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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.
 
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!
 
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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.
 
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!
 
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Picture this: it’s a dark night, and someone’s all tucked in. Alone in the house, each creak seems to come directly at her. So when the doorknob starts to rattle, what happens? A Mandarin Chinese lesson, that’s what…Listen in to this podcast and learn how to be able to discern who it really is pounding at your door. Premium subscribers will learn h…
 
In this episode, John and Jared respond to a listener question about Cantonese which leads to the unique situation in Chinese regarding the numerous dialects/languages, which are in fact “topolects”. Guest interview is with Daniel Pang, who grew up speaking Cantonese at home, became a doctor, then quit his job to learn Chinese. Links from the episo…
 
In Chinese, when we point out someone hold a post without qualifications or make up a number without active work, we use the idiom “làn yú chōng shù”. The direct meaning of this idiom is that pretend to play the Yu (a wind instrument) in order to make up the number for an orchestra. In today’s story, we are going to learn the original story behind …
 
In Chinese history, each dynasty generally only had one capital. However, there were a few of exceptional cases. During Ming Dynasty, there were two capitals, and they had the same function. The two capitals are Beijing and Nanjing. Today we are going to discuss why the Ming Dynasty had two capitals. Join other motivated learners on your Chinese le…
 
When we are in our own country, we all have our favorite coffee brand or coffee shop. When we come to China, we can see some international coffee brands, such as Starbucks and Costa, but there may not have the brands that we prefer. If we can find our favorite brand, it will be a pleasant surprise. In today’s story, our protagonist recounted how ex…
 
If a good friend asks to borrow a little bit of money from us, we'll probably oblige 99% of the time without setting up any repayment parameters. But as the days turn into weeks and weeks into months, things can get a bit tricky and awkward when your "good friend" is slow in repaying his or her loan. Learn how to calmly tackle such a situation usin…
 
So you've hiked the Great Wall, explored the wonders of the Forbidden City, marveled at the Bund; you've exhausted the top-tier tourist attractions of eastern China. Fortunately for tireless travelers like you, China's a massive country chock full of national treasures available for your viewing pleasure. Next stop for the travelers in today's less…
 
There are many famous mountains in China, such as the Five Sacred Mountains and the four Famous Buddhist mountains. They all have their unique landscape and historical stories. In today’s story, we are going to look at two of the most famous mountains in China--Mount Tai and Mount Huangshan. They all have been listed as World Cultural and Natural H…
 
In ancient China, there were four famous beauties. Xi Shi was one of them. There are several legendary stories about Xi Shi, and some idioms are also related to her. In today’s story, we are going to look at how did Xi Shi become one of the most famous femal figure in ancient China, and also learn a few of idioms that related to her. Join other mot…
 
When we travel to other places, accommodation is a very important issue. We always want to pick a comfortable, convenient hotel with an affordable price. In today’s story, our protagonist Xiao Li travelled to a city during the summer. He had picked up a hotel that has no air-con. The most unexpected thing is that he was asked to pay additional fees…
 
This new lesson is about a major problem for people when traveling alone. And that is taking pictures of yourself! Yes you can always take selfies, but it doesn’t work for full body photos! In this lesson, Joe and Lyn will show you how to ask someone to take pictures of you when you’re traveling in China. After the video, you can say goodbye to sel…
 
In this episode John and Jared share the proper way to compare similar words, characters, sounds, and grammar points. There’s a time and a place for everything, and once you know the right way to approach these comparisons, you can maximize your learning. Guest interview is with Stefan Erfurth, a Chinese learner from Germany working in artificial i…
 
“So… what do you do?” While that might sound like a “Singles’ Night” introduction, we mean it… seriously (you should see our faces right now). In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone what they do, using Mandarin Chinese. And this podcast will also help you to learn how to give a nice sounding response… and so much more. Episode link: http…
 
In Chinese, people using the word of “Bo Le”to describe the talent scout, and the word of “swift horse”to describe people who are talented and capable of doing things. In today’s story, we are going to look through an ancient Chinese story, it is where those two words are originated. The story also shows us how important it is to have a talent scou…
 
It's winter time, and it's relatively warm when there's no wind. The temperature drops a lot when the wind blows. The power of wind can benefit many things, but it can also damage buildings and crops etc. Since ancient times, people's feelings towards wind could be very contradictory, it is a mixture of respect and fears. So people deified the wind…
 
With the development of social media, many people are willing to share what they see and hear during their daily life. Some people also like to post what do they have for meal. In today’s story, our protagonist recounted his experiences of having dinner with his college mates. We will see that his classmates have some habitual behavior before the d…
 
Despite most buildings here not having a 4th floor (whoooooooo), occasionally potential disaster still strikes (dum-Dum-DUM). So what would it sound like if two people were stuck in an elevator together? It’s all in the lesson, in Mandarin Chinese. So, if it happens, don’t panic—think ChinesePod. Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/0299…
 
With these basic sentences you’ll be able to sound like a pro even if you only started studying Chinese five minutes ago. In this lesson, learn some high-frequency sentences in Mandarin Chinese that you will find you can use every day in China or with your Chinese friends. Careful with “Wǒ lái fù qián” though – showing off could get you into troubl…
 
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 poetic in Mandarin Chinese about things such as heat …
 
Today is the “Beginning of Winter”—one of the twenty-four solar terms in Chinese lunar calendar. In the north China, majority of the houses have turned on the heating because it is pretty cold already. In today’s story, we are going to walk into the most well-known palace in China—The Forbidden City, and take a look at how the heating system worked…
 
Today is the “Beginning of Winter”, which is one of the twenty-four solar terms. It used to be an important festival for Chinese people because in the past, Chinese people believes that winter is the season of rest and recuperation, people who have been working hard all year need to have a good rest. In today’s story, we are going to look at the cl…
 
Today is the “Beginning of Winter”, which is one of the 24 solar terms in China. In each of the solar term, Chinese people have some traditional customs. Of course, these customs are differed in the north and south of China. In today’s story, we are going to look at a special custom for people from north China on the day of ”Beginning of Winter”. J…
 
When you're planning a trip, it's important to know the dates and arrival times for your plane, train, boat, or whatever mode of transportation you're taking. Need to learn how to tell your contact in China all these important details? ChinesePod's got your back with today's newbie lesson! Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/2001…
 
Learning how to “be a man” and walk off that scrape that secretly makes you cry is important in impressing the other sex. So, follow along with our podcast, where the details just get gorier and gorier—starting off with someone bleeding. Learn all this juicy vocabulary, as well as how to act tough, in Mandarin Chinese. Episode link: https://www.chi…
 
John and Jared talk about three types of research-backed strategies and tips you can employ to improve your listening skills, specifically in the areas where you struggle. Guest interview is with Gabrielle Barnett from Jamaica, whose quest to learn Chinese has opened doors and taken her around the world, far beyond anything she could have imagined.…
 
You proudly made it out of the airport, into a taxi and found your way to the hotel! While you’ve been busy taking an orange out of the basket, we’ve added another to our “Traveler’s Audio Phrase Book” podcasts by aiding you and your jet-lagged self (drink water) in checking into your hotel. In this lesson you will learn how use Mandarin Chinese to…
 
Shopping is a very important activity in our life, and it also makes us feel happy when we bought something that we really like. A lot of people find it is difficult to control our enthusiasm towards shopping and ends up in buying many stuffs that we don’t really need. Everyone knows that we should be more rational towards shopping, but hard to do …
 
Today is Halloween. For adults, the most interesting part of this festival is all kinds of costumes and theme parties. Attending these parties, having a unique makeup will make you the center of the party. However, there are also few things that we should be aware of before putting the Halloween makeup on, because improper use of makeup products ca…
 
The climate of China differs greatly from that of the north to the south. For people living in the south, snow in the north is something they envy. For those who live in the north, they also admire the warm winter weather in the south. Of course, these perceptions are limited and can't match people's own experience. In today’s story, our protagonis…
 
Have you ever tried to talk to a stranger on the street? Maybe you’re trying to get someone’s attention because he dropped something on the floor or you just want to get a pretty girl’s number. No matter what the reason is, this lesson is going to be useful for you because Joe and Lyn will show you different ways to strike up a conversation with so…
 
“Come on over,” they say, “We’ve a furnished apartment for you!” “Great,” you think – until you get there. The bed is a foot and a half too small, and the chair doesn’t recline at all, making it hard to watch football. So what do you do, lazy boy? Learn how to sleep in the fetal position, or listen up to a lesson on furniture? In this podcast, lear…
 
In our yesterday’s story, we knew that our protagonist lost his bank card and needs to go to the bank and get a new one. In today’s story, we are going to hear a conversation between David and a bank staff. David went to the bank and apply for a new card. Let’s take a look what does it require to get a new bank card. Join other motivated learners o…
 
When it comes to name a child, most of the Chinese parents would take many factors into consideration, such as how the name sounds, does the name contain good meanings, does it in line with the eight characters of birth, etc. In today’s story, we are going to look at two parents who are having difficulties to come up with a name for their daughter.…
 
Gift-giving is an important part of social interaction. In China, there is a trend in recent years that people tend to give money to others directly instead of choosing a gift for them. Now both Wechat and Alipay can directly send "red envelopes" to others, making the process easier and more simple. In today’s story, we are going to discuss why peo…
 
You know all the terms, from “bun in the oven” to “pregos,” so why not add another phrase to that wicked repertoire, and learn it in Mandarin? In this podcast, learn how to ask someone how far along they are, and to congratulate them. (For premium subscribers, we’ll also teach you how to apologize profusely for asking someone who isn’t, when she’s …
 
Listening is one of the biggest challenges for Chinese learners. In this two part series, John and Jared talk about the most complicating factors to understanding spoken Chinese. You’ll become aware of these and be able to pinpoint where you may be struggling. Guest interview is with Marc Dupont, a lobbyist from Canada whose personal quest has kept…
 
More “Traveler’s Audio Phrase Book” phrases in Mandarin Chinese for you. In this podcast, we tackle arrivals. When your loyal taxi man gets you where you want to go, safe and sound, what’s left to do? Think you can ignore this lesson and get by with a simple point and “okay”? Nǎo zi huài le! Episode link: https://www.chinesepod.com/0065…
 
Siheyuan is also known as Courtyard Houses, which is the traditional, typical residential building in Beijing. It is a tradition to plant trees in siheyuan, but not just any kind of tree can be planted, here is a certain exquisite. In today’s story, we are going to talk about what kind of trees people tend to plant in siheyuan, and the meaning behi…
 
The topic of “should we follow our interest and make it as our profession” is a cliché that frequently been discussed as it is a question that almost all of us have faced. Without any doubt, with interests and passion, we surely can enjoy our work. However, the reality is not as simple as that. In today’s story, we are going to discuss why some peo…
 
Chinese people are very hospitable, and like to invite friends for dinner. Nowadays, Chinese people have gradually accepted the idea of sharing the bill with others, but in many cases, we find that people are still willing to pay for the dinner for everyone. In today’s story, our protagonist thought that they have agreed to let him pay for the bill…
 
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