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Which Character Is That?

When you hear a Chinese person's name, you can be reasonably sure that each syllable is a character and that the first character is the surname. But with thousands of Chinese characters, you often won't know which character it is unless you ask. Learn how to ask in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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What Does This Word Mean?

Some say "1.3 billion people," but we say "1.3 billion human dictionaries." That's right, why should you thumb through one of those new-fangled "book" thingies when you can rely on glorious oral tradition and just ask people what words mean? This lesson will equip you to do just that, in Chinese!  ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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Cold Beer

Not that we think you would like hot beer, but believe us that in China it may be essential that you specify "cold" when you order your beer. In this podcast, learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to order a nice cold beer--essential pre-summer listening for those amongst us who feel that tepid beer is ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Basic Shapes

After months of painstakingly writing Chinese characters, we recommend you take a moment to vent your frustrations by grabbing a felt marker and angrily drawing squares, circles, and triangles all over that Chinese textbook. It's strangely liberating, actually. Then, listen to this podcast so you ca...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: appearance
Function: classifying

Published: January 01, 2014

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Surfing the Internet (original)

Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: also, what

Published: April 01, 2012

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