The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Backpacking to Tibet 风光在险峰—西藏之旅 Upper Intermediate

Backpacking, Airbnb, popular Tibet sights, Rhodiola rosea (medicine for altitude sickness) … learn them in this lesson! 西藏旅行的广告听起来那么棒,自然有背包客跃跃欲试了,来听听他出发前的这段对话吧! HSK lvl 5 发愁 年代 无奈 HSK lvl 6 海拔 当心 风光

Tibet, travel, backpack

How to use 要...了 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we'll show you how to use sentence structures 要...了, 快要... 了 and 就要...了 and the differences between them!

video, grammar, Sentence Structures, le

Tone Change #5 Three third tones Newbie

In this series, we tackle the most common question in every newbie's mind: "What's with the tone changes?" Along the way, you'll learn the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time. Generally we do not see tone change rules applied in written texts, i.e. we do not see the change of tone mark reflected in written pinyin. Precisely because of this, tone change rules are confusing and burdensome to beginning learners. To help our users to master tone change rules more quickly, we have deliberately marked the changes so that they are more easily recognized and more discernible to learners. So join us in this newly designed tone change series, and let us know your thoughts! In this episode, we will introduce the tone change rule for consecutive three third tones! Let's get started!

tone change series, tones, video, pronunciation

京都动画作品毁于一旦;电影《小Q》呼吁社会增加导盲犬认知 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

news on the go, news, movies, disaster

Summer Poem 夏日荷花—小池 Advanced

“小荷才露尖尖角,早有蜻蜓立上头”,这个名句你是不是也早有耳闻? 这一课将介绍这首古诗,他是一首简单的七言绝句,我们会从中分析诗句中常用到的2-2-3的结构,帮助同学们从古诗的断句中学会拆分、理解诗句、领略诗词之美。 让我们在炎炎夏日里,一起走进这片荷花池中。 《小池》的作者杨万里(1127-1206)是一位南宋诗人,是“南宋四大家”之一。他年轻时考中进士,一生做官为民,清正廉洁。杨万里的诗大多描写自然景物,表达对自然的热爱与赞美,也有很多诗抒发爱国的感情。

poem, flowers, nature

Animal Proverbs: Don't Force That Bull To Drink Intermediate

Animal metaphors are prevalent in almost every language, but people from different cultures may regard the same animal differently. In Chinese proverbs, you will see a lot of animal metaphors to symbolize human actions. In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to bulls. They can be directly translated to "A bull in Beijing is still a bull", "A bull's head doesn't fit in a horse's mouth", and "Forcing a bull to drink water by pressing its head down". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animals, bull, video, proverb, animal proverbs

An ad for a holiday in Tibet 西藏旅游广告 Upper Intermediate

A useful lesson based on an advertisement for tourists to Tibet. Join us in this 2 parts lesson for a trip to Tibet! 西藏——一块纯洁而神秘的圣土,让我们跟着这一则广告,感受西藏的魅力吧!

travel, Tibet, advertising, holiday

66 Enjoyable Characters with Joy #9 Newbie

Are you one of the Chinese learners who are afraid of complicated and scary Chinese characters? In this series, we are going to show you 66 traditional characters that you see every day produced in our Taipei Studios! Check it out and enjoying learning with Joy!

character, video, country, city

Character Mind Map: 发 send Elementary

In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the words they make up. Today, we're talking about the character 发. You may know its original meaning which is 'to send', but it's so much more than that! When combined with different words, the character 发 can mean to develop or to occur. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character, email

How to use le 了 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we'll show you how to use the particle le 了 in its change of state function. Learn how to say "I don't love you anymore" or "There's no paper in the bathroom!!" with le.

le, video, grammar, particles

日本重启商业捕鲸;伦敦塔桥迎来125周岁生日 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

news on the go, London, Japan

996工作文化 Advanced

最近,关于“996”工作制度在网络上引发了激烈的讨论。这种从早上九点工作到晚上九点,星期一工作到星期六的方式,究竟是激发人们努力工作,还是一种不合理的制度呢?来听听今天这一课的讨论吧。

work, business, company, overtime

Animal proverbs: Mutton on the menu, dog meat on the plate Intermediate

In this lesson, we're showing you three common animal related sayings. They can be directly translated to "A wolf in sheep's skin", "Hanging a sheep's head and selling dog meet", and "A piece of mouse poop ruins the entire pot of porridge" Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animals, proverb, video, lamb, mouse, animal proverbs

Tone change series #4 你 (nǐ) Newbie

In this series, we tackle the most common question in every newbie's mind: "What's with the tone changes?" Along the way, you'll learn the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time. Generally we do not see tone change rules applied in written texts, i.e. we do not see the change of tone mark reflected in written pinyin. Precisely because of this, tone change rules are confusing and burdensome to beginning learners. To help our users to master tone change rules more quickly, we have deliberately marked the changes so that they are more easily recognized and more discernible to learners. So join us in this newly designed tone change series, and let us know your thoughts!

video, tone change series, pronunciation, tones

注意肌肉男出没 Upper Intermediate

Summer is a great time for sports. This lesson takes you through a typical dialogue when signing up for a gym membership and some fitness goals! 夏天通常是大家健身热情高涨的时节,你喜欢健身吗?健身房词汇了解一下!

gym, exercise, fitness, health

Character mind map: 打 hit Elementary

In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the words they make up. Today, we're talking about the character 打. You may know its original meaning which is 'to beat', but it's so much more than that! When combined with different words, the character 打 can mean to play, to call, or just to do. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character

美财政部公布汇率报告;熊猫香香延期送还 Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

economy, currency, news on the go

学会相当──争先恐后 Advanced

Learn how to use 相当 and useful metaphors such as 硬骨头, 啃不下来, 螺丝钉, 敲门砖, 领头羊 in a business conversation! 中文是善用比喻的语言,有时比喻隐藏在句子中,我们把它称为“暗喻”。让我们来看一看在商业场合如何灵活地使用比喻吧!

business, metaphor, company

Chinese proverbs: Every experience is a lesson Intermediate

Chinese proverbs are sentences that condense wisdom and knowledge, and also reflect the unique Chinese culture and philosophy. Although they mostly come from written Chinese, they are still popular and common in the spoken language today. In this lesson, we're showing you three Chinese proverbs on life and experience. You may have heard of their English equivalents: "Live and Learn“, "You reap what you sow", and "A fall into the pit, a gain in your wit." Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life, and we hope you will feel inspired and encouraged after today's lesson!

video, life, experience, proverb, learn

66 Enjoyable Characters with Joy #8 Newbie

Are you one of the Chinese learners who are afraid of complicated and scary Chinese characters? In this series, we are gonna show you 66 traditional characters that you see every day produced in our Taipei Studios! Check it out and enjoying learning with Joy!

character, video, transportation