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Playing Cards

It’s hard to keep that poker face when you face your Mandarin speaking opponents, tongue-tied. So, before you sit down to a card game, listen to this podcast on playing cards. Learn to invite some pals to put their money where their mouths are…in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 20, 2014

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A Chinese Bachelor Party

The bachelor party is, in many ways, a rite of passage. Celebrated in movies and books for its wild and crazy traditions, this is an event that helps a man (or, in the case of a bachelorette party, a woman) say "farewell" to youth and "hello" to married life! Join us today as we join a group of guys...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Market Research 1: Consumer Survey

There's a vast market of billions of consumers in China, so companies are clamoring to get their products in the door. But are all products right for China? It may be wise to conduct a little market research before going all in on the Middle Kingdom. This lesson deals with a consumer survey regardin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Night Club Experience

Are you a hardcore clubber? Or are you more of a wannabe, hoping for just a little peek into that dark, loud world of music, alcohol, and one-night stands? This lesson provides the outsider perspective into a Chinese club without getting too deep into the scene....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Interesting Architecture

If you're familiar at all with Shanghai's modern Pudong skyline, you know that "interesting" is a good way to describe it. And with so much interesting architecture going up, you know there are going to be some nicknames given. In this Chinese lesson, we cover not only Shanghai's tallest buildings, ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Buying High Quality DVDs

It's no secret that most of the DVDs sold in China are not what you might call "legit." But with this Chinese lesson we're just going to sidestep that whole "legal issue" and get right into the topic of DVD quality. You might be paying bottom dollar, but you still want top quality!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Doing Business in the Bath House

What goes on in a Chinese bath house? Maybe not all of it is fit for a family podcast, but in this lesson a husband insists that bath houses are rapidly becoming popular (and legitimate) places to make business deals. Listen in on the debate and learn some useful Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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The DVD Vendor

As you know, we at ChinesePod do not advocate drug deals, illegal sale of firearms and/or parking lot rage... but when it comes to our friendly neighborhood DVD man, well, that's when things get a little grey area-ish. Listen in to this podcast and learn all the Chinese movie-purchasing lingo you're...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Man-to-Man Advice on Women

Today's show features two friends - one who is in desperate need of advice, and another who is eager to give it. Learn all about the game of love (and how these guys choose to play it) in today's lesson!...

Published: September 01, 2014

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The Killing Game

Today we've got a lesson full of passion, anxiety, and accusations for you. No, we're not in court. We're playing the killing game murder! If you're anything like us, this game will end in tears and frustration... erm... let's go have fun!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Weekend Plans

Everybody's workin' for the weekend... oh, no, wait a sec, that's just us... slaving away for your daily Chinese podcast dose. But we're not bitter, we love you. Pay us back by allowing us to live vicariously through you and your eventful full meaningful lives. Here, a lesson on living for the weeke...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 22, 2014

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Los Angeles

Many a little ditty has been written about the land of beach bunnies, surfer dudes, movie stars, Kobe Bryant and The Lakers. After a day of treating yourself to a new Armani on Rodeo Drive and finishing your Skinny triple French Vanilla Half Caf on Melrose, put the top down on your Beamer and take a...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Your Turn at KTV

Everyone's waiting for you to belt it out. Sure, you might not be the best singer. You might not even be able to sing at all. But it doesn't matter. It's KTV. Get up there and give it a shot! In this lesson, ChinesePod goes to the KTV.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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The Super Bowl

Glendale, Arizona. The home of Super Bowl XLII. No, that's not a world record sized wok, it's football, American style. The New England Patriots are trying to break every record by winning the Super Bowl to cap an undefeated season over the New York Giants... Writer may sound like a fan but only wat...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: explaining

Published: May 01, 2014

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Aussie Rules

Olive-ball may not be big in China, but in Laowai land it is. English, American and Aussie styles may differ quite a bit, but they all hold the same potential for a lovers' spat on a lazy weekend afternoon. Couch, beer, game... or... wife, mall, shopping. In this podcast, our sports fan finds himsel...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Bounced!

Huge guys in black suits with icy stares, bouncers are the same everywhere. In this lesson, two friends try to check out a popular nightclub, only to find themselves stopped by a bouncer at the door.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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You Sing Terribly!

KTV features prominently in the Chinese social scene. And everyone, everyone has their turn at the mic. Sometimes your friends surprise you with their ability to belt out pop standards. Other times, though, you find yourself suffering through butchered John Denver classics. If you're experiencing th...

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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Ballet

So you're at a club, getting into the beat, and you kinda feel like dancing. You can dance, right? What style of dance? Wait, what? Ballet? Ummm, that's cool, but maybe not best suited for these endless Lady Gaga remixes. (Prepare for these good times with this Chinese lesson!)...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Olympics

We don’t know if you heard but, (if not—were you on Mars?) Beijing’s got the Olympics here in 2008. So we thought we’d make sure you can hold your own in a conversation with a Beijingerrrr (those “r’s” will make sense when you come)—or anyone, for that matter—about all the excitement. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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The Olympics on TV

It's not that we advocate being TV addicts, however, come 2008 we'll be glued to our screens (or fighting the crowds in Beijing) with the best of them to watch the very first Olympic games ever held in China. In this podcast, learn how to sit down, turn on the telly, and camp out for a two-week view...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Shanghai Expo Pavilions

With Expo fever in full swing, we're getting into the nitty-gritty of the event itself. Having already covered how to buy tickets and Haibao, the ubiquitous Expo mascot, we're spending today's lesson focusing on the much-anticipated China Pavilion and how to talk about it in Chinese. Join us!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Monopoly, Uno, or Twister?

Today ChinesePod is exploring classic games. From the intense world of real estate to the physical challenges of contorting your body, we're exploring options for having fun with friends. Tune in to find out which game the people in today's dialog choose to play! Here's a hint: we hope they stretche...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Music Corner in the Park

Maybe you know about the weekly English corner in your local park, but did you know that there are also "music corners?" In China, these informal bands aren't too hard to find (they're the ones with the musical instruments in their hands), and they sometimes even draw quite a crowd. In this lesson, ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: exclamations

Published: January 01, 2014

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Considering an iPad

Now both Beijing and Shanghai have official Apple Stores, just in time for the release of the iPad. What do you think of the iPad? Revolution in computing, or an over-sized (overpriced) iPhone? No matter where you stand on the issue, this lesson will equip you to make some comments on the Apple iPad...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Finding Live Music

The experts agree: China is an emerging power. But as a new superpower, what powers will it have on the world stage? Hopefully, one of them will be the power to rock your face off! Slowly but surely, China’s live music scene is making progress. From this podcast you’ll learn the Mandarin Chinese req...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Watching a DVD

Not to say that version of “Ben-Hur” picturing Jack Black isn’t of reputable quality, but the DVD talk is bound to happen. Real vs. fake, subtitles, and more. We’d like you to be able to join said conversations in Mandarin Chinese, but that means you’ll need to listen to this podcast....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Surfing the Internet

So what do you like to do in the evening? If your answer is something that does not involve going online, then you're weird, and we're not going to help you. If, however, you like going online for your entertainment, we've got just the Chinese lesson for you!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 29, 2013

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Weekend Activities

"What did you do over the weekend?" It's a great way to start conversation with a coworker or a friend in Mandarin. In this lesson, learn how to ask what someone did over the weekend, as well as some typical responses.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 21, 2013

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I Really Can't Sing!

The mere mention of karaoke, AKA "KTV," strikes fear into the hearts of many vocally challenged visitors to China. So often people just don't get that you CAN'T SING, and WON'T SING.  This lesson is for you guys!  We can't guarantee that these lines will work every time, but you'll learn something....

Host: John, Dilu
Function: suggesting, refusing
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 13, 2013

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Playing Wii

When Nintendo came out with this game console a few years ago, video games got a breath of fresh air. People of all walks of life started playing - swinging those little white sticks left and right, jumping up and down, turning the wheels of imaginary race cars... Join ChinesePod today as we break o...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2012

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Beijing Olympics: Opening Ceremony

You’ve been waiting for this moment for years. Finally, the Olympics are here and you won’t have to hear about them anymore. No, but really, the Olympic opening ceremonies are a grand spectacle that is amazing to witness. Learn to talk about them in Mandarin Chinese, and about trying to buy tickets ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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KTV

Yeaaaah, you've been known to chang a little ge when no one is around. So, stop the bashful act... have a few beers if that helps... and get your KTV on. Select a forgotten 80s tune (Purple Rain is a rousing melody), turn on the reverb. Wrestle the microphone from your partner in song, and see a sid...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2011

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