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Time to Go

No, this is not another in our 'taking the classroom to the bathroom' series of Mandarin lessons. Rather, this lesson is about having to get going. So, next time you're waiting as your significant other is performing their getting ready ritual, you will have the words to get him/her rolling. Listen ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: time

Published: December 22, 2014

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Sweet Watermelon

You know it's summertime when those trucks roll into the city, feeding streetside stalls thronging with business as the evening ambles home. Ask anyone who lives here: watermelon is a small joy of life in China. But no one will force it on you. And to get it, you've got to know how to ask for it in ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: November 24, 2014

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Playing Cards

It’s hard to keep that poker face when you face your Mandarin speaking opponents, tongue-tied. So, before you sit down to a card game, listen to this podcast on playing cards. Learn to invite some pals to put their money where their mouths are…in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 20, 2014

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A Chinese Bachelor Party

The bachelor party is, in many ways, a rite of passage. Celebrated in movies and books for its wild and crazy traditions, this is an event that helps a man (or, in the case of a bachelorette party, a woman) say "farewell" to youth and "hello" to married life! Join us today as we join a group of guys...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Ordering a Cake

You can't have a birthday party without cake! In this lesson, learn how to pick one up for that next big birthday bash.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Time for School, Mom and Dad

Junior is starting first grade, but who's going to take him to and from school? In this lesson, a married couple have a discussion about how to adjust to their child's school schedule.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Bringing the Heat Home

Even on a hot day, a hot shower is still strangely refreshing. In this lesson, someone is looking to buy a water heater for their home to make sure they have all the hot water they need.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Saving with Alipay

China's online payment system, Alipay recently launched a new product called 余额宝 (Yú'ébǎo) that has become wildly popular in China. It's an interest earning money market account similar to the product that Paypal introduced several years back. We're calling it an “Alipay Surplus” account. Learn more...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 出来, 不但

Published: August 01, 2014

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A Robotic Solution?

It's been a long day for a husband and wife. Still, the floors are dirty and there's cleaning to be done. Of course, neither of them want to do it. Just when all seems to be lost... it's robots to the rescue!  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: August 01, 2014

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No School for Doudou

It's cold season and all the kids at the kindergarten are getting sick. In this lesson, a mother and father argue about whether or not they should take their child, Doudou, to school. It turns out to be a bit of a conflict.  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: August 01, 2014

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Giving Red Envelopes

For Chinese New Year, it's customary for older members of the family to give red envelopes filled with money (红包, hóngbāo) to the younger members of the family. And just because you've married into the family doesn't mean you are exempt. In this lesson, a woman laments to her husband about her new r...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hypnosis Therapy

Usually being under someone's spell isn't such a good thing (just ask Brett Favre), but oddly enough, new methods of therapy that utilize hypnosis are becoming popular in China and elsewhere. If you're trying to kick a nasty habit, today's upper-intermediate lesson is just what the doctor ordered....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: doctor, therapy
Grammar: 得了, 着呢

Published: August 01, 2014

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No Parking Here

Free parking is rare everywhere, and China is no exception. In this lesson, a husband and wife try to get way with parking where they know they shouldn't. What happens? Listen and find out!...

Host: Greg, Vera
Topic: car, parking, police

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Line Too Long

Why is the line for the women's room always longer than the men's? Is there any solution? Find out in this lesson!...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Call Fur Action

In springtime, pets start shedding, leaving a hairy trail of destruction in their wake. What to do? Find out the answer in this lesson!...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Doctor's Orders

Going to the doctor in China involves getting a prescription for medicine, just like in other countries. However, there are some orders that a Chinese doctor might give you that you're unlikely to hear elsewhere. Find out about them in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Tom
Grammar: can, could

Published: May 01, 2014

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Art Museum

Everyone knows there are a lot of fakes in China. Fake prada, fake watches, fake art students... yes, those too. So stay away from those sweet looking Nanjing Lu predators, and stick to the real art museums of China. Where treasures of jade bok choy and 50,000 renditions of West Lake lie awaiting yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: art

Published: May 01, 2014

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Golf

"So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama... " If Carl the grounds-keeper can make it down to China to play a round of golf, so can you. But you'll need the lingo, and that is where we come in. After this lesson, you'll be equipped ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: ability, sports

Published: May 01, 2014

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Open the Trunk!

Whether you're a tourist with a plethora of heavy bags or a mafia gangster with some relatively sensitive cargo, it's important to be able to ask the driver to open the trunk of a car. Today's lesson will teach you how to say this highly useful phrase in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hangover

Your head aches, your mouth is dry and your stomach is churning, but you're not sick. You had a lot of fun last night, maybe too much fun... In this lesson, learn how to talk about feeling under weather after a night out on the town.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Do you have class this afternoon?

Chinese class is over and it's time to have some fun. In this lesson, learn how to talk about getting out of class, telling time and playing sports.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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I Want an Electric Scooter!

Electric scooters are a popular choice for transportation in China. If you live here, you may find yourself in the market for one. Let us help you tell all the reasons why this is such a fabulous idea in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Hainan

Our hungry traveler ventures off to the "Hawaii of China" for some much needed R&R. An island resort in China you say? It's true that Hainan's resort destination, Sanya, has flown under the radar to most of the western world, but it has all the requirements of an island getaway. When you tire of the...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Street Argument

You know the signs. A mass of people, ten deep, reminiscent of a football huddle. A flying chair. A lot of arguing and pointing and yelling, but nary a punch thrown. Yes, it is the China street argument. Whether you're a looky-loo, or more of the steal-a-furtive-glance type, listen to this Chinese l...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Buying Foundation

It's time to get pretty! In this lesson, ChinesePod gives an introduction to the world of make-up in Chinese by going out to buy some foundation!  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: April 01, 2014

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Downloading Music

You can go to iTunes, subscribe to an RSS feed and arrange everything all by yourself? You’re all growed up, aren’t ya? Now, tell us that in Mandarin and move to the front of the class. In this podcast, Ken (on a time out) and Jenny (a gold star) forego nap time to teach you to talk about all things...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: suggesting
Topic: internet, music

Published: April 01, 2014

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A Phone Call to the Moving Company

Some people are minimalists, others are pack-rats. When it comes to moving house, you'd better hope your the former and not the latter! Join us today as we call up a moving company to find out just how to get stuff out of one apartment and into another!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Chinese Idol 2

The competition is heating up as the judges decide to throw musical instruments into the talent show mix. Learn the Chinese words for playing various instruments, and be sure you know what "PK" means. (And you thought all Chinese words were written in characters?)...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Utensils in the New Kitchen

A move into a new home involves lots of excitement and lots of work. Inevitably, the first time you try to cook a meal in that new home, you'll discover that a few crucial tools and condiments are missing. In this lesson, learn about the essentials of the Chinese kitchen....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hair Salon Card

We're all at our most vulnerable while at the hair salon - after all, how can you argue with someone wielding razor-sharp objects just inches from your neck? That doesn't mean you should let salon employees coerce you into purchasing memberships, however! We're here to help with today's Intermediate...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Annoying Popups

Website popups have been plaguing humanity for something like thousands of years, probably. So we're all used to them by now, but there are certain ones that can be especially embarrassing in the workplace, and they're a lot easier to "stumble upon" on Chinese websites than you might expect. Learn t...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 出来, listing,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Formatting a Word Document

Properly formatting a document, especially when "writing a report" involves a lot of copying and pasting from online sources. Every workplace can use a stickler for proper presentation, so if that's you, this is the Chinese lesson you need to enforce your formatting high standards....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Bakery Binge

Buns, rolls, croissants, muffins, donuts... all of these delicious baked goods make for satisfying snacks, but anyone dieting knows that they are to be avoided. In this lesson, two friends look to satisfy their cravings without going overboard. However, it proves harder than they think....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 2: The Work Piles Up

The programmers are back! In this lesson, listen as work piles up for a programmer as he hears about problems from one of his coworkers. It's going to be a long day......

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 一直, , 不了, V好

Published: January 01, 2014

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Secrets to Learning Chinese

If you live in China, learning Chinese may be a popular topic of discussion when you get together with your other foreign friends. What obstacles do you face and how do you plan to overcome them? In this lesson find out what others are saying about secrets to learning Chinese....

Host: Jenny, David
Grammar: 可能

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Romantic Proposal

What happens when a guy wants to make a proposal out of the ordinary but is just short out of ideas? Where can he find help with his dilemma? This lesson is about one such lad. See whether the result is "To thee I wed" or something else......

Host: Jenny, David
Topic: love, proposal

Published: January 01, 2014

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MBA

Do you have business school in your sights? If so, you are most likely researching your options to determine which MBA program would be the best investment of time and money. One MBA candidate is doing just that in today's lesson!...

Host: Jenny, Vera
Topic: business, study, MBA
Grammar: 反而

Published: January 01, 2014

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Calling an Ambulance - Part 1

ChinesePod delves into the Chinese medical system in this two part series on hiring an ambulance. In this lesson, someone needs to move a loved one from one hospital to another for treatment. But which hospital to go to? Find out in this lesson!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Rental Boyfriend

The pressure from parents on young Chinese people to find spouses can be severe. In fact, so much so that renting a boyfriend or girlfriend to take home for Chinese New Year has become a full-blown phenomenon. In this lesson, two friends commiserate over their “personal problem” and consider renting...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 赶紧,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Can I Eat With You?

A new workplace can be intimidating at first if you don't know anyone and especially if no one is speaking English! The first step to breaking the ice and becoming more familiar with your coworkers is obtaining a coveted lunch invitation. But what do you do when you can't get an invite? Learn how to...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: suggesting

Published: August 05, 2013

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Beauty Pageant for Bloggers

'Beauty' and 'bloggers' may not seem a likely recipe for an eye-pleasing swimsuit competition. But in the new internet age, worlds meld. In this podcast, learn in Mandarin Chinese about a blogger who has got it all: nerdiness and avatar-appeal. Makes you wonder what the talent competition will be li...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: to_appear,

Published: July 01, 2013

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It's cold, wear more clothes!

The days are getting shorter, nights longer; autumn has arrived. You may feel like venturing out in shorts and t-shirts, but the chill winds may make you regret not bringing a jacket. Today's lesson will offer an alternate way to get that jacket, in Mandarin Chinese....

Published: June 01, 2013

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Introducing Hotels

With only a single letter difference between “hotel” and “hostel,” a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on where you lay that head of yours whilst on the road might come in handy, lest you find yourself trying to decide on where to use that spare change (snack machine or vibrating bed). In this podcast you ...

Published: June 01, 2013

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Parent/Teacher Meeting

John was emphatic when he claimed that “someone being naughty” was a listener suggestion. So we’ll (roll our eyes) trust him, just this once, and let it air. So, per (unnamed listener), here is a Mandarin Chinese lesson on a Parent-Teacher meeting about someone’s little Johnny or Sally acting up in ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 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
Grammar: ,

Published: March 26, 2013

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I Really Can't Sing!

The mere mention of karaoke, AKA "KTV," strikes fear into the hearts of many vocally challenged visitors to China. So often people just don't get that you CAN'T SING, and WON'T SING.  This lesson is for you guys!  We can't guarantee that these lines will work every time, but you'll learn something....

Host: John, Dilu
Function: suggesting, refusing
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 13, 2013

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Hot Pot Chitchat

Now that it's cold out, sitting around a boiling pot of broth for hours on end doesn't seem like such a bad idea. On the contrary! It is a very appealing style of eating (which also accounts for the long lines at hot pot restaurants all over town right now). Learn how to talk hot pot in today's deli...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 28, 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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Hungry Traveler: Xinjiang

One man's meat is another man's poison. In this edition of 'The Hungry Traveler' we journey to the cuisine oft adored by westerners and somewhat spurned by those of a more Shanghai palate. Did you ever think of Chinese food as chewy flatbreads, cumin-crusted kebabs, and spicy curries? Welcome to Xin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: suggesting, choosing

Published: May 01, 2012

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