The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


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

Prenatal Checkup, Part 2 Intermediate

In this episode, we will show you a dialogue between a doctor and the parent during the sonogram, and what are the things you can say during this wonderful experience. Let's check out the baby in the belly!

pregnancy, pregnant woman, hospital, health

Come Sit Some Time Newbie

In this lesson, we are going to look at a common dialogue between a guest and a host. We will show you how to invite someone to visit next time, and how you can take your leave as a guest.

video, house, friends

"Without you I'm so lonely" 没有你陪伴真的好孤单 Intermediate

“没有你陪伴真的好孤单” is a lengthy song title, but nothing’s too long for a stark cry about missing your lover. In this new episode of Journey into Mandopop, Chi explains this Chinese mega-hit about loneliness which, as it’s very straight-to-the-point, is great for learning Chinese!

music, songs

职场抱怨王 Part 2 Upper Intermediate

爱抱怨的小麦又来了!在上一集里,我们聊到了她很讨厌她的的同事,这次她的部门又发生了什么事呢?我们一起来看看吧!

business, office, work

Chengyu Series - Seven Up and Eight Down 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 four Chengyu with numbers 七 (seven) and 八 (eight) in them!

video, Chengyu, language

Priority seats: To sit or not to sit Pre Intermediate

To sit or not to sit, that is the question in the modern society. Giving up your seat to elders and those in need is considered to be a virtue in Asia, but in recent years, it has become a moral obligation. If you have ever sit in a priority seat and endured the mental pressure of someone asking you to stand up, this lesson is for you!

transportation, subway, seat

Prenatal Checkup, Part 1 Intermediate

You're pregnant! In today's podcast, let's learn how to talk about maternity and prenatal checkup in Mandarin. If there's a steamed bun in your oven, this is the lesson for you.

pregnancy, hospital, checkup

滥竽充数的故事 Advanced

你听过滥竽充数这个成语吗?你知道他背后的故事吗?这个成语的意思是没有能力的人假装很有才能。我们快来听听这个故事吧!

Chengyu, story, history

Who's in the Bathroom? Newbie

In this lesson, Joe and Lyn will show you how to fight for the right to use your bathroom by annoying the person that’s using it. After watching this, I’m sure nobody will ever come between you and the toilet in the future!

bathroom, house, fight, video

职场抱怨王 Part 1 Upper Intermediate

我们在工作上常常会遇到不顺心的事情,这个时候抱怨同事可以让我们更有动力上班!这集课程里,我们会介绍一些跟职场有关的惯用语,让你下次跟朋友抱怨时,不怕找不到词儿说啦!

work, office, business, colleague, idioms

Coffee Break Series - How to Congratulate Someone Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we are showing you how to congratulate and give best wishes to others in a business setting. Joshua and Alice will talk about different phrases you should use in special occasions, let's check it out!

video, Coffee break, business, etiquette

Character Mind map: 包 bag 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 包 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character, words, food