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How is business?

Now, due to being asked so many personal questions by nosy neighbors, we know you all were waiting for the lesson on 'none of your business.' However, in addition to gossip, doing business in China is another great topic of conversation. Listen in to this podcast and learn to turn the conversation a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 16, 2015

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Finding the Teacher

The title of this lesson may bring back painful childhood memories of that field trip to the museum; the one where you got lost somewhere between the Egyptian pharaohs and the Chinese cabbage carved from jade. Maybe it was that self same ethereal cabbage that inspired you to learn Mandarin. So here ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 10, 2014

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Something to Do Tomorrow

With a new ChinesePod podcast coming out every day, all Cpoddies everywhere always have something to do tomorrow. So, listen to this lesson on how to tell someone you've got stuff goin' on. (Also comes in handy as an excuse for deflecting unwanted Karaoke invitations.)...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: December 08, 2014

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Farm Animals

You can't understand the cows 'mou', the chicken's 'gege,' the sheep's 'miemie,' the horse's 'huirhuir,' nor the pig and its incessant 'hengheng.' In China, you even need a translator for the animals. The good thing is, they mostly look the same. In this podcast, learn how to ask about animals, in M...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: October 01, 2014

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The Drug Dealer

The Departed was a pretty good film, although we have an office-wide dispute over whether it's better than Infernal Affairs. Before you settle down to watch the Hong Kong original in its glorious Mandarin dub though, we recommend checking out this podcast to learn the Chinese of the streets. Otherwi...

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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Free Association

ChinesePod is going a little 'new age' today and encouraging you to explore your inner child. Close your eyes, let your spirit roam... you are getting sleeeepy, wait! Not too sleepy. Make sure to pay attention to this lesson on letting your imagination run wild in Chinese... you never know where it ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: September 01, 2014

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Mobile Repairman

What used to be an annoying clanging shouting racket at 6:00am is now the most welcoming sound in the world. Your naive western misconceptions of refund policies have been dashed, and your microwave only came with a one week warranty. Alas... the friendly neighborhood repairman on wheels. A loud ble...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: function__use

Published: June 01, 2014

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Borrowing Money

In today's podcast, learn how to ask for a temporary capital injection, in Mandarin Chinese. If you need somebody to let you hold a few g's until payday, or slip you some skin to cover the electrical bill, this is the lesson for you....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 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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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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Are you Free?

If you want to do fun stuff with people, you need to make plans. And you can't make plans unless you know if people are free! In today's Mandarin podcast, learn how to ask your Chinese friends whether they are free....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: inviting

Published: April 14, 2014

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Ordering Noodles

The Chinese claim to have discovered the key to a long life... eating noodles on your birthday. While they struggle for immortality, you the Newbie can start with a little mortality, and learn how to order some in Mandarin. Your own struggle may have less to do with life and more to do with slippery...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 想(xiǎng)

Published: April 12, 2014

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Colors

Roses are green, violets are red…it wouldn’t make sense back home, nor would it here, so you’d better familiarize yourself a little with the colors in Chinese. In this podcast, you will learn how to say the different colors in Mandarin Chinese, as well as how to talk about what color something is. M...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 10, 2014

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Are you OK?

Someone's fallen and they can't get up. You want to help, but likely due to the stress of the whole ordeal, you've forgotten every Chinese word you know. By this time you are wishing for a Life Alert alarm with a direct line to ChinesePod's Mandarin Emergency response team. The 24 hour helpline is i...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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She went out

Wei?! Most likely, this is the word that will stick with you…all day…and night…even in your sleep. So what is it exactly? We’re not sure…and neither are the Chinese, but you still need to learn it…as well as phone basics. In this podcast you will learn how to say hello on the phone in Mandarin Chine...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Requesting a Glass of Water

Hot day—there’s nothing you imagine that could be better than a nice cold glass of ice water... aha, not so! There is a whole nation of Chinese people that would beg to differ with you on this point. In this podcast, learn how to request a glass of water in Mandarin Chinese... cold water....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Is someone in here?

Sometimes bathroom stalls in China don't have doors on them. Though this may seem shocking to some, it's quite convenient when faced with the dilemma of whether to push the door open to potential stall going-ons, or not. But for those more uncertain times, when you are blocked by those troublesome s...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Bumming a Smoke

Your doctor tells you to quit, the surgeon general's cancer warning on the pack kinda freaks you out, but the artist in you can't get those wispy smoke-filled 'In the Mood for Love' scenes out of your mind. You didn't come to the only place on the planet where smoking in pubs hasn't been banned yet ...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Cell Phones

The hottest plastic surgery technique to hit China is the surgical removal of mobile phones from the ear. Though it's convenient having it so attached, with the onset of bluetooth technology, more and more young Chinese are opting for removal. So... you’re going to speak Chinese... how better to act...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Sing and Dance

The hills are alive with the sound of the pipa. Singing in China... rife in KTV bars, on street corners, in public parks, in low-budget questionably-directed lip-dub videos. Dancing.. though it's singing's less popular cousin, look out for the classy ballroom dancers in a lit up corner of the park o...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Fruit Salad

Could it be key to the Chinese ability to eat three oil saturated meals a day and maintain their girlish (or boyish) figures? No. Trust us. Even the fruit salad comes with mayonnaise. Your western genes weren't made for this diet. So listen to this Mandarin lesson on eating fruit salad and come prep...

Topic: questions, food
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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Asking for English Books

You're in the place aptly dubbed "Book City," and the masses of Chinese characters overwhelm you like the masses of humanity you just jostled through to find the information counter. Not an ABC in sight. So, how to get the elusive English book you seek (or at least a procurable substitute)? Listen t...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking

Published: April 01, 2014

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It's broken

We were on our way to the studio when our “authentic” Tag Heuer stopping working making us stop abruptly in our “realistic” Nike’s to reach into our “genuine” Prada (man) bag to check the time on our phone…which turned out to be broken. In this podcast, Ken (all real, he claims) and Jenny (unreal, y...

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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Riding the Elevator

Granted, you might get some stares for just being in an elevator, but your situation might improve if you could actually use your Mandarin Chinese to tell the attendant to which floor you're headed. Thus, the podcast. Next stop: Mandarin on Your Terms (obvious, yes, but we get away with it because w...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Buying Bread and Butter

It’s only right that with us being the “bread and butter” of your day, we also offer up a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying these two basics at the grocers. In this podcast, learn how to request a specific item at the supermarket, using your Mandarin Chinese. Spread the word!...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Requesting a Napkin

If you've given up on using chopsticks and haven't studied our lesson on requesting a fork yet, you may just have to pretend that where you come from, eating with your hands is a sign of respect for the chef. No problem! In some places it probably is. But when you're done, don't forget this importan...

Topic: questions, food
Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: thanking, requesting

Published: January 01, 2014

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What's that smell?

Some things are not discussed in polite society. In today's groundbreaking lesson in Mandarin Chinese, we run through how to shatter that taboo and accuse your friends, neighbors and language partners of... well, having an overabundance of spirits. Note: vocabulary also useful when touring certain a...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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China's Most Famous Tourist Destinations

So you arrive in China, map in hand and hundreds of ChinesePod lessons echoing through your head. But you soon find that all the places you want to go and see have a very different name in Chinese than they do in that guidebook. There’s always room for another lesson in your head, so listen in to th...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: still,

Published: January 01, 2014

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How spicy?

When your mouth is on fire and the only thing within reach with which to douse the flames is a tiny cup of hot tea, you had better be wise enough to take precautionary measures. In this lesson, learn how to avoid the potentially high cost of mouth skin grafts, and take control of your oral inferno, ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Why, why, why??

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why is Chinese still using hieroglyphics for its written language? While some questions are simply unanswerable, in this podcast, we will start by answering for you the question of how to say "why" in Mandarin. The answers to all the other enigmas of life...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Chinese-Style Contradiction

O, the profundity of language. Read literally, the word for contradiction in Chinese is nothing less intriguing than: "spear shield." Yes, it's just this kind of mental gymnastic that keeps us coming back for more. In this podcast, join us as we penetrate the fathomless depths of Chinese word origin...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: telling_a_story

Published: January 01, 2014

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What is this called?

Not that you’d ever find yourself in a position to identify what something is (this said we we’re still recovering from the “calf brain” we unknowingly tried last weekend), but should you wish to identify before ingesting, you might (burp) benefit from a lesson on asking what something is. In this p...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: to_be_called

Published: January 01, 2014

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This is mine!

If you were that kid in school who hated sharing, then we strongly suggest hypnotherapy before attending a meal here. Food, laughs and sometimes even a bottle of the ole’ baijiu are passed out among the present…which is fine, until Mr. Food-in-his-teeth mistakes your glass for his. Perhaps this podc...

Topic: questions
Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sensitive Topics

Every culture has its own sensitive topics, and sometimes a little bit of cultural education is in order. Just a little bit of timely information can save a whole lot of embarrassment. In this lesson, some Chinese teachers fill each other in on situations with students which could potentially be awk...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 总是, to_feel, 特殊

Published: January 01, 2014

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Black or Green Tea

You know (from watching Tom Hanks save the world again) that lemon or milk depends on the brew, but would you be able to order a proper cup of PG Tips in Mandarin? Let’s hope so…no, wait, instead of hoping, in this podcast let’s give you a Mandarin Chinese lesson on black and green tea, for your dri...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Beijing

Peking, Khanbaliq, Yanjing, Beijing. No matter what you call it, the city is a paradise for foodies. From snacks to banquets, you'll find it here. Get the low down on the foods of Beijing for your listening and eating pleasure, and learn how to say them in Chinese. Are you ready to eat? A capital id...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 05, 2013

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Calling a Supplier for a Quote

Catching up with our Canadian businessman, he's finally getting in his groove. Today, we listen in (actually eavesdrop) as he gets a quote. In this podcast, learn how to ask for a price and talk terms when ordering from a supplier in China, using Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Your turn to pay!

Sometimes we take a lesson from our own experience. While names have been changed to protect the innocent (until proven stingy), the account to follow dealing with the guy who always forgets his wallet is real. While we’re busy snickering at the (hot) water cooler, Ken and Jenny will teach you throu...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2013

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The Panda's Secret Wish

The first cuddly creature to be used in a diplomatic capacity. A country full of bamboo to eat its way through. In its stuffed animal capacity, the first bear to give teddy a run for its money. The bear that seemingly has it all still wants more. Find out the panda's secret wish in this Mandarin Chi...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: telling_a_story

Published: May 01, 2013

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Asking for Help

Yes, you’re a go-getter, self-starter, and outside-the-box thinker.  But even you might need the occasional hand… especially at the office.  So, not that you need it, but here’s a podcast with a Mandarin Chinese lesson on asking someone if they have time to give you a hand....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: March 14, 2013

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Which friend?

“So… you’ll never guess who I bumped into! You know, about 5′8″, dark hair….” Yeah, good luck with that.  We’re thinking that a lesson on describing people would help out– and we’re all about helping.  In this podcast, learn how to describe people, using Mandarin Chinese....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: describing
Grammar: , 就是

Published: March 13, 2013

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I Want to Buy this One

China is a shoppers’ heaven, and in this podcast lesson you’ll learn some key phrases in Mandarin Chinese to help you navigate the markets and shopping streets and get what you want. You’ll learn how to identify the items you want, and ask how much they are. You’ll also learn the colloquial term for...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: March 12, 2013

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How do you Take your Coffee?

Coffee drinking is on the rise in China, and nowadays it's easy to get a cup of joe in cities throughout China. In this lesson, learn how to ask for coffee just the way you like it....

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: 想(xiǎng)

Published: March 12, 2013

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It's Nothing

“So, big guy - what’s the matter?” “Oh…(sigh)…it’s…aw, you don’t want to hear about it.” But that’s where you’re wrong, buster--we do! So much that we even crafted a lesson on downplaying despair and despondency. In this podcast, learn how to whine and sigh a bit in Mandarin Chinese (Premium subscri...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2012

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How do you Say...?

The key to learning a new language is finding ways to learn the language when not in class. In this lesson, learn how to say "how do you say..." to help improve your vocabulary....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 25, 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. ...

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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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