The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


三文鱼皮、咖啡渣“变身”创意环保单品 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, current events, technology, design

I plan to study abroad Newbie

In this newbie lesson, we will listen to a conversation between two friends talking about an opportunity to study abroad. We will show you how to say "I plan to..." in Chinese and how to express uncertainty with a particle 吧 [ba].

video, study, schedule

Coffee Break Series - 5 ways to say goodbye Pre Intermediate

In the Coffee Break Series, we focus on social etiquette in business settings. In a Chinese workplace, there are certain phrases and words that we use to come off as more polite and respectful. Along the way, we will cover some common ''How do I respond to that?" moments in the office. Hopefully, by applying the knowledge you learn in real life, you can avoid miscommunication and bring your business relationships closer. In this episode, we are going to show you 5 ways to say goodbye in a workplace. What can you say to your boss to come off as respectful and hardworking? And more importantly, how do you impress your coworkers with your awesome Chinese proficiency at the end of the day? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!

Coffee break, business, good-bye, video, etiquette, company, polite

Continued Tone Change Series #3 - Being Too Sick for Work Elementary

In our previous newbie tone change series, we have introduced the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Just like many other aspects in the Chinese language, tone changes are more nuanced than the rules you see in textbooks. That's why for the elementary tone change series, we decided that we would reinforce the rules with the help of dialogues that you hear in everyday conversations. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time! In this episode, we're going to learn and practice the tone change rules for 不 [bù] through a phone conversation between a concerned colleague, and someone who is too sick to move or eat. Let's check it our right now!

video, tone change series, health, sick

入乡随俗 Upper Intermediate

饮食、服饰、礼仪,世界各地都有自己独特的风俗习惯。人在外地,学习和顺应当地风俗是一种尊重;不仅是人,就连一道菜都有可能“入乡随俗”。今天的课文是关于:在外国吃到中餐,中国人有什么感受?一起来学习吧!

food, country, culture, cuisine, restaurant

Animal Proverbs: A blind cat meets a dead mouse 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 mice. They can be directly translated to "A cat that can catch mice doesn't purr", "A blind cat meets a dead mouse", and "When a rat crosses the streets, everyone yell 'Hit it!" Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animal proverbs, animals, mouse, metaphor, video

Watch out at the light Newbie

In this Newbie lesson, Joe and Joy will show us a catchy slogan which would come in handy when you’re crossing the streets, and we’re also going to learn some vocabulary about traffic lights and transportation! Fasten your seat belt and check out this video!

video, traffic, parenting

Chengyu Series - Say One Not Two Elementary

Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters! In this lesson, let’s take a look at three Chengyu with numbers 一 (one) and 二 (two) in them!

video, Chengyu, Chinese, numbers

语法课程:与其……不如 Upper Intermediate

有人说,学习讲究“循序渐进”,不能心急,要遵循规律,逐渐进步。与其急于求成,不如慢慢来,速度放慢反倒进步更大。 这节语法课程,我们一起来学习“与其……不如……”这组词语的用法!

grammar

Coffee Break Series - Making a good first impression Pre Intermediate

In the Coffee Break Series, we focus on social etiquette in business settings. In a Chinese workplace, there are certain phrases and words that we use to come off as more polite and respectful. Along the way, we will cover some common ''How do I respond to that?" moments in the office. Hopefully, by applying the knowledge you learn in real life, you can avoid miscommunication and bring your business relationships closer. In this episode, we are going to show you 5 ways to make a good first impression on your first day of work. Want to know what to say to your colleagues to come off as more polite and humble? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!

video, Coffee break, introductions, etiquette, polite

中国的职场文化 Upper Intermediate

你曾在中国工作过吗?你是否也觉得中国的工作文化和自己国家的工作文化有很大的差异呢?我们一起来看看中国人一般都如何处理合约问题,以及他们又为什么这么重视聚餐文化和酒桌文化吧!

video, jobs, work, business, culture

孙子兵法—作战篇:黩武穷兵还是速战速决? Advanced

孙子兵法的《作战篇》中有一个特别有名的句子:“食敌一钟,当吾二十钟”,“钟”在这里是一个计算粮食的单位。这句话的意思是,吃敌人的一钟粮食,就相当于吃自己的二十钟粮食。这是为什么呢?你可以今天的课程里找到答案! 这节课我们一起来研究《作战篇》的节选,看看孙子关于战争的“成本”有哪些理解!

Sun Tzu, history, literature, military, books, culture

Continued Tone Change Series #2 - Trying Out a New Restaurant Elementary

In our previous newbie tone change series, we have introduced the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Just like many other aspects in the Chinese language, tone changes are more nuanced than the rules you see in textbooks. That's why for the elementary tone change series, we decided that we would reinforce the rules with the help of dialogues that you hear in everyday conversations. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time! In this lesson, we talk about the tone change rules of the character 一 [yī] “one” with a useful dialogue about two friends trying out a new restaurant for the first time!

video, tone change series, restaurant, food

I am not that hungry Newbie

In this lesson, Joe and Lyn will show you a useful sentence to politely turn down someone’s invitation to a meal, and you'll also learn how to express feeling hungry or thirsty in Chinese! Let's check it out!

video, food, drinking

Five ways of seeing: 看、见、看见、看到、看出 Qing Wen

In this Qingwen, we answer a question on our forum from user lukeaz: There are so many ways to say "see", including 看、见、看见、看到、看出, how do we distinguish them? Let's check out how to use all the different ways to say "see"! Forum post: https://forum.chinesepod.com/t/all-the-different-ways-to-say-see/3977

video, synonyms

Animal Proverbs: Become a pig to catch a tiger 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 pigs. They can be directly translated to "Men are afraid of being famous, just as pigs are afraid of getting fat", "Disguise oneself as a pig to catch a tiger", and "Even though one has never eaten pork, at least one has seen pigs run". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs with Joy and Joshua and learn how to apply them to daily life!

video, animal proverbs, animals

相见恨晚——老电影 Upper Intermediate

“有心栽花花不开,无心插柳柳成荫。”费尽心思种下的花朵迟迟不开,随手插下的柳枝却长成一片树荫,很多事情是没有办法勉强的,人和人之间、人和事物之间的缘分非常奇妙。今天对话的男主角最近发现了他的宝藏——老电影,我们一起来看看这段跨越时代的缘分吧!

movies, film

Character mind map: 客 guest 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 客 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character

How To Use Action Complete “le” 了 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we're learning the action complete 了 (le). Learn how to say "I had eight hours of sleep last night" or "I went shopping yesterday" in this episode! In a previous lesson, we learned how to use 了 (le) in its change of state function. Check it out to refresh your memory: How to use 了 https://chinesepod.com/lessons/how-to-use-le-了

video, grammar, le, actions

Is learning Chinese difficult? Newbie

In this newbie lesson, you will hear one of the most common questions that you are asked as a Chinese learner: “Is learning Chinese difficult?” Your immediate response might be, “Yes, learning Chinese is VERY difficult!” But there’s actually a better response to that question! Find out what it is as you join Lyn and Joe for this lesson!

study, language, Chinese, video