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Napkins

Every smart traveler in China should have a thick stack of thin paper in their pocket. No, we're not talking about money, although that is handy. Today's Mandarin podcast is about napkins. If you plan on eating well in China, they will be indispensable.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 17, 2014

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Table Manners in the West

It's well-known that table manners can vary a bit from culture to culture, and that Chinese table manners can sometimes be interpreted as "interesting" abroad. But a new generation of well-educated Chinese travelers are ready to shed that old image. In this lesson, listen in on a discussion on this ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 既然,

Published: August 01, 2014

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What Would You Like to Eat?

There's nothing worse than learning Chinese on an empty stomach. After you listen to this lesson, you'll never again have to learn Mandarin over the growls of an empty belly. In today's podcast, you'll learn how to tell others what you'd like to eat in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 18, 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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Can I Sit Here?

Noisy, crowded restaurants and cafeterias are especially common in China; it is the largest country in the world, after all. This alone may not be too jarring for a newly-arrived foreigner, but you may be a bit more surprised when a group of strangers asks to sit at your table with you! Learn how to...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Getting Ready for a Dinner Party

Start cleaning the living room and getting busy in the kitchen, you're about to have a dinner party. In this lesson, learn how to discuss how many people will be eating and how many dishes to make to prepare for the dinner party. And as someone plans for a dinner party with their housekeeper, you'll...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dining and Dropping

Dropping a utensil at dinner is normal, right? Knocking pretty much everything onto the floor, though, one by one, doesn't normally happen unless there is drinking involved. Requests for the server, measure words, drunkenness -- this lesson has it all.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Convenient Misunderstanding

For foreigners, the road of Chinese learning is paved with mistakes and misinterpretations. In this lesson, we hear the tragically funny story of a foreigner who finds himself inconvenienced by the many meanings of the word 'convenient' (方便)....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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The Courses of a French Dinner

Intrinsic to any culture is it's food, and the way it is served. Moreover, one of the delights of learning a new language and culture is experiencing it's cuisine. In this lesson, a grandma endeavours to prepare for an excursion to dine in a Western restaurant. Listen in to what thoughts she has abo...

Host: Jenny, David
Topic: dining
Grammar: 差不多,

Published: January 01, 2014

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Can I Eat With You?

A new workplace can be intimidating at first if you don't know anyone and especially if no one is speaking English! The first step to breaking the ice and becoming more familiar with your coworkers is obtaining a coveted lunch invitation. But what do you do when you can't get an invite? Learn how to...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: suggesting

Published: August 05, 2013

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These Napkins Ain't Free

Sometimes we take for granted the little things offered to us for free at many restaurants. In today's lesson, we'll be learning about a particularly useful item that many restaurants in China ask you to pay for....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Forks and Spoons

True, asking for a fork is pretty much "giving up" when you're living in China, but there are times when it's not so frowned upon.  And a spoon is basically always OK; eating soup with chopsticks is not for everyone.  Learn this key vocabulary in our Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: requesting
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 07, 2013

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Baijiu or Beer

The mere mention of baijiu, the "white alcohol," strikes fear into the hearts of those foreigners who have tasted the fearsome liquid. Fortunately, it's usually not the only option. Knowing how to say "I prefer beer" may save you not only the gustatory punishment of the moment, but also the wicked h...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , 比较

Published: March 06, 2013

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