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Lesson 1: Overview of Mandarin Chinese
  • Learn why Chinese is easy to learn
  • Grammatical differences between Chinese and other languages
  • Learn the basic concept of constructing Chinese words
Lecture 2: Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Tones
  • Learn what Chinese tones are
  • Understand the important of Chinese tones
  • Learn how to correctly pronounce tones through practical examples
Lecture 3: Practice Mandarin Chinese Tones (Tone Pairs)
  • Learn 3rd, 4th and neutral tones through practical examples
  • Learn how to memorize different tones
Lecture 4: Numbers 0-10 (Music Video)
  • Learn to count from 0-10
  • See Chinese characters for 0-10
  • Enjoy learning with a catchy and fun music video
Lecture 5: Numbers 11-99
  • Review numbers 0-10
  • Learn numbers 11-99
  • Get an overview of Chinese number logic and counting
Lecture 6: Self-introduction
  • Learn how to greet people
  • Introduce yourself with the sentence "I am__"
  • Introduce others with the sentence "You are __"
Lecture 7: Nationality
  • Review how to introduce your nationality
  • Learn to say "I am British/American/Chinese"
  • View a complete list of nationalities in lecture notes
Lecture 8: I can speak a little Chinese
  • Make the sentence "I can speak a little Chinese"
  • Understand the difference between "I can" and "I am able to"
  • Learn to tell people your Chinese speaking ability
Lecture 9: I can speak English and a little Chinese
  • Learn to say "The English/French/German language"
  • Learn to say "U.S, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia"
  • Understand how to connect two nouns using the words "and" & "with"
Lecture 10: How to ask a question in Chinese
  • Learn to form a yes/no question
  • Make the sentence "Are you John?"
  • Make the sentences "Are you American? Can you speak English"
Lecture 11: I like to eat Chinese food
  • Review forming yes/no questions
  • Learn some essential verbs: "to like" and "to eat"
  • Learn some essential verbs: "to like" and "to eat"
Lecture 12: Greetings in Chinese (Music Video)
  • Learn the 9 most practical greeting phrases in Chinese with a fun music video
  • Greetings you will learn: "Hello, Goodbye, Good morning, Good evening, Good night"
  • Phrases you will learn: "Sorry! It's alright, Thank you, You are welcome"
Lecture 13: Saying "No"
  • Learn to say the very useful words "yes/no" and "is/is not"
  • Make sentences like "I am not Chinese/American"
  • Learn about the special rule for changing 4th tone words to 2nd tone words
Lecture 14: Practice saying "No"
  • Practice saying no: "I can't speak Chinese" and "I don't like Chinese food"
  • Ask and respond to questions: "Can you speak English?" (I cannot speak English)
  • Practice the unique way of saying "yes" in Chinese
Lecture 15: I want water
  • Learn how to express wants and desires by saying "I want
  • Food vocabulary: "Hamburger, Sandwich, Chocolate, Ice water"
  • Make polite sentences like "I don't want it, thank you"
Lecture 16: Do you want coffee or tea?
  • Learn two different Chinese words for "or"
  • Ask: "Do you want coffee or tea?" "Are you American or Chinese?"
  • Review beverage words like "Ice water, tea, ice tea, coffee"
Lecture 17: But
  • Say"I want water, but I don't want ice", "I am Chinese, but I can't speak Chinese"
  • Learn the verb "to drink"
  • Make sentences like "I like to drink tea but I don't like to drink coffee"
Lecture 18: Something to drink (Part 1)
  • Learn to order specific quantities of drinks (I want 2 cups of coffee)
  • Learn new vocabulary: "cup, bottle, and glass"
  • Review special tone changing rules for the number "1"
Lecture 19: Something to drink (Part 2) (Music Video)
  • Practice ordering different quantities of drinks through a fun music video
  • Learn phrases like "One glass of ice water" and "two cups of tea"
  • Vocab: "Glass, water, bottle, ice, cup, tea, coffee, cola, beer, red wine and cheers"
Lecture 20: Something to eat (Part 1)
  • Review pinyin pronunciation for 'r'
  • Learn useful food words such as "meat, beef, chicken, pork and fish"
  • Vegetarians will learn how to say "I don't eat meat"
Lecture 21: Something to eat (Part 2)
  • Vocab: "vegetables, fruit, fried noodles, fried rice, steamed buns, dumplings"
  • Make sentences such as "I really like to eat steamed buns"
  • Combine new vocabulary to say: "chicken fried rice, vegetable dumplings"
Lecture 22: Numbers (100 and above)
  • Learn to count the numbers 100 -1000
  • Review the numbers 0-100
  • Learn the formula for putting digits together to make large numbers in Chinese
Lecture 23: I am good
  • Learn to correctly use Chinese adjectives such as "good, okay and not good"
  • Review the correct ways to say "I am..." followed by an adjective
  • Make sentences such as "How are you?", "I am okay" and "I am not good"
Lecture 24: I think you are beautiful
  • Learn different ways to compliment Chinese people
  • Review new vocabulary: "to think, delicious, beautiful, handsome, cute/adorable"
  • Say "I think Chinese food is delicious" and "I think you are adorable"
Lecture 25: Your English is good
  • Review more ways to compliment Chinese people
  • Learn how to make a word possessive (you v.s. yours")
  • Make sentences like "You're English is good" and "My Chinese is just so-so"
Lecture 26: Where
  • Learn 6 very important words: "here, there, where, this, that, which"
  • Learn the pattern for making sentences like "Where is the restroom?"
  • Review the tone changing rule for saying two 3rd tone words in a row
Lecture 27: Where is the restroom?
  • Learn how to say where something is located (in/at)
  • Learn some new vocabulary: "School, Los Angeles, home, to study, restroom"
  • Make sentences like "Where are you?" and "I am at school"
Lecture 28: Do you have any siblings?
  • Learn some Chinese culture in order to talk about family
  • ocab: "older brother, younger brother, older sister, younger sister, siblings, to have"
  • Make the sentence "Do you have any siblings?"
Lecture 29: I don't have
  • Learn how to say "I don't have" hint: It's probably not the way you think!
  • Learn the word for "money" in Chinese
  • Make sentences like "I don't have any children" and "Sorry, I don't have water?"
Lecture 30: Chinese Measure Word (Part 1)
  • Avoid making a common English speaker mistake make when speaking Chinese
  • Learn the concept of "measure words" such as a bar of soap and a sheet of paper
  • Use "ge" to say "I have one older sister and one younger brother"
Lecture 31: Chinese Measure Word (Part 2)
  • Review the importance of measure words and how to correctly use them
  • Learn about the universal measure word that can always be used
  • Make phrases like "that person" and "three hamburgers"
Lecture 32: I know I understand (Music Video)
  • Learn some useful phrases through a fun music video
  • Make statements such as "I know, I don't know, I understand, I don't understand"
  • Ask questions like "Do you know? Do you understand?
Lecture 33: Please say it again
  • Say perhaps the most important phrase "Please say it again, one more time"
  • Review new vocab: "correct/right, incorrect/wrong"
  • Say "Sorry, I don't understand" and "You speak a little Chinese, right?"
Lecture 34: What's your name?
  • Learn how to say "what" in Chinese
  • Learn new vocab: "what, to call/be called, name"
  • Say "What's your name?", "My name is " and "How about you?"
Lecture 35: More about content question words
  • Learn the special trick to form questions in Chinese
  • Say "What music do you like?" and "What job do you do?"
  • Practice speaking "Chinglish" in order to master new Chinese grammar
Lecture 36: Nice to meet you
  • Learn about introductions in Chinese-something you will use over and over again!
  • Learn new vocabulary: "to know, to know (someone), happy/glad, too/also
  • Make sentences like "I am happy to know you" and "I love you, too"
Lecture 37: What's your job?
  • Discuss your work by saying "What job do you do? and "I am a teacher/student etc"
  • Learn occupation words such as "to do, job, teacher, student, to study"
  • Find a full vocabulary list of occupations in the lecture notes
Lecture 38: What do you like to do during weekends?
  • Practice making sentences involving a specific time, like "during the weekend"
  • Learn new vocabulary about doing things: "weekend, to listen, music"
  • Say "What do you like to do during weekends? and "I like to learn Chinese"
Lecture 39: Useful Chinese verbs
  • Learn to talk about activities using a new grammar structure called "verb-object"
  • New vocabulary about activities: "to look/read/watch, books, TV, movies, computer"
  • Make sentences such as "I like to read on the weekends"
Lecture 40: What movies do you like to watch?
  • Comment on movies you like and learn the name of a famous Chinese director
  • Learn new vocabulary about movies: "he/him/she/her/it, interesting"
  • Make sentences like "I also like his movies" and "His movies are interesting"
Lecture 41: I want to go to China
  • Learn to correctly say "I want/would like to do something"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "something" and "to go"
  • Make sentences like "I want to eat something" and "I want to go to China"
Lecture 42: What do you want to eat?
  • Learn useful phrases and vocabulary for hosting and eating out with guests
  • Ask "What to you want to watch?" and "What do you want to eat?"
  • Make sentences like "I want to go to the Great Wall"
Lecture 43: Useful Chinese phrases (Part 1)
  • Learn about the Chinese culture of being humble when receiving compliments
  • Use words you already know to make special, polite phrases in Chinese
  • Use the word "whatever" to respond to questions like "What do you want to eat?"
Lecture 44: Useful Chinese phrases (Part 2)
  • Learn lots of useful phrases like "great, too expensive, too small"
  • Review a phrase Chinese people will commonly say to you: jia you (加油)
  • Learn the special trick to turn a statement into a suggestion
Lecture 45: Who
  • Ask questions and make statements using the word "who"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "female, male, boyfriend, girlfriend, boy, girl, men, women"
  • Make sentences like "Who is Tingting?" and "Tingting is my girlfriend"
Lecture 46: Whose
  • Review how to say "this" and "that"
  • Review the important use of measure words
  • Make sentences like "Whose water is this?" and "Who is that girl?"
Lecture 47: Why
  • Learn how to use the question word "why" or "how come"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "because, useful, culture"
  • Say "Why are you learning Chinese?" and "Because I like Chinese culture"
Lecture 48: More on why
  • Learn more ways to answer a common question "Why are you learning Chinese?"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "husband, wife, Mr., Mrs., funny, smart, fun"
  • Make sentences like "Because my wife is Chinese" and "Because he is funny"
Lecture 49: Month and week (Part 1)
  • Learn the pattern for saying the names of all the months and days of the week
  • Learn new words: "up, down, this week, next week, last month"
  • Learn the pattern for describing past, present and future events in Chinese
Lecture 50: Month and week (Part 2)
  • Say lots of new words without memorization by using a Chinese pattern
  • Say "last week, this week, next week, last Monday, this Thursday and next Friday"
  • Learn to say the word "Sunday" which doesn't follow the normal pattern
Lecture 51: Day and year (Part 1)
  • Learn words and phrases related to days and years
  • New vocabulary: "today, tomorrow, this year, next year, front/before, back/after"
  • Use patterns to say "the day after tomorrow" and "the day before yesterday"
Lecture 52: Day and year (Part 2)
  • Review words and patterns related to day and year
  • Learn new vocabulary: "yesterday, last year, free time"
  • Make sentences like "Are you free tomorrow?" and "How about this weekend?"
Lecture 53: What's the date today?
  • Learn the formula for how to say today's date
  • Learn a new word to ask about the day and date: ji (几)
  • Ask questions like "What's the date today" and "What day of the week is today?"
Lecture 54: Happy birthday
  • Review how to talk about the date
  • Learn two different ways of saying the word "happy"
  • Make sentences like "When is your birthday?" and "Happy Birthday!"
Lecture 55: During the day (Part 1)
  • Review the words for "up, down, middle"
  • Learn a pattern to help you remember words to describe parts of the day
  • Learn new vocabulary: "morning, noon, afternoon, evening"
Lecture 56: During the day (Part 2)
  • Review the pattern to create words that describe different parts of the day
  • New vocabulary: "early morning, late morning, evening, breakfast, lunch, dinner"
  • Review greetings like "good morning!" and "good evening!"
Lecture 57: Telling time (Part 1)
  • Learn how to use patterns to tell time in Chinese
  • Learn new vocabulary about time: "hours, minutes, half
  • Make sentences like "What time is it now?" and "Now it's 5:40"
Lecture 58: Telling time (Part 2)
  • Review how to tell time using the basic pattern
  • Learn to say "a quarter" to express times like 4:15 and 6:45
  • Learn how to say am and pm using words you already know
Lecture 59: When
  • Review time words like "tomorrow" and "next Monday"
  • Learn to say exactly when you will be doing something
  • Make sentences like "When are you free" and "I am free at 2 tomorrow afternoon"
Lecture 60: See you tomorrow
  • Learn useful phrases to describe time: "last night, this morning, tonight"
  • Ask specific questions like "When do you have free time tomorrow"
  • Make phrases like "See you tomorrow/next week/at 8 on Monday evening"
Lecture 61: How many?
  • Learn how to say and respond to the question: "how many"
  • Learn the difference between expressing quantities more than and less than 10
  • Make sentences like "How many kids do you have?" and "What's your number?"
Lecture 62: How much?
  • Learn different ways to say "Chinese currency" (Renmin bi, RMB)
  • Learn new vocabulary: "too, a little, cheap, expensive, money"
  • Say "How much is it?" "It's 5 RMB" "It's too expensive, can it be cheaper?"
Lecture 63: Long time no see
  • Practice important casual phrases like "long time no see" and "no problem"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "good, long (time), see, question, problem, to ask"
  • Make sentences like "I want to ask you a question" and "I have two questions"
Lecture 64: I don't care
  • Sound polite and respectful by saying "Wait a second" and "Let me take a look"
  • Learn how to soften your tone and speak casually in Chinese
  • Express feelings like "shut up", "give me a kiss" and "whatever, I don't care"
Lecture 65: What does it mean?
  • Ask and explain the meanings of words in Chinese and English
  • Learn a very useful question: "What does mean?"
  • Make sentences like "What does 'dengdeng' mean?" "Dengdeng means 'to wait'
Lecture 66: How do I say this in Chinese?
  • Review the phrase "how to do/say/go..."
  • Make the sentence "How do I say in Chinese?"
  • Review well wishing words like "take care" and "happy birthday"
Lecture 67: The Golden Rule
  • Word order for basic and complicated sentences (arranging when, where, how)
  • Review the golden rule for where to put time, location and method in a sentence
  • Practice using Chinglish to master Chinese grammar
Lecture 68: How do you go to work every day
  • Review different transportation words: "work, school car, every day"
  • Learn the pattern for "go to/get off work, go to/get off school, get in/get out of a car"
  • Use the Golden Rule to make the sentence "How do you go to work every day"
Lecture 69: Transportation (Part 1)
  • Learn transportation related words like "car, to drive, bus, to sit/ride, subway"
  • Ask questions like "Do you know how to drive?" and "What kind of car do you drive?"
  • Make sentences like "I like to drive" and "I go to work by bus every day"
Lecture 70: Transportation (Part 2)
  • New vocab: "by train, airplane, bicycle, horse, motorcycle, washroom, cell phone"
  • Learn different words for "to ride"-to ride a bike and to ride a bus
  • Understand the patterns of how Chinese words are built
Lecture 71: How old are you?
  • Learn the difference between how (to do something) and how (big/small/long)"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "how old, years of age, heavy, take care"
  • Say "How old are you", "I am 20 years old" and "How heavy is this?"
Lecture 72: How long are you going to stay here?
  • Learn the difference between "how long (time)" and "how long (physical length)"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "to live/stay"
  • Use Golden Rule to say "How long are you going to stay here, Where do you live?"
Lecture 73: Have you ever been to China?
  • Learn how to express past experiences
  • Understand questions like "Have you ever had Chinese food before?"
  • Say "I've had Chinese food before" and "I've watched 'Godfather' before"
Lecture 74: I haven't been to China before
  • Learn how to negate past actions: "I have not..."
  • Ask questions like "Have you been to the U.S. before"
  • Make sentences like "I've never had Chinese food/been to China before"
Lecture 75: Have you ever been here before? (The usage of 过)
  • Say "I have come to China before" and "I haven't come to the U.S. before"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "to come, before"
  • Review the negation word for past experiences: "I haven't to China before"
Lecture 76: This is my first time coming to China
  • Say "This is my first time coming to China, This is my third time eating dumplings"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "first, second, third, first time, second time, third time"
  • Understand the difference between saying "one time" and "another time"
Lecture 77: How are you recently?
  • Make sentences like "How is your mother recently" and "I have been good recently"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "How is/how are, recently"
  • Review the 3 different ways to say "how": how to do, how big and how are you
Lecture 78: What do you think of him?
  • Say "What do you think of me/her/my friend/this place?" and "I am tired these days"
  • Vocab: "tired, beautiful, handsome, cute/adorable, smart, funny, fun, interesting"
  • Learn the sentence pattern for asking what people thing of something
Lecture 79: What's wrong?
  • Learn to ask and respond to the phrase "What's wrong?"
  • Learn new vocab: "nothing/no matter, under the weather, comfortable"
  • Say "Nothing, I'm okay", "I don't feel well" and "I am a little tired/under the weather"
Lecture 80: Can I take you to dinner?
  • Review the two different types of "I can"
  • Learn new vocabulary: "to invite/treat/please, to have/eat dinner"
  • Make sentences like "Can I take you to dinner?" and "Can I take you to a movie?"
Lecture 81: Singing and Dancing
  • Review the verb-object sentence structure (to sing a song, to dance a dance)
  • Learn new hobby related vocab: "to sing, karaoke, song, to dance, ballet, cha-cha,
  • Make sentences like "I like to sing/dance" "Can I invite you to karaoke?"
Lecture 82: Call me
  • Say "Call/email me", "May I call you?" and "Can you help me?"
  • New vocabulary: "telephone, to cal/make (a phone call), to give, to send, to help"
  • Learn the polite way to ask for help in Chinese
Lecture 83: What are you doing (Part 1)
  • Learn how to describe an action as it's happening (I am reading, I am singing etc.)
  • Vocabulary: "to do, to eat, to call, phone, to cook, Italy, fish, to work, to read"
  • Make sentences like "I am driving", "I am eating a meal" and "I am on the phone"
Lecture 84: What are you doing (Part 2)
  • Practice describing actions in the present, as they are happening
  • Learn new vocabulary: "to browse, internet, a bar/pub, to sleep, to shop/buy, to sell"
  • Make sentences like "I am shopping/browsing the internet"
Lecture 85: Talking about the future (Part 1)
  • Learn how to describe actions that will happen in the future
  • Learn and review new vocabulary: "5 years, before, after/later"
  • Make the sentence "Where will you be in 5 years?"
Lecture 86: Talking about the future (Part 2)
  • Learn how to talk about future events that are predictions or estimates
  • Learn new vocab: "to rain, to miss (someone)"
  • Make sentences like "It's going to rain tomorrow" and "I will call you"
Lecture 87: Talking about the future (Part 3)
  • Learn another word for talking definitively about the future
  • Learn new vocabulary: "want to/will"
  • Say "I am going to China tomorrow" and "What are you going to do this weekend"
Lecture 88: Talking about the past-stative and adjectival verbs (Part 1)
  • Learn about using the past tense in Chinese
  • Descriptive adj. (stative verbs) VS verbs stating the way things are (adjectival verbs)
  • Vocab: "to be, to have, to like, to think/feel, to know, understand, to love, to want"
Lecture 89: Talking about the past - stative and adjectival verbs (Part 2)
  • Learn one pattern for expressing the past tense in Chinese
  • Vocabulary: "lots of/a lot, yesterday, last week, last month, last year"
  • Make sentences like "She was pretty", "I was a teacher" and "I had lots of money"
Lecture 90: Talking About the Past - Action Verbs (Part 1)
  • Learn how to express the completion of an action
  • Learn and review vocabulary: "hamburger, ticket"
  • Make sentences like "I ate three hamburgers" and "I bought the tickets"
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