Say It Right Series

    Business 1


    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.

    Travel Itinerary Elementary

    Having a travel itinerary in place is no problem in China. You can take a tour and be ushered along to a string of jade factories, miracle pearl cream shops, dramatic burn-healing remedy demonstrations and, uh, another jade factory... oh, yeah, and to the Great Wall too, if you're lucky! In this podcast, take control of your itinerary! Learn how to plan your own travel itinerary, in Mandarin Chinese.

    Tags: location, directions

    Scheduling a Time Elementary

    That Manager Li is a busy, powerful woman. You can't expect to just pull her aside next to the water cooler; you're going to need to schedule your precious face time with her. In this lesson, learn how to do just that in Mandarin Chinese.

    Tags: meeting, time, work, office, business

    I'm gonna be Late Elementary

    We've all been in this situation... two people agree to meet at a certain time, but one person calls to say she'll be late. And then calls again to say she'll be later. (And then you start to wonder if she's going to make it at all.) Learn the essential Chinese in this lesson.

    Tags: time

    Making Plans for the Day Elementary

    Most successful professionals are excellent planners, or at least have a responsible secretary to take care of all their scheduling needs! Learn how to delegate your scheduling duties to your underlings in Mandarin Chinese in today's ChinesePod lesson.

    Tags: time, activities, meeting, agenda, office, business

    Checking Baggage Elementary

    You have an inkling from a post-packing teeter on the bathroom scale that your baggage may be overweight. Your only hope to avoid overweight fees is charming that handsome check-in clerk with a batting of eyes and barrage of Chinese. That, or employing strategic passport placement to cover the scale display numbers. In this lesson, use your Mandarin to check-in your bags and curry some bulkhead seat favors.

    Tags: airport, travel, transportation

    Changing a Plane Ticket Elementary

    For whatever reason you're in the airport and the flight you've got just won't do. Now comes the tricky part! How do you ask to change your ticket? Find out today with this elementary level lesson.

    Tags: train, money, tickets, flight, airport

    Plane Ticket Prices Elementary

    We hope you're ready for some slightly higher numbers, because these are plane tickets we're talking about; the numbers 1-100 aren't going to cut it. Learn how to ask about travel planes, and also how to discuss slightly vague price ranges in this Chinese lesson.

    Tags: numbers, price, tickets, travel

    Switching Seats on a Plane Elementary

    Have you ever had that problem where you buy seats "together" (consecutive seat numbers), but it turns out they're actually not "together" (split across different rows rather than adjacent)? So have we! And we've decided to do something about this problem: create a Mandarin Chinese lesson about it.

    Tags: directions, plane, seat

    Express Train or High-speed Train? Elementary

    In recent years, a high-speed train lines have popped up between many important Chinese cities. Today's Chinese podcast will explain how to order a ticket on these deluxe, speedy train lines in Mandarin. Getting around the Middle Kingdom has never been so grand.

    Tags: show, journey, travel, express, high-speed train, train

    Buying High-Speed Train Tickets Elementary

    If you're a fan of traveling (and if you're in China or planning a visit, you almost undoubtedly are!) then chances are you're going to need to buy train tickets at some point. Train ticket offices in China can be very daunting: lines are more of a suggestion and dialects reign supreme. But have no fear, ChinesePod is here to help! Listen in and learn all the key vocabulary vital for purchasing high-speed train tickets to your next destination.

    Tags: train, travel, date, city, tickets

    Missing Luggage Elementary

    If you think the people all look alike, wait until you see the luggage coming out of the conveyor belt. Apparently 394 of the 395 other passengers bought their black $15 'Samsonite' luggage from the same Pearl Market back alley. Mistaken luggage identity crisis.... what to do? Find it or not, fear not... there's more luggage where that came from... and underwear shops... and Chinese lesson podcasts to get you there.

    Tags: travel

    Which Hilton? Elementary

    So you're a busy executive, shuttling between hotels and conferences during your business trip to China. You're learning more and more Chinese, but just learning the Chinese name of your hotel might not be enough. We hope you snagged one of the hotel's business cards on your way out...

    Tags: hotel, location, name, taxi

    Hospitality Series 2: China Union Pay Elementary

    Our hospitality saga continues with an encounter between a young woman and a hotel clerk. Learn how to talk about room reservations and China Union Pay bank cards in today's lesson!

    Tags: Hospitality Series, money, travel, hotel

    Choosing a Room Elementary

    You've had a long day and finally arrive at your hotel, ready for some much needed R&R. But alas, the room you desire isn't available! What is to be done? Today's unlucky traveler finds himself in such a predicament. Be sure to listen in and learn about different room types in today's lesson!

    Tags: hotel, travel

    Checking out at a Hotel Elementary

    It's checkout time, also known as "check the room for consumption of overpriced snacks and beverages or theft of towels time." In this lesson, learn how to tell the hotel you're checking out, and the Chinese you're going to hear when they bust you.

    Tags: beer, numbers, money, hotel

    Getting to the Office Elementary

    You'd normally just check online for the fastest route via public transportation to get to your destination, but you're out of data on your smartphone and can't find wireless. What do you do? Good thing you listened to this ChinesePod lesson and learned how to ask for and understand directions in Mandarin Chinese! Crisis averted!

    Tags: traffic, visit, place, transportation

    Directions for the Taxi Driver Elementary

    Why bother to even ask for directions at all, when you can just hop in a cab, call your Chinese friend, and have her tell the driver where you want to go? In this lesson, our lazy office visitor does just that. But you may just learn some Chinese from the exchange if you listen in and pay attention!

    Tags: transportation, location, directions

    Finding the Office Building Elementary

    You've gotten directions to the office and gotten your friend to tell the taxi driver where to go. All you need to do now is find your way out of the taxi to the correct floor in the office building itself. Learn how to make this final push in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson!

    Tags: office, directions, place

    A Simple Tour of the Office Elementary

    We love getting visitors at the ChinesePod office here in Shanghai. Thankfully, no matter if you speak Chinese or not, our bilingual staff can offer you a wonderfully fulfilling tour. Unfortunately, not all offices in China are as well-equipped as ours. Today's lesson offers a simple office tour in Mandarin Chinese with some essential workplace vocabulary.

    Tags: directions, tour, office

    Picking Up a Friend at the Airport Elementary

    Your friend just got off of a long haul flight. He's got nasty bed-head and his breath could kill a small animal. But even that can't deter you from doing your duties as a proper Chinese host and meeting him at the airport. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn how to greet your friend at the airport.

    Tags: picking someone up, airport, luggage, introductions

    How to Address Someone Elementary

    There are quite a few forms of address for people in Mandarin Chinese, and being the nice, polite student that you are, you want to use the most appropriate one when you meet someone new. In this lesson, learn how to ask what you should call someone.

    Tags: people, greetings

    Introducing the Managers Elementary

    Managers are a big deal in these parts. And you don't want to go calling them any old 'Mister.' In this podcast, learn how to address and introduce your manager in Chinese in the most efficient, face-giving manner possible. Sure to result in promotions, raises, slaps on the back, and right back at ya face-giving maneuvers.

    Tags: etiquette, home and office, introductions

    Dealing with Praise Elementary

    “Thanks,” you say (in Chinese). “Goodness me! Your ability to master the language is amazing!” comes the response. So now what do you say? “Yes, actually it’s all due to ChinesePod”? As much as we’d like to think you’d promo us, we’re quite sure a podcast with a Chinese lesson on “playing down” your Mandarin would be more appropriate.

    Tags: praise, ability, etiquette

    Pin Number Elementary

    In this modern age, plastic is as good as paper. We're not talking about shopping bags, though. We're talking about payment methods. In this lesson, learn how to talk about credit cards and passwords in Mandarin.

    Tags: password, shopping, payment, cash, credit cards

    Bank Hours Elementary

    You've camped out for U2 tickets, queued for boxing day sales... but the bank? Waiting outside the bank before it opens is a national pastime and community social event in China. So take your number (ah, so this is why they line up at the screech of dawn), take a seat and hunker down for your lesson in patience. While you wait, listen to this podcast on bank hours in Chinese and secure your teller time.

    Tags: time, money, business

    Exchanging Dollars for RMB Elementary

    One of the first things you're going to need to do in China is change some of your hard-earned cash into spendable RMB. Today's dialogue follows one such traveler as they venture into a local bank. Learn all the vital vocab for exchanging money using Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson.

    Tags: money, currency, numbers, bank

    Big Numbers Elementary

    Today's podcast is all about massive numbers in Mandarin Chinese. We're talking the numbers used in high-occurrence discussions on the population of China, US debt to China, your expected salary, and the price of a Ferrari in Shanghai. Enhance your numerical knowledge with today's elementary lesson!

    Tags: numbers, math

    Baijiu or Beer Elementary

    The mere mention of baijiu, the "white alcohol," strikes fear into the hearts of those foreigners who have tasted the fearsome liquid. Fortunately, it's usually not the only option. Knowing how to say "I prefer beer" may save you not only the gustatory punishment of the moment, but also the wicked hangover of the next morning.

    Tags: dining, culture, drinking

    I don't smoke Elementary

    If you come to China, you're going to be offered a cigarette. While you can get by on context and gestures, it's nice to know how to politely decline. While you're at it, you smokers out there can also learn how to ask for a light in Chinese.

    Tags: habit

    KTV Elementary

    Yeaaaah, you've been known to chang a little ge when no one is around. So, stop the bashful act... have a few beers if that helps... and get your KTV on. Select a forgotten 80s tune (Purple Rain is a rousing melody), turn on the reverb. Wrestle the microphone from your partner in song, and see a side of the Chinese you never knew existed. Listen to this podcast and learn how to join in, in Mandarin.

    Tags: entertainment

    Getting an Official Receipt Elementary

    If you intend to claim something as an expense in China, you need an "official receipt" (AKA "fapiao"). So don't just fight over the bill -- make sure you get this government-issued scrap of paper to make it official. Learn the magic words in this Chinese lesson.

    Tags: eating, restaurant, business

    Buying a Prepaid Cell Phone Card Elementary

    So you've just had an hour-long argument with your landlord about the electricity bill or exchanged a few hundred texts with your significant other; either way your phone is out of credit. Don't panic! Learn how to recharge your cell phone minutes in today's highly useful Elementary lesson.

    Tags: shopping, cell phones

    Sending a Text Message Elementary

    Networking done the traditional way involves stacks of business cards. Nowadays, though, a cell phone is all you need to make that connection. Just be aware that even if you have no intention of making a real connection, your new "friend" might ask you to text her immediately to seal the deal. Learn the necessary Chinese for texting in this lesson.

    Tags: text messages, communication

    Cell Phone Connectivity Issues Elementary

    Do you know how to express that you can't get through to someone's cell phone? Or that someone's cell phone appears to be off? Learn the Chinese for these important phrases, and also learn about how much trouble you can get into for befalling these technical issues.

    Tags: daily life, cell phones

    Bad Cell Reception Elementary

    In this podcast, you'll learn how to complain about a poor cell phone signal. That must be why you didn't understand what your Chinese friend was saying...right? Make sure you always come through loud and clear when you speak Mandarin.

    Tags: reception, signal, cell phones

    Afternoon Meeting Elementary

    Afternoon meetings are a fact of life in many offices, but in many companies they're on a dangerous collision course with the Chinese "afternoon nap" custom. In this lesson, learn the key Mandarin phrases for reminding others about meetings. As for actually staying awake in that meeting... you're on your own!

    Tags: office, computers, internet, meeting, business

    Didn't you get my email? Elementary

    There are many reasons to believe that someone may not have received your email. Whether you're a conspiracy theorist or simply need to remind a technology-challenged co-worker, this Chinese lesson will equip you to ask someone if he got your email.

    Tags: email, work, office

    Check Your Spam Elementary

    Most of us have spam filters on our email inboxes. They certainly make life easier a lot of the time, saving us the hassle of deleting loads of advertisements for unnecessary (and often less-than-wholesome) products. Yet sometimes spam filters also cause problems. Check out today's lesson for some useful technology terminology.

    Tags: office, work, internet

    An Email Introduction Elementary

    It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers. In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases.

    Tags: jobs, office, greetings, work, introductions, email

    Asking for the WiFi password Elementary

    In this increasingly connected world, it's important to maintain contact with friends and colleagues, even when you're outside the house or the office. Cafés all over the world cater to this by offering free or paid wifi. But how do you ask for the password in Chinese? Find out in today's super-useful lesson.

    Tags: internet, password, coffee

    Asking About the New Job Elementary

    While chatting with your friends in Chinese, job discussion will surely be a popular topic, especially if someone has just changed jobs. Learn how to give a (diplomatic) answer to some of the more common questions about your new occupation.

    Tags: jobs, company, time, transportation

    Office Lunch Options Elementary

    You eat lunch at your office every day. Five meals a week, nearly fifty weeks a year. It might seem like there are a lot of options at first, but after a few months (or years) on the job, the options really start to bore. Discover a very familiar office conversation in today's lesson on lunch options.

    Tags: stores, noodles, time, food, home and office, dinner

    Photocopying and Printing Elementary

    What do you do when you're thrust into an office environment with little English and a multitude of tasks to complete? ChinesePod offers a solution with today's lesson on the wild world of office duties like photocopying, printing and calling cabs for your superiors. Learn how to be a company superstar with this elementary lesson.

    Tags: office, boss, business

    Finishing Work for the Weekend Elementary

    At the end of the work week things generally wind down. But for some people, Fridays are the busiest. Check out today's lesson to learn about a person who's trying to cram everything in before the weekend. Jenny and John will also be discussing the very common practice of working overtime: 加班 (jiābān).

    Tags: good-bye, time, office, work

    Words of Encouragement Elementary

    It's been a rough week. The work piled up over the holiday last week and all your dutiful employees have been working long overtime hours. What's the best way, other than an expensive bonus, to show your immense appreciation for your subordinates who pour their blood, sweat and tears into your company? Uplifting (and cheap!) words of encouragement, of course! Learn how to spur on your workers in today's ChinesePod elementary lesson.

    Tags: work, business, office

    Hong Kong Visa Run Elementary

    Visas are a huge, unavoidable nuisance. If you live in China, there's a good chance you've made at least one trip to Hong Kong in search of this priceless little sticker. Learn useful Chinese vocabulary about visas in today's podcast.

    Tags: jobs, labor, law, work, Hong Kong, visa

    Asking for Sick Leave Elementary

    Even the hardest-working employees need a break sometimes! Whether you're actually sick or not, knowing how to ask your Chinese boss for a bit of time off is a highly important skill. Learn how to do so in today's elementary lesson.

    Tags: feelings, drugs, boss, work

    Due This Week Elementary

    The “big man” sets a deadline, but everyone decides that if they combine forces, they’ll be able to get it extended. But boss man didn’t get the corner office by being flexible, and says no. (The lesson is much more interesting than the description. Trust us.) In this podcast, learn an attempt at negotiating with the big boss over deadlines, in Mandarin Chinese.

    Tags: business, time

    National Day Holiday Elementary

    October 1st is "National Day" in the PRC, a holiday celebrating the founding of the nation. For the average Joe, this has a very important implication: vacation! In this lesson, learn how official holidays are announced, as well as some of their unfortunate drawbacks.

    Tags: work, time, National Day