturally, “how are you?” Here’s a great basic lesson that will get you through all your “good morning” greets. In this podcast you will learn how to give and respond to greetings in Mandarin Chin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: etiquette

Published: April 01, 2014

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St. Patrick's Day

You may know about a famous Chinese "Day for the Ladies," but what about that face-down-in-green-beer-that-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time holiday involving leprechauns? You'll only know if you listen to this podcast, the source to learn about St. Patrick’s Day in Mandarin Chinese....

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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To Bow or Not to Bow

A shake of the hand received with an approving grip. A bow of the head prompts a slightly confused bow in return. A bear hug... a stone stiff body. Two kisses on each cheek... well, you might want to think twice about that one. Unsure what to do? ChinesePod greeting methodology 101 to the rescue. Li...

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Meeting the Girlfriend's Parents

A nerve-wracking situation in any culture, today we're meeting the girlfriend's parents. Will they be impressed or disappointed in their daughter's choice of boyfriend? Check out today's lesson to find out!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Place for the Rejects

You're a flawed dress shirt. You're labeled incorrectly. Your buttons don't match. There's a weird seam running down your back. Nobody wants you. Or do they? Learn about the world of rejects and high quality fakes in this lesson!...

Topic: shopping, law, fake
Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Saying Goodbye at the Airport

We're at the airport today, and it's time to say our heartfelt goodbyes! Learn how to send a person off in Chinese in this elementary level lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 06, 2013

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Subway Announcements

If the sound of the robot subway announcer lady’s hypnotic voice is your signal to zone out into a trance, this lesson is for you. In this lesson, find out what those Chinese subway announcements are going on about anyways—it might be important!...

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Return to the Hometown

It's the new year and that means traveling home to see friends and family. In today's lesson learn how to make plans to see old friends. Hopefully you're able to fit it all into a week-long visit!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Nationalities

With your “I Climbered The Grate Well” t-shirt and dual-fisted approach to chopsticks, it should come as no shock that you’re not blending in as much as you’d like…so perhaps you could tell them which faraway land you come from that uses forks. In this podcast, learn how to tell someone in Mandarin ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Long Time No See!

Cliché as it may be, a good “long time no see” does wonders for reconnecting with old friends. In this podcast, we’re going to make you sound more like a local by sharing these tidbits, as well as a cooler way of saying “how are you." And how are you? In this Chinese lesson, you'll learn that in Sha...

Topic: greetings, jobs
Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 呢(ne)

Published: March 29, 2013

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Coffee Shop

Whether it's early in the morning or early in the afternoon, it's coffee time. In this lesson, learn how to order a coffee in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: 什么, 一下,

Published: March 22, 2013

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Introducing the Managers

Managers are a big deal in these parts.  And you don't want to go calling them any old 'Mister.'  In this podcast, learn how to address and introduce your manager in Chinese in the most efficient, face-giving manner possible.  Sure to result in promotions, raises, slaps on the back, and right back a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 01, 2013

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An Email Introduction

It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers.  In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: February 28, 2013

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I Work in Shanghai

What are you doing here in Shanghai?  It's what everyone wants to know.  So tell them that you're here in Shanghai working, and learning Chinese in your spare time.  (Convincing them that you're not all about partying and living the high life is a topic for another lesson...)...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 21, 2012

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Fast Food

In certain groups, McDonalds has been renamed the “McEmbassy” – and no matter how much you tell yourself you won’t, you will end up caving in to that craving for something familiar. So what would a burger order sound like? A super-sized lesson, that’s what. Listen in to this podcast and learn how to...

Topic: greetings, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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Good Morning!

It's the beginning of the day at a Chinese company. Say hello! In this lesson, learn how to greet people in Mandarin Chinese, ask them how they are, and reply when they ask you how you are. ...

Function: greetings
Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 16, 2012

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Dialect Party Mix

Lots of lessons under your belt and you’re feeling a bit sure of yourself these days, so here’s an intro to a few of the 1500 regional dialects here in China to bring you back down to us. In this podcast you will learn a few key phrases in a couple of the major dialects of China. Be nice and we’ll o...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, etiquette

Published: April 01, 2012

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How YOU doin?

We can only ignore so many requests for “chat-up lines” until we break…which we did today. In this soon-to-be most popular lesson for our loyal podcast listeners, you will learn some nice compliments in Chinese to endear you to someone you have your eye on; and we will also give you some saucy lines...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance

Published: April 01, 2012

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