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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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The ”Father of the ringtone” Ralph Simon joins ShaoLan in London to learn how to say ”mobile” in Chinese. Listen to find out why Ralph believes smartphone technology will continue to be one of the most important technologies driving change in the world and why we need to have trust in our apps and devices. Read extended show notes for this episode …
 
Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke learns a dangerous new word in Mandarin Chinese - ”most”! ShaoLan shares with him situations where it is a useful word to say and situations where its use could lead to trouble! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/170-most/Explore various topics, special guests, and …
 
In Chinese culture, it's not as simple as just calling your parents ”dad and mom.” Learn how to respectfully address your parents and friend’s parents in this fascinating insight into Chinese family dynamics with Harvard student Stephen Turban. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/169-dad-mom/Explore…
 
Are you being given a present or being taken to the door?! Find out how to distinguish between the two meanings with Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke and Chineasy founder ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/168-give-see-off/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of usefu…
 
Fluent Chinese speaker and Harvard student Stephen Turban returns to chat about the uses of the word ”spicy” in Chinese. Which three parts of China are famed for their spicy cuisine? Find out in this entertaining episode! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/167-spicy/Explore various topics, special …
 
Chief Editor of The What Gina Pell shares how her curiosity has led her to amazing new challenges in life. ShaoLan shares with her the fascinating history behind the Chinese character for ”curious.” Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/166-curious/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive…
 
Do you enjoy wine? Entrepreneur and CEO of Beeline Medical Chafic Kazoun is also an avid drinker of fine wines! ShaoLan teaches him the essential words in Chinese to know how to ask for and how to describe fine wine. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/165-good-wine/Explore various topics, special g…
 
Ralph Simon is today’s special guest and ShaoLan teaches him how to say ”basketball” in Chinese along with a lot of other super useful words that you will need to know when talking about or playing basketball! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/164-basketball/Explore various topics, special guests,…
 
How do you say ”software” in Chinese? Software engineer turned entrepreneur Chafic Kazoun calls in from the USA to find out more from ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/163-software/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy websit…
 
Transition drummer and fluent Chinese speaker Josh Edbrooke calls in from Taiwan to learn from ShaoLan the origins of the word ”free” (of charge) in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/162-free-charge/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Ta…
 
The “Networking Queen” of London Carole Stone CBE drops into the studio to learn how to say “king and queen” in Chinese. Sharing some deeply personal and heartwarming stories, this is truly an episode not to be missed. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/161-queen/Explore various topics, special gue…
 
Tom Ilube gives scholarships gifted students from all over Africa. They then have the opportunity to focus on science and mathematics. It's only right that he then learns the word in Chinese for ”gifted” with Chineasy’s expert teacher ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/160-gifted/Explore v…
 
After starting over 150 different companies through Idea Lab, Bill Gross knows a thing or two about eureka moments. He chats with Chineasy founder ShaoLan about his best ideas and most importantly learns how to say ”idea” in Mandarin Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/159-idea/Explore vari…
 
Today ShaoLan is joined in the Boston studio by Period’s incredible 19-year-old founder, Nadya Okamoto. Throughout the course of the interview, learn all the Chinese words for the most important women’s sanitary products. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/158-hygiene/Explore various topics, specia…
 
Ever wanted to express an opinion in Mandarin Chinese?! Transition singer and songwriter Jesse Edbrooke joins ShaoLan in London to find out the best way to share your thoughts and feelings in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/157-feel-think/Explore various topics, special guests, and expa…
 
Want to learn how to say something is ”annoying” in Mandarin Chinese? And what is the link between someone eating a dog and the Chinese word for ”annoying”?! Find out in this excellent episode featuring Harvard College senior Stephen Turban and ShaoLan. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/156-annoyi…
 
After recently publishing her top selling healthy recipe book, Rachel Kelly shares the secrets behind making a great recipe whilst learning how to say “recipe” in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/155-recipe/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phra…
 
Truly fashionable or just a fad?! Find out how to say these words in Chinese as luxury brand CEO Helen Wright chats with ShaoLan. Listen out for the bonus word “popular” and challenge yourself to say all the major fashion weeks in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/154-fashion/Explore vari…
 
Finnish musician and actor Ida M Paul drops into the Talk Chineasy Boston studio to learn how to say ”guitar” in Chinese. She already has 2 singles that have hit the Spotify top 20 and has studied Mandarin in the past. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/153-guitar/Explore various topics, special gu…
 
Learning Chinese is child’s play! Lego’s Ken Yahns finds out the word for ”kid” in Chinese and ShaoLan discovers more about Ken’s life as he works hard to make sure that children all over the world can play hard using Lego. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/152-kid/Explore various topics, special …
 
Top studio engineer Suzy Robins has worked on the audio for top movies and radio productions for a number of years. In this special episode, she is on the other side of the microphone learning how to say “radio” in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/151-radio/Explore various topics, specia…
 
In this episode, ShaoLan trades poems with Russian-American poet Edward Shenderovich. Listen and learn how to perfectly pronounce the word for “poem” in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/150-poem/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk …
 
How do you say “lose weight” in Chinese? ShaoLan teaches Dean Ornish how to get the pronunciation right and Dean reveals his secrets to losing weight quickly and healthily. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/149-lose-weight/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chines…
 
Chinese films also feature lots of “baddies”! Transition drummer Josh Edbrooke learns how to say the word in Chinese and what other situations the phrase is useful in. Can you guess where a film is made based on the nationality of the bad guys in it?! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/148-baddies/…
 
Illustrator of the original Chineasy characters Noma Bar shares how his sense of humor was crucial to designing the multi-award winning characters. ShaoLan asks what kinds of humor influenced him when he was young and the secrets of becoming so successful. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/147-hum…
 
Co-founder of Scout Technologies, Genevieve Wolff Lydstone talks “detox” in Chinese with ShaoLan. Find out whether fasting is part of Chinese culture and why Genevieve among other things stopped drinking fruit juice for 30 days. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/146-detox/Explore various topics, s…
 
Dean Ornish shares the secret to staying happy and learns the word in Chinese. Listen carefully as ShaoLan teaches the bonus word: “open heart.” Prepared to be blown away as the origins of the character link so well with Dean’s history as a heart surgeon. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/145-happ…
 
Carole Stone learns how to say young and shares her tips on how to stay young in heart and mind. ShaoLan teaches “young” in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/VJ8plTWant to practice the pronunciation of words t…
 
Gina Pell, editor of one of the trendiest publications around, “The What” learns how to say just that in Chinese. Want to know how to ask “what to eat, what to drink, what to watch?” Listen on as ShaoLan teaches Gina these other highly useful questions in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons…
 
Helen Wright learns the word for “bag” in Chinese. With handbags retailing for over $15,000 she certainly knows a thing or two about the luxury market! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/142-bag/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy we…
 
Learn how to say “I understand” and “I don’t understand” in Chinese with 16-year-old Californian star student Charlie Hoffs who is a fluent mandarin speaker. ShaoLan also reveals the origins of Charlie’s Chinese name. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/141-i-got-it/Explore various topics, special g…
 
Having flown 6,000 miles to be at the London studio, Transition drummer Josh is well qualified to speak about and learn about the word “jetlag” in Chinese. ShaoLan shares her tips on how to cross time zones and adapt to the new time zone as quickly as possible. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/14…
 
Expert Chef Rachel Kelly has spent over 5 years researching the science of food and how it can affect our mood. ShaoLan coaches her how to say “good mood” in Chinese and finds out some of the touching journey that Rachel has been on to help change the lives of those with mental health conditions. Read extended show notes for this episode here: http…
 
Bestselling author and TV presenter Noreena Hertz has spent many years researching “Generation K.” Find out about her fascinating theory and discover the word for “generation” in Chinese in this fascinating discussion. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/138-generation/Explore various topics, specia…
 
Cosmologist Max Tegmark not only is an expert on the universe that we live in, but he can also speak great Chinese! He calls from the USA to chat with ShaoLan about how to say “universe” in Chinese and explains how our understanding of the universe continues to amaze him. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk…
 
The original Illustrator of all the incredible Chineasy characters Noma Bar learns how to say “design” and “I am a graphic designer!” A humorous and engaging character, Noma also shares about his amazing new collection of sketches and drawings that will soon be released. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/…
 
Helen Wright learns how to say “expensive” and “cheap” in Chinese. In certain situations in China, bargaining is very important and these words will equip you to be a champion bargainer! Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/135-expensive/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of u…
 
The author of the “The Happy Kitchen” Rachel Kelly learns how to say “kitchen” in Chinese and explains the science of how what we eat affects not just our physical but also our mental wellbeing. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/134-kitchen/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive lis…
 
Transition drummer Josh and ShaoLan discuss the origins of chopsticks and how to pronounce it just right in Chinese. The chopsticks in every Asian country have slightly different characteristics. Which style do you find easiest to use? Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/133-chopsticks/Explore vario…
 
Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author and chief economics editor of the UK’s ITV. ShaoLan asks her to reveal why having a challenge in life is so important and how she has motivated herself to grow and reach new heights. In this fascinating conversation, learn the word for “challenge” in Chinese! Read extended show notes for this episode here: http…
 
ShaoLan shares with rising star dancer of the Royal Ballet, Luke Wragg how to let your friends know whether you have any brothers or sisters in Chinese. Find out why it is important in Chinese society whether a brother or sister is older or younger than you. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/131-b…
 
Relationship is everything in China. The best step to getting “guanxi” is right here on the Talk Chineasy episode and who better to learn the word than one of London’s best-connected people, the “queen of networking” Carole Stone CBE. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/130-relationship/Explore vari…
 
ShaoLan teaches renowned doctor Dean Ornish how to say “diet” in Chinese. Dean looks at the reasons why a healthy diet is so important. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/129-diet/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Chinese phrases on Talk Chineasy website! goo.gl/V…
 
In this special episode, ShaoLan teaches the co-founder of Scout Technologies Genevieve Wolff Lydstone the word for “interview” in Chinese. Find out Genevieve’s tips on how to perfect your interview technique and find out how Scout is revolutionising the way in which companies search for their employees. Read extended show notes for this episode he…
 
How do you say “take care” in Chinese? Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke finds out that ”protecting your weight” has a fascinating origin rooted in ancient Chinese culture and isn’t as offensive as it may first seem. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/127-take-care/Explore various topics, special gu…
 
Find out how to say how old you are in Chinese with a rising star dancer of the Royal Ballet, Luke Wragg. ShaoLan shares the fascinating history of the original characters in Chinese too. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/126-years-old/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of …
 
Editor of the amazing publication “The What,” Gina Pell joins ShaoLan to find out how to say “friend” in Chinese. Find out how friendship is viewed in Chinese culture and also learn bonus words “girlfriend” and “boyfriend.” Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/125-friend/Explore various topics, speci…
 
Can you dance? The 11-year-old star of the Royal Opera House ballet Luke Wragg certainly can! In this episode, he joins ShaoLan in the London studio to chat about how to say “dance” and also “ballet” in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/124-dance/Explore various topics, special guests, an…
 
Lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley shares his experiences with Buddhism and learns how to say “Buddha” in Chinese. Also as a bonus feature, you can listen to one of his Buddhist rap songs. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/123-buddha/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of…
 
Highly successful businessman and entrepreneur Edward Shenderovich learns how to say “office” in Chinese. ShaoLan also how to distinguish between different types of work in Chinese. Read extended show notes for this episode here: https://www.chineasy.com/talk/lessons/122-office/Explore various topics, special guests, and expansive list of useful Ch…
 
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