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Quiz Night - Glaston and Woad

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 01:00

Occasionally, we think back on our years in China and look back at our casual brushes with death with the sort of nostalgia other people feel for high school prom. For such were those heady days of SARS, when the streets of Beijing were clean, taxis were readily available, and glaston and woad were part of the everyday lexicon here. Also on this show, what happened to the inventor of the flying car who strapped Cessena wings to a Ford Pinto.

Learning Chinese? Our Popup Chinese quiz show is intended for people who already have pretty good mandarin but are looking for a fun way to expand their vocabulary. This week we have nine questions split into three thematic categories, covering everything from mouthwash to our favorite ineffective Chinese herbal remedies. So if you're an upper-level student, check out the show and let us know what you think.

Sinica - Excess Baggage: Chinese identity, publishing, and gender issues

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 05:52

This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn is pleased to be joined by two people navigating the English-language publishing industry as it involves China: Alice Xin Liu, editor of Pathlight magazine, and Karen Ma, first-time author of the well-received book Excess Baggage. Listen to the show online, or grab it manually to save or share online using our standalone mp3 download.

With both of our guests being women, our conversation starts out by talking about gender issues in the publishing industry, but from there segues into questions of Chinese identity, life abroad, and what sort of books the market supports. We eventually settle into the China-India rivalry with our own impressions about the differences between the two countries, not only in terms of the air quality, but also how New Dehli stacks up against Beijing in the literary scene.

Sinica - Shoptalk on Publishing

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 05:52

This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn is pleased to be joined by two people navigating the English-language publishing industry as it involves China: Alice Xin Liu, editor of Pathlight magazine, and Karen Ma, first-time author of the well-received book Excess Baggage. Listen to the show online, or grab it manually to save or share online using our standalone mp3 download.

With both of our guests being women, our conversation starts out by talking about gender issues in the publishing industry, but from there segues into questions of Chinese identity, life abroad, and what sort of books the market supports. We eventually settle into the China-India rivalry with our own impressions about the differences between the two countries, not only in terms of the air quality, but also how New Dehli stacks up against Beijing in the literary scene.

Elementary - The Starbucks Dance

Popup Chinese Lessons - Tue, 04/29/2014 - 01:00

Popup Towers has nothing against Starbucks. In fact, as a language training company, we admire the way they've found success getting otherwise sensible people to use made-up words like venti and trenta in normal conversation. Nonetheless, as occasional coffee drinkers ourselves, we also hope that someone at Starbucks listens to this lesson if only so that corporate headquarters gets a wake-up call about how insanely frustrating it is ordering a medium coffee anywhere in the Middle Kingdom.

Incidentally, if you're already used to learning Chinese with us you'll find this Chinese lesson a bit different than its predecessors. And that's because we don't really teach standard mandarin so much as the bizarre subset of it needed by anyone growing weary of repeating themselves about seventy or eighty times to make sure they get the right-sized drink, or going through the physical pantomime we call the "Starbucks dance", a highly repetitive ritual between you and your barista that involves rhythmic turn-based pointing at the cup rack.

Qing Wen - Dealing with Regrets

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:00

Qing Wen - Dealing with Regrets

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:00

Sinica - Trash Talk with Adam Minter

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:16

Anyone living in China doubtless has a sense of the unholy number of people who seem to be involved in the trash trade here, and who will ferret away everything from your cardboard boxes to plastic bottles faster than you can consume their contents. And maybe you've seen the opposite end of the supply chain, in televised shots of cities like Guiyu which seem to resemble nothing so much as the inner circles of Dante's inferno, upended and ripping apart consumer electronics with all of hell's fury.

But what is the real story behind the trash trade in China, and why does it remind us of the Godfather movies at times? Today on Sinica we find out the answers to these questions and many more in an interview with Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade. We recorded this a few weeks ago during the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival, and have been looking forward to today - the day we can finally bring it to your attention - for some time!

Enjoy Sinica? If you'd like to have new episodes of Sinica stream to your computer automatically as they're released, be sure to subscribe to us using iTunes. Or get into the spirit of Daoism and download shows week-by-week as we release them: you can grab this podcast right here as a standalone mp3 file. Specific feedback or suggestions for future guests or topics you'd like to hear covered are also welcome by email directly to Kaiser and Jeremy at sinica@popupchinese.com.

Reading exercise 99992

Popup Chinese Lessons - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:00

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CLO_004: I can speak a little Chinese

Chinese Learn Online - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:15
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers Wo3 shi4 Mei3guo2ren2 Ni3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 ma? Shi4, wo3 shi4 Zhong1guo2ren2 Ni3 shi4 Jia1na2da4ren2 ma? Bu4 Ni3 shi4 Ying1guo2ren2 ma? Bu2 shi4, wo3 bu2 shi4 Ying1guo2ren2 Hui4 Shuo1 Hui4 shuo1 Ni3 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 ma? Hui4, wo3 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 Bu2 hui4. Wo3 bu2 hui4 shuo1 Zhong1wen2 Yi1dian3 Wo3 hui4 shuo1 yi1dian3 Ni3 shi4 Ao4zhou1ren2 ma? Bu2 shi4, wo3 shi4 Mei3guo2ren2 Ni3 hui4 shuo1 Fa3wen2 ma? Bu2 hui4, [...]

Intermediate - The Secret Room in the Attic

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 01:00

Something was hidden in the attic. That much was certain, yet how could Mark and Susan find out the secret of the orphanage? Any passage leading to the upper crawlspace was well cloaked, perhaps even sealed off years ago in the renovations that followed the death of the last schoolmaster. And with Miss Gruntle known to prowl the school grounds at night, their only opportunity to truly explore opened them to the risk of a lifetime of lashings.

Qing Wen - Persuasion

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:00

Qing Wen - Persuasion

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:00

Sinica - American Football in China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:00

"American football in China" is a sport/location combo that at first sounds like a joke, like “Jamaican bobsled team.” But according to the rule that, in a country of 1.3 billion people, everything is happening somewhere, the existence of Chinese football should come as no surprise....

This week we're delighted to be joined by Christopher Beam, author of the passage quoted above, which we unceremoniously filched from his fantastic New Republic essay about his year with the Chongqing Dockers, one of the many new amateur football teams that has sprung up in China as of late. And if you haven't read the piece, you should stop what you're doing and check it out now.

If you like this show, be sure to check out Christopher's other excellent essay on tackling 12 year old ping pong players in Shichahai. And also be sure to subscribe through iTunes to get notified of new episodes of Sinica as we release them. Our custom feed address is http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica. And if you have questions or suggestions for the show, please feel welcome to reach out to us anytime by email at sinica@popupchinese.com too. [standalone mp3 file]

Quiz Night - Return of the Quiz Show

Popup Chinese Lessons - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

After a lengthy hiatus, we're pleased to release another episode of our Chinese Quiz Night. Joining new hosts Joakeem and Grace in our studio are two contestants known and feared by the other residents of Beijing: Martin the Destroyer, famous around Beijing for his mastery on the pub quiz circuit, as well as Ban "the terror from Qinghai" Yan, who is admittedly less intimidating in person that we were expecting.

Not sure what this show is doing in your iTunes feed? Our Chinese Quiz Show at Popup Chinese is a mixed English-Chinese concept show we're developing for upper-intermediate students: a quiz game that mixes Chinese questions with just enough English to keep things intelligible. We're still tweaking the balance, but if you're stretching past the intermediate level and looking for fun listening materials we think you'll like it -- our topics today range from general China knowledge to popular and not-so-popular singers, as well as a final category with language we hope none of us ever to have to use. Listen up and find out why.

CLO_003: Introductions

Chinese Learn Online - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:04
In this lesson you will learn: Numbers Greetings and Introduction: Ni3 hao3 Ni3 hao3 Ni3 hao3 ma? Wo3 hen3 hao3 Xie4xie Da4jia1 hao3 Wo3 shi4 Adam Verb: to be Wo3 shi4 Ni3 shi4 Ta1 shi4 Ta1 shi4 Countries: Mei3guo2 Zhong1guo2 Jia1na2da4 Ying1guo2 Fa3guo2 / Fa4guo2 Ao4zhou1 Nationalities: Mei3guo2ren2 Zhong1guo2ren2 Jia1na2da4ren2 Ying1guo2ren2 Languages: Zhong1wen2 Ying1wen2 Tones Greetings and Introduction: Nǐ hǎo Nǐ hǎo Nǐ hǎo ma? Wǒ hěn hǎo Xièxie Dàjiā hǎo Wǒ shì Adam Verb: to be Wǒ shì Nǐ shì Tā shì Tā shì Countries: Měiguó Zhōngguó Jiānádà Yīngguó Fǎguó / Fàguó Àozhōu Nationalities: Měiguórén Zhōngguórén Jiānádàrén Yīngguórén Languages: Zhōngwén Yīngwén PDF Notes: [...]

Elementary - Office Romance

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 01:00

We strive to make Popup Towers the sort of freewheeling love nest where interoffice relationships are highly encouraged, but sometimes struggle with the consequences. After Lily's break-up with Luo Hao, we took her aside and said "relax baby, there are plenty more fish in the sea for a hot cat like you." But she kept moping about, so we had to move her desk near the elevator.

Qing Wen - Taking Advantage

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:00

Qing Wen - Taking Advantage

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:00
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