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Would You Like a Drink?

Drinking is a big part of Chinese hospitality. Whether you're doing the inviting or the visiting, you need to know how to politely offer or decline a beverage in Mandarin. Listen to today's podcast to find out more!  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , 不用

Published: October 06, 2014

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Best Friends

Life can look better through drunk colored glasses. Teetotalism of course has its merits, but many a Shanghai reveler would agree that Mandarin flows better through liquor-loosened lips. In this podcast, for the happy drunks amongst us, a little inebriated Chinese to teach you how to open your hear...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 29, 2014

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Munich

In today's lesson, you'll learn to talk in Mandarin about magnificent Munich! This vibrant, fun-loving city is waiting for you-- hurry up and see what everyone's talking about!...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: ordering_food

Published: June 01, 2014

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I Said COLD Cola

In China, getting a cold drink can be difficult. Many locals prefer not to drink very cold drinks and often times if you want a beverage served cold, you need to ask. In this lesson, learn how to get yourself an icy cold drink.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Function: requesting

Published: May 08, 2014

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Barley Tea

They say that when you're learning Chinese sooner or later you're going to have a lesson on tea. Well, here it comes! This lesson introduces you to the world of tea from green tea and black tea to even barley tea and beyond!  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: drinking, tea
Grammar: also, 那(nà)

Published: May 01, 2014

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Issues with Flavor

Who doesn't love being an amateur food critic? Strong, weak, bland, flavorful; OK, maybe they're not the most expressive adjectives in the book, but they're still useful when discussing your food. Learn some basic words in Mandarin Chinese to discuss your food's flavor in today's elementary lesson. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, drinking, tea

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hangover

Your head aches, your mouth is dry and your stomach is churning, but you're not sick. You had a lot of fun last night, maybe too much fun... In this lesson, learn how to talk about feeling under weather after a night out on the town.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hot Sauce

Those noodles could use a little bit of a kick, huh? Be careful with that hot sauce though. You might be in for more than you bargained for. In this lesson, someone finds this out the hard way.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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A New Jug for the Water Cooler

The office water cooler: this is such a common part of most offices that in English we even have a way of describing gossip that originates there! But what happens when the water runs out? Learn how to talk about this in today's super-practical lesson.  ...

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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Drinking Game

Baijiu, the Chinese liquor, tastes so bad that you need something to take your mind off the foul burning that is coating your mouth and throat. Why not play some drinking games? In today's Mandarin podcast, you'll learn all about how to win face and make friends over a few rounds of watery beer....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sobriety Check

With the number of vehicles on the roads in China increasing, drinking and driving has become a bigger problem in recent years. Sobriety checkpoints are even becoming a common sight in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing. In this lesson, we'll see how these things develop in Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu
Function: explaining

Published: January 01, 2014

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Drinking Ages

Cheers! This lesson is about drinking. In this lesson, three friends reminisce about how they first started drinking over a couple of drinks. Learn a bit about Chinese attitudes to alcohol as well as some useful drinking words....

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: 偷偷, 除非

Published: January 01, 2014

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Coffee Shop

Whether it's early in the morning or early in the afternoon, it's coffee time. In this lesson, learn how to order a coffee in Mandarin....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Grammar: 什么, 一下,

Published: March 22, 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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Hot Pot Chitchat

Now that it's cold out, sitting around a boiling pot of broth for hours on end doesn't seem like such a bad idea. On the contrary! It is a very appealing style of eating (which also accounts for the long lines at hot pot restaurants all over town right now). Learn how to talk hot pot in today's deli...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 28, 2012

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