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Joining ChinesePod

Late last year I got the chance to join ChinesePod (Wikipedia). This was an amazing opportunity because it meant I got to do what I love doing for a living.

What is ChinesePod

ChinesePod is a company with almost 10 years of history. Founded in Shanghai in 2005, it has been regularly producing audio podcasts for all mandarin levels, from Newbie all the way up to Advanced. During this time they have compiled a massive library of over 3000+ lessons. These lessons are primarily focused on situational dialogues and aim to teach high frequency Mandarin that is used in every day language. If you want to learn mandarin chinese, I highly recommend this site.

What does this mean for


MandarinMadeEZ remains a free resource and is my opportunity to continue releasing free content online in a fun and casual way. Since my day job is making podcasts and video for ChinesePod, I recommend you follow me on my various social networks keep up to date with all the latest content.

If you would like to take you Mandarin to the next level in a more structured way, I can highly recommend using ChinesePod.

I’ve included a promo code at the bottom of this blog if any of you want to try out the service to see if you like it.

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ChinesePod Promo code and


If you would like to try ChinesePod Premium as a new user and get my daily podcasts you can sign up for a quarterly plan (3 months) and enter the promo code FionaTian at checkout to get 50% off the normal price ($79USD > $39.5USD).

Click Here and Enter the code in the Promo box:

You will see the amount deducted. Please note that ChinesePod does recurring billing, so if you’re not down with that, you can check their FAQ  :)


Meat Special – Ordering Food on a Chinese Menu

In this lesson I’ll teach you beginner words to make sense of a Chinese menu. In particular, you will learn to look out for;

Meats (Beef 牛肉, Chicken 雞肉, Fish 魚肉, Pork 豬肉, Lamb 羊肉)
Rice/Noodles (White rice 白飯, soupy noodles 湯麵, dry noodles 乾麵)
Vegetables (Green vegetables 青菜)

If you’re a vegetarian, you can watch this video I made:

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I’m a Vegetarian in Mandarin Chinese

If you’ve ever travelled to Asia as someone that doesn’t eat meat, you know that it can sometimes be difficult finding places that don’t serve you something with animal in it. In this lesson Fiona Tian takes you through ways to explain that you’re a vegetarian (or vegan) as well as all the different types of vegetarian found in Taiwan.

Hello, do you eat fish?
Nǐ hǎo, chī bù chī yú ne?

Sorry, I don’t. I’m a vegan.
Bù hǎoyìsi, bù chī, wǒ chī quán sù.

A vegan huh? I think our seasoning has garlic in it? Is that OK?
Chī quán sù a, nà wǒmen tiáowèi liào lǐmiàn hǎoxiàng yǒu suàn, kěyǐ ma?

I can eat garlic, that’s all fine.
Suàntóu kěyǐ! Suàntóu wǒ OK.

The soup is pork rib soup. Can you eat that?
Tāng shì páigǔ tāng, kěyǐ ma?

Then, do you have a vegetarian broth? Vegetarian broth would be ideal.
È, nà qǐngwèn yǒu sù gāotāng ma? Yǒu de huà zuì hǎo.

I’m sorry. Is it possible not to put meat in that?
Bù hǎoyìsi, kěyǐ bùyào fàng ròu ma?

We can’t make vegetarian meals.
Wú, wǒmen bùnéng zuò sùcān.

I’m sorry. Is it possible not to put meat in that?
Bù hǎoyìsi, kěyǐ bùyào fàng ròu ma?

No meat huh? How about the gravy?
Bù chī ròu a? Nà ròuzhī ne?

Gravy(meat sauce)? Uh….no, can’t do that. I’m a vegan.
Ròuzhī? È, bùxíng, wǒ chī quán sù.

Can you have garlic or onions? How about eggs?
Cōng suàn kěyǐ ma? Dàn kěyǐ ma?

Yup! I can have those things. I’m a “egg and dairy”vegetarian.
Kěyǐ! Wǒ chī dàn nǎi sù.

If you wanna check out loads more Chinese learning content, check out the other site I work on called ChinesePod

Like a boss

6 Awesome Ways to Say Thank you in Mandarin Chinese with Fiona Tian

Today’s post is great because no matter which phrase you use, you’re going to sound very polite and humble when using it.

These 6 phrases have been graded from Newbie to Superior, not necessarily based on the difficulty of saying them, but rather how you sound to a native speaker when saying these words. In my opinion, saying the “superior” one is easier than saying many of the others but this doesn’t matter. After watching this, we encourage you to avoid numbers 1 and 2 to really make you sound like a boss, but remember, all are good :)





Thank you




P.Nǎlǐ nǎlǐ

No no (Thank you very much)




P.Nà’er dehuà, hái bùgòu hǎo

Ah that’s nonsense, it’s still not good enough




P.Chà dé yuǎn ne

I’m still really far off




P.Nǐ guòjiǎngle, wǒ de zhōngwén hái yǒu hěn dà de jìnbù kōngjiān

You flatter me, my mandarin still has a lot of room for improvement




P.Nín bù xiánxì

It’s you guys not being critical of my Mandarin.

Better Ways to Say “I Don’t Understand” in Chinese

Based on an article by John Pasden on Sinoplice, this video teaches you new ways to say “I don’t understand”.

Sometime, learners will default to saying 聽不懂/听不懂 tīng bù dǒng. This is bad for learners because a native will think you don’t know Chinese, rather than what you actually mean which is that you don’t understand one word, concept, or maybe you just didn’t hear clearly. Listen as we teach you some better ways to say tīng bù dǒng