Podcasts to Learn Chinese

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中文 Learn Online

Chinese Learn Online is technically a paid course, which I do not recommend.  There are plenty of comparably priced paid courses that are of higher quality.

However, they offer a few hundred free podcasts that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced.

Lessons build on one another, and considering that they are free the content is pretty good.

Coffee Break 中文

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese with teacher Crystal and her student, Mark.

Each lesson is about 30 minutes long.  

Suitable for beginners.

CSLPOD has a large library of free audio lessons for all levels.

 The lessons include English translations.

There are subscription services available as well, such as exercises, vocabulary explanations, etc.  

The free audio is more than enough for me.  I especially like that when the audio is played, the the text is highlighted so that you can follow along.

iTunes China

This links to iTunes China’s large collection of Podcasts.

iTunes Taiwan

This links to iTunes Taiwan’s large collection of Podcasts.

中文 Thru Stories

The hosts of this podcast tell stories which are then explained throughout.

The number of “stories” that are available is quite large.

This podcast is entirely in Chinese, but has Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Learn Mandarin Now

Great for beginner

This Podbean podcast may no longer be in production but it has a ton of Chinese language content.

From how to talk about a plethora of subjects to how to guides and true life success stories of fellow Mandarin students.

LiZhi FM

This site offers various podcasts, both online and via their mobile app.

Simply browse the suggestions or search the site for something that interests you.

Then, select a podcast and an episode to start listening.

Mandarin Bean

Mandarin Bean is totally free!  

It provides high-quality listening and reading practice to help you master Chinese.  

Mandarin Bean has lessons ranging from beginner to advanced.

The HSK level of each lesson is also given.  

Both Simplified and Traditional Characters are available.  Pinyin can be turned on or off.

Melnyks Chinese

Here you will find several free podcasts for your learning pleasure.

Each lesson is around 20 minutes.

If you want readable transcripts and worksheets, however, there is a fee.

Pastimes of Youth

This podcast focuses on the issues of daily life in Taiwan, and is geared toward a younger audience.

It was recommended to me for learning beginner level vocabulary, and because I have an interest in Taiwanese culture. 

PopUp Chinese

Listen to Free Podcasts available for four levels:  Absolute Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced.

For a fee they also provide downloadable MP3s, transcripts of the dialogue and more.

Sina Video

for advanced

This site is for the advanced Chinese learner.

Sina is one of China’s largest websites.  It covers a multitude of topics from current events to Chinese politics.

This is a great tool to get used to listening to native Chinese TV, complete with all its variety of accents.

Slow Chinese

慢速中文 Slow Chinese is a cultural podcast for Chinese learners. 

Personal narratives by native Chinese people are read in Mandarin at a slow speed (2~3 characters per second).

Topics vary from language, knowledge, tradition and culture to opinions on social phenomena.

This pod cast is no longer in production, but its archive contains plenty to explore.

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