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Chinese Elementary Course II

A2-Elementary

Chinese Elementary Course II is designed to smooth the transition from Elementary to Intermediate, with special attention given to the specific teaching language. The Course covers common daily life topics, key grammar patterns and refined word usage, and upon completion learners will feel more confident speaking in a variety of situations.

5000 Years of History

Do you know how many years of history China is sporting? In case you have no Chinese friends around to remind you, we have created this lesson to fill you in on this critical detail of world history.  This Chinese lesson will also help you Americans out there make a comparison....

Topics: culture, numbers, history

I'm gonna be Late

We've all been in this situation... two people agree to meet at a certain time, but one person calls to say she'll be late. And then calls again to say she'll be later.  (And then you start to wonder if she's going to make it at all.)  Learn the essential Chinese in this lesson....

Topics: time

Plane Ticket Prices

We hope you're ready for some slightly higher numbers, because these are plane tickets we're talking about; the numbers 1-100 aren't going to cut it.  Learn how to ask about travel planes, and also how to discuss slightly vague price ranges in this Chinese lesson....

Topics: numbers, travel, transportation, price

A Simple Tour of the Office

We love getting visitors at the ChinesePod office here in Shanghai. Thankfully, no matter if you speak Chinese or not, our bilingual staff can offer you a wonderfully fulfilling tour. Unfortunately, not all offices in China are as well-equipped as ours. Today's lesson offers a simple office tour in ...

Topics: directions, office, tour

Tea Refill

Are you one of those people that doesn't like to waste money on beverages in restaurants and instead just asks for water?  Yeah, so are we.  So in China, we naturally ask for tea.  In this lesson, learn how to make sure that drink you're getting is free....

Topics: restaurant, service, tea

Which friend?

“So… you’ll never guess who I bumped into! You know, about 5′8″, dark hair….” Yeah, good luck with that.  We’re thinking that a lesson on describing people would help out– and we’re all about helping.  In this podcast, learn how to describe people, using Mandarin Chinese....

Topics: questions, location, appearance

Introducing One's Children

In this lesson, learn how to introduce your children and say how old they are....

Topics: family, children

Buying Sandals

We're off to the shoe store today to pick out a pair appropriate for the summer months. Learn how to describe shoes and shoe sizes in this lesson....

Topics: colors, shoes, show, size

Finishing Work for the Weekend

At the end of the work week things generally wind down. But for some people, Fridays are the busiest. Check out today's lesson to learn about a person who's trying to cram everything in before the weekend. Jenny and John will also be discussing the very common practice of working overtime: 加班 (jiābā...

Topics: time, work, office, good-bye

Didn't you get my email?

There are many reasons to believe that someone may not have received your email.  Whether you're a conspiracy theorist or simply need to remind a technology-challenged co-worker, this Chinese lesson will equip you to ask someone if he got your email....

Topics: work, office, email

Exchanging Dollars for RMB

One of the first things you're going to need to do in China is change some of your hard-earned cash into spendable RMB. Today's dialogue follows one such traveler as they venture into a local bank. Learn all the vital vocab for exchanging money using Mandarin Chinese in today's elementary lesson....

Topics: numbers, money, bank, currency

Travel Itinerary

Having a travel itinerary in place is no problem in China.  You can take a tour and be ushered along to a string of jade factories, miracle pearl cream shops, dramatic burn-healing remedy demonstrations and, uh, another jade factory... oh, yeah, and to the Great Wall too, if you're lucky!  In this p...

Topics: location, directions

Directions with a map#1

Yes, we know you’d love nothing more than a “map to Jenny,” but until our ratings drop (yeah, right), we’ll hang onto that.   What we can do is offer up “Jenny and a map.”  In this visionary-of-a-lesson, keep your eye on the map and your ear on “The Zhu.”   In this podcast, learn how to get around, ...

Topics: location, directions

Checking Baggage

You have an inkling from a post-packing teeter on the bathroom scale that your baggage may be overweight. Your only hope to avoid overweight fees is charming that handsome check-in clerk with a batting of eyes and barrage of Chinese. That, or employing strategic passport placement to cover the scale...

Topics: travel, transportation, airport

Hungry Traveler: Shanghai

Our Hungry Traveler series is taking us to the Pearl of the Orient today. Join us as we explore some of the delicacies that make Shanghai's food so special. We're covering two essential street-side snacks!...

Topics: food, restaurant, snacks, Shanghai, Hungry_Traveler_Series

Hungry Traveler: Beijing

Peking, Khanbaliq, Yanjing, Beijing. No matter what you call it, the city is a paradise for foodies. From snacks to banquets, you'll find it here. Get the low down on the foods of Beijing for your listening and eating pleasure, and learn how to say them in Chinese. Are you ready to eat? A capital id...

Topics: questions, food, snacks, Hungry_Traveler_Series, Beijing

Hungry Traveler: Sichuan

We call it Szechuan, they call it Sichuan. Does Ants on a Tree really come with ants? Was it just a novelty dish? All just a joke on the American public? Well, now is your chance to find out. Learn about the Chinese cuisine embraced the world over: the hot and spicy Sichuan. And while you're at it, ...

Topics: food, Hungry_Traveler_Series

Weather and Seasons

A place of extremities, our Shanghai: blistering in the summer and arctic in the winter. All worth it for the autumn though. Fancy a “talk about the changing seasons” with another? Then take our hand as we stroll down a red leaf covered path of knowledge, as in this podcast you will learn to wax poe...

Topics: daily_life, weather, season

The Better Man

If you're going to treat men like objects, it's important to be able to compare them like objects. In this Chinese lesson, a group of ladies in the office compare two of their male co-workers. Listen in on the age-old debate of Xiao Wang vs. Xiao Li, and learn how to make comparisons in Mandarin!...

Topics: people, appearance

Movie Theater Seats

There's a big difference between buying movie tickets in China and buying movie tickets in many other countries: China uses assigned seating.  So make sure you know how to get the seats you want.  Learn how to do it in Chinese in this lesson....

Topics: cinema, seat, tickets

Traveling around China

So you've enjoyed some travels in China of late, but part of the fun is getting to go home and brag to everyone about what you've seen.  Listen to this podcast and learn how to use Mandarin Chinese to tell someone about what you've seen and done whilst adventuring in the "Middle Kingdom."...

Topics: travel, city, place

Politely Declining an Invitation

Naturally you're going to accept every invitation to hang out with your Chinese friends and co-workers, but what do you say when you really just can't make it? In this lesson, find out how to politely decline an invitation, thereby increasing your chances of getting invited again (rather than gettin...

Topics: time, apologizing, invite

Which Subway Exit

Meeting up with friends in the city can sometimes be confusing. In today's lesson you'll learn the Chinese you need to know to describe which exit of the metro station you'll be meeting your friends at....

Topics: location, numbers, transportation, subway, exit