MandarinPod is a conversational Chinese language learning podcast. We create current and engaging content for advanced Chinese language learners. Our subscribers can expect to improve their listening skills, learn about Chinese culture, and be introduced to Chinese guests from different fields. Let’s learn together!
This podcast is presented by Sishu Mandarin. Sishu Mandarin is a Chinese language school located in New York City. We provide both in-person and online Chinese classes for individuals, groups, and corporate clients.
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Fitting In: An American in China
On this episode, we will be talking with special guest Kathya Avila. Kathya is from New York and is currently studying at Peking University in Beijing. Kathya talks about her experience with social and cultural assimilation as an American international student in China. She also shares some practical tips, such as how to open a bank account and how to rent an apartment in China.
English Words with Chinese Origins
What do the phrases, “No can do”, “Chop, Chop!", and “brainwashed!” have in common? They all originated from Chinese language. Chinese words have been influencing English and European languages for hundreds of years. On today’s episode of MandarinPod, we talk about a few english words with Chinese origins and how Chinese words migrated west. Stick around for new Chinese vocab, Chinese idioms, and lots of listening practice!
Passing the Imperial Exam: The World’s First Standardized Test
China was doing standardized tests long before the SAT’s. Like a thousand years. Today, we are talking about the world’s original test- the imperial examination. We will talk about how it worked, its origins, its role in Chinese society, and how long this system was used. We raise the truly important question- is it possible to cheat on the imperial exam?! We finish up with thoughts about the most modern version of the imperial exam in today's China.
Presidential Elections in China
November 3rd was Election Day in the United States. In the spirit of this historic week, we are going to be talking about presidential elections in China. In this episode, we ask and discuss…
What is democratic centralism?
What is the line of succession in China’s government?
What are some state institutions in China?
How is power distributed in the Chinese political system?
How Chinese People Currently Living in the States, are Dealing with America's Hostility Towards China
In this episode, we'll be talking about how Chinese people currently living in America are dealing with the wave of American hostility towards China. We will also be looking into how the recent social media bans, travel/work restrictions, and mass closures of Chinese restaurants have been affecting these Chinese people currently residing in the states.
In this episode, we'll be discussing Disney’s new Mulan movie. Today’s topics include the origins of Mulan’s story, where she came from, and the meaning of her name. We will also analyze the Mulan poem and examine whether or not the movie is a true reflection of it. We will go over some Chinese idioms you will see in the movie such as “four ounces can move a thousand pounds”, and “know your place”.
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