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What's Your Name? Newbie
Yes, it’s easy to point at yourself, say your own name, then point at their chest and make a questioning grunt, but wouldn’t it be great if you could ask for your new friends name in Chinese, and even tell them yours? In today’s podcast lesson, hosts Jenny and Ken teach you a few simple sentences to help you exchange names in Mandarin Chinese.
Long Time No See! Newbie
Cliché as it may be, a good “long time no see” does wonders for reconnecting with old friends. In this podcast, we’re going to make you sound more like a local by sharing these tidbits, as well as a cooler way of saying “how are you." And how are you? In this Chinese lesson, you'll learn that in Shanghai there's only one correct answer...
Would You Like Some Tea? Newbie
Today we're trying out a different style of lesson. We are following the traditional ChinesePod approach, but adding this visual element to hopefully make learning Chinese that little bit easier. We hope you like it and if you have any feedback, we'd love to hear what you have to say in the comments below :)
Nope, You Cannot! Newbie
In today's Newbie Mandarin lesson you will learn a really useful and highly repeated phrase for saying you can or cannot do something.
In Chinese there are about 3 ways to say can, and in today's lesson we focus on the one that is used when asking for permission. For example, when asking if you can use the toilet, or if you can eat and drink on the subway.
After the lesson you will be confident in knowing when to use which "can" word.
With this lesson, we did our best to distill the most cliché Chinese breakup lines into one simple dialog. This way, should you ever have the misfortune of needing to understand these words and phrases, you focus on being brokenhearted rather than puzzling over vocabulary and grammar. (You can thank us later.)
A Little Bit About 一点儿 Qing Wen
In this Qing Wen, we talk about how to use 一点儿 (yi1dian3r) in combination with adjectives, and how its position can change the entire meaning of the sentence. We'll give you a little bit 'o insight to help you to use this word in Chinese, as well as a little insight into Clay's favourite pastimes.
The Three De's: 的/得/地 Qing Wen
Today we look at some of the most common characters in the Chinese language： 的 (HSK1), 得 (HSK2), and, 地 (HSK3).
These little particles show up in almost every sentence in Chinese, and act to modify them in some way. However, because they are all pronounced the same (de), it can be very confusing for students.
In this video lesson, we attempt to explain the difference by using lots of example sentences and pretty little color-coded graphics. Take you time with this one, or watch chapter by chapter.
How to Use 了: Action Complete Qing Wen
Today we attempt to tackle the often asked question on how to use the seemingly simple character, 了(le).
了 (le) has many uses but in this first video we look at the "Action Complete 了”.
Tune in next week for the next episode.
Check out Chinese Grammar Wiki for even more examples.
How to Use 了: Change of State Qing Wen
In part 2 of our video mini-series looking at the character 了 le, we anaylse 了2 which is also known as the "change of state le"; when a situation is different to how it was before.
For last week's video about the action complete le, click here.
Tune in next week for the final episode.
To "The God of Drinking" Intermediate
Today we're going to be teaching you all about drinking culture. How to both propose a toast as well as decline one respectfully while maintaining face. Packed full of great language nuggets, your next drinking session will have you toasting with the best of them. 干杯!
Correct Erhu Posture Intermediate
In today's video lesson, we demo a real Er hu and show off this wonderful instrument for you. In the dialogue you'll hear a music teacher give some useful tips to their student on correct posture to make the er hu sing out.
Photo by nasrul ekram
Help at the ATM Intermediate
In big cities in China, ATMs are everywhere, and many of them can even take foreign cards now. Of course, it's very useful to actually know how to use these things, and learning the appropriate Chinese terms is a huge step in the right direction. Today's lesson covers the ATM basics, including checking balances and making a withdrawal.
Road Rage Chinese Qing Wen
Today we teach what other's won't! How to conquer your road rage by using mild to strong language.
Road rage is a common symptom for drivers, especially if you live in a place which has questionable driving standards.
Have you ever wanted to speak your mind, but weren't able to? We teach some great ways to vent your anger and speak your mind.
Be warned though! Some of these curse words could get you in a fight...
Introduce Your Name Like a Native Qing Wen
Many thanks to Character Pop for letting us use screenshots from their lovely website. We encourage you to get a free account, and start exploding some characters♥♥ Some more examples: (Use the Zhongwen extension to see the pinyin) 姓刘，文刀刘 姓朱，撇未朱 姓杨，木易杨 姓陈，耳东陈 姓徐，双人徐 姓林，双木林 姓沈，沈阳的沈 姓钱，金钱的钱 姓丁，甲乙丙丁的丁 姓章，文章的章 姓曹，曹操的曹 姓周，周瑜的周
The Emperor's Wives Upper Intermediate
This lesson is all about the emperor's many many wives. With the success of recent shows like 武媚娘传奇 "The Empress of China" and 甄嬛传 "The Legend of Zhen Huan" this lesson will give you plenty of background and context to this area and give you plenty to chat about with your friends. We also show you how to use these "ancient" phrase in modern day usage.
Love Tangle 1: A Suspicious Text Message Upper Intermediate
Today we've got a Chinese domestic dispute. Listen to this podcast and learn how to talk about infidelity in Chinese. Mr. Shen thinks his wife might be cheating on him. But is she? Only one thing's for sure: They can't go on together with suspicious minds.
Pokemon Go Upper Intermediate
Today we're taking on the controversial topic of Pokemon Go. Learn the names for popular Pokemon, hear about the stampede in Beitou, and hear some pro's and con's about the game.
For another video lesson with some Pokemon in it, click here.