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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, scienti…

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    182 - To Influence in Chinese with ShaoLan and Global Economist & Author Dr. Dambisa Moyo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 6:39

    New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo is this episode's guest as ShaoLan teaches her how to say ”influence” in Chinese. Listen to Dambisa's fascinating views on global economic trends.

    181 - Period in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & Executive Director Nadya Okamoto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 9:23

    It's a fact of life that over half of the world's population will have to deal with periods at some point in their lifetime. The remarkable Nadya Okamoto has used her youth organisation Period to help in the fight to empower women around the world by providing education and sanitary products. ShaoLan teaches her how to say ”period” in Chinese.

    180 - Confidence in Chinese with ShaoLan and Content Chief Gina Pell at The What

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 7:55

    Chief Editor of The What, Gina Pell rejoins ShaoLan to share her secrets to being a confident person. ShaoLan teaches her the word for confidence in Chinese and the beautiful history of the character for confidence will surprise you!

    179 - Optimistic in Chinese with ShaoLan and Renowned Leader, Economist and Author Noreena Hertz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 6:30

    Successful TV presenter Noreena Hertz shares her secrets to being optimistic and her answer may surprise you! ShaoLan coaches her how to say “optimistic” and “pessimistic” in Chinese, with a bonus recap of “I love you” in Chinese near the end of the lesson.

    178 - Timing in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & CEO Bill Gross from Idealab

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 9:01

    Possibly the most important thing you will learn today! ”Timing” in Chinese and who better to learn the word than hugely successful entrepreneur Bill Gross. He shares the most important secrets he has learned along his journey starting businesses and ShaoLan shows him how he could have saved a lot of time!

    177 - Go To Work in Chinese with ShaoLan and Co-founder and Chairman Edward Shenderovich from Knotel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 6:00

    ShaoLan speaks to Russian-American poet Edward Shenderovich about “going to work” in Chinese. Edward is the Managing Director of the successful New York flexible workspace company Knotel and also learns the bonus words ”work from home” in Chinese.

    176 - To Have Free Time in Chinese with ShaoLan and Stephen Turban from Harvard College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 6:43

    Know the difference between ”do you have time” and ”do you have the time” in Mandarin Chinese in this cute episode with Chineasy founder and presenter ShaoLan and Harvard senior Stephen Turban.

    175 - Dear in Chinese with ShaoLan and Super Chineasian Charlie Hoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 8:19

    Charlie Hoffs became fluent in Chinese at 16 years old. ShaoLan teaches her the different uses of the word “dear.” Listen carefully so you can avoid any embarrassing situations by saying the word in the wrong context!

    174 - Volunteer in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & Executive Director Nadya Okamoto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 6:36

    With over 75,000 volunteers across the globe, Period is an amazing organisation providing hygiene products to women all over the world. In this episode, ShaoLan interviews Nadya about the journey and how she has recruited so many volunteers.

    173 - Ringtone in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder Ralph Simon from Mobilium Global

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 6:37

    The ”Father of the ringtone” Ralph Simon learns how to say ”ringtone” in Chinese! You can also learn how to specify whether the ringtone is a mobile ringtone or not in Mandarin thanks to Chineasy founder ShaoLan.

    172 - Gig in Chinese with ShaoLan and Singer & Songwriter Ida M. Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 7:10

    Ida M Paul talks about concerts with ShaoLan and learns the Chinese word for ”gig.” The literal translation of the phrase will surprise you. Also, listen out for the bonus Chinese words ”singer” and ”song.”

    171 - Mobile in Chinese with ShaoLan and Chief Executive & Founder Ralph Simon from Mobilium Global

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 9:13

    The ”Father of the ringtone” Ralph Simon joins ShaoLan in London to learn how to say ”mobile” in Chinese. Listen to find out why Ralph believes smartphone technology will continue to be one of the most important technologies driving change in the world and why we need to have trust in our apps and devices.

    170 - Most in Chinese with ShaoLan and Jesse Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 6:25

    Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke learns a dangerous new word in Mandarin Chinese - ”most”! ShaoLan shares with him situations where it is a useful word to say and situations where its use could lead to trouble!

    169 - Dad & Mom in Chinese with ShaoLan and Stephen Turban from Harvard College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 7:49

    In Chinese culture, it's not as simple as just calling your parents ”dad and mom.” Learn how to respectfully address your parents and friend's parents in this fascinating insight into Chinese family dynamics with Harvard student Stephen Turban.

    168 - To Give/To See off in Chinese with ShaoLan and Jesse Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 10:11

    Are you being given a present or being taken to the door?! Find out how to distinguish between the two meanings with Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke and Chineasy founder ShaoLan.

    167 - Spicy in Chinese with ShaoLan and Stephen Turban from Harvard College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 8:32

    Fluent Chinese speaker and Harvard student Stephen Turban returns to chat about the uses of the word ”spicy” in Chinese. Which three parts of China are famed for their spicy cuisine? Find out in this entertaining episode!

    166 - Curious in Chinese with ShaoLan and Content Chief Gina Pell at The What

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 6:58

    Chief Editor of The What Gina Pell shares how her curiosity has led her to amazing new challenges in life. ShaoLan shares with her the fascinating history behind the Chinese character for ”curious.”

    165 - Good Wine in Chinese with ShaoLan and Co-Founder & Chairman Chafic Kazoun from B-Line Medical

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 9:02

    Do you enjoy wine? Entrepreneur and CEO of Beeline Medical Chafic Kazoun is also an avid drinker of fine wines! ShaoLan teaches him the essential words in Chinese to know how to ask for and how to describe fine wine.

    164 - Basketball in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder Ralph Simon from Mobilium Global

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 8:53

    Ralph Simon is today's special guest and ShaoLan teaches him how to say ”basketball” in Chinese along with a lot of other super useful words that you will need to know when talking about or playing basketball!

    163 - Software in Chinese with ShaoLan and Co-Founder & Chairman Chafic Kazoun from B-Line Medical

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 8:01

    How do you say ”software” in Chinese? Software engineer turned entrepreneur Chafic Kazoun calls in from the USA to find out more from ShaoLan.

    162 - Free (of charge) in Chinese with ShaoLan and Josh Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 8:30

    Transition drummer and fluent Chinese speaker Josh Edbrooke calls in from Taiwan to learn from ShaoLan the origins of the word ”free” (of charge) in Chinese.

    161 - Queen in Chinese with ShaoLan and CBE, Author & Radio Broadcaster Carole Stone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 9:16

    The “Networking Queen” of London Carole Stone CBE drops into the studio to learn how to say “king and queen” in Chinese. Sharing some deeply personal and heartwarming stories, this is truly an episode not to be missed.

    160 - Gifted in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & CEO Tom Ilube from Crossword Cybersecurity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 9:04

    Tom Ilube gives scholarships gifted students from all over Africa. They then have the opportunity to focus on science and mathematics. It's only right that he then learns the word in Chinese for ”gifted” with Chineasy's expert teacher ShaoLan.

    159 - Idea in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & CEO Bill Gross from Idealab

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 8:42

    After starting over 150 different companies through Idea Lab, Bill Gross knows a thing or two about eureka moments. He chats with Chineasy founder ShaoLan about his best ideas and most importantly learns how to say ”idea” in Mandarin Chinese.

    158 - Hygiene in Chinese with ShaoLan and Founder & Executive Director Nadya Okamoto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 7:44

    Today ShaoLan is joined in the Boston studio by Period's incredible 19-year-old founder, Nadya Okamoto. Throughout the course of the interview, learn all the Chinese words for the most important women's sanitary products.

    157 - To Feel/To Think in Chinese with ShaoLan and Jesse Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 7:20

    Ever wanted to express an opinion in Mandarin Chinese?! Transition singer and songwriter Jesse Edbrooke joins ShaoLan in London to find out the best way to share your thoughts and feelings in Chinese.

    156 - Annoying in Chinese with ShaoLan and Stephen Turban from Harvard College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 7:05

    Want to learn how to say something is ”annoying” in Mandarin Chinese? And what is the link between someone eating a dog and the Chinese word for ”annoying”?! Find out in this excellent episode featuring Harvard College senior Stephen Turban and ShaoLan.

    155 - Recipe in Chinese with ShaoLan and Writer and Mental Health Campaigner Rachel Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 7:57

    After recently publishing her top selling healthy recipe book, Rachel Kelly shares the secrets behind making a great recipe whilst learning how to say “recipe” in Chinese.

    154 - Fashion in Chinese with ShaoLan and Entrepreneur Helen Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 6:40

    Truly fashionable or just a fad?! Find out how to say these words in Chinese as luxury brand CEO Helen Wright chats with ShaoLan. Listen out for the bonus word “popular” and challenge yourself to say all the major fashion weeks in Chinese.

    153 - Guitar in Chinese with ShaoLan and Singer & Songwriter Ida M. Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 8:03

    Finnish musician and actor Ida M Paul drops into the Talk Chineasy Boston studio to learn how to say ”guitar” in Chinese. She already has 2 singles that have hit the Spotify top 20 and has studied Mandarin in the past.

    152 - Kid in Chinese with ShaoLan and Director of Marketing Ken Yahnhs from LEGO Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 8:21

    Learning Chinese is child's play! Lego's Ken Yahns finds out the word for ”kid” in Chinese and ShaoLan discovers more about Ken's life as he works hard to make sure that children all over the world can play hard using Lego.

    151 - Radio in Chinese with ShaoLan and Sound Recordist, Designer & Mixer Suzy Robins

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 8:15

    Top studio engineer Suzy Robins has worked on the audio for top movies and radio productions for a number of years. In this special episode, she is on the other side of the microphone learning how to say “radio” in Chinese.

    150 - Poem in Chinese with ShaoLan and Co-founder and Chairman Edward Shenderovich from Knotel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 6:41

    In this episode, ShaoLan trades poems with Russian-American poet Edward Shenderovich. Listen and learn how to perfectly pronounce the word for “poem” in Chinese.

    149 - Lose Weight in Chinese with ShaoLan & Founder Dean Ornish from PMRI

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 8:13

    How do you say “lose weight” in Chinese? ShaoLan teaches Dean Ornish how to get the pronunciation right and Dean reveals his secrets to losing weight quickly and healthily.

    148 - Baddies in Chinese with ShaoLan and Josh Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 8:38

    Chinese films also feature lots of “baddies”! Transition drummer Josh Edbrooke learns how to say the word in Chinese and what other situations the phrase is useful in. Can you guess where a film is made based on the nationality of the bad guys in it?!

    147 - Humor in Chinese with ShaoLan and Illustrator Noma Bar

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 8:33

    Illustrator of the original Chineasy characters Noma Bar shares how his sense of humor was crucial to designing the multi-award-winning characters. ShaoLan asks what kinds of humor influenced him when he was young and the secrets of becoming so successful.

    146 - Detox in Chinese with ShaoLan and Co-founder Genevieve Lydstone from Scout Technologies

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 6:59

    Co-founder of Scout Technologies, Genevieve Wolff Lydstone talks “detox” in Chinese with ShaoLan. Find out whether fasting is part of Chinese culture and why Genevieve among other things stopped drinking fruit juice for 30 days.

    145 - Happy in Chinese w/ ShaoLan & Founder Dean Ornish from Preventive Medicine Research Institute

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 5:56

    Dean Ornish shares the secret to staying happy and learns the word in Chinese. Listen carefully as ShaoLan teaches the bonus word: “open heart.” Prepared to be blown away as the origins of the character link so well with Dean's history as a heart surgeon.

    144 - Young in Chinese with ShaoLan and CBE, Author & Radio Broadcaster Carole Stone

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 9:34

    Carole Stone learns how to say young and shares her tips on how to stay young in heart and mind. ShaoLan teaches “young” in Chinese.

    143 - What in Chinese with ShaoLan and Content Chief Gina Pell at The What

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 7:31

    Gina Pell, editor of one of the trendiest publications around, “The What” learns how to say just that in Chinese. Want to know how to ask “what to eat, what to drink, what to watch?” Listen on as ShaoLan teaches Gina these other highly useful questions in Chinese.

    142 - Bag in Chinese with ShaoLan and CEO Helen Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 7:29

    Helen Wright learns the word for “bag” in Chinese. With handbags retailing for over $15,000 she certainly knows a thing or two about the luxury market!

    141 - I Got It in Chinese with ShaoLan and Super Chineasian Charlie Hoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 8:14

    Learn how to say “I understand” and “I don't understand” in Chinese with 16-year-old Californian star student Charlie Hoffs who is a fluent mandarin speaker. ShaoLan also reveals the origins of Charlie's Chinese name.

    140 - Jet Lag in Chinese with ShaoLan and Josh Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 7:04

    Having flown 6,000 miles to be at the London studio, Transition drummer Josh is well qualified to speak about and learn about the word “jetlag” in Chinese. ShaoLan shares her tips on how to cross time zones and adapt to the new time zone as quickly as possible.

    139 - Good Mood in Chinese with ShaoLan and Writer and Mental Health Campaigner Rachel Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 8:21

    Expert Chef Rachel Kelly has spent over 5 years researching the science of food and how it can affect our mood. ShaoLan coaches her on how to say “good mood” in Chinese and finds out some of the touching journeys that Rachel has been on to help change the lives of those with mental health conditions.

    138 - Generation in Chinese with ShaoLan and Renowned Leader, Economist and Author Noreena Hertz

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 9:02

    Bestselling author and TV presenter Noreena Hertz has spent many years researching “Generation K.” Find out about her fascinating theory and discover the word for “generation” in Chinese in this fascinating discussion.

    137 - Universe in Chinese with ShaoLan and Professor Max Tegmark from MIT

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 8:42

    Cosmologist Max Tegmark not only is an expert on the universe that we live in, but he can also speak great Chinese! He calls from the USA to chat with ShaoLan about how to say “universe” in Chinese and explains how our understanding of the universe continues to amaze him.

    136 - Design in Chinese with ShaoLan and Illustrator Noma Bar

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 8:37

    The original Illustrator of all the incredible Chineasy characters Noma Bar learns how to say “design” and “I am a graphic designer!” A humorous and engaging character, Noma also shares his amazing new collection of sketches and drawings that will soon be released.

    135 - Expensive in Chinese with ShaoLan and CEO Helen Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 7:21

    Helen Wright learns how to say “expensive” and “cheap” in Chinese. In certain situations in China, bargaining is very important and these words will equip you to be a champion bargainer!

    134 - Kitchen in Chinese with ShaoLan and Writer and Mental Health Campaigner Rachel Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 8:18

    The author of the “The Happy Kitchen” Rachel Kelly learns how to say “kitchen” in Chinese and explains the science of how what we eat affects not just our physical but also our mental wellbeing.

    133 - Chopsticks in Chinese with ShaoLan and Josh Edbrooke from Transition band

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 8:50

    Transition drummer Josh and ShaoLan discuss the origins of chopsticks and how to pronounce it just right in Chinese. The chopsticks in every Asian country have slightly different characteristics. Which style do you find easiest to use?

    132 - Challenge in Chinese with ShaoLan and Renowned Leader, Economist and Author Noreena Hertz

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 6:43

    Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author and chief economics editor of the UK's ITV. ShaoLan asks her to reveal why having a challenge in life is so important and how she has motivated herself to grow and reach new heights. In this fascinating conversation, learn the word for “challenge” in Chinese!

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