Coffee Break Chinese – Season 1


Introducing Coffee Break Chinese

We’re very excited to introduce a brand new show in the Coffee Break family – from Wednesday 8th February you can start learning Mandarin Chinese with Coffee Break Chinese. Watch the video above to find out more about the show and to get to know our teacher Crystal and learner Mark. To access the free


CBC 1.01 | Asking “how are you?” in Chinese

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


CBC 1.02 | Greetings and introductions

It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break Chinese in which you can join teacher Crystal and learner Mark and learn Mandarin Chinese. In lesson 2, you’ll review what you covered in lesson 1, you’ll learn about greetings at different times of the day, and you’ll learn to introduce yourself and ask other people “what


CBC 1.03 | Saying where you come from

In this lesson you’ll learn to say where you come from and to talk about your nationality. You’ll also learn the names for some countries in Mandarin Chinese. As promised in the video, here are the Chinese names for some additional countries: Wēi’ěrshì – Wales Aì’ěrlán – Ireland Fǎguó – France Déguó – Germany Xībānyá


CBC 1.04 | Talking about where you live in Chinese

You already know how to say where you come from and talk about your nationality, but what about where you live now? In this episode you’ll learn to say “I live in …” and you’ll also learn the names for some towns and cities in Chinese.


CBC 1.05 | Introducing your family in Mandarin

In this episode you’ll learn the words for family members in Mandarin Chinese and you’ll learn to introduce them. There’s also more practice of what you’ve learned in previous lessons.


CBC 1.06 | More family members and counting up to 99

In this episode we’re continuing the theme of family members and also learning to count in Mandarin. We’ll focus on numbers from 0 to 99, and you’ll discover that once you know numbers 1-10, counting further is very easy.


CBC 1.07 | Buying things and asking for directions

In this episode you’ll learn to use the correct Chinese expressions to ask for the price of something – and to understand the response. You’ll also learn how to ask where places in the town are and understand the words for “where”, “here” and “there”.


CBC 1.08 | Finding your way around the town in Chinese

In this episode you’ll build on what you learned in lesson 7, understanding more words and phrases for dealing with directions in the town. You’ll also learn to talk about where things are in relation to other things, using “to the right of” and “to the left of”. We’ll learn new vocabulary for places in


CBC 1.10 | Review episode

In this lesson you’ll see how much you’ve learned in the first unit of the course. You’ll listen to a conversation in which Mark and Crystal play two characters who meet each other at a conference in Beijing university. You’ll be amazed at how much you understand, and there’s also some new vocabulary in this


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


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 –


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


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


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


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.