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    This complimentary playlist features a collection of our audio and video lessons from all our 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.

    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.

    Tags: daily life, introductions

    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...

    Tags: jobs, greetings

    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 :)


    Tags: water, tea, drinking, video

    Nope, You Cannot! Newbie

    I'm sure we have all pestered our parents asking them "can I do this?" or "can I do that?".

    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.

    Tags: video, can

    I Can't Drink Elementary

    Today we learn how to refuse a drink politely and the reason for doing so. While it's important to show face, sometimes you just have to say no. Especially when in this case, he comes out with a rash as soon as alcohol touches his lips.

    Tags: health, drinking, alcohol

    Breakup Elementary

    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.)

    Tags: feelings, relationships

    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.


    Tags: video, particles, grammar

    Saying You're Angry: 生气 Qing Wen

    "Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry". Ever wanted to express your anger but didn't know how to do it? Well don't worry. This lesson will teach you.

    Tags: video, anger, angry

    Time Word Tips P1: 上 and 下 Qing Wen


    When I first started learning Chinese, I got super confused about how time works in Chinese. Why is next week "under week" and last month "up month." It was only once Fiona taught me this handy tip that I finally understood.

    Tags: video, month, week, time

    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.

    Tags: le, grammar, video

    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.

    Tags: video, le, grammar

    How to Use 了: Emphasis Qing Wen


    In this final? video on the topic of 了le, we analyse the emphasis pattern. Phrases like 太好了! are common ways to use this 了 le. Tune in to find out more.

    Watch Part 1

    Watch Part 2

    Tags: grammar, le, video

    I'm So Happy! 快乐, 高兴, 幸福 Qing Wen


    3 very similar words which all translate as "to be happy" but it turns out most students use them in the wrong context all the time, and teachers often find it hard to explain the subtle differences. Fear not, we are here to help.

    Tags: video, synonyms, happiness

    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!

    Tags: business meeting, toast, drinking

    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.

    Living in China? Click to watch on QQ

    Photo by nasrul ekram

    Tags: video, musical instrument, music, instruments, erhu

    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.

    Tags: money, password, ATM, bank

    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...

    Tags: pedestrian, road rage, swearing, cussing, angry, driving, video

    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

    Tags: video, introductions, name

    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.

    Tags: Qing, history, emperor, concubine

    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

    We love each other! 彼此,互相,对方 Qing Wen

    Have you ever been confused with when to use 彼此、 互相、 其他 ?Join us on this higher level Qing Wen where we explain the terms and their subtleties.

    Tags: video, grammar

    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.

    Tags: App, games, pokemon, video

    中西僵尸比一比 Advanced


    Tags: walking dead, werewolf, vampire, chinese zombie, zombies

    日本核危机 Advanced


    Tags: Japan, health, environment, government, nuclear, emergency

    网红经济 Internet Celebrity Advanced



    Tags: video, online, humor, celebrity, internet