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That's enough tea

The kind host refilling your tea for the twenty-fourth time is indeed generous, but for those of us with TB (tiny bladder), we just might need to learn to tell them when to quit. Listen to this podcast, and learn to graciously decline another cup in Mandarin Chinese. Either that, or just sip slower....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 09, 2015

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Chinese Breakfast

The visions you're having of glistening bacon and bottomless coffee might very soon be dashed. A lumpy curdled bowl of soy product and noodles a la oil don't appeal at 7:00 am? Wait till you taste... you just might come over to the Chinese side of breaky. This ain't no mini-wheats. 5,000 years in th...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 02, 2015

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Eating Tofu

So, you're thinking a lesson on eating tofu sounds about as bland as that spongy white square of mush on your plate? That's what you thought... Truth is, there is nothing more racy than an affinity for 'eating tofu.' Confused? Don't let someone else have the last laugh. Listen to this podcast and fi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: culture, food

Published: December 15, 2014

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Pumpkin Food

While Linus is keeping his Great Pumpkin vigil in the pumpkin patch, his counterparts in China are doing their own chowing down on the culinary delights that pumpkin season brings. Listen in to this podcast, and learn in Mandarin what the Chinese do with their leftover jack-o-lanterns as the fall a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 03, 2014

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Ice Cream

The kids are eating it. The old people are eating it. The babies are smooshing it into their faces and hair. The lady that sells stinky tofu sells it. The meat market man even sells it. We can't make it through the hot summer without it. Summer in China is an ice cream eating bonanza. In this podcas...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: numbers, food

Published: November 26, 2014

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Sweet Watermelon

You know it's summertime when those trucks roll into the city, feeding streetside stalls thronging with business as the evening ambles home. Ask anyone who lives here: watermelon is a small joy of life in China. But no one will force it on you. And to get it, you've got to know how to ask for it in ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: November 24, 2014

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Can You Use Chopsticks?

No matter how long you have lived in China, and no matter how well you speak Chinese, people will be amazed to see that you have learned how to put food into your mouth with sticks. Tune in to today's podcast to learn about the question every foreigner has answered dozens of times.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 24, 2014

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Does it Have Bones?

Time to bone up on your Chinese. Today's podcast lesson is all about eating food that has bones in it.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, eating, bones

Published: October 22, 2014

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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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Thirsty for Water

So, you’re thirsty… for water. Now, believe it or not, some shopkeepers will give you tea when you ask for water. In fact, others will even offer up OJ! But you need some H20 and you need it now! Parch no more – it’s a ChinesePod podcast to quench that burning throat…and desire to…(ahem)…learn Manda...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: October 13, 2014

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Vegetarian Eating

In a country known for its “Beijing Duck”, Inner “Mongolian Hot Pot” and “Pork Dumplings,” should you not be a carnivore, you’ll need to know how to say “vegetarian”–a lot vegetable dishes even have a smattering of meat. In this podcast, we help you learn how to explain in Mandarin Chinese that you ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food, health
Function: ordering_food

Published: October 03, 2014

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Snacks

Cultural divide is at times nowhere more evident than in matters of appetite. When it comes to cravings--you're pining for potato chips, she's fancying feet. You're itchin' for a little twinkie-binging loving, she's hankering for a little o' the necks. In this podcast, food-fusion, east-meets-west, ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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Salt and Pepper

We're not talking about the Grammy Award winning female hip-hop artists who sang Push It, and we're not talking about MSG and chilies. We're talking about the most basic of basics and something you'll definitely need if you want a taste of home. In this podcast, you'll learn how to ask for salt and ...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 22, 2014

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BBQ and the Little Trumpet

What is a Chinese barbecue like? What do people eat? What is a "barbecue district"? What exactly is a "little trumpet"? Find out answers to all these questions and more, in this summertime Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food

Published: September 01, 2014

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Outdoor Survivors (Part 1)

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city. In today's lesson, a couple plans a weekend camping trip, which ends up getting a little more complicated than expected. We hope you packed provisions! This might be a longer trip than originally thought......

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Nutrition Label

There's nothing to ruin an appetite faster than checking the nutritional label on the back of what you're about to eat, right? In this lesson, two friends begin to agonize over nutrition. Listen and learn how you too can worry about your energy, fat and protein intake in Chinese!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, health

Published: August 01, 2014

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Ordering a Cake

You can't have a birthday party without cake! In this lesson, learn how to pick one up for that next big birthday bash.  ...

Host: Jenny, Shanell

Published: August 01, 2014

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Preparing for the Ironman Race

This lesson is for our boldest, hardiest, and most probably craziest users out there. We're listening in today as one such athlete discusses ironman triathlons in Mandarin Chinese; if you're like us, you'll probably relate much more to the astonished listener than the competitor! Learn how to talk a...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: food, sports

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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Bangkok

One lesson about Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy... One lesson about Bangkok and the tough guys tumble... Can't be too careful with your Mandarin Chinese study. Listen to this podcast and get yourself in the Oriental setting. You'll be speaking better Chinese th...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: June 01, 2014

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Chicago

"This is my kind of town, Chicago is." The home of Oprah, the Cubs, and deep dish pizza (the dawgs are better though). The third largest city in the US has....you guessed it....the third largest Chinatown. So hop on the "L" train to Cermak-Chinatown, listen to this Mandarin podcast, and go and pract...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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The Perfect Sandwich

Like a great sandwich, Chinese has many layers. Listening, Vocabulary, Grammar and Cheese...er, right. Anyway, today's podcast is a meal for the hungriest student. Listen, learn, and lick your lips....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Rice with Soy Sauce

Does steamed white rice have taste? Well, some of us seem to think so. However, there are those who just can't resist drizzling a bit of soy sauce over it to add a bit of flavor. In this elementary lesson, two friends discuss putting soy sauce on rice.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating, rice
Function: giving_advice

Published: June 01, 2014

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Making Dumplings

Ever since Marco Polo brought ravioli to China, the Chinese have loved making dumplings. It's an essential part of celebrating the New Year. In today's podcast, learn how to talk in Chinese about wrapping, boiling and eating these magical little pockets of deliciousness....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Washing Dishes

Here's a question: What's the price you pay for a healthy, home-made dinner? No, we're not talking about a conversation with your significant other. We're talking about washing the dishes when you get done. Learn how to talk about grease and detergent in Mandarin Chinese in this podcast....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Hunan

Some cuisines should come with a fire marshall's warning. Not to fear, a cup of hot tea will be standing by to quell the flames. In this new series, we visit the red hot pastures of Hunan province--the spicy province living in the shadow of better known big brother Sichuan. You'll love or loathe us ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2014

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Choosing Fruit

When fruits are in season, they're everywhere. They'll flood fruit sellers stands and end up in carts right on the street. But how do you make sure you get the good stuff? In this lesson, ChinesePod chats with a fruit seller about his watermelons in order to get the best one!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, taste, fruit

Published: May 08, 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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Hungry Traveler: Guangdong

The Hungry Traveler series arrives at its next stop - Guangdong, the home of Cantonese food! And what's first on the menu? Barbecue!  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom

Published: May 08, 2014

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Trip to the Convenience Store

Break time at the office, and it's time for a trip to the convenience store! Sodas! Popcorn! Candy! In this lesson, a co-worker takes a trip to the convenience store and takes orders from the rest of the office.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Xi'an

ChinesePod's Hungry Traveler series makes a stop in Xi'an to try some delicious local dishes like 肉夹馍 (ròujiāmó) and 羊肉泡馍 (yángròupàomó). Hope you've worked up an appetite Poddies!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 08, 2014

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Train Food

On trains throughout China, attendants will sell snacks and drinks in the aisles even if the train is rammed full with people. This can make riding the train an unpleasant experience indeed. On top of that, few people end up buying these items anyway. Why? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: train, food, service
Function: complaining, selling

Published: May 08, 2014

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Smelly Cheese

The French often say the stinkier a cheese, the better its taste. Well not so, according to the characters in today's lesson. Learn how to describe this popular Gallic export and its most important characteristic in Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 02, 2014

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Where'd You Get That Food?

A coworker or a roommate gets some food delivered and it looks delicious. But a larger question remains: why weren't we consulted? In this lesson, someone orders up some food, and leaves someone else hanging.  ...

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, place, eating

Published: May 01, 2014

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Chocolate Country

European chocolate is delicious, isn't it? In this lesson, take a quick tour of Europe in Chinese as a couple of friends talk about which country they think makes the best chocolate.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering a Fruit Salad

Apples, peaches, limes, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, oranges... well, you get the idea. This lesson is all about fruits!  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Making Veggies for Dinner

Make sure you eat your veggies, folks! In this lesson, learn how to talk about some of the most common vegetables and whether or not you eat them. Lettuce begin!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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New Food

In China, you're apt to encounter all kinds of fruits and vegetables that you haven't seen before. Don't be afraid! They're delicious! Well, most of them anyway. But how do you eat them?  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, eating

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Subs on the Subway

A ban against eating and drinking on the subway has recently been put into place in Shanghai. However, not everyone got the memo. Listen in on this lesson as two passengers discuss the new policy....

Host: Jenny, Tom
Topic: food, subway, rules
Function: refusing, offering

Published: May 01, 2014

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Too Picky

You may feel that it is your God-given right to not have the eyes of your shrimp staring back at you from the plate. Or that bones in your fish are nothing but a potential throat-lodging disaster. But keep in mind, there are others in distant lands who feel that chewing a bagel with cream cheese has...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Pearl Tea

Your last Chinese dining experience has left you with a little post-traumatic stress, yes, but let us assure you that that toothsome slimy black ball you just sucked up your straw was NOT a fish eye. Or fish egg for that matter. Was it a drink, a food, or an unidentifiable glutinous object? You be t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: May 01, 2014

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Diet Coke

No, ChinesePod has not sold out. We have not succumbed to target marketing, multinational corporate conspiracies, nor do we endorse one cola over another (though in the blind taste test challenge, admittedly, had a favorite). This lesson is simply for those of us who want a Diet Coke. Here's how to ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

Published: May 01, 2014

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Going Dutch

The 'Warring Bills' period of Chinese history is officially over for all ChinesePod users. An international treating treaty has been declared, and it involves a handy little phrase that will be an instrument in achieving restaurant check peace. Listen to this podcast to learn what it is, and make yo...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Instant Noodles

The Mr. Noodles rage that swept elementary schools in the 80s (crunchy raw with seasoning packet sprinkled on top) doesn't hold a candle to Chinese people's love affair with this quick lunch. Nutritional value: no. Great taste: debatable. Cheap and easy: of course. The recipe for any well-loved Chin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Barbecuing

The apparatus may be the same. The venue, similar--give or take a few trees. The wafts of the mouth-watering scent of roasting flesh. You begin to reminisce over the long days of summers past-- replete with hot dogs, steak, jacket potatoes... but WAIT. What do you see... whaaat the... Yes, the mediu...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: food

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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Please Heat My Food

Modern China has reinvented the convenience store. Or rather, it has borrowed Japan's reinvention of the convenience store. But in any case, it's new heights of convenience. These stores are now places you can pick up fresh (?) food and even have it heated on your way out. Learn this lesson and fina...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Looking for a Tour Guide

So are you looking for a tour guide, or are you just looking for a friend of a friend to show you around the city for free? No matter; those two are the same word in Chinese! Learn how to get help finding a tour guide in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Where's My Takeout?

If you haven't been in this situation, you haven't been in China long. There are just some times when you wait and you wait, but the food you order never arrives. So when you call to inquire, you're told that it's coming "right away." Learn all the key language in this Chinese lesson. How tough you ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, food, delivery
Grammar: 马上, still, 已经, V_好

Published: May 01, 2014

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Eating in Korea

If you went to Korea, you probably had some Korean food. And if you had Korean food, you probably had kimchee. Discuss these issues and more in this spicy-delish lesson about a Chinese take on food in Korea.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: food, city, Korea
Grammar: all, 了(le)1

Published: May 01, 2014

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