The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Can you help me find...? Elementary

Have you ever been in search for a Starbucks? We have! Here's a dialogue to help you be able to ask and FOLLOW these important directions!

video, coffee, directions, help, apology, grateful

量词 Measure Words for Nouns Qing Wen

We've had some questions on measure words - particularly on our Counting 1 to 10 Farm video. There are several lesson videos in the All the Way to Intermediate Series on Measure Words, but here is a nice, concise recap of the most common measure words you will hear!

video, video lesson, Qing, measure words

人机合一(三)Android Part 3 Advanced

In this lesson, we continue our satirical look at customer-no-service. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to three more people working at a customer service counter. Her Android series illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases. Some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 这篇文章的第三段讲述的是,作者去了某个官僚机构办理某种资格证书,在程序上没什么问题,但是总有哪里让人感到不舒服的地方,那就是他们并不进行眼神上的交流,只是很机械的问一些问题,他们彼此之间也很少交流,都不是很友好,甚至很不耐烦,这是为什么呢?,如果你设身处地为他们考虑,站在他们的角度上思考问题,就会知道为什么了。这个问题,我们会在第四部分会讲解。

complaints, android, communication

Do you have wifi? Newbie

Ever been on the hunt for wifi? Here's how to ask!

wifi, internet, computers, technology, video

Can I Borrow a Charger? Elementary

What do you do when your phone is dying and you don't have a charger? You have to ask to borrow one. Listen to Grace and Jenny as they search for a charger.

charger, phone, cell phones, video

人机合一(二)Android Part 2 Advanced

This lesson is the second part of our Android series, which takes a satirical look at customer-no-service. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to different types of people we meet when we approach a counter needing help. In this lesson, she provides her own explanation of her article. Her article illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases and ends with a punch line, making digging into the text well worth the effort. Some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 在上一个课程,第一段大意是对一些官僚机构的办事效率慢,消极懈怠的工作态度,进行了生动的描述。 而这里第二段内容讲述了人们遭遇了官僚机构的排斥和打压之后,会向往与机器人沟通,因为无论如何,机器人都不会有坏情绪,不会怼人,不会没有耐心,机器人会按照输入的程序认真回答每个问题。可是,你会喜欢和一个没有人性机器人聊天还是你可能宁愿和一个有血有肉怒气冲冲的人说话? 在这部分的解说里,作家肖遥和小黑同学还就人类能否和机器人谈恋爱进行了讨论,这些讨论深入浅出,非常有趣,十分精彩。


Let's Go to a Movie Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we discuss going to see a SCARY movie and what other alternatives there may be. Join Jenny and Grace as they discuss going to see the new Jurrasic Park 2.

movies, theater, video, film, dating

人机合一(一)Android Part 1 Advanced

This lesson is a fun, satirical look at customer-no-service, which is the same in any culture. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to different types of people we meet when we approach a counter needing help. Her article illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases and ends with a punch line, making digging into the text well worth the effort. So some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 在这里跟大家分享一篇肖遥的专栏文章《人机合一》,这是发表在2017年的《三联生活周刊》上的一篇随笔,文字轻松明快,内容幽默有趣,下面,我们解析一下这篇1000字左右的文章。这篇文章,我们会分为四个部分进行解读,今天我们进行第一个部分的解读: 第一段主要讲了三种类型的办事员或公务员,老Q、小咪、小F,这三种人各自都有自己的特点:老Q是索要贿赂型,小咪是长相好,但态度不好的类型,小F惜墨如金型,他们代表了三种不负责任的公务人员,他们消极怠工,不热爱自己的工作,不愿耐心回答问询,对待顾客冷漠,还不如机器人。 第一段很容易理解,大意就是对一些官僚机构的办事效率慢,消极懈怠的工作态度,进行了生动的描述,希望我们都不要遇到这样的状况,也不要这样对待他人,希望大家都会被生活所善待,也学希望借着这篇文章我们也学会了怎么来应用这些词句。

slang, satire, service, personality

Go to the Emergency Room 去看急诊 Intermediate

This very useful lesson gives us some practical information about going to an emergency department in China today. As this is an intermediate lesson, a more detailed translation is provided in the written dialog section. We have also included terms for the various medical departments in a hospital.

emergency, sick, pain, hospital, fever, doctor, medicine, video


Intro/Grace Wong How to Use ChinesePod

Who is this Grace Wong? I'm the Community Manager! Have a question? Ask me!

introductions, Grace Wong, how to, how to use ChinesePod, video

Counting to 10 Newbie

Join Grace on the farm as she counts all the animals! Learn your numbers from 1 to 10 and the names of farm animals and dragonflies. In this lesson, Grace uses measure words for the different animals. Chinese has many measure words. As we build our lessons, we will identify the various measure words and when they are used.

numbers, counting, animals, farm, video

I Don't Feel Well 我不舒服 Pre Intermediate

This lesson introduces dialog that expresses how to communicate when someone doesn't look well and when someone one has an upset stomach. The vocabulary includes the descriptions of how one feels as well as examples of popular Chinese midnight snack. This is pre-intermediate, so we are using more Chinese to explain the lesson. The Expansion and Grammar sections have a lot of material to work on, as well. Enjoy! And let's hope you don't ever have to use this material!

sick, midnight snack, doctor, market, appetizer, making appointment, video




The Tones of Ma Newbie

The Chinese language has 4 tones. Follow along with Grace as she brings the 4 tones of Ma alive! The newbie lesson pairs nicely with "The Characters of Ma!"

tones, horse, mother, rope, scold, scolding, hemp, video

The Characters of Ma Newbie

This is a breakdown of the characters or hanzi behind "Ma!" This lesson pairs nicely with the newbie lesson "Tones of Ma!"

Chinese character, how to, video

We Can Talk About Anything, But Don't Lecture Me Advanced

不管您现在是在哪个国家,我想都有被媒体的泛滥和资讯的发达结果所影响, 是不是觉得虽然知识增加了不少,但是人与人之间的距离越来越远了呢?这篇-谈啥都行,别讲道理 ,来自专栏作家-肖遥的文章,用很客观的角度来和我们分享她对微信公众号上推文的看法。 从这篇文章,我们了解了什么是公号。我们也学习了很多不熟悉的词汇,以及文章里词语的用法。我们在这里也学到了一个陕西省的方言-“能不够“和诗人李白的一首很美的诗。 但愿大家阅读完后, 我们都能来分享一下个人不同的感触。而我,就想去找一个咖啡店,约朋友出来面对面好好地聊一聊。

opinion, social media, consumers, culture, prose