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Chinese on the Street

Chinese on the Street

  • Learn Chinese in an authentic environment 
  • Hear unrehearsed, uncanned Chinese dialogue that suits your level
  • A complete Chinese learning experience (practice listening + speaking)
Lesson 01-10
Lesson 11-20
Lesson 21-30
Lesson 31-40
Lesson 41-50
Lesson 51-55
  • Learn to count from 1-10 in Chinese
  • Learn how to use finger/hand gestures to express numbers
  • Our host asks interviewees “What’s your number”
  • Practice saying your phone number in Chinese
  • Learn to politely address someone and an alternative way of saying “1” in Chinese
  • Hear different ways Chinese people respond to the question “What’s your name?”
  • Hear different ways Chinese people respond to “Do you have an English name?”
  • Hear how Chinese people say “nice to meet you”
  • Our host asks interviewees questions regarding nationalities and languages
  • Hear Chinese people answer “What languages do American people speak?
  • Learn the difference between wén (文), yǔ (语) and huà (话) 
  • Our host asks interviewees “Can you speak English?”
  • Hear different ways to respond to a “Can you…” question
  • Get a sense of some Chinese English speaking abilities
  • Our host asks interviewees “Do you like to eat Chinese food/western food?”
  • Our host also asks “Do you like to eat McDonald’s/KFC?”
  • Gain some insight into the food preferences of Chinese people
  • Our host asks interviewees lots of “choices” questions
  • Hear answers to questions like “Do you like coffee or tea?”
  • Hear answers to questions like “Do you like Chinese food or western food?”
  • Our host asks interviewees questions about beverage preferences
  • Hear different answers containing beverage related words
  • Our host asks people on the street “Do you think I’m beautiful?”
  • Learn how to politely answer questions
  • Hear answers to the question “Do you think Chinese food is delicious?”
  • Hear couples say whether they think their significant others are pretty/handsome
  • Hear how people answer yes/no questions
  • Hear our host ask questions like “What kind of meat do you like to eat?”
  • Hear answers to questions like “Do you like to eat seafood?”
  • Hear answers to questions like “What ethnic foods do you like to eat?”
  • Our host asks people on the street “What kind of staple food do you like to eat?”
  • Hear different answers about foods and get a sense for Chinese food preferences
  • Download and review our complete list of staple food names, fruits and vegetables
  • Our host asks people on the street “Do you have any siblings”
  • Learn how to make the sentences “I am the only child”
  • Our host ask people “What do you do for a living”
  • Hear many different answers and learn vocabulary regarding occupation
  • Our host asks Chinese people what they like to do during weekends
  • Hear lots of different responses about different hobbies and activities
  • Our host asks Chinese people why they think foreigners learn Chinese
  • Hear different answers to this question and gain some insight into Chinese thoughts
  • Our host ask people if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend and why they like them
  • Hear many different answers to this question regarding looks, character and work.
  • Our host asks Chinese people to answer questions about the date of a specific day
  • Learn to talk about yesterday, today and tomorrow’s date
  • Learn to talk about yesterday, today and tomorrow’s day of the week
  • Our host asks Chinese people when their birthday is
  • Hear Chinese people saying dates in Chinese
  • Our host asks people “What time is it now?”
  • Hear different answers and ways of telling time
  • Our host asks Chinese people if they are married
  • She also asks how many children they have
  • Our host asks questions involving “how many”
  • She also asks children if they know how many people are in China
  • Our host asks a jewelry store how much things cost
  • Gain some insight into Chinese bargaining
  • Our host asks Chinese people whether they can drive
  • She also asks what type of cars they drive
  • Our host asks Chinese people how old and how tall they are
  • She also asks how much they weigh
  • Hear how Chinese people respond to personal questions
  • Our host asks Chinese people where they live and how long they have lived there
  • She also asks what they think about the place they live in
  • Our host asks Chinese people if they have ever been to America
  • She also asks if they have been to other countries
  • Our host asks people what places in China they have been to
  • Learn lots of different Chinese city names and which ones are common to visit
  • Our host asks Chinese people if they have had western food and what they think of it
  • Learn lots of specialty food vocab from different countries
  • Our host asks people if they have seen Avatar and their favorite Hollywood celebrity
  • Learn the Chinese names of many famous people
  • Our host asks people where they are from and what brings them here
  • Learn how people say they are “here on business”
  • Watch our host run into an old friend of hers
  • Learn what Chinese people say when they are catching up with each other
  • Learn what Chinese people what they think of Americans, Chinese girls, weather etc.
  • She also asks people how well they speak English
  • Learn the Chinese way to answer question about how well you do something
  • Our host asks people how well they can speak English, sing, dance and cook
  • Watch Chinese people speak English and sing songs
  • Our host asks Chinese people if they rested well last night
  • Learn lots of different ways to answer by saying “I slept well/pretty well”
  • Our host acts out some activities and asks people to guess what she is doing
  • Learn words like “to run, to walk, to swim, to sing, to dance, to eat and to sleep”
  • Our host asks people on the street where they are going to be after 3 or 5 years
  • Learn from different responses like “I don’t know” and “Probably still here”
  • Our host asks people what they think about the weather for tomorrow
  • Learn several different ways to describe the weather
  • Our host asks Chinese people what they plan to do this weekend
  • Learn words like “watch movies, exercise, climb a mountain, work and go to Beijing”
  • Hear what time Chinese people wake up, eat breakfast, eat dinner and go to sleep
  • Practice hearing and understanding different times in Chinese
  • Our host asks people on the street what they did last weekend
  • Learn different activity words like “play basketball, go shopping, visit parents, skiing”
  • Learn more activity words: “watch a soccer game, attend a party, and take a walk”
  • Our host asks Chinese people what they had for breakfast today and dinner last night
  • Learn lots of different Chinese food words like “steam buns” and “soy milk”
  • Our host asks which Chinese female celebrity is prettier: Fang Bingbing or Zhang ziyi
  • She also asks which countries have larger populations 
  • Our host asks people how old and tall they are
  • Learn how to make comparison sentences
  • Our host asks interviewees which is faster, taking a taxi or the subway?
  • She also asks whether English or Chinese is more difficult
  • Our host asks people who does better in subjects like English, running and singing
  • Say “He runs faster than me, She and I run at the same pace, I am not as fast as him”
  • Our host asks interviewees if they all like to watch movies, eat western food, go shopping, and exercises.
  • Learn how to use the word “all – dōu (都)”
  • Our host asks people what kind of movies they like to watch and which countries they have been to.
  • She also asks which celebrity/singer/director they like.
  • Learn many different words like movies genres, famous people, and Chinese province
  • Our host asks interviewees what kind of sport they like
  • Learn many different types of sports like soccer, baseball, golf, etc.
  • Our host asks interviewees what should they do when they get sick
  • Learn different ways of how people take care of themselves
  • Our host asks people what should they do to learn English well
  • Learn different ways of how Chinese people learn English   
  • Our host asks people a series of Yes/No questions
  • Learn how to form the verb-not-verb structures of Yes/No questions
  • Our host asks people if they can eat spicy food, drink alcohol, sing, etc.
  • Learn how to use the words: can and cannot
  • our host asks people to locate objects from pictures
  • learn prepositions of place
  • learn directions like go forward, go backward, go left, and go right