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Chinese Elementary Course I

A2-Elementary

With a focus on high-frequency material including functional numbers and money and abstract topics like describing personalities and emotions, the Chinese Elementary Course I is perfect for newer learners looking to push their skills. Key elementary grammar concepts are introduced and reinforced throughout.

An Email Introduction

It's fairly common in China for the newcomer in the office to send out a friendly introductory email to new co-workers.  In this lesson we'll be taking a look at that simple email, and all its essential Chinese words and phrases....

Topics: introductions, greetings, jobs, work, office, email

Introducing the Managers

Managers are a big deal in these parts.  And you don't want to go calling them any old 'Mister.'  In this podcast, learn how to address and introduce your manager in Chinese in the most efficient, face-giving manner possible.  Sure to result in promotions, raises, slaps on the back, and right back a...

Topics: introductions, etiquette, home_and_office

Finding the Office Building

You've gotten directions to the office and gotten your friend to tell the taxi driver where to go. All you need to do now is find your way out of the taxi to the correct floor in the office building itself. Learn how to make this final push in Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson!...

Topics: directions, office, place

Getting to the Office

You'd normally just check online for the fastest route via public transportation to get to your destination, but you're out of data on your smartphone and can't find wireless. What do you do? Good thing you listened to this ChinesePod lesson and learned how to ask for and understand directions in Ma...

Topics: transportation, place, visit, traffic

How is this sold?

This lesson covers how to use Mandarin to buy something sold by the weight, like fruit, for instance....

Topics: shopping, food, measure_words

Can I Have your Phone Number? Please?

You may know one way to ask for a phone number, but can you beg shamelessly for one?  Or can you deflect the request like a true ice queen?  This lesson provides some simple but useful Chinese which might just come in handy at a bar....

Topics: time, communication

Baijiu or Beer

The mere mention of baijiu, the "white alcohol," strikes fear into the hearts of those foreigners who have tasted the fearsome liquid. Fortunately, it's usually not the only option. Knowing how to say "I prefer beer" may save you not only the gustatory punishment of the moment, but also the wicked h...

Topics: culture, drinking, dining

Dinner with Friends

Having friends who know how to cook is important - otherwise when else are you going to get to try delicious home-cooked foods (and mom's food doesn't count, you grew up with it!)? Join us at ChinesePod today as we're at a friend's house trying strange new dishes......

Topics: food, cooking, eating, friends

Forks and Spoons

True, asking for a fork is pretty much "giving up" when you're living in China, but there are times when it's not so frowned upon.  And a spoon is basically always OK; eating soup with chopsticks is not for everyone.  Learn this key vocabulary in our Chinese lesson....

Topics: food, dining, restaurant, taste

Making Plans for the Day

Scheduling is an essential part of life. This lesson covers how to schedule a day's worth of plans in Mandarin....

Topics: time, business, office, activities, agenda, meeting

Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon meetings are a fact of life in many offices, but in many companies they're on a dangerous collision course with the Chinese "afternoon nap" custom.  In this lesson, learn the key Mandarin phrases for reminding others about meetings.  As for actually staying awake in that meeting... you're ...

Topics: business, office, internet, meeting, computers

I Really Can't Sing!

The mere mention of karaoke, AKA "KTV," strikes fear into the hearts of many vocally challenged visitors to China. So often people just don't get that you CAN'T SING, and WON'T SING.  This lesson is for you guys!  We can't guarantee that these lines will work every time, but you'll learn something....

Topics: entertainment, singing

Directions for the Taxi Driver

Why bother to even ask for directions at all, when you can just hop in a cab, call your Chinese friend, and have her tell the driver where you want to go?  In this lesson, our lazy office visitor does just that. But you may just learn some Chinese from the exchange if you listen in and pay attention...

Topics: location, directions, transportation

Please speak slowly

When trying to understand a new language, it's important to get people to speak slowly with you to ensure that you understand. In this lesson, learn how to ask someone to speak to you slowly....

Topics: communications, food, language

What Do You Like to Do on Weekends?

The weekend's here. What are you going to do? Curl up with a book? Play sports with your friends? Surf the web? In this lesson, two friends talk about what they like to do on weekends....

Topics: students, hobbies, sports

Scheduling a Time

You'd like to talk with someone, but they're just not free right now. Learn how to use Mandarin to pick a convenient time to talk with someone in this lesson....

Topics: time, work, business, office, meeting

Asking for leave

Everybody needs a little time away... and in this podcast you're going to learn how to ask for it in Chinese.  With the plethora of guests you're going to be fielding in your new found home away from home, chances are this will be high-frequency vocab for you.  So listen in and learn... and get read...

Topics: work, boss, time_off, vacation

What's your (animal) sign?

Here's a lesson on Sign Language. In this podcast, you'll learn how to sneakily figure out people's age, based on the twelve-year Chinese zodiac.   And do it all in Mandarin!...

Topics: age, sign, zodiac

Saying Goodbye at the Airport

We're at the airport today, and it's time to say our heartfelt goodbyes! Learn how to send a person off in Chinese in this elementary level lesson....

Topics: good-bye, airport, leaving

Picking Up a Friend at the Airport

Your friend just got off of a long haul flight. He's got nasty bed-head and his breath could kill a small animal. But even that can't deter you from doing your duties as a proper Chinese host and meeting him at the airport. In today's ChinesePod lesson, learn how to greet your friend at the airport....

Topics: airport, picking_someone_up, luggage

Cold Weather Is Coming

One thing is true about the weather these days: it's really unpredictable! People generally try to stay on top of the weather news in China, but despite an effort to stay informed, one of the characters in today's lesson will most definitely be feeling the chill tomorrow. Tune in to find out why!...

Topics: weather, temperature, clothes, cold

Favorite Sports

Sports are a popular topic of discussion all over the world, and China is no exception. In this podcast, learn how to discuss which sports you like to play....

Topics: hobbies, sports, daily_life

You've been everywhere!

So you're planning a trip with your travel buddy, and you're talking about the places you've been and haven't been. The problem is, this guy's been everywhere! Learn these very practical Chinese sentence patterns about past experiences in this lesson. You'll have to figure out the trip destination o...

Topics: city, place

Can I Eat With You?

A new workplace can be intimidating at first if you don't know anyone and especially if no one is speaking English! The first step to breaking the ice and becoming more familiar with your coworkers is obtaining a coveted lunch invitation. But what do you do when you can't get an invite? Learn how to...

Topics: office, dining, eating, hot_pot

Getting a Date

We don’t allow ugly (on the inside) people to listen (work here, yes, but not listen), so of course, when you come here to visit us, you will end up being asked out (not the other way around, of course).  So, despite us never having done this on the first date before, in this podcast we’ll forgo all...

Topics: food, relationships