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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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Ever wonder how tiger moms earned their stripes? In this Talk Chineasy Episode, learn how to say "tiger mom" and "tiger dad" in Chinese as ShaoLan and star investor Melissa Bethell discuss the cultural roots of Chinese "tiger parenting." Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/025-tiger-mom/Explore vari…
 
"Live long and prosper!" In this episode tech entrepreneur and chess master, Josh Weinstein calls in from New York so ShaoLan can wish him a "Happy Chinese New Year" as well as teaching other greetings that are suitable for this festive period! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/024-may-prosperous/…
 
Leading conservationist and writer Stanley Johnson drops into the London studio to share his incredible journey in campaigning to protect the environment. ShaoLan teaches him the Chinese words for "conservation" and ponders the correct term for "chimpanzee." Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/023-c…
 
Time to "take a break!" ShaoLan and Transition singer Jesse laugh about the different uses of this phrase in Chinese. Highly personable and insightful, make sure you understand the cultural significance of the word. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/022-take-break/Explore various topics, special g…
 
"Convenient" in Chinese has many different uses. Be the first to stay on top of these uses as ShaoLan shares with Transition singer Jesse her first-hand experiences. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/021-convenient/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrase…
 
"Terrible!" -  ShaoLan finds out the real reason why tech entrepreneur and chess master Josh Weinstein loves this phrase and why it is so frequently used in Mandarin Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/020-terrible/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese…
 
What is the easiest way to remember all these new Chinese words you’re learning? Cue the four-time USA memory champion Nelson Dellis, who tells ShaoLan the secrets to remembering. Also, learn how to say "I forgot" as well as "I remember." Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/019-remember-forgot/Explo…
 
What is the easiest way to remember all these new Chinese words you’re learning? Cue the four-time USA memory champion Nelson Dellis, who tells ShaoLan the secrets to remembering. Also, learn how to say "I forgot" as well as "I remember." Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/018-health/Explore variou…
 
So beautiful! A must learn phrase for new Chinese learners. This episode’s guest Sarah Butterfield is an internationally acclaimed artist who has recently exhibited in Shanghai. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/017-beautiful/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chi…
 
Erik Brynjolfsson returns for another fascinating episode in which you can learn how to say the word for robot in Chinese. He and ShaoLan also discuss the future of robotic technologies and how they will continue to shape our lives in the coming years. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/016-robot/E…
 
Which characters does the Chinese language put together to make the word computer? It will definitely surprise you with its sci-fi nature. In this episode, ShaoLan and leading expert on digital technologies Erik Brynjolfsson share how to construct Chinese words such as computer, TV, movie and telephone. Read extended show notes for this episode her…
 
Learn the most affectionate way of referring to your better half (the words for husband and wife) thanks to ShaoLan and four-time USA memory champion Nelson Dellis. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/014-husband-wife/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phras…
 
China, a vast country with an incredibly rich history. It is shaping the world we live in, ShaoLan and Transition singer Jesse explore the etymology of the word China and some of the highlights of Jesse’s touring there. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/013-china/Explore various topics, special gu…
 
The fastest and easiest way to learn the numbers from 1 - 4 with ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh.  Also, discover some unexpected meanings hidden under the surface of these numbers! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/012-one-two-three-four/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive l…
 
When you want to get below the surface of Chinese culture, you need be able to ask why things are done in certain ways!  In this  episode,  ShaoLan and Transition singer Jesse teach you how to ask "why." Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/011-why/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansiv…
 
Why learn Chinese? To communicate with 1.3 billion people! ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh explore the word for the Chinese language and other useful phrases that can be easily constructed from its two characters. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/010-chinese/Explore various topics, special gu…
 
One of the most important words you can learn in Chinese… "Thank you." But it’s easy for non-native speakers to mispronounce the words with potentially embarrassing consequences! ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh let you know how to get it right first time. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/009-…
 
"Never drink alone!"  What’s the best way to toast your friends in China? Will you offend anyone if you get it wrong? In this episode, ShaoLan and Transition singer Jesse share some funny first-hand experiences whilst explaining how to say "cheers" and the etiquette in Chinese culture when proposing a toast. Read extended show notes for this episod…
 
How do you say "no problem" in Chinese? Tech Entrepreneur Josh Weinstein Skype’s in from New York City to chat with ShaoLan in an informative and entertaining episode in which you can also practice a few of the different accents from around China. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/007-no-problem/E…
 
ShaoLan and star investor Melissa Bethell reveal how to refer to a boss in Chinese. Find out why the literal translation of boss, "old plank" is not as insulting as the direct translation would have you believe! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/006-boss/Explore various topics, special guests, and…
 
Discover how to say "see you next time" in Chinese. ShaoLan and Transition’s drummer Josh ensure that your goodbye will not be forever! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/005-goodbye/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.g…
 
ShaoLan shares with Transition drummer and fluent Chinese speaker Josh the secret to pronouncing a perfect "hello" in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/004-how-are-you/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/VJ8…
 
Learn how to wow a crowd with a special greeting, courtesy of ShaoLan and 15-year old top British student Astrid. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/003-hello-everyone/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/VJ8plTWant to…
 
Today’s Talk Chineasy guest is martial arts specialist and instructor Martine Niven. She is well qualified to learn the main words "to fight" in Chinese along with Talk Chineasy host ShaoLan. If you listen in, you will also find out why the verb "hit" in Chinese is so useful. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/…
 
Legendary ski and surf instructor George Stoy shares with ShaoLan the secrets of being a great coach. Learn the origins of the Chinese characters and the Chinese philosophy of teaching well. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/366-instructor/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list…
 
"Happy New Year" is a super useful phrase in Mandarin Chinese and can be used to congratulate each other at the Western New Year and Chinese New Year. In this special edition, Jesse and Josh Edbrooke from Transition join ShaoLan in London to learn and to share about their most memorable New Years. Read extended show notes for this episode here: htt…
 
Learn how to say “get married,” “wedding” and “propose” in Chinese along with Lea Tarnowski, who celebrated her marriage in 3 different countries! ShaoLan also shares some fascinating insights into the role that marriage plays in Chinese society and some of the traditions associated with marriage in China that are different to the those in the West…
 
Do you know why creativity is a key asset to founding a start-up? Discover the fascinating origins of the word for “start-up” in Chinese with ShaoLan and today's special guest, advisor to the Mayor of London Shalini Khemka. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/363-start-up/Explore various topics, spe…
 
Cambridge politics graduate Eleanor Olcott calls in from Taipei to learn the Chinese word for “politics.” She also shares her hope for bridging the gap between the East and West in the future. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/362-politics/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list…
 
Advisor to the Mayor of London, Shalini Khemka is today's special guest. ShaoLan shares with her the way to say “judge” in Chinese and the different uses of the word when compared with the literal translation in English. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/361-judge/Explore various topics, special g…
 
Today's Chinese word is “chess” with ShaoLan and guest Alistair Hill. Learn how to differentiate between “Western” and “Chinese” chess and also Alistair gives his tips on how to think strategically! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/360-chess/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive l…
 
Celebrating a significant life event in China is often done with a feast. ShaoLan and Transition drummer Josh Edbrooke discuss which events merit a feast and how to say it in Mandarin Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/359-feast/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of…
 
Merry Christmas! Find out how to say it in Chinese and what the Chinese do to celebrate. This special episode features both Jesse and Josh Edbrooke from Transition and of course the amazing creator of Chineasy, ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/358-merry-christmas/Explore various topics, …
 
Learn how to say “skiing” in Chinese and all the associated vocabulary along with today's amazing guest, ski instructor George Stoy. ShaoLan herself is an avid skier and the two engage in some great conversation. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/357-skiing/Explore various topics, special guests, …
 
What's your favorite thing to do in the snow?! Find out how to say “snow” and all the important fun things associated with snow in Chinese with Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke and Talk Chineasy creator ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/356-snow/Explore various topics, special guests, and…
 
Badminton is a hugely popular sport in China and today's guest Alistair Hill is not only a professional poker player, but also a keen badminton enthusiast. Find out how the Chinese word for badminton differs from the English and what key concepts are. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/355-badminto…
 
Learn the Chinese word for “give birth” in Chinese with Talk Chineasy Creator Shaolan and today's guest Co-founder and COO of Averon, Lea Tarnowski. She shares the recent experience giving birth to her baby daughter and even finds out how to say her birthday in Chinese! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/l…
 
Learn the words for “Chinese medicine” in Mandarin Chinese and discover why its practice is becoming more popular in the West along with Talk Chineasy host ShaoLan and today's special guest Martine Niven. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/353-chinese-medicine/Explore various topics, special guests…
 
Lea Tarnowski is today's Talk Chineasy guest, learning how to say “angel” in Chinese. She is a long-term “angel investor” and has funded many successful technology start-ups including Experiment.com, Boosterfuels.com and Muse.ai. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/352-angel/Explore various topics, …
 
Do you know which bridge is the longest bridge in the world? Is it possible for the word “bridge” to be used metaphorically in Chinese? Find out the answer in this episode along with Cambridge graduate Eleanor Olcott and Talk Chineasy creator ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/351-bridge/E…
 
The Christmas season is well and truly upon us and Transition frontman Jesse Edbrooke talks with ShaoLan about how to say “Christmas tree” in Chinese. As it is a relatively new concept in China, the words have a fascinating etymology. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/350-christmas-tree/Explore va…
 
Professional poker player Alistair Hill drops in to the Talk Chineasy studios in London to learn the word for “professional” in Chinese. Find out his biggest poker win to date along with the best applications and explanations for the words in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/349-professi…
 
Find out the word for “member” in Chinese with Shalini Khemka. She is a member of some amazing groups, including the Mayor of London's advisory board, the National UK Business Awards and the Great British Entrepreneurship Awards. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/348-member/Explore various topics,…
 
Find out how to say “Father Christmas” in Chinese with Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke and ShaoLan. Many Christmas traditions from the West have been accepted in China and it is fascinating to see how the language reflects that. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/347-father-christmas/Explore vario…
 
Take your Chinese to the next level by learning the word for “because” in Chinese with ShaoLan and today's special guest Eleanor Olcott! Learn how to reason and give reasons for your statements. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/346-because/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive lis…
 
Find out why gifts are so important in Chinese culture with today's special guest and Transition drummer Josh Edbrooke. ShaoLan explains the art of gifting and how to get your reasoning right! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/345-gift/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of …
 
Why is creativity such a key to being a founder? How do you say "founder" in Chinese? All will be revealed when you listen to this fascinating episode featuring Co-founder and COO of Averon, Lea Tarnowski and Talk Chineasy host ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/344-founder/Explore various…
 
Martial arts expert Martine Niven learns from ShaoLan how to say “martial arts” in Chinese. Listen in to hear the amazing story of how she started her journey first studying and then teaching to a high level of competency. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/343-martial-arts/Explore various topics, …
 
Top professional poker player Alistair Hill is today's Talk Chineasy special guest, learning the word for “poker” in Chinese with ShaoLan. He shares some of the secrets to his success, so listen closely and learn! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/342-poker/Explore various topics, special guests, …
 
Advisor to the Mayor of London, Shalini Khemka is in today's hot-seat in the Talk Chineasy studio to learn how to say “to exchange” in Chinese. She is the founder of E2Exchange (E2E), a remarkable organization that facilitates entrepreneurs to exchange among other things, ideas, experience and skills. Read extended show notes for this episode here:…
 
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