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    Qing Wen - Culture - Intermediate

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    Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
    Here is a selection of Intermediate Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to culture in some way.

    Email Terms and Composition Qing Wen

    Sending and receiving emails is an integral part of daily life in any culture and any language. Learn all the most useful email terms in Mandarin Chinese with today's Qing Wen lesson. Additionally, learn some small but noticeable differences in Chinese email formats that can make your emails look like they were written by a native speaker (in structure, at least!)

    Tags: letter, email


    New Year's Well-Wishes Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen is all about ringing in the lunar New Year. In addition to all of the quintessential New Year's wishes, we've added a number of dragon-pertinent terms and idioms that are sure to impress your Chinese friends and bring them good luck too! Happy year of the dragon to all our poddies and listeners!

    Tags: Spring Festival, dragon, zodiac, culture, idioms


    Giving Gifts in China Qing Wen

    Everyone loves receiving gifts, no matter the occasion they're celebrating or the country they're living in. Gift-giving in China, however, can get slightly complicated if you don't know a few basic rules. Listen in to today's Qing Wen and learn some essential tips that will help you maintain "face" at various celebratory events.

    Tags: pronunciation, customs, culture, gift


    Lucky and Unlucky Numbers in Chinese Qing Wen

    Numerology is an important part of any culture, and China values it to a higher degree than Western culture by a long shot. Why is eight so lucky and four so UN-lucky? Learn about the great significance those numbers and many more in phone numbers, building floors, and license plates play in Chinese culture. Enjoy the show and leave your questions and comments below!

    Tags: numbers, culture


    Talking with Numbers Qing Wen

    Can you tell your friends that you're angry, sad, or surprised without using a single Chinese character? Impossible, you say? Today's Qing Wen will teach you all about talking with numbers in Mandarin Chinese.

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    Slang-ular Momentum Qing Wen

    If you visit Chinese blogs or forums, you're probably used to seeing strings of letters: BF, BT , MM. What on earth do they mean? In today's Qing Wen, we'll get the real dirt about Chinese Internet slang.

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    Mainland & Taiwan Lingo: Electronics Qing Wen

    This week on Qing Wen we once again visit both sides of the strait, and talk about some differences you'll hear in the Mandarin you learn in Taiwan, compared to the Mandarin you'll hear on the mainland. This time we talk about all the words you'll need for electronics and computer items--a very well used set of vocab in Asia!

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    Mainland & Taiwan Lingo: Transportation Qing Wen

    This week on Qing Wen we visit both sides of the strait, and talk about some differences you'll hear in the Mandarin you learn in Taiwan, compared to the Mandarin you'll hear on the mainland. This time we talk about all the words you'll need for getting around town. Whether you're here or there, you can learn here how to blend in like you're a local (well, almost).

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    Saying the Right Things - Good Times Qing Wen

    What's the right thing to say if your Chinese friend is having a birthday? Has just given birth to a child? Is about to compete in a competition? Or take a test? Listen to this Qing Wen and find out the right things to say in all these situations and more.

    Tags: wedding, birthday, holiday


    Saying the Right Things - Bad Times Qing Wen

    In times of hardship and trouble, it's important to say the right thing. This edition of Qing Wen explores the right words to say in somber situations such as at funerals, when someone does poorly on a test or when someone has broken up with their girlfriend or boyfriend.

    Tags: sick, funeral, farewell