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Intermediate - A Dad Gives Advice to a Broken-Hearted Son

ChinesePod - Fri, 04/27/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Last time we heard from our friend Zhang Liang he was in the heat of a messy breakup. But who’s there to help him pick up the pieces but good ‘ole dad. In this podcast, listen in and learn some of dad’s words of (attempted) comfort in Mandarin Chinese, as he tries to cheer up a wretched Zhang Liang.

Newbie - Requesting a Glass of Water

ChinesePod - Thu, 04/26/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Hot day—there’s nothing you imagine that could be better than a nice cold glass of ice water... aha, not so! There is a whole nation of Chinese people that would beg to differ with you on this point. In this podcast, learn how to request a glass of water in Mandarin Chinese... cold water.

Idiom: 画蛇添足

imandarinpod - Wed, 04/25/2007 - 22:00
很久以前,有四个爱喝酒的人,为了能喝到一壶酒,决定比赛画画儿。比赛的规则是:同时开始画一条蛇,谁最快画完,谁就能喝酒。 比赛开始以后,有个人很快就画完了。他抬头看了看,别的人都没有画完。他想:“我还有时间,就再给蛇画上四只脚吧,这样就更能证明我比他们快了”。于是,他又给蛇加了四只脚。这时,另外一个人也画完了,马上抢着去喝酒。最快画完的那个人很生气地说:“我是最快画完的人,你为什么抢着喝我的酒?”抢喝酒的人说:“我们比赛画蛇,而蛇是没有脚的。虽然你最快画完,但是你画的不是蛇,所以先喝酒的人应该是我。”说完,就把酒都喝光了。 [Learning Guide] (http://imandarinpod.com/files/2007/idiomSnakeF.pdf)

#27 - (★★★)好惨呀

CSLPod - Wed, 04/25/2007 - 09:00
新闻(Xīn Wén) 里(Lǐ) 说(Shuō) : 美国(Měi Guó) 大学(Dà Xué) 发生(Fā Shēng) 了(Le) 枪击(Qiāng Jī) 事件(Shì Jiàn) , 凶手(Xiōng Shǒu) 用(Yòng) 枪(Qiāng) 杀死(Shā Sǐ) 了(Le) 32(Sān Shí èr) 个(Gè) 人(Rén) , 然后(Rán Hòu) 自杀(Zì Shā) 了(Le) 。 死(Sǐ) 了(Le) 这么(Zhè Me) 人(Rén) , 好(Hǎo) 惨(Cǎn) 呢(Ne) 。 据说(Jù Shuō) 凶手(Xiōng Shǒu) 是(Shì) 该(Gāi) 校(Xiào) 的(De) 学生(Xué Shēng) , 才(Cái) 20(èr Shí) 多(Duō) 岁(Suì) 。 看来(Kàn Lái) 枪支(Qiāng Zhī) 合法化(Hé Fǎ Huà) 是(Shì) 个(Gè) 大(Dà) 问题(Wèn Tí) , 如果(Rú Guǒ) 凶手(Xiōng Shǒu) 买(Mǎi) 不(Bú) 到(Dào) 枪(Qiāng) , 就(Jiù) 不(Bú) 会(Huì) 一下子(Yí Xià Zǐ) 杀死(Shā Sǐ) 这么(Zhè Me) 多(Duō) 人(Rén) 了(Le) 。

Upper Intermediate - Capital Punishment

ChinesePod - Wed, 04/25/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Now, we know all our CPoddies are law-abiding good citizens, but the debate rages on about the death penalty. Now, we’re not telling you to take sides, but at least learn what everyone’s talking about when the topic comes up. In this podcast get informed about capital punishment—in Mandarin Chinese.

Advanced - 话中带刺

ChinesePod - Tue, 04/24/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

你有没有感觉到:说话其实也是一门艺术?有的时候,直言直语,可能会让听的人生气;有的时候,咋一听,明明是赞美的言辞,但仔细推敲之后,你就会发现它们表达的意思却完全相反。有的时候,说话委婉,可能会带来意想不到的结果……

Eat and drink to one's heart's content; to waste too much money on feasting and partying

oneaday - Mon, 04/23/2007 - 17:27
大吃大喝(da4 chi1 da4 he1)... Mauro http://www.oneaday.org

#26 - (★★★)校园枪杀事件

CSLPod - Mon, 04/23/2007 - 09:00
昨天(Zuó Tiān) 各大(Gè Dà) 网站(Wǎng Zhàn) 的(De) 头条(Tóu Tiáo) 新闻(Xīn Wén) 都(Dōu) 是(Shì) 美国(Měi Guó) 历史(Lì Shǐ) 上(Shàng) 最(Zuì) 严重(Yán Zhòng) 的(De) 校园(Xiào Yuán) 枪(Qiāng) 杀(Shā) 事件(Shì Jiàn) 。 据说(Jù Shuō) 凶手(Xiōng Shǒu) 因为(Yīn Wéi) 女(Nǚ) 朋友(Péng Yǒu) 有(Yǒu ) 了(Le) 新欢(Xīn Huān) , 很(Hěn) 愤怒( Fèn Nù ) , 他(Tā) 先后(Xiān Hòu) 开(Kāi) 枪( Qiāng) 杀(Shā ) 死(Sǐ) 了(Le) 32(Sān Shí èr) 人(Rén) , 最后(Zuì Hòu) 饮弹自尽(Yǐn Dàn Zì Jìn ) 。

Newbie - Quiet for the Baby

ChinesePod - Mon, 04/23/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Admittedly, you may have been getting a little bit raucous practicing the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song you learned in that other podcast, but baby comes first. In this lesson, listen and learn how to tell someone in Mandarin Chinese to be quiet, ‘cause the baby is sleeping. Even if you don’t have a baby, it’s a handy phrase to use on those noisy neighbors (works every time).

兵马俑

imandarinpod - Sun, 04/22/2007 - 22:00
兵马俑是秦始皇的陵墓的一部分。众所周知,秦始皇是中国历史上第一位皇帝。他之所以这么有名,是因为他是第一个统一中国的国王。为了让后人记住他,他就称自己为皇帝。 秦始皇的陵墓在西安东面,离西安大约30多公里。兵马俑就在陵墓附近,由三个坑组成:一号坑、二号坑和三号坑。坑里大部分是用泥做的将军、士兵和战马、战车,就象是一支完整的军队。这些泥俑数量之多,规模之大,是中国皇帝陵墓中最有名的。很多外国朋友来中国一定要去西安看看兵马俑,世界上很多国家政要也都去参观过秦始皇兵马俑。 [Learning Guide] (http://imandarinpod.com/files/2007/bingMaYongF.pdf)

Be an expert in everything

oneaday - Sun, 04/22/2007 - 17:29
无一不精(wu2 yi1 bu4 jing1)... Mauro http://www.oneaday.org

Intermediate - Subway Announcements

ChinesePod - Sun, 04/22/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

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!

Elementary - Shut up!

ChinesePod - Sat, 04/21/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Don’t you hate it when you want to know how to tell someone off in Chinese, but you just can’t find the words? Which results in your usual strong words: you bad! Well, leave it to ChinesePod to teach you the phrases you really want to know, like “shut up!” In this podcast, listen in as two friends have a little exchange of words. (Later, we’ll teach you how to kiss and make up).

#25 - (★★★)中奖了

CSLPod - Fri, 04/20/2007 - 09:00
我(Wǒ) 第(Dì) 一(Yī) 次(Cì) 到(Dào) 日本(Rì Běn) 出差(Chū Chāi) 就(Jiù) 中奖(Zhòng Jiǎng) 了(Le) 。 我(Wǒ) 到(Dào) 预定(Yù Dìng) 的(De) 宾馆(Bīn Guǎn) 里(Lǐ) 办(Bàn) 好(Hǎo) 了(Le) 入住(Rù Zhù) 手续(Shǒu Xù) , 把(Bǎ) 行李(Xíng Lǐ) 收拾(Shōu Shí) 好(Hǎo) , 洗(Xǐ) 了(Le) 个(Gè) 澡(Zǎo) , 坐(Zuò) 在(Zài) 床(Chuáng ) 上(Shàng) 开始(Kāi Shǐ) 看(Kàn) 电视(Diàn Shì) 。 突然(Tū Rán ) , 我(Wǒ) 感觉(Gǎn Jué) 床(Chuáng) 震(Zhèn ) 得(Dé) 很(Hěn) 厉害(Lì Hài) , 接着(Jiē Zhe) 发现(Fā Xiàn) 房间(Fáng Jiān) 里(Lǐ) 的(De) 灯(Dēng) 在(Zài) 晃动(Huàng Dòng) , 我(Wǒ) 马上(Mǎ Shàng) 反应(Fǎn Yīng) 过来(Guò Lái) , 地震(Dì Zhèn) 了( Le) 。 谢天谢地(Xiè Tiān Xiè Dì) , 这(Zhè) 次(Cì) 地震(Dì Zhèn) 没有(Méi Yǒu) 造成(Zào Chéng) 人员(Rén Yuán) 伤亡(Shāng Wáng ) 我(Wǒ) 最后(Zuì Hòu) 平安(Píng ān) 地(Dì) 回(Huí) 到(Dào) 了(Le) 家(Jiā)

Upper Intermediate - Chinese Onomatopoeia

ChinesePod - Fri, 04/20/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Do “boom” “wah” and “click” sound the same in every language? That’s what you thought… but onomatopoeia, like any art, has room for interpretation. In this podcast, learn how sounds sound in Mandarin Chinese!

Upper Intermediate - Chinese Onomatopoeia

ChinesePod - Fri, 04/20/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

Do “boom” “wah” and “click” sound the same in every language? That’s what you thought… but onomatopoeia, like any art, has room for interpretation. In this podcast, learn how sounds sound in Mandarin Chinese!

Newbie - Calling Roll

ChinesePod - Thu, 04/19/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

We love our ChinesePod students, and we want to make sure that you’re all in attendance today. Thus, our lesson on calling roll. Listen to this podcast to learn how to be accounted for in Mandarin Chinese!

Newbie - Calling Roll

ChinesePod - Thu, 04/19/2007 - 01:00

Discussion Dialogue Vocabulary Expansion Exercises

We love our ChinesePod students, and we want to make sure that you’re all in attendance today. Thus, our lesson on calling roll. Listen to this podcast to learn how to be accounted for in Mandarin Chinese!

春暖花开

imandarinpod - Wed, 04/18/2007 - 22:00
春天到了,天气变暖了,花儿开了,树也变绿了。这么美好的季节,朋友们,准备好了吗?让我们一起出去看看吧。 春季阳光明媚,很多花都开放了,非常美丽。今天,要为大家介绍的是“花中之王”: 牡丹。牡丹是中国特有的花卉,深受人们的喜爱,它的颜色有很多种,白的,粉的,黄的,红的,紫的……,我想,肯定有一种颜色是你喜欢的,对吗?而且,它的花朵很大,很繁茂,和其它的花比起来,它有一种帝王的气质,象征财富和权势,这也是某些人喜欢它的原因。我也很喜欢牡丹,不过是因为它非常的漂亮。(杨蕊) [Learning Guide] (http://imandarinpod.com/files/2007/bloomF.pdf)

#24 - (★★★)购物狂

CSLPod - Wed, 04/18/2007 - 09:00
我(Wǒ) 发现(Fā Xiàn) 我(Wǒ) 快(Kuài) 变(Biàn) 成(Chéng) 购物狂(gòu Wù Kuáng) 了(Le) 。 看(Kàn) 到(Dào) 好看(Hǎo Kàn) 的(De) 东西(Dōng Xī) 我(Wǒ) 总是(Zǒng Shì) 会(Huì) 毫不犹豫(Háo Bù Yóu Yù) 地(De) 买(Mǎi) 下来(Xià Lái) 。 昨天(Zuó Tiān ) , 我(Wǒ) 又(Yòu) 买(Mǎi) 了(Le) 三(Sān) 双(Shuāng) 鞋(Xié) , 两(Liǎng) 件(Jiàn) 衣服(Yī Fú) , 可是(Kě Shì) 我(Wǒ) 的(De) 衣橱(Yī Chú) 里(Lǐ) 很(Hěn) 多(Duō) 衣服(Yī Fú) 只(Zhǐ) 穿(Chuān) 过(Guò) 一(Yī) 两(Liǎng) 次(Cì) 。 看(Kàn) 到(Dào) 便宜(Pián Yí) 的(De) 东西(Dōng Xī) , 我(Wǒ) 更是(Gèng Shì) 不管(Bù Guǎn) 三(Sān) 七(Qī) 二(èr) 十(Shí) 一(Yī) , 先(Xiān) 买(Mǎi) 了 (Le ) 再(Zài) 说(Shuō ) 。 家(Jiā) 里(Lǐ) 已经(Yǐ Jīng) 有(Yǒu) 十(Shí ) 几(Jǐ) 个(Gè) 杯子(Bēi Zǐ) 了(Le) , 大部分(Dà Bù Fèn) 从(Cóng) 买(Mǎi) 回(Huí) 来 (Lái) 以后(Yǐ Hòu) 就(Jiù) 没有(Méi Yǒu) 用(Yòng) 过(Guò) 。 但(Dàn) 我(Wǒ) 昨天(Zuó Tiān) 又(Yòu) 买(Mǎi ) 了(Le) 两(Liǎng) 个(Gè) 便宜(Pián Yí) 货(Huò) 。 我(Wǒ ) 什么(Shén Me) 时候(Shí Hòu) 才(Cái) 能(Néng) 变(Biàn ) 精明(Jīng Míng) 些(Xiē ) 呢(Ne ) ?
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