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Hairwash

When going to the hair salon in China, there are two different ways to get your hair washed. You can either get a "dry wash" (干洗, gānxǐ) or a "wet wash" (水洗, shuǐxǐ). What's the difference? Learn all about it in this lesson!  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Function: choosing, comparing
Topic: price, haircut

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying a Coffee

Feeling knackered in the Middle Kingdom and need a pick-me-up? In this lesson, learn how to buy a coffee in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: coffee, size

Published: May 01, 2014

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Add Me on WeChat

It's now one of the top five most used apps on the planet, but outside of the Sinosphere, few people know about it. It's WeChat! In this lesson, learn what the fuss is all about and how to join in on the fun.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 6:Buying a Handbag

We revisit Ms. Wu's saga in New York in today's elementary lesson as we follow on a handbag shopping excursion. Will she be able to find one that suits her? Learn how to shop for handbags (and other products) in today's ChinesePod lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying High-Speed Train Tickets

If you're a fan of traveling (and if you're in China or planning a visit, you almost undoubtedly are!) then chances are you're going to need to buy train tickets at some point. Train ticket offices in China can be very daunting: lines are more of a suggestion and dialects reign supreme. But have no ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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Buying a Prepaid Cell Phone Card

So you've just had an hour-long argument with your landlord about the electricity bill or exchanged a few hundred texts with your significant other; either way your phone is out of credit. Don't panic! Learn how to recharge your cell phone minutes in today's highly useful Elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: choosing, shopping

Published: May 01, 2014

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Japan Trip Itinerary

Going to Japan? You might be surprised how different the names of Japanese cities are in Japanese and Chinese (even though they're both written in Chinese characters). Learn how to say Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, while also covering basic itinerary language in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hostel Curfew

Staying at hostels in China are an excellent way to travel for the cash-strapped tourist and tend to be, in our experience, clean, tidy and full of friendly travelers. However, many of them will often lock up their doors as early as midnight! What's to be done if you're looking to explore a city's v...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, travel, hotel

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering Pizza

From Papa John's to Pizza Hut, American pizza franchises have become a common sight in China's big cities. Learn how to order the pizza you want with today's 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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Getting an Official Receipt

If you intend to claim something as an expense in China, you need an "official receipt" (AKA "fapiao"). So don't just fight over the bill -- make sure you get this government-issued scrap of paper to make it official. Learn the magic words in this Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting, choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hospitality Series 4: Chinese Breakfast

We're back with another useful lesson for the hotel-staffing Chinese learner. Hotel guests highly value their breakfast. Today's lesson will teach you how to direct guests to their morning vittles.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which City Do You Like?

Ah, the eternal question... do you like Shanghai, or do you like Beijing? It's a question that both Chinese and foreigners alike enjoy debating, and with the rapid development of both cities, it kind of feels like a new discussion every time. So take your first steps into this discussion in Chinese ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Topic: china, city, place

Published: April 02, 2014

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Does He Have Children?

Mr. Li is the talk of the town. He's dashing, he's witty, and... he's a father! In this lesson, the gossip turns to the subject of Mr. Li's children. If you're a parent (or maybe you're working on a complete inventory of everyone's children), you're going to find this lesson useful.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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Using a Credit Card

For a million yuan, a ChinesePod pop quiz: Q. You could be asked 2 things at the cash register. One is “paper or plastic,” and the other is “_________ or _________” (answer rhymes with “cash or credit”). In this podcast, we’ll aid you in adding to that credit card debt you keep kidding yourself that...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: shopping, money

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sentence Grammar

One of the trickiest things about Chinese grammar is remembering which words are used as nouns and which words are used as verbs. Of course, many words can be used as both (as in English), making things all the more confusing. In this lesson, a student and a teacher get grammatical about the word 管理...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Playdates

Due to China's one-child policy, many children go up without brothers or sisters. As a result of this, many parents worry that their kids won't develop the kinds of social skills that they need later on. The solution? Playdates! In this lesson, two moms plan a playdate. Also, be sure to check out th...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Discussing Internet Marketing and Sales (Part 1)

Pop up ads are the bane of any web surfers existence. However, what are companies supposed to do to reach their clients? In this lesson, listen as two car company executives discuss the direction for their company in 2013, and what sales and marketing options are open to them in the internet age. Ge...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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