418 episodes

Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

Mandarin Monkey Podcast Mandarin Monkey

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 118 Ratings

Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

    #366 - 梦想 | 彩票 - Mandarin and English Podcast

    #366 - 梦想 | 彩票 - Mandarin and English Podcast

    Discussing how winning the lottery could allow you to pursue your dreams and passions more freely. (以积极的方式结束,讨论中彩票如何让你更自由地追求梦想和激情。Yǐ jījí de fāngshì jiéshù, tǎolùn zhōng cǎipiào rúhé ràng nǐ gèng zìyóu de zhuīqiú mèngxiǎng hé jīqíng.)

    1. 彩票 (cǎipiào) – Lottery
    2. 钱 (qián) – Money
    3. 捐款 (juānkuǎn) – Donation
    4. 投资 (tóuzī) – Investment
    5. 房子 (fángzi) – House
    6. 旅行 (lǚxíng) – Travel
    7. 改变 (gǎibiàn) – Change
    8. 爱好 (àihào) – Hobby
    9. 奢侈 (shēchǐ) – Luxury
    10. 国家 (guójiā) – Country

    • 49 min
    #365 - Can I Say Ni Hao Ma? | Mandarin and English podcast

    #365 - Can I Say Ni Hao Ma? | Mandarin and English podcast

    Can you say 'ni hao ma' to a native Mandarin speaker? A contentious subject amoungst content creators. Ula has strong feelings about it. Also if you are going to learn Chinese, you have to put the effort and hours in.

    www.mandarinmonkey.com

    • 37 min
    #364 - The Crab Of Hastings | Mandarin and English Podcast

    #364 - The Crab Of Hastings | Mandarin and English Podcast

    Tom and Ula talk about their trip to Hastings, an extremely smelly crab arm and sliding down the bed. All done in Mandarin and English for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

    Camping (露营 lùyíng)
    帐篷 (zhàngpéng) – Tent
    营火 (yínghuǒ) – Campfire
    睡袋 (shuìdài) – Sleeping bag
    背包 (bēibāo) – Backpack
    烤肉 (kǎoròu) – Barbecue
    Seaside (海边 hǎibiān)
    沙滩 (shātān) – Beach
    海浪 (hǎilàng) – Waves
    贝壳 (bèiké) – Seashells
    日光浴 (rìguāngyù) – Sunbathing
    海鸥 (hǎi'ōu) – Seagull

    • 55 min
    #363 - Ula Went Back To Taiwan - Mandarin Conversation - BIlingual podcast

    #363 - Ula Went Back To Taiwan - Mandarin Conversation - BIlingual podcast

    Ula went back to Taiwan. 🫢

    Traditional: 飛機
    Simplified: 飞机
    Pinyin: fēi jī
    English: airplane

    Traditional: 機場
    Simplified: 机场
    Pinyin: jī chǎng
    English: airport

    Traditional: 登機證
    Simplified: 登机证
    Pinyin: dēng jī zhèng
    English: boarding pass

    Traditional: 辦理登機
    Simplified: 办理登机
    Pinyin: bàn lǐ dēng jī
    English: check-in

    Traditional: 行李
    Simplified: 行李
    Pinyin: xíng lǐ
    English: luggage

    Traditional: 座位
    Simplified: 座位
    Pinyin: zuò wèi
    English: seat

    Traditional: 護照
    Simplified: 护照
    Pinyin: hù zhào
    English: passport

    Traditional: 安檢
    Simplified: 安检
    Pinyin: ān jiǎn
    English: security check

    Traditional: 亂流
    Simplified: 乱流
    Pinyin: luàn liú
    English: turbulence

    Traditional: 到達
    Simplified: 到达
    Pinyin: dào dá
    English: arrival

    • 41 min
    #362 Random 随机 (suíjī) - Random Questions in Mandarin and English

    #362 Random 随机 (suíjī) - Random Questions in Mandarin and English

    Tom and Ula answer random questions and give you 11 new Mandarin words to think about.

    随机 (suíjī) - Random
    无限 (Wúxiàn) - Unlimited. Related to the question about having an unlimited supply of something.
    奇怪 (Qíguài) - Weird or strange. Useful when discussing the weirdest things seen in someone’s home or strange habits.
    动物 (Dòngwù) - Animal. Pertinent to imagining if animals could talk and which would be the rudest.
    笑话 (Xiàohuà) - Joke. Perfect for sharing the funniest jokes known by heart.
    逮捕 (Dàibǔ) - Arrest. Ties into the hypothetical scenario of being arrested without explanation.
    无用 (Wúyòng) - Useless. For discussing the most useless talent one has.
    幽灵 (Yōulíng) - Ghost. Relevant to the question about being a ghost and what place one would haunt.
    怪癖 (Guàipì) - Quirk or eccentricity. Reflects on unusual eating habits or other personal quirks.
    名字 (Míngzì) - Name. Useful in the context of discussing the worst possible names for a child.
    童年 (Tóngnián) - Childhood. Relevant to discussing weird childhood eating habits.

    • 55 min
    #361 - Time Capsule Treasures -时间胶囊 - Shíjiān jiāonáng

    #361 - Time Capsule Treasures -时间胶囊 - Shíjiān jiāonáng

    What would you choose to encapsulate the essence of today? From the latest technological marvels to cultural icons, and personal mementos that hold significant meaning, we discuss what should make the cut for our hypothetical time capsule. We'll delve into not just what items to include, but why they matter and what they could tell people a century from now about the world as we know it. Laugh and reflect with us as we consider how today's commonplace might be tomorrow's history. Let’s make history together, one item at a time!

    Time Capsule (时间胶囊) - Shíjiān jiāonáng
    Technology (技术) - Jìshù
    Culture (文化) - Wénhuà
    Historical (历史的) - Lìshǐ de
    Predictions (预测) - Yùcè
    Environmental (环境的) - Huánjìng de
    Communicate (沟通) - Gōutōng
    Valuable (有价值的) - Yǒu jiàzhí de
    Future Generations (未来的一代) - Wèilái de yídài
    Hopes and Dreams (希望与梦想) - Xīwàng yǔ mèngxiǎng

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

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Learning Chinese Can Be Interesting

This podcast is great for passive listening. The English / Chinese split means that I can follow along, and I don’t feel like I’m stuck in a regimented class. I’m always impressed how the hosts can talk about seemingly anything. This podcast is a great complement to a well rounded learning approach.

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Comprehensible and not boring input

There are two things that have helped my Chinese improve the most: 1. Talking to native speaker(s) every week 2. Listening to this show every day When you start looking around for how to improve your listening, you’ll find a lot about comprehensible input. Then you’ll go looking for input and if you’re not upper intermediate it’s all going to be really boring and basic. This show is PERFECT because the half English allows your brain time to figure out what Ula said. Really removes the overwhelm you might feel if you try a 100% Chinese podcast. So it’s actual people talking about actual things, but you’re still getting language exposure. Plus they’re funny and sweet and relatable. This isn’t “optimized” like some podcasts or tools might be, but it’s entertaining and comprehensible enough I actually keep listening to it, which I think is ultimately the most important aspect of any language learning tool. If it’s fun, do it!

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Top Notch

Long time supporter. I know both these guys, can’t decide who is cooler, Tom or Ragnar. Interesting conversation about being small business owners, being English, being Icelandicish (?). And Ula gave just the right of Chinese for me. Good interview, good language practice. Thanks gang. Cara

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