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Learn Chinese with ease! Talk Chineasy brings you 7-minute daily Chinese lessons. Each day, ShaoLan and a special guest share interesting cultural insights and stories as they teach you a useful Chinese phrase. Our amazing guests include rock stars, artists, CEOs, professors, adventurists, scientists, and more. You’ll discover the rich culture behind the most widely spoken language, while you learn how to converse in basic Mandarin Chinese. Explore various topics, special guests, and inspira ...
 
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Why do people say “You’re back!” in Chinese culture? What feeling does it express? Find out why as Transition’s singer Jesse is back in the studio in London for another entertaining Chinese masterclass with ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/106-come-back/Explore various topics, special gu…
 
Need a holiday? ShaoLan teaches Transition drummer Josh the phrase and helps him to distinguish between the summer vacation, school holidays and just taking a holiday. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/105-have-a-holiday/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese …
 
Lucid dreaming specialist learns how to wish someone “sweet dreams” in Chinese. ShaoLan shares more formal and less formal ways of saying this and which situations it will be appropriate in. And find out why Charlie recommends taking a nap when you’re busy. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/104-sw…
 
This partly autobiographical poem by 余光中 (Yu Guangzhong), born in China in 1928, conveys the sentimental emotion beautifully yet powerfully. This poem is considered one of Yu's masterpieces; it symbolises the aching separation Yu felt after fled to Taiwan in 1949. He longed that one day he could return to his motherland.…
 
Creator of the amazing app “Service”, which helps people around the globe solve any kind of service related questions, Michael Schneider learns how to say the Chinese word for “question.” Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/103-question/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of u…
 
Chinese culture is steeped in history, going back thousands of years. The written form of the language even originated from pictograms. ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh discuss the word for “Chinese literature.” Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/102-chinese-literature/Explore various topics, sp…
 
The amazing Sunny Bates calls in from New York to learn how to say “smart” in Chinese. A hugely successful individual, she is the CEO of Sunny Bates Associates and is on the board of some of the world’s most exciting companies, including Kickstarter and Creative Capital Foundation. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineas…
 
Lucid dreaming specialist Charlie Morley shares invaluable insights as to why teachers are highly respected in Far Eastern culture and his own journey to accepting the title of the teacher himself. And find out which language ShaoLan most often dreams in! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/100-teac…
 
Why is the color red so significant in Chinese culture? How does it differ from Western culture? Transition’s drummer Josh chats with ShaoLan and offers some fascinating insights. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/099-red-green-color/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of us…
 
Can’t be bothered to learn Chinese today? Learn how to say “too much trouble” in Chinese with ShaoLan and Transition’s Jesse. A colloquial phrase that will make you sound like a native speaker in no time! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/098-much-trouble/Explore various topics, special guests, an…
 
David Agus is a doctor to the stars and author of the New York Times bestselling “A Short Guide to a Long Life.” In this episode, he joins ShaoLan to help Talk Chineasy listeners make their own luck and stay healthy in the long term. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/097-lucky/Explore various topi…
 
Poet 曹植 (cáo zhí) was a prince 1,800 years ago, and his father was the famous warlord, King of Wei Cao Cao, 曹操 (cáo cāo).One day, Cao Pi, Cao Zhi's oldest brother, made up an excuse, summoned Cao Zhi to the court. Cao Pi issued a request to Cao Zhi to compose a poem within seven strides or be executed. As talented as he was, Cao Zhi came out with t…
 
How many million dissertations can you read on academia.edu? Find out the answer and more in this fascinating episode as the founder Richard Price chats with ShaoLan about how access to elite knowledge is improving people’s lives all around the world. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/096-disserta…
 
Jesse shares an exclusive clip of Transition’s latest hit song “jin tian wan shang” (今天晚上) and learns how to say Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Test your Chinese comprehension of the words at the end of the lesson along with Jesse. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/095-today-tomorrow-yesterday/Exp…
 
4x USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis talks about his love of climbing mountains and his attempt to climb Mount Everest. Thanks to expert teacher ShaoLan, he learns how to say it in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/094-climb-mountains/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive …
 
One of IBM’s top stars Guruduth Banavar is also an accomplished composer. He shares the inspiration to one of his top songs Rise 8 times. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/093-eight-times/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website!…
 
Talk Chineasy’s resident special guest Josh learns how to say “orange” in Chinese. Find out why the Chinese love to eat a lot of oranges especially during Chinese New Year. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/092-orange-color/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chine…
 
If you don’t learn any other Chinese today, then learn this! Transition drummer Josh discovers how to ask and how to answer the question “What do you want?” In China, you will use this phrase every day. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/091-what-do-you-want/Explore various topics, special guests, …
 
As spring approaches in Asia, Transition drummer Josh teaches the Chinese word for "air conditioning". It's a hugely important word to know, especially when experiencing the searing temperatures of the summer. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/090-air-conditioning/Explore various topics, special g…
 
Knowledge is power, and in the academic world, Richard Price now has 78 million academics using his website academia.edu. Even farmers in the Sahara Desert have benefitted from expert research that has been shared on the site. ShaoLan helps you learn the origins of the Chinese word for "knowledge". Read extended show notes for this episode here: ht…
 
Ever wondered why organic produce is so important? Caron Proschan shares the secrets of her bestselling Simply Chewing Gum and learns the Chinese word for "organic". Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/088-organic/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases o…
 
Xu Zhimo, one of China’s foremost poets of the 20th century, is widely known for his poem, Second Farewell to Cambridge, composed in 1928. Xu Zhimo went to study at King's College at Cambridge in 1921. He then returned to Beijing for the next chapter of his roller-coaster life. He was hugely romantic and a prolific love letter producer. His various…
 
Duolingo’s creator Luis von Ahn learns the word for "learning" in Chinese and shares his incredible vision for enabling millions of people all over the world to learn languages for free. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/087-learning/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of us…
 
It is one of the classic sayings in Chinese that has even been assimilated into the English popular language. ShaoLan teaches Transition drummer Josh how to greet old friends and why it will take your business meeting to another level. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/086-long-time-no-see/Explore…
 
It is one of the ultimate mountain climbing challenges, and Erick Tseng took on that challenge and even podcasted on the ascent! ShaoLan shares the Chinese word for Everest and mountains. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/085-mount-everest/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list…
 
Transition’s Jesse has recorded numerous albums in English and Chinese, but the word for Sound Recording in Chinese has always been a challenge. ShaoLan teaches him how to pronounce the words and the tones perfectly! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/084-sound-recording/Explore various topics, spe…
 
Bravo! It sounds good! CFO for Sony Pictures Entertainment Philip Rowley certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to good sound and visuals. ShaoLan teaches him this extremely useful Chinese phrase. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/083-sounds-good/Explore various topics, special guests, and e…
 
Shakespeare once said: "If music be the food of love, play on!". Transition singer Jesse is put through his paces by ShaoLan who also discusses her own love of music. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/082-music/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on…
 
When are you most productive? How do you increase your productivity? And is technology a help or a hindrance?! The amazing Erik Brynjolfsson learns the Chinese word for "productivity" and discusses with ShaoLan the technologies that can cause ripples of productivity growth around the world. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://ww…
 
ShaoLan teaches Transition singer Jesse how to ask for permission to drive a friends Ferrari, or ask someone on a date! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/080-may-i/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/VJ8plTWant to pr…
 
In this touching episode, ShaoLan invites her Dad to join the show and teach the word for daughter in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/079-daughter/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/VJ8plTWant to practice…
 
"A balcony to watch the moon!" ShaoLan tells the world leading economist - Andrew McAfee the literal romantic meaning of platform, and the two explore the ways in which other kinds of platforms are shaping the world we live in. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/078-platform/Explore various topics,…
 
"Climbing Stork Tower (登鸛雀樓/登鹳雀楼; dēng guàn què lóu) is part of the 300 Tang Poems. This poem was written by 王之渙 (Wang Zhihuan) of the Tang Dynasty. Only six of Wang's poems survive today, and two of them are introduced in the 300 Tang Poems.Although the poem has a simple literal meaning, its spirit is profound. Our universe is eternal. One could o…
 
Living abroad is a huge adventure, but inevitably there can be moments when you feel like going home. Transition’s singer Jesse returns to share the inside story on another of the band’s hit songs 108,000 miles (Shi Wan Ba Qian Li) and ShaoLan teaches how to say "go home" in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chine…
 
CFO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philip Rowley, is back to learn how to say bicycle and share some stories from the adventures that his love of cycling has led him to undertake. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/076-bicycle/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Ch…
 
Transition drummer Josh learns how to say "school" in Chinese while discussing a bit of what life is like for students at each stage of their school life in Asia. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/075-school/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Ta…
 
Lego’s Ken Yanhs chats with ShaoLan about how to say "fun" in Chinese and reveals the best parts of his job working for Lego. Also taught in this podcast, "very fun" and "no fun"! The power is in your hands! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/074-fun/Explore various topics, special guests, and expa…
 
ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh help you decipher Good, Ok and Very Good in Chinese. Learn how to rate your experiences and show your pleasure or displeasure with almost anything! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/073-good-ok-good/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of u…
 
Learning how to say the days of the year in Chinese is not as hard as it sounds. Transition’s Jesse drops into the London studio to learn from ShaoLan how to master the days of the year as quickly as possible. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/072-365-days/Explore various topics, special guests, a…
 
Why do the English always talk about the weather? How do you say “It is raining" in Chinese? Transition drummer Josh chats with ShaoLan and teaches you in this weather related episode! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/071-it-is-raining/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of…
 
Giving gifts in Chinese culture is important! Every gift has a meaning, so ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh teach how to avoid some potentially embarrassing situations. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/070-umbrella/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese ph…
 
Impress your Chinese friends with the word for "awesome" in Chinese! Jesse from Transition learns from ShaoLan the situations when it is best to say this word and why it is related to baseball! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/069-awesome/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list…
 
Head of Facebook Mobile Products Erick Tseng is also a seasoned traveler and adventurer. ShaoLan asks for details of some of his most memorable trips and teaches how to say "traveling" in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/068-traveling/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive…
 
Quiet Night Thoughts by Li Bai (李白) is one of the most beautiful and classic poems of all time in Chinese history. Poet Li Bai was born in 701 during the Tang Dynasty. His reputation is so profound that people gave him the title 詩仙/诗仙, immortal poet. Li Bai created a new era of poetry and literature. His influence was not only in China but also aro…
 
Bruce Upbin of Hyperloop One talks technology with ShaoLan. Learn the word for technology and discover some of the amazing new technological breakthroughs that are taking place in the world right now. Will robot cars be here soon? Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/067-technology/Explore various to…
 
Mandarin Chinese does not have a direct translation of the word "no". So in this episode, ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh explore the pattern for how to express positive and negative responses to some of the most useful questions. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/066-yes-no/Explore various to…
 
ShaoLan teaches Transition singer Jesse how to say "I have caught a cold" in Chinese. In this episode, he has gone the extra mile and actually caught one! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/065-caught-cold/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk …
 
Who better to teach the word for Facebook Like than Erick Tseng, the Product Director at Facebook? Discover how the Chinese word for Like has evolved and found out which pictures on Facebook have received the most Likes ever! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/064-facebook-like/Explore various topi…
 
Transition’s drummer Josh learns how to say Good Morning in Chinese. Vary your range of expression to show if you have the energy to face a new day or are still recovering from the concert the night before! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/063-good-morning-good-night/Explore various topics, speci…
 
Leading health expert and entrepreneur Daniel Kraft reveals his love of flying. Learn air-related words in this fascinating episode covering the basic words relating to flight. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/062-fly-plane/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chin…
 
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