The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

That's a Mandarin Duck Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, a couple is walking around a garden, discussing all the different things they see, including the roses, the willows, and the Mandarin ducks. We also learn some interesting cultural insights about these 3 things and how they relate to Chinese customs.

willow, duck, animals, park, nature

Asking Directions to the Toilet Elementary

In this lesson, we teach you possibly the most important phrase to know. "Which way to the bathroom!?" If it's your first time travelling, it could be a lifesaver when you get an upset tummy. We also teach some pronunciation tips to keep in mind when saying the word "toilet" since we often here it badly pronounced, and it's important to get these key words right.

toilet, directions

Prepositions in Chinese [ATWTI 13] Newbie

  In this episode of the All the Way to Intermediate Course, we teach you how to make discuss location in Chinese with some common prepositions. By the end of the class, you will be able to talk about common household objects, and where they lie in space relative to one another. Learn Mandarin Prepositions and location words in today's class.

prepositions, ATWTI, video, grammar, furniture

Getting Caught at Airport Security 机场安检 Advanced

  不论你是旅行老手、还是第一次坐飞机,机场安全检查总是令人感到紧张,特别是在别的国家,今天我们就要来听听安全检查时可能遇到的问题,以及那些让旅客精神紧绷的”不能带上飞机的危险物品“。 In this lesson, a lady gets caught at airport security for trying to bring various contraband on board the airplane. Learn some words and phrases you might need in case you ever get caught carrying any of today's items.

airport, airplane, flying, security, argument, video

Getting a Pump On! Back and Bicep Workout in the Gym Upper Intermediate

Today's lesson gets hot and steamy, where two guys are getting their pump on and working out their back and biceps in the gym. They seem to be spending more time getting the right angle for their photos than on working out their muscles! Learn some useful Mandarin Chinese terms for working out in the gym body parts, and general gym chat when bodybuilding and weightlifting.

gym, working out, weight lifting, body parts, bodybuilding, anatomy

This is How I Study: Interview with Advanced Student Kohl Advanced

  In this video, we interview an advanced student called Kohl who tells us about his time studying Chinese at Yale, what got him interested in the language to start with, and how he continues to learn. He also gives some top-tips for beginner and advanced students about effective study techniques for learning the Mandarin Chinese language.

interview, pleco, studying, review, school, tones, practice, video

Where Are You? How to Use 在 with Location in Chinese [ATWTI 12] Newbie

  How to talk about location in Chinese In this complete beginner course episode, we teach you how to use the important character 在 (zài) when discussing location. For example, how to say "Where are you?" or "I am at work". Learn some basic Chinese grammar and word order so that you can begin asking where people are, asking for directions in a foreign city, or telling people your own location.

location, directions, travel, telephone, ATWTI, video

Discussing Craft Beer in Chinese - 精酿啤酒 Advanced

  Learn about Craft Beer in Mandarin Chinese 如果你喜欢喝口感丰富并且添加不同风味的啤酒,又或者你是啤酒爱好者,那你绝对不能错过今天的课程,快来学一些跟精酿啤酒有关的说法吧! If you like craft beer and want to chat about your passion with Chinese friends, this is the lesson for you. Fiona and Constance discuss the rising popularity of craft beers and teach you ways to describe their flavour and characteristics.

beer, craft beer, drinking, hipster, trends, drink, hobbies, flavour, video

I Don't Want to Be a Housewife Upper Intermediate

Two friends are meeting at a coffee shop to talk about their troubles. In today's case, the reason one of them is upset is that their fiance wants them to stay at home and become a housewife after they get married. This is quite a common occurrence, more so in some Asian countries, where the man likes to look after the wife and be the single source of income. How would you feel about becoming a kept-man or woman? Do you have money problems with your partner or your boss? Would you like the chance to not have to work? Perhaps you wouldn't like to be financially dependant on someone else? In this Mandarin Chinese lesson, learn how to discuss relationship problems, especially some arguments you might have with your partner about your future and shared responsibilities.

housework, relationships, marriage, argument, friends, chauvinisme

Blaming Your Partner in Chinese Intermediate

In this lesson we teach you some great words and phrases for blaming your partner in Mandarin Chinese. In this dialogue, a couple are arguing about why one of them booked such an odd time for a show and how they're worried they might not make the showing on time.

argument, cinema, show, theater

How to Say This and That in Chinese using 这 and 那 [ATWTI 11] Newbie

  In this beginner "All the Way to Intermediate" lesson (ATWTI), we teach you how to say "This" and "That". These two demonstratives are useful when describing things you don't know the name of, which will come in useful when you want to do some shopping but don't know the exact noun or name of things.

video, buying, shopping, how to say this, how to say that, ATWTI

朱日和基地 Advanced


military, speech, war, motivation

The Rise of Live Streaming Upper Intermediate

In this lesson, we discuss the rise in popularity of live-streaming over the internet, and what it takes to be a celebrity in the day and age.

internet, celebrity, internet celebrity, streaming, livestreaming, social media, slang

ATWTI 10: 是 To be, or not to be Newbie

  In this All The Way To Intermediate lesson (#ATWTI) we teach you how to use the verb "to be" as well as examples of how to say what country you or your parents come from. You will not learn to use the positive verb 是, but also the negative form (不是) as well as the question form, (是不是).

video, ATWTI, verb, nationalities, country, asking questions

Getting on Stage with a Seal Intermediate

In this lesson we're at the aquarium enjoying the seal performance. Two of the audience members are trying to get selected to go on stage to get a chance to interact with the leopard seal.

sea, aquarium, seal, audience, show, performance

ChinesePod Do KTV Qing Wen

  In this lesson, the ChinesePod production team take you along to KTV (Karaoke) for a sing-song. Hopefully, we can prepare you in case you get invited along so that you know what to expect, as well as some basic etiquette and recommended songs that you might like to learn before going. If you like this, you can check out our other shows called KTV Time.

KTV, karaoke, singing, nightlife, video

ATWTI 9: 非常 Adjective Newbie

  This lesson follows on from the previous one (AI008) where we teach you ways to describe people and things using an intensifier. In today's lesson we teach you how to say someone or something is extremely / very [adjective] using the word 非常 fēi cháng.

video, ATWTI

主席讲话 Part 2 Advanced


China, public speaking, speech, president

Buying Dinner To Say Thank You Intermediate

After being helped by a friend to book some plane tickets, they invite them out for dinner as a treat. Learn some great phrases when you want to say thank you for someone doing you a favour, as well as what to say when someone thanks you.

manners, polite, favor, thanking

ATWTI 8: 很 Adjective Newbie

  In this lesson we teach you the magic character 很 hěn, which is an adverb of degree that can mean "quite" or "very" depending on context. We teach you basic ways to describe people or things such as "he is handsome" or "the beer is expensive" using the structure: Noun 很 Adjective. Click the practice tab to listen to more lessons using this structure.

weather, beer, wine, video, ATWTI, intensifier