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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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A Gift for a Man

What do you get a man who has everything? Especially if you're the one who's given it to him! In this lesson, a woman frets over what to get her boyfriend for his birthday. Learn how to talk about birthdays and giving gifts.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: giving_advice
Topic: birthday, gift

Published: May 08, 2014

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Time to Get Up!

Oh... Hello?... Time for ChinesePod? ... What? ... What time is it? ... 6am?! I'm going back to bed! ... It's a lesson about getting up and going to bed? Great! I'm going to bed now. Let's talk later!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: time

Published: May 08, 2014

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Trip to the Convenience Store

Break time at the office, and it's time for a trip to the convenience store! Sodas! Popcorn! Candy! In this lesson, a co-worker takes a trip to the convenience store and takes orders from the rest of the office.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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Thanking a Hospitable Friend

If you've ever had the fortune of being "taken care of" by a Chinese friend while in China, then you know how truly hospitable the Chinese can be. When it comes time to say farewell, though, you may have a little trouble expressing the depths of your gratitude. This Chinese lesson is just what you n...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: thanking, inviting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Time for Attendance

It's a slow day in class today, and a lot of students seem to be elsewhere. Unluckily for them, the teacher has decided to take attendance. One student tries to cover for them, but it doesn't go as planned...  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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How Many People Does It Take...

Oh no, a light bulb has gone out in the house! It's a problem sure to get the whole family involved. How will they resolve it? Find out in this lesson!...

Topic: shopping, house
Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 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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Your Turn at KTV

Everyone's waiting for you to belt it out. Sure, you might not be the best singer. You might not even be able to sing at all. But it doesn't matter. It's KTV. Get up there and give it a shot! In this lesson, ChinesePod goes to the KTV.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Change for the Bus Fare

When hopping on the public bus in China, make sure you have some change with you if you don't have a transport card. If not, you'll have to work something out with the driver. Learn how in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Buying Diapers

It's not the proudest moment in any parent's day, but diapers need to be bought. In this lesson, a father figures out what size of diapers he needs for his son. Learn how to make suggestions and ask about age and weight.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hiccups

In this ChinesePod lesson, we'll- Hic! Excuse us. We'll be discussing how to talk about- Hic! Sorry. We're going to hold our breath a moment... Okay, better. We'll be talking talking about- Hic!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: daily_life

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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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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Umbrella Opportunism

Stuck out in the rain without an umbrella? No problem! In China, umbrella salespeople pop up as soon as it begins to pour. Of course, it'll cost you...  ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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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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Whatever...

Coined phrase of sulky teenagers and pet phrase of indecisive girlfriends. When you know what you don't want but not what you do want, turn to this lesson to learn how to non-commit, in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast, a motley assortment of ambiguous phrases for the indecisive amongst us....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

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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Restaurant Recommendation

Each person has his own preferences, but the Chinese way to finding a good restaurant is -- no, not Yelp or Dianping -- asking friends, face to face, the good old-fashioned way! In this lesson, follow such a conversation about where to eat lunch and learn some Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: giving_advice

Published: May 01, 2014

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Issues with Flavor

Who doesn't love being an amateur food critic? Strong, weak, bland, flavorful; OK, maybe they're not the most expressive adjectives in the book, but they're still useful when discussing your food. Learn some basic words in Mandarin Chinese to discuss your food's flavor in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, drinking, tea

Published: May 01, 2014

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Need a Sofa?

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you just cannot get off your hands? Sure, there's eBay or Taobao, but it'd be so much less of a hassle to just pawn it off on one of your unassuming friends or coworkers. Learn how to convince someone to buy an unwanted couch in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: persuading, selling

Published: May 01, 2014

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Calligraphy Practice

Brush calligraphy is a time-honored tradition within Chinese culture and has been practiced for centuries. Anyone who's ever practiced it, though, will tell you that it's no cakewalk to practice well! Learn how to discuss calligraphy at a basic level in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Last Person to Leave the Office

The unfortunate soul who's forced to work overtime is also assigned the essential task of locking up and turning everything off before they leave. Learn how to discuss the important related verbs and phrases for turning off lights and closing doors in today's elementary lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: reminding

Published: May 01, 2014

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Basketball Game

It's time to check out a basketball game. In this lesson, learn the word for 'basketball game', and more importantly, how to say you're free to go watch!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Fake Beggars?

When going out in the evening in Chinese cities, one is likely to run into ragged looking beggars soliciting change from passersby. And while some of these beggars have experienced terrible misfortunes, for others it's just an act to make easy money. In his lesson, learn how to talk about beggars an...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: money, fake

Published: May 01, 2014

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Movie Theater Jabbering

Squawking on the phone, jabbering about plans, discussing plot points - these are just some of the many moments of talking during a movie that are apt to incense other audience members. In this lesson, a couple out on a date draw the wrath of one of their fellow movie goers. Also, be sure to check o...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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What Toy Do You Want?

For parents throughout the world, buying toys is a losing battle. As soon as a youngsters get one toy in their hands, a different toy begins to occupy their attention. In this lesson, witness a parent's struggles and learn how to talk about what you want and learn to make suggestions. Also, be sure ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: requesting
Topic: child, toys

Published: May 01, 2014

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Leaving a Tip

How much should you leave as a tip after a meal in China? The answer is nothing! In China, it is not customary to give tips. In this lesson, two friends learn what happens when you try to give a tip in China after a meal.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Taking Two Taxis

In a hurry? It's time to take a taxi. In this lesson, learn how to talk about taking a taxi, including the measure word for cars as well as how to talk about the total number of things.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, taxi

Published: May 01, 2014

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Online Shopping Help

We're sure many of our subscribers, tech-savvy or not, have experienced the joys of shopping online. In today's lesson, learn about one of China's biggest online shopping site, Taobao, in addition to learning how to discuss buying things online in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Breakup

With this lesson, we did our best to distill the most cliché Chinese breakup lines into one simple dialog. This way, should you ever have the misfortune of needing to understand these words and phrases, you focus on being brokenhearted rather than puzzling over vocabulary and grammar. (You can thank...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Taxi for Tired Feet

Though they scare us, rip us off at times, and don’t wash the white seat covers nearly enough, there’s nothing like the vindication of winning the taxi battle and claiming your prize of a ride home. This lesson reminds us of all the times we almost wanted to kiss the taxi driver that finally stopped...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Some Food Clarifications

Menus in China often come with the aid of pictures, but that doesn't always make it clear what's in a dish. In this lesson, two friends are deciding what they want to eat off of a menu, only to find that things need a bit of clarification....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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Renting a Car

A big client is coming to town and it's time to impress him. How? By picking him up in a sweet ride! But how to get one? Find out how two business partners solve this problem in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Favorite Sports

Sports are a popular topic of discussion all over the world, and China is no exception. In this podcast, learn how to discuss which sports you like to play....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Politely Declining an Invitation

Naturally you're going to accept every invitation to hang out with your Chinese friends and co-workers, but what do you say when you really just can't make it? In this lesson, find out how to politely decline an invitation, thereby increasing your chances of getting invited again (rather than gettin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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