MixedThis playlist is packed full of interesting language, expressions, ideas and topics for those that are interested in politics. This playlist covers both domestic and international issues, as well as a few fictional political dramas. We look at contemporary political issues and also explore some ancient Chinese political philosophy. You're going to be a pro at talking about politics in Chinese!
Party Dues Intermediate
The Communist Party is everywhere in China, although its presence isn't always immediately obvious. One good example is the number of people in China who officially belong to the Communist Party. There are a lot more than you'd think, and just about anybody could be a Party member. But how does one join? Find out in this lesson!
Views on the News Upper Intermediate
“CCTV” is all the news here – not the “When Russell Crowe Goes Bad” type of CCTV, but the actual conglomerate of news stations. If you live here, you’ll learn to love it… well, most of it (read: Dashan adverts). So how about a newsworthy lesson in Mandarin Chinese on viewing habits? In this podcast, you’ll learn to talk about the tube, as well as learn how to talk about some current events in Mandarin Chinese.
1949 Upper Intermediate
1949 was a big year for the P.R.C., but we’d be cheating if we told you why. In this podcast, you’ll take a walk down off of The Wall for a bit and look into Chinese history as China liberates herself, and takes on a new ruling party. In this lesson, you will learn some monumental historical happenings in China, and how to talk about them in Mandarin Chinese.
U.S. Healthcare Reforms Upper Intermediate
Often referred to as ObamaCare, this healthcare bill was created to reform long-standing problems with the U.S. healthcare system. Listen to a discussion of this bill's objectives and challenges, at the same time keeping your Mandarin healthy!
Election Candidates Upper Intermediate
Perhaps the upcoming 2008 presidential race in the United States could be made into the next TV reality show. It's got it all--the drama, the coifed blow-dries, the race around the country, the back-biting, the scandals, the slick acting, the lies and deceit, the slow elimination of the charismatically-not-quite-cutting-it... and of course the fetching winner who prevails over all. In this podcast, learn more about all this hoopla, in Mandarin Chinese.
Interviews: Obama or Romney? Upper Intermediate
Today people across America will be going to the polls to decide on a new president for the next four years. Will it be Obama or Romney? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, people across the world will be watching to see who will be leading this powerful nation in the future, and China is no exception. In this lesson, follow a news reporter as people on the street are interviewed about what they think about the US presidential election.
Who Are You Voting For? Upper Intermediate
Election day is upon us! Who are you going to vote for? The candidate with the conservative foreign policy, the liberal candidate with the innovative education policies, or the front runner with the bold domestic policies?
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