The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

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


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


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


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)!


谁当家? Advanced


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



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!


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.


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

Introducing Hotels Intermediate

With only a single letter difference between “hotel” and “hostel,” a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on where you lay that head of yours whilst on the road might come in handy, lest you find yourself trying to decide on where to use that spare change (snack machine or vibrating bed). In this podcast you will learn useful terms in Mandarin Chinese to aid you in finding a desirable (or less than, depending on your price range) place to stay.

travel, accommodation,

Cooking Elementary

How and where did “chow main” get its name? “Kung Pao” is a dish and not a (brilliant) film? Someone must have their mouth full of “kuaizi” and not the proper tones. However, not to worry…in this podcast Ken takes off the apron strings and Jenny puts down that ladle for a Mandarin Chinese lesson on cooking.

directions, food, ability

Exchanging Money Newbie

If you visit Shanghai, we expect a visit. Here’s all you have to do: 1. Take the Maglev magnetic train to Longyang Lu (50 yuan) 2. Take Subway Line 2 to People’s Square-change to Line 1 (4rmb) 3. Exit Huang Pi Nan Lu, take a taxi to Huangpi and Jianguo Lu …easy, right? You betcha--as long as you have 54 kuai. What? You forgot to exchange your money? To think that’s what kept you from meeting Rian the Intern. Tsk. Listen to this podcast to learn how to use your Mandarin Chinese to exchange that cash.

money, business

First Aid Upper Intermediate

With the popularity of the previous lesson on visiting the doc (a lot more popular than actually visiting the doc), we decided that a health-laden week was in order. In this podcast, Nurse John and Candy Striper Jenny teach you words in Mandarin Chinese about First Aid. Open up and say: ‘Mandarin on your terms’.