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.
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.
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).
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 :)
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
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