Learn Mandarin Podcasts

Mandarin Chinese Language. Looking to Learn Mandarin Chinese? Well, here are quite a few helpful podcasts for you to check out!

Many of the Kung Fu schools (check out the Martial Arts Podcasts) tend to use the Chinese language of the Cantonese (check out the Learn Cantonese Podcasts) variety. Due to the chaos of the 1900s, many Chinese people, and Chinese Martial Arts teachers especially, came through Hong Kong and spread outward into the wider diaspora.

However, I’ve chosen to focus on Mandarin (with a slight nod to Cantonese) for my Kung fu students for a variety of reasons:

  • It’s the first Chinese Language I encountered
  • It’s what I am most fluent at
  • It’s the foundation for Standard Chinese
  • It’s Official; most speakers of other languages & dialects will understand Mandarin
  • It’s THE business language (Chinese-speaking, of course)

So whether you’re looking to begin your journey of Mandarin Chinese Language learning or perhaps you’re just looking for more vocabulary, dialogue, curiosities, or whatever, this list should help you on your way!

A few quick notes before we get on with the list:

  • You may see the term HSK during your Mandarin journey. This acronym stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi and refers to the Chinese Proficiency Test or the Chinese Standard Exam. It is China’s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as non-native students and overseas Chinese.
  • If history is more of your thing, check out Chinese History Podcasts.
  • Learn How to Learn” provides some tips for improving your learning skill.
  • If you know of any Podcasts you think would fit in this listing, be sure to reach out and let us know!

Thanks, and Enjoy! 🙂 

Learn Mandarin Chinese Podcasts

Chinese Mandarin Cafe Podcast
Chinese Mandarin Cafe Podcast

Chinese Mandarin Cafe

Hello!

I am Amy Lin. I am an online 1-1 language teacher and a language learner 🙂

I got into teaching by accident in 2013. I love teaching. It is amazing and fun meeting people from all over the world, and I love helping them with their Mandarin journey. Through this podcast, I hope to help more people get started with their Mandarin journey.

I love making my lessons fun so occasionally you might have to deal with my not so funny jokes hehe.

Mini Mandarin Podcast
Mini Mandarin Podcast

Mini Mandarin Podcast
Short & Sweet Chinese Phrases

你好 (nǐ hǎo)! Hi! I am Amy Lin 👋 I help beginners learn Mandarin Chinese, wan step at a time. I hope you will fall in love with learning Chinese while having fun along the way! 😊 Mini Mandarin features bite-sized episodes so you can build up your Chinese with just a few minutes a day. Of course, you will still need to be consistent and do your work to see your progress 😂

Beginners' Chinese Podcast
Beginners' Chinese Podcast

The Beginners’ Chinese Podcast

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Do you want to learn some basics in Mandarin Chinese?

The tracks presented here are designed to give you a taste of Mandarin Chinese language and culture.

You’ll hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves and their families, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about sports, ask for directions, buy things, order food in a restaurant, invite someone to dinner – or simply share their experience of learning Chinese.

You’ll also find a track to help you with pronunciation and the use of tones.

Finally, there’s the chance to listen to interviews in English about Chinese-speaking cultures.

I Love Learning Chinese Podcast
I Love Learning Chinese Podcast

I Love Learning Chinese

Learn or Study Chinese Mandarin language and culture online for free through podcasts as we provide bite-size lessons that will be building blocks to mastering the Chinese language.

Chinese: Learn Online Podcast
Chinese: Learn Online Podcast

CLO Level 1 Lessons

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Learn Mandarin Chinese with our unique structured immersion course. Each lesson continues where the previous one left off. 

Level 1 lessons are conducted mainly in English. Later levels in the course will be conducted in Chinese that was taught in earlier levels.

Chinese Class 101 Podcast
Chinese Class 101 Podcast

Learn Chinese | Chinese Class101

Chinese Class 101 is an innovative and fun way of learning the Chinese language and culture at your own convenience and pace.

Our language training system consists of free daily podcast audio lessons and on our website, you have access to video lessons, Chinese Word of the Day, a premium learning center, a vibrant user community, and more.

Chinese Lessons | Learn Chinese | Melnyks
Chinese Lessons | Learn Chinese | Melnyks

Learn Chinese

Every audio lesson in this Mandarin Chinese course begins with a situational dialogue, followed by a vocabulary presentation in Chinese, explanation in English and a review at the end. Please download the PDF transcripts from our website. Transcripts will allow you to see what is included in each lesson, every single word and sentence that you hear in the audio (and bonus materials).

Talk Chineasy Podcast

Talk Chineasy - Learn Chinese every day with ShaoLan

Learn Chinese with ease!

Talk Chineasy brings you 7-minute daily Chinese lessons.

Each day, ShaoLan and a special guest share interesting cultural insights and stories as they teach you a useful Chinese phrase. Our amazing guests include rock stars, artists, CEOs, professors, adventurists, scientists, and more.

You’ll discover the rich culture behind the most widely spoken language, while you learn how to converse in basic Mandarin Chinese.

The Chinese Sayings Podcast
The Chinese Sayings Podcast

Chinese Sayings

Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes that introduce commonly used Chinese Sayings and the stories and rich meanings behind each phrase. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy a few stories and pick up a phrase or two from China’s ancient times.

Learn Mandarin Daily Podcast
Learn Mandarin Daily Podcast

Learn Mandarin Daily

Listen to our weekly podcast to build up your Cantonese vocabulary on the go! We offer Mandarin Language Zoom classes for you to join from wherever you are.

Take Away Chinese Podcast
Take Away Chinese Podcast

Takeaway Chinese

A weekly Chinese language teaching show which covers the most frequently used Chinese words and expressions, dialogues, language tips, and stories behind the idioms.

《随行汉语》:一档周播的中文教学栏目,囊括最常用实用的汉语表达,探讨中国语言与社会文化,以及趣味故事。

KaKa Chinese Culture Show Podcast
KaKa Chinese Culture Show Podcast

KaKa Chinese Culture Show

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

KaKa Chinese Culture Show is a weekly talk show produced by KaKaChinese. We are going to talk about all about China and Chinese language. 

Easy Chinese Idioms Podcast
Easy Chinese Idioms Podcast

Easy Chinese Idioms!

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Emily Tangerine explains all the Chinese idioms in the world. 

The Mandarin Rap Podcast
The Mandarin Rap Podcast

Mandarin Rap

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Improve your Mandarin speaking and listening by rapping. Every episode features conversation, vocabulary, original music, raps and a listener competition! 

Learn Chinese Insights Podcast
Learn Chinese Insights Podcast

Learn Chinese Insights

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Weekly interviews with people who learned Mandarin Chinese as a second language.

Find out why they learned it, what approach they took, and more importantly what they are doing with the Chinese they have learned.

Dimsum Mandarin Podcast
Dimsum Mandarin Podcast

Dim Sum Mandarin

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Have fun learning practical Mandarin Chinese by listening to contextual dialogues.

Through structured modules designed by Chung, you will be guided step-by-step to master useful words and phrases, and confidently put together sentences to speak in everyday and business situations.

Beginning Chinese | Seton Hall University
Beginning Chinese | Seton Hall University

Beginning Chinese by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

Obviously, as an Audio-Book, this is not a Live Podcast.

However, please note that we have access to the entire course here – Beginner through Advanced!

John DeFrancis worked at Seton Hall University in the Department of Far Eastern Studies’ Chinese Studies program, authoring textbooks for Mandarin Chinese in the early 1960s.

The original recordings were produced at Seton Hall University in Fahy Hall on reel-to-reel tapes. Over 100 hours of audio material were recorded. Between 2008-2010, the reel-to-reel tapes were digitized to help preserve the audio materials, as the condition of the tapes began to deteriorate. As such, you may hear some background noise, clicks and other auditory imperfections in the recordings.

Beginning Chinese | Seton Hall University
Beginning Chinese Reader | Seton Hall University

Beginning Chinese Reader by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

See the above listing for more information.

This is Beginning Chinese Reader.

Intermediate Chinese | Seton Hall University
Intermediate Chinese | Seton Hall University

Intermediate Chinese by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

See the above listing for more information. This is Intermediate Chinese.
Intermediate Chinese | Seton Hall University
Intermediate Chinese Reader | Seton Hall University

Intermediate Chinese Reader by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

See the above listing for more information. This is Intermediate Chinese Reader.
Advanced Chinese by Seton Hall University
`Advanced Chinese | Seton Hall University

Advanced Chinese by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

See the above listing for more information.

This is Advanced Chinese

Advanced Chinese by Seton Hall University
Advanced Chinese Reader | Seton Hall University

Advanced Chinese Reader by Seton Hall University
Audio-Book

See the above listing for more information.

This is Advanced Chinese Reader.

Mandarin for Travel and Beginners Podcast

Mandarin for Travel and Beginners

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

Byte-sized language files of Mandarin Chinese for everyday life.

Create your own playlists of real, relevant language for a completely personalized language learning experience.

These files only have the words and phrases- nothing else. Listen to these words and phrases and start speaking Mandarin Chinese right away.

ChinesePod | Beginner Podcast
ChinesePod | Beginner Podcast

ChinesePod - Beginner

ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin fun and easy. It isn’t your typical language learning resource – we think you’ll be entertained as well!

If you’re just trying to learn some survival Chinese or looking to start a lifelong relationship with the language, this ChinesePod – Beginner Level Podcast Channel is where to start.

ChinesePod | Intermediate Podcast
ChinesePod | Intermediate Podcast

ChinesePod - Intermediate

ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin fun and easy!

In this Intermediate Level Podcast Feed, explore broader contexts and applications of frequently used expressions needed to navigate comfortably in a Mandarin speaking environment. Deepen your knowledge on current affairs while learning and increase your confidence level in speaking Chinese.

ChinesePod | Advanced Podcast
ChinesePod | Advanced Podcast

ChinesePod - Advanced

ChinesePod makes learning Mandarin fun and easy. It isn’t your typical language learning resource – we think you’ll be entertained as well!

In this Advanced Level Podcast Feed, lessons are the black-belt of ChinesePod – You can already speak circles around your friends, but are looking for “complete” fluency Chinese.

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