The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Continued Tone Change Series #6 - I Miss You 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 consecutive third tones through a conversation between a couple. Let's check it out right now!

tone change series, video, lover

Coffee Break Series: Business Dinner, Part 2 Pre Intermediate

In China, having a meal with clients is not just eating. Everything is related to the business. That's why learning table manners is so important. In this lesson, we’re going to learn what we can say when we are eating. Let's get started!

video, Coffee break, business, table manner, etiquette

哪里不一样:发音差异, Part 1 Upper Intermediate

说中文的地方很多,但每个地方的中文都不太一样。在“哪里不一样:发音差异”这一系列里,我们一起来看看普通话和台湾的中文有哪些发音不一样。第一集我们要讨论的是普通话我们说一声的词,台湾人怎么说?你是不是也知道这些差异呢?让我们ㄧ起来看看哪里不一样吧!

Chinese, dialect, difference

Let’s Break up ASAP 趁早 Intermediate

It’s not uncommon for a relationship to go stagnant, with both parties pretending everything’s alright. 趁早 sung by 张惠妹 is an anthem for such a situation. “如果你不想要, 想退出要趁早”: If you don’t want to be in love anymore, let’s break up before it’s too late. In this episode of Journey into Mandopop, Chi guides you through this Mandopop classic line by line, explaining language teaching points along the way, and why many (and hopefully you!) resonate with it so much.

songs, love, breaking up

This Is My Wechat ID Newbie

Anyone who has lived in China knows that you can't make any new friends without Wechat! Today, in this newbie dialogue, we're showing you how to ask people out and add them on Wechat. Make sure to watch till the end! Joe has a little surprise for all of you!

video, wechat, App, communication


Chengyu Series - Nine Buffaloes and One Hair 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 九 (nine) and 十 (ten) in them!

video, Chengyu, language

Coffee Break Series: Business Dinner, Part 1 Pre Intermediate

In China, having a meal with clients is not just eating. Everything is related to the business. That's why learning table manners is so important. In this lesson, let's start with how to host clients dinner. Let's get started!

Coffee break, coffee, video

职场抱怨王 Part 3 Upper Intermediate

这是我们抱怨王小麦的第三集了,他在公司受了这么多气,这次终于受不了了!你们觉得他会怎么做呢?让我们一起来看看吧!

slang, business, jobs

1920-40s Jazzy Songs in Shanghai Intermediate

Chi delves into the mother of all Mandopop songs — the very jazzy-sounding 时代曲 (songs of the era) in 1920-40s Shanghai, which was the city in China for cultural amalgamation. During that time, 夜来香, 何日君再来, 夜上海, 卖杂货 and 明月千里寄相思 are all quite famous. After listening to a brief history lesson, we’ll take a deeper look at 如果没有你 sung by 白光 to learn some Chinese!

music, art, entertainment

Can I Drink Water Here? Newbie

There're always people breaking rules, such as eating in a library or taking pictures in a museum. Do you want to stop them but don't know how? In this lesson, we are going to learn how to ask people not to do something and ask whether can we do something. Let's get started!

video, rules, asking questions

科普小知识:为什么看到酸的食物就会流口水? Advanced

今天我们要跟大家介绍一个关于人体的有趣科普小知识。有时候当我们看到柠檬或想到酸酸的食物时,会忍不住流口水,你知道这是为什么吗?其实这个道理叫做条件反射,快来听听这堂课吧!

science, body, health, food

Character Mind Map: 蛋 egg 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 蛋 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character

How to Use Past Experience Marker 过 (guò) Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we are going to show you how to describe past experiences with 过. It's a useful word to tell people what you have or have not done before. And, you can also use this structure to play "Never Have I Ever". Let's check it out!

video, grammar, Chinese

诚实 vs. 老实 vs. 坦白 Upper Intermediate

你听过诚实,老实,坦白这三个词吗?它们都有"honest"的意思,但是他们的意思有点差别。你知道他们差在哪儿吗?快来听听今天的课程吧!

synonyms, words

Coffee Break Series #4 - The Exhibition Intermediate

In the intermediate coffee break series, we will follow the footsteps of Nick through his adventure in China. Along the way, you will learn important terms and phrases used in business settings, as well as some tips and tricks on dealing with Chinese businessmen. In this episode, our main character Nick meets a customer in the exhibition and introduces his company's products. Will the customer pays? If you want to know what happens in today’s episode, watch the video and get down to business!

video, Coffee break, business, exhibition

Very Cool, Very Ok Newbie

In this episode, Chi introduces how the words "cool", "low", and "ok" are used in Western and Eastern contexts. Spoiler alert: They might not mean what you think they mean!

culture, language, China

最后一杯热拿铁 Part 2 Advanced

上一集课程里,秦宇遇见了一个神秘的女孩,他非常喜欢她,正想着要约她出去的时候,她却不光顾他的咖啡店了。在这一集里,他们又会发展出什么样的故事呢?我们来看看吧!

story, drama, love, romance

Continued Tone Change Series #5 - Ordering Dumplings 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 consecutive third tones through a conversation in a restaurant. Let's check it out right now!

video, tone change series, tones, pronunciation

Shipping a package Pre Intermediate

Do you go to the post office often? In this lesson, we're going to show you how to mail a package in Asia and what you can expect from the clerks. Let's check it out!

mail, post office, postage, package