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Audit

Strangers going through your budget reports, investigating your cash flow? Questions about last month's revenue? It must be an audit! Not to worry - there's nothing to hide... or is there? Join us today to learn all about this common [often dreaded] workplace event....

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 渐渐

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Working Hours Policy

Formal Chinese can be a bit tricky at first. In this lesson, your trusty ChinesePod hosts dissect a typical announcement from HR, explaining in everyday terms what that formal language about "flexible work hours" is trying to say....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Hard Drive Storage

Now that Moore's Law has gotten bored with desktop computers and moved on to smartphones, we don't often find ourselves replacing entire office computers. The amount of data we store is only increasing, though. In this lesson, learn how to discuss your needs for more hard drive storage....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: September 01, 2014

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Labor Dispute

The company is looking to cut costs, and you know what that means - lay offs and cuts in salary and benefits. In this lesson, a worker gets an offer from the boss that doesn't seem so good. So what's to be done? Have a listen and find out!  ...

Topic: work, office, law
Function: negotiating, arguing
Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Hiring an Intern

It seems like an internship is the new "senior thesis." And it's a good thing for business because hey, those interns are cheap! Learn the appropriate language for discussing the prospect of hiring an intern in this business-focused Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Tables and Chairs

Ah, tables and chairs. Even the most minimalist decorator agrees that "being able to sit down" and "having a raised surface to put stuff on" are good things. There are a few surprises in store for you in today's Chinese lesson, though, so tune in and learn.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: June 16, 2014

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Napping in the Meeting

So it's another long, boring morning meeting. What's an employee to do? In this Chinese lesson, the boss makes it clear that it's not OK to sleep during the meeting. Learn the key language here.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , don’t

Published: June 13, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 5: Wang Tries to Excel at the Office

Join us today for Manager Wang's Excel-lent Adventure. Has he found his calling in life? A way to finally show up that wretched new man about the office? Learn along in Chinese as Wang rolls up his sleeves and tries his hand at the computer--making an Excel worksheet, specifically--and in the proces...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 8: Trimming the Fat at the Office

After all you've done for them, they kick you to the curb! In today's podcast, learn how to deal with being fired in Chinese. Tough luck, Charlie-- your squid just got fried....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2014

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Lao Wang's Office 7: A Firing Afoot?

In these tough economic times, scheming to keep your job (or get someone else's) is a high art. The level of intrigue in Wang's Office would've impressed the eunuchs in the old Forbidden City. To keep up with the latest comings and goings, you'll need to listen to today's Chinese podcast....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: making_requests
Grammar: to_be_missing

Published: June 01, 2014

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Leaving Early for CNY

It's the day before Chinese New Year and everyone is antsy to get home to have dinner with their families. Some employees are able to get off work early and head home, but not everyone is so lucky...  ...

Host: Dilu, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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Important Visitor

You know something important is going on when someone from the bank comes to see you at work. It's enough to excuse yourself from an important meeting. Learn how in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Photocopying and Printing

What do you do when you're thrust into an office environment with little English and a multitude of tasks to complete? ChinesePod offers a solution with today's lesson on the wild world of office duties like photocopying, printing and calling cabs for your superiors. Learn how to be a company supers...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: giving_commands

Published: May 01, 2014

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Words of Encouragement

It's been a rough week. The work piled up over the holiday last week and all your dutiful employees have been working long overtime hours. What's the best way, other than an expensive bonus, to show your immense appreciation for your subordinates who pour their blood, sweat and tears into your compa...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: appreciating

Published: May 01, 2014

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The Last Person to Leave the Office

The unfortunate soul who's forced to work overtime is also assigned the essential task of locking up and turning everything off before they leave. Learn how to discuss the important related verbs and phrases for turning off lights and closing doors in today's elementary lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: reminding

Published: May 01, 2014

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The New Intern

He's the new intern. His name is Mike. He's from Harvard. And he's only here for two months. But he's available to handle all the horribly tedious tasks that you can never seem to get around to, so make good use of him! Get ready for communications with your Chinese interns in this lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Elevator Issues

If there's one place you're apt to find yourself in a crowded elevator, it's China. With so many people around, chances someone will have to help you push your floor if it hasn't been pushed already. This lesson helps bring your elevator talk to a new level.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Annual Meeting

So much of life if consumed with planning for the things that we want to do. In this lesson, two coworkers talk about an upcoming annual meeting at work and whether or not one of them can attend. Learn how to talk about participating in big events like weddings, meetings, etc., as well as plans to r...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: time, office, date, party

Published: May 01, 2014

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Goodbye to a Co-worker

Co-workers come and go in offices throughout the world. In this lesson, learn how to say goodbye to your Chinese co-workers and wish them the best.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Check Your Spam

Most of us have spam filters on our email inboxes. They certainly make life easier a lot of the time, saving us the hassle of deleting loads of advertisements for unnecessary (and often less-than-wholesome) products. Yet sometimes spam filters also cause problems. Check out today's lesson for some u...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Push and Pull

So you think that "push" and "pull" are the only options for opening a door? Think again! With this Chinese lesson, you can learn about advanced door opening, even as an absolute beginner.  ...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: office, verb, door

Published: May 01, 2014

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I'm Not Here

You're a popular person. People are looking for you, but you don't always want to talk to them. Today's Chinese lesson will help you deal with those tricky times when you don't want to be found. Learn how to use Mandarin to explain that you're not around. ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 11, 2014

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Workplace Woes

It's a nightmarish situation that haunts office workers around the globe. A report is finished and then - poof! - it suddenly disappears! Whether it was deleted by accident or never saved properly, the loss of a document is one of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to any employee. In ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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A Tour of the Office

ChinesePod has visitors today and they're getting the full tour of the office! Find out how to make small talk and give basic directions to people who are visiting from afar!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Discussing Contract Renewal

Many times conversations about money in Chinese involve some kind of bargaining. In today's show we're exploring bargaining in a more formal setting - the office. Someone's contract is up for renewal and he's about to play hardball. Tune in to hear how it goes!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Special Green Hat

Gifts range from the practical to the extravagant, and in today's lesson we're learning about both the language and culture of gift-giving in China. It might be news to you, but green hats are a big no-no. Find out why by tuning in!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Member of the 'Moonlight Clan'

How does the word for "moonlight" refer to the modern Chinese worker's spending habits? Learn all about the secret life of the Chinese "moonlight clan" in this lesson, and how it relates to deep-seated Chinese spending habits....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Using Excel

Excel is one of the most widely used business computer programs in the world; it's vital in most work environments to have at least a basic grasp of how it functions. Today's ChinesePod lesson will give you the elementary words and phrases necessary to discuss this useful program in Mandarin Chinese...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: , 出来

Published: January 01, 2014

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Formatting a Word Document

Properly formatting a document, especially when "writing a report" involves a lot of copying and pasting from online sources. Every workplace can use a stickler for proper presentation, so if that's you, this is the Chinese lesson you need to enforce your formatting high standards....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sending a Large File

It's amazing what can be done these days with Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Final Cut Pro... but sometimes the price for that quality you love is a huge file. Transferring a large file can be a problem when you're dealing with multiple gigabytes. Explore the options in Chinese with this lesson!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Annual Meeting Raffle

Throughout China around Chinese New Year, offices hold annual meetings where employees are compelled, er, encouraged to perform in variety shows for the entire office. Of course, this evening of embarrassment isn't without an upside. Raffles are often held with prizes like vacations for lucky employ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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What Kind of Ad?

In the information age, advertisers have a hard time figuring out how to get people to know about their products. TV? Radio? Online? Print? What works? In this lesson, some Chinese advertisers discuss the different ways to sell their newest product....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Renting a Car

A big client is coming to town and it's time to impress him. How? By picking him up in a sweet ride! But how to get one? Find out how two business partners solve this problem in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Vying for the Meeting Room

Oh, everyone wants that meeting room, don't they? In this lesson, someone angles for a spot in the office's meeting room, only to find that getting a spot might be more than they bargained for....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Making the Move from China

Traffic, smog, rising labor costs - they're all reasons why many companies have left China recently, looking to relocate to the United States or elsewhere. In this lesson, two coworkers talk about how the company next door has set its sights on the US....

Host: Dilu, Greg
Grammar: 回来

Published: January 01, 2014

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Can I Eat With You?

A new workplace can be intimidating at first if you don't know anyone and especially if no one is speaking English! The first step to breaking the ice and becoming more familiar with your coworkers is obtaining a coveted lunch invitation. But what do you do when you can't get an invite? Learn how to...

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: suggesting

Published: August 05, 2013

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Keeping in Touch

Where have you been? Why weren’t you home? I sent you an email, but didn’t hear back…has your email changed?! We know you’re busy studying Mandarin Chinese, but we don’t want you to forget about your old pals. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny (who just want to talk…promise!) have a lesson just for you...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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Didn't you get my email?

There are many reasons to believe that someone may not have received your email.  Whether you're a conspiracy theorist or simply need to remind a technology-challenged co-worker, this Chinese lesson will equip you to ask someone if he got your email....

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: work, office, email
Grammar: , , 没有

Published: April 03, 2013

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What do you do?

So a banker, a lawyer and a model walk into a bar… seriously. We won't make you the funniest guy in the room, but we will do our best to make you conversational, at least. In this podcast, learn to ask and answer the "what do you do?" query in Mandarin Chinese. And should you actually be a lawyer, w...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: April 02, 2013

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Scheduling a Time

You'd like to talk with someone, but they're just not free right now. Learn how to use Mandarin to pick a convenient time to talk with someone in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 27, 2013

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Finishing Work for the Weekend

At the end of the work week things generally wind down. But for some people, Fridays are the busiest. Check out today's lesson to learn about a person who's trying to cram everything in before the weekend. Jenny and John will also be discussing the very common practice of working overtime: 加班 (jiābā...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 26, 2013

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What's Your Job?

During introductions, you're bound to be asked about your job. In this lesson, learn how to ask someone about their job and tell them about your own....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: jobs, work, office
Grammar: 不(bù)-not

Published: March 12, 2013

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Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon meetings are a fact of life in many offices, but in many companies they're on a dangerous collision course with the Chinese "afternoon nap" custom.  In this lesson, learn the key Mandarin phrases for reminding others about meetings.  As for actually staying awake in that meeting... you're ...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 可以, ,

Published: March 12, 2013

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Making Plans for the Day

Scheduling is an essential part of life. This lesson covers how to schedule a day's worth of plans in Mandarin....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 08, 2013

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Finding the Office Building

You've gotten directions to the office and gotten your friend to tell the taxi driver where to go. All you need to do now is find your way out of the taxi to the correct floor in the office building itself. Learn how to make this final push in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson!...

Host: John, Dilu

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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A Simple Tour of the Office

We love getting visitors at the ChinesePod office here in Shanghai. Thankfully, no matter if you speak Chinese or not, our bilingual staff can offer you a wonderfully fulfilling tour. Unfortunately, not all offices in China are as well-equipped as ours. Today's lesson offers a simple office tour in ...

Published: February 28, 2013

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Serving Tea

Make no mistake, tea is the national beverage of China. You'll be offered tea in restaurants, homes and even offices. In this lesson, learn the basic expressions of politeness in Mandarin. Over tea, of course....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Topic: office
Function: being_polite

Published: May 14, 2012

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Come In, Please

When making friends in China, it's typical for someone to invite you to their home. This lesson teaches you the basics of at-the-door pleasantries that you'll exchange when you arrive....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 11, 2012

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