The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

COVID-19, Rumors and Beer Intermediate

It is not that easy to stay sane lately as the whole world has been gloomy (天昏地暗) due to COVID-19, to put it mildly. This lesson is about being confused by fears and rumors surrounding the pandemic. As we all know, coronavirus and Corona beer share nothing but a similar name, but that didn't prevent the rumors from flying around. Gosh! (天啊!) How much do we hope the pandemic could end soon!

video, virus, current events

武汉:千万人口城市揿下重启键 Media


news, current events, virus

Miss, is this yours? Newbie

Have you ever tried to talk to a stranger on the street? Maybe you’re trying to get someone’s attention because he dropped something on the floor or you just want to get a pretty girl’s number. No matter what the reason is, this lesson is going to be useful for you because Joe and Lyn will show you different ways to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.

mall, stranger, video, greetings

吃惊,惊讶,惊人,惊喜 Upper Intermediate


grammar, synonyms, words, language

Coffee Break Series - 5 Ways to Say I’m Sorry Pre Intermediate

This lesson is gonna be very useful for people who mess up a lot at work because we’re going to teach you 5 ways to apologize in Chinese. You know sometimes no matter how sincere and apologetic you are, a simple 对不起 just doesn’t cut it. Well after watching this lesson, you’re going to be ready for those awkward situations.

video, Coffee break, business, apology, etiquette

杯弓蛇影的故事 Advanced


Chengyu, story, history, literature

Chengyu Series - Five Flowers and Eight Doors 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 three Chengyu with number 五 (five) in them!

video, Chengyu, chengyu

Coffee Break Series #3 - First Meeting 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 this episode, our main character Nick is having his first meeting in the company, and things are not going so well for him. If you want to know what happens in today’s episode, watch the video and get down to business!

video, Coffee break, business meeting, office, business

宅经济的发展 Upper Intermediate


food, video, delivery, industry, economy, business

One Egg Tart, Please Newbie

We all know that humans can't live without, I mean food. So knowing how to order food and knowing what the server says are really essential. Let's check out the lesson and try the sentences in the lesson in your daily life.

video, food, snacks, buying

Character Mind Map: 面 face Elementary

In today's lesson, we're talking about 面 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character

How to Use 得 (de) Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we are going to show you how to describe performing actions with 得. It's a useful word to give compliments as well as complaints. Let's check it out!

video, grammar

语法课程:“其它”,“其他”和“其余” Upper Intermediate

这节语法课程,我们一起来学习“其它”、“其他”和“其余”这三个词语。下面是本节课的重点知识! -其它: 只能指事物和事情。 -其他: 适用范围广,可以指人,也可以指物。 表示“另外、额外的”。 和“其余”相比,更口语化、随意一些。 -其余: 表示“剩余” 和“其他”相比,更书面化、正式一些。

grammar, words, difference

Animal Proverbs: A dead duck’s mouth is hard Intermediate

In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to ducks. They can be directly translated to "To herd the ducks onto a porch", "A cooked duck flies away", and "A dead duck's month is still hard". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs with Joy and Joshua and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animal proverbs, animals, duck, language, idioms

Love amid COVID-19 Elementary

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe right now. Although 病毒 - virus, 无情 - doesn’t discriminate, 人 - humanity, 有情 - has love for one another. Through sharing the love, we can help each other out and get over with the pandemic swiftly. Watch to learn more about general newbie vocabularies, as well as phrases to use amid such tough times! All in all, everyone 加油!

video, virus, current events

COVID-19: United We Stand Newbie

COVID-19 has left many cities stuck in a halt. In this special podcast, Chi first takes a short tour in the "paused" New York City, one of the epicenters of the pandemic. He then interviews with Shun who is from Hubei - the region where COVID-19 first emerged. What are the positives we can get out of a lockdown situation? How do we make things better for everyone? Let's brainstorm together...!

virus, epidemic

Coffee Break Series - 4 Ways to Interrupt Someone Pre Intermediate

In this episode of the Coffee Break Series, we are going to show you four ways of interrupting someone "politely" in a business setting. Do you want to know what else you can say other than 不好意思? Join us for this quick lesson now!

Coffee break, video, business, meeting, office

Weekend Appointments Newbie

In this lesson, you're going to learn how to ask people's weekend plans and how to say Häagen-Dazs in Chinese. See if you can spot it in the dialogue. Let's check it out!

video, weekend, activities, doctor, leisure

饭圈女孩 Advanced


movies, fans, entertainment

Continued Tone Change Series #4 - I Can't Find You! 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 this episode, we're going to learn and practice the tone change rules for 不 [bù] through a phone conversation inside a noisy club. Let's check it out right now!

video, tone change series, tones, pronunciation