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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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Chinese Input Methods

When writing Chinese characters on your computer, there are many ways to go, and some are more useful than others. In this lesson, learn about different Chinese input methods and how to talk about them in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Internet Cafe Rates

There is going to be lots to write home about when you're in China, so because ChinesePod knows how much your mom wants to hear from you, we have created this lesson on inquiring about internet café rates. In this podcast, learn how to ask in Mandarin Chinese how much the rate is per hour, and also ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 02, 2014

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MSN and QQ

Reports reveal a mysterious drop in the GDP of several countries in the last ten years. Analysts have been concerned and perplexed. But they have overlooked the telltale signs. The blinking orange task bar, the familiar 'ping', the too-fast typing smirk and dexterous click of the mouse when the boss...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: inviting

Published: May 01, 2014

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Internet is Down

You like your little Roadrunner and T-1 ethernet connections that load pages in 1/100th of a nanosecond? Nice huh? Remember back in the Clinton administration when you could make a cup of coffee in the time it took a page to load? Well, welcome to our world. The Chinese internet ain't exactly up to ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Wireless Internet

Now, we know ChinesePod users like to sit in hip cafés and listen to hip Chinese podcasts, so before you commit to buying that 30RMB cappuccino, we’ve created a lesson to help you to ask if wireless internet is available. We’ll also help you to learn how to ask in Mandarin Chinese whether there are ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Workplace Woes

It's a nightmarish situation that haunts office workers around the globe. A report is finished and then - poof! - it suddenly disappears! Whether it was deleted by accident or never saved properly, the loss of a document is one of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to any employee. In ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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Using Excel

Excel is one of the most widely used business computer programs in the world; it's vital in most work environments to have at least a basic grasp of how it functions. Today's ChinesePod lesson will give you the elementary words and phrases necessary to discuss this useful program in Mandarin Chinese...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 出来

Published: January 01, 2014

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Annoying Popups

Website popups have been plaguing humanity for something like thousands of years, probably. So we're all used to them by now, but there are certain ones that can be especially embarrassing in the workplace, and they're a lot easier to "stumble upon" on Chinese websites than you might expect. Learn t...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 出来, listing,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Formatting a Word Document

Properly formatting a document, especially when "writing a report" involves a lot of copying and pasting from online sources. Every workplace can use a stickler for proper presentation, so if that's you, this is the Chinese lesson you need to enforce your formatting high standards....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sending a Large File

It's amazing what can be done these days with Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Final Cut Pro... but sometimes the price for that quality you love is a huge file. Transferring a large file can be a problem when you're dealing with multiple gigabytes. Explore the options in Chinese with this lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Upgrading Software

They can strike without warning and they want your money! It sounds like highway robbery, but it's not. Well, not quite. It's software upgrades! In this lesson, one friend asks another for help upgrading their current anti-virus software subscription....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Windows 8

Windows has recently come out with its newest operating system. But is it any better than the old ones? In this lesson, someone debates the merits of XP and Windows 8 with their local computer guy, only to find that both have their disadvantages....

Host: John, David
Grammar: emphasis,

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Life of a Programmer 2: The Work Piles Up

The programmers are back! In this lesson, listen as work piles up for a programmer as he hears about problems from one of his coworkers. It's going to be a long day......

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 一直, , 不了, V好

Published: January 01, 2014

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Buying a Computer

So you’ve succumbed to the peer pressure, and want to become more “techy”. Which means a trip to the vast computer marketplace. You know “how much” and “too expensive”, but this is only going to get you so far when sparring with those shop-owners. So, what do you say when you need to buy a new compu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: planning

Published: June 01, 2013

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ID Check at the Internet Cafe

Last time this happened you were busted for having fake ID, and robbed of your chance at an illicit beer-enhanced evening. No, they don't think you're under 21 anymore, but you can tell yourself that if you're having a late-twenties crisis. The China internet cafe ID check. Don't ask why, just bring...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon meetings are a fact of life in many offices, but in many companies they're on a dangerous collision course with the Chinese "afternoon nap" custom.  In this lesson, learn the key Mandarin phrases for reminding others about meetings.  As for actually staying awake in that meeting... you're ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 可以, ,

Published: March 12, 2013

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My boss isn't satisfied

People learn Chinese for a number of different reasons. Some for work, some for play, some to finally convey to the nice lady downstairs that the smell of fish cooking at 8:00am isn’t the greatest thing to wake up to. The one thing we all do agree on is that the word “boss” and “is unsatisfied” are ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: , N1_de

Published: May 01, 2012

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My computer froze!

Situation: You’re working on a document at your office and your computer suddenly freezes up. What do you do? 1. Flail arms around until someone notices, make the “bbbrrrrrrrrr” sound, rub arms and then stand in a “frozen” position. 2. Listen to a lesson on telling someone your computer froze up. …n...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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