Say It Right Series

    Qing Wen - Vocab - Beginner


    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.

    We Answer Qing Wen

    How to use "why", and why to use "how''? Sound confusing? It's not! This week on Qing Wen, we answer for you a question on how to use the question words 为什么 (wèishénme) and 怎么 (zěnme). How to use? When to use? What is the difference? Listen in, then give your own sentence a try in the comments section! Why? Because we love you (and we're not just 拍马屁 (pāi mǎpì) either, we promise)!


    Beyond Or: Another Use of 还是 (háishi) Qing Wen

    You may recognize 还是 (háishi) from its other claim to fame: 'or', but today we explore another side of 还是 (háishi)... Listen in and master it too!


    Two words for '2' Qing Wen

    In the spirit of vintage Sesame Street, we talk about a little wrench amongst the numbers in Chinese, the number two. There are two ways to say 'two' in Chinese, and keeping when and why straight can be confusing. Listen to this Qing Wen to clear it up for you!

    Tags: measure words, numbers

    Excuse Us! Qing Wen

    This week on Qing Wen, we explore the varied territories of 'excuse me' in Mandarin. Since there is no exact equivalent for this term in Chinese, we give you the low down on what to say in every situation you're going to want to be excusing yourself in. Plus, special linguistic bonus this week: Texo-Mandarin fusion. Enjoy!


    Just Say Yes Qing Wen

    Seems simple, right? Yes, right, correct, OK, uh-huh... this and more in this episode of Qing Wen, where we talk about the many ways to answer in the affirmative in Chinese.


    What does 厉害 (lìhai) mean, anyway? Qing Wen

    A finicky sort of word... sometimes means really, really bad, sometimes really, really good... how are we supposed to know? By listening to this episode of Qing Wen, where we give you some 厉害 (lìhai) examples of how to use 厉害 (lìhai)!


    Embrace your Fears! 怕 (pà)...Adj Qing Wen

    On today's QW we talk about a handy little phrase you can use to talk about all those things you hate--cold, hot, pain, your co-worker's nagging ways... hehe. When you combine 怕 (pà) adj. in Chinese, you get a way to vent in Mandarin! Listen in and find out how and when you can use this little pattern.


    Ending Your Sentence with 吧 (ba) Qing Wen

    Ma, Ba, De, Ne, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do.... What in the world are the little guys at the end of sentences I'm always hearing on Cpod dialogs? Well, it's not easy changing the your tone of voice like we can in English. You don't want to call your mom a horse by accident. So you have to add something to alter your "tone". These sentence enders can help you do the trick. We bring you 吧 (ba) this week, with more to come in the weeks ahead.


    Ending your sentence with 嘛 (ma) Qing Wen

    When you are pausing, whining, or stating the obvious, this "yǔqìcí " can help one do the trick. We continue our investigation on the sometimes challenging modal particles. Don't let them scare you though, as the QW crew helps them become your friend.


    Ending your sentence with 啊 & 呀 (a & ya) Qing Wen

    These tone setting little sentence-enders may tend to be a bit on the feminine side, but that only means that every one needs to know these. You ladies out there need to start practicing, and you gents to learn to decipher these moody modal particles.


    I Just.... 刚 & 刚才(gāng & gāngcái) Qing Wen

    Oh there is a difference... Let QW help you sort out the difference between the ways to say "just".


    Measure Words for Counting People Qing Wen

    John plays substitute teacher this week as Amber shares with us a burning secret: four different measure words for counting people in Chinese! Join Connie, Amber, and John as they discuss the various social dimensions to using the words 个 (gè), 位 (wèi), 口 (kǒu), and 名 (míng).


    The Pretty Podcast Qing Wen

    Flattery will get you everywhere, so today on Qing Wen, your hosts: two pretty and one handsome, bring you the three (or so) words for beautiful in Chinese. We're pretty sure after this podcast you will know where, when, and how to use the many words for pretty.


    Numbers in Chinese Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen we tackle numbers. From 100 and beyond, you'll learn them all here. Bonus inclusion for those that earn their millions--how to decipher Chinese discounts and brag about getting 100% on your Chinese math test after this podcast.

    Tags: money, numbers

    Last and Next Qing Wen

    On today's Qing Wen, we teach you have to maneuver around the 'time' words of Chinese. You'll learn the differences between yesterday and tomorrow, last week and this week... and so on. A little clarity on these everyday words and how to use them in Chinese!


    Often: Using 常常,经常,通常 (chángcháng, jīngcháng, tōngcháng) Qing Wen

    So many words for 'often.' In this Qing Wen, we dissect three of the more common ones: 常常,经常,and 通常 (chángcháng, jīngcháng and tōngcháng). Listen in and learn the difference as you explore the mundane routines of your ChinesePod hosts.


    请 (Qǐng) - Please and Beyond Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen, yet another way to make ourselves sound like the polite people we are. However, there is so much more to 请 (Qǐng) than meets the eye. Listen to this episode to see all the many uses of this polite-sounding word!


    Being Vague: 大概 (dàgài), 左右 (zuǒyòu), 上下 (shàngxià) Qing Wen

    The Chinese love to beat around the bush, so on today's Qing Wen we'll teach you how to perfect your 'vague' skills. Learn about some words that express 'about' or 'approximately': 大概 (dàgài), 左右 (zuǒyòu), and 上下 (shàngxià)... and a few more for good measure.


    Interesting or Boring? Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen, Jenny, Connie and Pete will teach you how to say that something is boring (无聊) or interesting (有意思). Plus, find out the extra shades of meaning of these extremely common words.


    Are You Happy, Content, or Delighted? Qing Wen

    There are so many ways to express happiness in Chinese. Today, the Shanghai Trio is going to give you the low-down on how to use 高兴 (gāoxìng),开心 (kāixīn),快乐 (kuàilè) and 幸福 (xìngfú).


    Hot and Cool 热, 烫 , 凉 , 冷 Qing Wen

    Today, Qing Wen will teach you about the different ways to express "hot" and "cold" in Mandarin. What's cooler than being cool? Learning Chinese with Connie, Jenny and Pete!


    Podcast Language 1 Qing Wen

    Have you ever wondered about the little Chinese phrases and magic words that Jenny uses in the podcasts? Then tune in as the Shanghai Trio explain all the little particles and expressions that make learning Mandarin on ChinesePod so much fun.


    Measure Word Fundamentals: 个,只,条,张 Qing Wen

    Do you know what Chinese measure words are and how to use them? In today's Qing Wen, Jenny, Connie and Pete will tackle the major measure words. They'll how and when to use super-common measure words such as 个, 只 , 条 , and 张. Still got questions? Let us know in the comments section below!


    Measure Words for Food Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen, the Shanghai Trio are going food-crazy! We're going to look at a variety of measure words that apply to foods. These include 个, 根, 串 , 块 and 片. How do you talk about a single banana or a bunch of grapes in Chinese? Listen to this Mandarin podcast to find out!


    Pair, Set, Match 双, 副, 对 , 套 Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen, we're going to look at the measure words that describe sets and matching pairs. We'll talk about everything from lovers to Chinese couplets. ChinesePod and your Mandarin studies-- what a great pair!


    Talking about others: 别的,其他的,另外的 Qing Wen

    There are tons of ways of describing the concept of other in English. We've got other, others, another, etc. In today's episode of Qing Wen, you'll be learning about how to describe other and others in Chinese using phrases like: 别的 (biéde),其他的 (qítāde),and 另外的 (lìngwaide).

    Tags: other, grammar

    Lovey-Dovey Terminology Qing Wen

    Honey bunny... Sweet pea... pumpkin. You've heard them before - you probably use them. They play a role in close relationships, but few people know how to express such things in a language other than their native tongue. Today Qing Wen explores the oft-overlooked yet important world of terms of endearment.

    Tags: relationships, names

    Must-Have Modals Qing Wen

    Modal verbs are an important element of many languages, and Chinese is no exception. When you want to describe possibility or necessity (you gotta, for example) you'll need to look to your friends modal verbs for help. But fear not! The Qing Wen team is here today to break it down for you in an easy to understand way.

    Tags: grammar, verb, modals

    Some uses of 些 Qing Wen

    Today's show is the product of a request from ChinesePod user go_manly. Many people have heard the word 些 (xiē) in different contexts, but knowing how and when to use it can prove challenging. Today the Qing Wen team breaks it down for you for you in easy to understand terms.

    Tags: grammar

    Festivals, Holidays, Vacations, and Leave Qing Wen

    All days spent away from work or school are not created equal. There are the fun days, the special holidays and festivals, the sick days, the person days... These different types of "days off" are referred to in different ways in Mandarin. In this lesson learn what the differences are and how to use them in Chinese.

    Tags: holidays, festivals, vacation

    Rainbow Qing Wen

    Do you know the colors of the rainbow in Chinese? You may be surprised to learn that ROYGBIV is somewhat cultural, and doesn't quite translate into Chinese. Learn what's special about the Chinese rainbow, and brush up on your colors along the way.

    Tags: rainbow, colors

    When Opposites Collide (1) Qing Wen

    Opposite Chinese adjectives can frequently be combined to create new nouns with a predictable meaning. In this Qing Wen lesson, we look at some of the more common ones.

    Tags: size

    When Opposites Collide (2) Qing Wen

    Sometimes when you combine opposite Chinese adjectives, the results aren't quite as predictable, because the meaning or usage is a little different from what you might expect. Learn about some of the more important special cases in this lesson.

    Tags: words, language

    Going and Leaving Qing Wen

    Chinese has three really common ways to express "going" and "leaving," and the overlap with English in ways that you might not be entirely clear on. In this Qing Wen, the team looks at some key verbs and maps it all out for you. Listen in, and leave inappropriate use of 去 (qù), 走 (zǒu), and 离开 (līkāi) behind!

    Tags: verb, place

    Words with Heart Qing Wen

    The Chinese concept of "xin" is actually not just heart; it's mind, it's essence. But it's also at the heart of tons of useful Chinese vocabulary. In this first lesson of a two-part series, we'll be looking at some of the more basic words, comparing and contrasting, and discussing antonyms when possible. It's not that hard; take heart...

    Tags: personality, feelings

    Christmas in Chinese Qing Wen

    Time has flown by and once again it's time to deck the halls, hang the stockings, put up the Christmas tree and eagerly await Santa's arrival. Today's Qing Wen has all your favorite Christmas terminology in Mandarin Chinese. Listen in and amaze your Chinese friends with your ability to describe all your favorite Christmas traditions in detail! And finally, a happy holidays to all our beloved users from the entire ChinesePod staff!

    Tags: customs, shopping, food, gift, festivals, Christmas

    Meet-Up Frenzy Qing Wen

    In celebration of our upcoming ChinesePod user meet-up, today's Qing Wen discusses various gatherings and meetings in Mandarin Chinese. Learn how to distinguish between a formal meet-up event and a casual romantic date in today's lesson.

    Tags: communications, meet-up, socializing

    A Much-Needed Discussion of 需要 and 要 Qing Wen

    Do you "need" that new [insert your favorite luxury item here] or do you "want" it? We can't decide that for you, but we can teach you how to distinguish between the two linguistically in Mandarin Chinese! Tune in to today's Qing Wen to hear all about the difference between these two words.

    Tags: need, demand

    No Worries, No Problem Qing Wen

    We're taking it easy in today's lesson with a lesson on all your favorite expressions of apathy. Someone apologizing to you profusely? Learn how to tell them not to worry? Someone asking about your plans? Learn how to say you have none. Don't care about anything at all in the world? Learn how to express your nihilistic views. We've got it all in today's Qing Wen!

    Tags: daily life, language

    Taking Transportation Qing Wen

    We're going back to some basics for our elementary listeners with a Qing Wen on the all-important verbs related to transportation. From taking the subway to riding a camel, make sure you know the proper way to describe your means of transportation in Mandarin Chinese, whatever they may be!

    Tags: vehicle, transportation

    Addressing Women Qing Wen

    Before you even think of striking up a conversation with someone, it's vital to know the correct term of address. Today's Qing Wen will help you avoid many an awkward situation by educating you on how to address girls and women of different ages and statuses.

    Tags: people, women, age

    Send and Deliver Qing Wen

    Qing Wen's covering all sorts of modes of transport for goods in today's show. We'll be talking shipping, sending, delivering and mailing; how to say each and every one of those verbs (and more) and when to use which word according to context!

    Tags: post office, delivery, email

    So It Goes Qing Wen

    So? So what? Exactly. In this week's Qingwen, learn about the different use of the words 这么 and 那么, often translated as "so".

    Tags: place, degree

    The Right Way to 教 (jiào, jiāo) Qing Wen

    Dealing with Chinese characters can become especially tricky when one encounters 多音字 (duōyīnzì), sometimes called homographs. These are characters which have different pronunciations and meanings depending on how they are used. In this edition of Qing Wen, learn about the two separate pronunciations of the character 教 (jiāo, jiào).

    Tags: education

    Toilet Time Qing Wen

    When you've got to go, you've got to go, right? Of course, there are many ways to talk about the restroom, some more polite than others. In this Qing Wen, learn about the different words for the toilet in Chinese.

    Tags: bathroom

    When To Use “不” bù and “没” méi? Qing Wen

    When to use “不” bù and “没” méi? They both negate a statement, but it can be terribly confusing for both new and seasoned learners alike. In this Qing Wen, Constance and Fiona will guide resident learner Gwilym through some common sentences to highlight when and where to use both.


    Entire/Whole: 整 (zhěng) vs 全 (quán) [Video/Audio] Qing Wen

    Another Audio/Video lesson where we take two very similar words and give some useful sentences and visual ways for you to get it clear in your head. In this lesson we explain the difference between 整 (zhěng) and 全 (quán) which are both very similar but have different uses. Enjoy.

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    Tags: , , whole, entire, video

    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