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Give Me a Kiss

Mouths were intended to be used for so much more than speaking Chinese. Sometimes the language of love communicates better than the best vocabulary, so it never hurts to get a little lip service... In this podcast, get smoochy-smoochy with us and learn to ask for a kiss, in Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: January 07, 2015

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A Present from Santa Claus

A crazy man with a white fu manchu and white hair seems to have infiltrated your house. You get your nunchucks out from under your bed, poised to karate chop him. But wait. You've been spending a leeetle too much time studying Mandarin... keep your Chinese whipping stars in the closet--this isn't so...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 31, 2014

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I Miss Daddy!

Today's podcast will teach you how to call your loved ones and tell them how much you miss them, all in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: all, to_miss

Published: October 31, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 2: Facing Divorce

We return to the topic of the "seven year itch" to find another couple's marriage struggling. Additionally, a close friend's seemingly perfect marriage is now facing divorce. Listen in for all the details; if you're looking for more lessons pertaining to marital strife, check out ChinesePod's origin...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: not_until, blaming

Published: September 01, 2014

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Travel Wedding

Weddings in China have a long and glorious tradition. So much planning, so many guests, and a ton of protocol. But what if you could skip the whole ceremony and just do the honeymoon, and call it a "travel wedding?" The young lovebirds in this lesson would like to do just that, but their traditional...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 9: The Divorce

Tune in today to hear the thrilling conclusion to the series Love Tangle. We don't want to spoil the ending - all we'll say is that you might not have seen this one coming!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: listing

Published: September 01, 2014

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Philosophy: a Useless Major?

You've just graduated high school and you have your whole life ahead of you. It's time to start thinking about what you'll study in university. What happens when you choose a course of study that your parents don't approve of? Learn how to talk about this important life decision in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 8: The Good Husband

Lulu has a little accident today, forcing Mr. Shen to re-evaluate his priorities. Does he work too much? Is he available for his child? Find out how the couple handles this drama in today's episode of Love Tangle....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Love Tangle 6: The Pregnant Wife

It's the newest installation of our Love Tangle series. Lulu is pregnant - and thinking about what to get the baby. She starts to ask questions about shenanigans at the office. Will Jiawei be able to play it cool?...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Introducing Oneself to the Family

"Meet the parents" takes on a whole other meaning in Chinese families. Now, if you can't keep track of which auntie is the elder, whose brother the rotund uncle is and whose sister the tall auntie is... or for that matter--which side is this grandpa is on, and how that lady over in the corner fits i...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Foreign Father Loses His Cool

Anyone staying in China for some time will tell you, the Chinese have deep rooted notions about health and medicine, some of which seem utterly strange to foreigners. In this lesson, a foreign man finds this out the hard way after his Chinese wife has given birth.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Firing the Ayi

Your housekeeper, the ayi, hasn't been very diligent in her work lately. In fact, she's been so delinquent that it seems like she hasn't been coming at all. In this lesson, ChinesePod helps you figure out a way to let her off easy.  ...

Host: John, Vera
Grammar: to_think,

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hurry Up and Clean Your Room

It's a sentence no child wants to hear in any language: Time to clean your room! In this lesson, a mother tells her child it's time to clean up. And while the job might seem to get done, things don't go quite as planned.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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No School for Doudou

It's cold season and all the kids at the kindergarten are getting sick. In this lesson, a mother and father argue about whether or not they should take their child, Doudou, to school. It turns out to be a bit of a conflict.  ...

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: August 01, 2014

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Chatting at a Family Gathering

Chinese New Year is here and the family is all together again. After the initial greetings, everyone settles down to have a chat. But what to talk about? Finding a topic that everyone wants to talk about proves to be difficult.  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 一下, 一_就

Published: August 01, 2014

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Giving Red Envelopes

For Chinese New Year, it's customary for older members of the family to give red envelopes filled with money (红包, hóngbāo) to the younger members of the family. And just because you've married into the family doesn't mean you are exempt. In this lesson, a woman laments to her husband about her new r...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: August 01, 2014

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Homeschooling

In a society renowned for its rigid examination system, homeschooling might seem like a very attractive option to conscientious parents that are looking to do more for their children's futures then turn them into obedient little worker drones, fresh terracotta bricks for the (not so great) wall. But...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 5 - Beyond the Itch

The "Seven Year Itch" has ravaged and nearly destroyed the relationships of our saga, but it seems the epidemic has finally subsided. In the final chapter, we listen in on two seasoned husbands and their reflections on their personal encounters with the "itch." You'll find the previous lesson in the...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 似的

Published: August 01, 2014

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Mental Health Counseling

Today's ChinesePod lesson presents a dire situation: a young woman has dialed into a mental health hotline reporting domestic violence and threatening suicide. Can the experts on the other end talk her down and help her make the right decisions? Tune in and find out....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Secret Cash Stash

It's not uncommon in China for the wife in a marriage to have sole access to the family credit cards and bank accounts (the reason being to avoid wasteful purchases, of course!). Naturally, the husbands have devised a way around their wives' vice-like grip on the family funds: stashing money in nook...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 4: The End of the Itch

We've witnessed the trials and tribulations endured by couples afflicted with the seven-year-itch: fierce arguments, suspect extramarital interactions, even divorce. Luckily, at least one couple has managed to make it through relatively unscathed with their relationship intact. Listen in as she disc...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Whose Home for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is all about going home to one's family and enjoying precious time with family stuffing one's face. But what happens when a husband and wife are from different cities and they both want to go home to their own families for CNY? This dialog ensues, that's what!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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The Seven Year Itch 3: Extramarital Involvement

ChinesePod brings you the next installment in our series on marital strife. One couple's marriage is in severe jeopardy after a husband's rather suspect interaction with a young college girl. Listen in to find out more! You'll find the previous chapter here....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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What's Your Surname?

Introductions are a great way to start studying Chinese. You can't become friends with someone until you know their name. In today's Mandarin lesson, learn how to introduce yourself.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 23, 2014

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Baby Photos

A picture is worth a thousand Chinese characters. In this Chinese lesson, you'll learn to talk in Mandarin about photographs and the people in them. Is this the first time you've ever talked about pictures in Chinese?  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 21, 2014

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A Family of Teachers

Some families seem to have teaching in their blood. In today's Chinese lesson, we'll talk about family members and their jobs in Mandarin Chinese. Get ready to learn how to brag in Chinese about your mom, the attorney.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: teacher, family, dad, mom

Published: July 16, 2014

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A Lot of Sisters

Are your sisters weird? In today's Chinese podcast, learn how to talk in Mandarin about your vast quantities of older sisters. You may even learn a Chinese word or two for other relatives. The only way to find out is to tune in to this exciting Chinese podcast.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 11, 2014

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How many family members do you have?

Do you want to learn to talk about your family in Chinese? Well, you've come to the right podcast. In today's lesson, you'll learn the Chinese you need to talk about the size of your family and the people in it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: July 09, 2014

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Gone Fishing

Are you hooked on learning Chinese? We've lined up an exciting podcast for you. Catch this next lesson, and don't release it until you've learned how to talk about fishing in Chinese!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Will you Marry Me?

The biggest question you'll ever answer is not "Do you wanna take this outside, buddy?" or "Does this dress make me look fat?" It's "will you marry me?" In today's podcast, learn how to answer in Mandarin Chinese. And if you just can't get enough lunar representation, check out John's blog for a det...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year comes again, and this year we welcome in the Year of the Horse. In this lesson, listen in as a family gets ready to gallop into the New Year!  ...

Host: Greg, Vera
Function: celebrating, wishing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Story Time

Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a time, there was a lesson about telling stories in Chinese. A student wasn't able to sleep so they put on this lesson and it began: "Once upon a ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Tomb Sweeping Day

Today is Tomb Sweeping Day. The special day of paying respect to ancestors, lighting incense, making burnt offerings, and, like any self-respecting Chinese holiday... lighting off firecrackers. The holiday also favored by those with money to burn. So open up your wallet, light up your money, and li...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Quieting the Baby

If you've ever had a baby (or perhaps even a really immature adolescent), you know the value of getting your little one to quiet down at night so you can get some sleep. Learn all about the ins and outs of soothing your baby in Chinese in today's Elementary lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Do You Live Alone?

Everyone's got different preferences for living situations. Living with roommates can be vexing for those who desire personal space but a necessity for those who crave constant human interaction. Learn how to talk about your own housing situation in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Handling Rambunctious Children

Any parent knows how hard it is to control a little kid who's recently learned how to walk. We're sure you're already more than adept at attempting to reign in your children using your native language, but what about Mandarin Chinese? Learn some basic words and phrases vital to handling your childre...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: giving_commands

Published: May 01, 2014

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They're Twins!

Seeing double or just looking at a pair of twins? It's a common practice the world over for the parents of twins to dress up their double bundles of joy in matching clothing. In this lesson, learn to talk about similarities and differences as someone is overtaken by the cuteness of a pair of twin ba...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Don't Spank the Kid

In this lesson, a grandmother reacts to her grandson being spanked by his father. Then she has a few words to say to the father... Learn how to give negative commands and one useful onomatopoeia. Be sure to take advantage of the new Task feature on ChinesePod, where you can upload pictures, video an...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Riddle of Three Sons

Masterful Chinese riddle making? Or just silly foolishness? Decide for yourself in this lesson about familial relations and how to ask someone's name. Also, be sure to check out the new task feature below, ChinesePod's newest way to enrich your learning experience along with fellow poddies!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: name, family, joke

Published: May 01, 2014

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Questioning a Child

It's a classic situation in any culture. A child breaks something, and when their parents ask them about it, they deny doing it. In this lesson, a father grills his son about something he broke.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Washing the Sheets

It's time to get those chores done! In this lesson, learn how to talk about doing house work, from washing dishes and doing laundry to tidying up your room.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: also, still

Published: May 01, 2014

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A Special Christmas Gift

The holiday season is a time for shopping, which means lots of decision-making. Who will you buy gifts for? How much will you spend? Oh yes, and there's one more decision with Chinese characteristics. Find out what it is in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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All in the Family

Chances are that while you’re pulling out your wallet to buy that “I Climbed The Great Wall” t-shirt, a few photos of the family will show themselves. So we’ll make sure you can tell them you have a sister…unless that traditional tiara is for you. In this podcast you’ll also get the chance to learn ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 17, 2014

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Does He Have Children?

Mr. Li is the talk of the town. He's dashing, he's witty, and... he's a father! In this lesson, the gossip turns to the subject of Mr. Li's children. If you're a parent (or maybe you're working on a complete inventory of everyone's children), you're going to find this lesson useful.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 2014

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How Old Is Your Brother?

Younger brothers can sometimes be a nuisance, breaking your things or asking you an endless amount of questions (kids are curious, after all). But more often than not, we can't help but feel proud for them. In this lesson we learn how to introduce our younger brother and tell his age. ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, family, age

Published: April 02, 2014

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I'm Married

Dandy, aren’t we? With that custom-made suit you got made here, you’re bound to turn some heads. In this podcast, ward off a wandering eye and learn to say you are married, in Mandarin Chinese. Ahem…your spouse did ask us to teach you how to speak about being spoken for.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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What's his name?

With every 4th child born in the world being Chinese, there’s a good chance you’ll meet a few. In this podcast, we help you learn how to ask not only about names of new friends using Mandarin Chinese, but also about other information that might just get you an invite to that “famous restaurant” in t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: to_be_called

Published: April 01, 2014

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Stop Playing with that Cell Phone

It's time for dinner, the kid isn't coming. Why? Video games! Listen to this lesson to find out what mom does when her kid chooses video games over the food she's cooked.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 01, 2014

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Baby Talk: Praise

Studies show our personalities are formed before the age of four. We at ChinesePod want you to raise a happy, confident little future Chinese speaker…so listen in to this lesson as Jenny teaches all about praising that little whippersnapper. In this podcast, learn how to tell your squishy cute baby ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Homesick

It’s hard enough explaining ‘biscuits and gravy’ to other countries, not to mention missing mom and her kitchen. So, when that long face is chewing on something from a cow’s face, how to save face and face up to the fact that you’re homesick? Listen to ChinesePod, of course – the most nurturing of a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: time

Published: March 21, 2014

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