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Repeat after Me

Though we all wish we sounded like Jenny when we repeat after her, the old adage is true, that practice makes (well, almost) perfect. So don't give up! Put Jenny on in your headphones day in and day out, and you'll be guaranteed to be sounding more sweet and adorable within the week. Of course, if y...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 03, 2014

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Feminine Products

A man writes these intros. He doesn’t have a “special time” each month. He also realizes that being funny about needing feminine products isn’t funny. So he’ll simply say, “Here’s a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying tampons.” He now feels uncomfortable. But hopes you find this podcast useful....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 30, 2014

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Stopping the Taxi

You might find yourself chuckling so loud at the “No Drunkards or Psychos” rule in the back of Shanghai taxis that you forget to tell the driver where to stop. So how can you? It has something do with listening to (another) brilliant lesson by ChinesePod. That’s us. In this podcast take your taxi dr...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 27, 2014

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Come on up!

While you may not relish your walk up five flights of stairs six times a day, think of it as a pre-Huangshan hike training ground. Or the third stage of your triathlon-esque commute home. The way to stairmaster-free nice buttocks. After all, the elevator-less buildings of China were the breeding gro...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 03, 2014

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Help Backing Up a Car

Parking can be quite an ordeal, can't it? In this lesson, a parking attendant helps someone park their car. You'll learn how to talk about turning right, turning left, backing up, going foward - well, you get the idea......

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 往_(wǎng)

Published: May 01, 2014

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Finding One's seat

Even though your waiguoren butt is not going to fit in these seats, you'll at least be able to find the right one. Avoid becoming the event sideshow whilst dislodging said bum from said seat in front of an audience of 50,000. Study this lesson and you'll know how to find your correct seat in Mandari...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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War Zone

We assume you will never be a foreign soldier in a Chinese army, and sincerely hope that world peace is attained and this lesson will soon be obsolete. However, after 955 lessons it was about time that we taught you how to 'charge' in Mandarin. Don't forget that this vocabulary can also be applied i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Horizontal or Vertical Photo?

OK, so maybe you just take photos with your cell phone, but you're an artiste, right? You know which photos are portrait-perfect vertically, and which require the horizontal landscape orientation. If you're into taking photos in China (and also playing director of photography at the same time), this...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: asking_for_help

Published: May 01, 2014

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Looking for a Parking Space

In modern China, the middle class is growing and cars are crowding the roads of all major cities. Parking is limited, and knowing how to ask if there are any parking spaces left is a valuable skill for drivers (and passengers!). Learn how to ask about parking in this Chinese lesson....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Changing Subway Lines

In recent years, both Shanghai and Beijing have been zealously extending their subway lines, making transport by subway a convenient, realistic options for most city dwellers. The only caveat is that you need to know where to change subway lines, and you need to learn how to talk about it in Mandari...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many, can, from

Published: May 01, 2014

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Open the Trunk!

Whether you're a tourist with a plethora of heavy bags or a mafia gangster with some relatively sensitive cargo, it's important to be able to ask the driver to open the trunk of a car. Today's lesson will teach you how to say this highly useful phrase in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Elevator Issues

If there's one place you're apt to find yourself in a crowded elevator, it's China. With so many people around, chances someone will have to help you push your floor if it hasn't been pushed already. This lesson helps bring your elevator talk to a new level.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Recognizing a Blind Date

Meeting someone for the first time on a blind date can be an awkward experience as it is, especially when you don't know what they look like. In this lesson, we've decided to raise the stakes by making that first encounter in Chinese! Don't worry, it's easier than you think!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which Train Station?

When catching a train in a Chinese city, you need to know which train station you're leaving from. Cities will often have several train stations, and they are often nowhere near each other. In this lesson, a traveler in Shanghai is surprised to find that his taxi driver asks him which train station ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where Are My Socks?

Ah, marriage... that fine institution of intimacy. Of course, it has it's own mundane downside. In this lesson, a husband and wife engage in one of the hallmarks of domesticity: looking for clothes. Learn words for clothing and how to ask where something is. Also, be sure to check out the new task f...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Wrong Way on the Subway

Subways are one of the great conveniences of first-tier Chinese cities. If you're in Beijing or Shanghai, the subway is often your best transportation option. Of course, if you're not yet familiar with the subway system, you could find yourself on a train heading in the wrong direction. Learn the Ch...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Rowing a Boat

Renting a boat and going for a little row on the lake is quite common in China's parks. If you're here for a visit, you, too, may find yourself rowing a boat. So cover the essential Chinese vocabulary with us to ensure that language won't be what stops your little rowboat.  ...

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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We're lost

So you're wandering in a scary dark forest, and you realize that you keep seeing this same patch of woods over and over... you're lost! In this Chinese lesson, learn how to admit you're lost (or at least the language to accomplish this difficult feat)....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn Right, Turn Left

So you've successfully communicated the address to the taxi driver, but as he approaches your final destination he needs a bit more help. Be sure you know the Chinese for "turn right" and "turn left" so you can avoid the extra "I couldn't explain exactly where to go so I ended up just getting out at...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: by_what_means,

Published: April 09, 2014

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U-Turn

"Yep, straight through the light, then pull over to the right - WHAT? No you've passed it!" So you know how to give basic directions in Chinese, but what happens in this situation? In today's lesson we learn how to say "make a u-turn" -- essential taxi survival Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 02, 2014

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Time for Class

Now that 2008 has been declared the "International Year of Languages" by the UN, it's time to buckle down and study Mandarin for world peace. Start with this podcast and learn how to understand your teacher so you don't end up in the detention hall because you confused 'sit down and shut up' with 's...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 01, 2014

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Sightseeing at Tiananmen

A square, you say? Touring a rectangle seems a little more stimulating, perhaps? This is not just any four-sided box. This is the center of Beijing. A place full of history and full of people. Now it's so big, you may just stumble across it, but we're thinking you might need a little more help. Sinc...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Riding the Elevator

Granted, you might get some stares for just being in an elevator, but your situation might improve if you could actually use your Mandarin Chinese to tell the attendant to which floor you're headed. Thus, the podcast. Next stop: Mandarin on Your Terms (obvious, yes, but we get away with it because w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Wait for Me Here

Oh sure, you can get ‘em over with a broad gesturing sweep of the arm, but it’s getting them to stay that’s causing some problems. I mean, you touch them and then point down to the sidewalk, which seems obvious--but it could also mean you want to buy concrete. How about a podcast teaching you how to...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Where's the bus stop?

No one likes waiting for the bus. But if you can’t find the bus stop, it’s going to make things that much more difficult. So before you give up and hop in that taxi, listen to this podcast, and learn how to ask where the bus stop is, in Mandarin Chinese. And remember... hold on tight!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: there_is

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directory Assistance

You may be feeling stranded, lost, confused... but you are never alone. That's right--a friendly robotic lady voice and soothing Kenny G ballad are just a phone call away. Listen to this podcast, and learn the Mandarin Chinese language you'll need to make that inevitably necessary call to Directory ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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Getting Dressed

Though XYZ doesn't translate well into Chinese (that being said, the letters X, Y and Z do have great pinyin potential), you may find yourself in the unenviable position of informing someone that they're 'flying low.' In this podcast, learn to tell someone to 'do it up' in Mandarin. And while we're ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: informing

Published: January 01, 2014

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Finding a Street Number

Ever found yourself running late, navigating an unknown place, trying to find the address you had scribbled down in front of you? Well today we're in this very situation, and our directions are all off! Learn how to ask for directions (and to criticize someone for completely messing up the direction...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Tour of the Office

ChinesePod has visitors today and they're getting the full tour of the office! Find out how to make small talk and give basic directions to people who are visiting from afar!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Directions with a map#1

Yes, we know you’d love nothing more than a “map to Jenny,” but until our ratings drop (yeah, right), we’ll hang onto that.   What we can do is offer up “Jenny and a map.”  In this visionary-of-a-lesson, keep your eye on the map and your ear on “The Zhu.”   In this podcast, learn how to get around, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 06, 2013

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Getting Reimbursed

ChinesePod may be the only company in the world where employees can be legitimately reimbursed for buying knock-off DVDs (they were for Movie Madness, we promise). Though, admittedly, wrangling a receipt is sometimes a challenging endeavor. In this podcast, listen in and find out how to use your Man...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Subway Announcements

If the sound of the robot subway announcer lady’s hypnotic voice is your signal to zone out into a trance, this lesson is for you. In this lesson, find out what those Chinese subway announcements are going on about anyways—it might be important!...

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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GPS Fail

There are two kinds of people who never get lost-- those who don't know where they're going, and those who have GPS! In today's Chinese lesson, learn how to talk about this handy gadget in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Nearby Tea House

You're in China and you want some tea. Where do you go? A tea house, of course. But what happens if you can't find one? Perhaps you'll have to settle for another kind of caffeinated beverage......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Travel Itinerary

Having a travel itinerary in place is no problem in China.  You can take a tour and be ushered along to a string of jade factories, miracle pearl cream shops, dramatic burn-healing remedy demonstrations and, uh, another jade factory... oh, yeah, and to the Great Wall too, if you're lucky!  In this p...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 然后,

Published: April 12, 2013

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Where's the Bathroom?

Despite our professional image (ahem) we confess to laughing like schoolgirls anytime someone attempts to act out this phrase. So, listen in to this podcast and get the education in the things you really need to know in Mandarin Chinese. If we didn’t teach you, who would?  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 在(zai)

Published: March 29, 2013

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Directions for the Taxi Driver

Why bother to even ask for directions at all, when you can just hop in a cab, call your Chinese friend, and have her tell the driver where you want to go?  In this lesson, our lazy office visitor does just that. But you may just learn some Chinese from the exchange if you listen in and pay attention...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 13, 2013

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Finding the Office Building

You've gotten directions to the office and gotten your friend to tell the taxi driver where to go. All you need to do now is find your way out of the taxi to the correct floor in the office building itself. Learn how to make this final push in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 01, 2013

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A Simple Tour of the Office

We love getting visitors at the ChinesePod office here in Shanghai. Thankfully, no matter if you speak Chinese or not, our bilingual staff can offer you a wonderfully fulfilling tour. Unfortunately, not all offices in China are as well-equipped as ours. Today's lesson offers a simple office tour in ...

Published: February 28, 2013

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Elevator Emergency

Despite most buildings here not having a 4th floor (whoooooooo), occasionally potential disaster still strikes (dum-Dum-DUM). So what would it sound like if two people were stuck in an elevator together? It’s all in the lesson, in Mandarin Chinese. So, if it happens, don’t panic—think ChinesePod....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: le1, zěnme, ba

Published: May 01, 2012

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Help with Housework

For the record, we're a clean podcast. But every now and then we make a mess. But does a podcast listed in Time Magazine clean up after itself? Absolutely not! We delegate.This is where you learn the Mandarin you need to get that Chinese housework done....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , to_think

Published: May 01, 2012

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Taxi Conversations: Suggesting a Route

Another useful lesson for your “Traveler’s Audio Phrase Book”, in this podcast we assist you in using Mandarin Chinese to suggest a route to take to your taxi driver. Unimportant, you might think? Try going from Beijing to Shanghai on the service road instead of the highway!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: approving

Published: April 01, 2012

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Taxi Conversations: Finding a Taxi

We assume that, as a beginner, deciphering the schedule for the airport bus might be just a little stressful, so put off breaking into that duty-free you bought for 10 minutes or so and get yourself far, far away from the mayhem that is an Asian airport. In this podcast, you will learn to ask where ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation

Published: April 01, 2012

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Directions with a Map #2

So, you dug the previous “left/right” lesson (or enjoyed taking “orders” from Jenny) so much, we decided to make another. But in this podcast, instead of “left/right,” we’re taking you north/south/east/west. Watch, listen, learn ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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