The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Coffee Break Series - Making a good first impression Pre Intermediate

In the Coffee Break Series, we focus on social etiquette in business settings. In a Chinese workplace, there are certain phrases and words that we use to come off as more polite and respectful. Along the way, we will cover some common ''How do I respond to that?" moments in the office. Hopefully, by applying the knowledge you learn in real life, you can avoid miscommunication and bring your business relationships closer. In this episode, we are going to show you 5 ways to make a good first impression on your first day of work. Want to know what to say to your colleagues to come off as more polite and humble? Check out the video and enjoy your coffee break with us!

video, Coffee break, introductions, etiquette, polite

中国的职场文化 Upper Intermediate

你曾在中国工作过吗?你是否也觉得中国的工作文化和自己国家的工作文化有很大的差异呢?我们一起来看看中国人一般都如何处理合约问题,以及他们又为什么这么重视聚餐文化和酒桌文化吧!

video, jobs, work, business, culture

孙子兵法—作战篇:黩武穷兵还是速战速决? Advanced

孙子兵法的《作战篇》中有一个特别有名的句子:“食敌一钟,当吾二十钟”,“钟”在这里是一个计算粮食的单位。这句话的意思是,吃敌人的一钟粮食,就相当于吃自己的二十钟粮食。这是为什么呢?你可以今天的课程里找到答案! 这节课我们一起来研究《作战篇》的节选,看看孙子关于战争的“成本”有哪些理解!

Sun Tzu, history, literature, military, books, culture

Continued Tone Change Series #2 - Trying Out a New Restaurant 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 lesson, we talk about the tone change rules of the character 一 [yī] “one” with a useful dialogue about two friends trying out a new restaurant for the first time!

video, tone change series, restaurant, food

I am not that hungry Newbie

In this lesson, Joe and Lyn will show you a useful sentence to politely turn down someone’s invitation to a meal, and you'll also learn how to express feeling hungry or thirsty in Chinese! Let's check it out!

video, food, drinking

Five ways of seeing: 看、见、看见、看到、看出 Qing Wen

In this Qingwen, we answer a question on our forum from user lukeaz: There are so many ways to say "see", including 看、见、看见、看到、看出, how do we distinguish them? Let's check out how to use all the different ways to say "see"! Forum post: https://forum.chinesepod.com/t/all-the-different-ways-to-say-see/3977

video, synonyms

Animal Proverbs: Become a pig to catch a tiger 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 pigs. They can be directly translated to "Men are afraid of being famous, just as pigs are afraid of getting fat", "Disguise oneself as a pig to catch a tiger", and "Even though one has never eaten pork, at least one has seen pigs run". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs with Joy and Joshua and learn how to apply them to daily life!

video, animal proverbs, animals

相见恨晚——老电影 Upper Intermediate

“有心栽花花不开,无心插柳柳成荫。”费尽心思种下的花朵迟迟不开,随手插下的柳枝却长成一片树荫,很多事情是没有办法勉强的,人和人之间、人和事物之间的缘分非常奇妙。今天对话的男主角最近发现了他的宝藏——老电影,我们一起来看看这段跨越时代的缘分吧!

movies, film

Character mind map: 客 guest 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 客 and all the interesting words using this character. Let's check them out!

video, Character Mind Map, character

How To Use Action Complete “le” 了 Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we're learning the action complete 了 (le). Learn how to say "I had eight hours of sleep last night" or "I went shopping yesterday" in this episode! In a previous lesson, we learned how to use 了 (le) in its change of state function. Check it out to refresh your memory: How to use 了 https://chinesepod.com/lessons/how-to-use-le-了

video, grammar, le, actions

Is learning Chinese difficult? Newbie

In this newbie lesson, you will hear one of the most common questions that you are asked as a Chinese learner: “Is learning Chinese difficult?” Your immediate response might be, “Yes, learning Chinese is VERY difficult!” But there’s actually a better response to that question! Find out what it is as you join Lyn and Joe for this lesson!

study, language, Chinese, video

Chinese Love Songs (Part 1) Journey into Mandopop

2019 HOLIDAY SPECIAL: In our first ever episode of Journey into Mandopop, Chi highlights the uses of simile in classic Mandarin love songs such as 恰似你的温柔 by Teresa Teng, and 童话 by Michael Wong. What is your favorite Mandarin love song? Leave us a comment down below!

music, popular, songs, holiday

新年特辑:回首2019,展望2020 Upper Intermediate

This is an interview between 2 upper intermediate hosts - Peony and Diana on their involvement with Chinesepod in 2019 and their plans for the new year holidays. There is no centerpiece for this lesson. 2019年已经临近尾声,每到年末,我们总是想要回顾即将过去的一年,做个“年终总结”。过去一年的轨迹真的非常丰富多彩:我们一起学习的课程涉及很多方面,有关于美食、生活习惯,还有新闻、古诗词等等。我们由衷感谢大家一年来的陪伴! 明年也一起学习中文吧!

New Year, holiday, interview

Too Many Questions Elementary

In today's lesson, we are teaching you how to ask questions using the A not A sentence structure. Practice this structure in daily conversations, but be careful not to ask too many questions in a roll though, you might upset people like the restaurant owner in today's dialogue!

video, food, restaurant, questions, asking questions

Animal Proverbs: Can't get both fish and a bear's paw 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 fish. They can be directly translated to "You cannot get both the fish and a bear's paw", "Either the fish dies or the net breaks", and "Fish helps water, and water helps fish". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!

animal proverbs, animals, fish, video, culture

孙子兵法-计篇(节选) Advanced

这节课我们为大家带来《孙子兵法 计篇》的节选,或者叫《孙子兵法 始计篇》。作为孙子兵法的第一篇,计篇非常简洁、概括,重点是开战之前理论上的“计算、计划”,强调对敌我情况的分析和比较。一起来学习吧!

Sun Tzu, history, literature, military, strategy, books, culture

语法课程:“了解”和“理解” Upper Intermediate

当你向别人提出一个问题,对方可能回答:“不好意思,这个问题……我不太了解。”或者是:“不好意思,您的问题我不太理解。” “了解”和“理解”,一字之差,意思却不同。第一种回答的意思是,对方不熟悉、不知道问题的答案。第二种的意思是,对方没有听懂你的问题,你可以重复一次、或者解释你的问题。 通过这节语法课程,我们一起来学习“了解”和“理解”的用法!

grammar, vocabulary

Lesson 1 - The Dish Newbie

In today's dialogue, a self-introduction was made, and it was quickly followed by a love confession! What's more exciting is that you're going to learn how to express 'I can...' using 会 and 'I am...' using 是. Let's check it out!

video, HSK, love

Lesson 4 - Man or Machine Newbie

In today's dialogue, a vending machine is going through an identity crisis and struggling between being a 饭店 or a 商店, as one does. Through this dilemma, we will learn how to use the word 请 to treat somebody to a meal, 但是 to indicate a turn in the statement, and 也 to express 'also'. Let's get started!

video, HSK

Lesson 5 - Hungry Washer Newbie

Oh no! A hungry washer is eating all of the laundry! How are we going to stop him? Well the answer lies in today's lesson. Let's see how to say 'That's not allowed' using the word 可以. Let's check it out!

video, HSK, hungry