The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons

Latest Lessons

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

You Also Live in the Same Apartment? Intermediate

This lesson is all about coincidence and mistaken identity. While out on the street, a father bumps into his drunk daughter who then asks him his name and address, and gets more and more surprised when he says that he lives in the same place as her. It's not until the end of the dialogue that she finds out it's really her father. For a video about how to introduce yourself, check out: Introduce Your Name Like a Native

drinking, family, address, name, introductions

How to Use Chopsticks Qing Wen

  In this lesson, we teach you some tips on using chopsticks as well as etiquette for using them in public, and all the different things you can do with them such as to stir coffee, fry bacon, and even eat a chicken drumstick without getting your fingers greasy.

video, chopsticks, restaurant, manners, etiquette, dining, eating

Asking Too Many Questions Elementary

Listen as a nosy sister asks lots of questions to her younger brother over the telephone about what he's been up to lately and how his relationship is going with his girlfriend.

telephone, questions

主席讲话 Part 1 Advanced


public speaking, speech, China

Polite Sucking Up Upper Intermediate

客套话 are polite greetings, useful in many social situations. In this lesson, we teach you some great ways to suck up to your superiors as well as ways to speak to your juniors.

greetings, polite, manners, business

Stranger Things Special Episode Qing Wen

  In this lesson, we discuss our favourite show on Netflix, Stranger Things. On October 27th, the second season will be showing, so we thought it was a good time to teach you some key language to describe the show including it's homage to 80's pop culture and awesome retro music and themes. Join us as we enter the upside down....

video, stranger things, netflix, television, movies

ATWTI 7: Family Members Newbie

In this ATWTI (All the Way to Intermediate) lesson, we teach you the core family member names, including mother, father, older siblings and younger siblings. Make sure to watch the preceeding lessons to get the most out of the video, and then listen to the practice lessons to increase your knowledge futher.

video, family name, greetings, ATWTI

Chinese for Parents Qing Wen

  This lesson is to all those parents who are in Chinese speaking places and would love some phrases relating to their child. Learn how to respond to compliments towards your child, as well as what to say when returning the compliment. We also teach some ways to apologize to people when your child is being a bit cheeky and naughty or just can't sit still.

child, children, parents, parenting, manners, etiquette, video

Q&A 2: Questions from The Forum Qing Wen

  In this #NotTheUsualPod Q&A, we answer some of your language questions and enquiries about life in Taiwan from the forum and social media. You can see all the questions asked here. Find out about our favourite places to visit, some tips on improving your Chinese, and some embarrassing mistakes we've made using the language.

questions, hosts, video

Q&A 1: Questions from the Forum Qing Wen

  In this #NotTheUsualPod Qing Wen we answer some of the personal or silly questions from the forum and social media. You can see all the questions asked here. Find out how Fiona and Gwilym met, how Constance joined ChinesePod, and which Game of Thrones character we would marry!

questions, hosts, video

Describing Weird Textures Qing Wen

In this video, we touch weird things in dark boxes and describe them in Chinese. It's a kind of silly lesson but does teach a useful structure of adj adj 的 to describe different aspects of an object. #NotTheUsualPod

video, texture, food

Drinking Chinese Spirits Qing Wen

  In this lesson we try some yellow wine (Huangjiu) and white alcohol (Baijiu) and teach different ways to describe them, as well as some useful words for making toasts, and drinking culture in general. For more lessons on drinking, check out these playlists; Drinking (Lower), and Drinking (Upper). Huang Jiu Wikipedia, Baijiu Wikipedia.

video, drinking, drink, baijiu, celebrations

How To Make Chinese Tea Qing Wen

 In this lesson, Constance and Fiona take you through the traditional art of tea making. Tune in for this slightly different show where we take things easy and make some nice cups of tea.If you want to ask us a random question or make a special video, go to the forum here.

video, tea house

I Just Want to Sleep Elementary

In this dialogue, a concerned flatmate checks in on their friend, asking if they have eaten a proper meal and how much coffee they've had. It seems the flatmate just wants to stay in and sleep.

sleep, snacks, food, dance

ATWTI 6: Chinese Pronouns Newbie

In this ATWTI lesson, we teach you Chinese pronouns.

pronoun, greetings, video, ATWTI

赤壁怀古 Advanced

《念奴娇 - 赤壁怀古》是豪放诗派最具代表性的作品之一,也是苏东坡最为人所熟知的一阙词。在《猛虎与蔷薇》里面我们学到的“大江东去”就是出自这阙词,所以不妨真的来学学这首可以说是中国人最喜欢的词吧!

poem, poetry, history, Classical Chinese