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Say It Right Series

    Politics

    Mixed

    This 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!

    Tags: politics, political party


    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.

    Tags: news


    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.

    Tags: history, culture, government, time


    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!

    Tags: health, politics


    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.

    Tags: medicine, government


    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.

    Tags: interview, Obama


    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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    Tags: policy, voting, vote, election


    中国领导人访美 Advanced

    中美双方领导人见面是前一阵子的大新闻,除了政治、外交方面的讨论,我们也来听听市井小民对这件事的其它兴趣吧!


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    Tags: politics, news, visit, China


    单独二胎 Advanced

    实行了三十多年的“独生子女”政策终于有了重大的改变。2013年,夫妻双方有一方是独生子女就可以生二胎了。那中国人是怎么看这个新政策的呢?“单独”家庭到底想不想生二胎呢?

    Tags: policy, government, jobs, kids, family


    失言风波 Advanced

    日常生活的沟通上,说错话、表错情总是会带来不少麻烦,而政府官员、公众人物的言谈,更是会被放大检视。中国有句俗话说 “言者无心,听者有意” 就把这种因言语而产生的误会表达得很透彻。今天的课程里,就让我们来看看,政治人物说错话时,到底该怎么替自己 “圆一圆”?又会引起人民什么样的反应呢?

    Tags: interview, house of cards, reporter, politics, news


    孔子拜访老子 2:小国寡民 Advanced

    孔子周游列国,却四处碰壁,他怎么也想不通自己到底错在哪里。看看老子能否帮他解开困惑呢?

    Tags: culture, politics, history, opinion


    小国寡民 Advanced

    虽然没有人有机会跟老子讨论全球化,或者聊聊他对消费注意的看法,但是我们或许可以从他的著作里找到一些线索,试着了解他的想法。今天的对话要带领大家听听这位伟大中国思想家的说法,更进一步认识他。

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    学而优则仕 Advanced

    古时候学问高的人地位就高,在现代社会,人们对读书人似乎不一定有那么大的信心与期望了。学历高,有知识的人就应该做领导人吗?我们借由 “学而优则仕” 这句成语来讨论自古至今华人对读书人,对商人的一些看法以及对“成功”这条路的一些期望。

    Tags: business, promotion, election, commerce, education


    习马会 Xi-Ma Meeting Advanced

    两岸领导人在新加坡的会面可以说是历史性的大事,有人看好、有人不以为然,对话中我们将通过一位记者的眼光,用比较中性的角度来看看这件事,听听看他们怎么说。

    Tags: politics, China, Taiwan, international