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Pinyin Program 21 lessons

Pinyin Program
Newbie
When you're learning Chinese, good pronunciation is essential. Pinyin is a Romanization system that allows you to express the sounds of Chinese characters using letters. Learning pinyin makes it easy to type in Chinese, and to look up Chinese characters in a dictionary. In the Pinyin Program, Jenny and John explain the pitfalls and tricky details of pinyin.

If you want an excellent video course focused on pronouncing pinyin correctly, check out the Say It Right Series

All the Way to Intermediate 1 13 lessons

All the Way to Intermediate 1
Newbie
Welcome to our new course called "All the Way to Intermediate" or #ATWTI for short. In this new series, we hope to teach a complete beginner everything they need to know to get to an intermediate level. Each video will be a short and focused lesson on daily phrases, common grammar, or cultural insights.

The series is designed to be watched from beginning to end, and after each lesson, we will recommend some lessons from our library that supplements the topic and boost your learning even further. Be sure to listen to those recommended lessons on the practice tab in order to benefit most from the course (website only at the moment).

Lessons will be added to this course as they are released...

Daily Life 1 45 lessons

Daily Life 1
Newbie
With a focus is on listening comprehension and speaking, the Daily Life Newbie Course is designed for beginners with no/limited prior Chinese knowledge and with interest in China and the Chinese language. Upon completion, students will understand and use basic everyday expressions phrases in Chinese.

Daily Life 2 47 lessons

Daily Life 2
Elementary
The Daily Life Newbie Bridge Course focuses on high-frequency language used in everyday communication and is designed to help Newbie students transition smoothly to Elementary level. It starts with some of the more challenging newbie lessons and transition into elementary ones. It's ideal for those who want to push past the Newbie level.

Daily Life 3 48 lessons

Daily Life 3
Elementary
With a focus on high-frequency material including functional numbers and money and abstract topics like describing personalities and emotions, the ChinesePod Daily Life Elementary Course is perfect for newer learners looking to push their skills. Key elementary grammar concepts are introduced and reinforced throughout.

Daily Life 4 40 lessons

Daily Life 4
Elementary
The Daily Life Elementary Bridge Course is designed to smooth the transition from Elementary to Intermediate, with special attention given to the specific teaching language. The Course covers common daily life topics, key grammar patterns and refined word usage, and upon completion learners will feel more confident speaking in a variety of situations.

Daily Life 5 47 lessons

Daily Life 5
Intermediate
The Daily Life Intermediate Course brings you highly practical language set in realistic situations in China. Students will be studying a mix of functional topics such as dealing with bank staff as well as more abstract topics such as describing one's personality and temperament and discussing prominent aspects of Chinese customs and culture. By the end of this course, students will be able to complete more challenging tasks in daily life and have more in-depth discussions about opinions and ideas.

Edsko's HSK 1 41 lessons

Edsko's HSK 1
Newbie
Diligent student, and developer extraordinaire, Edsko, in preparation for his HSK exams, prepared a list of ChinesePod lessons that would best prepare him for the listening portion of the test.

This list is for any student that wants to kick start their learning, and attempt the HSK 1 exam. For more information about how Edsko picked these lessons, you can read his in-depth blog post here, or reply directly on the forum.
HSK 1 = 150 cumulative words. Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies. In HSK 1 all characters are provided along with Pinyin.

Edsko's HSK 2 57 lessons

Edsko's HSK 2
Elementary
Diligent student, and developer extraordinaire, Edsko, in preparation for his HSK exams, prepared a list of ChinesePod lessons that would best prepare him for the listening portion of the test.

This list is for any student that wants to kick start their learning, and attempt the HSK 2 exam. For more information about how Edsko picked these lessons, you can read his in-depth blog post here, or reply directly on the forum.
HSK 2 = 300 cumulative words. Designed for learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion to their daily lives. In HSK 2 all characters are provided along with Pinyin.

Edsko's HSK 3 102 lessons

Edsko's HSK 3
Diligent student, and developer extraordinaire, Edsko, in preparation for his HSK exams, prepared a list of ChinesePod lessons that would best prepare him for the listening portion of the test.

This list is for any student that wants to kick start their learning, and attempt the HSK 3 exam. For more information about how Edsko picked these lessons, you can read his in-depth blog post here, or reply directly on the forum.
HSK 3 = 600 cumulative words. Designed for learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour.

Business 1 49 lessons

Business 1
Elementary
This course is the perfect starting ground if you want to learn Chinese for a professional setting. You will be learning highly functional language to help you connect with co-workers and business partners, deal with basic monetary transactions, book travel itinerary and etc.

Business 2 24 lessons

Business 2
Intermediate
This course features some of the most commonly used language in the workplace. You will learn how to network, hire staff, negotiate contracts, conduct bank transfers and much more in the ChinesePod Intermediate Business Course.

Business 3 30 lessons

Business 3
Upper-Int
This course features some of the more advanced language and phrasing used in the workplace. You will learn how to deal with salary issues, apply for work visas, negotiate the corporate ladder and much more in ChinesePod's Upper-Intermediate Business Course.

Qing Wen - Grammar - Beginner 60 lessons

Qing Wen - Grammar - Beginner
Elementary
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of beginner Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to grammar in some way.

Qing Wen - Vocab - Beginner 48 lessons

Qing Wen - Vocab - Beginner
Elementary
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of beginner Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to vocaublary in some way.

Qing Wen - Culture - Beginner 13 lessons

Qing Wen - Culture - Beginner
Elementary
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of beginner Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to culture in some way.

Qing Wen - Grammar - Intermediate 58 lessons

Qing Wen - Grammar - Intermediate
Intermediate
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of Intermediate Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to grammar in some way.

Qing Wen - Vocab - Intermediate 212 lessons

Qing Wen - Vocab - Intermediate
Intermediate
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of Intermediate Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to vocaublary in some way.

Qing Wen - Culture - Intermediate 10 lessons

Qing Wen - Culture - Intermediate
Intermediate
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of Intermediate Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to culture in some way.

Qing Wen - Vocab - Advanced 15 lessons

Qing Wen - Vocab - Advanced
Advanced
Qing Wen is one of our most popular and long-running shows on ChinesePod. We take questions from our community and turn them into helpful audio and video lessons.
Here is a selection of advanced Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to vocaublary in some way.

Aliens 外星人 5 lessons

Aliens 外星人
A playlist for all those interested in talking about aliens, UFOs, intergalactic TV shows and movies in Chinese. "史考提,把我传送上去!" - Beam me up, Scotty!

Chinese Medicine 7 lessons

Chinese Medicine
This playlist explores the topic of Chinese medicine. We not only talk about Chinese Medicine and how to prepare it, but also traditional treatments such as acupuncture, cupping and scraping.

Chinese New Year 13 lessons

Chinese New Year
The Chinese Lunar New Year, also knows as Spring Festival is the most important and largest festival in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated all around the world and is a chance to get together with family, eat lovely food, and commemorate your ancestors.

Listen to this curated playlist to learn some key phrases during the Spring Festival as well as learn some of the traditions and customs. It's a great time to practice your Chinese and use some of the language we teach you.

Chinese Weddings 7 lessons

Chinese Weddings
Chinese wedding customs have deep cultural roots and can sometimes feel a little intimidating (as well as super exciting!) to the uninitiated. Check out the our Chinese Wedding playlist where we talk about customs, wedding gifts and even a shotgun wedding!

Christmas and New Year's 13 lessons

Christmas and New Year's
A festive playlist that will keep you going until you say "五...四...三...二...一...Happy New Year!".

Dating 8 lessons

Dating
Want to learn how to chat someone up in Chinese or learn about the dating culture in China? Check out our dating playlist!

Dormitory Drama 9 lessons

Dormitory Drama
Think of all the things that could possibly happen in a girl's dormitory at university. Gossip, teachers, and of course boys. That all adds up to a lot of drama and a lot of great vocabulary. Follow the life and emotions inside of a dormitory and watch the drama unfold.

Drinking (Lower) 5 lessons

Drinking (Lower)
Elementary
Drinking is a big part of Chinese culture, especially in business. There are some important customs you need to learn before attending any drinking events. Listen to this playlist to learn some important language, polite ways to wish people good health, respectfully decline alcohol, and learn some important customs. Armed with a few simple phrases, and a bit of Dutch courage, you'll be speaking Mandarin in no time with this Drinking Playlist.

Drinking (Upper) 10 lessons

Drinking (Upper)
Intermediate
Drinking is a big part of Chinese culture, especially in business. There are some important customs you need to learn before attending any drinking events. Listen to this playlist to learn some important language, polite ways to wish people good health, respectfully decline alcohol, and learn some important customs.

Emergency Situations 8 lessons

Emergency Situations
We hope you never find yourselves in these situations, but the right phrases in Chinese could make a huge difference when there is an emergency. Knowing how to ask for help in Chinese is essential. From losing a passport to calling an ambulance, we have some of the language you might need if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Better safe than sorry! Give it a browse, it might save your day.

Free Lesson Playlist 19 lessons

Free Lesson Playlist
These free lessons feature a collection of our audio and video shows from our different academic levels. As a free user, you get to try all our premium features including the full show, lesson dialogue, audio review, PDF lesson notes, annotated dialogue, vocabulary, expansion, grammar, and exercises.

Ghosts & Mythical 8 lessons

Ghosts & Mythical
Do you love ghost stories and tales of the mythical as much as we do? This playlist includes Chinese ghosts, zombies, mythical characters and divine creatures.

Going To The Doctor 9 lessons

Going To The Doctor
Does the thought of using your Chinese at the doctors stress you out? Well, fear not! We have a wide range of lessons with some very useful language that you can use when you go see your doctor. From the common cold to an STI checkup. We've got the language you need to keep you going during your check up.

Gym & Working Out 14 lessons

Gym & Working Out
A playlist for all those fellow fitness buffs out there! We have prepared a range of lesson - from the gym, to general exercise and some food based lessons. This playlist will give you a great start if you want to talk about the gym, working out or fitness in Chinese.

I Love Spicy Food 7 lessons

I Love Spicy Food
Do you love Sichuanese dishes? Or do you avoid spicy food like the plague? Either way, this food based playlist will give you the language you need to to talk about spicy food in Chinese.

Investment & Finance 8 lessons

Investment & Finance
This playlist covers both formal and informal language you may need when talking about investing and finance in Chinese.

Jokes 8 lessons

Jokes
Want to make your Chinese friends or colleagues laugh? Check out this list of jokes Chinese jokes. Be mindful of those tones, else you might ruin the punch line!

Kung Fu 6 lessons

Kung Fu
Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting! Check out the ChinesePod curated playlist of lessons discussing Chinese Martial Arts, knows collectively as Kung Fu (Gōng Fū in pinyin).

Lao Wang's Office 14 lessons

Lao Wang's Office
Intermediate
A new office can be a tough environment to get used to, but with our Lao Wang's Office Series Course, you'll have everything you need to survive and thrive in the rat race. Lessons focus on high-frequency office language and situations office workers are likely to encounter. Upon completion, learners will be able to comfortably interact with coworkers and superiors in an professional office setting.

Lili & Zhang Liang 17 lessons

Lili & Zhang Liang
Intermediate
The language of love can be one of the trickiest things to learn (in any language), so we're here to help with our relationships series following Lili and Zhang . Follow their courtship and relationship from meeting to getting serious as you learn helpful vocabulary and phrasing. Upon completion, learners will have an enhanced vocabulary as well as deeper cultural knowledge of Chinese relationships and the language that accompanies them.

Love & Romance 9 lessons

Love & Romance
Want to learn some romantic phrases in Chinese? Want more vocabulary to talk about relationships? Well, we have the playlist for you! This playlist covers a range of language from saying "I miss you", to asking some to marry you and everything else in between.

Love Tangle 9 lessons

Love Tangle
Upper-Int
This series follows the life of a young couple as they battle through the challenges of work, finances and infidelity. You will learn the real language of home and relationships and get a glimpse of important moral issues in modern China.

Make Up and Beauty 8 lessons

Make Up and Beauty
New beauty and cosmetic products are being pumped out everyday. The ever-changing marketing terms that surround makeup and beauty products can actually make talking about cosmetics and beauty a tricky subject in Chinese. The key is to get all the basic words and phrases down. Then the variations become easy to spot. From buying foundation to having a good skin care routine, this playlist will give you a great start in talking about beauty and cosmetics in Chinese.

Marketing 10 lessons

Marketing
Sharpen your marketing Chinese. This playlist includes a wide range of topics including advertising trends, describing graphs, presentation language and other interesting and useful business terms you might need if you are talking about marketing in Chinese.

Meetings & Speech 11 lessons

Meetings & Speech
This playlist includes formal and informal language you may need if you are to attend or speak at a Chinese meeting. It also includes scenarios and language that you might find useful if you find yourself having to formally introduce yourself or give an interview in Chinese.

Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 8 lessons

Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节
The Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 (中秋節) is one of the key festivals in the Chinese calendar. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar on the night of the full moon between early September to early October.

Check out this ChinesePod playlist for all our lessons related to the festival so that you can learn all the language and customs you need.

You might also like this video by Fiona where we try mooncakes.

Movies 8 lessons

Movies
Movie buffs, a playlist all about cinema and film! From getting your seat at the cinema, to talking about film genres, this playlist will be a great start to get you talking about movies, cinema and film in Chinese.

Not Feeling Well 7 lessons

Not Feeling Well
Food poisoning, catching a cold, having a terrible migraine are just some of the lovely topics covered in this playlist. It's important to know how to express yourself in Chinese when you are not feeling well. Perhaps a friend or colleague is feeling well either? Learn how to express how you are feeling and also how console someone that is feeling poorly in this 不舒服 playlist.

Online Shopping 8 lessons

Online Shopping
Isn't online shopping wonderful? It gives you the freedom to browse the world's products from the comfort of your own home. However, online shopping can be a bit intimidating in a place where there is no Amazon.com. You have to navigate confusing Chinese web-pages and figure out confusing credit-card payments and delivery methods. Check out this playlist where you'll learn some useful ways to navigate the world of online shopping.

Pets 宠物 9 lessons

Pets 宠物
This playlists starts with the basic terms you need to know for talking about your furry friends in Chinese. We have language that you might need if you accidentally lose your dog or want to bring a pet into china. We also discuss tougher topics like the culling of stray dogs and somewhat lighter topics like dog breeds. This playlist also includes lessons on cats and birds. If you love your pet and want to talk about the topic in Chinese, this is the playlist for you!

Politics 14 lessons

Politics
This playlist is packed full of interesting language, expressions, ideas and topics for those that are interested in politics. This playlist covers both domestic and international issues, as well as a few fictional political dramas. We look at contemporary political issues and also explore some ancient Chinese political philosophy. You're going to be a pro at talking about politics in Chinese!

Renting an Apartment 13 lessons

Renting an Apartment
Intermediate
Renting an apartment can be one of the most frustrating things to do in China, but we're here to help with this specialized series. You'll learn essential terms as well as common conversational tricks, all designed to help with your househunting and tenancy. Upon completion, learners will be able to confidently engage in apartment searching and deal with landlords and other tenancy issues with ease.

Shanghainese 12 lessons

Shanghainese
Newbie
This Course provides an introduction to the Shanghainese language, the local dialect in Shanghai, China's largest city. You'll learn basic vocabulary and conversation items, with true native speaker pronunciation to guide you.

Sports & Exercise 9 lessons

Sports & Exercise
Do you love a morning run? Do you play a game of basketball or go swimming on the weekends? Check out this playlist if you want to learn how to talk about sports in Chinese. You might want to invited a friend to play a game with you or talk about the marathon you just completed. Lessons of all levels.

Telephone Chinese 9 lessons

Telephone Chinese
So much of language is based on body language and reading someone's facial expressions and hand movements. However, when speaking on the phone you are at a massive disadvantage. Not only do you not get any physical or social cues, but it can also be difficult to understand the person on the other end of the line, especially if the cell reception is bad. Conquer your fear of telephoning in Chinese and listen to this selection of lessons based on telephone conversations.

The Hungry Traveler 15 lessons

The Hungry Traveler
Elementary
Food is one the great things about China - there's so much and it's often so cheap! Follow the Hungry Traveler Series as the main character travels through China and savors some of the most celebrated regional cuisines from Sichuan to Shanghai and many places in between. You will have a comprehensive understanding about Chinese food and be able to order the most iconic dishes in the Middle Kingdom.
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