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Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:00

是不是生活中总能遇到一些让你困惑不解、茫然无措的人和事?总有那么一些不可思议的人和事让你无语、无奈、甚至抓狂、崩溃,但也哭笑不得?很多时候我们选择了一笑而过。毕竟,林子大了,什么鸟儿都有。在这个多元化的社会里,那些奇闻趣事也不失为我们茶余饭后的谈资。也毕竟,怪圈里怎能没有奇葩?

Qing Wen - Ways to Say "Stubborn"

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - Ways to Say "Stubborn"

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 13:00

Sinica -

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:59

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, to discuss education in China. Specifically, we’re curious to find out how China’s education system ranks internationally, development of the proletariat, and all the unscrupulous top-down planning that goes into modernizing Confucian education while maintaining political orthodoxy.

Have thoughts? Once you're done listening, please feel welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section, or by writing us at sinica@popupchinese.com. Also remember, you can subscribe to the Sinica show through RSS by opening up iTunes, clicking on the "Advanced" menu and selecting the option "Subscribe to Podcast". Copy the URL http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica into the box when prompted.

Sinica - Education in China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, for a discussion of the education system in China. Specifically, we’re curious to find out how China’s education system ranks internationally, how the politics of education play out here, and all the unscrupulous top-down planning that goes into modernizing Confucian education while maintaining political orthodoxy.

Have ideas? Once you're done listening, please feel welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section, or by writing us at sinica@popupchinese.com. Also remember, you can subscribe to the Sinica show through RSS by opening up iTunes, clicking on the "Advanced" menu and selecting the option "Subscribe to Podcast". Copy the URL http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica into the box when prompted. Or download this show as a standalone mp3 file.

Absolute Beginners - A Loosely Hammer-Related Lesson

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:00

Xiao Zhang loved his job. Even that time he fractured his arm at the water cooler, it wasn't until the pain began to trigger hallucinations that he even thought of going to the hospital. And then there was the day he had a spinal fracture and laughed it off until the company owner personally strapped him to a spinal board and ferried him to the emergency room. So a bruise? This was nothing. Hardly even visible.

Learning Chinese? And confused by our lesson photo this week? While we're willing to admit that this lesson doesn't have much to do with a hammer, all of the photos of bruises that we could find were offputting. And this lesson is going to live in our archives for a long time. So everyone gets a hammer instead. Consider it one degree of separation from our topic this week, and considerably better looking.

Qing Wen - Which one is Which

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - Which one is Which

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - Sin and Vice

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser turn their attention to vice, in conversation with Robert Foyle Hunwick, a media consultant and editor for BeijingCream.com. We talk about everything naughty that happens here, with special attention to the nightlife scene. Jumping around Southeast Asia, Robert gives a bit of dirt on the many vices of the night elsewhere in Asia.

Enjoy listening to Sinica? If you find listening to our show through the online flash player discomfiting, remember that you are always welcome to download it as a standalone mp3 file. Suggestions for and feedback on the show are always welcome in our comments section, or by email at sinica@popupchinese.com.

Intermediate - The Anarchists and the Printing Press

Popup Chinese Lessons - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:00

After years in the metaphorical wilderness, the Society of Anarchists had finally gathered enough funds to purchase their printing press. Tucked away covertly below the buildings of parliament, the machine stood as a symbol of intellectual resistance within the very halls of a power. Its presence would spark a revolution in dissent and art both, and draw the ire of the very political establishment whose ideology it mocked.

Sinica - Narendra Modi and Sino-Indian Relations

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy grab Ananth Krishnanin, correspondent for India's national newspaper The Hindu, and drag him into our studio for a discussion of the state of Sino-Indian relations. In particular, we're curious why Sino-Indian relations seem to have warmed up after the election of Narendra Modi despite the new Prime Minister's seemingly nationalist agenda.

Enjoy Sinica? Even if you can't find India or China on the map, we'd still love to hear your suggestions on important topics you'd like to hear covered. So if there's a topic you'd like to hear us cover, send us an email at sinica@popupchinese.com and let us know. And please also feel welcome to download this show as a standalone mp3 file, or subscribe to our list of shows using our custom RSS feed.

Elementary - A Trip to the Hospital

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 01:00

Having spent the weekend puttering around Chaoyang hospital listening to the groans of the infected, certain members of our staff would like to suggest that a priority for the next Fifth Year Plan be fixing the vending machines in all major health centers, so that at least some of this world's inevitable pain and suffering can be partially offset by the ready availability of fresh caffeine mixed with high-fructose corn syrup.

Learning Chinese? In previous lessons we've taught you the difference between 才 and 就. Most textbooks stop there, but we've decided to plow on with this lesson that is going to confuse things even more, by showcasing a specific case in which the two characters are actually used to mean exactly the same thing. Just think of this as one of those times when Chinese decides to kick you in the teeth... for fun.

Qing Wen - Goal!

ChinesePod - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - Goal!

ChinesePod - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - Isolda Morillo: una vida en China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Isolda Morillo, a Peruvian journalist for the Associated Press whose life story is as interesting as they come. Growing up in Beijing in the 1980s, where she attended local schools, Isolda went on to attend university in South America before launching a career in journalism which has taken her to Cuba, France and the United States as well as back to China.

Enjoy listening to Sinica? If you find listening to our show through the online flash player discomfiting, remember that you are always welcome to download it as a standalone mp3 file. Alternately, if you want to let iTunes do all of the work, feel free to subscribe to our dedicated RSS feed. Suggestions for and feedback on the show are always welcome in our comments section, or by email at sinica@popupchinese.com.

Intermediate - Behind the Scenes at Popup Towers

Popup Chinese Lessons - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 05:53

This week at Popup Chinese, we take you behind the scenes of a recording session as Grace and Li Zhiqiang struggle to coax a decent performance out of a new voice actor. This is a fairly difficult intermediate show, but if you've been listening to us for a while, we think you'll like it. Not only does it help show what our recording sessions are usually like, but it provides a good excuse for talking about some of the less obvious words and phrases Chinese people use to describe more complex emotions.

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