The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Animal Proverbs: No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth Intermediate

Animal metaphors are prevalent in almost every language, but people from different cultures may regard the same animal differently. In Chinese proverbs, you will see a lot of animal metaphors to symbolize human actions. In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to dogs. They can be directly translated to "A dog sees people as short as itself", "No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth", and "The gold nest and the silver nest are not better than my dog house". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

proverb, animal proverbs, animals, dogs, video

Autumn Poem 阳关曲 中秋作 Advanced

《阳关曲·中秋作》是北宋文学家苏轼创作的一首词。这首词记述的是作者与其胞弟苏辙久别重逢,共赏中秋月的赏心乐事,同时也抒发了聚后不久又得分別的哀伤与感慨。 希望各位同学在和我们共赏好诗的同时,也可以与亲朋好友一起边吃月饼边赏月,在中秋佳节人月俩团圆。

poem, season, autumn

亡羊补牢──保护视力 Upper Intermediate

在生活中,我们有时会说“不要为打翻的牛奶哭泣”。有些事情确实做过以后就没有办法挽回,但是在有些情况下我们可以“亡羊补牢”来减轻不好的后果。通过关于小孩子假性近视的讨论,我们一起来学习一下这个成语吧! This lesson discusses a phenomenon across the globe - that children are diagnosed with myopia at an early age. Learn how to use the Chinese idiom 亡羊补牢 to refer to remedial actions only after things happened.

eyesight, health, body

I am very good at cooking Newbie

In today's lesson, we're going to show you how to ask others about their ability, and how to express (or show off) that you're really good at something, let's check out the lesson!

food, video, cooking, ability

Summer Poem 夏日山中 Advanced

在炎热的夏天,凉快的地方不仅仅有空调房,还有大自然的深山树林之中。我们来看一看“诗仙”李白是怎么避暑的吧! 李白(701年-762年),字太白,号青莲居士,唐朝诗人,活跃于盛唐时期,是一位杰出的浪漫主义诗人,有“诗仙”的美名,与杜甫合称“李杜”。《夏日山中》描写了诗人在人迹罕至的山中避暑乘凉的情景,这首小诗很好地体现了李白诗歌的特色:豪放不羁,悠然自得,热爱自然,有着浓重的浪漫主义色彩。

poem, season, summer, nature

How to use ba 吧 Pre Intermediate

In today's lesson, we're showing you how to use a very common particle called 吧. By adding it to the end of the sentence, it can be used to offer suggestions, but what other usages are there? Find out in today's episode. Let's get started! 我们开始吧!

video, grammar, particles

Character Mind Map: 关 close Elementary

In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the words they make up. Today, we're talking about 关 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

Character Mind Map, character, relationships, video

特朗普称枪案之过不在枪;苹果CEO警告加征关税之不利 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!


Animal Proverbs: Eat like a dragon, work like a worm Intermediate

Animal metaphors are prevalent in almost every language, but people from different cultures may regard the same animal differently. In Chinese proverbs, you will see a lot of animal metaphors to symbolize human actions. In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to dragons. They can be directly translated to "When you’re out, you behave like a dragon. When you’re at home, you behave like a worm", "Hoping my son will become a dragon, hoping my daughter will become a phoenix", and "Dragons give birth to dragons, phoenixes give birth to phoenixes, and mice's sons can dig holes". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

video, animal proverbs, proverb, dragon

强买强卖?3D 眼镜 Upper Intermediate

Should cinemas supply 3D glasses free of charge? 现在越来越多的电影院已经不再为消费者提供免费的3D眼镜了。可是消费者究竟应不应该自己为3D眼镜买单呢?这样的举措究竟是环保,还是强制消费?来听听今天的讨论吧。

movies, buying, theater, glasses

Grumpy Bus Driver Newbie

In today's lesson, we are showing you a conversation between a grumpy bus driver and an impatient passenger. Let's check out the dialogue!

video, transportation, driver

Summer poem 西湖雨景—六月二十七日望湖楼醉书 Advanced

生活中有句玩笑话:“夏天的天,孩子的脸,说变就变。” 说的是夏天的天气变化很快。今天的古诗内容是关于一场突然降临的大雨。我们一起来看看大诗人苏轼如何描写西湖雨景吧! 苏轼(1037-1101),字子瞻,号东坡居士,世称苏东坡,北宋文学家、书画家、唐宋八大家之一。做官经历不顺,多次受到排挤。苏轼在“词”的创作上有非凡的成就,同时他的诗作也流传千古。我们学习的这首小诗,是苏轼被贬谪到杭州做官时创作的,主要描写诗人坐船游西湖时经历的一场突如其来的大雨,以及西湖美丽的湖光山色。

poem, nature, summer

How to use 一....就 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we'll show you how to use the sentence structure, 一....就 to express "as soon as...", come check out these interesting examples!

grammar, Sentence Structures, video

联邦快递接受调查;波音季度亏损严重 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

news on the go, news, economy

Character Mind Map: 开 open Elementary

In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the words they make up. Today, we're talking about 开 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

Character Mind Map, open, character, video

Animal Proverbs: Newborn calves are not afraid of tigers Intermediate

Animal metaphors are prevalent in almost every language, but people from different cultures may regard the same animal differently. In Chinese proverbs, you will see a lot of animal metaphors to symbolize human actions. In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to tigers. They can be directly translated to "A tiger father doesn't have a dog son", "Knowing that there are tigers in the mountain, but still insisting going to the mountain", and "Newborn calves are not afraid of tigers". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animal proverbs, tiger, video, animals

Backpacking to Tibet 风光在险峰—西藏之旅 Upper Intermediate

Backpacking, Airbnb, popular Tibet sights, Rhodiola rosea (medicine for altitude sickness) … learn them in this lesson! 西藏旅行的广告听起来那么棒,自然有背包客跃跃欲试了,来听听他出发前的这段对话吧! HSK lvl 5 发愁 年代 无奈 HSK lvl 6 海拔 当心 风光

Tibet, travel, backpack

How to use 要...了 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we'll show you how to use sentence structures 要...了, 快要... 了 and 就要...了 and the differences between them!

video, grammar, Sentence Structures, le

Tone Change #5 Three third tones Newbie

In this series, we tackle the most common question in every newbie's mind: "What's with the tone changes?" Along the way, you'll learn the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time. Generally we do not see tone change rules applied in written texts, i.e. we do not see the change of tone mark reflected in written pinyin. Precisely because of this, tone change rules are confusing and burdensome to beginning learners. To help our users to master tone change rules more quickly, we have deliberately marked the changes so that they are more easily recognized and more discernible to learners. So join us in this newly designed tone change series, and let us know your thoughts! In this episode, we will introduce the tone change rule for consecutive three third tones! Let's get started!

tone change series, tones, video, pronunciation

京都动画作品毁于一旦;电影《小Q》呼吁社会增加导盲犬认知 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

news on the go, news, movies, disaster