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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.
 
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.
 
This is Intent and Instinct, a podcast where two old friends discuss building a fulfilling life and walking the warrior-poet path. We discuss a wide variety of topics that connect with developing our minds or getting in touch with our bodies. We cover books, martial arts, conversations overheard, writing, ways of thinking, and how all of these connect with the most significant or casual parts of our lives. We're walking this path with the listener, bringing a myriad of failures, missteps, an ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
What are you afraid of? John and Jared discuss the most common things that could be holding you back from learning Chinese. They offer tips on how to overcome them to achieve your dreams. Guest interview is with Megan Ammirati, a 2nd generation Chinese learner and Fulbright scholar. Her story illustrates that your potential will lie fallow in the f…
 
Leaning foreign languages become more popular in China nowadays, therefore, our protagonist has selected a course to study a foreign language. The morning traffic in some of the big cities is always an issue, and the public transportation is filled by too many people. These problems often make us feeling tensed and the only goal for us is to get to…
 
In recent years, a kind of professional experience center for children has quietly emerged in the Chinese market. Children's professional experience means that children dress up as doctors, teachers, librarians, mailmen and sales staffs to have professional experience activities in specific places. This professional experience activities designed f…
 
On Nov. 24th, China's Long March 5 heavy-lifted carrier rocket was successfully putting the Chang 'e-5 probe into the orbit. The sixth mission in the Chang'e program, Chang'e 5 will be one of the most difficult and challenging space endeavors China has ever embarked on and aims to be the first mission by any nation in more than four decades to brin…
 
It is a quite ordinary scene of which a group of parents sitting together, chatting to each other, and complaining about how their children are being naughty. In fact, we hardly find a child always stay quiet and listen to whatever we tell him or her to do. Many children’s creativity developed through the way they play, and it helps them to discove…
 
We all know time flies, but sometimes we hardly realize it until something reminds us. For friends who haven't seen for a long time, in some cases of which we don't feel that we haven't seen each other for such a long time, and the time seems to move very slowly. Maybe it is because we can communicate with friends through the Internet nowadays, we …
 
The environment in which we live changes almost every day. Some changes are obvious, while others are subtle. Hometown is always special to us. The changes of hometown always make us feel emotional. The hometown in our memory also becomes a special existence in our heart. We are delighted to hear your stories about your home town. Join other motiva…
 
Welcome to part 4 of 4 about learning how to read Chinese. This is the situation: you’ve read all the graded readers and learner content out there, and you're wondering….now what? John and Jared offer tips on how to bridge the gap to native level content.Guest interview is with Matt Sheehan, an intrepid American who landed in China to learn journal…
 
Welcome to part 3 of 4 about learning how to read Chinese. In this episode, John and Jared discuss the concept of fluency now as opposed to some distant time in the future and how reading will get you there. Guest interview is with Olle Linge of Hacking Chinese and Chinese language enthusiast extraordinaire. He offers the Chinese learning tips that…
 
Welcome to part 2 of 4 about learning how to read Chinese. In this episode, John and Jared discuss how to get into reading at an early stage, even if you don’t have anything that is low enough for you to read! Guest interview is with Heather Turner, an entrepreneurial mother of five. She’s a qualified dental hygienist, professional baker, and most …
 
As the trade war continues to batter the economies, we look at how it invigorated a sense of nationalism for local brands in China. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in Chinese, daily quiz to test your understanding, one-click dictionary, n…
 
In today's story, our protagonist recalls the experience of moving to a new city and problems encountered. Moving to a new place where things work differently can be exciting. It can also be challenging. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in…
 
When talking, you need to make sure you are clear and intelligible. In today's story, we'll take a look at some things to note. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in Chinese, daily quiz to test your understanding, one-click dictionary, new w…
 
In only a few decades, ShenZhen has become one of the most thriving cities in China. What are the reasons behind this success? In today's story, we take you back in time to it's early day to where it is today. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full t…
 
With today's story, we're taking a look at a few tips when working in a company shared from our narrator's experience. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in Chinese, daily quiz to test your understanding, one-click dictionary, new words, etc…
 
In today's story, our narrator shares his strange encounter on an evening night. Join other motivated Chinese learners on your journey with maayot. Receive daily an engaging story in Mandarin Chinese in your inbox. Full text in Chinese, daily quiz to test your understanding, one-click dictionary, new words, etc.Got a question or comment? Reach out …
 
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