The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


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

88 characters with Carly, Part 10 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 10th lesson Carly will give you details for characters used for other Chinese cities such as Beijing & Shanghai.

character, country, city, video

88 characters with Carly, Part 11 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 11th lesson Carly will give you details for characters used for other countries & languages.

character, video, language, country

88 characters with Carly, Part 12 Newbie

Join Carly as she explains 88 common & simple Chinese characters you will find all over China. In this 12th lesson Carly will give you a final recap of the last set of characters she talked about in previous lessons.

video, character, review

Taiwanese Mandopop: Teresa Teng 邓丽君 and Singer-Songwriters (1970s-90s) Intermediate

Taiwanese songwriters such as 罗大佑 and 李宗盛, and of course the legendary singer Teresa Teng 邓丽君 gifted us classic songs that almost every Chinese-speaking person could sing by heart. Chi explains the beautiful music and lyric-writing in these “经典中的经典” (lit. “the classics of classics”). Song in focus: 罗大佑 – 童年 (1983). Songs featured: 邓丽君 – 月亮代表我的心 (1977) 邓丽君 – 甜蜜蜜 (1979) 邓丽君 – 我只在乎你 (1979) 陈淑桦 – 这样爱你对不对 (1991) 张雨生 – 我期待 (1994) 优客李林 – 输了你赢了世界又如何 (1994) 张惠妹 – 听海 (1997) 黄品源 – 你怎么舍得我难过 (1991)

songs, childhood

科普小知识:为什么白色动物很少见? Advanced

这世界上有各种颜色的生物,红色的瓢虫、黄色的小鸟、绿色的青蛙、蓝色的孔雀等等,但是你知道有多少动物是白色的吗?是不是没想出几个呢?但为什么会这样呢?今天我们就来看看生物间的科普小知识吧!

science, animals, colors

Character Mind Map: 老 old 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 老 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, old

Coffee Break Series: Business Dinner, Part 3 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 after hosting a meal or being treated. Let's get started!

Coffee break, video, etiquette

语法课程:即 Upper Intermediate

这节语法课程,我们一起来学习“即”的用法,还有和它非常相似的“既”。下面是本节课的重要知识! -即:就是 后面跟解释性的概念。让前面的词语变得更加容易理解。 立即:马上,立刻 即时:刚刚发生的 即使……也……:表示假设情况下的转折 -既 既……又……:连接两个并列的概念

grammar, language

Early Taiwanese Mandopop Classics (1950-1970s) Upper Intermediate

Through beautiful songs such as 綠島小夜曲 (1954) and 梅花 (1976) written in Taiwan, Chi explains the early history of the Mandopop genre. Many say the popular songs in the 1950s-70s are the best music ever produced in the English-speaking world. Well, these Chinese oldies are also held in the highest regard by many Chinese-speakers too. What do you think? Tune in and let us know! Song in focus: 往事只能回味 (1975) by 刘家昌. Songs featured: 凤飞飞 – 祝你幸福 (1972) 紫薇 – 绿岛小夜曲 (1961) 费玉清 – 绿岛小夜曲 (1991) 姚苏蓉 – 今天不回家 (1969) 齐豫 – 橄榄树 (1979) 刘家昌 – 往事只能回味 (1975) 甄妮 – 梅花 (1976) 邓丽君 – 梅花 (1980)

songs, music