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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 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!
 
The most convenient way to learn Chinese 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, PopupChinese is the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.
 
ChinesePod is the world’s leading online Chinese language learning service. We aim to make the learning experience as convenient, flexible and enjoyable as possible by smartly applying the latest technology and educational techniques. We offer a full array of courses, subscriptions and services to fit any learner’s needs, with a focus on accessibility and practicality.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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Coffee is a daily necessity for most people in the West. Most people drink one or two cups of coffee on daily basis. But for the Chinese people, tea has always been the main drink from ancient times. In recent years, Chinese people have been drinking coffee more frequently, and the demand for high quality coffee is becoming high. In today's story, …
 
Speaking of a good cup of coffee, people have different perceptions towards it as we all have different preferences over the taste of coffee. Therefore, people have preferences for certain coffee shops, or for certain regions where the beans are grown. In today’s story, we are going to discuss what the elements are to determine a good cup of coffee…
 
There is an old story in China called Mencius’ mother moved three times. Mencius was a famous ideologist and educator in ancient China, almost as famous as Confucius. People say that his great achievements were attributed to his mother's early education and influences. In today’s story, we are going to find out how his mother influenced him when he…
 
With so many people adopting from the mainland and Taiwan, it should come With so many people adopting babies from China, it should come as no surprise that we have received an abundance of requests for “baby lingo”. Here is a podcast on some sweet and cuddly talk to comfort the child who has just been introduced to your family. In this lesson, Ken…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe right now. Although 病毒 - virus, 无情 - doesn’t discriminate, 人 - humanity, 有情 - has love for one another. Through sharing the love, we can help each other out and get over with the pandemic swiftly. Watch to learn more about general newbie vocabularies, as well as phrases to use amid such tough times…
 
John and Jared discuss the difference between how you think your Chinese sounds vs how it really sounds. Surprise surprise, there is a difference! John takes us through an academic paper to tell you which tones you should prioritize to make yourself understood more clearly. Guest interview is with Linda Yi, creator of Panda Cub stories and a herita…
 
You were *this* close to taking the Trans-Siberian Line from Beijing to Moscow (8 time zones!), *this* close from starting at Tiananmen Square and ending in Red Square…and what stopped you? You didn’t know how to ask for a ticket! Let’s remedy that today, shall we? All aboard, next stop: Chuga-chuga, chuga-chuga, Chinesepod! (Make a fist, put your …
 
The Terra-cotta warrior is a famous world heritage in China. Since it was discovered in early 70s, many archaeologists and historians have been studying on how the Terra-cotta figures were produced 2000 years ago. Thanks to the high technology, the mystery is about to reveal. In today’s story, we are going to look at how the massive numbers of Terr…
 
Putonghua also known as mandarin, which is the official Chinese language in mainland China. From primary school to universities in mainland China, students and teachers are required to speak mandarin during classes. Therefore, it is also considered as an advantage for people grow up in the environment where only speaking Putonghua because they don’…
 
In today’s story, we are going to look at a popular winter sport in China. We will see that people of all ages can participate in this particular sport. What is your favorite sport? Hope you enjoy the story. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full tex…
 
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 …
 
So… ummmm, hi… I was…ahem, wondering (cough) if you… ahhhh, are doing…anything tonight? Think that’s hard in your own language? Try it in Mandarin Chinese! In this socially awkward podcast, Ken (never does this, honest) and Jenny (doesn’t like you in that way) teach you how to invite someone to a meal. Once you put all the effort into this lesson, …
 
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…
 
There has been a popular term called “the freedom of eating cherries” in China in recent years. Many people may wonder why a type of fruit has been related to freedom. In today’s story, we are going to find out the story behind this special term. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in M…
 
When I was a child, I was taught that as long as I working hard, I can achieve the best result. If the outcome is not ideal, it means the efforts are not good enough. It was almost like a principle to me since childhood. However, when I grow up, I realize that it is not entirely true. In today’s story, let’s discuss why we need to know our own limi…
 
Shanghai is the economic center of China and has quite diversified culture. When foreigners come to China for long term study or work, many of them would prefer to go to Shanghai. In today’s story, we are going to discuss some of the possible reasons behind the decision. Which city in China would you prefer to visit or stay? Join other motivated Ch…
 
You could try and mime your way through it to ask for someone’s email address (piano fingers and tongue clicking). You could simply call them every time you needed to speak. Or, you could just listen to this lesson, where you will learn how to ask for someone’s email address in Mandarin Chinese. Good choice, now, you can use that money you save on …
 
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 …
 
No matter what language you learn, how to say “thank you” is a must know if you want to be friendly to others in a polite manner. You might know “thank you” is 谢谢 (xiè xiè) in Chinese, though may not know some of the other alternatives available to you. We review some of these in today's podcast. You may also find this episode directly on our blog.…
 
Xinjiang is located in Northwest China; it is one of China's five ethnic autonomous regions. Xinjiang is famous for its breathtaking landscape, it also produce the best taste fruits. In today’s story, we are going to find out what kind of fruits Xinjiang produce and why it is so tasty. Let us know which fruit is your favorite one. Join other motiva…
 
Panda is one of the symbolic figures of China without any doubt. Most of the people know that it has long living history than human and originated in China. However, very few people know who found this rare species back to hundred years ago. In today’s story, we are going to find out who discovered this animal and the story behind it. Join other mo…
 
The Great Wall is the longest and most massive ancient defense project in China. It also becomes a symbol of China. Many people may think it is only a wall for defense, in fact, it is not only a wall. In today’s story, we are going to introduce what the Great Wall really is, the real length of it and significance it brings to the people living in t…
 
In this special episode, John and Jared went back through all of the interviews of 2020 and pulled out the ten best stories. Get ready to laugh, reflect, and possibly shed a tear as we take a trip down memory lane. These stories show how learning Chinese can open doors in all aspects of your life, bringing unexpected and cherished connections… ...e…
 
We review some of the most common Chinese surnames as well as their history and origin. You'll definitely have come across some of those before. You may also find this episode directly on our blog. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in Chine…
 
Think you don’t need to talk about the internet? You’re positive? Okay, tell you what, think very, very carefully about your life sans web…no email, no news, no CHINESEPOD, ye gods! In this podcast, Ken (An Irish Spicoli) and Jenny (Our Little Surfer Girl) teach you how to talk in Mandarin Chinese about surfing the internet. The Chinese love their …
 
Well, now that you’re a Chinese student, chances are you’re gonna be hangin’ with other students, so how to get in on the lingo? In this podcast Ken and Jenny take time from rushing poor pledges to lecture you in a lesson in Mandarin Chinese, teaching you how to ask someone what they are studying. And you’ll also learn how to tell someone what you …
 
Have you found a Chinese word could have different meanings for different contexts? “这个大学很水,硕士学位含金量很低。” Do you know what meanings of “水” and “含金量” in this sentence? Do they simply just refer to water and gold content? In this episode, we summarize 8 common Chinese words with multiple meanings. You may also find this episode directly on our blog. Jo…
 
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…
 
When the “Convention on international Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” was signed by more than 180 countries and regions, the purpose is to save the endangered species from illegal trading. However, some professionals think that the good deed may not always have the positive outcome arguably. In today’s story, we are going to fi…
 
When it comes to winter season, we often find ourselves lack of energy and feel a bit tired. Actually, there are some methods can help us to improve our ability to resist the cold and tiredness. There are some scientific theories behind it and they are not difficult to follow. Let’s take a look. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey…
 
As it is coming to the end of the year, some people already finished most of the work, but some are super busy at finalizing all the work. They are so looking forward to take a break and have made some plans for the New Year holiday. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chine…
 
Yes, we realize that the only two things you are ever pronounced in life are “dead” and “man and wife”, but if you think that the 51% split rate is going to sway us from a lesson on the betrothed, then we’d better site irreconcilable differences right now. In this podcast, we unify spoken Mandarin Chinese about marriage/divorce with the English exp…
 
John and Jared give you a behind the scenes look at how they choose and adapt stories for Chinese learners like you. It’s a look into how the sausage is made! If you’ve read any of the books, or do any sort of creative work, you may quite enjoy this segment. Guest interview is with Peter Braden, a Chinese History PhD researcher with some serious Ch…
 
99.9% of us eat Chinese food before ever coming to China. So it should come as no surprise that 99.9% of everything in China revolves around a meal. In this podcast, Ken and Jenny bake up a tasty session on eating, or not, in Mandarin Chinese. In this lesson, you will hear how to invite someone to dinner, and also how to turn down politely, using t…
 
Listening to music is a habit for a lot of people. When we ask people why they like to listen music, there could be many different answers. It not only helps us to relax, also different kinds of music have different effects on people's mental state. Some people are touched by the lyrics, and some by the melody. It can also express our inspiration, …
 
Speaking of WeChat, we believe that people who have some knowledge about China would have heard this application before. It was originally designed as an application that supports real-time communication over the Web. It has developed many functions and has created numbers of mini-apps under the application over the years. Now, WeChat is not only a…
 
The brain is the most complex organ in our bodies, and while scientists are pretty sure what functions different parts of the brain are responsible for, but for many brain-related diseases still remain as a mystery. However, there is one thing for certain, the secrets to keep our brain healthy is to stay young at our hearts. Data from a group of So…
 
So you’ve moved up into the Basic Level and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself…so good, you ask your non-English speaking Chinese friend how they’re doing. “Well”, they answer in Mandarin, “horse-horse, tiger-tiger”. Make sense to you? Fortunately, it does to Ken and Jenny. In this podcast, they’ll explain that aforementioned phrase, along w…
 
Many people feel that China's post-80s generation is lonely because most of them are the only child in their family. However, it should not be forgotten that the parents of post-80s have got big families. Therefore, if they stay really close to each other, the small family could be extended to a big family. Join other motivated Chinese learners on …
 
In recent years, more and more Chinese Internet users, especially young consumers, are willing to pay for music content, and they believe what they have paid are worth the value. Major Chinese online music platforms have ramped up efforts to sell services with paid memberships and offer online live performances during the pandemic period. They are …
 
From the traditional view, old people have a lot of free time after retirement, and sometimes they find retirement life boring and there is nothing interesting to do. In fact, nowadays, many old people have fulfilled their life after the retirement, even busier than when they were at work. The key lies in how they redefine their leisure retirement …
 
No doubt you’ve been thinking about throwing that fab “Chinese Dinner Party” so as to impress friends and family with your Mandarin skills. You can keep that egg in the wok and off of your face by listening to this lesson about explaining your culinary ability. In this podcast you will learn how to talk about your specialties, and learn about a wel…
 
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