The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

Complaining to the Waiter Intermediate

Once again, we shed our “puppy dogs and ice cream” demeanor with a lesson on being peeved. In this lesson, Ken (gets furious when we call him Sharon) and Jenny (don’t let that great head of hair throw ya, she’ll scratch your eyes out) take a deep breath, count to ten and lead you in a podcast on getting upset. In this podcast, learn to talk in Mandarin Chinese about being upset, and what you’re going to do about it.


I don't have time Elementary

No doubt if you’re learning Mandarin, you’ve seen a picture of Nanjing Lu or Wangfujing. Now, very quickly, name three adjectives to describe the scene. Were “laid-back”, “relaxing” and “chilled out” any of your picks? That’s what we thought; so perhaps now a lesson on time in Mandarin Chinese would be very timely…In this podcast, learn how to talk about how long it takes you to do something, as well as how to tell someone you don’t have any time…now, STOP PUSHING!


I don't feel well Newbie

With a menu full of never before encountered items and a passion for all things oil/MSG, you might end up with the lesser-know “Beijing Belly”. So unless you care to “assume the position” in an off-color game of charades, you might benefit from a lesson on “not feeling well”. In this podcast, you will learn how to tell someone you aren’t feeling well, using Mandarin Chinese.


Your turn to pay! Pre Intermediate

Sometimes we take a lesson from our own experience. While names have been changed to protect the innocent (until proven stingy), the account to follow dealing with the guy who always forgets his wallet is real. While we’re busy snickering at the (hot) water cooler, Ken and Jenny will teach you through a Mandarin Chinese lesson on taking turns to pay. In this podcast you’ll learn how to have a little “discussion” with a cheap pal.


Your Receipt Newbie

If you’ve spent any time in China, or plan to, you’ll notice a strange piece of paper being asked for at the end of meals/cab rides/etc. What is it? We’d better let Jenny explain; and if you’re lucky, she’ll include a lil’ cultural insight as well. In this podcast, learn how to ask for that precious receipt, in Mandarin Chinese. ChinesePod…the taste of fantastic.

shopping, culture

What's your type? Pre Intermediate

At ChinesePod, we’re all about putting Ken into compromising situations (see: beatings with the “Tone Stick” out back), so when a request came in for talking about the type of men one likes, we couldn’t say no. In this podcast, Jenny teaches and Ken takes on the student of Mandarin Chinese role in our production of “Brokeback 山”.


Baby Talk: Be good! Newbie

More “baby talk”… In this podcast, you will learn some more popular common phrases in Mandarin Chinese, such as: “Good boy/girl”, “Be careful!” and “Don’t be naughty”. Think these phrases are only for people adopting children? Listen closely and you’ll hear Jenny confess that her parents still use some of these on her!

children, communications, family

Family Life Intermediate

Never has China been accused of not respecting family. In fact, concepts like moving out of your parents’ house before marriage are still in their infancy. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny teach us about family in Mandarin Chinese, and the roles therein.

family, culture

Too Polite Newbie

The last thing you would want to do is insult your kind host…but where to learn about the do’s and don’ts of Chinese etiquette? In this podcast, Ken and Jenny nicely promenade you through a cultural Mandarin Chinese lesson on Chinese manners. Learn how to be polite—Chinese-style!

etiquette, culture, polite

A Promotion Intermediate

You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t a good, pro-active, self-motivating individual. So we’ll make you a deal. After listening to this lesson, you tell 10 friends about ChinesePod and we’ll tell your boss all of those aforementioned qualities. In this podcast, learn to talk about promotions and getting a raise in Mandarin Chinese. Who knows, maybe with your new found language skills, it'll really happen!

business, actions, jobs, promotion, attitude, performance

What time is it? Newbie

Every once and a while we veer away from our “normal programming” and offer up some lessons on high-frequency phrases in Chinese that you will use everyday. Today happens to be “once” and now is actually “in a while” so grab that “authentic” Rolex you bought near your hotel and join us for a podcast on telling time in Mandarin Chinese.

time, late

Drive faster! Newbie

In the labyrinth of an average Chinese city, it’s easy for the unexpected to happen, and cause you to run a little behind. So now that you’ve found that taxi, how to tell him to put the petal to the medal? Two options: a) Make a “wrrrrooooooommmmmm” sound and stab the air with your index finger b) Pay attention to this lesson on asking the driver to hurry In this podcast, learn how to say you are in a hurry, and how to ask the driver to drive faster (ChinesePod disclaimer: use this Mandarin at your own risk!).


Traditional Chinese Medicine Intermediate

At ChinesePod, we know that part of learning Chinese is getting an introduction to the wonderful world of Chinese medicine. Before we take your pulse and make you stick out your tongue, follow our prescription and listen to this podcast to better acquaint yourself with Chinese medical advice in Mandarin Chinese.

medicine, health, traditional Chinese medicine, TCM, science, throat

Chatting Online Newbie

Remember back in the day (insert nostalgic music here) when a tank of gas cost ya a nickel, “George W” referred to “Washington” and “chatting” was something done face-to-face? In this lesson, we tackle just that (the last one, as none of us drive here and another one of us is from Texas), online chatting. In this podcast learn about getting online and chatting, amongst other hobbies, in Mandarin Chinese.

online, internet, chat

Disliking Others Elementary

We have recently come under attack for being too “puppy dogs and ice cream” (meaning you’ve not heard of the “no eye-contact” rule for our interns), so to prove to you that we are, in fact, bu-bu-bu-bu-bad, we give a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on not liking someone. In this podcast you will learn how to say that you don’t like someone, and get a chance to vent about whats driving you crazy about them.


You Look Nervous Newbie

Fact: There are 1.4 billion people in China. Fact: You don’t read enough to understand the bus schedule Fact: This leaves you with the option of riding a bicycle or hopping on the back of an illegal motorcycle taxi. Fact: You might need to know how to talk about being nervous. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny hold your trembling hand through a lesson on the “shakes”, in Mandarin Chinese.


Shanghai Fashion Intermediate

Granted, the same person that said Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” also said that baijiu was a tasty drink…so we’ll let you decide. Fashion, however, is on the lips of everyone in the area. If you find yourself anywhere in China, Shanghai’s ascent into the ranks of a fashion capital will no doubt be a hot topic. In this podcast, learn to talk about fashion and appearance in Mandarin Chinese.

Dates, numbers

Discussing Loan Repayment Elementary

Now we know we should “neither a borrower nor lender be”. However, we also know that “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. So what are you gonna do when that friend forgets to pay you back? In this podcast, Ken and Jenny talk all about borrowing and teach you how to use Mandarin Chinese to give a friend a friendly reminder to pay up.

time, communications,

Chinese Tea Intermediate

Here is a lesson impressing on you the “Importance of Tea”…you’ll notice we capitalized the “T” there, which should tell you something. Tea is important. You are significant. You talking about tea is vital. You being able to talk about tea in Mandarin Chinese is essential. ChinesePod wants you to be all of those things, because ChinesePod loves you. Listen in to this podcast to learn some different types of Chinese tea.

culture, tea, gifts, girlfriend, parents

Talking about Your Hometown Newbie

No doubt these questions will be among the top 3 you’ll need to memorize…here they are, in no particular order: 1. What’s your name? 2. Where are you from? 3. Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting that clever “laowai” that writes the wonderfully entertaining introductions to ChinesePod? …your name you know, and until we have the pleasure, the only thing left is your ole stompin’ ground. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny talk teach you how to talk about where you call “jiā.”

town and city