Want to improve your Chinese skills? Listening is an important part of learning a language! Podcasts are a great way to improve your Chinese skills, and best of all, it’s free! Here are some key benefits of listening to Chinese Podcasts:
- Improve language comprehension
- Learn new vocabulary
- Hear proper pronunciation
Make Podcasts a Part of Your Lifestyle
We have google home devices to broadcast podcasts and music via Spotify. I set up a daily routine that plays the children’s favorite Mandarin Chinese story podcasts at dinner time. I like to broadcast Chinese podcasts during craft time and independent playtime. My children are much calmer while there’s a podcast playing!
During long car rides, podcasts are great entertainment for the kids.
Podcasts keep me company when I walk to pick up the kids from school and they even make exercising a lot more tolerable.
Where to Listen to Podcasts
These days, most of the popular podcasts are available for free on mainstream apps like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.
KKBox and Firstory are specifically for podcasts from Taiwan. Ximalaya is China’s largest audio-sharing platform. These sites are in Chinese but you can easily translate the page to English (or your preferred language) on most browsers. On a PC, right-click and select “Translate”. On a Mac, press control and click anywhere, then select “Translate”.
How to Search for Podcasts
In addition to podcasts that teach Chinese, search for podcasts intended for Chinese speakers to learn English. Also search in Chinese, “學英文/学英文” to find even more options!
Mandarin Chinese Storytime Podcasts
Level: Intermediate to Elementary proficiency
There are too many story podcasts to list them all, but here are the podcasts we love and subscribe to.
GK爸爸 – GK Father
Animated storytelling with original music and stories that evoke laughter from any audience. He also shares his experience as a stay-at-home dad living in Taiwan. Available on Apple, Firstory, Google Podcasts, KKBox, Spotify, SoundOn, and YouTube.
水獺媽媽巧巧話 – Otter Mom Stories
Educational Mandarin Chinese Podcasts for Kids
Level: Elementary to Advanced
NER 打開小耳朵 – Open Little Ears
Bilingual Podcasts (English and Mandarin Chinese)
Mandarin Chinese Speakers Learning English
These podcasts are intended for Mandarin Chinese-speaking children to learn English, however, I find that it’s also helpful for Chinese learners! There’s a lot more spoken Mandarin with translations in English, great for children that can already understand Mandarin.
NER國立教育廣播電臺 – NER Kids
English Speakers Learning Mandairn Chinese
These podcasts are best for beginners. A lot of the content is in English with some Mandarin translations.
Let’s Chat with Lele
Chinese Star Tales 亮晶晶中文
Podcasts for Adults Learning Mandarin
There is currently only one podcast that I have continued to
Although intended for Mandarin speakers learning English, the translations also improve Mandarin language comprehension. Topics include current news and casual conversation that are often funny. Available on Apple, KKBox, and Spotify.
Podcasts to Learn Taiwanese (台語)
水獺媽媽巧巧話 – Otter Mom Stories
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