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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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In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the…
 
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…
 
In our previous newbie tone change series, we have introduced the tone change rules for 不, 一, two third tones, and three third tones. Just like many other aspects in the Chinese language, tone changes are more nuanced than the rules you see in textbooks. That's why for the elementary tone change series, we decided that we would reinforce the rules …
 
For people who have been to China, they may find the names of some places in north China sound a bit strange and funny and the place’s names in south sound poetic. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the differences between the names of places in south and north china and the reasons behind the differences. Join other motivated learners on yo…
 
In many people’s perception, the conditions of camping tours are very rudimentary. Due to the epidemic of COVID-19, people couldn’t travel really far away from where they are living and they want to enjoy the wildness as well as quality accommodations, therefore, a new way of camping has been developed among Chinese people-luxury camping. In today’…
 
In Chinese, there are many linguistic forms, such as set phrases, proverbs, sayings, and two-part allegorical saying etc. In today’s story, we are going to learn a phrase that describes the weather by using a special linguistic form. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Receive a daily chinese reading in Manda…
 
Language is words, so learn enough words and you’ll be fluent, right? As a sophisticated learner, you know it’s not that simple. In this episode, we discuss the subtleties of vocabulary learning, how it is (and isn’t) like Legos, what “high-frequency” means, and how to apply all of this to your studies. The guest interview is with Mischa Wilmers fr…
 
Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in …
 
Let’s face it, all excuses aside, you learn Chinese to be cool – the same reason we buy gifts abroad for people, the same reason we send postcards. What’s that? You don’t know how to send a letter? By all means, let us help. In this podcast, come with us to the post office and learn how to mail a letter in China, using Mandarin Chinese. Episode lin…
 
In the era of Internet, all kinds of new words and expressions emerge one after another. Most of them are quite creative and there would always be some reasons behind the creation of words. In today’s story, we are going to look at a new way of expression that is quite interesting, it often reflects two different meanings in one sentence and theref…
 
When we learn a language, we always try to pronounce the words as accurate as possible. However, it is not easy at all, even native speakers could find some difficulties to pronounce the words in a 100% accurate way. In today’s story, we are going to hear a conversation between David and Xiaohong about speaking Putonghua with accurate pronunciation…
 
In every country, there are beautiful and moving stories about love, and even if some of the stories are sad, they are unforgettable and passed down for many years. Today, we are going to hear a beautiful love story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Their faithful and loyal love story is one of the most popular dramas on stage for Chinese people. Yo…
 
Know the difference between “Wang Fu Jing” and “Nan Jing Lu”? In one place you can find “The Bund”, in the other you’ll eat a “bun”…know the towns we’re talkin’ bout (Willis)? The two centers of the middle country, of course! In this podcast, Ken and Jenny referee the Beijing VS. Shanghai rumble. You will learn to talk about China’s two most famous…
 
In Indonesia it’s “Bali Belly,” Mexico “Montezuma’s Revenge,” and in China… commonplace. There’s a good chance that despite how tasty those hairy crabs look (or not), your tummy might disagree. In this podcast learn how to express your stomach woes in Mandarin Chinese (You’ll notice we didn’t make this an intermediate lesson as *detail* isn’t neede…
 
The fact that ChinesePod’s size 12 foot gets laughed out of every shop in town should clue you into something…you’re big, they are not. Realizing that, we couldn’t pass on doing a lesson on a domicile being diminutive. In this podcast, learn how to talk about housing and the size thereof in Mandarin Chinese. Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com…
 
For people who had been through tough time with shortage of food and other supplies, it is understandable that they could be very frugal. In fact, frugal is definitely something should be encouraged, but under some conditions. In today’s story, our protagonist tells that why she felt that sometimes frugality with the wrong perception can also lead …
 
Speaking of friendship, the perception towards it is varied among people. It is intangible and hard to measure, therefore, people do believe it is important for everyone, but normally we don’t have clear idea to describe it. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the topic of friendship from scientific point of view and take a look how to make o…
 
Mountain climbing has become a quite popular leisure activity nowadays. Some mountains are easy to climb and some are difficult. In today’s story, we are going to see that our protagonist went for mountain climbing with his friends. Although it is not an easy one to climb, luckily they have some advantage on their side. Join other motivated learner…
 
Ask anyone who’s flown into Pudong Int’l Airport and we promise that the words “laid-back” and “relaxing” will never cross their lips. So should that suitcase full of Imodium AD and ChinesePod backup CDs go a-missing, this podcast will prepare you well. In this lesson you will learn how to say that you can’t find your luggage. Episode link: https:/…
 
We know all ChinesePod learners wanna look cool, so when we realized you might leave the house wearing something a little lacking that “je ne sais quoi”, we immediately put together a lesson to aid you with that conversation. You can’t have “ChinesePod” without “C-H-I-C”, so in this podcast learn all about what suits you, in Mandarin Chinese. Episo…
 
John and Jared discuss what it means to be “learner-centric” and how you can adapt your learning methods to fit your own goals. You’ll get insights into the new HSK and other standardized tests, ACTFL’s “Can-Do” statements, and Mandarin Companion standards. These are all things you can use right away! The guest interview is with Robin MacPherson, a…
 
Things that will get you the best seat in the “jia”: 1. Saying “I love Yao Ming!” 2. Saying “I love Chinese food!” 3. Saying “I love China” So, for those who don’t know of giant basketball players, or who haven’t yet ventured out into the “hairy crab” food section, in this podcast we’ll make sure you know how to confess your love for the P.R.C. in …
 
Wechat is a very popular application for Chinese people’s daily communication. The development of voice message function seems to be very convenient for people who are not convenient to type messages. However, some people also find it would be very inconvenient to listen to voice messages from the receiver’s point of view. Let’s take a look what ar…
 
When we go hiking with friends, it could be a fun experience, and make us feeling relax and enjoyable. However, in today’s story, our protagonist finds some problems to complete the trip. Let’s take a look why she felt that she wanted to stay alone for a while. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Receive a da…
 
5 years ago, the stock market is the main investment channel for Chinese people in general. The trend has changed in recent years and public offering of fund become very popular among Chinese investors, especially for young people. However, when people invest their money into the market without any knowledge and experience, it is something really s…
 
Any one of us here will tell you the golden rule of dining: Never, we mean never, ask what kind of meat it is. So, should you care to counter that “Mystery Meat” with something that came from the earth, of course it’s ChinesePod to the rescue. In this podcast, we help you to learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to ask for something green--before you t…
 
If your height, hair color, eyelashes, and big feet somehow don’t scare off the kiddo cowering behind his mother’s leg, you might find yourself with a new little friend. So either you confuse him even more by throwing in what you’ve learned up ‘til now (see: taxi lingo, mild insults) or ask him that age-old question that always gets you an answer i…
 
Forget wedgies, spit-balls and unsuccessfully trying to hold number one until after nap-time; if you can’t find your class, it’s going to be a bad year. In this podcast, Jenny (head of the class) and Ken (sat at the back of class) give you a Mandarin Chinese lesson in helping you find your classroom. Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/0143…
 
In our perception, when we feel hungry, we may find it is hard to concentrate on a task and eager to find something to eat. However, scientists find something interesting—hunger actually could make people smarter, of course, the feeling should not exceed a certain level. In today’s story, we are going to discuss why the feeling of hungry could make…
 
Today is Mother’s Day, which is celebrated internationally. But not many people know that there is also a Chinese Mother’s Day since 2006. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how Chinese people celebrate the international Mother’s Day, and the creation of Chinese Mother’s Day. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey wit…
 
Beijing Botanical Garden is a unique tourism site in Beijing in addition to those famous historical sites. In today’s story, we are going to take a walk in the garden and find out why it has become a unique site for tourists. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Receive a daily chinese reading in Mandarin Chin…
 
Any stroll down Wangfujing or Nanjing Lu will tell you the shops aren’t the only ones selling. Constant “hallo!’s” tailed with “bag?” “watch?” and “DVD?” will follow you no matter what you do to escape. So, either learn how to walk faster, master the “laowai lookaway,” or simply find a brilliant podcast that will teach you “no, thank you”, in Manda…
 
In Chinese, you often encounter single characters that have multiple related meanings. This has the potential to confuse learners because sometimes it is hard to make connections between component characters and their meanings within multiple-character words. That's why we created this Character Mind Map series, where we focus on characters and the…
 
Recently, Mandarin Companion participated in the 2021 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), and the topics discussed provided quite a bit of insight into what is in store for the future of Chinese learning, since methods applied in schools trickles down to affect all learners. Spoiler alert: the future is bright! Guest interview with Jonatha…
 
We know you would *never* lower yourself to buying a “Rolax” here and passing it off as an original for someone’s birthday, but we’re sure that “friend of yours” will. So how to politely suggest that the opening bid might be a bit out of your range? A lesson on acting incensed by the price could save you a few “jiao.” In this podcast, learn how to …
 
The fairy story of eight immortals is one of the most popular and widely distributed stories in China. It has derived into a proverb that still has been widely used. In today’s story, let’s take a look at what does this term mean under different circumstance. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Receive a dail…
 
During the weekend, it has become some kind of tradition for some families to going out for lunch or dinner. In today’s story, our protagonist recalled her experiences of going out for lunch with her family. They are quite happy with what they had in the restaurant, let’s take a look. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey w…
 
No matter we are working in a large company or small firm, one fact is that the number of meetings we have at work is increasing. People have different perceptions towards meetings and majority of us don’t really enjoy meetings. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the possible reason of why we have more and more meetings at work and how do in…
 
We’ve helped you get through that initial “hi”, “thanks” and “where is the toilet” (all you need, really), but you’d like to stop talking about “hi”, “thanks” and “where is the toilet” (your friends are bored). So why not ask them about their interests? In this podcast, Ken and Jenny take time from their hobbies (walking on the beach, talking about…
 
You walk in, use your previously learned ChinesePod lessons to give the secretary your name and a quick “ni hao.” She does the same. What comes next? Most would think a reason for being there, but unless you thrive on those uncomfortable international moments (see: lesson on “Where is the Toilet Paper”), pay attention to this podcast, wherein you w…
 
“In the sky there’s heaven, on the earth there’s Suzhou”. Coming in as the 335th city the Chinese call “Venice of the East”, it would be a shame not to spend a few days here. In this podcast, Jenny and Ken maneuver you through the canals of a Mandarin Chinese lesson on buying a train ticket to Suzhou. Ciao! Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/…
 
Qingdao is a beautiful and unique city in China. Many of the old buildings combine the elements from eastern and western architecture features. There is also a famous product produced in this city, the brand is well-known worldwide. Let’s take a look now. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese learning journey with maayot. Receive a daily ch…
 
The ways that we respond to compliments used to be differed between western and eastern cultures. In the Chinese traditional view, we should act more modest when hear a compliment. However, this perception has changed over time. In today’s story, we are going to look at how our protagonist changed the way she responded to compliments and why she be…
 
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