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Chinese Language Convo Club

106 episodes - English - Latest episode: 6 days ago -

This podcast series is a collection of talk show style lessons, created to help English speakers better understand Chinese language and culture. A long time student of Chinese, I am joined in this series by Vicky Zhang, an experienced Chinese teacher and new host of the show. Also joining us for some special episodes is Dr. Zhang Yong Ling, UNCC professor of Chinese Language and Culture, professional translator, and all around language lover. We wanted our lessons to be casual and fun as well as informative - hope you enjoy learning Chinese with us. New Episodes are available every other week.

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The Total Doormat (Intermediate)

February 19, 2024 00:00 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

The story for our podcast today is one that we found online. It shares what can happen when the one you love, doesn't exactly love you back... Vocabulary: 1.某省 – Some province somewhere 2. 路费 – travel expenses 3. 嫌弃 – To dislike, to look down upon, to have a distaste for someone or something 4. 专科 – Technical Institute, Trade School, Junior College 5. 配不上 – To not be good enough for 6. 211 – Top-tiered university, such as Harvard, Yale, ect 7. 激动 – To be excited, thrilled 8. 癌症 - Cancer 9. 伺...

Minisode: 🐲The Dragon Sign Strengths/Shortcomings

February 09, 2024 23:00 - 6 minutes - 6.21 MB

Happy Year of the Dragon! Vicky and I discuss the personality characteristics of those born under the dragon sign. Some useful words/phrases for today's minisode: 本命年 (běnmìngnián)- Basically, "Your Year" or "One's Own Year". If you were born in the year of the dragon, then you get to say the following: "今年是我的本命年" (Jīnnián shì wǒ de běnmìngnián)"This year is my year" - or "This is the year of my animal sign" Of course, if you say that, then you can then say, "我在暴露我的年纪"(Wǒ zài bàolù wǒ de n...

Love Brain (Upper Intermediate)

February 05, 2024 00:00 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

We're back for another season of the Convo Club! To kick things off, since we are so close to Valentine's Day, we thought we'd start with something "love" related. Hope you enjoy it and learn some useful Chinese phrases. A big thanks to Maayot Daily Chinese Reading for today's text. Go to https://www.maayot.com/ for systematic Chinese lessons aimed at improving reading comprehension. Contact email: [email protected] 网络热词(Wǎngluò rè cí) – Internet Buzzword 恋爱脑(Liàn'ài nǎo) – Love...

Minisode: 打死我也不。。。

January 15, 2024 00:00 - 6 minutes - 5.86 MB

"Even if you paid me a million dollars, I still wouldn't..." is one way to translate 打死我也不.. (Dǎ sǐ wǒ yě bù..). Literally, "Beat me to death, I still wouldn't..." I was really tempted to say "I wouldn't be caught dead" is the closest translation, but as you will see in our discussion, there is a sight difference. Join us to learn a fun dramatic refusal in Chinese.

Minisode: Take Your Time 慢慢来

January 08, 2024 00:00 - 4 minutes - 4.56 MB

Minisode: Take Your Time 慢慢来 by Lindi P and Vicky Z

Happy New Year! 新年快乐🍾️

January 01, 2024 00:00 - 10 minutes - 9.31 MB

祝你们大家新年快乐! Wishing all of you a Happy 2024. Some useful words and phrases used in this episode are the following: 计划清单(Jìhuà qīngdān) - List of Plans 愿望清单(yuànwàng qīngdān) - Wish List 元旦 (yuándàn) - The New Year (Western) 跨年夜(kuà nián yè) - New Year's Eve (Western) 新年(xīnnián) - New Year (can be used for both Chinese and Western New Year) 春节(chūnjié) - Chinese Spring Festival, or New Year 除夕(chúxì ) - Chinese New Year's Eve 大年初一(dà nián chū yī) - Chinese New Year's Day 倒计时(dàojìshí ) - The C...

Minisode: Holiday Feast 大餐

December 25, 2023 00:00 - 5 minutes - 4.87 MB

资深吃货 - Food Snob 作为一个资深吃货。。。

Minisode: Road Rage 路怒症

December 17, 2023 21:30 - 6 minutes - 6 MB

Minisode: Road Rage 路怒症 by Lindi P and Vicky Z

An Update

December 11, 2023 00:00 - 1 minute - 1.44 MB

Hey There! Vicky and I are taking a few weeks off during Christmas to travel (I'm heading to India ;) as well as to regroup. We will have a few minisodes for the next few weeks, and will be back with our full episodes around Chinese New Year of 2024. In the meantime, feel free to send us an email at: [email protected]. You can request topics you'd like to see covered, ask about any past episodes, and if you're feeling confident with your Chinese, request to be a guest on our show! ...

Listening/Speech Training: Bubble Tea Part 1&2

December 04, 2023 00:00 - 20 minutes - 18.7 MB

Bubble Tea Dialogue: Girl A: 嗨,街角处那边新开了一家珍珠奶茶店,想不想去试试? Girl B: 啊,我最爱珍珠奶茶了!好,那我们去看看吧! Tea Barista: 店员:欢迎来到香飘飘!请问,有什么可以帮您的? Girl B: 你知道要点哪种吗? Girl A: 我不确定...我正在减肥...我还是要一杯不太甜的吧! Tea Barista: 店员:没问题!我们有“少糖”、 “半糖 ”和“低糖”几种可以选。 Girl A: 嗯...那我要一杯红糖珍珠奶茶,半糖。 Girl B: 那我就试一下抹茶拿铁味道的吧 Tea Barista: 您的奶茶好了! Girl A: 啊!!!我的奶茶洒了! Girl B: 哈哈!这样也可以减少卡路里! Speech Training: 1. 男:街角处。。。街角处那边。。。。珍珠奶茶。。。珍珠奶茶店。。。。一家珍珠奶茶店。。。。。 新开了一家珍珠奶茶店。。。。。。。 街角处那边新开了一家珍珠奶茶店。。。。。。。。。。去试试。。。 想不想去试试。。。。街角处那边新开了一...

DIY Boba Tea (Intermedite)

November 27, 2023 00:29 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

糖浆 Tángjiāng – Simple Syrup 煮 Zhǔ - To Boil 木薯珍珠 mùshǔ zhēnzhū – Tapioca Pearls 包装 Bāozhuāng – Package, Packaging 说明 Shuōmíng - Instructions 浓度 Nóngdù – Concentration, strength (of coffee, tea, etc) 含有 Hányǒu – To Contain 顺便说一下 – By the way 低脂牛奶 – Low-fat milk 好好享用吧 Hǎohǎo xiǎngyòng ba – Enjoy! Supplementary Vocab: 自制 (Zìzhì)- DIY, homemade 现成 (Xiànchéng) - Ready-made Dialogue: Girl B: If you really want to lose weight, you should try making Bubble Tea at home. 你要是真的想要减肥的话,还是试试自己在家做珍珠奶...

Minisode: Pumpkin Spiced Latte ☕️

November 21, 2023 00:27 - 5 minutes - 4.97 MB

Chinese taught in a bite-sized lesson, join us for 5 minutes as we teach you how to order our favorite fall seasonal beverage. Pumpkin Spiced Latte - 南瓜香料拿铁 (Nánguā xiāngliào ná tiě) Pumpkin - 南瓜 - (Nánguā) Spice(s) - 香料 - (Xiāngliào) Latte - 拿铁 - (Ná tiě) Seasonal Item - 季节现售 (Jìjié xiàn shòu) Cinnamon - 桂皮,肉桂 (Guìpí, Ròuguì) Nutmeg - 肉豆蔻 (Ròu dòukòu) Cloves - 丁香 (Dīngxiāng) Sichuan Pepper - 花椒 (Huā jiāo) Star Anise - 八角,大料 (Bājiǎo, Dà liào) Bay Leaf - 香叶(Xiāng yè) I'd like to order a pumpk...

Bubble Tea (Intermediate)

November 13, 2023 00:00 - 30 minutes - 28.4 MB

A drink that's been around for a while, but finally made it's way to the U.S within the last 8 to 10 years, Boba Tea, a.k.a Bubble Tea, is our topic for this episode of the Convo Club. Join us as we talk about ways to customize your Bubble Tea beverage, as well as who generally drinks it, and what are some of the good things about it. Vocab: 珍珠奶茶 Zhēnzhū Nǎichá – Bubble Tea 街角处 Jiējiǎo chù – Street Corner 减肥 Jiǎnféi to lose weight 少糖 Shǎo táng reduced sugar 半糖 Bàn táng half sugar...

Listening & Speech Training: The Roommate and The Hotel

November 06, 2023 00:38 - 22 minutes - 21 MB

The Roommate: 有个女生和室友在校外合租,房间两室一厅,干净整洁。(Yǒu gè nǚshēng hé shìyǒu zài xiàowài hézū, fángjiān liǎng shì yī tīng, gānjìng zhěngjié.) 半夜,女生听到自己头顶上的墙面传来阵阵指甲盖划墙的声音,尖厉刺耳,说不出的难受。 (Bànyè, nǚshēng tīng dào zìjǐ tóudǐng shàng de qiáng miàn chuán lái zhèn zhèn zhǐ jia gài huà qiáng de shēngyīn, jiānlì cì'ěr, shuō bu chū de nánshòu.) 她知道自己的室友平时胡闹顽皮,最爱开玩笑。 (Tā zhīdào zìjǐ de shìyǒu píngshí húnào wánpí, zuì ài kāiwánxiào.) 于是掏出手机给室友发了条微信: “亲爱的,别闹了”. (Yúshì tāo chū shǒujī gěi shìyǒu fāle tiáo wēixìn: Qī...

🎃Scary Story: The Hotel (Intermediate)

October 30, 2023 17:43 - 39 minutes - 35.9 MB

Halloween is upon us, so we are releasing our next scary story a week early for you enjoy. 祝你们万圣节快乐! 🎃 Vocabulary: 1. 记者( jìzhě) - Journalist 2. 乡下(xiāngxià) – The Countryside 3. 采风(cǎifēng) – To Gather Research 4. 破旧(pòjiù ) - Old and Rundown 5. 旅馆(lǚguǎn) – Small hotel or Inn (Motel) 6. 光线(guāngxiàn) – The Lighting (in a room or area) 7. 棱角分明(léngjiǎo fēnmíng)- Prominent Jawline w/sharp angles to it, a square shaped jaw 8. 栩栩如生(xǔxǔrúshēng) - Life-like 9.. 发麻(fā má) – To tingle, feel numb...

Scary Story: The Roommate (Intermediate)

October 23, 2023 00:53 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Scary Story: The Roommate 恐怖故事: 室友 Vocabulary: 1. 室友 Shìyǒu – Roommate 2. 在校外合租 Zài Xiào Wài Hé Zū - Live Together Off-Campus 3. 干净整洁 Gānjìng zhěngjié – Clean and Tidy 4. 半夜 Bànyè – At Midnight 5. 阵阵 Zhèn zhèn - Bursts 6. 指甲盖Zhǐ jia gài - Fingernails 7. 划 Huá – To Scratch, to Scrape 8。尖利刺耳 Jiānlì cì'ěr – Shrill, Piercing 9. 胡闹 Húnào – To Cause Trouble 10 顽皮 wánpí - Mischievous 11. 掏出 Tāo chū – To Fish out 故事:(Gùshì)Story 有个女生和室友在校外合租,房间两室一厅,干净整洁。Yǒu gè nǚshēng hé shìyǒu zài xiàowài hézū,...

Listening/Speech Training: Bilibili v/s Youtube & Workout Videos

October 11, 2023 16:58 - 21 minutes - 20.1 MB

Bilibili v/s Youtube (Text): Bilibili,简称“B站”,被中国人认为是中国版的YouTube。 B站一开始只有动漫视频。 因为内容很全,所以很受用户们的喜爱。 并且,为了保证好的用户体验,B站很早就有一个承诺:看视频永远没有广告。这一点B站做的比较好,现在在它上面看视频依旧是没有像YouTube那样的广告。后来B站开始有其他领域的内容,比如游戏攻略、英语课程等。 过去几年它飞速发展,越来越多的用户会来搜索自己感兴趣的视频。 如果看一些具体介绍的话,我们会发现B站其实和YouTube有很大的区别,比如游戏是B站收 入的重要来源之一,而YouTube的重要收入来源是广告和订阅费. Speech Training: 1. 女性:简称。。。简称“B站”。。。。Bilibili,简称“B站”。。。。。。被中国人。。。。 被中国人认为。。。。。中国版。。。是中国版的YouTube。。。。。被中国人认为是中国版的YouTube。。。。。。。。。。Bilibili,简称“B站”,被中国人认为是中国版的YouTube。。。。。。。。。 男性:我最近常常听人...

Workout Videos (Upper Intermediate)

October 09, 2023 01:00 - 34 minutes - 31.5 MB

Even though the character in today's episode keeps proclaiming, "I'm so lazy!" the truth is that working out at home alone takes a lot of motivation. Join us today as we discuss subscribing and working out to exercise videos. 1. 短信 (Duǎnxìn)– Text message 2. 油管(Yóuguǎn)- YouTube 3. 视频(Shìpín)- video 4. 内容(Nèiróng)- content 5. 全 - (全面)(Quán - Quánmiàn) - comprehensive 6. 订阅(Dìngyuè– to subscribe to 7. 课程(Kèchéng)– course, curriculum, class 8. 具体(Jùtǐ)– specific, particular 9. B站 (B zhàn)– Bi...

Bilibili v/s Youtube (Upper Intermediate)

September 24, 2023 23:00 - 47 minutes - 43.2 MB

Thanks to Maayot Daily Chinese Reading for providing the text for today's episode. Improve reading comprehension through stories and quizzes at: https://www.maayot.com Contact Lindi and Vicky at: [email protected] Vocabulary: 1. ‘b站 - Bilbili 2. 动漫 – Cartoons, animation 3. 视频 - video 4. 内容 - content 5. 全 - (全面) - comprehensive 6. 用户 (用户们) - Users 7. 并且 (grammar point..and besides, furthermore) 8. 体验 – experience 9. 广告 - advertisements 10. 依旧 – as before, unchanged, still 11. 领域 – ...

Listening/Speech Training: What's in a Name & What Do You Feel Like Doing

September 17, 2023 23:00 - 12 minutes - 11.7 MB

男:你好,小莉!(Nǐ hǎo, xiǎo lì!) Hey, Xiao Li! 女:你好,Jack!(Nǐ hǎo,Jack!) Hey, Jack! 男:小莉,请叫我我李文杰。(Xiǎo lì, qǐng jiào wǒ wǒ Lǐwénjié) Xiao Li, please call me Li Wen Jie. 女:啊哈,你有中文名字了!(A hā, nǐ yǒu zhòng wén míngzìle! ) Ah.., you have a Chinese name now! 男:是啊。你喜欢吗?(Shì a. Nǐ xǐhuān ma?)I do. Do you like it? 女:我很喜欢。杰听起来很像Jack。文就是中文的文吗?(Wǒ hěn xǐhuān. Jié tīng qǐlái hěn xiàng Jack. "Wén" jiùshì zhōngwén de "wén" ma? ) I like it a lot. It sounds a lot like "Jack". Is the "Wen" from Zhong "Wen"? 男:对,我喜欢中...

What Do You Feel Like Doing? (Elementary)

September 10, 2023 23:53 - 25 minutes - 23.2 MB

Dr. Zhang is here with us once again in this episode to talk about various activities and what there is to do when we just don't feel like going out - 不想出门(Bùxiǎng chūmén) 1. 跑步 (Pǎobù) - To Run 2. 锻炼身体(Duànliàn shēntǐ) - To Exercise 3. 闷 (Mèn)- Stuffy 4. 游泳(Yóuyǒng) - To Swim 5. 吸引力(Xīyǐn lì ) - Appeal 6. 听音乐(Tīng yīnyuè) - Listen to Music 7. 看电影(Kàn diànyǐng) - Watch a Movie 8. 一首歌(Yī shǒu gē) - A Song 9. 歌手(Gēshǒu) - Singer 女:嗨,你今天想做什么?(Hāi, nǐ jīntiān...

What's In A Name? (Elementary)

August 27, 2023 11:00 - 40 minutes - 37.1 MB

Dr. Zhang Yong Ling is back with us once again to share her insights on the importance of Chinese names, naming traditions, and the story behind her own names (both Chinese and English). This elementary lesson is not a simple, "What is your name?" episode that a lot of beginner level language programs start with, but rather it's a more in-depth cultural look at the beauty and love of what's lies behind the most fundamental thing about all of us: our names. Have any questions? Contact us at: ...

Listening/Speech Training: The Runaway Auntie Parts 1 & 2 (Upper Intermediate)

August 20, 2023 10:59 - 13 minutes - 12.7 MB

Here are the dialogues and pronunciation exercises for our 2 episodes about Auntie Su Min and the road trip that led her to inadvertently become an icon of feminism in China. For the discussion of these dialogues, please listen to our previous two episodes. Runaway Auntie Dialogue: 不知道大家还记不记得,去年年底时,那则火遍国内外的视频。 一个名叫苏敏的56岁阿姨在驾车途中,面对镜头吐槽着自己的丈夫:“我为什么要自驾游呢?这个问题呢,现在给大家说说。我和我老公怎么说呢,我们结婚到现在,我们的那个经济都是AA制。我跟他住在一起呢,我就感觉很闹心。而且呢,你反正两个人,我要是跟他住在一起吧,我不但不花他一分钱,我还要每天免费为他做饭,为他打扫卫生,为他洗衣服,所以说我就比较闹心,我就不想在家。我想出...

Road Trips & Su Min's Disgrunted Husband (Upper Intermediate)

August 13, 2023 11:00 - 31 minutes - 28.6 MB

In this episode, we imagine what Runaway Auntie, Su Min's Husband would say if he were interviewed about her, as well as discuss living well and road trips. Su Min’s Husband: 怎么说呢?我老婆为什么要离家出走,要自驾游呢?这个太让我 压抑了。再说,她还总是公开吐槽自己的丈夫。。。哎。。简直是让人忍无可忍。我只是叫她来做饭,打扫房间,供孩子上学—很正常嘛!不干这些事就称不上女人吧。你说对不对?但是最近邻居们都清一色地说我不是什么好人。。怎么老对她不管不问的?买个菜就已经是很不错了,对不?我应该和两个更有名的明星一起出镜,做相反的的宣传:为了鼓励男性活出他们想要的人生。我想像这种更有趣的广告肯定是我自己爆红的好机会。。 Zěnme shuō ne? Wǒ lǎopó wèishéme yào lí jiā chūzǒu, yào zìjià yóu ne? Zhège tài ràng wǒ yāyìle...

Road Trips & Su Min's Disgruntled Husband (Upper Intermediate)

August 13, 2023 11:00 - 31 minutes - 28.6 MB

In this episode, we imagine what Runaway Auntie, Su Min's Husband would say if he were interviewed about her, as well as discuss living well and road trips. Su Min’s Husband: 怎么说呢?我老婆为什么要离家出走,要自驾游呢?这个太让我 压抑了。再说,她还总是公开吐槽自己的丈夫。。。哎。。简直是让人忍无可忍。我只是叫她来做饭,打扫房间,供孩子上学—很正常嘛!不干这些事就称不上女人吧。你说对不对?但是最近邻居们都清一色地说我不是什么好人。。怎么老对她不管不问的?买个菜就已经是很不错了,对不?我应该和两个更有名的明星一起出镜,做相反的的宣传:为了鼓励男性活出他们想要的人生。我想像这种更有趣的广告肯定是我自己爆红的好机会。。 Zěnme shuō ne? Wǒ lǎopó wèishéme yào lí jiā chūzǒu, yào zìjià yóu ne? Zhège tài ràng wǒ yāyìle...

The Runaway Auntie (Upper Intermediate)

July 30, 2023 11:00 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

In this episode, Vicky and I discuss the true story of a middle-aged women who inadvertently became a feminist icon in China when she ran away from home. You will hear Auntie Su Min describe in her own words, the home life that she ran away from. You will also gain some insight into the typical lives of Chinese families, as well as learn relevant vocabulary to describe it. Runaway Auntie - 离家出走的阿姨 Vocabulary: 1. 吐槽 - To Complain, To Vent 2. 自驾游 - To take a road trip 3. AA制 - To go Dutch...

Listening & Speech Training: The Zoom Meeting Disaster

July 23, 2023 12:00 - 11 minutes - 10.4 MB

Zoom会议的翻车现场 Dialogue: 经理:嗨,大家好! 很高兴今天在这里见到各位。 今天的讨论内容非常重要,因为我们希望向大家展示一些更好的方法,来吸引人们在参加视频会议的时候,能多一些讨论并且提出问题。 好的,在开始之前,请确保每个人的摄像头已经打开。 你好,黎明。你好赵文,你好。。。??胡凡,你知道你的摄像头还没打开吗? 胡凡: 是吗? 怎么打开? 我看看...哦...找到了,就是点击那个相机的图标,在屏幕下面的那个,对吗?好了,大家好! 经理: 好的。接下来...首先我想讲的是,通常,主持人在开会的时候会给每个人开静音,然后向大家展示会议信息。 因为我觉得视频会议成功的关键是每位与会者都能够有更多的交流,所以我们今天想换一种办法。大家不用开静音。这样我们可以有持续的对话。 (background noise) 经理: 我好像听到一些杂音。。。胡凡。是你吗? 胡凡: 哎呀,老板, 对不起, 不知道怎么回事儿...? 我马上开静音...该怎么做?哦... 点击屏幕下方的声音图标...好了! 经理:好吧。胡凡,你可以先开静音,等一会儿我们要开始讨论问题的时...

Zoom Meeting Part 2: Tips for Better Online Meetings(Upper Intermediate)

July 16, 2023 12:00 - 26 minutes - 24.2 MB

In our follow-up to The Zoom Meeting Disaster, Vicky and I discuss a few points of advice for how to engage participants more during online meetings. Our unlucky manager, Wang Xue Mei outlines her tips for more interactive meetings in an email following the hacked virtual meeting. My co-host and I will discuss the vocab and grammar points within, and briefly touch upon which ones we think are important (Plus, I'll reveal where the story behind "The Zoom Meeting Disaster" comes from - spoiler ...

Zoom Meeting Disaster (Upper Intermediate)

July 02, 2023 12:00 - 32 minutes - 29.5 MB

Vicky and I will discuss words related to virtual meetings and what can potentially go wrong. 网络会议灾难(翻车现场) Vocabulary: 翻车现场 Fānchē xiànchǎng – Rollover Scene 视频会议 - Shìpín huìyì – Video Conference 摄像头 Shè xiàngtóu – Camera 图标 Túbiāo – Icon 相机的图标 - Xiàngjī de túbiāo Camera Icon 静音 Jìngyīn – Mute 持续的对话 - Chíxù de duìhuà – Continuous Conversation 声音图标 - Shēngyīn túbiāo – Sound Icon, Microphone 会议室 Huìyì shì – Meeting Room (break-out room) 共享屏幕 - Gòngxiǎng píngmù – Share Screen 图表 - Túbiǎo – Cha...

Listening/Speech Training: Signature Dishes Pt 1 & 2

June 25, 2023 16:03 - 19 minutes - 17.9 MB

Here are the dialogues and pronunciation sections without the commentary for your listening/speaking practice. Enjoy! ;) 1. Signature Dishes: Dialogue 2. Signature Dishes: Speech Training 3. Signature Dishes Part 2: Dialogue 4. Signature Dishes Part 2: Speech Training Signature Dishes 招牌菜 (Part 1) Dialogue: A: 今年暑假,你有什么打算? B:我打算和父母一起去苏州,杭州旅行一段时间。 A. 真的吗?我对杭州非常熟悉。 我在那里待了好几年呢。 B:是吗?那你可不可以推荐一些好吃的餐馆和好玩的地方呢? A:说到餐馆,最出名的就是楼外楼了。西湖醋鱼和东坡肉是他们的招牌菜。非吃不可! 杭州最出名的茶叶是西湖龙井,甚至有一道...

Signature Dishes Part 2: Drunken Shrimp and Raw Food (Intermediate)

June 18, 2023 12:00 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

Our guest host, Herb, is back with us again to talk about signature dishes, one kind of food that he and Vicky don't like at all, and the dishes that we personally cook the best (我们的拿手菜). Vocabulary: 1. 绕 (Rào)- To Go Around (something) 2. 圈 (Quān)- Circle 3. 尝(Cháng – To Taste 4. 美食(Měishí)-- Delicious Food 5. 吃货(Chīhuò)-- Foodie 6. 当地(Dāngdì)-- Local 7. 特色菜(Tèsè cài)- Specialty Dish 8. 醉虾(Zuì xiā)Drunken Shrimp 9. 生的(Shēng de)Raw, uncooked 10. 上瘾(Shàngyǐn)be addicted Supplementary Vo...

Signature Dishes (Elementary)

June 04, 2023 12:00 - 51 minutes - 47.2 MB

In this episode, guest host Herb (fellow language learner and all around good guy) joins us for a discussion of food and summer travel. In this elementary level lesson, we learn how to say "Signature Dishes" as well as talk about some classic Chinese dishes. Vocabulary: 1. 暑假 (Shǔjià) – Summer Vacation 2. 一段时间 (Yīduàn shíjiān) - For a while 3. 好几年 (Hǎo jǐ nián) – Several Years 4. 推荐 (Tuījiàn) -- To Recommend 5. 餐馆 (Cānguǎn) - Restaurant(s) 6. 出名 (Chūmíng) – Well-known, famous 7. 楼外楼 (Lóu...

Listening/Speech Training: Binge Watching 1 & 2

May 28, 2023 19:46 - 6 minutes - 6.2 MB

Here are the Binge Watching Dialogues and Pronunciation Exercises without the commentary for your listening and speaking practice. Enjoy! 1. Binge Watching Part 1 Dialogue 2. Part 1 Pronunciation Training 3. Binge Watching Part 2 Dialogue 4. Part 2 Pronunciation Training Binge Watching Part 1 Dialogue: 女性: 我回来了!。。。。哎,你还在看那个电视剧吗? 男性: 它也太好看了吧!好看到停不下来. 女性:但是你已经自从我离开这里到现在一直都在看这个节目啊! 这样追剧不太好。不要总是宅在家里看电视!我们出去散散步吧。 男性:哎呦!我还没看完呢!马上就要到关键的部分了。 让我把这一集看完。这个悬念让我感觉太紧张了! 女性:但是你好像是在一个接着一个看。你今天看了多少集...

Binge Watching Part 2

May 21, 2023 12:00 - 25 minutes - 23 MB

Come binge a bit more with us as Vicky and I further discuss TV watching, and other guilty pleasures like binge eating and drinking. Vocabulary: 1. 以为。。。to think, to believe 2. 杀手。。。assassin, killer 3. 总裁。。。president and CEO of a company 4. 追。。。。to pursue 5. 狗血。。。totally crazy, ridiculous 6. 转折。。。twist 7. 提神。。。to give oneself an energy boost, reinvigorate 8. 迷上。。。to be obsessed with 9. 暴饮暴食。。。to binge eat and drink 10. 反转。。。reversal 女性: .(叹气)..挺不错。我以为那位前女友是杀手, 结果她也想要找到杀死总裁的凶手. Tǐng...

Binge Watching (Intermediate)

May 07, 2023 12:00 - 43 minutes - 39.5 MB

On this episode, we discuss one of our guilty pleasures: Binge Watching Tv Series. While 追剧 isn't quite the same as "binging", it comes pretty close (刷剧is another that we'll touch upon in a future episode). Hope you will join us! 追剧 Zhuī jù: Vocabulary: 电视剧(Diànshìjù) - Television Series 追剧 (Zhuī jù) - To Follow a Tv Series 宅 (Zhái) - House 关键 (Guānjiàn)- Essential 集 (Jí) Episode 悬念 (Xuánniàn) Suspense 节目 (Jiémù) Program, Show 前女友 (Qián nǚyǒu) Ex-girlfriend 现女朋友 (Xiàn...

Listening/Speech Training: Staycation Pt 1 & 2

April 30, 2023 12:00 - 24 minutes - 22.6 MB

Here are the Staycation Dialogues and Speech Training Exercises without the commentary, for a bit of extra practice. Enjoy! 宅度假:Staycation 好不容易迎来假期,最烦心的就是车子刚开出小区就被堵在家门口,或是挤在人潮涌动的景区什么也没看到,还必须忍受抢票上的困难。(受够了抢票难)、坐车人挤人、景区人看人的“集体度假”模式。如今,宅度假的方式成为旅行的时尚新选择。 “宅度假”是由stay(宅)和vacation(度假)组成的混成词,意思指在家或家附近度假。 有些人可能会去附近的旅游景点、游泳馆或进行骑马、彩弹射击游戏、(远足)健行或参观博物馆等有趣的活动。在宅度假期间,大家更会尝试不同的餐厅享受各国美食。 2007年到2010年金融危机期间,“宅度假”在美国流行起来。在2009年,由于英镑疲软,导致英国人到海外旅游的花费增加,“宅度假”在英国也成了一种新趋势。 由于度假期间容易交通堵塞以及个人预算和时间的限制,宅度假成为大部分人的新选择。随着大...

More On Staycations (Upper Intermediate)

April 22, 2023 17:43 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

Vicky is back again to further discuss Staycations. If you'd like a break down of the "Catch My Drift" from the previous episode, join us as we review the vocab and grammar and talk a little bit more about the art of vacationing at home. Vocabulary: 1. 宅度假 (Zhái dùjià)- Staycation 2. 假期 (Jiàqī)– Vacation Time, Period of Leave 3. 人潮涌动 (Rén cháo yǒng dòng)– Throngs of people pushing against one another. Idiom 4. 抢票(Qiǎng piào) – to fight over limited number of tickets 5. 好不容易(Hǎobù róngyì) – ...

Staycation (Advanced)

April 09, 2023 12:00 - 50 minutes - 46.5 MB

On this episode, I am joined by my friend Betty Chao, as we discuss a trend that's been around for a while, but seemingly became a popular expression around the time of the global pandemic. Listen in as we discuss all things related to Staycations. Vocabulary: 1. 宅度假 - Staycation 2. 假期 – Vacation Time, Period of Leave 3. 人潮 – Sea of People 4. 涌动 – to Surge 5. 人潮涌动 – Throngs of people pushing against one another 6. 抢票 – to fight over limited number of tickets 7. 集体度假 – group vacation 8. 时尚 - ...

Listening/Speech Training: Buying A House & Unappreciated Advice

April 02, 2023 12:00 - 15 minutes - 14.3 MB

Want to get in a little listening and pronunciation practice without the commentary? Here it is! For the pronunciation portion, repeat the words and phrases in the gaps just after they are spoken. When you hear a question, respond to that question using the sentence you just rehearsed. The order of this Listening/Speech Training episode is as follows: 1. Buying a House (Dialogue) 2. Buying a House (Pronunciation Training) 3. Unappreciated Advice (Dialogue) 4. Unappreciated Advice (Pronuncia...

Unappreciated Advice (Intermediate)

March 26, 2023 12:00 - 35 minutes - 32.3 MB

Dr. Zhang Yong Ling is back again to speak some more about houses, interior decorating, and seeking advice. And as we discuss, giving advice doesn't always mean that someone's going to take it. Join us as we talk about 取取经 (picking one's brain) and 推翻建议 (going against someone's advice) Supplementary Words: 1. 免费劳力 - Free Labor 2. 室内设计师 - Interior Designer 3. 在行 - To Be Expert In 4. 推翻 - To Go Against (someone’s advice) 5. 厚道 - (in this context) Appreciative 6. 不下 - (...

Buying A House (Upper Intermediate)

March 12, 2023 12:00 - 49 minutes - 44.9 MB

Vocabulary: 1. 恭喜 (Gōngxǐ ) Congrats 2. 院子(Yuànzi ) Yard 3. 卧室 (Wòshì) Bedroom 4. 客厅( Kètīng) Living Room 5. 卫生间 (Wèishēngjiān) Bathroom 6. 三室一厅两卫( Sānshì yī tīng liǎng wèi) 3 Beds/1 LR/2 Bath 7. 二手房( Èrshǒu fáng) 2nd hand house 8. 厨房 (Chúfáng)Kitchen 9. 装修 (Zhuāngxiū)To Renovate 10. 建议 (Jiànyì)Suggestion 11. 取取经 (Qǔ qǔjīng) To pick s.o.'s brain 12. 心思 (Xīnsī) Thought 13. 洗耳恭听 (Xǐ'ěrgōngtīng) I'm all ears 14. 大理石 (Dàlǐshí)Marble 15. 操作台 (Cāozuò tái)Countertop 16. 中央岛 (Zhōngyāng dǎo)Center Isl...

Listening/Speech Training: Travel Restrictions Parts 1 & 2

March 05, 2023 13:00 - 16 minutes - 14.8 MB

Want the dialogues and pronunciation training without the explanation? Here it is! For the pronunciation portion, repeat the words and phrases in the gaps just after they are spoken. When you hear a question, respond to that question using the sentence you just rehearsed. The order of this Listening/Speech Training episode is as follows: 1. Travel Restrictions Part 1 (Dialogue) 2. Travel Restrictions Part 1 (Pronunciation Training) 3. Travel Restrictions Part 2: A Trip to Key West(Dialogue)...

Travel Restrictions Part 2: A Trip to Key West (Upper Intermediate)

February 26, 2023 13:00 - 38 minutes - 35.7 MB

In this episode, we will journey to Key West, Florida where we not only discuss travel related vocab, but also tell you a few things about Key West itself. We will also learn how to say "Might as well..." and briefly, "Rather than...(doing something), let's (do something else) -- refer to the supplementary words/phrases below for the latter one. Dialogue: A: 啊。。。。终于有机会出国旅游了。。没想到我们可以安排来这么远的地方呀! Zhōngyú yǒu jīhuì chūguó lǚyóule.. Méi xiǎngdào wǒmen kěyǐ ānpái lái zhème yuǎn dì dìfāng ya! A: ...

Easing Up Travel Restrictions (Upper Intermediate)

February 12, 2023 16:52 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

In this episode, Vicky and I discuss China's recent move to ease up travel restrictions. Now that it's possible to travel beyond the borders, how easy is that to do? Not as easy as you might think. Join us for a discussion of travel and more... Vocabulary: 1. 放开 Fàng kāi – to let go, to release 2. 境外 Jìngwài – outside of the country 3. 出行 Chūxíng – to go on a journey, to travel afar 4. 限制 Xiànzhì - restriction 5. 旅游行业 Lǚyóu hángyè – travel industry 6. 恢复 Huīfù – to recover 7. 特价票 Tèjià p...

Listening/Speech Training: I'm Sick! & Sick Again!

February 05, 2023 16:10 - 17 minutes - 15.7 MB

Want the dialogues and pronunciation training without the explanation? Here it is! For the pronunciation portion, repeat the words and phrases in the gaps just after they are spoken. When you hear a question, respond to that question using the sentence you just rehearsed. The order of this Listening/Speech Training episode is as follows: 1. I'm Sick (Dialogue) 2. I'm Sick (Pronunciation Training) 3. Sick Again! (Dialogue) 4. Sick Again (Pronunciation Training) I'm Sick! (Dialogue) 女性A:晚上好....

Sick Again! (Intermediate)

January 29, 2023 14:12 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

We're back with Part 2 of "I'm Sick!" Here we show how the conversation might be different if the dialogue were between two 闺蜜(Guīmì)or close girlfriends (a.k.a. "Besties"). Vicky speaks mostly Chinese in this episode, and the vocabulary is a bit more advanced, so we're bumping it up to Intermediate, but beginning level learners will enjoy this one too. Vocabulary: 生病 shēngbìng– To become sick 感冒 gǎnmào – to catch a cold 发烧 fāshāo– to be running a fever 嗓子疼 sǎngzi téng – to have a sore throa...

I'm Sick! (and what to say instead of "Sorry to hear that")(Elementary)

January 15, 2023 13:00 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

In this episode, we will discuss what to say when you're not feeling well, as well as how to respond when someone says this to you. I wish there was an equivalent to "Sorry to hear that!" which is so convenient in English, but in Chinese, the way to express empathy depends on the situation. In the case where someone is sick, you might say, "Have a good rest. Hope you feel better soon!" We will also be digging in to the grammatical usage of 了(le) and 了(Liáo) Join us to see how to use these a...

I'm Sick! (and what to say instead of "Sorry to hear that")

January 15, 2023 13:00 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

In this episode, we will discuss what to say when you're not feeling well, as well as how to respond when someone says this to you. I wish there was an equivalent to "Sorry to hear that!" which is so convenient in English, but in Chinese, the way to express empathy depends on the situation. In the case where someone is sick, you might say, "Have a good rest. Hope you feel better soon!" We will also be digging in to the grammatical usage of 了(le) and 了(Liáo) Join us to see how to use these a...

Listening/Speech Training: Bday Celebrations 1 & 2

January 08, 2023 17:05 - 5 minutes - 13.6 MB

Want just the dialogues and pronunciation training without the explanation? Here they are! First you will hear the conversation from Bday Celebrations Part 1, followed by the conversation from Part 2. Next will be the 2 speech training exercises, from Part 1 and Part 2 respectively. Birthday Celebrations Part 1: 女性: 听说你明天要过生日。你多大了? 男性:你猜猜吧! 女性:哦,很难猜啊。。我想一想。。27岁吧。 男性:差不多!我马上就28岁了。 女性:哦,还很年轻呀。真羡慕你。那。。你打算怎么过生日? 男性:哪里。。感觉年纪很大了。明天没有什么计划,只是打算和一些朋友吃晚饭。 Bday Celebrations Part 2 (Catch My Dr...

Bday Celebrations Part 2

January 01, 2023 13:00 - 28 minutes - 53 MB

In Part 2, Vicky and I discuss the words and phrases used in the "Catch My Drift" dialogue from the previous episode. Of note: How do you ask the date? How do you say "throw someone else a birthday party" in Chinese? ..and an easy way to understand the prefix - 可 Kě (and btw, I finally thought of the best translation of 可口 - Kěkǒu.... Delectable ;) You'll see what I mean when you hear the episode. (note: there will not be another "Catch My Drift" dialogue at the end) Vocabulary and Dialogu...