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ChinesePod is the world’s leading online Chinese language learning service. We aim to make the learning experience as convenient, flexible and enjoyable as possible by smartly applying the latest technology and educational techniques. We offer a full array of courses, subscriptions and services to fit any learner’s needs, with a focus on accessibility and practicality.

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ChinesePod is the world’s leading online Chinese language learning service. We aim to make the learning experience as convenient, flexible and enjoyable as possible by smartly applying the latest technology and educational techniques. We offer a full array of courses, subscriptions and services to fit any learner’s needs, with a focus on accessibility and practicality.

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Latest commenter had a hard time unsubscribing to site's payments. Not sure the issue but people should know its actually incredibly easy to manage payment options via the site. I cant say enough about the greatness of this site. The flexibility to study what interests you at a particular time is fantastic. The site only gets better with time, and its clear they put a lot of work into it.

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By K9gsd1 - May 23 2016
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I subscribed to Chinese Pod at $29.99 since September 2015 I have tried to unsubscibe and discontinue subscription. Fnally I had to turn over to Keybank fraud division and after months able to stop automatic withdrawls from my bank account in April 2016. This really pu an economic hardship on me. They at Chinesepod were pretty unresponsive. Stated they could not find my account to discontinue it! Funny they knew were to withdraw money from. Incidently in New York State it is very hard to stop automatic withdrawing, without closeing out the account. I cannot say anything good about this organization, that would do such a thing to anyone.

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
2
1
1
3

Amazing!

By Triggermike12 - Jan 04 2017
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Latest commenter had a hard time unsubscribing to site's payments. Not sure the issue but people should know its actually incredibly easy to manage payment options via the site. I cant say enough about the greatness of this site. The flexibility to study what interests you at a particular time is fantastic. The site only gets better with time, and its clear they put a lot of work into it.

Awful

By K9gsd1 - May 23 2016
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I subscribed to Chinese Pod at $29.99 since September 2015 I have tried to unsubscibe and discontinue subscription. Fnally I had to turn over to Keybank fraud division and after months able to stop automatic withdrawls from my bank account in April 2016. This really pu an economic hardship on me. They at Chinesepod were pretty unresponsive. Stated they could not find my account to discontinue it! Funny they knew were to withdraw money from. Incidently in New York State it is very hard to stop automatic withdrawing, without closeing out the account. I cannot say anything good about this organization, that would do such a thing to anyone.

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ChinesePod is the world’s leading online Chinese language learning service. We aim to make the learning experience as convenient, flexible and enjoyable as possible by smartly applying the latest technology and educational techniques. We offer a full array of courses, subscriptions and services to fit any learner’s needs, with a focus on accessibility and practicality.

Rank #1: Chinese Travel Habits

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Key words used in the show:

月饼 yuè bǐng: moon cake

烧烤 shāo kǎo: barbecue

海鲜 hǎi xiān: seafood

跟团 gēn tuán: to follow a group

说走就走 shuō zǒu jiù zǒu: to leave and really mean it; to leave immediately

旅行 lǚ xíng: travel

自助 zì zhù: to help one's self

背包客 bēi bāo kè: backpacker 

迁徙 qiān xǐ: to migrate

驴友 lǘ yǒu: a type of friends who often travel with you

爬山 pá shān: to climb moutain

手续 shǒu xù: procedure

台胞证 tái bāo zhèng: Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents

同胞 tóng bāo: compatriot

通行证  tōng xíng zhèng: passport

中华传统 zhōng huá chuán tǒng: Chinese tradition

Sep 11 2014

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Rank #2: Beijing Standard Time - Chinese Opera

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An acquired taste it might be, but Chinese opera is an essential part of China's cultural heritage. In this edition of BST, learn about the basics of this art form.

Feb 25 2014

17mins

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Rank #3: Alibaba's IPO and China's Obsession with Apple

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This week Jenny and Fiona talk about the recent Alibaba IPO, China's obsession with Apple products and a few web services you need to know in China. 
Here's a list of key words used in the show:  

科技 kē jì : technology
网络公司 wǎng luò gōng sī : web company
路演 lù yǎn : road show
消费者 xiāo fèi zhě : consumer
企业家 qǐ yè jiā : entrepreneur
创业者 chuàng yè zhě : founder, starter
生意 shēng yì : business
美食 měi shí : delicious food
上瘾 shàng yǐn : addicted
淘金 táo jīn : gold digging
淘米 táo mǐ : to wash rice
广交会 guǎng jiāo huì : The China Import and Export Commodities Fair
生态链 shēng tài liàn : eco-chain
果粉 guǒ fěn : Apple fans
肾 shèn : kidney
屌丝 diǎo sī : common people
可穿戴产品 kě chuān dài chǎn pǐn : wearable products
智能硬件 zhì néng yìng jiàn : intelligent hardware
低头族 dī tóu zú : phubber
脸书 liǎn shū : Facebook
禁 jìn : to block
公众号 gōng zhòng hào : public number
么么嗒 me me dā : kisses (on internet)

Sep 25 2014

33mins

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Rank #4: Are Chinese Men Not Good Enough for Chinese Women?

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Following are the words we've talked about in this show.

配得上 pèideshàng: be good enough for

优越感 yōuyuègǎn: superiority feeling

躺枪 tǎngqiāng: accusation on innocent person

小白脸 xiǎobáiliǎn: gigolo

潮流 cháoliú: fashion

包办婚姻 bāobànhūnyīn: arranged marriage

早恋 zǎoliàn: puppy love

猥琐 wěisuǒ: sleazy

剩女 shèngnǚ: left-over women

滞销 zhìxiāo: unmarketable

Aug 20 2014

24mins

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Rank #5: Internet Slang and Trendy Words

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Here's a list of words and phrases used in the show:

爆红 bào hóng : super popular
人字拖 rén zì tuō : flip-flop
吃货 chī huò : foody
点评 diǎn píng : comments
长草 zhǎng cǎo : be interested in
迷妹 mí mèi : girl fan
男饭 nán fàn : boy fan
粉丝 fěn sī : fans
脑残粉 nǎo cán fěn : simple minded, obsessed
毁三观 huǐ sān guān : subvert three essential views
囧 jiǒng : speechless, embrrassed
表特 biǎo tè : beauty
女神 nǚ shén : goddess
男神 nán shén : good looking man
闺蜜 guī mì : best girl friend
娘 niáng : girly man
黑 hēi : denigration
女汉子 nǚ hàn zi : manly woman
萌妹子 méng mèi zi : cute girl
踹共 chuài gòng : come on and explain
节操 jié cāo : moral integrity
么么哒 me me dā : kisses

Jul 26 2014

41mins

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Rank #6: Finding Work in China

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Here's a list of words and phrases used in the show:
1) 混血 hùnxuě: mixed race
2) 乡下 xiāngxià: rural
3) 澎湖 pénghú: Penghu County, Taiwan
4) 二三线城市 èrsānxiànchéngshì: second and third tier cities
5) 少之又少 shǎozhīyòushǎo: less and less
6) IT男 ITnán: geek
7) 宅男 zháinán: homeboy (Otaku)
8) 自由职业 zìyóuzhíyè: freelance
9) 硬性 yìngxìng : compulsory
10) 本土 běntǔ: local
11) 入境随俗 rùjìngsuísú: When in Rome do as the Romans
12)加班文化 jiābānwénhuà: overtime culture
13)资格老 zīgélǎo: senior, more experienced
14)国有企业 guóyǒuqǐyè: state owned company
15)创造性工作 chuàngzàoxìnggōngzuò: creative work

Jul 16 2014

33mins

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Rank #7: China to Stop Teaching English in Schools?

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Here's a list of words and phrases used in the show:
1) 高考 Gāokǎo: national college entrance exam
2) 英语 Yīngyǔ: English
3) 退出 Tuìchū: exit, quit
4) 四级 Sì jí: level 4 in China's College English Test
5) 六级 Liù jí: level 6 in China's College English Test
6) 毕业证书 Bìyè zhèngshū: university degree
7) 音标 Yīnbiāo: IPA (The Internatioanl Phonetic Alphabet)
8) 不公平 Bù gōngpíng: unfair
9) 听力 Tīnglì: listening
10) 语法 Yǔfǎ: grammar
11) 改革 Gǎigé: reform

May 23 2014

24mins

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Rank #8: American TV Shows in China

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Here is a list of words used in the show:

1) 美剧 Měijù: American TV shows
2) 下架 Xià jià: to go off shelf (to ban)
3) 视频网站 Shìpín wǎngzhàn: video sites
4) 审查 Shěnchá: censor
5) 保护 Bǎohù: protect
6) 国产剧 Guóchǎn jù: Chinese TV shows
7) 中央电视台 Zhōngyāng diànshìtái: CCTV
8) 配音 Pèiyīn: dubbing 
9) 字幕 Zìmù: subtitles
10) 字幕组 Zìmù zǔ: crowd-sourced translators
11) 翻译 Fānyì: translation
12) 成长的烦恼 Chéngzhǎng de fánnǎo: Growing Pains (American TV show)
13) 神探亨特 Shéntàn hēng tè: Hunter (American TV show)
14) 你有权保持沉默 Nǐ yǒu quán bǎochí chénmò: You have the right to remain silent

May 04 2014

30mins

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Rank #9: Chinese Weddings

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Here are some words and phrases used in the show:

  1. 结婚Jiéhūn: to get married
  2. 婚礼Hūnlǐ: wedding
  3. 城市Chéngshì: city
  4. 农村 Nóngcūn: countryside
  5. 新娘 Xīnniáng: groom
  6. 新郎 Xīnláng: bride
  7. 伴娘 Bànniáng: groom's men
  8. 伴郎 Bànláng: bridesmaid
  9. 热闹 Rènào: lively, jolly
  10. 桌 Zhuō: table
  11. 酒店 Jiǔdiàn: hotel
  12. 红包 Hóngbāo: red envelop with cash inside
  13. 人情 Rénqíng: human relations
  14. 人情消费 Rénqíng xiāofèi: cost of maintaining relations

Apr 24 2014

27mins

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Rank #10: It’s Complicated: A Love and Hate Relationship between Taiwan and China

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Here\'s a list of words and phrases used in today's show:

  1. 台湾 Táiwān: Taiwan
  2. 大陆 Dàlù: Mainland China
  3. 反服贸抗议 Fǎn fúmào kàngyì: anti service and trade agreement protest
  4. 茶叶蛋 Cháyèdàn: tea egg
  5. 自由行 Zìyóuxíng: non-group tour
  6. 恩主 Ēnzhǔ: compassionate giver
  7. 看不起 Kànbùqǐ: look down on
  8. 人情味 Rénqíngwèi: friendly, warm hearted
  9. 素质 Sùzhì: quality of character
  10. 五月天 Wǔyuètiān: May Day (a Taiwanese band)

Apr 17 2014

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