The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


中国新富豪 Advanced

某某身价上亿,某某白手起家,某某成为最年轻的富翁……。富人各种各样,或年轻,或年老,或天生富有,或辛勤致富。你对富人的生活好奇吗?你认为有钱人了不起吗?在我们今天的课程中你能了解到当今中国三种富人的生活。无论你是富人,还是即将成为富人,你一定不能错过我们今天的讨论。

society, wealth, money, classroom, income

Going to Church Elementary

In a land of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam – and now Christianity – a quick sermon on how to identify your own religion might help. In this podcast you will learn how to ask about someone’s religion, and also to talk about going to church, using Mandarin Chinese.

religion,

风水 Advanced

听说在风水不错的地方居住的人,包括财运、事业、家庭、健康等的一切都会随之变得很好。这种地方通常被叫作“风水宝地”。那么风水到底是一门怎样的学问呢?迷信吗?一门神奇的科学吗?本次课程将带你进入风水的世界,让你了解一些风水的知识。

fengshui, superstition, religion, decoration, belief, philosophy

Using a Credit Card Newbie

For a million yuan, a ChinesePod pop quiz: Q. You could be asked 2 things at the cash register. One is “paper or plastic,” and the other is “_________ or _________” (answer rhymes with “cash or credit”). In this podcast, we’ll aid you in adding to that credit card debt you keep kidding yourself that you’ll pay off someday. You’ll learn how to say “charge it!” in Mandarin Chinese.

money, shopping

Adding Credit to a Cell Phone Elementary

A few things you can’t live without upon arriving: 1. Toilet paper (oh – you laugh now, but trust us) 2. ChinesePod 3. A mobile phone …now, we hope the first two are self-explanatory, and about the 3rd – it’s all pay-as-you-go, so in this podcast we tender a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on “topping up” that phone.

communications, shopping

姓名的起源 Advanced

你是怎么给自己起中文名字的?你相信从名字上能看出你的性格,你的未来吗?姓名对于一个人来说实在是太重要了。曾有一位年轻的父亲告诉我,他最兴奋也是最头疼的一件事就是给孩子起名字。在中国,起名字可是一门很深的学问,在今天的课程中你可以了解到许多起名字的习惯以及教你怎样去读懂一个人的名字。

tradition, family, lineage, genealogy

Buying a Drink Intermediate

With a 16-hour flight on what can only be described as an “Eastern seating design” in the cabin – and oh, by the way, those cabbies at the airport are the loudest in the mainland – you might need an adult beverage. In this podcast, you’ll learn all about ordering a nice stiff drink in Mandarin Chinese. But watch out for those ice cubes, as you will see…

food, beer, wine

Transportation Newbie

We know that deep down, there’s a person in ya that wants to combine “On the Road” with “Journey to the West”, and we think that’s just great. But the “lu” less traveled might be a road un-traveled should you be unable to get around. In this podcast, we’ll get you on your way, learning a lesson in Mandarin Chinese about the different modes of transportation in the big land.

transportation, asking questions

人性本善 Advanced

看过儿童摇着头背诵古文的样子吗?听过他们背《三字经》吗?“人之初,性本善。……”它的开头告诉了我们,人出生的时候都是善良的,这一“美丽的理想”。说起人性,我们需要了解中西方哲学家的不同观点。本课就将探讨人性这个有点儿深奥又有点儿严肃的话题。

philosophy, evil, good, mind, nature, science

Finding a Cheap Hostel Newbie

There’s a good chance that you’ll come here with loads of cash and leave with none (see: Qipu Lu, the new “hot spot” to shop), meaning those final few nights might be spent in a “starless abode.” Because ChinesePod loves you, we want you to be able to find the best of the… erm, lesser, and offer up a lesson on finding a hostel. In this podcast you will learn how to ask how to find a hostel, using Mandarin Chinese. Plus, those iPod earplugs work great for drowning out that “dorm ambience” as well.

accommodation, shopping

韩流 Advanced

韩剧、韩国明星、韩服、韩国饰品、韩国料理……,当韩国文化像洪水一样淹没我们眼球的时候,你疯狂地迷恋过吗?你拼命地抵制过吗?本课将带我们走进韩国文化的世界,一起探讨《冬季恋歌》、《大长今》、神话组合、石锅拌饭等在世界上掀起一股股热潮的原因。

music, culture, art, Korea

Musical Instruments Elementary

Granted, even we can’t say “pipa” without giggling, and still feel the need to grab the “erhu” and do a scissor kick, but it won’t stop us from sitting Jenny down in this podcast and finding out why she doesn’t play the “gangqin”…all in the name of a Mandarin Chinese lesson on instruments. ChinesePod: the CBGB of podcasts.

music, ability

Getting Tough on Employees Upper Intermediate

In the mid-80’s, you responded with a resounding “YES, I AM” to NKOTB’s query of “Are you tuff enuf?” Now, we’re still sure it rings true, but just in case you need to have a lil’ come-to-Jesus meeting with some less-than-productive employees, you’ll be able to do it using Mandarin Chinese as well (after this lesson, of course)!

business

谁当家? Advanced

在你们家谁的权利最大呢?见过妻子追着丈夫跑的吗?本课除了告诉你在中国当家的人发生了巨大的变化,还将告诉你很多有趣的社会现象,例如:妻管严、家庭煮夫、上海男人“有名的特点”、古代“三从四德”是怎样的严厉、现代“三从四德”是怎样的搞笑……

家庭, 文化

May I take your photo? Newbie

Things that will get your photo taken in China: - Having blonde (“yellow”) hair - Having hair on your arms - Using a mobile phone - Sitting - Being …so you might as well return the favor – nicely, of course. In this lesson, we zoom in for a tight shot of pictorial verbiage. You will learn how to ask someone if you can take a photo, using Mandarin Chinese. ChinesePod, you’re the MAN(darin)!

photography, etiquette,

A Walk in the Park Elementary

Yes, using ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin a walk in the park – thank you. But this lesson is actually about walking in the park--not the in the metaphorical sense… ugh. Let’s make this easy for both of us: Here is a lesson on “Walking in the Park.” In this podcast you’ll learn to talk in Mandarin Chinese about things that people like you like to do in parks.

entertainment, actions, hobbies

日本恐怖片 Advanced

你爱看恐怖片吗?你是不是吓人的专家呢?本课程将讨论一部世界级的超级恐怖电影《午夜凶铃》。有人大叫,有人吓哭了,还有人根本不敢睁开眼睛看,你是哪种呢?今天,就让我们来讨论一下恐怖片的魅力。

Japan

Here is your change Elementary

Surely you never thought that having change could be so important. However, when you pull out one of the “hundred dollar bills” (not as much as it sounds), you just may be leaving without anything. In this podcast, you’ll learn how make sure you’ll be able to use your Mandarin Chinese to get all of your coin back… plus, we finally find out *why* Jenny loves chocolate so!

shopping

Standing in Line Intermediate

Back in the day it was one bus per hour, which explains the, erm, shall we say, “lack of formation” in that ticket queue. In this podcast you will obtain some cultural insight and learn a few stinging phrases in Mandarin Chinese to bring line etiquette to the attention of the offender. Would that relieve some of that stress? It’s Dr. C. Pod to the rescue.

money,

Vegetarian Eating Newbie

In a country known for its “Beijing Duck”, Inner “Mongolian Hot Pot” and “Pork Dumplings,” should you not be a carnivore, you’ll need to know how to say “vegetarian”–a lot vegetable dishes even have a smattering of meat. In this podcast, we help you learn how to explain in Mandarin Chinese that you don’t eat anything with a face.

health, food