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ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin fun and easy. It isn't your typical language learning resource - we think you'll be entertained as well! If you’re just trying to learn some survival Chinese or looking to start a lifelong relationship with the language, this ChinesePod - Beginner Level Podcast Channel is where to start. Expand your Mandarin Chinese learning experience by also SUBSCRIBING to ChinesePod - Intermediate and ChinesePod - Advanced Podcast channels. For more lessons, go to www.ch ...
 
Learn Chinese with Free Podcasts Whether you are student or a seasoned speaker, our lessons offer something for everyone. We incorporate culture and current issues into each episode to give the most informative, both linguistically and culturally, podcasts possible. For those of you with just the plane ride to prepare, check our survival phrase series at ChineseClass101.com. One of these phrases just might turn your trip into the best one ever!
 
The most convenient way to learn Cantonese the way it is actually spoken and used. Start with our basic lessons, and in no time you'll be listening to music, watching films and television and engaging in the actual language. With free daily podcasts, a vibrant community, online study tools and much more, PopupCantonese is the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.
 
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Are you an intermediate/advanced Chinese student? Need to brush up on your listening skills? This podcast if for anyone who is interested in learning the sexier side of Chinese. With topics ranging from fetishes and porn to gender equality and eating disorders, we discuss the topics you just won't find in Practical Chinese Reader or on Chinesepod! Get ready to get stimulated by an American guy and Taiwanese girl as we get down and dirty.
 
Learn Cantonese with Free Podcasts Whether you are student or a seasoned speaker, our lessons offer something for everyone. We incorporate culture and current issues into each episode to give the most informative, both linguistically and culturally, podcasts possible. For those of you with just the plane ride to prepare, check our survival phrase series at CantoneseClass101.com. One of these phrases just might turn your trip into the best one ever!
 
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We don’t allow ugly (on the inside) people to listen (work here, yes, but not listen), so of course, when you come here to visit us, you will end up being asked out (not the other way around, of course). So, despite us never having done this on the first date before, in this podcast we’ll forgo all usual standards and give you a Mandarin Chinese le…
 
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The story of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng is not only familiar to Chinese people, but also to many foreign friends. People would like to think of their marriage as a fairy tale story, but it might not be the case. However it laid the foundation for the communication between Tibet and the Central Plains. In today’s story, we are going to loo…
 
In Chinese people’s perception, peace and safe has significant value. There are many blessing phrases related to peace and safe. Also, there are several things had become the symbols to represent peace and safe. In today’s story, we are going to take a look at what did people use to express the blessing of peace and safe during ancient time. Join o…
 
For some people, the main motivation to learn a foreign language may be the interests in a country's culture. In today’s story, we are going to meet an English teacher who is working in Shanghai. He made a plan for his vacation in Beijing and Xi’an. He is a big fan of Chinese culture. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey w…
 
You might find yourself chuckling so loud at the “No Drunkards or Psychos” rule in the back of Shanghai taxis that you forget to tell the driver where to stop. So how can you? It has something do with listening to (another) brilliant lesson by ChinesePod. That’s us. In this podcast take your taxi driver Mandarin Chinese banter to the next level. Ep…
 
A few things you can’t live without upon arriving: 1. Toilet paper (oh – you laugh now, but trust us) 2. ChinesePod 3. A mobile phone …now, we hope the first two are self-explanatory, and about the 3rd – it’s all pay-as-you-go, so in this podcast we tender a lesson in Mandarin Chinese on “topping up” that phone. Episode link: https://www.chinesepod…
 
There are many idioms in Chinese associated with animals, such as monkeys, dogs, chicks, and tigers etc. To look at the words, it is hard to guess the meaning. In today’s story, we are going to learn an idiom, called “the horse month of the monkey year”. In addition to the actual meaning of the idiom, we are also going to discuss the relations betw…
 
Since the invention of the smartphone, for some of us, we've spent far more time looking at our phones than we've ever looked at anything else. We all know that we should not spend too much time on it. In today’s story, our protagonist recounted a frightening experience of her. It reminds us why we should not always look at the phone while we are o…
 
In mid of April, a group of Asian elephant has “ran away” from their original habitat in Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve and started to head to north. It is a very unusual incident for Asian elephants to move from south to north, therefore, it has attracted great attention from public. In today’s story, we are going to look at what happened for the el…
 
When it’s snowing out and finally realize that the reason there is no thermostat in your apartment is because there is actually no central heating, you’re gonna want to be able to find the words to whine about it. In this podcast, learn how to talk about being cold, in Mandarin Chinese—a subject that will come up often (that is when you’re not whin…
 
Granted, even we can’t say “pipa” without giggling, and still feel the need to grab the “erhu” and do a scissor kick, but it won’t stop us from sitting Jenny down in this podcast and finding out why she doesn’t play the “gangqin”…all in the name of a Mandarin Chinese lesson on instruments. ChinesePod: the CBGB of podcasts. Episode link: https://www…
 
A dictionary is frequently one of the first things you buy when learning a language. In this episode, John and Jared will give you tips and tricks and do’s and don’ts on Chinese dictionaries, so you can get the most out of them for your learning gain. The guest interview is with Matt Coss, a Chinese-language educator and Ph.D. candidate who is help…
 
A man writes these intros. He doesn’t have a “special time” each month. He also realizes that being funny about needing feminine products isn’t funny. So he’ll simply say, “Here’s a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying tampons.” He now feels uncomfortable. But hopes you find this podcast useful. Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/0281…
 
As China enters the aging society, the large population base obviously forms a huge market, and without any doubt that this market has great potential for growth. However, for the elderly service industry, there are limited companies able to enter the market. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how is the market segmented and why there are li…
 
Nowadays, the meaning of word “sir” is quite straightforward to us and it is also a basic word for our daily communication. However, the original meaning of this word is different to what we perceive today. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the meanings and the use of the word from ancient to modern times. Join other motivated learners on y…
 
When we were a child, we may not have known the meaning of ideal, but that doesn’t stop us from imaging what we would like to do when we grow up. In today’s story, we are going to listen to a conversation between a mother and her daughter regarding to the topic of ideal. We will see that from the little girl’s point of view, her ideal is quite inte…
 
Yes, using ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin a walk in the park – thank you. But this lesson is actually about walking in the park--not the in the metaphorical sense… ugh. Let’s make this easy for both of us: Here is a lesson on “Walking in the Park.” In this podcast you’ll learn to talk in Mandarin Chinese about things that people like you like t…
 
You know (from watching Tom Hanks save the world again) that lemon or milk depends on the brew, but would you be able to order a proper cup of PG Tips in Mandarin? Let’s hope so…no, wait, instead of hoping, in this podcast let’s give you a Mandarin Chinese lesson on black and green tea, for your drinking pleasure. Whhhhooooooooeeeeeeeeee!!! (That w…
 
Surely you never thought that having change could be so important. However, when you pull out one of the “hundred dollar bills” (not as much as it sounds), you just may be leaving without anything. In this podcast, you’ll learn how make sure you’ll be able to use your Mandarin Chinese to get all of your coin back… plus, we finally find out *why* Je…
 
In Chinese, there are many terms that are related to business contain the character of “Shāng”. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the origin of the merchant in Chinese history. We will see that there is a reason for these words contains the character of “Shāng”. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Rec…
 
In a typical Chinese family, there are usually three generations, grandparents, parents and the children. In today’s story, our protagonist introduced his family members to us. We will see that his family is an ordinary and typical Chinese family, also quite interesting one. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot…
 
Mencius was one of the most famous philosophers in Chinese history. He has developed many theories in the field of education and social politics etc. In today’s story, we are going to discuss a famous saying of Mencius-- the people are more important than the ruler. It not only had a profound influence in ancient times, but also became a theoretica…
 
They’re handed out for any and every reason…but what do you say? “Thanks” might seem a little bland, but then again, “WOW! You’ve such fine taste in paper!” might be a bit over the top. So then what? Better find out--you’ll be doing it about 12 times a day. In this podcast, learn to do the ol’ card exchange, in Mandarin Chinese. Episode link: https…
 
A big house full of needles, beds with restraints and gloves that are lubed for a reason and you still think “winging it” at the hospital will get you by? For those less confident, it’s Dr. Ken and Nurse Jenny to the rescue, in a Mandarin Chinese lesson on visiting the man who didn’t attend eight years of medical school to be called “xiansheng”. Ep…
 
What does it take to pursue a graduate-level degree in Chinese in China? With our resident expert, John Pasden, we’ll pull back the curtain to show you what it takes for a non-Chinese person to get admitted into an all-Chinese university program and what studying in China at a graduate level is like. This guest interview is with Tom Connelly, a mul…
 
Fact: no matter how prepared you are for it; you will take that piece of chicken and bite down hard. Fact: most chicken here comes still on the bone, no matter the size Fact: the face you make upon losing a molar will look like you don’t enjoy the meal Fact: we want you to make friends, not offend them. Fact: learning how to say “ouch” will help. I…
 
Several years ago, when China introduced the two-child policy, the birth rate for second child has increased considerablly. It has a positive impact on solving the Chinese aging population issue. Last month, when Chinese government introduced the three-child policy, it has caused a hot discussion in some of the Chinese social media platforms and ma…
 
To many people, the topic of true love sounds a little old-fashioned since people have become more rational towards relationship. However, it is undeniable that true love still exists in reality. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how to define true love and how could we find true love. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning …
 
During an exam, we always try to write as much as we can on the exam paper in order to achieve high scores. Therefore, the exam timing could be very tight. In today’s story, our protagonist Xiao Wen had an exam at school. He was also trying to figure out what he should write on the paper when there were only few minutes left before the exam is over…
 
Hard as it is to believe, as we look out our window to people doing tai chi in pajamas and 6:00am ballroom dancing with perfect hair--there might be a few “dullards” in your life. In this far from boring podcast, we liven things up a bit and help you to talk about someone boring, using Mandarin Chinese. You’ll never be bored again. Episode link: ht…
 
Although we don’t foresee you—after being force-fed fruit an hour after a 14-dish meal (on those cool tables that spin around)—suffering from “hunger pains,” there might be a chance that your Chinese pal will say this to you…all the time. So, in this podcast, learn to talk about being hungry (or not), in Mandarin Chinese. Episode link: https://www.…
 
Explaining in another language that you “have your father’s eyes” is dangerous, seeing as a simple grammatical mistake could mean you actually took them from him…which won’t get you invited to stay in anyone’s home. We don’t want things to be hazardous for you--thus the lesson. Learn how to talk about which parent a baby looks like…however, any com…
 
Today is Father’s Day, many country celebrate it in the same day. However, there are countries celebrate Father’s Day at different dates. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the origin of Chinese Father’s Day, and also going to look at how Chinese people celebrate the Father’s Day nowadays. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learni…
 
It is quite normal that when a person reaches to certain age, when he or she does not have a girl friend or boyfriend, their relatives or friends would persuade and encourage them to go for some blind dates. In today’s story, our protagonist has finally met someone he thinks attractive, Let’s take a look what happened afterwards. Join other motivat…
 
Speaking of “Guanzhong” region, many people may mistake it with “Guangzhou”, the latter is much well-known by foreigners nowadays. But they are two different regions and far away from each other. Guanzhong region indicates the region of Xi’an and surrounding areas nowadays and there were 13 dynasties built their capital in this region. In today’s s…
 
Few things in life are certain: 1. Life 2. Death 3. A non-English speaking barber might struggle in getting that “feathered” look you’re after So, it’s John and Jenny to the rescue, in the wind-blown form of a lesson on “getting a do”. In this podcast learn how to communicate some essentials to your friendly neighborhood barber cutting right there …
 
You’ve got the basics down. Sounds like you’re ready to type Chinese! John and Jared talk about how Chinese input methods work and, for the more advanced learners, teach you tips and tricks to make Chinese input less painful and time-consuming. Interview is with Suzy Williams who learned Chinese fully immersed in Taiwan while serving as a missionar…
 
We don’t know if you heard but, (if not—were you on Mars?) Beijing’s got the Olympics here in 2008. So we thought we’d make sure you can hold your own in a conversation with a Beijingerrrr (those “r’s” will make sense when you come)—or anyone, for that matter—about all the excitement. In this podcast we teach you Olympic terms in Mandarin Chinese…a…
 
The development of character has gone through a long history of evolution. In China, there are many ethnic minorities and some of them have their unique written characters and speaking languages. In today’s story, we are going to look at the characters on the Chinese paper currency, which involved several minority scripts besides the standard Chine…
 
The word of “ha” in Chinese has a few of different meanings and could be used in different circumstances. In today’s story, we are going to look at the use of “ha” as a modal particle word. We will see that it really makes some differences with or without using this word. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. R…
 
With the rapid development of cities, sometimes we find that we seem in a different place, although the place we were really familiar with in the past. In today’s story, our protagonist visited a place where he had been there for many times. He found that he could this place has changed a lot and he could hardly recognize. Join other motivated lear…
 
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