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    Qing Wen - Vocab - Intermediate

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    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 Intermediate Qing Wen lessons curated by a Chinese teacher. They all focus on questions relating to vocaublary in some way.

    "Thinking" in Chinese: 觉得 (juéde), 认为 (rènwéi) and 以为 (yǐwéi) Qing Wen

    Deep thoughts? Ever wonder what girls are really thinking? Well, in this week's Qing Wen, special guest Jenny joins in as we dissect how to use the different words for "to think", in Chinese. Leave us a comment, and let us know what you think, too!

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    Two 'Iffy' Words Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen, we answer a question about how to use two of the words for 'if' in Chinese: 如果 (rúguǒ) and 的话 (dehuà). Not only that, but Jenny (almost) serenades us with a love song!

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    Don't Underestimate the Power of 呢 (ne) Qing Wen

    It may be small, it may seem insignificant... but what the heck is it doing there at the end of all those sentences? There are as many 呢 (ne)'s in Mandarin as there are watch, bag, dvd salesmen on the corner of Huaihai Lu. Listen to this Qing Wen and get a few of them straight.

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    无论 (wúlùn) No matter... Qing Wen

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -Buddha. There is much to learn from the wise one, and much to learn from the wise QW crew. But don't take our word for it, no matter...

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    Xīnkǔ 辛苦 Qing Wen

    Are you tired of being tired? Lets talk about a kind of tired that trumps all those measly forms of fatigue. Its more than just tired however... its xīnkǔ! This multifarious word is so meaningful that it gets its own show. So go and grab your self a cup of coffee and perk up to this weeks episode.

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    Lo and La (咯 & 啦) Qing Wen

    Here is the final installment of our 语气词 (yǔqìcí) series. Here we get our "L" on... on the end of our sentences that is. See what the "lo" and the "la" can do to your sentence, and know that you can say these gender neutral particles with pride.

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    Do You Remember.... Qing Wen

    On today's QW we explore the sometimes tricky way to say remember. Talks of Michael Jackson, dementia, and memory-boxes will allow you to make the distinction. You are going to memorize, remember, and never forget this lesson.

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    Colors, By Degrees Qing Wen

    Today we welcome JP to Qing Wen with a rousing analysis of pencil crayon colors and flesh tones. In this episode, learn how to talk about all the colors of the rainbow, as well as the variants thereof.

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    Using 'Almost' Qing Wen

    Today on Qing Wen we talk about how to use the word for almost in Chinese, 差一点儿 (chàyīdiǎnr). Learn here not only how to use 'almost,' but how Connie 'almost' made a fool of herself, how Amber 'almost' got hit by a car, and how JP... laughs at both of us! Try your own 'almost' sentences in the comments section!

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    Understanding 了解 (Liǎojiě) and 理解 (Lǐjiě) Qing Wen

    Today on Qing Wen we get in touch with our feelings and teach you how to understand 'understand' in Chinese. There are a few words for this concept, and today we discuss two of them: 了解 (Liǎojiě) and 理解 (Lǐjiě).

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    Don't Never Say Never Qing Wen

    Qing Wen is back to make sure you are always making good use of the word 'never' in Chinese. In this episode, learn how and when to use the two forms of 'never' in Mandarin: 从来没 (cónglái méi) and 从来不 (cónglái bù).

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    Always in Chinese: 总是 (zǒngshì) and 老是 (lǎoshi) Qing Wen

    Here are two common words for 'always': 总是 (zǒngshì) and its bad boy brother 老是 (lǎoshi). In this Qing Wen, learn the difference between these two 'always' words, and how to use them!

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    All the Things You Can Hit: 打 (dǎ) Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen gives you the chance to release all your pent up anger. Learn the many, many, many uses of the word '打' (dǎ) in Chinese. You'll be hitting everything from a taxi meter to your phone after listening to this episode.

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    Stop in the Name of the 法 (fǎ) Qing Wen

    There's more than one way to see things, to talk about things, and to do things. Today's podcast will teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese about your methods, means, and views.

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    Funny Business -- 搞笑, 好笑, 可笑 Qing Wen

    On Today's Qing Wen, the team looks at the different ways to say "funny" in Chinese. Are you funny, clever, laughable or humorous? Listen to this podcast and find out!

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    Taking it all off Qing Wen

    In this lesson, we're learning about putting on and wearing clothes and accessories (穿,戴). And then you can talk about take them off (脱). Learning Chinese is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

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    Making Commands More Emphatic with 千万 and 一定 Qing Wen

    How can you make your commands or reminders even more emphatic? Listen to today's Qing Wen to learn about two handy phrases, 千万 and 一定.

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    Broken, Busted, and Smashed Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen is about breaking things-- all kinds of things. We'll check out the phrases 坏了(huàile),破了(pòle),碎了(suìle),and 断了(duànle). Learn how to use these words appropriately!

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    Dropping and Losing 丢, 弄丢,丢掉 Qing Wen

    Today, the Three Sages are going to lose everything but their patience. This Qing Wen is about losing, misplacing, or getting rid of all kinds of things. Learn the distinctions in Chinese among 丢,弄丢and 丢掉。

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    Picking Up 拿 Qing Wen

    Today's lesson should be a real pick-me-up. The Three Musketeers of Grammar are picking up and getting all kinds of things, using the verb 拿. Let's listen and learn about one of the most important words in Chinese.

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    Pain and Suffering 伤心, 难受,郁闷 ,不爽,难过 Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen will hurt your feelings and make you cry. Learn about the different ways to express discomfort or pain in Chinese. What are the differences among 伤心 (shāngxīn) , 难过 (nánguò), 难受 (nánshòu), 郁闷 (yùmèn) and 不爽 (bùshuǎng)? Leaning Mandarin hurts in all the right ways!

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    Podcast Language 2 Qing Wen

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

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    To do Qing Wen

    'To Do' is such a versatile and super important verb in the English language. You don't get off that light with Mandarin - the Chinese have a plethora of verbs for 'to do'. But fear not dear Poddies, in today's podcast the Qingwen sages clearly elucidate the various Chinese verbs for 'to do' and the contexts that dictate their use.

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    How Long Has This Been Going On? Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen, we'll explore the deceptively simple question of time. Learn how to use Mandarin to express the age of buildings, cars, and much more.

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    Hate is a Very Strong Word Qing Wen

    On today's Qing Wen, we'll express use the words 讨厌,恨 and 不喜欢our strong dislike for all kinds of things. Find out what Connie, Jenny and Pete detest the most in today's Chinese podcast.

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    Hotels, Hostels and Restaurants Qing Wen

    Today, the Shanghai Trio are looking at the many ways to describe restaurants and hotels in Chinese. We'll explain the mysteries of 饭店 (fàndiàn), 酒楼 (jiǔlóu) , 餐厅 (cāntīng) and other such establishments. Download this podcast and learn the Mandarin you need to get a good meal and a good night's accommodation.

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    Coming Up Next: 接下来,然后,还有,那么 Qing Wen

    Have you ever wanted to make a tidy segue to the next topic or item in Chinese? In this podcast, the Shanghai Trio are going to explain the various ways to use Mandarin to alert your listeners that you are moving right along, getting on to the next topic or step in a process. Plus, you'll learn to bring up topics that don't exactly follow from the topic at hand.

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    Fruit Basket of Cause-Effect Qing Wen

    In this episode of Qing Wen, a high-profile Mandarin learner confesses her confusion over a number of cause-effect words that contain the character 果 (guǒ). Then we get to the bottom of just what the relationships are between 如果 (rúguǒ), 结果 (jiéguǒ), and 效果 (xiàoguǒ).

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    Dare to Use 敢 Qing Wen

    You may have come across the verb 敢 (gǎn) in your studies, but have you every noticed it always seems awkward when you translate from Chinese to English, and your Chinese friends use it a lot more than you do? In this lesson, we clue you in to how to use this "simple yet not-so-simple" verb.

    Tags: grammar


    Flexible, Not Reflexive Qing Wen

    This lesson begins with a user question about reflexive verbs. The short answer to the question is that Chinese is not like Spanish and does not have reflexive verbs, but that doesn't stop the Qing Wen trio from making an instructive Chinese lesson out of the topic!

    Tags: grammar


    Picking things up: 拿、带、取 Qing Wen

    Dài 带, ná 拿 and qǔ 取. Which to use and when? This is an important question and one that the CPod team is tackling in today's enlightening episode of Qing Wen. Oh, and you'll be learning about some of the strange qualities of your friendly ChinesePod hosts (Connie often carries a gun and John never has money on him! Huh?).

    Tags: verb, grammar


    次,遍,趟: Measuring Times Qing Wen

    In this latest edition of Qing Wen, the team tackles an important issue: measuring time. If this topic has ever tripped you up, or if you're simply not sure of the difference between doing something 一次 (yīcì) versus doing it 一遍 (yībiàn), or even 一趟 (yītàng), then tune in to today's show!

    Tags: measure words, time


    Ways to Describe Things that are "Inside" Qing Wen

    In today's episode of Qing Wen, the team explores one of the many aspects of describing objects' locations. Specifically, the locations of things that are inside other things. Special attention is given to words such as 里 lǐ,内 nèi,and 在 zài. Check out today's lesson to learn more about this fascinating and extremely useful topic!

    Tags: position, directions, grammar


    Time Period Patterns with 末, 底, 初 Qing Wen

    Today's lesson is very appropriate for December. As it's the end of the year, the team is exploring how to use words like 末 mò, 底 dǐ , 初 chū to describe periods of time. Check out this lesson to find out the different ways of talking about the beginning or end of the year, as well as the beginning or end of the week.

    Tags: time, grammar


    Coming Up Next: 接下来,然后,还有,那么 Qing Wen

    Have you ever wanted to make a tidy segue to the next topic or item in Chinese? In this podcast, the Shanghai Trio are going to explain the various ways to use Mandarin to alert your listeners that you are moving right along, getting on to the next topic or step in a process. Plus, you'll learn to bring up topics that don't exactly follow from the topic at hand.

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    Rhetorical Question Marker 难道 Qing Wen

    Today have we got a show for lovers of rhetorical questions or what? Learn how to set up a rhetorical question in Chinese using the structure 难道......吗?(nándào... ma). After listening to today's show, your ability to dish out sass in Chinese will increase tenfold. Enjoy!

    Tags: questions, grammar


    舍不得 Qing Wen

    Many users have expressed confusion about this commonly heard Chinese phrase, 舍不得 (shěbùde), largely because there are so many different translations offered by various dictionaries (and seriously, when would you ever use "loathe to" in normal conversation)?? So today we'll be helping you find out just what this phrase means, and how to use it! You'll also be finding out what Connie and Liliana would hate to part with... (not surprisingly food comes up)!

    Tags: feelings, grammar


    Flexible, Not Reflexive Qing Wen

    This lesson begins with a user question about reflexive verbs. The short answer to the question is that Chinese is not like Spanish and does not have reflexive verbs, but that doesn't stop the Qing Wen trio from making an instructive Chinese lesson out of the topic!

    Tags: grammar


    Picking things up: 拿、带、取 Qing Wen

    Dài 带, ná 拿 and qǔ 取. Which to use and when? This is an important question and one that the CPod team is tackling in today's enlightening episode of Qing Wen. Oh, and you'll be learning about some of the strange qualities of your friendly ChinesePod hosts (Connie often carries a gun and John never has money on him! Huh?).

    Tags: verb, grammar


    次,遍,趟: Measuring Times Qing Wen

    In this latest edition of Qing Wen, the team tackles an important issue: measuring time. If this topic has ever tripped you up, or if you're simply not sure of the difference between doing something 一次 (yīcì) versus doing it 一遍 (yībiàn), or even 一趟 (yītàng), then tune in to today's show!

    Tags: measure words, time


    Ways to Describe Things that are "Inside" Qing Wen

    In today's episode of Qing Wen, the team explores one of the many aspects of describing objects' locations. Specifically, the locations of things that are inside other things. Special attention is given to words such as 里 lǐ,内 nèi,and 在 zài. Check out today's lesson to learn more about this fascinating and extremely useful topic!

    Tags: position, directions, grammar


    Time Period Patterns with 末, 底, 初 Qing Wen

    Today's lesson is very appropriate for December. As it's the end of the year, the team is exploring how to use words like 末 mò, 底 dǐ , 初 chū to describe periods of time. Check out this lesson to find out the different ways of talking about the beginning or end of the year, as well as the beginning or end of the week.

    Tags: time, grammar


    Rhetorical Question Marker 难道 Qing Wen

    Today have we got a show for lovers of rhetorical questions or what? Learn how to set up a rhetorical question in Chinese using the structure 难道......吗?(nándào... ma). After listening to today's show, your ability to dish out sass in Chinese will increase tenfold. Enjoy!

    Tags: questions, grammar


    舍不得 Qing Wen

    Many users have expressed confusion about this commonly heard Chinese phrase, 舍不得 (shěbùde), largely because there are so many different translations offered by various dictionaries (and seriously, when would you ever use "loathe to" in normal conversation)?? So today we'll be helping you find out just what this phrase means, and how to use it! You'll also be finding out what Connie and Liliana would hate to part with... (not surprisingly food comes up)!

    Tags: feelings, grammar


    Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes Qing Wen

    We're taking an email from a user as inspiration for the focus of today's Qing Wen. Ever wondered just how to use 变 (biàn) and 换 (huàn)? Find out the uses for these two words, and learn how they're different. Who knows... this show might just 改变 your life! (Sorry... we couldn't resist)!

    Tags: change, verb, grammar


    Pay Verbs Qing Wen

    The modern consumer does a lot of paying. Paying bills, paying the check, paying back friends, paying back loans, paying off credit cards, paying the mortgage, paying employees... you get the idea. But you didn't think all the paying would just be one simple verb in Mandarin Chinese, did you? Tune in to this lesson to learn what verbs to use for which meanings.

    Tags: verb, paying, grammar, bill, credit cards, mortgage


    The White Spectrum of Meaning Qing Wen

    The team explores symbolic associations with the color white, 白 (bái), in Chinese culture today. Learn how to use this color to express performing actions in vain, leeching off of others, and describing someone who is... how to put it nicely? Dim witted? You'll also find out why some Chinese people might look down on you if you leave the house in a white hat.

    Tags: white, grammar, culture, colors


    The Black Spectrum of Meaning Qing Wen

    This is the second in a series of Qing Wen shows about colors and their symbolic meanings in Chinese culture. This week's show focuses on the color black, 黑 (hēi). Connie (and many other Chinese women), unlike many women in the west, are loath to tanning. What's the reason behind this? Listen to today's show to learn about this and other phenomena related to the color black.

    Tags: illegal, black, grammar, culture, colors


    The Red Spectrum of Meaning Qing Wen

    Moving along in the Qing Wen series on colors and Chinese culture, the team tackles the ever-important red, 红色 (hóngsè). Red is, perhaps, the most popular color in China (especially during the Chinese New Year celebrations)! Find out some of the many uses of this color in the Chinese language. And find out why Lady Gaga is very red right now!

    Tags: colors, red, culture, happiness, grammar, popular


    Keeping 收 and 受 Straight Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen it's the battle of the shou's. The team is tackling a user-provided question about the difference between 受 (shòu) and 收 (shōu). They may sound similar, but their meanings are not the same. To learn more, tune into this podcast!

    Tags: grammar, verb, accept


    The Yellow and Green Spectrum of Meaning Qing Wen

    In today's episode of Qing Wen the team wraps up their series on colors and Chinese culture. Curious to know why you should be careful not to ask for yellow books and movies? Wondering why your friends make fun of you for wearing that green hat? Tune in to learn all about these cultural tidbits and more!

    Tags: movies, books, culture, green, yellow, colors


    Talking about Talking in Chinese Qing Wen

    Today the Qing Wen team have a very meta show for you. They are talking about talking. In Chinese there are many ways to express the various shades of discussing, conversing, chatting, etc. Find out how to use the following words in just the right context: 讨论 (tǎolùn), 商量 (shāngliáng), 说 (shuō), 谈 (tán), 讲 (jiǎng)!

    Tags: to say, to speak, to talk, to discuss, verb, grammar


    Describing Fear Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen the team is exploring ways to describe fear. There are so many words for talking about scary things and being afraid. Want to know what the differences between 怕(pà), 害怕(hàipà), and 可怕(kěpà) are? Want to know how to use these words? Check out today's show to find out!

    Tags: adjective, verb, grammar, fear, scary


    Suffix Magic Qing Wen

    Today the Qing Wen team is bringing you a show all about using suffixes, or 后缀 (hòuzhuì), in Chinese. We're delving into grammatical alchemy, turning adjectives into verbs, among other things. Have fun!

    Tags: noun, verb, adjective, grammar


    Realization, Reality and Authenticity Qing Wen

    Sounds like the topic of a philosophy class, not an episode of Qing Wen, right? Well maybe the team will be delving a bit into philosophical issues but mostly they'll be focusing on clearing up the confusion surrounding the notion of realization, or 意识到 [yìshidào], in Chinese. Learners often mistake this with other similar words, so John, Connie and Liliana are here today to set the record straight.

    Tags: wish, perception


    Feelings Qing Wen

    Today's show is all about expressing your feelings. The team (including a very effusive John) is here to make sure you know just how to discuss what's in your heart or on your mind in Chinese!

    Tags: affection, emotions, feelings


    Suffixes for Describing People Qing Wen

    Today the team is presenting some handy little suffixes that help you describe people and professions! From 者 (zhě) to 家 (jiā) you'll be turning adjectives into people in no time! There are some rules to govern this grammatical madness, so tune in as John, Liliana and Connie cover all the details.

    Tags: jobs, professions, people


    Going, Leaving, and Leaving for Good Qing Wen

    离开 (líkāi), 走(zǒu) and 去 (qù) are three important ways of describing going somewhere. But how do you know when to use which one? Which ones imply temporary actions ("heading home" from a lame party)? Which ones imply permanence ("I'm leaving China [for good]")? Find out today as Connie, John and Liliana cover these important terms and how to use them.

    Tags: verb, going, place, leaving


    Doing the math with 算 (suàn) Qing Wen

    The team is here today to explore an important use of the word 算 (suàn). Learn how to discuss describing things that count (or don't). They'll also be touching on the commonly-heard phrase 算了 (suànle). Tune in for all this and more!

    Tags: to consider, to count, verb


    Getting into the habit with 习惯 (xíguàn) Qing Wen

    Today the Qing Wen team is here to discuss how to use the word 习惯 (xíguàn) to describe habits (both good and bad) and things that you're used to (or not)! Tune in - you might just find out some of John and Liliana's bad habits!

    Tags: good habit, bad habit, habit


    人家: Other People and Pouty Girls Qing Wen

    You'll hear people say the phrase 人家 rénjia all the time in Chinese. Just what does this mean and how do you use it? Find out today from the team in this episode of Qing Wen.

    Tags: other, grammar


    Comparing Buts: 但 and 却 Qing Wen

    Sure, you've known for quite a while that 但 (dàn) and 但是 (dànshì) both mean "but." But what about that pesky word 却 (què)? It's an adverb rather than a conjunction, but what does that mean, exactly? Tune in to this lesson on Chinese grammar to find the answers to these burning questions.

    Tags: but, adverb, conjunction


    An Introduction to Chengyu Qing Wen

    If you've studied Chinese for any length of time, you've probably heard of those quintessentially Chinese idioms known as chengyu (成语). How does one approach chengyu in one's studies, and what is a good place to start? Listen in to today's lesson to find the answer to that question and more.

    Tags: culture, language, idioms


    Keeping and Leaving Qing Wen

    There's a fun verb in Mandarin Chinese called 留 (liú). Depending on the situation, it might be translated into English as either "to keep" or "to leave." Of course that's not all there is to it... Join us in this lesson to find out the different ways of expressing these concepts.

    Tags: leaving, keeping


    Dealing with 管 (guan) Qing Wen

    The verb 管 (guǎn) covers a surprisingly broad range of uses. From "managing" money and people ("managing the kids"??) to "dealing with," "taking care of," or even "minding," this verb is worth a bit of discussion, as well as plenty of Chinese sample sentences.

    Tags: to manage


    Losing and Forgetting Qing Wen

    There's sort of a fuzzy line between "forgetting" something and "losing" it. (We're talking about physical objects here, not insanity.) In this lesson the Qing Wen crew examines that fuzziness in detail, going over different usages of the verbs 忘 (wàng), 丢 (diū), and 落 (là).

    Tags: lost


    Surfing the Web Chinese Style Qing Wen

    The web. The net. The interwebs, even. Regardless of what you call it, the internet has fast become an essential part of our daily lives. In today's Qing Wen, John, Connie and Jen cover the different words that mean "internet" in Chinese, as well as key phrases related to online activities.

    Tags: website, network, online, internet


    Nothing more than 而已 (eryi) and 罢了 (bale) Qing Wen

    You may have heard these words added to the end of Chinese sentences, trivializing what came before. They are 而已 (éryǐ) and 罢了 (bàle), and you'll hear them both in spoken Chinese. The great thing about them is how optional they are. Tune into this lesson to learn how to use them.

    Tags: grammar, just


    Possible, Possibly, Possibility Qing Wen

    In this lesson, we started with the Chinese word 可能 (kěnéng) and explore some of its various uses. Do you know how to use it as an adjective and an adverb? How to use it with 有 (yǒu)? How to turn it into a noun and talk about probability? Listen in to find out.

    Tags: possibly, possible, possibility


    Actually Qing Wen

    Liliana's back today and the team is tackling a question from a user. What are the rules for saying "actually"? How do you use the words 其实 (qíshí), 事实上 (shìshíshàng) and 实际上 (shíjìshàng)? Tune in to find out!

    Tags: actually, fact


    Back in the Day with "当" Qing Wen

    “当” (dāng) can be used as a time word, and as far as time words are concerned, this one's pretty dang versatile. In today's Qing Wen, the team delves into some of the various, though similar, time-related uses of "当".

    Tags: local, place, year, time


    Making the Most of 最 (zui) Qing Wen

    You probably learned the superlative prefix 最 (zuì) long ago, but it's time to revisit it with some deeper questions. Do you know how to say "second best" or "second to last"? Do you know what verbs can take 最 (zuì)? Do you know the opposite of 最 (zuì)? Listen it to learn the answers to all these questions.

    Tags: ranking, list, most


    Of Soldiers and Military People Qing Wen

    We had to stifle the urge to use "military man" for the title of this lesson, because Chinese words for soldiers are properly gender neutral. The Chinese words for soldier, however, involve other considerations, like rank and prestige. Now listen in and learn about these key terms. That's an order!

    Tags: navy, military, soldiers


    Eating Idioms, Part 1 Qing Wen

    The Chinese word 吃 (chī) appears in a surprising number of Chinese idioms, some of which are fun, interesting, or just plain super common. There are so many of these that they get their own multi-part series, and in this lesson we start with the ones which refer to actual foods, like soft rice, or vinegar, or tofu. This lesson will be sure to whet your appetite for Chinese food idioms.

    Tags: eating, language, culture, idioms


    Eating Idioms, Part 2 Qing Wen

    The Qing Wen team started off this 3-part series with a number of idioms referring to actual foodstuffs. In this Chinese lesson, they cover expressions in which abstract concepts are "eaten," such as "bitterness," "fragrance," and "power." Listen in to learn what they're all about.

    Tags: eating, idioms, culture


    Eating Idioms, Part 3 Qing Wen

    In part three of this 吃-centric series, learn a few idiomatic expressions involving "eating." This Chinese lesson takes a look at some interesting examples as it ventures into Upper Intermediate territory.

    Tags: idioms, eating, culture


    By Myself, So Alone Qing Wen

    No, it's not just another sad song about loneliness. It's clarification on the words 一个人 (yī gè rén) and 自己 (zìjǐ), and a few other similar expressions. Learn exactly what's going on here and express your independence in Chinese!

    Tags: myself, people, pets, alone


    Getting to the Bottom of 到底 Qing Wen

    到底 (dàodǐ) can be confusing to learners, largely because it actually has several totally different uses. In this lesson, the Qing Wen team examines the three main uses of the word, and even shares its theme song. So are you going to learn this Chinese or not?! (Translate that sentence into Chinese. Hint: it uses 到底.)

    Tags: feelings, questions


    Deadly Complements of Degree Qing Wen

    Once you're tired of modifying your adjectives and verbs with boring old adverbs, it's time to start dipping into the more potent force of complements. In this Chinese lesson, the Qing Wen team focuses on intensifying with complements... and we're talking deadly intensity.

    Tags: feelings, positive, negative, complement, degree


    为 and 为了 Qing Wen

    Both 为 (wèi) and 为了 (wèile) mean "for." So what's the difference? In this Qing Wen Chinese Lesson, we explain which is the simple one and which is the tricky one, and provide lots of useful examples.

    Tags: purpose


    Two tones, two meanings for 转 Qing Wen

    Are you familiar with the verb 转? Do you know when it's read "zhuǎn" and when it's read "zhuàn"? You might be surprised that even the Chinese themselves get a bit tripped up by this one, but there are definitely some basic rules to be aware of. Learn them in this lesson.

    Tags: pronunciation, transportation


    Unfairness, Misblaming, and Feeling Wronged Qing Wen

    Every person has some concept of "fairness" or "justice" in his mind. When these unspoken principles are violated, drama can erupt. In today's Chinese lesson, the Qing Wen crew discusses the differences and relationships between the words 公平 (gōngpíng), 委屈 (wěiqu), and 冤枉 (yuānwang).

    Tags: feelings


    Sleeping in Qing Wen

    There's more than one way to express the idea of "sleeping in" in both English and Chinese, and some of these expressions can get a bit muddled in the translation. With this lesson, you can finally have your "awakening" for these crucial sleep-related terms.

    Tags: daily life, time


    Manly Men and Womanly Women Qing Wen

    Every culture has its own ideas of what makes a man manly or what makes a woman womanly. In this Chinese lesson, the Qing Wen team takes a look at some of the vocabulary used to describe manly (and not so manly) men, and womanly (and not so womanly) women.

    Tags: personality, people, culture


    Strong Qing Wen

    You may not have ever thought about it, but many things can be "strong" in English, from work ethics to performances to manly brutes. In this lesson we tackle the more physical variety (like the manly brutes), focusing on cases where the Chinese does not match up. So strong coffee, strong winds, strong perfume... it's all in this Chinese lesson!

    Tags: body, strong


    Strong (in the abstract) Qing Wen

    So we've talked about strong winds, strong coffee, strong perfume, and big strong brutes. But what about all those other uses which are a bit more abstract? Well, here's where things get a little tricky. Tune into this Chinese lesson to find out quite a few new ways "strong" can be translated into Mandarin.

    Tags: strong, personality, performance


    Paying Attention and Caring Qing Wen

    The verbs for "to pay attention" and "to care" seem pretty straightforward, until you start noticing how they overlap and work a bit differently. In this Chinese lesson, the Qing Wen looks at the words 注意 (zhùyì), 关心 (guānxīn), 在乎 (zàihu), 只顾着 (zhǐ gùzhe), and 照顾 (zhàogu).

    Tags: feelings, news


    Words with Heart (Part 2) Qing Wen

    Ready for another hearty dose of words containing "xin"? In the second part of this series, the Qing Wen team looks at some more difficult expressions, many of which have a "xin" antonym as well. Study these expressions until you know them by heart, and your Mandarin will have a whole new "sheen" to it.

    Tags: feelings, personality


    Translation Tools Qing Wen

    Translation isn't always easy, and despite our encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese and English here at ChinesePod, even WE need a little help sometimes (I know, I know. Shocking, right?). Anyways, tune in as our Qing Wen team of John, Jenny and Greg offer up some of our own tips to help our users with translating particularly troubling words and phrases. Leave questions and any other helpful translation tricks that we may not have mentioned below!

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    Bing dictionary

    Google Translate

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    Tags: brand, name, translation


    The Depth of 深 Qing Wen

    Even for those of us with a deep understanding of the Chinese language, words like 深(shēn) can be deeply confounding at times. Join the QW team as we take an in-depth look at the many uses of this word and how it relates to its English counterpart. Leave your questions and comments below!

    Tags: colors, feelings


    Western Brands in Chinese Qing Wen

    In China, and indeed anywhere in the world, it's easy to recognize big brand names by their logos alone: golden arches, a friendly bearded colonel, or a green and white mermaid. However, while some companies settle for a direct translation of their Western names based solely on sound, others strive for a deeper, more fulfilling meaning to brand the names of their cars and sandwiches. Join Jenny, Connie and Greg as they explore a multitude of Western brands and their Chinese names. If you can think of quality names we missed or have any other questions or comments, you know where to go!

    Tags: language, name, brand, translation


    Addressing People Revisited Qing Wen

    A cultural phenomenon present across China and the West is that people of different ages, occupations, and genders all expect to be addressed in different ways; just as you would never call an old Western man "dude", so too would you never call an old Chinese woman "xiǎo jiě". In today's Qing Wen, Jenny, Connie, and Greg explore the various terms of address in China. Leave your comments and questions below!

    Tags: greetings, people, age, culture


    Pinyin Terms Qing Wen

    If you're a foreigner learning Mandarin, you're most likely well-versed in or in the process of learning Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system based on characters from the Roman alphabet. In this lesson, the Qing Wen team explores learning Pinyin and introduces a few key Pinyin terminologies. As always, leave your questions and comments below and enjoy the show! Additionally, please check out ChinesePod's Pinyin Chart for an essential reference detailing all the different sounds in Pinyin!

    Tags: pronunciation, pinyin


    How to Say "This" Qing Wen

    QW brings you a lesson today on the word "this," and we're not talking about 这个 (zhège). This podcast is for those of you interested in learning some formal Mandarin, covering three characters that all roughly mean "this" but with some noticeable and important differences. Be forewarned that this lesson is slightly more advanced than some of our other Qing Wen lessons!

    Tags: people, activities, company


    Essential Math Terms Qing Wen

    Whether you love it or hate it, basic math is an essential part of daily life no matter where you are in the world. Today's Qing Wen will arm you with the vocabulary necessary to express basic equations, percentages, and other highly useful math terms to help you get by in a Mandarin Chinese-speaking environment. Be sure to also take a look at our previous Qing Wen on numbers in Chinese!

    Tags: math, numbers


    Water Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen is about that all-important lifeblood, water. We'll get into all sorts of bodies of water, water features, and water forms: oceans, rivers, fountains, springs, steam, ice...the list goes on and on! If we somehow missed your favorite water-related word in the podcast, please let us know in the comments section below!

    Tags: river, water


    An Improved Understanding of Improve Qing Wen

    In an effort to improve our listeners' understanding of the Chinese language, we've created a Qing Wen that details all the different ways to say "improve" in Chinese. We've got all the classics: living standards, products, sales, and much more! Listen in and improve your Mandarin Chinese now!

    Tags: numbers, environment, verb


    Old and New Qing Wen

    In light of the recent new year, Qing Wen is featuring a highly practical show on the usage of "old" and "new" in Mandarin Chinese. Learn how to talk about all your new holiday gifts as well as all your old possessions relegated to the garbage can after the holidays passed. Tune in and enjoy!

    Tags: things, people


    Popular Slang from 2011 Qing Wen

    Even though the year 2011 is behind us, the slang words popularized then are still just as useful as ever. Tune in as the Qing Wen team breaks down some of the most popular and commonly used words from the internet and pop culture. Don't forget to leave your comments and questions below along with any other slang from last year that you find particularly useful!

    Tags: people, internet, language


    Family Member Terms of Address Qing Wen

    Even if you haven't studied Chinese for very long you've probably still come across the labyrinthine maze that is terms of address for family members. Age seniority, paternal and maternal sides, in-laws, surnames; these are just a few examples of the many factors determine how to address not just long-lost relatives but even just Uncle Jack and Aunt Nelly. Don't start banging your head against the wall just yet, though, because ChinesePod is here to help you untangle this web of familial terms with today's Qing Wen. Listen in and enjoy!

    Tags: relationships, family


    International Currency Qing Wen

    Could you imagine a world with only a single currency? Never mind the economic ramifications; at least you wouldn't have to worry about exchange rates and all the different words for national currencies! Unfortunately, different currencies DO exist, so with that in mind Qing Wen presents a lesson about some of the more commonly-used currencies in the world and how to say them in Mandarin Chinese.

    Tags: money, country, currency, shopping


    Prices and Expenses Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen is for all our financially-minded users out there. In this podcast, we'll be talking all about different Chinese terms for prices, expenses and costs, plus the useful distinctions between all of their respective usages. Graduate from the phrase "very expensive!" and learn how to discuss your expenses like a pro!

    Tags: money, price


    Salaries and Income Qing Wen

    Qing Wen is back with another fiscal lesson. Last week we talked all about how to discuss bills and expenses (you can find that lesson here). This week, however, we're departing from such gloomy topics and covering the money you MAKE. We've got salaries, income, and bonuses coming your way. Learn how to distinguish between these figures and more in today's lesson.

    Tags: money, salary, bonus, work


    Onomatopoeias Qing Wen

    Boom! Crash! Baa! Ruff! Today's Qing Wen is all about onomatopoeias, those wonderful words that represent sounds. While these words in English are largely restricted to comic book fights and children's books about farm animals, you'll find the appearance of such words in Chinese much more prolific. Tune in and learn how to express all your favorite sounds and noises in Mandarin!

    Tags: sound, animals, language


    Why, Oh, Why? Qing Wen

    Thanks to an absolute deluge of ideas from our lovely listeners, Qing Wen is back with another highly-useful lesson. Today, we're covering one of the most useful question words out there: WHY? Learn the subtle difference in tone between the three most common words for why in Mandarin Chinese and how to use them to perfection!

    Tags: reasons


    Number One Idioms Qing Wen

    It's been a bit since Qing Wen's done a show on idioms, so we figured we'd bring it back with a discussion of "chengyu" related to the number one. We picked half a dozen high-frequency idioms that aren't just written, archaic expressions restricted to ancient Chinese so that you can impress your friends without sounding like a bookworm. Tune in now and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below!

    Tags: idioms, love, numbers


    "Always" Reexamined Qing Wen

    The Qing Wen team is taking another look at the adverb "always," this time by comparing two highly useful but often confused Chinese words: 总是 (zǒngshì) and 一直 (yīzhí). We'll get down to the nitty-gritty of when these words can be used and how their usage alters the meaning of a sentence. Be sure to also check out our other related Qing Wen on "always" here!

    Tags: time, directions


    The Correct Usage of Correct Qing Wen

    This Qing Wen is for all our English-speaking teachers in China who've got a lot of "correcting" of their students to do, from homework to tests to habits to posture. In today's show we'll be looking at the various usages of the English verb "to correct" and how they translate into Chinese. Tune in to find out more!

    Tags: language


    The Stable 稳 (wen) Qing Wen

    The resultative complement 稳 (wěn) is a bastion of linguistic stability. Whether you're holding a gun steady or trying to keep your balance on a bumpy bus ride, this complement is always there to help you express yourself. Learn how to use this useful and reliable word in today's Qing Wen.

    Tags: complement, transportation


    The Different Differences of Different and Difference Qing Wen

    So you've been trying to differentiate between the different ways of discussing differences in Mandarin Chinese but are still having difficulty. Dive into today's Qing Wen and all your questions will be answered! We'll discuss the formality and frequency of each word and of course how to use each of them in context!

    Tags: language


    Hiring and Employment Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen we'll be teaching our loyal listeners about the word "hire" and all its different permutations of the verb in Mandarin Chinese. We can't guarantee that this lesson will actually get you a job or miraculously turn you into some sort of "responsible adult," but it's a start, right? Tune in to find out more!

    Tags: job-hunting, jobs


    Words with 可(ke) Qing Wen

    Many Chinese learners will recognize the character 可 from the word "可以," used to ask permission, but it's also present in some extremely useful words and phrases that you may or may not have seen before. Cute, scary, pitiable, and suspicious; who knew they all involved 可?? Tune in to find out more!

    Tags: feelings, people


    Expectations and Predictions Qing Wen

    Our Qing Wen team is a pretty wild bunch - we love to go out on limbs and do things you never saw coming. In today's show, we're going to help you talk about expecting things (and defying expectations) as well as discuss the finer points of predicting the future in Chinese. We...umm...*anticipate* that you'll have a great time!

    Tags: expectation


    Random and Reckless Qing Wen

    China can be a crazy place sometimes - there's a reason they call it "The Wild East." Fortunately, Chinese has a whole array of words to describe the crazy, random, carefree way that life goes on here, so in today's Qing Wen show, we'll be breaking down all of their subtle differences.

    Tags: reckless, random


    Ferocious Tiger Idioms Qing Wen

    Today's Qing Wen focuses on one of China's most treasured animals, the tiger, in idiom form. We'll flushing out half a dozen of the most common, and of course useful, idioms involving this fearsome beast that are sure to invigorate your Chinese. If you liked this lesson, please leave your comments below and we'll be sure to keep the animal-focused idiom lessons coming!

    Tags: idioms, culture, animals, tiger


    Rules and Regulations Qing Wen

    We're cleaning up our acts at Qing Wen today and bringing our users a number of useful words to discuss rules, regulations, and stipulations of all kinds! Even if this description sounds a little bit on the stuffy side, rest assured that we'll do our best to spice up these (ultimately very useful) phrases and terms. Tune in to find out more!

    Tags: rules, policy


    Petty Chicken Idioms Qing Wen

    We're back with another animal-related idioms edition of Qing Wen! This time we'll be touching on a half-dozen idioms related to none other than the humble chicken! OK, we admit these might not be as glamorous and magnificent as our previous collection of idioms related to tigers, but hey, they're equally practical (plus, we're pretty sure chickens are substantially more nutritious than tigers). Check it out now!

    Tags: culture, animals, idioms


    看 You Dig It? Qing Wen

    After some 260 Qing Wen lessons (!), we're revisiting the character that started it all: 看 (kàn). This useful character is undoubtedly familiar to many of our users, newbie or otherwise, but today's Qing Wen moves beyond its banal definitions of "looking" and "watching." Tune in to learn all about some of this character's more advanced definitions and usages!

    Tags: to look


    The Quick, Smooth 马 Qing Wen

    The noble horse is the star of our third installment of animal idiom-related Qing Wen shows. The idioms we've selected are slightly more eclectic in nature than the ones related to either the chicken or tiger that we selected for previous shows, so get ready for some surprises! Check it out now and enjoy the show!

    Tags: culture, idioms, animals


    Regardless Qing Wen

    We'd all like to be friendly and inclusive all the time, but unfortunately life throws you a few curveballs now and then. That's why it's crucial to know how to use terms like "regardless" or "no matter" to set certain things aside, because, hey, the world's not perfect (except for ChinesePod!) Be sure to also check out our previous, related Qing Wen that also covers this sentence pattern right here.

    Tags: particles, conjunctions


    Duplicitous Snake Idioms Qing Wen

    We're wrapping up the animal idiom series with a half-dozen idioms related to the snake. Not surprisingly, the majority of these are quite pejorative: excessive, cruel, and greedy are all attributes inspired by the snake. Tune in and enjoy the show!

    Tags: idioms, snake, animals, culture


    We're Serious! Qing Wen

    Today's topic may be serious, severe, and stern, but the Qing Wen team refuses to let that dampen the mood! In typical Qing Wen fashion, we'll be teaching you the difference between a variety of similar words expressing the aforementioned sentiments with light-hearted banter and numerous examples. Tune in now!

    Tags: serious, rules, attitude


    Life's A Zoo Qing Wen

    From Iron roosters and night cats to crow's lips and tiger mamas, in this lesson we learn about the different ways that Chinese uses animals to describe people.

    Tags: personality, attitude, people, animals


    Increase and Decrease, Rise and Fall Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen, ChinesePod's team rises to the occasion to increase your knowledge about the different ways to talk about things increasing and decreasing in Chinese.

    Tags: price, numbers, data


    American TV Shows in China Qing Wen

    Lost, Desperate Housewives, CSI... these American shows have fans the world over, and China is no exception. In this week's Qingwen, we learn the Chinese names for some of the most popular American TV shows and chat a bit about them.

    Tags: name, translation, entertainment, TV


    The Degrees of Willingness Qing Wen

    Where there's a will, there's a way. This is especially true in Chinese where there are several different forms of the verb "to be willing", each with their own meaning. In this Qingwen, learn all about the many versions of willingness in Chinese.

    Tags: willingness


    Talking about Mistakes (Part 1) Qing Wen

    In this Qingwen, hear about some of the funny mistakes that ChinesePod teachers have encountered during their lessons. Don't worry! We're not naming any names!

    Tags: body parts, animals, culture, words


    Talking About Mistakes (Part 2) Qing Wen

    In the second part of Qingwen's series on student mistakes, learn how not to tell someone you're giving them a phone call, the right way to refer to your roommate and more!

    Tags: culture, words, pronunciation


    Everything is Entirely Complete Qing Wen

    In this lesson, Qingwen takes on everything... or least least all the ways Chinese has to talk about it. Learn the difference between the words 全部 (quánbù), 所有 (suǒyǒu), 一切 (yíqiè), 整 (zhěng) and 完全 (wánquán).

    Tags: all, things


    The Chinese Experience Qing Wen

    This Qingwen promises to be quite an experience, literally. Prepare yourselves to learn about the different ways that Chinese expresses the concept of experience with the words 经历 (jīnglì), 经验 (jīngyàn) and 体验 (tǐyàn).

    Tags: experience


    The Mysterious Metric System (Part 1) Qing Wen

    In the first of a two part series on the metric system, this Qing Wen discusses units of length and weight in Chinese.

    Tags: weight, numbers, length


    The Mysterious Metric System (Part 2) Qing Wen

    In this second part of Qing Wen's series on the use of the measurements in China, learn about area and temperature.

    Tags: measurement, temperature


    The Many Ways to Play Qing Wen

    In English, the verb play gets used in many different situations. However, Chinese uses many different verbs in situations where the word "play" would suffice in English. In this Qing Wen, learn about the many ways that Chinese likes to play.

    Tags: music, instruments, games, sports


    Getting Your Pictures Perfect Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen, learn about the different words that Chinese uses for the word "picture" and the differences between them.

    Tags: chart, painting, photography, picture


    Chinese Catch Phrases for 2012 Qing Wen

    In this episode of Qing Wen, learn some of the biggest buzzwords in the Sinosphere from 2012! Hear about good looking guys and girls, the rise of foodie culture in China and why being surnamed Zeng is such a big deal.

    Tags: language, slang


    We're So Excited! Qing Wen

    In this Qing Wen, ChinesePod explores the many ways to talk about being excited in Chinese. We hope it makes you as excited as it makes us!

    Tags: excited, exciting, feelings


    Accounting for Taste Qing Wen

    In English, the word “taste“ can mean many things. However, translating all of these different concepts into Chinese requires knowing a number of different words. In this Qing Wen, learn how Chinese talks about taste in every sense of the word.

    Tags: feelings, smell, taste


    Chinese Gets Cooking Qing Wen

    In one's quest to decipher a Chinese menu, one of the most difficult aspects is the use of different cooking methods in the names of dishes. Words like 炒(chǎo), 爆炒(bàochǎo), 煸(biān) and 熘(liū) are all different, but how? In this Qing Wen, ChinesePod talks about different Chinese cooking methods!

    Tags: food, eating, cooking


    Excited about Exclamations (Part 5) Qing Wen

    Whoa! It's the fifth and final edition of QingWen's series on interjections and exclamations. Wahoo!

    Tags: greetings, surprise, exclamation


    We've Got the Power Qing Wen

    Power, strength, energy... this edition of Qing Wen is about power in all its forms in Chinese.

    Tags: energy, power


    Days of Wonder Qing Wen

    It's going to be a nice day today at QingWen. In this episode, we about the many any varied uses of the word 天 (tiān, "day").

    Tags: time


    You're Fired! Qing Wen

    "You're fired!" We hope that you folks out there at ChinesePod don't have to say or hear these words very often, but for when you do, this QingWen's for you. Learn how to talk about being laid off, let go, terminated, expelled, dismissed and just plain fired!

    Tags: work, jobs


    Learning Your Lessons Qing Wen

    QingWen heads back to school to talk about classes, lessons and courses. So grab a seat and get ready. Class is about to start!

    Tags: lessons, school, studying


    Chinese School System Qing Wen

    QingWen takes a tour of the Chinese school system, from pre-school all the way through university. Learn how each level of school is divided up, as well as the typical abbreviations for telling someone what class you are in.

    Tags: studying, education, school


    One Visit After Another Qing Wen

    QingWen takes a journey through all the different ways to say “visit” in Chinese. From visits to clients or someone who is sick, to visits to our parents or official state visits, Chinese has different ways to talk about all of these situations. Learn them all in this lesson!

    Tags: travel, place, visit


    Something Special Qing Wen

    In this lesson, QingWen whips up something special by talking about the differences between the words 特别(tèbié), 特色(tèsè) and 特点(tèdiǎn).

    Tags: difference


    Groups, Associations and Foundations Qing Wen

    In this edition of QingWen, learn about the different ways that Chinese talks about doing things with people. Whether it's forming a club with some friends, playing sports, working in a charity, this lesson brings them all together!

    Tags: organization, team


    Telling Your 尽 Apart Qing Wen

    In this QingWen, we do as much as possible to explain the sometimes confusing use of the word 尽 (jǐn, jìn). With two different pronunciations and similar meanings, even native Chinese speakers sometimes get the use of this word confused!

    Tags: tones, pronunciation


    Taking on the Machines Qing Wen

    QingWen takes on the world of machines! In Chinese, three words are often associated with machines and devices - 机(jī), 器(qì) and 仪(yí), but what's the difference between them? Find out in this QingWen!

    Tags: machine, electrical appliance


    An I for an I Qing Wen

    This episode of Qing Wen looks into informal pronouns, especially the first person singular. There's lot more to it all than just 我.

    Tags: people


    Listen Up, Foreigners! Qing Wen

    QingWen looks abroad! In this edition of the show, learn how Chinese people talk about things that come from outside of China, from foods to inventions to people!

    Tags: foreigners, people, vegetables


    Time to Perform Qing Wen

    Alright, poddies, it's time to perform! In this edition of QingWen, learn how all the meanings of “perform” and “performance” are rendered in Chinese. From movies and musical concerts to actions in daily life or performance at work, this lesson aims to put on quite a show!

    Tags: performance, show, entertainment, music, work


    Making the Cut Qing Wen

    In Chinese, there are many words that can be translated as "cut". This edition of QingWen takes you through a bunch of them. But be warned, poddies. Things might get a bit gruesome!

    Tags: cooking, cut, food


    Useful Usages Qing Wen

    Using something, taking advantage of something (or someone) can be a tricky business, especially in Chinese with words like 利用 (lìyòng), 趁机 (chènjī) and 顺便 (shùnbiàn). In this QingWen, learn to tell them apart and use them correctly!

    Tags: opportunity, time


    In Praise of Praise! Qing Wen

    QingWen investigates the differences between four words that can be translated as "praise" in English: 表扬 (biǎoyáng), 夸奖 (kuājiǎng), 称赞 (chēngzàn) and 赞美 (zànměi).

    Tags: complement, praise


    2013 Chinese Internet Buzzwords Qing Wen

    It's just a matter of days before 2013 is no more. To wrap of the year, Qing Wen covers eight of the most popular neologisms bouncing around the Chinese web this year.

    Tags: words, popular


    Help! Qing Wen

    Our first Qing Wen of the new year is here to help! Learn all of the appropriate ways to talk about helping people, from doing housework to offering disaster aid. Whether you need some basic assistance or are in true peril, after listening to us you'll know how to say just the right word to fit the circumstance.

    Tags: help


    The “然” Around Qing Wen

    The character 然 (rán) appears in many Chinese words. Telling them apart can be a bit difficult. In this edition of Qing Wen, ChinesePod takes a tour of these words.

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    A Hands On Approach Qing Wen

    While going through lessons recently, the ChinesePod team realized that verbs involving hands are often prone to confusion. In this edition of QingWen, learn about some of the more commonly seen "hand verbs" and the difference between them.

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    The Many Ways of 长, 好 and 数 Qing Wen

    This Qing Wen delves into three of the more common 多音词 (duōyīncí), polyphonic characters whose pronunciation changes depending on how they are used. Learn about the different pronunciations and uses of 长 (cháng, zhǎng), 好 (hǎo, hào) and 数 (shǔ, shù).

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    Immediate Solutions Qing Wen

    Let's not waste time and get right down to it, shall we? This Qing Wen is about words often translated as ”immediately“. Learn about words like 马上 (mǎshàng), 立刻 (lìkè), 赶快 (gǎnkuài) and more.

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    Taking Advantage Qing Wen

    Qing Wen explores the many words for “advantage” in Chinese. Learn the differences between words like 优点 (yōudiǎn), 优势 (yōushì), 好处 (hǎochù) and 利益 (lìyì).

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    Persuasion Qing Wen

    Learn about suggestions, advice and persuasion in this Qing Wen lesson by delving in to the intricacies of the words 说服 (shuōfú), 劝 (quàn) and 劝说 (quànshuō).

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    Dealing with Regrets Qing Wen

    This edition of Qing Wen discusses the difference between three words in Chinese that have to do with the English word “regret”. Learn to distinguish between the words 后悔 (hòuhuǐ), 遗憾 (yíhàn) and 可惜 (kěxī).

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    Documents, Documents, Documents Qing Wen

    Handling paperwork in any language can be unnerving. Dealing with different types of forms, slips, drafts, certifications, licenses... the list goes on. In this Qing Wen, learn about the different types of documents in Chinese and the terms for some of the more common ones.

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    You Can Handle the Truth Qing Wen

    In Chinese, there are many ways to talk about ”truth“ and ”fact“, whether it's someone speaking the truth, an indisputable fact or it's "The Truth" with a capital T. In this Qing Wen, we get to the bottom of all of these different expressions for the truth.

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    Sorting Out the Situation Qing Wen

    In Chinese there are several words that refer to "situation". You have probably heard of 情况(Qíngkuàng) which is the most common. This Qing Wen will probe into the situation by discussing similar words such as 状态 (Zhuàngtài),状况 (Zhuàngkuàng),形势 (Xíngshì),情势 (Qíngshì),and 态势 (Tàishì)。

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    "Practice" Made Perfect Qing Wen

    Yes, we are going to practice "practice" in today's Qing Wen. We will examine four related words (练习 liànxí, 实习 shíxí, 训练 xùnliàn, 实践 shíjiàn)to learn how to express "practice" in different settings.

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    Goal! Qing Wen

    Once every 4 years, football fans across the world have their eyes glued to their TV sets watching The World Cup. Right now, matches are on fire in Brazil, which has caused some serious sleep deprivation among Chinese sports fans. Tune in to today's Qing Wen and find out how to say 世界杯 and other sporty phrases in Chinese.

    Tags: sports, football, football fans, World Cup


    "Warm" and "Speechless" Qing Wen

    In today's show, we are going to answer some questions from the users avichapman and Polugaevsky about different ways to say "warm" and "speechless". Click avichapman or Polugaevsky to see their original posts.

    Tags: words


    Ways to Say "Stubborn" Qing Wen

    In today's show, let's have a look at many Chinese words which all can be translated into "stubborn" in English. Some of them are very similar to each other, but we will help you to distinguish the differences. Our question is from user Polugaevsky. We'd love hear from all of you. Send any questions and we will do our best to answer you.

    Tags: questions


    "Continue" and "Very" Qing Wen

    Today in our show, we will talk about the different ways to say "continue" and "very". This is in response to questions from Breata and BrianInSuzhou. Please continue to send us questions and we will do our best to answer them for you!

    Tags: questions, words


    All about "But" Qing Wen

    In today's show, we are going to talk about some Chinese words that can be expressed as "but". Simple but very worthy of scrutiny. If you have similar questions, feel free to tell us. We will try our absolute best to help you.

    Tags: questions, grammar, words


    The usage of 来 (lái) Qing Wen

    Like other languages, in Chinese the more simple words tend to have more meanings. Today, let's have a look at the Chinese character “来” and analyze the different usages of it with our hosts. This question is from applejan9. jerryrock has also asked about it. We hope our users will send us more!

    Tags: grammar, questions


    Get "Famous" Qing Wen

    There are several Chinese words that have similar meanings which relate to 'famous'. (the character 名 míng) Today's show is focusing on the question of how to distinguish them and more accurately use them in sentences. It's from Julia Héry. Please tune in and let us know your questions!

    Tags: grammar, questions


    Investigation: 考察 (kǎochá) and 考查 (kǎochá) Qing Wen

    Two similar Chinese words with exactly the same pronunciation can get confusing, even for the native speaker. User John emailed us and asked about this pair of words both pronounced as kǎo chá. Let's find out the difference in today's Qing Wen, and as usual we will introduce some other related words in the show.

    Tags: words, grammar, questions


    To Regret: 后悔 (hòuhuǐ) vs 遗憾 (yíhàn) Qing Wen

    Are you regretting your regrets? Maybe you can catch that in English, but how about 后悔/hòu huǐ and 遗憾/yí hàn in Chinese? We will take a look of the difference between these two words in today's Qing Wen. This question is from jakehone100. Tune in and find out more.

    Tags: words, grammar, questions


    How to Say 'Blame' in Chinese Qing Wen

    It's Qing Wen time again and we are going to 'blame' someone in today's show in different ways. Thanks Polugaevsky and his good question. Let's tune in and find out more.

    Tags: questions, grammar, words


    To carry out: 推行 (tuīxíng) vs 实施 (shíshī) Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen, we will address the question of one of our users, yanyan2008, regarding the difference between 推行 and 实施. We will thoroughly explain the meanings of these words and give lots of examples as usual. We will also explore the subtle differences between 实施 and 实践, 推行 and 推广.

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    Using "avoid": 省得 (shěngdé) vs 以免 (yǐmiǎn) Qing Wen

    In today's Qing Wen we are addressing a question that our user, Jmay, has regarding the difference between 省得 and 以免. We will explore the finer meanings of these words, as well as 免得, and include many sample sentences to illustrate the shades of meaning, Happy listening!

    Tags: questions, words, grammar


    To train: 训练 (xùnliàn) or 培训 (péixùn) Qing Wen

    Today we are discussing a question posed by our user, nkchew33, that is, the difference between 训练 and 培训. We have also added 2 other words 锻炼 and 练习. These four words are commonly used in daily life, so in this show we have prepared several sample sentences for each one in order to help everyone to distinguish between them.

    Tags: words, questions


    Ways to say Interesting: 有兴趣 (yǒu xìngqù) and 有意思 (yǒuyìsi) Qing Wen

    Avichapman asks what the difference is between the terms 兴趣 and 意思, both of which can relate to interests. Let's find out!

    Tags: words, questions


    Using 过程 (Guòchéng) and 流程 (liúchéng): Process Qing Wen

    In this episode we have a question from Jamsclark about the difference between the Chinese terms 过程 and 流程, which both roughly translate to "process." But we thought this was a little bit too easy, so we decided to throw in two other words, 进程 and 历程, which have similar meanings. Are you ready to start the process of differentiating them? Keep sending in your questions.

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    Outstanding: 出色 (chūsè) and 优秀 (yōuxiù) Qing Wen

    ChinesePod member fabrizioItaly has asked about the difference between 出色 and 优秀, both of which can mean excellent, outstanding or remarkable, but it wouldn't be ChinesePod if we didn't throw a few more into the pot. Although you'll often be understood whichever word you use, it's always good to be aware of the subtle differences in usage and connotation, so check it out and then tell us which one would be the most appropriate to translate Bill and Ted's catchphrase in the classic 80s film.

    Tags: words, grammar, questions


    To Express: 标志 (biāozhì) and 表示 (biǎoshì) Qing Wen

    A ChinesePod user called jmay asked about the difference between 标志 and 表示 and we've also included a few more terms including 指示 and 指定.

    Tags: words, grammar, questions


    Life! 生活 (shēnghuó),生命 (shēngmìng),人生 (rénshēng) Qing Wen

    Brent has asked what the difference is between; 生活 shēnghuó, 生命shēngmìng, and 人生 rénshēng. They all basically mean Life, but there are some key differences that we explore. Let us know your thoughts on this format in the comments below, and feel free to ask your questions via hello@chinesepod.com for future lessons featuring Fiona and Fang Laoshi

    Tags: words, questions, grammar, video


    To Accumulate 积累 (jīlěi) , 积蓄 (jīxù) and 累积 (lěijī) Qing Wen

    In this lesson elenapetrova asks the difference between 积累jīlěi, 积蓄jīxù and 累积lěijī. Hopefully you'll 'accumulate' enough knowledge to use them appropriately in conversation.

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    Ways to say "Otherwise": 否則 (fǒuzé) 不然 (bùrán) 要不 (yào bù) Qing Wen

    Another great question from user Nathan who asks, what are the different uses to a seemingly easy word like 'otherwise'. Well, in today's Qing Wen we explore some of the nuances and give you some high-use example sentences to get your head around this one. If you would like to watch the video version of this, watch it on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/YeZUbnLAcNo

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    The Important Difference Between 需 (xū) and 须 (xū) Qing Wen

    You might not be aware, but there are two identical pronunciations of the word "to need' in Chinese. Not only do they sound the same, but they also mean almost the exact same thing! Fear not. With the right know how, you will be able to use the correct one for each situation. Video Lesson Here:http://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/4mp0ynvxbk

    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/4mp0ynvxbk

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    Advantages:「优点」yōudiǎn VS 「好处」hǎochù [Video/Audio] Qing Wen

    Often confused because of their similarities in English, this Qing Wen explains the difference between 优点 yōudiǎn and 好处 hǎochù.They can both be used to explain the advantage of something or someone, but they have different use cases. After this lesson you'll be a lot clearer on when to use which, and how to give your opinions on the benefits and good points of something/someone.

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    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/ir4s99x5v6

    Tags: advantage, benefit, video


    We Got Skills: 技能,技术,技巧 Qing Wen

    An Intermediate lesson for those confused by the many variants of the word "skill" in Chinese. Using some Super Mario based examples, we hope to make the distinction clearer. FYI: We realised we both said 超級瑪利歐 and our younger colleagues both said 超级马里奥. Opps...did we just both show our age....

    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/ux76jaq1u0

    Tags: super mario, science, technology, skill, video


    Learning Words with 可: 可爱 Kě ài, 可怜 kělián, 可怕 kěpà, 可疑 kěyí Qing Wen

    What do all these words have in common? 可爱 Kě ài, 可怜 kělián, 可怕 kěpà,可疑 kěyí? They all feature the character 可 Kě which acts as a special kind of verb.

    In today's video lesson, we give you a method for learning new words that have a common character recurring in all of them. By using this method, you can really get the meaning and feeling of that word rather than always trying to find a 1 for 1 direct English translation. It will also allow you to learn new words a little bit quicker.e meaning and feeling of that word rather than always trying to find a 1 for 1 direct English translation. It will also allow you to learn new words a little bit quicker.

     

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    Learning words with 然 rán:当然,虽然,竟然,果然,不然 Qing Wen

    Continuing on from the last lesson, we teach you words with the recurring character 然. By learning how to use this suffix, you can quickly learn and understand new and unfamiliar words, and get a better idea of what's going on.

    Tags: video, mistress, suffix, grammar


    Learning words with 然 rán:当然,虽然,竟然,果然,不然 Qing Wen

    Continuing on from the last lesson, we teach you words with the recurring character 然. By learning how to use this suffix, you can quickly learn and understand new and unfamiliar words, and get a better idea of what's going on.

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    "I Want to Pay..." 付 fù, 缴 jiǎo and 交 jiāo Qing Wen

    We might enjoy buying dinner for friends or treating ourselves to a nice massage, but when it comes to paying taxes and rent it's probably an entirely different feeling. Well actually in Chinese we use another verb 缴/交 for these annoying payments. Check out this video lesson on the differences between 付,缴 and 交. We've also included an extended explanation for upper-int advanced learners at the end of the show.

    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/hjme8r2n6v

    Tags: rent, bill, tax, payment, video


    The logic behind 別的,其他,另外 Qing Wen

    Today we explain the difference between three rather similar words that all mean "other". Without context, the English translations can all look like they mean the same thing, but actually the Mandarin words give subtle hints to the meaning and when best to use them. For another Qing Wen discussing this question, you can click here

    Tags: video, nightlife, tea, coffee


    Ways to say "For Example" Qing Wen

    A great lesson for intermediates and above who wish to elaborate on any topic. By using ways to say "for example" you can not only add weight to your argument, but also elicit more information from people. As learners, it's easy to learn one phrase and stick to using it for all situations. We hope that it today's lesson you try some new ones.


    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/dnmfab50rm

    God of ThunderIntermediate lesson.

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    Films and Book Genres Qing Wen

    We often get asked about how to say different types of movie and literary genre. Just like in English, there are just so many, so today we give you a taste of some of these. Like in English, many of these genres can be paired together to form their own category of movie.


    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/xkv1i8ptoy

    Let us know in the comments about all the other genres you like reading and watching.

    Tags: genre, cinema, books, film, movies, video


    To Use 用 yòng 使用 shǐyòng 利用 lìyòng Qing Wen

    I recently began Chinese class, and many of the students were asking the difference between these 3 words: 用 yòng 使用 shǐyòng 利用 lìyòng Today we hope to help you clarify the different usages.


    http://bit.ly/1F63r05

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    Describing Personalities 1 Qing Wen

    In today's lesson we talk about positive and negative personality trait. We discuss some commonly misused terms and how you can talk about personality traits like a native Chinese speaker.

    http://bit.ly/1JJcKOx

    Tags: personality, video


    Describing Personalities 2 Qing Wen

    English Subtitles Coming...

    Check out part two of our personalities Qing Wen where we cover some more advanced and more bizarre terms to describe someone's personality in Chinese. Watch Part 1 here. If you want to see some of the language we talked about in action, check out 花瓶总监 .
    https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/tfcg955q76

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    Ways To Talk About Holiday Qing Wen

    Whether it be a long weekend, a national holiday or a vacation to the Bahamas, if you or your friends have a job, you’ll find yourself talking about holidays in Chinese. 请假、放假、休假 and 度假 are some of the most commonly used phrases when talking about holidays in Chinese so tune in and get practicing.

    http://wi.st/1LJVJ9c
    Check out the lesson that inspired today's Qing Wen - 4 Day Work Week. For even more examples and some extended phrases, check out THIS POST on the ChinesePod forum and continue the discussion.

    Tags: work, video, holiday, vacation


    All About Hair Qing Wen

     
    Learn all about hair in today's lesson. We go where no other teachers have been before and delve into the world of our body hair. Want to know how to get waxed in Chinese? Well we've got you covered.

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    Let's Do Math In Chinese! Qing Wen

     
    In today's lesson we're going to learn some key mathematical phrases

    Despite learning how to say numbers very early on in your studies, it's quite possible to reach a good level of Chinese without knowing some very basic terms of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Today we teach you these key math terms so that you can start saying equations, testing your friends mental math ability, or understand what people are saying when they are adding up at the counter when buying things.

    Tags: video, shopping, maths, math


    How to Say 'Probably' in Chinese Qing Wen

     
    In today's Qing Wen video lesson, we teach the Mandarin Chinese for the different ways to say "probably."

    Much like in English, using slightly different terms can change the likelihood of something happening, and in this lesson, we show you the three most common ways of expressing this. 大概 (dàgài) has the highest likelihood of something happening, 可能 (kěnéng) is about a 50% or higher chance, and 恐怕 (kǒngpà) is also likely to happen, but the important thing is not the percentage, but rather that the outcome is an undesirable event.

    A top tip is that the final word in 恐怕 (kǒngpà) has the character for "scared" in it, so you don't want this thing to happen. With 大概 (dàgài), dà means big, and gài means approximation, so a "big likelihood."

    After today's lesson you should "probably" be a lot more confident when speaking Chinese, and you'll definitely know which one is most suitable for the situation.

    If you have any questions, particularly about the rather tricky 恐怕 (kǒngpà), just leave a comment and we will try and get back to you.

    Tags: maybe, probably, video


    Language Exchange Language Qing Wen

     
    In the forum, SamirShaker suggested we make a lesson on words useful for a language exchange such as "can you say that in English, or "can we switch to English?". This lesson will teach you all these things and more as well as tips on asking the correct type of questions.

    Tags: language exchange, language partner, teacher, students, classroom, video


    Opinions and Suggestions Qing Wen

     

    In this Qing Wen, we look at ways to give recommendations, suggestions, and opinions using the characters:

  • 推荐 [推薦] tuījiàn (to recommend)
  • 建议 [建議] jiànyì (recommendation/to suggest)
  • 意见 [意見] yìjiàn (objection/complaint/to suggest)


  • These 3 words are similar in English but have very different usage patterns in Chinese and are often used incorrectly by students, so today we hope to make it nice and clear for you all.

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