Archive for the 'Dear Amber' Category

Today on Dear Amber we put safety first and give some safety advice for staying alive on the streets of China. Plus, rising to the daunting challenge of picking a good Chinese name... and JP of SpanishPod joins us to talk about his foreigner-friendly food recommendations. Meet us in the comments section to leave us your advice on these subjects and more!


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This week we have a visitor stop by from America. Elliot doesn't know a word of Chinese, so listen as he tells us his experience of China through the eyes of a complete newbie! Can you get around? Can you communicate? Do you really need to take a tour or can you make it on your own? He fills us in. Plus, we answer a question on the toilet experience in China, squat vs. western... can we find a common ground? Don't forget to visit the comments section and share your own toilet, tourism, or combination of both, experiences.


https://chinesepod.com/lessons/the-non-chinese-speaking-tourist-and-toilets
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This week on Dear Amber a fun trip to the Chinese Medicine Doctor, where you'll find so much that will intrigue and entertain you... and make sure to take your medicine! Plus, we have a special interview with one of our poddies who hails from Austin, Texas--Professor Orlando R. Kelm, from the University of Texas at Austin, who shares some interesting insights into the Chinese people's view of doing business with Americans. Enjoy!


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This week on Dear Amber, a special treat... yes, the famous Connie of ChinesePod dialogue acting fame speaks to us for the first time in English... you heard her here first! She gives insight on what the 'Year of the Rat' means to the Chinese, as well as what these 'animal years' are all about. And... a question on the 'library' scene in Shanghai, and last but not least, an insight into what life is like at minimum wage in China. Enjoy the show and leave us your comments too!


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Sure we know you can get anything manufactured in China, but did you know you can also get anything made? On this week's Dear Amber we hear about some of the cool stuff you can get to order. Also, a little bit about how Christmas is spent for local Chinese people, and for all you Newbies to China, a little advice on good ways to become a man or woman about town. And don't forget to visit the DA comments and leave your take!
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On this week's Dear Amber we talk about the Chinese opinions of beauty, and as Chinese New Year approaches, we learn about a very particular Chinese custom you will see in almost every household. And we answer a question about what exactly an "Ayi" is, and why you should have Ayi-envy if you aren't so privileged to have one! Enjoy, and please leave us your comments too!


https://chinesepod.com/lessons/beauty-ideals-and-ayi


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Today on Dear Amber, we get a little 'zen'-ish and talk about feng shui... we also hear what the working world is like for a couple more foreigners in China. And a question on something you may have very well wondered about yourself: what's with the surgical masks? Plus, a bonus new feature on DA--a word of the week! I'll teach a word a week that you'll likely never learn anywhere else! Look forward to all your comments on what we talked about today!


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Today on Dear Amber, we kick off a new series of answers about different sorts of jobs foreigners can get in China, and what it's like working here--today's is about two-bit movie parts and bad acting. We also hear back from our two bachelors-about-town about what life is like as a single guy in China. Have a listen, and make sure to leave us some of your comments and thoughts about what we talked about today!


https://chinesepod.com/lessons/bachelors-acting-and-game-shows



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In today's show we are joined by two of our very own CPoddies, RobertK and Gaylon, two guys whose Chinese is amazing, and they share all their secrets... about learning Mandarin, and otherwise!


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This week on Dear Amber we hear firsthand from a student of Chinese about applying for scholarships to Chinese Universities. In addition, an interesting expose on nudity in China. And last but not least... DA cares! Watch your wallets... with Chinese New Year approaching, we give out some tips on preventing thievery on the streets.



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This week on Dear Amber we welcome back an old familiar friend, the podcaster formerly known as Aric the Producer here at ChinesePod. Aric's quite the man about town these days (not that he wasn't always), and this week on DA we get to catch up with him, as well as hear Aric answer a question on China's music scene in a way only Aric the man can.


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This week, the moment you've all been waiting for, our dear long-time poddie Bazza joins Amber and his beloved Jenny in the studio and tells all. Also, returning cohort Clay gives some insight into the male mind and Chinese girls... plus, just in time for flu season, we get the low-down on some interesting Chinese remedies for what ails you. Enjoy! And don't forget to post a comment to say hello and tell us your take on what we talked about on today's show.
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In today's show Amber and guests talk about some racy and not-so-racy massages in China, as well as give you the scoop on how to go about renting an apartment when you arrive here. And a special treat--another interview with one of our very own Cpoddies, Madeleine Greey. She started her Mandarin-learning journey way back in the 80's, and tells us about her experiences in learning Chinese way-back-when. Enjoy, and please share any comments and experiences of your own in the comments section!
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https://chinesepod.com/lessons/drivers-licenses-and-business


Welcome to Dear Amber - ChinesePod's Insider's Guide to Everything China. Dear Amber features ChinesePod's own insider, Amber, and you the listener, as Amber answers questions you've always wanted to know the answers to... and even some you didn't! With the help of some expert guests, Amber sheds light on China and Chinese culture in this weekly podcast. In today's show Amber and guests answer a question about how to apply for a driver's license in China (if you dare!), and address the age-old Chinese hesitation to uttering the words "I love you." Plus a famous businessman in China gives some great insider's tips on a question about doing business in China. Listen and share with us all your own experiences and views on today's topics.
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Welcome to Dear Amber - ChinesePod's Insider's Guide to Everything China. Dear Amber features ChinesePod's own insider, Amber, and you the listener, as Amber answers questions you've always wanted to know the answers to... and even some you didn't! With the help of some expert guests, Amber sheds light on China and Chinese culture in this weekly podcast. In today's show we enter the unchartered territory of 'eating noises' in China. Along with that, find out that being a TV addict does, in fact, pay off. And a Dear Amber expose on tipping in China. Sit back, relax, and don't forget to share your insights about today's topics in the comments section.
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Welcome to Dear Amber - ChinesePod's Insider's Guide to Everything China. Dear Amber features ChinesePod's own insider, Amber, and you the listener, as Amber answers questions you've always wanted to know the answers to... and even some you didn't! With the help of some expert guests, Amber sheds light on China and Chinese culture in this weekly podcast. In today's show we prepare you for the battle over the restaurant bill, help you to find out how to improve that KTV voice, and discover that Chinese people actually find foreigners entertaining. Listen in, and don't forget to share your insights about today's topics in the comments section.
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In today's show we hear from one of ChinesePod's very own Practice Plan teachers on the subject of our accents! You'll also get some tips on finding cheap plane tickets to China, as well as a subject very near and dear to every China-dweller's heart--subway survival. Enjoy! And don't forget to share your insights about today's topics in the comments section.
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Today's show features one of our very own poddies giving us some tips on traveling in China with children. Amber also answers a question on the ins and outs of chopstick etiquette, and gets up close and personal with a cross-culture relationship question. Enjoy! And don't forget to share your insights about today's topics in the comments section.
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See full lesson here: https://chinesepod.com/lessons/personal-questions-and-bargaining

Welcome back to Dear Amber - ChinesePod's Insider's Guide to Everything China. Dear Amber features ChinesePod's own insider, Amber, and you the listener, as Amber answers questions you've always wanted to know the answers to... and even some you didn't! With the help of some expert guests, Amber sheds light on China and Chinese culture in this weekly podcast. This week Amber answers a question on how to deal with those oh-so-personal questions your new neighbors love to ask, and you don't quite know how to answer... plus you will hear from an expert bargainer on the etiquette and rules of getting the best deals on the streets of China. Also, you'll finally understand the Chinese obsession with numbers. So, sit back, listen and then share your own comments and views on what we talked about in the show!
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Roll out the red carpet, light your firecrackers and pop the champagne, you're invited to the World Premiere of ChinesePod's newest show, Dear Amber - ChinesePod's Insider's Guide to Everything China. Dear Amber features ChinesePod's own insider, Amber, and you the listener, as Amber answers questions you've always wanted to know the answers to... and even some you didn't! With the help of some expert guests, Amber sheds light on China and Chinese culture in this weekly podcast. So sit back, relax and listen this week as Amber gives you the straight scoop on matchmaking in China, meeting the Chinese in-laws, the mystery behind why Asians "allegedly' turn red when they drink... plus some slang right from the streets of China.
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