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Giving up a Seat

In a place where an empty seat on public transportation is about as uncommon as toilet paper in the bathroom, it's understandable why there is a certain "scrimmage" of sorts when the bus doors fling open to the weary throngs. In this podcast, a pleasant turn of events. Listen and learn how to be the...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: November 07, 2014

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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 how to find a...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: requesting

Published: August 20, 2014

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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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Taxi Small Talk

Don't be put off by that cage contraption. Think about it... a man trapped in a metal cage. What better language partner could there be than one that can't escape? Listen to this podcast and learn how to chew the fat with that paunchy driver who is so bored he's even willing feign listening to your ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: August 15, 2014

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Whose Home for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is all about going home to one's family and enjoying precious time with family stuffing one's face. But what happens when a husband and wife are from different cities and they both want to go home to their own families for CNY? This dialog ensues, that's what!...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: August 01, 2014

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Driving in China

Driving in China has been likened to action films, video games, and even demolition derby. Make no mistake -- there are good reasons not to get behind the wheel in China! On the other hand, there are also compelling reasons not to make that daily commute. Learn more in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 01, 2014

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Getting Off the Metro

Squeeze your way to the front of the line for this useful Mandarin podcast. Today, we're explaining how to negotiate your way through a crowded Chinese subway car. Whether you take the metro to work, or even if you're just a fan of public transportation, this Chinese lesson will be a great blessing ...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: June 27, 2014

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Ticket to Ride

For getting around the metropolises of China, taking the subway is essential. In this lesson, listen in as someone looks to buy a subway ticket and learns about the various options....

Host: Vera, Tom

Published: May 01, 2014

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No Change for the Bus Fare

When hopping on the public bus in China, make sure you have some change with you if you don't have a transport card. If not, you'll have to work something out with the driver. Learn how in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Bad Luck with Buses

The way to work in the morning is full of distractions. What happens if you end up taking the wrong bus or the wrong train? Find out in this lesson!  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Let Me Off!

Buses in big cities take you where you want to go, but not exactly where you want to go. Often times, you might fly by your destination and have to double back. In this lesson, a couple try to get off the bus on their own terms, only to find that they've got to wait.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Cold from Biking

If the potholes, rogue taxis and silent electric bikes passing on the right don't get ya, cold will! Sure, snow pants and moon boots seem cumbersome, but when that Tibetan front blows in, you won't mind the rubberneckers staring at you as you pass. They can just go stick their tongues on a frozen po...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: May 01, 2014

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Asking About the New Job

While chatting with your friends in Chinese, job discussion will surely be a popular topic, especially if someone has just changed jobs. Learn how to give a (diplomatic) answer to some of the more common questions about your new occupation.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Changing Subway Lines

In recent years, both Shanghai and Beijing have been zealously extending their subway lines, making transport by subway a convenient, realistic options for most city dwellers. The only caveat is that you need to know where to change subway lines, and you need to learn how to talk about it in Mandari...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: how_many, can, from

Published: May 01, 2014

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Commuting Options

Subway, taxi, or bus? This is the common commuting conundrum faced by any number of working Chinese throughout the country. Listen in as two coworkers discuss the pros and cons (well, mostly the cons) of each mode of transportation in today's elementary lesson.  ...

Host: John, Dilu

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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Giving up a Seat on the Bus

In the craziness that befalls Chinese cities at rush hour it hardly seems likely that there is any method to the madness. Yet often times when it comes to the elderly and the handicapped (and kiddos, too) people are quick to relinquish their hard-won seats. Find out more about giving up your bus sea...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Slippery Ground

Often times in China when you're running out the door you notice the street cleaners have just washed down the streets and sidewalks. This can be especially dangerous in the winter when water freezes into ice. In today's lesson, learn how to tell someone to watch out if the ground is slippery. You'l...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Going to the Gas Station

While "the great Chinese road trip" might not be the most popular activity for your typical trip to China, knowing how to say "fill 'er up" is definitely going to come in handy if you find yourself in private cars often. In this lesson, learn all the key Chinese words and phrases you need to get bac...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Wrong Way on the Subway

Subways are one of the great conveniences of first-tier Chinese cities. If you're in Beijing or Shanghai, the subway is often your best transportation option. Of course, if you're not yet familiar with the subway system, you could find yourself on a train heading in the wrong direction. Learn the Ch...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: May 01, 2014

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Security Check in the Subway

Security checks are a given at airports and most bus stations in China. But these days, you're likely to see them in some subway stations, as well (ahem, Shanghai)! Check out today's lesson to learn some important terms related to safety and security checks.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

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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Help with Luggage

There are times when one must depend upon the kindness of strangers. This Chinese lesson revolves around one such case: a young lady could use a hand getting her heavy luggage up onto that overhead rack. Learn the key phrases with us....

Host: John, Dilu

Published: May 01, 2014

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Don't push me!

You'll have many fantastic experiences on your trip to China, but, unfortunately, "squeezing into an elevator" or "waiting in line" are not going to be on that list. For most travelers, there's going to be a bit of "jostling." Arm yourself with a few phrases to help you push back (linguistically, at...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: April 07, 2014

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A Taxi for Tired Feet

Though they scare us, rip us off at times, and don’t wash the white seat covers nearly enough, there’s nothing like the vindication of winning the taxi battle and claiming your prize of a ride home. This lesson reminds us of all the times we almost wanted to kiss the taxi driver that finally stopped...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: April 01, 2014

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Finding a Seat

Ask anyone who’s braved an hour long subway ride at rush hour here and you’ll understand the need of finding, and securing (politely) a seat. In this podcast, we walk you through a Mandarin Chinese lesson on sitting down....

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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What stop is this?

Though you may find having your face pressed up against someone else's cheek a little unpleasant, think of the intimacy it affords. Once you have listened to this podcast, you will handily be able use your Mandarin Chinese on a crowded subway or bus to enquire of your newly proximate acquaintance wh...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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Where's the bus stop?

No one likes waiting for the bus. But if you can’t find the bus stop, it’s going to make things that much more difficult. So before you give up and hop in that taxi, listen to this podcast, and learn how to ask where the bus stop is, in Mandarin Chinese. And remember... hold on tight!...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Grammar: there_is

Published: January 01, 2014

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Cycling

Some cyclists train for years before hitting the track in the Olympics. Other cyclists buy a $30 bicycle and are thrown onto the gritty pavement of a Chinese city to learn from their hard knocks. One such lesson learned being: never pass on the right for risk of being spat on by an old man (sorry, p...

Host: Jenny, Ken

Published: January 01, 2014

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A Phone Call to the Moving Company

Some people are minimalists, others are pack-rats. When it comes to moving house, you'd better hope your the former and not the latter! Join us today as we call up a moving company to find out just how to get stuff out of one apartment and into another!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Lhasa

What China adventure is complete without a trip to majestic Lhasa? Learn all the Chinese you'll need to get yourself to Tibet and into the most famous attractions. Just remember to be wary of the altitude sickness!...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Sobriety Check

With the number of vehicles on the roads in China increasing, drinking and driving has become a bigger problem in recent years. Sobriety checkpoints are even becoming a common sight in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing. In this lesson, we'll see how these things develop in Chinese....

Host: John, Dilu
Function: explaining

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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Construction

Construction is everywhere in China's major cities. You can't avoid it, so you better learn how to talk about it. In this Chinese lesson, learn not only how to say that a road is under construction, but also learn to describe some of the major machinery on the construction site....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: January 01, 2014

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Children's Train Ticket

Buying tickets in China can be a hurried affair. Train stations can fill up with literally thousands of people all clamoring to get their tickets out of town. And dealing with so many people on a daily basis often makes ticket sellers less than congenial. In this lesson, a mother talks with the tick...

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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Checking Baggage

You have an inkling from a post-packing teeter on the bathroom scale that your baggage may be overweight. Your only hope to avoid overweight fees is charming that handsome check-in clerk with a batting of eyes and barrage of Chinese. That, or employing strategic passport placement to cover the scale...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 08, 2013

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Which Subway Exit

Meeting up with friends in the city can sometimes be confusing. In today's lesson you'll learn the Chinese you need to know to describe which exit of the metro station you'll be meeting your friends at....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: August 05, 2013

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Airport Announcements

Ken and co. can tell you all about their Shanghai (tarmac for 3 hours) to Beijing (except that they never actually touched down) back to Shanghai (tarmac for another 3 hours) experience when you come and see us, but to tide you over, this podcast gives you a Mandarin Chinese lesson on some things yo...

Host: Jenny, John
Function: Adj___de…, V

Published: July 01, 2013

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Subway Announcements

If the sound of the robot subway announcer lady’s hypnotic voice is your signal to zone out into a trance, this lesson is for you. In this lesson, find out what those Chinese subway announcements are going on about anyways—it might be important!...

Function: greetings, informing
Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Requesting a Sample

Our Canadian friend Peter gets deeper into his Chinese business adventure as he decides on a product and requests a sample. For those of you dying to know how to request a variety sample set of hammers in Mandarin, this is the podcast you’ve been waiting for. Listen and learn....

Host: Jenny, John

Published: July 01, 2013

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Mailing a Package at the Post Office

Sending a package can be a bit intimidating in any language. The post office employee will ask you a number of questions about the contents of your package, the way you want to send it, and the options you have for its arrival. Check out today's ChinesePod lesson to prepare yourself for the next tim...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: June 01, 2013

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Stop Speeding!

The Grand Prix held here in Shanghai showcased breakneck speeds, hairline turns and drivers with death wishes…and that was all in the taxi ride to the stadium. So either you’re really good at the unspoken-but-point-taken bracing yourself with one hand on the glove box and the other on the “Oh Crap” ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: hái, V_dao, V_jian

Published: June 01, 2013

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Directions for the Taxi Driver

Why bother to even ask for directions at all, when you can just hop in a cab, call your Chinese friend, and have her tell the driver where you want to go?  In this lesson, our lazy office visitor does just that. But you may just learn some Chinese from the exchange if you listen in and pay attention...

Host: Jenny, John
Grammar: ,

Published: March 13, 2013

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Taking the Train to Beijing

If you're a newbie to China, then you've definitely got to make a trip to Beijing. This Chinese lesson for total beginners will help you to make sure you've got those train tickets... and maybe even help you be all bossy and make someone else go buy them.  ...

Host: Jenny, John

Published: March 12, 2013

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Lost Luggage

Ask anyone who’s flown into Pudong Int’l Airport and we promise that the words “laid-back” and “relaxing” will never cross their lips. So should that suitcase full of Imodium AD and ChinesePod backup CDs go a-missing, this podcast will prepare you well. In this lesson you will learn how to say that ...

Host: Jenny, Ken
Function: explaining, worrying
Grammar: 帮(bāng)

Published: March 12, 2013

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Getting Picked up by a Driver

If you've really made it in China, you may have a driver to get you where you need to go.  But a driver that also speaks fluent English would just be no fun, so this lesson focuses on basic communications with the driver in Chinese....

Grammar: ,

Published: March 08, 2013

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Getting to the Office

You'd normally just check online for the fastest route via public transportation to get to your destination, but you're out of data on your smartphone and can't find wireless. What do you do? Good thing you listened to this ChinesePod lesson and learned how to ask for and understand directions in Ma...

Host: John, Dilu
Grammar: 怎么, 然后

Published: March 05, 2013

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Plane Ticket Prices

We hope you're ready for some slightly higher numbers, because these are plane tickets we're talking about; the numbers 1-100 aren't going to cut it.  Learn how to ask about travel planes, and also how to discuss slightly vague price ranges in this Chinese lesson....

Function: comparing

Published: February 01, 2013

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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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