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A Present from Santa Claus

A crazy man with a white fu manchu and white hair seems to have infiltrated your house. You get your nunchucks out from under your bed, poised to karate chop him. But wait. You've been spending a leeetle too much time studying Mandarin... keep your Chinese whipping stars in the closet--this isn't so...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 31, 2014

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Dirty Little Hands

Subway poles, dirty money, bajillions of people... perhaps the fact that hand shaking is not so popular yet has saved the Chinese race from germ decimation. China--not the place for those with hypochondriacal tendencies. In this podcast, learn how to make sure those you share hand space with have wa...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: children

Published: September 26, 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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Homeschooling

In a society renowned for its rigid examination system, homeschooling might seem like a very attractive option to conscientious parents that are looking to do more for their children's futures then turn them into obedient little worker drones, fresh terracotta bricks for the (not so great) wall. But...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Quiet for the Baby

Admittedly, you may have been getting a little bit raucous practicing the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song you learned in that other podcast, but baby comes first. In this lesson, listen and learn how to tell someone in Mandarin Chinese to be quiet, ‘cause the baby is sleeping. Even if you don...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: children

Published: May 07, 2014

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Now, don't be shy to act out all the motions that go along with this podcast, wherein you will learn a well-loved song about your body parts in Mandarin Chinese. Think of it as multi-tasking--a Chinese workout. Oh, and we'll be listening to make sure you are singing along too!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: studying, singing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Story Time

Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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They're Twins!

Seeing double or just looking at a pair of twins? It's a common practice the world over for the parents of twins to dress up their double bundles of joy in matching clothing. In this lesson, learn to talk about similarities and differences as someone is overtaken by the cuteness of a pair of twin ba...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Don't Spank the Kid

In this lesson, a grandmother reacts to her grandson being spanked by his father. Then she has a few words to say to the father... Learn how to give negative commands and one useful onomatopoeia. Be sure to take advantage of the new Task feature on ChinesePod, where you can upload pictures, video an...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Questioning a Child

It's a classic situation in any culture. A child breaks something, and when their parents ask them about it, they deny doing it. In this lesson, a father grills his son about something he broke.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Stealing a Nose

No, we're not talking about black market organ trafficking. We're talking about the "I got your nose!" trick you play on kids. While this game is not exactly "traditionally Chinese," it's still good fun, and involves some essential facial features and verbs. Learn the Chinese to commit your own acts...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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I love children!

The scene is a blind date. She reveals she's a kindergarten teacher. He passionately states that he hates children. Cue crickets chirping. It's going to be a long night. But you just want to learn how to talk about how you feel about children! So listen in to this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Introducing Kids to Each Other

Ah, kids. They love to play, but they also love to steal from each other and smack each other around for no reason. (Come to think of it, they're not that different from adults.) In this Chinese lesson, learn how to introduce children to each other so that they start off on the right foot....

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 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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For you, and you, and you

On your next trip back to your home country, don’t forget to pick up some nice “western” treats for all your little friends in the neighborhood to try. And leave it to ChinesePod to think up a lesson to teach you how to be the benevolent benefactor that you will come to be known as around the ‘hood ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Stop Playing with that Cell Phone

It's time for dinner, the kid isn't coming. Why? Video games! Listen to this lesson to find out what mom does when her kid chooses video games over the food she's cooked.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 01, 2014

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Baby Talk: Eat up!

In another addition to our “Baby Talk” series, Ken and Jenny talk this time about encouraging your little bundle of joy to eat something…or not. In this podcast, learn how to tell your baby to eat up, using Mandarin Chinese. As far as explaining why “fish at the table” and “fish in the bowl” are dif...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Baby Talk: Praise

Studies show our personalities are formed before the age of four. We at ChinesePod want you to raise a happy, confident little future Chinese speaker…so listen in to this lesson as Jenny teaches all about praising that little whippersnapper. In this podcast, learn how to tell your squishy cute baby ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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It's Snowing

“White rain! Cold ice!” While these are admirable attempts at saying, “it’s snowing,” it still kind of makes you sound like a tool. So in this podcast, how about we not only teach you how to say it in Mandarin Chinese, but also suggest that you go outside to play in it? Just don’t eat the 黄雪....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Why, why, why??

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why is Chinese still using hieroglyphics for its written language? While some questions are simply unanswerable, in this podcast, we will start by answering for you the question of how to say "why" in Mandarin. The answers to all the other enigmas of life...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Scary Clown

Clowns freak people out. They have weird hair, and what's with the big shoes? 10 million crying children can't be wrong. Who came up with clowns, anyway? And who came up with a Chinese lesson on clowns? Some sicko, likely... but the next time one comes up to you, at least you'll have the language to...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: children

Published: January 01, 2014

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Little Friends

If your height, hair color, eyelashes, and big feet somehow don’t scare off the kiddo cowering behind his mother’s leg, you might find yourself with a new little friend. So either you confuse him even more by throwing in what you’ve learned up ‘til now (see: taxi lingo, mild insults) or ask him that...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: how_many

Published: January 01, 2014

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Daddy Changes a Diaper

Everyone loves babies, right? Well today's lesson will cover some essential language for talking about (and to) these little bundles of joy! You'll be learning some great ways to compliment the baby (which always makes new parents proud)......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Children's Train Ticket

Buying tickets in China can be a hurried affair. Train stations can fill up with literally thousands of people all clamoring to get their tickets out of town. And dealing with so many people on a daily basis often makes ticket sellers less than congenial. In this lesson, a mother talks with the tick...

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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Child-Parent Fight

You wanted more drama so more drama it is. In this podcast, you’ll learn what a parent-child argument sounds like in Mandarin Chinese. We’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with “homework and good grades”....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Getting Taller (Not Fatter)

Children grow so quickly - it's amazing. Especially for relatives who don't get to see their young nieces, nephews, or grandchildren on a regular basis. In today's ChinesePod lesson, we've got an uncle and his nephew who are getting reacquainted after a year of not seeing one another. Learn all abou...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Adoption

In 2005, Americans adopted 7,906 children from China (highest of any country). So a conversation between a Chinese lady and a “laowai” who recently adopted might be of interest. And we’re all about being interesting. In this podcast, learn to speak in Mandarin Chinese about some of the formalities a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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I want to play

Not that we ever had friends calling our name from outside asking us to join the “cool kids” and play, but with our “cool listeners only” rule firmly in effect, we thought we’d teach you. In this podcast, Jenny brings back fond childhood memories while at the same time, peeling back the scab of Ken’...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Introducing One's Children

In this lesson, learn how to introduce your children and say how old they are....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: ,

Published: March 21, 2013

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Son or Daughter?

The Chinese terms for various relatives are a bit complicated. But don't worry, ChinesePod is here to help you learn them! In today's Mandarin lesson, start talking about your sons, daughters and other family members.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 12, 2013

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Your Baby is So Cute!

Not every baby is cute, but here in China, almost all of them are, so you'll probably find yourself in many situations in which you'll feel the need to tell parents just how adorable their little one is. In today's Newbie lesson, learn all about how to compliment a baby without holding back, because...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 23, 2012

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Baby Talk: Be good!

More “baby talk”… In this podcast, you will learn some more popular common phrases in Mandarin Chinese, such as: “Good boy/girl”, “Be careful!” and “Don’t be naughty”. Think these phrases are only for people adopting children? Listen closely and you’ll hear Jenny confess that her parents still use s...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Baby Talk: Words of Comfort

With so many people adopting from the mainland and Taiwan, it should come With so many people adopting babies from China, it should come as no surprise that we have received an abundance of requests for “baby lingo”. Here is a podcast on some sweet and cuddly talk to comfort the child who has just b...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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Chinese New Year Fireworks

The fact that they invented them means that they can set them off all night (and we do mean ALL night) – but what does a parental talk before the fireworks begin sound like? A cracking lesson to get you in the Chinese New Year mood! (Oh, that’s right, you don’t celebrate this holiday there… we’ll se...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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Where Children Come From

As parents, there is always the unavoidable coming of age when we must explain to our children about "the birds and the bees". For those of us learning Mandarin Chinese, however, there is a simpler solution. In this podcast, learn an alternative and skillfully evasive (albeit not particularly politi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: persuading

Published: May 01, 2011

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The Old Man Who Moved a Mountain

This podcast covers a famous Chinese story about an old man who moves a mountain. Like most famous Chinese stories, it is more open to interpretation than you might expect. So... while we're not exactly sure what the mountain represents, or where it ends up (NIMBY, thank you), this is a handy story ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: telling_a_story

Published: May 01, 2009

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