Welcome to this first lesson in our brand new series which will help you learn Mandarin Chinese. Join teacher Crystal and learner Mark for this coffee break lesson and start learning the basics today. In lesson 1, you’ll learn to say “hello” and “goodbye”. You’ll also learn to ask “how are you?” in Mandarin and answer this question in a number of ways. If you’ve never learned Chinese before this lesson is perfect for you.

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    6 replies to "CBC 1.01 | Asking “how are you?” in Chinese"


      Is there a donwload link on the page

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        There’s no download link, but you can download the episode via the podcast feed in any podcast player or app, or you can stream the episode using the Acast player. Hope that helps.

    • Phoebe Chao

      Hi Mark,

      I am excited to know now that you offer Coffee Break Chinese as well. Being a subscriber of your Coffee Break Spanish and French, I am very familiar with your program structure and would attempt to get my American husband to subscribe to it!

      One comment I would like to make is one of the comments made by the Chinese instructor, Crystal, which is “mama huhu” or “horse horse tiger tiger”. She mentioned they don’t say this phrase very often. I was born and raised in Taiwan. I have to say we do say that very often. Knowing the sprawling geography and diverse dialects across Madarine speaking Chinese, you are bound to find many different versions and ways of saying the same language. Thank yoy for continuing to push the boundary by providing multiple languages learning opportunity.

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Hi Phoebe. Thanks for your comment. It’s good to know that “mamahuhu” is recognised in Taiwan!

    • Anshika Tandon

      This was pretty AWESOME.Looking forward tot he next episode! whats the frequency of release for the episodes?

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        The episodes are going out weekly. We’re just about to post episode 2 now.

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