Like a boss

6 Awesome Ways to Say Thank You in Mandarin Chinese with Fiona Tian

Originally Shared on Mandarin Made EZ

Today’s post is great because no matter which phrase you use, you’re going to sound very polite and humble when using them.

These 6 phrases have been graded from Newbie to Superior, not necessarily based on the difficulty of saying them, but rather how you sound to a native speaker when saying these words. In my opinion, saying the “superior” one is easier than saying many of the others but this doesn’t matter. After watching this, we encourage you to avoid numbers 1 and 2 to really make you sound like a boss, but remember, all are good :)






Thank you




P.Nǎlǐ nǎlǐ

No no (Thank you very much)




P.Nà’er dehuà, hái bùgòu hǎo

Ah that’s nonsense, it’s still not good enough




P.Chà dé yuǎn ne

I’m still really far off




P.Nǐ guòjiǎngle, wǒ de zhōngwén hái yǒu hěn dà de jìnbù kōngjiān

You flatter me, my mandarin still has a lot of room for improvement




P.Nín bù xiánxì

It’s you guys not being critical on my Mandarin.


Studying Chinese on Your Kindle

In this article I’m going to show how you can read your ChinesePod lessons on your Kindle with just 2 clicks. (You don’t need to own a kindle to do this: The app is available for free on all platforms).

I’ve been a huge fan of the Kindle line of e-readers for a long time, and have owned the Kindle with keyboard for many happy years, but this Christmas I decided to treat myself to a gift, and bought the new flagship model, the Kindle Voyage.  I could barley justify the price difference between that and the paperwhite, which looked to have pretty much similar specs on paper, but knowing that Kindles don’t go out of date nearly as quickly as smartphones, and it would be something I would be using on a daily basis, I decided to splash out.

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How to turn studying Chinese into a habit

This is a guest post from friend of the site, Furio of I’ve been a long time fan of Furio’s and it’s a great pleasure to share some of his ideas on our new blog. To read more about Furio, check out this page

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit,”


Why is it important to turn your study of Chinese into a habit?

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How to Read a Chinese Poem with Only One Sound

By Aaron Posehn

Learning Chinese can be a struggle, especially if you’ve just started out on the path to fluency. The tones, the characters, and the difficult sounds that you might not be familiar with can be a challenge to grasp.

However, once you’ve spent some time learning the basics, next comes reading articles, writing short in-class essays, and even perhaps the ability to understand TV shows and movies.

But once you’re fairly comfortable in these areas, you might take your Continue reading

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Self-Service Buffets: How to get a cheap healthy meal in Asia

Taiwan is known for its wide selection of food options. And “wide” doesn’t even cover it. As I outlined in a previous post, the breakfast options alone are quite extensive.

However, the one thing that I’ve heard many people say about food in Taiwan is that it’s sometimes quite greasy. But while this may be true, there are also lots of other options out there if you’d like to be a bit healthier.

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Look up chinese words offline with a tripple tap

This one is for all you Mac users.  Ever wanted to look up a Chinese character quickly and conveniently without disrupting your reading.  It’s easy to do on your mac with a 3 finger tap and it works offline, system wide!

Note: You can also get browser add ons for Chrome and Firefox such as and Zhongwen (Chromebut they only work online, in the browser.

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Study ChinesePod words in Anki with Audio: Advanced

Warning: This is quite technical, and so I’m currently in talks with an app developer to make the process of learning your ChinesePod flashcards a lot easier. I will let you know when we have something ready. I will also write a post about doing it in Pleco which is a lot easier to do. 

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Mandarin with Manu Interview


In today’s post I interview someone that I have been a fan of for a while.  I really like the way Manu uses a blog to chart his Mandarin progress and it’s something I suggest ChinesePod fans to do themselves.  I also like his use of fun illustrations that pepper each post. 

Hi Manu, could you give everyone a brief introduction to who you are and how you got interested in Chinese? 

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How to Save Vocabulary and Create Custom Decks on

After watching this video you will be able to create a custom deck, add vocabulary to the custom deck, and study it on your computer or mobile device. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy


Useful Links:

Vocabulary Manger to Create a Deck:
Website Flashcard Review:

You may want to get some snacks for the line.

A Typical Breakfast in Taiwan

The one thing you’ll continuously hear if you visit Taiwan is how good the food is. This is not a lie, and not even some sort of disillusion on the part of a small group of people who just like to eat stinky tofu all day. It’s actually true.

You have your beef noodle soups (牛肉面 / 牛肉麵 [niú ròu miàn]), your curries (咖哩 [gā lí]), your shaved ice (刨冰 [bào bīng], also called 剉冰 [tsua bing] in Taiwanese), and my favorite, pork chops with rice (猪排饭 / 豬排飯 [zhū pái fàn]). Continue reading

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Lucy in Chinese | (超体chāo tǐ | 露西lù xī)

This post was written by our good friend Aaron Posehn of and Founder of chinEASE. Check our recent interview with him here.

Take it away Aaron. GJ

A few days after it opened in theatres here in Taipei, I went to go see Scarlett Johannson’s latest film, Lucy. Equipped with its fair share of Korean gangsters, drug Continue reading

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Advice on moving to Taiwan | Interview with Aaron Posehn

In today’s post I interview a friend of the site, and long time user, Aaron Posehn.  You can check out his cool ebook on learning to write characters over at

Hi Aaron, can you give everyone a brief introduction to who you are and how you first got interested in learning Chinese?

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Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team? or just Guardians of the Galaxy?


This post was written before it came out in Mainland China since it didn’t get released until some time later. It then got posted on Reddit, and was the #5 ranking article on there. Then it began being mentioned on numerous blog sites* and now

Even the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy has coined my  English translation!!!

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in Chinese

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in Chinese

Two weeks ago we went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, (2014).

It’s a pretty confusing name, especially since the predecessor was called “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” They definitely have too many “of the” in the titles. What will the third one be called? Rise of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!?

It’s part two of the rebooted franchise, which had already been (badly) attempted by Tim  Burton and “Marky Mark” Wahlberg in 2001 which itself was a remake of the 1968 Charlton Heston movie. Continue reading