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Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

Location:

Taiwan

Description:

Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

Language:

English


Episodes

360 - Advice 建议 Jiànyì - Good or Bad Advice and vocabulary in Mandarin and English

4/12/2024
Tom and Ula discuss good and bad advice they have gotten over the years. Mandarin Vocabulary Related to Advice: 建议 (Jiànyì) - Advice 最好 (Zuì hǎo) - Best 最坏 (Zuì huài) - Worst 经验 (Jīngyàn) - Experience 智慧 (Zhìhuì) - Wisdom 错误 (Cuòwù) - Mistake 成功 (Chénggōng) - Success 失败 (Shībài) - Failure 教训 (Jiàoxùn) - Lesson 启发 (Qǐfā) - Inspiration

Duration:00:43:31

#359 - 社交媒体 Social Media | Casual Mandarin Chinese & English Podcast

4/5/2024
Hey Mandarin Monkey fam! This week, we’re taking a hilarious hike through the history of social media – yes, we’re talking about the good, the bad, and the downright cringe-worthy moments from our digital pasts. Remember the thrill of customizing your MySpace page or the challenge of expressing your whole vibe in just 140 characters? How about those Vine creations we all thought were cinematic masterpieces? Join us as we reminisce about the days when social media was just finding its feet, diving into the trends that had us hooked, and the posts that make us face-palm now. From virtual farms to the first selfie hashtags, we’re unpacking it all with our usual blend of humor and insight. But what’s a trip down memory lane without picking up a few new phrases along the way? In true Mandarin Monkey style, we’ll sprinkle in some Mandarin related to social media. Whether you’re here to chuckle over our digital faux pas or to snag some new vocabulary for your Mandarin arsenal, this episode promises to deliver.

Duration:01:02:04

#358 - 水滴石穿 Shuǐ Dī Shí Chuān | Bilingual | Mandarin and English

3/22/2024
In this heartwarming episode of our Chinese Learning Podcast, we dive into the theme of "Life's Little Wins: Celebrating Small Victories." Join us as we share personal anecdotes and reflections on the small accomplishments that brighten our daily lives. From mastering a new Mandarin phrase to finally understanding a complex Chinese character, we explore the joy and significance of these moments. Our discussion highlights the importance of acknowledging these victories, especially during challenging times, and how they contribute to our overall happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also touch on the impact of sharing these wins on relationships and community spirit, and the role of social media in celebrating these achievements. Whether it's a seemingly insignificant skill mastered or a daily ritual that brings joy, we celebrate the beauty and strength found in the small things in life. We encourage our listeners to embrace gratitude and make a habit of recognizing their daily victories, no matter how minor they may seem. To inspire perseverance and dedication in learning Chinese or any endeavor, we introduce the Mandarin phrase “水滴石穿 (shuǐ dī shí chuān),” meaning "constant dripping wears away the stone." Let's celebrate every small step towards our goals and share the beauty of life's little wins together.

Duration:00:43:43

#357 - 自然是最好的老师 | zìrán shì zuì hǎo de lǎoshī | Chinese Learning Podcast

3/15/2024
Dive into the Mandarin Monkey Podcast, your go-to for a Chinese learning podcast that brings laughter and language together. In this episode, we share unforgettable tales from the great outdoors—camping blunders, unexpected wildlife encounters, and the humor in the unpredictability of nature. It's a unique blend of learning Chinese conversation skills and embracing the chaos of outdoor adventures. Whether you're into podcasts for learning Chinese or looking for a mandarin vlog that mixes Taiwanese mandarin with engaging stories, this episode has it all. From humorous misunderstandings with camping gear to weather-related misadventures, we cover the gamut of what the great outdoors can throw at us. Plus, we share a bonus Mandarin phrase: "自然是最好的老师" (Nature is the best teacher), a light-hearted reminder that every outdoor misadventure teaches us something, even if it's just to laugh at ourselves. Join us for this episode where Chinese for beginners meets the hilarity of the natural world. It's an invitation to boost your daily Chinese conversation skills while learning to embrace the unpredictability and joy of outdoor adventures.

Duration:00:56:50

#356: 生活小秘訣 Shenghuo mijue | Chinese Learning Podcast | Boost Your Daily Chinese Conversation Skills

3/8/2024
Join us in this exciting episode of the Mandarin Monkey Podcast, your go-to Chinese learning podcast, as we uncover 20 essential life hacks that will not only improve your daily life but also enhance your Chinese speaking and listening practice. Tom and Ula, a dynamic mixed couple living in Taiwan, bring you a unique blend of Chinese conversation in daily life, offering insights, entertainment, and language learning tips. Perfect for anyone looking to listen to Chinese conversation and improve their Chinese language learning, this episode is packed with practical advice, study methods, and the opportunity to engage in Chinese listening practice through real-life contexts. Whether you're a beginner or looking to advance your Chinese speaking practice, our blend of English and Mandarin – Chinglish – ensures you can follow along and absorb every tip. Don’t miss out on this chance to transform your approach to learning Mandarin with practical life hacks and language learning strategies. Subscribe, listen, and elevate your Chinese language skills today!

Duration:01:00:09

#355 - The Irritating Truth: Navigating 恼人 (Nǎo Rén) Moments

3/1/2024
Dive into the world of irritation with us on Mandarin Monkey as we explore the nuances of 恼人 (nǎo rén). This episode brings personal anecdotes, cultural insights, and laughter together, shedding light on the universal irritations that bind us. Discover how different cultures tackle annoyance and learn practical strategies for managing your own 恼人 moments. Join our hosts for a journey through the trivial and profound irritations of life, from the mundane to the meaningful. We'll share tips on turning frustration into growth and understanding, all while keeping the conversation light and relatable. Tune in for an episode filled with insights, advice, and the shared experience of navigating life's irritations. Listen now on your favorite podcast platform and subscribe for more episodes that mix language, life, and laughter.

Duration:01:01:50

#354 - Shredded Duck | Mandarin and English Podcast

2/23/2024
After two weeks away from the microphone we are back with updates on whats been going on. High pressure situations, set means, no touching and a spa day. Let the Mandarin and English begin.

Duration:00:54:10

#353 - 抱怨 | Mandarin and English Podcast

2/2/2024
This time there are some Mandarin and English compaints. What are the three items you cannot live without? what are you doing for Chinese new year if at all? What's the silliest thing you have ever done? Let's find out in both Mandarin and English. 抱怨 #learnmandarin #learnenglish

Duration:00:58:01

#352 - Acceptance | Mandarin and English Bilingual Podcast

1/26/2024
We discuss the new Mandarin hangout sessions and some new grateful cards that Ula has been practising. Learning how to say sorry and the worse grades we have ever received. All in Mandarin Chinese and English.

Duration:00:48:59

#351 - Mixed Shoes | Bilingual Podcast

1/19/2024
Friday bilingual chat with Mandarin Monkey! This one has a number of new Mandarin phrases you can learn and includes a good old fashioned game of You or Me. #mandarin #chinese #english #bilingual

Duration:00:59:04

#350 - The Best Choice | Bilingual Podcast

1/12/2024
In this episode we speak about face mites, the Taiwanese election, learning goals, The Suits and salaries. Spoken in both Mandarin and English the Mandarin Monkey podcast is a Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

Duration:00:59:25

#349 - Excuses | Learn Mandarin & English | A Podcast

1/5/2024
Happy New Year! This is the first Mandarin Monkey Podcast episode of 2024. We dig into learning goals and new year goals in general. Spoken in both Mandarin and English the Mandarin Monkey podcast is a Chinese and English Language podcast. A mixed couple (Tom & Ula) living in Taiwan, teach Chinese through the use of Chinglish (Chinese and English) on a variety of topics. Learn Chinese, study methods, Entertainment, news, life, business, hints and tricks to learning Mandarin. Hear a native speaking naturally and at natural pace but with the English translation so you can follow the context of the conversation. Enjoy.

Duration:00:53:31

#348 - San Francisco Tales | Mandarin & English Bilingual Podcast

12/21/2023
Tune into this vibrant episode of the Mandarin Monkey Podcast, where co-host Tom recounts his recent trip to San Francisco! 🌉🎙️ Join us as we explore a series of captivating stories and experiences that Tom encountered during his visit to this dynamic city. Perfect for learners of Mandarin and English, this episode offers a bilingual journey through the streets of San Francisco. We discuss everything from humorous encounters to cultural observations, making language learning both fun and immersive. This episode is not just about language learning; it's an engaging cultural exchange filled with laughter, lessons, and linguistic insights. Press play to join Tom and Ula on this unforgettable San Francisco journey!

Duration:01:01:49

#347 - Celebrating Gratitude | Bilingual podcast | Mandarin and English

11/24/2023
Welcome to a special episode of the Mandarin Monkey podcast, where we blend the fun of learning Mandarin with the joy of gratitude! In this episode, we take a delightful detour from our usual Mandarin lessons to discuss what makes us truly grateful. Join us as we share hilarious personal stories, sprinkle in some Mandarin phrases related to gratitude, and explore how acknowledging the little things can make a big difference in our language journey and life. Whether it's the thrill of nailing a new Mandarin phrase, the warmth of family laughter, or the simple pleasure of a good cup of tea, we cover it all with our trademark humor and light-heartedness. This episode isn't just about improving your Mandarin; it's about enriching your life with gratitude and laughter. Tune in for an episode full of language learning tips, fun, and heartfelt moments that will leave you smiling and motivated in your Mandarin learning adventure!

Duration:00:55:27

#346 - Is It Me Or Is It You? | Mandarin Monkey Podcast

11/17/2023
In this heartwarming and lively episode of Mandarin Monkey, hosts Tom and Ula dive into the emotionally rich topic of parenthood. After a special request from an Instagram follower, they open up about the joys, challenges, and anxieties of becoming new parents, sharing their personal experiences and insights. The episode takes a playful turn with the game "Is It Me? Is It You?", where Tom and Ula make humorous and revealing statements like "Who is most likely to get a lower back tattoo?" and respond with a quick show of paddles, igniting laughter and surprising admissions. This unique game is conducted in both Mandarin and English, offering listeners an engaging and fun way to learn both languages through a free-flowing, 'Chinglish' conversation. Whether you're a language learner, a new parent, or just in for some good-hearted entertainment, this episode of Mandarin Monkey promises an enjoyable blend of cultural exchange, personal stories, and delightful banter. Tune in for an episode that's far from boring, and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Mandarin Monkey!

Duration:01:03:42

#345 - Truth or Dare | Mandarin Chinese & English learning podcast

11/10/2023
Dive into a thrilling episode of the Mandarin Monkey Podcast, where language learning meets fun and unpredictability! 🌟 In this special edition, hosts Ula and Tom take on the classic game of Truth or Dare, with a bilingual twist. 🇨🇳🇬🇧 Ula, speaking exclusively in Mandarin, and Tom, responding in English, navigate a series of daring challenges and revealing truths. This episode isn't just a game; it's a rollercoaster of emotions, cultural exchange, and linguistic gymnastics. 🎭 Whether you're a Mandarin learner, an English enthusiast, or just in for a good laugh, this episode has something for everyone. 🎧 Laugh, learn, and leap into language with us. As Ula and Tom reveal their truths and face their dares, you'll find yourself not just entertained, but also picking up phrases in both languages. 📚 So, plug in your headphones and join us for an episode filled with surprises, learning, and a whole lot of fun. Who knows? You might just dare to learn a new language by the end of it! 😉

Duration:00:51:09

#344 - The Journey or The End? | Mandarin and English Bilingual Podcast | Mandarin Monkey

10/20/2023
Tom and Ula talk about the new Mandarin hangout set up coming in 2024 and how it can help you learn Mandarin faster and find a better time to make friends and level up. Diving into whether or not its the journey to fluency thats the fun bit or the fluency itself, and what fluency really means in any language. Should we enjoy the enjoy or try and get to the result as quickly as possible? All this discussed in both Mandarin Chinese and English. Enjoy!

Duration:01:03:12

#343 - READ A BOOK! | One Mandarin Speaker and One English Speaker | Bi-Lingual Podcast

10/13/2023
Ula doesn't want to read fiction. Tom want's her to try it. Can Tom convince her to read a novel? Also what does Ula's strange dream about her mother, travelling to the mountains and been caught doing something naughty in university mean? Let's find out in the Mandarin monkey podcast. Your Mandarin Chinese and English dream of a bi-lingual podcast.

Duration:01:01:49

#342 - Culture of the Rings | Mandarin and English Podcast

10/6/2023
Welcome to another episode of the Mandarin Monkey podcast. Tom and Ula talk about Culture in Taiwan, Betel nuts, Laduzi, Spicy food, Lord of the Rings the musical, and Tom's birthday. ALl spoken in both Mandarin and English the entire time. Enjoy.

Duration:00:57:08

#341 - Life, Games & Mid-Autumn Magic | Mandarin and English Podcast

9/29/2023
Welcome to another exciting episode of Mandarin Monkey! This week, we've got a special treat for you. Join Tom, our English-speaking co-host, and Ula, our Mandarin maestro, as they dive into a smorgasbord of topics that will leave you both enlightened and entertained. Life's ups and downs: How living in Taiwan and England shapes our perspectives. The universal language of games: From board games to video games, we've got it covered. Celebrations across cultures: How do we party in the East and West? The enchanting Mid-Autumn Festival: Mooncakes, lanterns, and the mythology that lights up the night. Parenting 101: Raising children in a bilingual and bicultural environment. Gain unique insights into the cultural nuances of living in Taiwan and England. Learn Mandarin and English phrases that you can use in everyday conversations. Discover how different cultures celebrate life's milestones. Get tips on raising bilingual children. Enjoy a hearty laugh and maybe even shed a tear.

Duration:00:56:15