Drug Lesson Testimonial

ChinesePod has a reputation for creating extremely useful lessons. We’ve done one on buying feminine products, and one on specifying that you want your beer cold, to name just two. I thought our recent lesson entitled The Drug Dealer was pretty interesting, but maybe not quite as practical as some of the others. But then we got this testimonial in the comments:

> interesting lesson… i have a chinese friend who was telling me about a friend who likes to do drugs. I asked “what kind of drugs” and my friend replied “i don’t know how to say in english, but their head will shake” i assumed it must be something like ecstacy, but now i’m sure – thanks chinesepod

Well, you’re weclome, KennyK. (摇头丸, literally, “shake head pill,” is the Chinese name for ecstasy.)


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. I love lessons like those.
    I like studying Chinese, but seriously, how many times can a person listen to things like “Oh that’s a nice book Where did you buy it?” (Well, not exactly, but you know what I mean….) not matter how useful it is.
    Lessons like this keep things interesting.

    Well, off to buy some ecstasy!

    …………….(just kidding)

  2. If I’m not mistaken (and I might be) I think the “shake head pill” is ketamine (or K) as opposed to ecstasy (E).

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  3. Rick,

    I hear it can be ecstasy or K, or a number of other things. You know, any pill that makes you shake your head around…

  4. “I have this friend who…”

    Quite interesting lessons these days John. Even the one on baby care taught me the correct way to say “I drink a cup of breast milk.”

    You clearly don’t need suggestions, but may I suggest a future lesson entitled “I need a lawyer.”

  5. John 和 ChinesePod 有没有什么裙带关系?

  6. This lesson might have been useful a few months ago when at a bar Chinese friends offered me and my foreign friends “Chinese K” which they didn’t know otherwise know how to explain, and they were snorting up in straws. We later found out it was ketamine the horse tranquilizer that is apparently popular here. I for one didn’t take any… And yes these lessons are miles beyond my textbook, which spends a page of Chinese text telling me how wonderful chopsticks are. Last lesson was about Ming Dynasty doctor 李时珍 collecting herbs. Awesome.

  7. LOL!

  8. Everyone knows ecstacy is “booty shake pill.” No?

  9. Ecstasy is the “open up and empathize with everyone, including thy barstool” pill. Though the Chinese name explains why I always see these kids bouncing their heads around at clubs. It’s amazing the power of suggestion when it comes to mind-altering experiences.

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