The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

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

Lesson 6 - Buying Some Good Stuff Newbie

Footsteps in the dark. Whispers in a call. Oh no, something shady is going down in today's dialogue. Fear not, you can still learn some Chinese during this dubious transaction. Now, grab your popcorn and enjoy this lesson before the police gets here!

video, HSK, buying

Lesson 7 - Weather Woes Newbie

Have you ever wondered what makes it rain? In this lesson, you're going to learn how to use 给 to express 'to give' and the real cause of rain. Spoiler alert, it might be a little different from what you learned in science class.

video, HSK, phone, weather

Lesson 8 - Sister Come Home Newbie

In today's dialogue, we are going to listen to a conversation between a girl and a prodigal 'horse', and you will learn a sentence pattern to express 'to do sth. together' using 和 and 一起. Let's see what happens!

video, HSK, family name

Lesson 9 - Care For A Drink Newbie

A fight for a girl's attention between a cup and a glass has taken place. The former is an advocate for hot tea, and the latter is a spokesperson for cold water. Which side are you on? Come find out who is the winner of the girl's heart in today's lesson.

video, HSK, drink

Lesson 11 - Try Me Doc. Newbie

In today's dialogue, the doctor is disobeying her own orders by taking a bite of something she's not supposed to eat...Want to know what it is? Check out the lesson and learn the usage of 'verb 不 verb questions' along the way!

video, HSK, doctor, eating

Lesson 12 - Literally I Love You Newbie

In this lesson, we're going to learn a very important phrase when learning Chinese, and that is 'I love you'. When it comes to love, there's always a choice that has to be made. Out of a computer, a book, and a TV, which one do you think the girl love the most? Check out the video and find out!

video, HSK, love, leisure

Lesson 10 - Don’t Pee On Grandpa Tree Newbie

In this dialogue, we will catch a glimpse of the feud of Grandpa tree and the dog. Why doesn't Grandpa tree like the dog? What happened between them? Along the way, you will learn how to say your age, your date of birth. Let's see how it unravels in today's lesson!

video, HSK, introductions, hobbies

Lesson 2 - Hello Toilet Newbie

In today's dialogue, we're going to learn how to politely greet...your toilet, but of course, you can use the phrases on human beings too. Let's check it out! Disclaimer: No toilet was harmed in today's lesson.

video, HSK, greetings

Introduction to HSK Test Prep Newbie

In the ChinesePod HSK Test Prep series, we will focus on the HSK level 1 test. This series has a total of 12 lessons. Check out our Pinyin program first, then follow us through our HSK Level 1 series. Let’s start this wonderful journey together!! Pinyin Program: Say it right series:

video, HSK, test, introductions

Lesson 3 - I’m Just A Car Newbie

In today's dialogue, a call was made by mistake, someone was asked out on a date, and the best thing is...this conversation happened between a girl and a car. As confusing as it sounds, you will definitely learn how to say 'I want to...' and 'I don't want to...' using the words 想 and 要 in this lesson, so let's check it out.

video, HSK, introductions, small talk

“压力山大”?一起看看各国的减压妙招! Media

For people on the go, a one stop for you to learn Mandarin from the news! 听新闻,学中文。给脚步匆匆的你带来新鲜简讯!

news on the go, news, emotions, pressure

Continued Tone Change Series #1 - Studying for an Exam 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! First, let's start with the character 一 [yī].

tone change series, tones, video, pronunciation, study, school