Come behind the scenes with the Coffee Break Chinese team. For lessons 31-40 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark visited Hongyu in Beijing to record conversations to be used in the final batch of lessons of Season 1. In this video you’ll join Mark on his first trip to China in which he visits the Great
It’s time for the final lesson in this series of Coffee Break Chinese and Mark is about to leave China. He and Hongyu have a chat about what they’ve done during the visit and reflect on how much Mark has learned. As ever, Crystal is on hand in the studio to help you understand the
In this penultimate episode of Season 1 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark meets some members of Hongyu’s family at his younger cousin’s birthday party. This gives him a great opportunity to put his Mandarin to the test and learn some new vocabulary too. As usual, Crystal is on hand in the studio to help.
In this lesson, Mark is feeling a bit under the weather during his trip to China. He and Hongyu head to the pharmacy for some advice and some medicine. As usual, Crystal is on hand to help you understand the Chinese language in the recorded conversations.
We have an exciting episode of Coffee Break Chinese for you today, as Mark and Hongyu have finally made it to Chángchéng, the Great Wall of China. In this lesson you’ll build your understanding of Chinese by reviewing previously learned vocabulary and acquiring new expressions and structures. As usual, Crystal is on hand in the
In this lesson Mark and Hongyu are going shopping. In the first shop, Mark wants to buy some postcards, and in the second shop Mark is looking for a new shirt. This lesson gives us the opportunity to review shopping vocabulary and will help you practise the transactional words and phrases covered in previous lessons.
One of the most common experiences for any tourist visiting a foreign country is having to ask for information. In episode 35 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark and Hongyu go to a tourist information office to ask for for information about a particular tourist attraction in Beijing, practising vocabulary learned in previous lessons. As usual,
In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese we join Hongyu and Mark at breakfast in the hotel where they get talking to another hotel guest and her son. We’ll take the opportunity to review vocabulary associated with ordering food and learn about some cultural aspects of eating breakfast in China. Crystal is on hand in
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Chinese and in this lesson Mark is checking into his hotel in Beijing, using many of the structures covered in previous lessons. Hongyu is on hand to help Mark in China, and Crystal is in the studio “after the event”, discussing the language used in the lesson.
In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese, Crystal and Mark continue to follow Mark’s progress as he puts his Chinese into practice in China. Mark is making his way into Beijing from the airport and Hongyu helps him prepare for a conversation at the airport information desk. Mark then enquires about the best way to
It’s time to put into practice what we’ve learned so far in the course, and Mark has arrived in China where he meets his friend Hongyu who will be his guide during this stay in Beijing. In this episode Mark arrives at the airport and he and Hongyu talk about what they’re looking forward to.
We’ve reached a milestone in Coffee Break Chinese with lesson 30 and in this lesson Crystal puts Mark – and our listeners – to the test with a marathon translation test covering all the topics of the course so far.
In this episode you’ll learn how to describe people in Chinese. You’ll learn various adjectives to describe people physically and talk about hair and eye colour. We’ll put this to the test by challenging you to identify some famous people from their descriptions in Chinese, and you’ll be able to see how much you’ve understood
In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to talk more about yourself, specifically by talking about your job, where you work, what you do and where you’d like to work if you didn’t have your current job! Crystal provides some interesting information about Chinese work ethic, and you’ll be able to practise your
In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to increase your range of expression to deal with conversations when visiting China and explaining why you’re there, how long you’re there for, and how long you’ve been learning Chinese.
In this episode you’ll learn to deal with emergencies in Chinese. Needless to say, we hope you never have to use this language, but it’s useful to know nonetheless! You’ll learn to talk about losing wallets, reporting stolen passports and asking for help in various situations. You’ll be ready for all eventualities by the time
In this lesson you’ll learn the words and phrases needed to make phone calls and use the internet in Mandarin Chinese.
In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese we’re taking the topic of illnesses and ailments a stage further with a visit to the pharmacy where you’ll learn to describe your symptoms and understand the advice given to you by the pharmacist.
My name is Crystal and I work with Mark to develop and record Coffee Break Chinese. I graduated with a Bachelor degree of English and International Business from Shanghai International Studies University in China and later on an MBA from Nottingham Business School in the UK. In my early career, I worked in a variety
When you’re travelling things don’t always go according to plan and you may have to visit a doctor or pharmacist. In this lesson you’ll learn the words for various parts of the body in Chinese, and to explain that you’re feeling unwell. By the end of this episode you’ll be able to explain to a