The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Coffee Break Series- 6 Ways to Say Thank You 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 'thank you' in a workplace. What do you say when you're thanking your colleague for a favor? How do you express gratitude when you are given a job opportunity? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!

video, business, Coffee break, thanking, etiquette, polite

Character mind map - 还 still 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 还 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

character, Character Mind Map, video

Animal Proverbs - Hit the snake 7 inches below its head 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 snakes. They can be directly translated to "Hit the snake 7 inches below its head", "Once got bitten by the snake, and ended up being afraid of the straw ropes for ten years", and "A greedy man is like a snake that wants to swallow an elephant". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

video, animal proverbs, snake, animals

One Round Trip Ticket Newbie

In today's lesson, we're showing you how to buy a train ticket at the station and some useful direction verbs, let's check it out!

video, transportation, car, station

语法课程:程度副词 Upper Intermediate

A lesson on superlatives. How would you say kinda hot, very hot, very very hot, extremely hot, crazy hot! **Refer to the table below as you take this lesson. “今天外面有多热?” 在生活中,动词和形容词可以表达很多意思,但是像前面这个问题需要我们形容热的“程度”,这个时候我们需要用表示程度的词语来回答。这节课一起来学习表示程度的词语吧! | 极其热;热得不行;热得不得了;热极了 | | 特别热;非常热 | | 热得很;可热了. | | 挺热的 ; 有点儿热. |

grammar, degree, exaggerate

Coffee Break Series- How to say no to your boss 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 'no' in a workplace. What do you say when you're turning down an offer from your boss? How do you soften the blow when you're rejecting your colleague's dinner invitation? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!

video, business, etiquette, socializing, Coffee break

Character mind map - 公 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 公 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character, business, public transport

Part 2 人口与粮食:养活14亿人,中国为什么能? 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, food, agriculture

Animal Proverbs: Perform like a workhorse 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 horses. They can be directly translated to "A good horse doesn't eat the grass behind him", "A good horse gallops without stopping", and "You meant to pat the horse's butt, but you ended up patting on its leg". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animal proverbs, animals, horse, video, study, compliment

Autumn Poem 山行 Advanced

在“农历”中,我们把秋天分为三个阶段:初秋,仲秋,晚秋,分别对应农历七、八、九月。正是晚秋时节,我们一起来欣赏一首在秋天的末尾登山秋游的诗吧! 杜牧(803年-852年),字牧之,号樊川居士,京兆府万年县(今陕西省西安市)人。晚唐著名诗人,拥有横溢的文学才华和远大的政治抱负,和李商隐并称“小李杜”。

poem, season, nature


3 ways to use mei 没 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we're going to show you three usages of a really common Chinese character 没. They are 没 Verb, 还没 Verb, and when 没 is used for comparison. Let's check them out!

grammar, video

都是谁的错 -不好意思,抱歉,对不起 Upper Intermediate

As the title suggests, these phrases have “varying degrees of sorry”. A useful lesson to learn when to use which one! 道歉也是有不同程度的:是轻微的碰撞,无意的冒犯还是严重的不满呢?在不同场合里,我们表达歉意的方式和语言可能非常不同。听完这一课,你或许会思考,当一个人在表达歉意的时候,他究竟想说些什么呢? HSK lvl 4 实在 抱歉 不过 道歉 HSK lvl 5 不好意思 真实 HSK lvl 6 归根到底 明明 拖延 自主 憋

apology, emotions, sorry

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

Character Mind Map, character, video

Part1人口与粮食:养活14亿人,中国为什么能? 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, China, production, food, government

Animal Proverbs: The weasel wishes the chicken a good year 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 chickens. They can be directly translated to "The weasel wishes the chicken a good year", "Fail to steal the chicken and lose a handful of rice", and "When one person achieves the ascension, his chickens and dogs fly up to heaven together". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

video, animal proverbs, proverb, idioms, chicken

What do you do for a living? Newbie

In this newbie lesson, we're showing you three ways to respond to common questions like "What do you do for a living?" or "What's your job?". Let's check it out!

video, jobs, professions, introductions

Autumn poem 秋日之美—秋詞 Advanced

俗话说,春生夏长,秋收冬藏。秋天在很多文人笔下是万物由盛转衰的时节,十分凄凉、萧瑟。今天我们一起来看一看,唐代大诗人刘禹锡对此有什么不同的看法? 刘禹锡(772年—842年),字梦得,河南洛阳人,唐朝文学家、哲学家,有“诗豪”之称。三十四岁那年由于革新运动失败,被贬到朗州(湖南常德),《秋词》就写于这个时期。

season, autumn, poem

语法课程:“不由得”与“由不得”引发的联想 Upper Intermediate

语法课程看起来好有趣,我不由得想要学习...... 不想学也得学,这可由不得你! 一起来学习“不由得”、“由不得”等几个相似词语的用法吧!

grammar, vocabulary

How to use sincere expressions in Chinese Pre Intermediate

Want to sound like a native Chinese speaker? Today we're showing you 3 useful structures when making expressions. They are Adj. 得不得了, Adj. 得很, and Adj. 死了. Let's check them out!

video, express, exaggerate, exclamation, emotions