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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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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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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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Restaurant Recommendation

Each person has his own preferences, but the Chinese way to finding a good restaurant is -- no, not Yelp or Dianping -- asking friends, face to face, the good old-fashioned way! In this lesson, follow such a conversation about where to eat lunch and learn some Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Function: giving_advice

Published: May 01, 2014

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Can I Sit Here?

Noisy, crowded restaurants and cafeterias are especially common in China; it is the largest country in the world, after all. This alone may not be too jarring for a newly-arrived foreigner, but you may be a bit more surprised when a group of strangers asks to sit at your table with you! Learn how to...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Leaving a Tip

How much should you leave as a tip after a meal in China? The answer is nothing! In China, it is not customary to give tips. In this lesson, two friends learn what happens when you try to give a tip in China after a meal.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Hot Sauce

Those noodles could use a little bit of a kick, huh? Be careful with that hot sauce though. You might be in for more than you bargained for. In this lesson, someone finds this out the hard way.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Ordering Pizza

From Papa John's to Pizza Hut, American pizza franchises have become a common sight in China's big cities. Learn how to order the pizza you want with today's lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Dining and Dropping

Dropping a utensil at dinner is normal, right? Knocking pretty much everything onto the floor, though, one by one, doesn't normally happen unless there is drinking involved. Requests for the server, measure words, drunkenness -- this lesson has it all.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Getting an Official Receipt

If you intend to claim something as an expense in China, you need an "official receipt" (AKA "fapiao"). So don't just fight over the bill -- make sure you get this government-issued scrap of paper to make it official. Learn the magic words in this Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, John
Function: requesting, choosing

Published: May 01, 2014

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Making a Dinner Reservation - Part 2

In part 1 of making a dinner reservation, you learned how to say you needed a dinner reservation for how many people. You're almost done, but you're still going to need to leave your phone number and your name. Learn how to do just that in this podcast.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: restaurant
Grammar: how_much

Published: April 09, 2014

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Waiting for Food

Ever been in a restaurant when the food just doesn't seem to be coming out fast enough? In today's lesson we'll be bugging the server to speed things up a bit!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 04, 2014

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Rice First

Some foreigners think there's a conspiracy to deprive them of enjoying rice with their meal in China. In fact, it's just a Chinese custom which might seem strange to you. Here's a helpful tip: if you want to eat your rice with your meal, you can always ask them to bring out the rice first. Learn to...

Host: Jason, Cynthia

Published: April 02, 2014

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Making a Dinner Reservation - Part 1

Making a dinner reservation over the phone can be a daunting prospect, especially when restaurant on the other end of the line is exceptionally noisy and hard to understand. Thankfully, the exchange is actually fairly straightforward and scripted, and with the help of today's newbie lesson to break ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: April 02, 2014

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What Do You Want To Eat?

Take a deep breath. It's time to order your first meal in Chinese. Luckily, many restaurants in China have picture menus which makes ordering a matter of simply pointing to something and saying "I want this". In this lesson, learn how to do just that, as well as discuss briefly with a friend what th...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 02, 2014

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Some Food Clarifications

Menus in China often come with the aid of pictures, but that doesn't always make it clear what's in a dish. In this lesson, two friends are deciding what they want to eat off of a menu, only to find that things need a bit of clarification....

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: April 01, 2014

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Restaurants with Entertainment

With fierce competition comes innovation, and in the restaurant industry in China that has meant the development of some very interesting services. In this lesson, learn about some of them!...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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No Tip?

In China, waiters don't get tips. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Of course, there's no way that can fly in the US where tipping is ubiquitous. In this lesson, two Chinese friends discuss American tipping culture and how it relates to Chinese customs....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 要不是, 甚至

Published: January 01, 2014

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American Chinese Food

American favorites from Chinese take out include dishes like crab rangoon, General Tso's chicken and orange beef. However, these dishes are more American than Chinese. In fact, most Chinese people are unlikely to even have heard of these dishes. In this lesson, listen as two Chinese friends talk abo...

Host: John, Vera

Published: January 01, 2014

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Hungry Traveler: Shanghai

Our Hungry Traveler series is taking us to the Pearl of the Orient today. Join us as we explore some of the delicacies that make Shanghai's food so special. We're covering two essential street-side snacks!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Table for Three

If you've ever had reservations about eating out in China, this is the Chinese podcast for you! Grab a seat and learn how to book a table in Mandarin. I'll meet you anytime you want, in our Sichuanese restaurant....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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To Tip or Not to Tip

To tip or not to tip in China... You might think you know the answer to this question, but it can be a little confusing, and you may find yourself needing to ask this very basic question: should I leave a tip? Listen to this lesson and learn the Chinese words for tipping....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Not Cooked Enough

When you travel in China, you're sure to encounter some unusual cuisine. Today's Mandarin podcast is about a peculiar and popular dish: drunken shrimp. Listen to this podcast and learn all about this culinary wonder. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 01, 2013

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That's Not Your Food

One of the great things about restaurants in China is that they often bring out your food faster than you can order it. On the downside, sometimes the food isn't quite what you had in mind... Learn about a common dish today, and about how to describe something you might not have ordered!...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: 已经

Published: June 01, 2013

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Tea Refill

Are you one of those people that doesn't like to waste money on beverages in restaurants and instead just asks for water?  Yeah, so are we.  So in China, we naturally ask for tea.  In this lesson, learn how to make sure that drink you're getting is free....

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 07, 2013

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Forks and Spoons

True, asking for a fork is pretty much "giving up" when you're living in China, but there are times when it's not so frowned upon.  And a spoon is basically always OK; eating soup with chopsticks is not for everyone.  Learn this key vocabulary in our Chinese lesson....

Host: Jenny, Greg
Function: requesting
Grammar: , ,

Published: March 07, 2013

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Do you have a menu?

Restaurant culture is a huge part of life in China, and you won’t want to miss out on some of the world’s most interesting cuisine just because you can’t ask for a menu in Mandarin Chinese. In this podcast lesson you’ll learn the vital phrase “do you have” (just insert toilet, bar, receipt, headache...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2012

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