The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Chengyu Series - Heart and mouth Elementary

Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters! In this lesson, let’s take a look at the Chengyu with Heart & Mouth 心, 口 in them!

video, Chengyu, communication, speaking

Give Me All of Them Newbie

In today's lesson, we are going bag shopping, and you're going to learn some useful phrases that will come in handy when you are in the store next time!

video, buying, shopping

哪里不一样:发音差异, Part 2 Upper Intermediate

说中文的地方很多,但每个地方的中文都不太一样。在“哪里不一样:发音差异”这一系列里,我们一起来看看在台湾跟中国大陆的普通话发音哪里不一样。在这一集里我们要讨论的是普通话里说二声还有三声的词,台湾人怎么说?你是不是也知道这些差异呢?让我们ㄧ起来看看哪里不一样吧!

pronunciation, sound, tones

Coffee Break Series #5 - Making an Appointment Intermediate

In the intermediate coffee break series, we will follow the footsteps of Nick through his adventure in China. Along the way, you will learn important terms and phrases used in business settings, as well as some tips and tricks on dealing with Chinese businessmen. In today's episode, Nick finally worked up his courage and called Mr. Wang! Did Nick finally get a chance to talk business with Mr. Wang or did he completely forget who Nick was? Let's find out in this episode!

video, Coffee break, business, appointment

Coffee Break Series - How to Address Your Co-Workers Pre Intermediate

In China, having a meal with clients is not just eating. Everything is related to the business. That's why learning table manners is so important. In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to address your co-worker. Let's get started!

business, company, office, video, Coffee break

Continued Tone Change Series #7 - Buying Alcohol Elementary

In our previous newbie tone change series, we have introduced the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Just like many other aspects in the Chinese language, tone changes are more nuanced than the rules you see in textbooks. That's why for the elementary tone change series, we decided that we would reinforce the rules with the help of dialogues that you hear in everyday conversations. Practice and familiarize yourselves with the sounds, and you'll be a tone master in no time! In today's dialogue, a couple is trying to decide which kind of wine they should buy, and their conversation is filled with third tones. Let's check it out and see how many third tones you can spot!

tone change series, tones, video, pronunciation

Who are you waiting for? Newbie

In this lesson, we're looking at a conversation that you would definitely recognize if you have ever been hit on by a stranger (or maybe you are the stranger!). Let's learn how to get out of the awkward situation using one simple phrase, check out the video to find out!

video, love, relationships, daily life

高层,高等,高级 Qing Wen

In this Upper-Intermediate level Qing Wen, we learn about the difference between 高层, 高等, 高级. These three words might look very similar, but they are actually very different in usages and the contexts that they are used it. Let's check them out in this video!

video, words

Coffee Break Series: Business Dinner, Part 4 Pre Intermediate

In China, having a meal with clients is not just eating. Everything is related to the business. That's why learning table manners is so important. In this lesson, we’re going to learn what we can say when making a toast. Let's get started!

video, Coffee break, business, meeting

Did You Get Everything? Newbie

Well, if you are a forgetful person, you must hear this dialogue pretty often. "Did you bring this? What about that?" So, today we are going to learn how to ask these questions and how to answer them in Chinese in this lesson. Let's get started!

video, parents, kids, family

Chengyu Series - Sky & Earth Elementary

Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters! In this lesson, let’s take a look at a Chengyu with Sky & Earth 天地! Editor's note: At 4:40, the pinyin for 天 should be [tiān] instead of [tán].

video, idioms, nature

88 characters with Carly, Part 1 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common and simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 1st lesson Carly will give you the details of characters found on everyday streets and buildings. Be prepared knowing these characters while on your next visit to China.

character, street, video

88 characters with Carly, Part 2 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 2nd lesson Carly will give you the details of number characters and where they can be found in. 一二三 (one, two, three), let's go!

character, numbers, video

88 characters with Carly, Part 3 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 3rd lesson Carly will give you the details of dates & times and when they are used. Be prepared knowing these characters while on your next visit to China.

character, time, date, video

88 characters with Carly, Part 4 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 4th lesson Carly will give you the details on everyday popular drinks like coffee, tea and more. Be prepared knowing these characters while on your next visit to China.

character, video, food, order, drink

88 characters with Carly, Part 5 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 5th lesson Carly will give a quick RECAP on what you learned from the previous character videos.

character, video

88 characters with Carly, Part 6 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 6th lesson Carly will give you some shopping advice and point out specific characters you will see while looking for the best deals in town. Be prepared knowing these while on your next visit to China.

video, shopping, buying, character

88 characters with Carly, Part 7 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 7th lesson Carly will give you details for characters used for transportation such as cars & buses, Trains and so on.

character, video, transportation, public transport

88 characters with Carly, Part 8 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 8th lesson Carly will give you details for characters used on public signs.

public transport, character, video, sign

88 characters with Carly, Part 9 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 9th lesson Carly will give you details for characters used for common public areas.

character, video, public