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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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Starting a Company in China

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in China. Whether it's expats opening a company, or local Chinese doing the same, the waiting periods, the paperwork, and the registration with different departments can all be a huge headache! Join us at ChinesePod today as we explore some of the termino...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Introducing a Friend

First impressions. Intent stares. Is he sizing up the map of your face--determining your future wealth, lack of it, sexual prowess, eyebrow hair luck factor? Or is he just trying to decipher your nin hao? In this lesson, get introduced to your friend's father, and learn the Chinese equivalent of a f...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 29, 2014

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Working at the United Nations

We're in New York today, deep in the headquarters of the UN. Listen as an insider describes his work with this preeminent international organization. You'll be learning some key vocabulary for talking about international affairs and diplomacy....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 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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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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What's Your Surname?

Introductions are a great way to start studying Chinese. You can't become friends with someone until you know their name. In today's Mandarin lesson, learn how to introduce yourself.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 23, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 2: Welcome to the Team

We revisit the office of Wang in this episode. Today, a new player arrives on the office scene. In this podcast, come along on an office tour and learn what all the departments are in Chinese. Along the way, get some office introductions and insights into the culture of a Chinese office, in Mandarin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Just Call Me...

Unless your name is "John Smith" or "Anna Jones," chances are your new Chinese friends will have a little difficulty with the pronunciation of your English name. If you've adopted a Chinese name for your stay in the Middle Kingdom, you'll want to make it known to your Chinese friends. Learn how to d...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: can, to_be_called

Published: April 09, 2014

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Formal Introduction

This is the formal introduction to the formal introduction lesson: You've mastered your Chinese hello and don't know what to do with that awkward silence. Now what? 1) Lose any sentimental attachment to your previous identity--you're going to need a new name. 2) Smile, bow, handshake, kiss, twiddle ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 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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Renting an Apartment through an Agent, 2

So you've found your agent, and the agent knows what type of place you're looking for. Now it's time for your potential future landlord to show you around an apartment. In today's lesson, you'll learn the Chinese vocabulary for all the key rooms and furniture, as well as signs that the landlord is k...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Africa's Great Rivers

In this lesson, ChinesePod tells you about some of Africa's mighty rivers, including the Nile River. Poddies, prepare to immerse yourselves......

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 位于
Topic: Africa, river

Published: January 01, 2014

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Activities on Douban

Facebook is blocked in China, so it's not used by most Chinese for socializing and organizing events. For organizing events, especially for the young Chinese artsy crowd, the place to go is Douban. Here you can find information on events as well as book reviews, movie reviews and more. In this lesso...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: Making_a_List,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Picking Up a Friend at the Airport

Your friend just got off of a long haul flight. He's got nasty bed-head and his breath could kill a small animal. But even that can't deter you from doing your duties as a proper Chinese host and meeting him at the airport. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn how to greet your friend at the airport....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 03, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 15: Uncomfortable Encounter in a Bar

It's an awkward part of life, and those in melodramatic serialized fiction are certainly not exempt from the agonizing drama of running into an old ex. It's Zhang Liang's bad luck today when the poor sod runs into Lili and Liu Xiang in a bar. Listen in as things turn ugly and personal for our two lo...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Student or Teacher?

If you're reading this, you're most likely studying Mandarin. You need to learn how to talk about yourself and your teachers. In today's lesson, learn how to explain in Chinese that you're a student....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 是_(shì)

Published: March 29, 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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Introducing One's Spouse

No, it's not cool to ignore your spouse at those social functions.  (That's what those repeated pokes in the ribs are trying to tell you.) So learn how to introduce him or her with this practical Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 18, 2012

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Bad Cell Reception

In this podcast, you'll learn how to complain about a poor cell phone signal. That must be why you didn't understand what your Chinese friend was saying...right? Make sure you always come through loud and clear when you speak Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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What's Your Name?

"What's your name?" Learn how to ask this basic question in Mandarin in this lesson....

Published: April 18, 2012

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