Slow Chinese review: Have a meal in China Lesson 03

What is this podcast about?

This lesson introduces practical Chinese table manners.

Which level does this podcast belong to?

This lesson from Slow Chinese is suitable for advanced Mandarin learners who already know some advanced Chinese grammar as well as knowledge of Chinese culture.

How many presenters are in the studio?

One male presenter is in the studio.

How clear are the monologues?

The monologue is read in the normal speed. Each word is pronounced clearly.

How many times are the monologues repeated?

The monologue is read for only one time. However the learners can replay it as many times as they want.

What languages are spoken in the studio?

Mandarin is the only language spoken in the recording.

Does this podcast have a clear level?

Yes, the monologue is written in Chinese characters, which is suitable for advanced Mandarin learners to read. Moreover, the recording is read in the normal speed, which is a perfect material of the training of listening skill.

What is the structure of this podcast?

The lesson consists of two parts: the first part contains the recording of a monologue on Chinese table manners. The monologue introduces the procedure of having a banquet in China. In details, it tells us that the host should firstly invite guests and old men to have a seat and so on and so forth. The table manners introduced in this Slow Chinese podcast are very practical in the current Chinese society. It demonstrates the correct manner of having Chinese meal in a round table using chopsticks. It is crucial for Chinese learners to keep these things in mind when dining with Chinese.

Why is Slow Chinese a good choice of podcast?

The podcast provides a concise introduction of the Chinese table manners. The manners are introduced in clear and straightforward languages which is easy for the students to understand. Moreover, the monologue also provides a lot of useful vocabulary on Chinese dish names. After learning it, the learners will be able to order these dishes in China.

What are the drawbacks of this podcast?

It lacks grammatical notes and a list for the new vocabulary.


In general, this lesson is very suitable for advanced learners of Mandarin, especially for those who want to know more Chinese table manners, which will be very helpful if they want to live and do business in China.

The podcast can be listened to at Slow Chinese.