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I forgot your name

Now, we know that when names consist mainly of a medley of Xs, Qs and Zs, it can be easy to lose it under pressure. So, when that friend that you just ran into is looking into your eyes with an anticipative look, you might just, understandably, come up short. This situation affords two choices: call...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 19, 2014

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Introducing a Friend

First impressions. Intent stares. Is he sizing up the map of your face--determining your future wealth, lack of it, sexual prowess, eyebrow hair luck factor? Or is he just trying to decipher your nin hao? In this lesson, get introduced to your friend's father, and learn the Chinese equivalent of a f...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: September 29, 2014

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Teaching Japanese Go

Known in the West as "bizarro Othello" and "the thinking man's checkers," the game known as "go" in Japan and "weiqi" in China is actually quite the intellectual exercise with a long, rich tradition. In this Chinese lesson, the basics are taught to a child (who might actually be a bit too young to a...

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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Lao Wang's Office 2: Welcome to the Team

We revisit the office of Wang in this episode. Today, a new player arrives on the office scene. In this podcast, come along on an office tour and learn what all the departments are in Chinese. Along the way, get some office introductions and insights into the culture of a Chinese office, in Mandarin...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Where Did You Learn Chinese?

Once you get past the initial niceties and compliments that inevitably take place during a conversation, your newfound Chinese friend will most likely ask you where you've learned such exemplary Mandarin. Today's lesson will teach you how to respond to this question while still preserving the image ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Introducing Kids to Each Other

Ah, kids. They love to play, but they also love to steal from each other and smack each other around for no reason. (Come to think of it, they're not that different from adults.) In this Chinese lesson, learn how to introduce children to each other so that they start off on the right foot....

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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Just Call Me...

Unless your name is "John Smith" or "Anna Jones," chances are your new Chinese friends will have a little difficulty with the pronunciation of your English name. If you've adopted a Chinese name for your stay in the Middle Kingdom, you'll want to make it known to your Chinese friends. Learn how to d...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: can, to_be_called

Published: April 09, 2014

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A Self-Introduction

Today's newbie lesson will teach all of you who've just started learning Chinese how to give a basic self-introduction. We admit, this framework may not knock you off your feet with its scintillating content, but hey, it's functional and will get your point across. Learn how to let people know where...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 02, 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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I'm not Chinese

You might look the part, you might sound the part, but you’re not actually Chinese. So how would you go about telling someone that although you might sound like a native speaker (hopefully!), you’re not from China? Ken knows – he gets it all the time. Listen to this podcast to learn how to clarify w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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I'm here for an interview

You walk in, use your previously learned ChinesePod lessons to give the secretary your name and a quick “ni hao.” She does the same. What comes next? Most would think a reason for being there, but unless you thrive on those uncomfortable international moments (see: lesson on “Where is the Toilet Pap...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Business Cards (original)

They’re handed out for any and every reason…but what do you say? “Thanks” might seem a little bland, but then again, “WOW! You’ve such fine taste in paper!” might be a bit over the top. So then what? Better find out--you’ll be doing it about 12 times a day. In this podcast, learn to do the ol’ card ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Business Dinner with a Supplier

Sound formal? Well, maybe… until the booze comes out. What does drunk sound like in Mandarin Chinese? Listen in to this podcast as we revisit our Canadian businessman as he meets with a supplier for a business dinner, and find out. And remember, once you can understand slurred drunken jabber in Mand...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Lili and Zhang Liang 3: The Jealous Friend

The “lucky color” red doesn’t go well with green--especially when the latter is brought on by a fit of jealousy. Catching up with girlfriend/boyfriend Chen Li and Zhang Liang, we find out that there’s a (tiny) possessive side to one of Chen Li’s friends. Better start writing that diary in code! In t...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: certainty, 根本, tone

Published: June 01, 2013

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Attending a Trade Show

Our businessman has embarked on his journey of discovery. The taxi ride to the trade show was a success, and now, in this podcast, the saga of the Canadian businessman continues as he attends a trade show and uses his Mandarin Chinese to make contact with potential suppliers. We’re all aboot the biz...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Holding a Meeting

We know our ChinesePod listeners are all good-looking and successful people. This means that at some point you’ll be chairing a meeting. So can we help? You bet we can! All we ask is that you wear your “ChinesePod RULZ” power tie. Listen to this podcast to learn how to conduct a meeting in Mandarin ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 立刻

Published: June 01, 2013

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Student or Teacher?

If you're reading this, you're most likely studying Mandarin. You need to learn how to talk about yourself and your teachers. In today's lesson, learn how to explain in Chinese that you're a student....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 是_(shì)

Published: March 29, 2013

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How Many People are in Your Family?

Ah, the home front. Any self-respecting Mandarin learner has their work cut out for them in deciphering the who's who of a Chinese family. And don't think the one-child policy makes things any easier. So, line 'em up, and get them all straight in this podcast which will enlighten you on the members ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: quantifying
Grammar: how_many, 个(ge)

Published: March 12, 2013

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Identifying Family Members

The one-child policy might make a conversation about family members in Mandarin Chinese seem like a breeze. Be forewarned: to a nation of only children, birth order is a very interesting topic. Be forearmed: come to China with a cheesy family photo, and listen to this podcast. You'll learn all the v...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 12, 2013

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Introducing the Managers

Managers are a big deal in these parts.  And you don't want to go calling them any old 'Mister.'  In this podcast, learn how to address and introduce your manager in Chinese in the most efficient, face-giving manner possible.  Sure to result in promotions, raises, slaps on the back, and right back a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 01, 2013

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An Email Introduction

It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers.  In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: February 28, 2013

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I Work in Shanghai

What are you doing here in Shanghai?  It's what everyone wants to know.  So tell them that you're here in Shanghai working, and learning Chinese in your spare time.  (Convincing them that you're not all about partying and living the high life is a topic for another lesson...)...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 21, 2012

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Introducing One's Spouse

No, it's not cool to ignore your spouse at those social functions.  (That's what those repeated pokes in the ribs are trying to tell you.) So learn how to introduce him or her with this practical Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 18, 2012

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Making Introductions

It's time to make introductions. This lesson will equip you with a few phrases to assist in Chinese introductions like how to ask for someone's last name and if someone has a name card. ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 16, 2012

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What's Your Name?

"What's your name?" Learn how to ask this basic question in Mandarin in this lesson....

Published: April 18, 2012

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Good Morning!

It's the beginning of the day at a Chinese company. Say hello! In this lesson, learn how to greet people in Mandarin Chinese, ask them how they are, and reply when they ask you how you are. ...

Function: greetings
Host: John, Dilu

Published: April 16, 2012

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Where are you from?

After you have said hello in Chinese and know your partner in conversation’s name, the next topic likely to come up is where you are from. In this podcast you’ll learn how to say several common nationalities in Mandarin Chinese, plus one of the ways to say yes (yes, there are several!)....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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