The Latest Mandarin Chinese Language Lessons


Latest Lessons


Greater Bay Area 大湾区 Advanced

This lesson shares both insights and updates to one of China’s landmark initiatives - The China Greater Bay Area. Perhaps this name may not ring a bell. How about existing city clusters such as San Francisco Bay Area, Greater New York and Greater Tokyo Area? Are you starting to get an idea what is China's Greater Bay Area? Let’s learn more about this initiative and how it impacts China and the rest of the world. You'll find an excerpt from the article in the Practice section.

economy, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macao

Making Apologies Elementary

This is a very helpful lesson that teaches us various phrases for making apologies as well as various types of dumplings.

video, apology, dumplings, ordering, eating

Lost and Found 失而复得 Upper Intermediate

In this lesson we learn the Chinese phrase 失而复得,which literally means you lose someone/something at first but regain back in the end. The meaning is explained through the real life story of 12 boys and their football coach who went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province on 23 June 2018 - but ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. For 2 weeks, news of their rescue efforts gripped the world. Finally on 10 July 2018, the boys and their coach were rescued and all of them were reunited with their families (失而复得).

news, newspaper, story, danger, reporter

周末你有什么活动?/ What activities are you doing this weekend? Pre Intermediate

What are you doing this weekend? Have you made your plans yet? Check out this video and see if you get any ideas!

video, Chess, Ping Pong, games, weekend, playing

人机合一(四)Android Part 4 Advanced

This is the last lesson in a series of 4 lessons. It is a fun, satirical look at customer-no-service, which is the same in any culture. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to different types of people we meet when we approach a counter needing help. Her article illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases and ends with a punch line, making digging into the text well worth the effort. So some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 这篇文章的第四段提到,表面上看来,皮埃德罗老头好像是在享受操纵机器,好像很快乐,因为熟练掌握了科技而感到很满意,其实,这位工人只是不得不如此,因为,他遇到的人类可能会对他更加苛刻、残酷、隔阂、冷落,更加非难于他,让他觉得与人类相比,不如和机器呆在一起 这里也提醒我们那些受理人员为什么对人不理不睬,为什么态度生硬,他们不是生来就长着一张冷漠的面孔,也许是因为他们所受到的冷遇太多了,尤其是前台的工作人员,总是要求他们职业性的微笑是不人道的,他们也是人,有很多人类有的情绪,如果去找他们办事的人把他们不当人,当机器人来要求,他们也会有很多的负面情绪,于是就冷漠以对。所以,我们在要求对方为我们服务的时候,是否先做到彼此尊重,首先要把对方当着一个人,其次他才是一名服务人员。

community, satire, customer, personality

Can you help me find...? Elementary

Have you ever been in search for a Starbucks? We have! Here's a dialogue to help you be able to ask and FOLLOW these important directions!

video, coffee, directions, help, apology, grateful

量词 Measure Words for Nouns Qing Wen

We've had some questions on measure words - particularly on our Counting 1 to 10 Farm video. There are several lesson videos in the All the Way to Intermediate Series on Measure Words, but here is a nice, concise recap of the most common measure words you will hear!

video, video lesson, Qing, measure words

人机合一(三)Android Part 3 Advanced

In this lesson, we continue our satirical look at customer-no-service. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to three more people working at a customer service counter. Her Android series illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases. Some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 这篇文章的第三段讲述的是,作者去了某个官僚机构办理某种资格证书,在程序上没什么问题,但是总有哪里让人感到不舒服的地方,那就是他们并不进行眼神上的交流,只是很机械的问一些问题,他们彼此之间也很少交流,都不是很友好,甚至很不耐烦,这是为什么呢?,如果你设身处地为他们考虑,站在他们的角度上思考问题,就会知道为什么了。这个问题,我们会在第四部分会讲解。

complaints, android, communication

Do you have wifi? Newbie

Ever been on the hunt for wifi? Here's how to ask!

wifi, internet, computers, technology, video

Can I Borrow a Charger? Elementary

What do you do when your phone is dying and you don't have a charger? You have to ask to borrow one. Listen to Grace and Jenny as they search for a charger.

charger, phone, cell phones, video

人机合一(二)Android Part 2 Advanced

This lesson is the second part of our Android series, which takes a satirical look at customer-no-service. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to different types of people we meet when we approach a counter needing help. In this lesson, she provides her own explanation of her article. Her article illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases and ends with a punch line, making digging into the text well worth the effort. Some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 在上一个课程,第一段大意是对一些官僚机构的办事效率慢,消极懈怠的工作态度,进行了生动的描述。 而这里第二段内容讲述了人们遭遇了官僚机构的排斥和打压之后,会向往与机器人沟通,因为无论如何,机器人都不会有坏情绪,不会怼人,不会没有耐心,机器人会按照输入的程序认真回答每个问题。可是,你会喜欢和一个没有人性机器人聊天还是你可能宁愿和一个有血有肉怒气冲冲的人说话? 在这部分的解说里,作家肖遥和小黑同学还就人类能否和机器人谈恋爱进行了讨论,这些讨论深入浅出,非常有趣,十分精彩。


Let's Go to a Movie Pre Intermediate

In this lesson, we discuss going to see a SCARY movie and what other alternatives there may be. Join Jenny and Grace as they discuss going to see the new Jurrasic Park 2.

movies, theater, video, film, dating

人机合一(一)Android Part 1 Advanced

This lesson is a fun, satirical look at customer-no-service, which is the same in any culture. Our author, Xiao Yao, introduces us to different types of people we meet when we approach a counter needing help. Her article illustrates modern uses of traditional phrases and ends with a punch line, making digging into the text well worth the effort. So some of the words have alternate meanings than you would find in a dictionary, and some are current millennial Internet slang. 在这里跟大家分享一篇肖遥的专栏文章《人机合一》,这是发表在2017年的《三联生活周刊》上的一篇随笔,文字轻松明快,内容幽默有趣,下面,我们解析一下这篇1000字左右的文章。这篇文章,我们会分为四个部分进行解读,今天我们进行第一个部分的解读: 第一段主要讲了三种类型的办事员或公务员,老Q、小咪、小F,这三种人各自都有自己的特点:老Q是索要贿赂型,小咪是长相好,但态度不好的类型,小F惜墨如金型,他们代表了三种不负责任的公务人员,他们消极怠工,不热爱自己的工作,不愿耐心回答问询,对待顾客冷漠,还不如机器人。 第一段很容易理解,大意就是对一些官僚机构的办事效率慢,消极懈怠的工作态度,进行了生动的描述,希望我们都不要遇到这样的状况,也不要这样对待他人,希望大家都会被生活所善待,也学希望借着这篇文章我们也学会了怎么来应用这些词句。

slang, satire, service, personality

Go to the Emergency Room 去看急诊 Intermediate

This very useful lesson gives us some practical information about going to an emergency department in China today. As this is an intermediate lesson, a more detailed translation is provided in the written dialog section. We have also included terms for the various medical departments in a hospital.

emergency, sick, pain, hospital, fever, doctor, medicine, video


Intro/Grace Wong How to Use ChinesePod

Who is this Grace Wong? I'm the Community Manager! Have a question? Ask me!

introductions, Grace Wong, how to, how to use ChinesePod, video

Counting to 10 Newbie

Join Grace on the farm as she counts all the animals! Learn your numbers from 1 to 10 and the names of farm animals and dragonflies. In this lesson, Grace uses measure words for the different animals. Chinese has many measure words. As we build our lessons, we will identify the various measure words and when they are used.

numbers, counting, animals, farm, video

I Don't Feel Well 我不舒服 Pre Intermediate

This lesson introduces dialog that expresses how to communicate when someone doesn't look well and when someone one has an upset stomach. The vocabulary includes the descriptions of how one feels as well as examples of popular Chinese midnight snack. This is pre-intermediate, so we are using more Chinese to explain the lesson. The Expansion and Grammar sections have a lot of material to work on, as well. Enjoy! And let's hope you don't ever have to use this material!

sick, midnight snack, doctor, market, appetizer, making appointment, video