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Detective Li 9: Final Mission (Part 3)

As Detective Li and Xiao You pursue a terrorist threat known only as "Black Cat," Xiao You heads back to headquarters while Detective Li pursues a fleeing "shadow" on his own. In this lesson, Detective Li finally confronts the shadow and learns its true intent. [上集答案:5239]...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 始终, ,

Published: September 01, 2014

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Resume Revisions

Remember the first time you wrote up your resume, and its 10 pages of vainglory? Recent university grads in China make the same mistake, and benefit from some sage advice on how to distill a CV to its essence. Learn the Chinese for this key job search language in this lesson....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: jobs, work, resume

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Working Hours Policy

Formal Chinese can be a bit tricky at first. In this lesson, your trusty ChinesePod hosts dissect a typical announcement from HR, explaining in everyday terms what that formal language about "flexible work hours" is trying to say....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Travel Wedding

Weddings in China have a long and glorious tradition. So much planning, so many guests, and a ton of protocol. But what if you could skip the whole ceremony and just do the honeymoon, and call it a "travel wedding?" The young lovebirds in this lesson would like to do just that, but their traditional...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Retired Life

What does retirement mean to the Chinese elderly? Just pensions and a bunch of sitting around? Fortunately, some old folks have more interesting aspirations. In this Chinese lesson, we take a positive and a negative look at life after work....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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iPhone vs Android

Google's Android system for smartphones is quite popular in China, but the more expensive alternative, the iPhone, is also doing very well in the market. In this Chinese lesson, learn some of the key terms for buying and maintaining one's modern smartphone in the Middle Kingdom....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: technology

Published: September 01, 2014

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Detective Li 2: The Mysterious Text Message

In part 2 of this detective story, Detective Li and his assistant Xiao You obtain a coded message from an infamous drug dealer. As usual, Li's problem-solving skills are up to the task. Can you keep up? 上集答案:凶手就是那位撒谎的助手,他将冰刀藏在热水瓶中带进了浴室,并在作案后将冰刀丢进浴池的热水中将凶器融化掉。因为冰刀是低温的,所以也造成了伤口周围呈紫红色。...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Detective Li 1: The Bath House Murder

In part 1 of this detective story, we follow Detective Li and his assistant Xiao You on a trip to the bath house. Follow along and learn some Chinese as Detective Li applies his powers of deduction to this murder case....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Hard Drive Storage

Now that Moore's Law has gotten bored with desktop computers and moved on to smartphones, we don't often find ourselves replacing entire office computers. The amount of data we store is only increasing, though. In this lesson, learn how to discuss your needs for more hard drive storage....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Labor is the Most Glorious

Modern China is a country bursting with entrepreneurship and big business, but there was a time when everyone was singing songs glorifying labor. In this Chinese lesson, we harken back to that time, providing a musical link to the past which surprisingly few mainland Chinese don't know. And remember...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Houyi and The Ten Suns

Did you know that in the mythic past, the earth had ten suns taking turns warming it? That is, until legendary archer Houyi came along. Learn this classic tale in this Chinese lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Noodles and Child Labor

If you order some noodles, and the person that delivers them to your office is a child, is it a case of child labor? Different cultures don't see this in quite the same way. In this lesson, learn more about the Chinese view on what constitutes "child labor."...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism

China is a bit list-crazy, and among its myriad lists is the "Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism" list. Listen to this Chinese lesson, learn some more about Buddhism, and for you mountain-lovers out there, maybe even gain a new item or two for your China travel itinerary....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Phone Call from a Headhunter

Today's upper-intermediate level lesson is essential for anyone trying to improve their ability to discuss marketing and advertising related issues in Chinese. Learn some great industry jargon, as well as the Chinese names of some of the biggest companies in these fields....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Celebrating a Baby's First Month

In Chinese culture, there's a special celebration when a baby turns one month old. The gift-giving details can be a little confusing, even to the Chinese, so listen to this lesson for an explanation. While you're at it, learn what gift is given to celebrate a newborn's birth....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Put Back the Weights

In the rules of workout etiquette, putting back weights when you're done with them is an important one. It's not just inconvenient; it can be dangerous, too! In this lesson, someone falls victim to a misplaced weight.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: sports, gym
Grammar: 把(bǎ)

Published: August 01, 2014

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Business Trip in Kunming

Business travel can be stressful with all the meetings, but it does have its perks. In this lesson, two friends talk about the advantages of a life out on the road for the company.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Nutrition Label

There's nothing to ruin an appetite faster than checking the nutritional label on the back of what you're about to eat, right? In this lesson, two friends begin to agonize over nutrition. Listen and learn how you too can worry about your energy, fat and protein intake in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, health

Published: August 01, 2014

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Roommate Hunting

Finding a place to live in a big city is always a nerve-wracking ordeal. Can you find an affordable place? Will it be too far away from everything? Will you have roommates? If so, who are they? Will they be complete weirdos? Two friends talk it out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Train Ticket Scalpers

As millions of Chinese get ready to head back home for Spring Festival, there's a nationwide scramble to get train tickets. And with such a demand for tickets comes scalpers. However, the authorities are looking to crack down this year...  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: August 01, 2014

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Believing in Santa

Christmas is coming, and it's time to buy the kids some presents. In this this lesson someone asks their Chinese friend to help buy some Santa gear on Taobao to give their daughter a surprise.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Oil in the Middle East

Nowadays the Middle East is most known for two things: oil and conflict. In this lesson, two friends talk about the Middle East its relationship to its most famous export.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: place, country, oil, war

Published: August 01, 2014

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On a Wok-About

It's the heart of every Chinese kitchen - the wok! In this lesson, two people are looking for a wok for their kitchen, only to find that buying one proves more difficult than they bargained for!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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The Paper Chase

Tissues, handkerchiefs, toilet paper, paper towels - that's a lot of paper products! What are they all for? In this lesson, a wife makes it all clear for her husband at the supermarket.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 好像, 怪不得

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chatting at a Family Gathering

Chinese New Year is here and the family is all together again. After the initial greetings, everyone settles down to have a chat. But what to talk about? Finding a topic that everyone wants to talk about proves to be difficult.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 一下, 一_就

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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Money Laundering Operation

Don't you hate it when you have millions of RMB (which you claim you won legally gambling in Macau), but don't have a way of discreetly "converting" that money into squeaky clean assets, seeing as how you're a high-level official in your home county, and your constituents kind of frown on that kind ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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An Urgent Call to the Embassy

In these modern times, life is getting easier and easier. Cell phones and the internet make connecting with loved ones half a world away a simple matter. But nothing reminds us of how fragile all these amenities are like a natural disaster. In this lesson, follow along as a Chinese mother and father...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 由于,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Mental Health Counseling

Today's ChinesePod lesson presents a dire situation: a young woman has dialed into a mental health hotline reporting domestic violence and threatening suicide. Can the experts on the other end talk her down and help her make the right decisions? Tune in and find out....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Whose Home for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is all about going home to one's family and enjoying precious time with family stuffing one's face. But what happens when a husband and wife are from different cities and they both want to go home to their own families for CNY? This dialog ensues, that's what!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Extreme Weather and Pollution

The weather has been a ghastly roller coaster of weirdness in recent years, and in China, many are taking a closer look at pollution. Specifically, we're talking about fine particulate matter. Listen in to learn more about this very timely issue....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 往往, terrible

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for Pain

In this lesson, an intrepid shopper is going through a rather long list of medical supplies as he receives assistance from the pharmacist. As for why an apparently healthy young man would need such an assortment of bandages and painkillers, listen in to this Chinese lesson to find out!...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: ,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Awkward Silence

You ever get in an elevator with someone you know and have nothing to say? Yeah, it's kinda... awkward. In Chinese as well. Just like in this lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: silence

Published: July 28, 2014

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Wedding Photo Shoot

No wedding in China would be complete without wedding pictures. These staged, often times extravagant visages of a couple in love are often a highlight for the bride. And the groom? Well, by the looks of it, he's just along for the ride.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: July 01, 2014

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Tickets Today, Tickets Tomorrow

Hopefully you've bought plane tickets before and you're aware that the price can vary a bit according to when you buy. With this lesson, you can also be prepared to deal with this reality in Mandarin Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 20, 2014

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What Time is It Now?

Fans of "are we there yet" will enjoy annoying their companions with the endlessly repeated question, "what time is it now?" Whether you're just curious, or you're shooting for the "super obnoxious" end of the spectrum, you've got to admit that this is a useful question to master. Cover the essentia...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, numbers
Grammar: how_many

Published: June 18, 2014

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Tables and Chairs

Ah, tables and chairs. Even the most minimalist decorator agrees that "being able to sit down" and "having a raised surface to put stuff on" are good things. There are a few surprises in store for you in today's Chinese lesson, though, so tune in and learn.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 16, 2014

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Napping in the Meeting

So it's another long, boring morning meeting. What's an employee to do? In this Chinese lesson, the boss makes it clear that it's not OK to sleep during the meeting. Learn the key language here.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , don’t

Published: June 13, 2014

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Invitation to Dinner

In China, where eating is always the the central activity around which all else is planned, dinner with friends is the preferred way to socialize. So you'd best prepare yourself for dinner invitations and being treated to meals. Cover the basics in this Chinese lesson.    ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: inviting

Published: June 11, 2014

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WeChat

"Writing" in China has come a long way from its oracle bone past all the way to its QQ IMing and smartphone texting present. But now there's a new form called "WeChat" which mixes texting and free internet messages with voice messaging and GPS. WeChat is already pretty big in China, so if you're tot...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 01, 2014

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Rice with Soy Sauce

Does steamed white rice have taste? Well, some of us seem to think so. However, there are those who just can't resist drizzling a bit of soy sauce over it to add a bit of flavor. In this elementary lesson, two friends discuss putting soy sauce on rice.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating, rice
Function: giving_advice

Published: June 01, 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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Hungry Traveler: Xi'an

ChinesePod's Hungry Traveler series makes a stop in Xi'an to try some delicious local dishes like 肉夹馍 (ròujiāmó) and 羊肉泡馍 (yángròupàomó). Hope you've worked up an appetite Poddies!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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Train Food

On trains throughout China, attendants will sell snacks and drinks in the aisles even if the train is rammed full with people. This can make riding the train an unpleasant experience indeed. On top of that, few people end up buying these items anyway. Why? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: train, food, service
Function: complaining, selling

Published: May 08, 2014

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Chatting on the Train

Taking a long train ride provides ample opportunities to strike up a conversation with a stranger. In this lesson, someone ends up doing just that!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: also, with, can_may

Published: May 08, 2014

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Full for Real

If you're a special guest at a dinner in China, expect to eat a lot of food. But when you're full, what's the polite way to say that you can't eat any more? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: refusing, convincing

Published: May 08, 2014

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Hospitality 7:Hotel Room Cleaning

So you slept in until noon, and NOW it's convenient for you to have housekeeping clean your room? That's fine... you're the guest after all. Find out what both the request and the polite staff response are in this continuation of ChinesePod's hospitality series.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: hotel, cleaning

Published: May 08, 2014

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Leaving Early for CNY

It's the day before Chinese New Year and everyone is antsy to get home to have dinner with their families. Some employees are able to get off work early and head home, but not everyone is so lucky...  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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