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The Traffic Jam

We know you listen while you’re on the subway, but we’ll put our China commute up against yours any day. In this podcast, we’ll take advantage of your gridlock to teach you “gridlock”. You’ll also learn to talk about how you get to work every day, in Mandarin Chinese.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation
Grammar: 明白

Published: May 01, 2015

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Taxi Destination

You feel like you've won the battle by actually getting one to stop--though you had to beat off your street corner contenders to do it. All is fair in the battle for the cab... you claimed this curb first. But now, as you settle into the not-so-white white seat covers, don't lose the war. In this po...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: where, 一下

Published: August 18, 2014

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A Fare Affair

Getting a cab in Shanghai has recently gotten easier. Well, it is if you've downloaded a taxi cab booking app anyway. In this lesson, two friends talk about using an app to book a taxi and avoid waiting to hail a cab.  ...

Host: Greg, Vera

Published: August 01, 2014

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Open the Trunk!

Whether you're a tourist with a plethora of heavy bags or a mafia gangster with some relatively sensitive cargo, it's important to be able to ask the driver to open the trunk of a car. Today's lesson will teach you how to say this highly useful phrase in Mandarin Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn It Down, Please

Whether you've just gotten off a 12-hour flight or been up all night partying, sometimes you just want some peace and quiet on your taxi ride home. Unfortunately for you, the cab driver is a Beijing opera enthusiast and has different plans. Learn how to (politely) ask someone to turn down the music ...

Host: Jenny, Greg

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which Train Station?

When catching a train in a Chinese city, you need to know which train station you're leaving from. Cities will often have several train stations, and they are often nowhere near each other. In this lesson, a traveler in Shanghai is surprised to find that his taxi driver asks him which train station ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Taking Two Taxis

In a hurry? It's time to take a taxi. In this lesson, learn how to talk about taking a taxi, including the measure word for cars as well as how to talk about the total number of things.  ...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: numbers, taxi

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which is better: China or the USA?

If you've never taken a taxi in China, you might find this question a bit absurd. "Which is better, China or the USA?" You're quite likely to be asked this in China, however. In this lesson, learn the diplomatic way to answer in Chinese.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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I Want an Electric Scooter!

Electric scooters are a popular choice for transportation in China. If you live here, you may find yourself in the market for one. Let us help you tell all the reasons why this is such a fabulous idea in this Chinese lesson.  ...

Host: Jenny, Jason

Published: May 01, 2014

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Which Hilton?

So you're a busy executive, shuttling between hotels and conferences during your business trip to China. You're learning more and more Chinese, but just learning the Chinese name of your hotel might not be enough. We hope you snagged one of the hotel's business cards on your way out...  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Old China Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Turn Right, Turn Left

So you've successfully communicated the address to the taxi driver, but as he approaches your final destination he needs a bit more help. Be sure you know the Chinese for "turn right" and "turn left" so you can avoid the extra "I couldn't explain exactly where to go so I ended up just getting out at...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: by_what_means,

Published: April 09, 2014

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U-Turn

"Yep, straight through the light, then pull over to the right - WHAT? No you've passed it!" So you know how to give basic directions in Chinese, but what happens in this situation? In today's lesson we learn how to say "make a u-turn" -- essential taxi survival Mandarin.  ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 02, 2014

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Old Chinese Hand

Have you ever been called an "Old China Hand?" Don't worry, if you keep practicing your Chinese and spend some time in China, you will be! In this Chinese lesson, learn more about this common term while also going over the "foreigner in China FAQ" list....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: March 19, 2014

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Reserving a Taxi Cab by Telephone

Major cities in China have automated taxi cab reservation services. You make a phone call, listen to a recording, and then are put in touch with an operator. This lesson will cover all the basics for what to expect from such a call, empowering you to start reserving your own taxis!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Where Are the Seat Belts?

You'd be hard-pressed to find a working passenger side seat belt in the front seat, much less the back seat, of a cab in Shanghai. This can be exceptionally disconcerting for those recently arrived in the city, especially after observing how people drive here. But never fear! After listening to toda...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: January 01, 2014

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Misunderstood Taxi Destination

Where to, buddy? Grabbing a taxi in a big city in China is fraught with all the same difficulties of any big city. With so many ways to go and so many destinations, it's easy to end up going in circles. In this lesson, someone finds that getting to where they want to go is much harder than they barg...

Host: John, Dilu
Topic: taxi, driver, road

Published: January 01, 2014

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Illegal taxis

You've just gotten off your train in a strange city, and darkness is falling. You're tempted to follow the paunchy gent with the cigarette in his lips. Turning up the charm, he grunts as he gestures toward the cab with no meter. Do you dare hop in? Listen to today's Mandarin podcast and learn about ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Topic: taxi, crime, cab

Published: May 01, 2013

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Taxi to the Airport

Never leave it till the last minute to catch a taxi to the airport. If you are left with no choice, make sure you've listened to today's lesson - you'll be able to tell the driver the time of your flight in Mandarin. This should inspire them to use their 'driving gongfu' get you to the departure ter...

Host: Jenny, John
Topic: time, flight, taxi

Published: March 12, 2013

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Taxi Conversations: Arriving at your Destination

More “Traveler’s Audio Phrase Book” phrases in Mandarin Chinese for you. In this podcast, we tackle arrivals. When your loyal taxi man gets you where you want to go, safe and sound, what’s left to do? Think you can ignore this lesson and get by with a simple point and “okay”? Nǎo zi huài le! (See: 初...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: paying

Published: April 01, 2012

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Taxi Conversations: Small Talk

“Why are you here?” Not in a self-help sort of way, but more in explaining to your driver why you’re here exactly. In this, another podcast that could be considered our “Traveler’s Audio Phrase Book”, we’ll help you carry on that initial conversation in Mandarin Chinese with your ever-present built-...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation

Published: April 01, 2012

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Taxi Conversations: Finding a Taxi

We assume that, as a beginner, deciphering the schedule for the airport bus might be just a little stressful, so put off breaking into that duty-free you bought for 10 minutes or so and get yourself far, far away from the mayhem that is an Asian airport. In this podcast, you will learn to ask where ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: transportation

Published: April 01, 2012

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