The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

Singing Ability Newbie

Think the Von Trapp’s liked to sing? That’s nothing! Wait until you get the Chinese invite to listen…which is anytime. So, what do you do after someone gives you a tune, offer up the same “thanks” you give a taxi driver or a proper “you sing very well”? In this podcast Ken and Jenny compose a lesson for the ages. You’ll learn how to compliment someone on their singing using Mandarin Chinese.

ability, singing, songs

Baby Talk: Words of Comfort Newbie

With so many people adopting from the mainland and Taiwan, it should come With so many people adopting babies from China, it should come as no surprise that we have received an abundance of requests for “baby lingo”. Here is a podcast on some sweet and cuddly talk to comfort the child who has just been introduced to your family. In this lesson, Ken and Jenny walk you through your first (comforting) words in Mandarin Chinese.

children, family,

Requesting a Raise Intermediate

So, the contract said “5000 a month” and you said “heck, yes” and at the end of that first glorious month you realized that 5000 RMB is slightly less than it sounded…not a problem, simply ask for a raise. In this podcast, you will learn how to ask for a raise from your boss in Mandarin Chinese. Tell ya what, with the month you’ve had, we’ll make this a lesson on the house.

business, jobs, work, salary

How was Your Date? Intermediate

Not that we agree with the whole “those who can’t, teach”, but it does seem odd, us giving a lesson on talking about dates--seeing as how we can’t get them (despite our “We work with Ken and Jenny” shirts). However, it’s a hot topic in conversation and we’d like to think you’re a “bit of all right” and will need to know this. If not…join us for video night, Friday and Saturday nights.

personality, relationships

What would you like to drink? Elementary

You go to the States, it’s a cup of Joe. The English will pour you a “cuppa” and here in Shanghai it’s green tea. But, what happens if you don’t drink any of them? A universal shaking of the head, or a polite way to ask for something else? In this podcast Ken (caffeineicus tomuchicus) and Jenny (more of a “Dragon Well” type) help you use Mandarin Chinese to order your “bevvie” with class.


Future Goals Intermediate

What are your plans for the future? Think that this question ends after you walk out of your guidance counselor’s office? “Think two times” (Chinglish for “twice”). In this podcast, we offer up a monologue on business plans in Mandarin Chinese. Listen and learn…you might just get some good ideas!

business, jobs

Buying Train Tickets Newbie

You were *this* close to taking the Trans-Siberian Line from Beijing to Moscow (8 time zones!), *this* close from starting at Tiananmen Square and ending in Red Square…and what stopped you? You didn’t know how to ask for a ticket! Let’s remedy that today, shall we? All aboard, next stop: Chuga-chuga, chuga-chuga, Chinesepod! (Make a fist, put your arm at a 45 degree angle and pull down). In this podcast you will learn how to enquire about train tickets in Mandarin Chinese.

train, tickets

A Disappointment Intermediate

So, you’re able to say “I’m fine”, but what about when you’re in that bad mood? Sure, the easy way out is to always be “fine”--even if you’re not. But wait, this isn’t Stoic-pod, ya know! In this lesson Kind Ken and Jovial Jenny offer up a lesson on “disappointment”…you robot.

education, feelings

My boss isn't satisfied Elementary

People learn Chinese for a number of different reasons. Some for work, some for play, some to finally convey to the nice lady downstairs that the smell of fish cooking at 8:00am isn’t the greatest thing to wake up to. The one thing we all do agree on is that the word “boss” and “is unsatisfied” are biggies, so needless to say, an elementary lesson on just that is the “podcast du jour”.

business, computers

Negotiating Price Intermediate

A foreigner in China soon gets over any initial shyness to talk price after finding out he paid fifteen times the going rate for that “waving Mao” watch. Everything is to be bargained for…everything. So, take a break from talking price to brush up on your skills in this podcast. And remember, if you can do it in Mandarin Chinese, you’ll only pay ten times too much…!

shopping, buying

Asking for Favors Newbie

“Some day, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you”…if it’s good enough for Brando, its good enough for us. In this podcast Ken (an Irish Johnny Fontane) and Jenny (never sides against the family) teach you how to ask for a favor in Mandarin Chinese.


Connecting with Email Elementary

"Don't call me on my cell phone; send me an email." These are the types of relationships we have in this modern world. Learn how to cope with it, in Mandarin Chinese.

communications, internet

Invitations to Eat (original) Newbie

So… ummmm, hi… I was…ahem, wondering (cough) if you… ahhhh, are doing…anything tonight? Think that’s hard in your own language? Try it in Mandarin Chinese! In this socially awkward podcast, Ken (never does this, honest) and Jenny (doesn’t like you in that way) teach you how to invite someone to a meal. Once you put all the effort into this lesson, how can they say no?!


Buying a Computer Pre Intermediate

So you’ve succumbed to the peer pressure, and want to become more “techy”. Which means a trip to the vast computer marketplace. You know “how much” and “too expensive”, but this is only going to get you so far when sparring with those shop-owners. So, what do you say when you need to buy a new computer? Which brand? What’s your budget? Will it be big enough to store all of your Chinesepod lessons? Worry not, as in this podcast Ken and Jenny walk you through using your Mandarin Chinese to buy that new computer.

measure words, computers, shopping

Addresses Newbie

You’ve made contact via mobile phone with your friend and now you need to meet up, but can’t, for the life of you, figure out why he/she keeps saying “hao” after the numbers. Perhaps you should ask for landmarks…Listen in to this podcast and learn how to give addresses in Mandarin Chinese, as well as landmarks—a very useful technique in these cities the size of some countries!

home and office, location, address

Sending Emails Newbie

You could try and mime your way through it to ask for someone’s email address (piano fingers and tongue clicking). You could simply call them every time you needed to speak. Or, you could just listen to this lesson, where you will learn how to ask for someone’s email address in Mandarin Chinese. Good choice, now, you can use that money you save on long-distance phone bills to buy us presents (we’re a 33×34).

communications, internet, contact

Office Policy: Internet Elementary

Being spied on is no longer just a Dan Brown novel (or a Bush Cabinet agenda), so we hope you aren’t sending “romantic messages” to others from your work account. In fact, as this lesson on office policy states, you’re not paid to check your email all day (Chinesepod is okay, though. We asked). In this podcast, learn about chatting online in Mandarin Chinese.

business, home and office, internet

Surfing the Internet (original) Newbie

Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese about surfing the internet. The Chinese love their electronics and you’ve got to fit in! Listen and this lesson will teach you how.

internet, hobbies

Mother's Birthday Elementary

Three things you don’t forget: 1. Anniversary 2. Mom’s Birthday 3. Listen to Chinesepod…Now, we can help you with two of the three (sorry, you’re on your own with #1) today. In this podcast Ken (loves his mum) and Jenny (ài tā māma) hold your hand in talking about your mother’s birthday with a friend in Mandarin Chinese. You’re sure to never forget again! LINK TO DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE (right-click, save as) : chinesepod123_B13_20060206.mp3(13.8mb)

measure words, family

University Major: Part 1 Newbie

Well, now that you’re a Chinese student, chances are you’re gonna be hangin’ with other students, so how to get in on the lingo? In this podcast Ken and Jenny take time from rushing poor pledges to lecture you in a lesson in Mandarin Chinese, teaching you how to ask someone what they are studying. And you’ll also learn how to tell someone what you want to be when you grow up. “Thank you ChinesePod, may I have another?!”