Say It Right Series

    Dating

    Mixed

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

    How YOU doin? Newbie

    We can only ignore so many requests for “chat-up lines” until we break…which we did today. In this soon-to-be most popular lesson for our loyal podcast listeners, you will learn some nice compliments in Chinese to endear you to someone you have your eye on; and we will also give you some saucy lines in Mandarin Chinese to use at the pub this weekend…and withdraw from any consequences thereof. (Also included will be “Go away, you arrogant jerk!” Ouch.)

    Tags: appearance


    Picking My Darling Up Elementary

    Listen to two love birds arrange to meet at a common location before going out on a date.


    Photo Credit: Kyle May

    Tags: dating, driving, meeting


    The DVD Ploy Intermediate

    In the realm of dating, men's ruses to get women into their arms are universal. Oh yes... don't fall for the 'arms around you to shield you from the cold', the 'tandem bike ride home', the 'friendly shoulder rub', or the most transparent of all... the 'DVD ploy.' In this podcast, find out how to ask someone upstairs to watch a movie, and how to gracefully escape in Mandarin Chinese.

    Tags: relationships, entertainment, appearance


    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.

    Tags: cheating, infidelity, fight, wife, husbands, divorce, mystery, lover, love, affair


    Matchmaking in the Park Intermediate

    In this modern age where young people are all obsessed with their careers, what's a pushy parent to do about her single child's wedding prospects? Why, take to the streets of course! They storm the city's parks, resumes and photos in hand, doing all the matchmaking their children are too hard-working to bother with themselves. Learn more about this peculiar social phenomenon in this Chinese lesson.

    Tags: parents, dating, culture, appearance, jobs


    Rental Boyfriend Upper Intermediate

    The pressure from parents on young Chinese people to find spouses can be severe. In fact, so much so that renting a boyfriend or girlfriend to take home for Chinese New Year has become a full-blown phenomenon. In this lesson, two friends commiserate over their “personal problem” and consider renting a prospective spouse for the holiday.

    Tags: festivals, relationships, family


    相亲 Arranged Blind Dates Advanced

    找对象的方法有许多种,你知道几种?又试过几种呢?其实有种由来已久且老一辈十分相信的办法,就是相亲,有时儿女不急着结婚,倒是家里的叔伯阿姨等长辈急得要命,就会给安排相亲了,听听两代人对相亲有什么不同的看法吧。 Photo by al fernandez

    Tags: date, dating


    相亲活动 Advanced

    孩子大了,父母最急的是什么?在中国,有儿子的父母最急的就是帮儿子找媳妇,有女儿的父母最急的就是赶紧把女儿嫁出去。可如果孩子自己不急,那做父母的该怎么办呢?可怜天下父母心,幸亏老祖宗给这些父母留下了一条妙计——相亲。被父母逼着去相亲,虽然被提倡自由恋爱的年轻人所排斥,但背负“单身”骂名的年轻人哪敌得过父母的唠叨呢?于是,在全国各地掀起了一股强劲的“相亲热”。想进一步了解这股“相亲热”吗?想知道现在的相亲跟古代的相亲有什么不同吗?那就赶快来学习一下吧。

    Tags: parents, love, dating, matchmaking, marriage, culture