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Learn *Real Colloquial English* with Zapp! English Colloquial classes! This free audio podcast by Zappenglish.com contains real unscripted English conversations with native speakers, and interactive audio classes including English pronunciation practice. Each podcast comes with its own eBook which you can download at Zappenglish.com. We charge a small amount for the eBooks as this allows us to continue publishing the audio for free. The eBooks contain: A full transcript of the English conver ...
 
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In this episode, I recap on 11 November aka Singles' Day aka Online Shopping Spree Festival - huh? To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about 'Touching Porcelain'. This is a literal translation of the Chinese phrase, of course, it's not as simple as just touching porcelain... so what could it be? Hint: It's not similar to the English idiom 'touch wood'. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, we talk fashion. I compare what people used to wear in the ancient times in both China and the West. Would they be similar or too different? To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about Kombucha. Did you know it was originally from China and has existed for over 2,000 years?! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about Kombucha. Did you know it was originally from China and has existed for over 2,000 years?! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I discuss what's been discussed about Disney's remake of Mulan and throw in a few pennies of my own thoughts. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I discuss what's been discussed about Disney's remake of Mulan and throw in a few pennies of my own thoughts. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about how China celebrated its National Day historically and the National Day in general, for both China and the rest of the world. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about how China celebrated its National Day historically and the National Day in general, for both China and the rest of the world. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I share and talk about a poem from the Song dynasty that I really like and is aptly related to the mid-autumn festival that's coming up. I also talk about how some of the ethnic minorities in China may celebrate mid-autumn festival. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I share and talk about a poem that I really like from the Song dynasty and is aptly related to the mid-autumn festival that's coming up. I also talk about how some of the ethnic minorities in China may celebrate mid-autumn festival. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about a recent, major turning point in my life. This could be the beginning of something beautiful or beautifully sad. But how do you know if you don't try?! Here's to having the courage to try something new 🍻. YouTube video mentioned in the podcast: https://youtu.be/6E_0xx-V0NU To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesec…
 
In this episode, I compare Jane Eyre from "Jane Eyre" with Lin Daiyu from "The Dream of the Red Chamber" to illustrate some differences between Chinese and Western culture as presented by these two characters. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I compare Jane Eyre from "Jane Eyre" with Lin Daiyu from "The Dream of the Red Chamber" to illustrate some differences between Chinese and Western culture as presented by these two characters. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese politician who has the reputation of being the "Architect of Modern China". In this episode, I briefly go over why he changed his name three time, the three falls and rises of his political career and a couple of his major contributions to modern China. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese politician who has the reputation of being the "Architect of Modern China". In this episode, I briefly go over why he changed his name three time, the three falls and rises of his political career and a couple of his major contributions to modern China. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about steamed buns. What is such an ordinary food today is actually quite sophisticated. What do I mean? Listen to this week's episode and find out! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about steamed buns. What is such an ordinary food today is actually quite sophisticated. What do I mean? Listen to this week's episode and find out! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about the Qixi Festival coming up in 2 days’ time. Many people have heard of the folktale of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl but did you know the story originated from the ancient constellation system? Let’s have a look. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about the Qixi Festival coming up in 2 days’ time. Many people have heard of the folktale of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl but did you know the story originated from the ancient constellation system? Let’s have a look. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about how a donkey gets water in China... Just kidding. 《驴得水》("Mr Donkey") is a film that I’ve been wanting to recommend for a while now. I’d say it’s one of the best Chinese films produced in the last decade or so. You should definitely watch it and let me know what you think! To see the transcript, visit: https://chineseco…
 
In this episode, I talk about how a donkey gets water in China... Just kidding. 《驴得水》("Mr Donkey") is a film that I’ve been wanting to recommend for a while now. I’d say it’s one of the best Chinese films produced in the last decade or so. You should definitely watch it and let me know what you think! To see the transcript, visit: https://chineseco…
 
In this episode, I talk about a plum that’s been banned in China. What kind of plum? The kind that’s in a golden vase! If you know what I’m talking about, you’re probably already secretly smirking along. If not, it’s about time that you find out! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about a plum that’s been banned in China. What kind of plum? The kind that’s in a golden vase! If you know what I’m talking about, you’re probably already secretly smirking along. If not, it’s about time that you find out! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I talk about “Baidu”, the Chinese equivalent of “Google”. You may or may not know, the name “Baidu” was actually inspired by a Chinese poem from the 12th century. Which poem? Let’s have a look! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about “Baidu”, the Chinese equivalent of “Google”. You may or may not know, the name “Baidu” was actually inspired by a Chinese poem from the 12th century. Which poem? Let’s have a look! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I explore four of Chongqing’s most popular, most iconic dishes. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about what’s known as an “education factory” in China. This “education factory” is held in a rural area in the Anhui province and holds roughly 20,000 students, which is 4 times the reported local population. Why is it called an “education factory”? Let’s find out! To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.…
 
In this episode, I talk about a Chinese reality TV show that’s taken China by storm. I explore the theme of the TV show and pick apart the title to bring out some cultural differences between China and the West. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about the many and various types of hotpot and how hotpot from other countries may differ to China’s hotpot. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
This is the second and last episode relating to the LGBTQ+ community in honour of pride month. In this episode, I read through the coming out stories of a gay man in China. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
We've all seen the 'crispy Peking duck' on a Chinese restaurant menu but do we understand the history, culture and art behind how it's made? Let's find out. In this episode, I talk about how the roast duck dish came about, the two main ways of how it's cooked, the three ways of how it's eaten and the restaurants you should go to in Beijing if you w…
 
In honour of pride month, in this episode I briefly talk about what life is like for someone in the LGBTQ+ community in China. Lots of people automatically think it's illegal to be part of the LGBTQ+ community in China. It's not. There are LGBTQ+ friendly bars, clubs, dating apps, etc. Is life harder for a LGBTQ+ person? Yes, although to different …
 
In light of the George Floyd incident, in this episode I talk about race and racism, which includes the reading of a Chinese translation version of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2014 article named “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race”. As I was researching, what surprised me was that whilst Reni’s work is praised and celebrated in the West and…
 
In past episodes, we have spoken about the two opium wars, the Sikkim expedition and the end of the Qing dynasty. In this episode, I read an excerpt from a book that illustrates very well what China was like during that period of time and how hard China had to fight to become today’s China. Today’s China should not be taken for granted. The book is…
 
Also available on most major podcast platforms (e.g. Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts / Stitcher / etc.). In this episode, I talk about the third time China and the UK went into battle. Could it be as a result of opium again?! Let’s find out. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com…
 
In this episode, I explore why Chinese people use chopsticks and briefly touch upon the history of chopsticks. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about the growing tendency of young people in China who are increasing forgetting how to write certain Chinese characters. I also talk about the 6 different ways in which Chinese characters are structured and used; knowing the formation of Chinese characters may help us to better remember the characters. To see the transcrip…
 
In this episode, I talk about the importance of peaches in Chinese culture. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about why Chinese people like drinking warm water so much. I’ve had enough funny looks so I think it’s time to talk about it. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.comโดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
There is a group of people in China known as the ‘left-behind’ children. In the rural, poorest areas of China, the parents of these children tend to leave home to work in the bigger cities. They may not return home much (measured in months and years) but they will usually send money home on a frequent basis. This is their way of offering better sup…
 
In this episode, I talk about the similarities between King Henry VIII and the seventh emperor of the Han dynasty of China. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/LFNytJ1MRE8โดย Chinese Colloquialised
 
In this episode, I talk about depression. Most of the world is now in lockdown mode, with the reduced level of social interaction, depressive symptoms may appear. I hope we can all look after our own mental wellbeing as well as look out for our family and friends. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com ------ YouTube Channe…
 
In this episode, I talk about the pursuit by many Chinese emperors of the magical pill of immortality. To see the transcript, visit: https://chinesecolloquialised.com I've also been trying to think of more creative and fun ways that might help you to build vocabulary, YouTube link below. YouTube: https://youtu.be/NTNYQjHYA9o…
 
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