The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Too expensive! Newbie

We know you would *never* lower yourself to buying a “Rolax” here and passing it off as an original for someone’s birthday, but we’re sure that “friend of yours” will. So how to politely suggest that the opening bid might be a bit out of your range? A lesson on acting incensed by the price could save you a few “jiao.” In this podcast, learn how to tell someone “it’s too expensive” in Mandarin Chinese.

shopping, numbers

黑客和电脑病毒 Advanced

你会打开陌生人给你的邮件吗?你会被一些不健康的网站所吸引吗?如果你尝过病毒带给你的苦头,你肯定会感到害怕。在互联网上还有一类高手,他们只用一台普通的电脑就可以使国家安全部门、金融机构等都惊慌,他们可能只有十几岁,可能只是因为贪玩,也有可能他们从事这项工作。他们就是神秘的“黑客”一族。今天我们要一起来认识一下互联网上的两类“杀手”——电脑病毒和黑客。

犯罪, 电脑, 网络, crime, computers, network, Internet, hacker, virus, anti-virus

Pets Elementary

Granted, most dogs here look like they chase parked cars, but that doesn’t stop them from being a part of the family. In this podcast, learn how to talk to fellow pet-lovers about your pet, in Mandarin Chinese. Explaining to them that dogs actually *don’t* make the sound “wang-wang” is up to you.

animals

Discussing Photography Upper Intermediate

While it might come as a shock to you that “bunny ears” are not considered “photographically sound,” we’re sure that your composition and lighting are spot on. So, let’s see you follow a Mandarin lesson on the basic rules of the lens. In this podcast, learn to talk about the techniques and art of photography, using Mandarin Chinese. (Any photoshopping of John’s head to make it seem bigger than his body will result in water torture)

photography

中国企业国际化 Advanced

说起中国的跨国公司,你的脑中立刻冒出的是哪些名字呢?海尔?联想?……在这个机遇与挑战并存的世界中,一批批海外名企涌入了中国,也有一些中国企业勇敢地走出了国门,在创业的道路上有的成功了,也有的失败了。本课我们讨论的是中国企业国际化过程中面临的挑战。在中国企业或外资企业工作的学习者们都可以从今天的课程中得到关于企业发展的一些启发。

business, economy, brand, company, globalization

What is this called? Newbie

Not that you’d ever find yourself in a position to identify what something is (this said we we’re still recovering from the “calf brain” we unknowingly tried last weekend), but should you wish to identify before ingesting, you might (burp) benefit from a lesson on asking what something is. In this podcast, learn how to ask what something is in Mandarin Chinese.

questions

Skincare: Sunscreen Elementary

Fact: Should you ever get away to the gorgeous town of Qingdao, you might be amazed at how many people aren’t on the beach during the day. Tan is most certainly *not* the new black here (read: umbrellas held while cycling). So, in this podcast, learn how to ask for sunscreen, using Mandarin Chinese.

weather, shopping

北京奥运会的筹备 Advanced

你记得北京申奥成功的时候,中国人激动地跳起来的情景吗?中国人实在是太期待能在家门口点燃奥运圣火了。你相信北京能成功地举办奥运会吗?当来自世界各地的运动员,教练,记者,游客涌向北京的时候,你会亲自去看吗?你担心安全吗?你害怕拥挤吗?如果你了解了北京奥运会的筹备工作,你的一切担心都可以消失了,北京人民正在精心地准备呢。

Beijing, Olympics, sports, media, propaganda

Teaching English in China Intermediate

Ken’s done it. John’s done it. Jenny still does it. (Aric padded his C.V. to make it look like he did it). You might do it. Any guesses? (Besides modeling, of course). It would be the world of English teaching--and a conversation that you will find yourself in. In this podcast, you will learn lots of useful vocabulary about English teaching jobs in China, except that you will be talking about it in Mandarin Chinese.

education, jobs

I'm here for an interview Newbie

You walk in, use your previously learned ChinesePod lessons to give the secretary your name and a quick “ni hao.” She does the same. What comes next? Most would think a reason for being there, but unless you thrive on those uncomfortable international moments (see: lesson on “Where is the Toilet Paper”), pay attention to this podcast, wherein you will learn how to tell someone that you’ve arrived for an interview, using Mandarin Chinese.

business, introductions, greetings

网络游戏 Advanced

你是网络游戏的“粉丝”吗?你因为熬夜打游戏而顶过熊猫眼吗?你在游戏的世界中扮演过英雄、美女、大王或是怪物吗?你和远在天边的陌生人较量过打牌的技术吗?本课将带你进入网络游戏的世界,告诉你游戏的多样和精彩,也提醒你千万不要上瘾哦!

internet, games, addiction, family, study, hobbies, fun

Traditional Residences Upper Intermediate

In the north, you’ll find yourself in a maze of “hutongs.” In Shanghai it’s the “longtang.” In this podcast, we’ll open the regional door and lead you through the ChinesePod courtyard in a tale of two city abodes. You will learn about the styles of housing and streets in old China, and how to talk about them using Mandarin Chinese

history, location, culture

Getting a Date Elementary

We don’t allow ugly (on the inside) people to listen (work here, yes, but not listen), so of course, when you come here to visit us, you will end up being asked out (not the other way around, of course). So, despite us never having done this on the first date before, in this podcast we’ll forgo all usual standards and give you a Mandarin Chinese lesson on the romantic meet-up.

relationships, food

算命 Advanced

你想提前知道自己的事业、爱情、学习怎么样吗?甚至你想知道自己能活到几岁吗? 如果你能提前知道哪些不好的事情要发生,你是不是就能避免它们的发生呢?假如你遇上了一位神奇的算命先生,也许你就有答案了。本次课程将告诉你一些算命的知识和许多现代流行的算命方法,但是你一定要知道不可以全相信哦。

tradition, destiny, fate, luck, religion, superstition

How do you say...? Newbie

Every once and a while, we like to give you options, and today is no exception. If you want to ask someone, “how can I say this in Chinese?” you can either: 1. Point to the object, at yourself, say the object and then point to the Chinese person with you and wait; 2. Hold object up, shrug shoulders and wait; or 3. Say, “How do you say this in Chinese? (in Chinese)” Again, no pressure – what we like about you is the person inside. But if you want to know, listen to this podcast, you won’t be sorry.

communications, ability, questions

Old Friend Intermediate

Yes, we know you were the prom queen in school (and to be honest, you might not remember us--we were the weird ones that took drama very seriously). So what happens when you bump into someone from “back in the day?” In this podcast, we open that wound of high school days past and teach you how to catch up with someone in Mandarin Chinese. They’ll all be jealous at that next reunion.

jobs, greetings

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