Coffee Break Chinese – Season 1

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CBC 1.30 | Coffee Break Chinese Course Review

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.

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CBC 1.29 | Describing people in Mandarin Chinese

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 of the lesson.

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CBC 1.28 | Talking about your likes and dislikes in Chinese

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 Mandarin with the help of

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CBC 1.27 | Talking about your job in Chinese

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 Mandarin with the help of

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CBC 1.26 | Talking about why you’re visiting China

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.

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CBC 1.25 | Dealing with emergencies in 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 you’ve listened to this episode!

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CBC 1.23 | A visit to the pharmacy in 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.

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CBC 1.22 | Parts of the body and dealing with illnesses in Chinese

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 doctor or pharmacist which part

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CBC 1.21 | Talking about the weather in Chinese

In this episode you’ll learn to talk about the weather in Mandarin. By the end of the lesson you’ll be able to use the words and phrases for different meteorological conditions and understand a weather forecast in Chinese.

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CBC 1.20 | Zhǐnéng fù xiànjīn

This lesson marks the end of the first half of the Coffee Break Chinese Season 1 course, and we’re taking the opportunity to review much of the vocabulary and structures learned in the first 20 lessons through a series of conversations in different situations.

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CBC 1.18 | Zuò dìtiè èrshí fēnzhōng

​In this lesson of Coffee Break Chinese we’re looking at the topic of getting around the town. You’ll develop your range of vocabulary for asking for directions – and understanding the answers – and you’ll learn more vocabulary and structures to help you deal with public transport in China.

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CBC 1.17 | Bówùguǎn jǐ diǎn kāimén? – Tourist information in Chinese

​In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to ask questions in the tourist information office or at your hotel. We take the time topic further by looking at more complex times like “half past” and “quarter to”, and we also cover opening and closing times. By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to ask questions like

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CBC 1.16 | Xiǎngyào mǎi shénme? – Shopping in Chinese

This episode of Coffee Break Chinese focuses on the topic of shopping. You’ll learn to say that you’d like to buy souvenirs, postcards, stamps and lots more. You’ll also learn to say that you’re just looking. By the end of this lesson you’ll be ready to shop for souvenirs and other useful items on your trip to China. If you

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CBC 1.14 | Wǒ yào yí gè shuāngrénjiān – Hotels in Mandarin

​One of the great things about learning any language is the fact that you begin to see that many constructions can be reused in different contexts. With the help of some new vocabulary in this lesson for talking about hotel rooms, reservations and room keys, you’ll see that you can use the structures you’ve already learned in this new context.

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CBC 1.12 | Wǒ yào hǎixiān chǎofàn – Ordering food in Mandarin

It’s time to learn how to order food in a Chinese restaurant using Mandarin. You’ll learn various words and phrases to help you get a table, ask for a menu in English and if you’re struggling with chopsticks you can ask for a knife and fork. You’ll also learn to talk about typical food – everything from egg fried rice

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CBC 1.11 | Qǐng gěi wǒ yì bēi lǚchá – Ordering drinks in Chinese

In this lesson you’ll learn to order drinks in a Chinese café or tea house. In addition to building your vocabulary for common drinks in Mandarin, you’ll also learn the structures used to ask for things. You’ll quickly find how easy it is to reuse these structures in other situations, and before long you’ll be ready to order a cup