Cathy Lu

Think and Talk Like Chinese

This is my first podcast in a serie introducing the Chinese culture and language to people who are eager to know about this country and its people. On each episode, I will talk about interesting things in history, literature, customs, and tradition and ho
Think and Talk Like Chinese


A podcast about Chinese thinking, speaking, and life all around





Oct 1, 2007


Episode Twelve: >>Chinese Martial Arts

Feb 3, 2007


Episode Eleven: Chinese New Year/Spring Festival

Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) is coming on Feb 18th! This is the biggest holiday for Chinese every year. It is the first day of the year on the Chinese lunar calendar and also signifies the first day of spring. Most people leave work for about a week in China to celebrate this traditional holiday and spend time with family and friends in the most common formats for any festivity in the world, eat, drink, talk, watch TV, and etc. There are also some special activities going on for this holiday as well, such as 年夜饭 or 逛庙会。

Word of the Day
1) 春节,过年,新年 'chun1jie2,guo4nian2,xin1nian2'(spring festival, celebrating holiday, New Year): 中国最盛大的节日是春节,中国人也叫农历新年。(The most celebrated holiday in China is Spring Festival, which Chinese also call lunar New Year.)

2) 年夜饭,团圆饭 'nian2ye4fan4, tuan2yuan2fan4'(New Year's Eve dinner, Getting-together dinner): 除夕之夜,全家人坐在一起吃年夜饭,团圆饭。(New Year's Eve, the whole family sit together to have the New Year's Eve dinner, Getting-together dinner. )

3) 饺子; 年糕 'jiao3zi, nian2gao1'(dumpling; sticky rice patty):年夜饭里总会有饺子或者年糕。(There are always dumplings or sticky rice patties in New Year's Eve dinner.)

4) 拜年; 逛庙会 'bai4nian2,guang4 miao4hui4'(give holiday greetings; go to temple fairs):过春节的时候,大家去亲友家拜年,还常常带小孩去逛庙会。(During Spring Festival, people would visit family and friends to give them holiday greetings, and would also take kids to go to temple fairs.)

Here is the web link mentioned in the show for helping under-privileged kids for education in China by making purchases through Amazon (no additional cost):

Dec 4, 2006


Episode Ten: Chinese Education System
This episode tells you how Chinese children and young people spend their first 9-16 years at school, the differences and the commonalities between Chinese education and the western education, and the Chinese Higher Education reform.

Word of the Day:
1. 学校 ‘xue2xiao4’(school): 中国的小学生和中学生 通常每天 在学校学习8-10 个小时。(Chinese primary and middle school students usually spend 8-10 hours studying at school)
2. 小学,中学,大学 ‘xiao3xue2, zhong1xue2, da4xue2’ (elementary school, middle school, university/college):像很多国家一样,通过中国的小学,中学,大学体系通常需要16年的时间。(Like in many other countries, it takes 16 years to pass the primary school, middle school, and college system in China.)
3. 教育 ‘jiao4yu4’(education):中国现在正在进行高等教育改革。(China is currently going through a higher education reform.)

Oct 30, 2006


Episode Nine: Chinese Tea
This episode discusses the Chinese tea culture, people's ways of drinking tea, and the influence of this culture to the west.

'Word of the Day' include:
1. 茶,茶叶 ‘cha2, cha2ye4’ (tea,tea leaves): 中国有很多地方都出产茶叶。(There are many places in China producing tea.)
2. 喝茶 ‘he1cha2’ (to drink tea): 我喜欢在早上喝茶。(I like to drink tea in the morning.)
3. 绿茶,红茶 ‘lü4cha2, hong2cha2’ (green tea, black tea): 在中国,很多南方人喜欢喝绿茶,而红茶并不普遍。(In China, people from the south like to drink green tea, and whereas black tea is not very common.)

Oct 29, 2006


Episode Eight: Chinese Music -- Classical and Folk
This episode introduces 4 well-known pieces of Chinese classical and folk music as well as some basic knowledge about Chinese musical instruments. The music pieces are 'Er4 Quan2 Ying4 Yue4,' 'Yu2 Zhou1 Chang4 Wan3,' 'Shi2 Mian4 Mai2 Fu4,' and 'Mo4 Li4 Hua1.' Enjoy!

'Word of the Day' include:

1. 音乐 'yin1yue4' (music): 中国古典音乐的历史非常悠久。(The history of Chinese classical music is very long.)

2. 乐器 'yue4qi4' (musical instrument): 琴是一种中国古典乐器。(Qin is a type of Chinese classical musical instrument.)

3. 民歌 'min2ge1' (Folk Song): 茉莉花是一首有名的中国民歌。(Jasmine is a popular Chinese folk song.)

Oct 7, 2006


Episode Seven: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

This special holiday episode talks about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, the lunar calendar, the origin, the traditions, the food, and all the holiday FUN!

'Word of the Day' include:
1. 节日 ‘jie2ri4’ (Holiday, Festival): 中秋节是一个中国的传统节日。(Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday.)
2. 中秋节 ’zhong1qiu1jie2’ (Mid-Autumn Festival): 中秋节快乐!(Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!)
3. 月,月亮 ‘yue4’ ‘yue4liang4’ (moon): 月亮在中秋节总是圆的。 (The moon is always full on Mid-Autumn. )
4. 月饼 ‘yue4bing2’ (moon cake): 中国人在中秋节会吃月饼。(Chinese eat moon cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival.)

Sep 14, 2006


Episode Six: The Growing Economy and the Everyday Life
This episode talks about the economic changes happening in China and their impacts on people's everyday life, from the city to the country. 'Word of the Day' include:

1. 钱 'qian2' (money): 他用很多钱买下了他喜欢的汽车. (He bought the car he liked with a lot of money.)
2. 有钱 'you3qian2',富裕 'fu4yu4'(wealthy, rich): 这个村子的人很有钱. (The people in this village are very rich.)
3. 工资 'gong1zi1'(wage),薪水 'xin1shui3'(salary): 在中国,大多数刚刚毕业的大学生的工资很低. (In China, the salary of most newly graduated college students is quite low. )

Sep 5, 2006


Episode Five: Chinese Medicine

This episode unveils what Chinese medicine is really about, its modern uses in China, and its spread to the other parts of the world. It also teaches you the words to get you into the door of a Chinese Medicine doctor:
1. 中药 'zhong1yao4' (Chinese Medicine): 中药通常很苦.(Chinese Medicine often has a very bitter taste.)
2. 中医 'zhong1yi1' (Chinese Medicine Doctor): 我认识一位老中医.(I know an old Chinese Medicine Doctor.)
3. 病了 'bing4 le';不舒服 'bu4 shu1fu2';很难受 'hen nanshou' (not comfortable; feeling sick): 我今天病了;我今天不太舒服;我今天有点难受. ( I am not feeling well today.)

Aug 27, 2006


Episode Four, Chinese Family and the One Child Policy

Talk about traditional Chinese family values and family relations as well as contemporary changes in family life. Then discuss the 'One Child' Policy from a personal perspective.

Aug 1, 2006


Episode Three, Chinese Food: introduce the history and the vast and diverse scenes of Chinese food. Talk about well known branches of the cuisine as well as famous dishes, many interesting facts and personal experiences, then focus on how the Chinese food in the West is different from the native ones, and then suggest you ways to get real Chinese food in a restaurant... Word of today is 'chi1' (吃), 'to eat.'

Jul 23, 2006


Episode Two, the Chinese after-work life:

Jul 18, 2006


Episode One, Chinese superstition:
Chinese culture used to be a very superstitious one and people had interesting habbits and customs to follow what they consider 'important'...

Thanks for reading and listening! The first few podcasts may not be as smooth as I would like as I am still getting better at this... But that's why I would need your COMMENTS and SUGGESTION(!!!