Today on Qing Wen we learn about the two ways to say 'no wonder' in Chinese! They are 难怪 (nánguài) and 怪不得 (guàibude)! Listen to our examples, and tell people you listen to every Qing Wen. They'll say, 'no wonder your Mandarin is so good!'
Today's Qing Wen is all about different ways to talk about good fortune. Chinese love to talk about various forms of luck, and we'll break them down for you. There are more than you might imagine, from "money luck" to "peach blossom luck." Listen to this podcast for the answer to that classic question: Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?
Much ink has been spilled in an effort to explain the mysterious idea of "face" to foreigners. Tune in to this Qing Wen as the Gang of Three gets past the hocus-pocus surrounding this social phenomenon.
On Today's Qing Wen, we'll talk about an important meaning of the verb 放 (fàng) - to release. What kinds of things can you release? The answers may surprise you.
Have you ever wondered about the little Chinese phrases and magic words that Jenny uses in the podcasts? Then tune in to the final installment of this miniseries as the Shanghai Trio explain all the little particles and expressions that make learning Mandarin on ChinesePod so much fun.
Today, the Shanghai trio are finally going to explain the many ways to say "finally" in Chinese. We'll compare and contrast 终于 (zhōngyú)，最终(zuìzhōng)，and 总算 (zǒngsuàn.) Learn the appropriate situations in which to use each of these handy words.
If you've been learning Chinese for a little while, you've probably heard a number of words to describe building, establishing, and creating things. In this podcast the Qingwen team helps you set things straight so you'll know how to properly say establish a company, create history, and, of course, build a harmonious society!
The use of the words 相反 (xiāngfǎn) and 反而 (fǎn'ér) both have something to do with things being counter or counter to something else. And for many of us, their usage seems to defy expectation... until now! In this Qing Wen, we explore the difference in use and meaning between these two words.
The number of sayings and fixed phrases in the Chinese language is daunting. However, it's one of the many things about Chinese that makes it such a unique and fascinating language. In this Qing Wen, learn about the five different types of Chinese sayings: 成语(chéngyǔ), 固定说法(gūdìngshuōfǎ), 俗语(súyǔ), 谚语(yànyǔ) and 歇后语(xiēhòuyǔ).