Top 25 Videos from Chinese Class 101

CLI has churned through hundreds of videos by ChineseClass101.com to compile this list of 25 videos covering must-know Mandarin vocabulary. We've extracted all of the vocabulary into simple lists of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and phrases at the end of this post — click here to jump to the vocabulary list.

You can also use this link to download a PDF containing the complete 222 word vocabulary list. Enjoy!

#1 Learn 25 Must-Know Chinese Nouns

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People, places, things, and ideas — nouns are an elemental part of speech and this video covers 25 essentials.

#2 Learn 25 Must-Know Chinese Verbs

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We look to action words (a.k.a. verbs) to keep this Chinese lesson moving.

#3 Learn 25 Chinese Adjectives

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Learning Mandarin adjectives is a fast way to spice up your ability. This video covers basics like 大 and 小 or 热 and 冷 while also adding some off-beat flare with words like 恶心 and 臭。

#4 Learn 5 Mandarin Words Pertaining to Studying a Language

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It's crucial to learn verbs and nouns but how do you say 'verb' or 'noun'? What about 'to study'? This video covers 5 rudimentary words related to studying a language.

#5 Learn 15 Favorite Chinese Words

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In this upbeat video with Yuting you'll review 15 useful words like 喜欢, 对不起,and 尊敬。

#6 Learn 25 Chinese Phrases to Improve Your Fluency

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In just under 7 minutes this video covers 25 very practical phrase from how to receive a compliment—哪有,哪有—to "don't worry, I've got it"—放心吧,包在我身上。

#7 Learn 5 Life Events in Mandarin

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This short video teaches us the vocabulary for 5 basic life events: to be born, graduation, to work, to get engaged, and the final act—to die.

#8 Learn 5 Subjects of Study in Mandarin

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This quick 2 minute video favors history and the sciences. Watch it and learn how to say history, science, physics, biology, and chemistry in Mandarin.

#9 Learn 5 Vegetables in Mandarin

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Help prepare yourself for Chinese cuisine by reviewing 5 vegetables in this short 2 minute video.

#10 Learn 5 Mandarin Words Related to Cooking

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This video covers 5 words you should know like stir-fry and barbecue.

#11 Learn 5 Flavors in Mandarin

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It's no secret, authentic Chinese food is delicious. This brief 2 minute video covers the 5 main flavors of Chinese cuisine. Dig in.

#12 Learn 5 Tableware Words in Mandarin

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Sticking with the theme of food, this next 2 minute video teaches us a few staple tableware items you'll find at a Chinese meal.

#13 Learn 5 Words Related to Cleaning Using Mandarin

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Now that we've learned words related to cooking, it's time to clean up. Learn 5 easy words having to do with cleaning.

#14 Learn 5 Articles of Clothing in Mandarin

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Get your outfit ready by learning a few simple words like 帽子,裤子,and the loanword T恤衫。

#15 Learn 5 Clothing Accessories in Mandarin

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Now it's time to accessorize your outfit by using words like 皮带,手表, and 太阳镜。

#16 Learn 5 Mammals in Mandarin

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What does the fox say? Who knows, but after watching this video at least you'll be able to say 狐狸。

#17 Learn 5 Geographic Terms in Mandarin

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Desert, lake, river, island, ocean — take 2 minutes and learn them all here.

#18 Learn 5 Mandarin Words You'll Need When Crossing Borders

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Crossing the border is official business and knowing your vocabulary can expedite the process.

#19 Learn 5 Words Related to Tourism in Mandarin

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Saying tourism is a major industry in China is a vast understatement. Saying the word 游客, yóukè, is simple.

#20 Learn 5 Words Related to Currency Exchange in Mandarin

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Being a 游客 means you'll need to exchange your local currency for RMB. In this video you will learn some necessary terms to do just that.

#21 Learn 5 Mandarin Words You May Need in a Hotel

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With this video in less than 2 minutes you can learn some very practical words you'll need in a hotel.

#22 Learn 5 Words Describing Personalities in Mandarin

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Describing a person's personality is a common occurrence in any language. This video teaches us 5 useful Mandarin words for describing a person's disposition.

#23 Learn 5 Mandarin Words Regarding Health Concerns

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Health vocabulary is an important set of words to study. This video has 5 simple words to learn.

#24 Learn to Say 5 Difference Sports Using Mandarin

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Sports are very popular in China. 足球 and 篮球 are among the most popular. It's time to get your game on.

#25 Learn How to Say 5 Kinds of Furniture in Mandarin

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Pull up a 椅子 and learn 5 pieces of furniture in less than 2 minutes.

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Vocabulary List

#HànzìPīnyīnDefinition
1杯子bēi zicup/glass
2汽车qìchēcar
3电脑diànnǎocomputer
4手机shǒujīcellphone
5衣服yīfuclothes
6食物shíwùfood
7筷子kuàizichopsticks
8bāobag
9shuǐwater
10咖啡kāfēicoffee
11shūbook
12本子běnzinotebook
13chuángbed
14jiāhome
15女人nǚrénwoman
16男人nánrénman
17大人dàrénadult
18小孩xiǎoháichild
19老人lǎorénold man or woman; the elderly
20学生xuéshēngstudents
21qiánmoney
22米饭mǐfànrice
23tāngsoup
24建议jiànyìsuggestion
25钱包qiánbāowallet
26语言yǔyánlanguage
27动词dòngcíverb
28名词míngcínoun
29麻将májiàngmahjong
30尊敬zūnjìngrespect
31zǎomorning
32救护车jiùhùchēambulance
33科目kēmùsubject; course
34历史lìshǐhistory
35科学kēxuéscience
36生物shēngwùbiology
37化学huàxuéchemistry
38蔬菜shūcàivegetables
39大蒜dàsuàngarlic
40洋葱yángcōngonion
41胡萝卜húluóbocarrot
42花椰菜huāyēcàicauliflower
43茄子qiézieggplant
44微波炉wēibōlúmicrowave oven
45chǎostir-fry
46烧烤shāokǎobarbecue
47yánsalt
48毕业bìyègraduation
49胡椒粉hújiāofěnpepper
50勺子sháozispoon
51咖啡杯kāfēi bēicoffee mug
52杯子bēizicup
53盘子pánziplate
54茶壶cháhúteapot
55家务jiāwùhousework
56衣服yīfuclothes
57帽子màozihat
58裤子kùzipants
59连衣裙liányīqúndress
60夹克jiákèjacket
61T恤衫tīxùshānt-shirt
62sǎnumbrella
63太阳镜tàiyángjìngsunglasses
64手套shǒutàoglove
65手表shǒubiǎowatch
66皮带pídàibelt
67狐狸húlifox
68老虎lǎohǔtiger
69兔子tùzirabbit
70gǒudog
71熊猫xióngmāopanda
72地理dìlǐgeography
73沙漠shāmòdesert
74river
75海洋hǎiyángocean
76dǎoisland
77lake
78入境卡rù jìng kǎentry card
79国籍guójínationality
80护照hùzhàopassport
81海关hǎiguāncustoms
82签证qiānzhèngvisa
83寺院sìyuàntemple
84旅游巴士lǚyóu bāshìtour bus
85游客yóukètourist
86行程xíngchéngitinerary
87外汇wàihuìforeign exchange
88现金xiànjīncash
89货币huòbìcurrency
90美元měiyuánUS Dollar
91宾馆bīnguǎnhotel
92前台qiántáifront desk
93单人床dānrénchuángsingle bed
94客房服务kèfáng fúwùroom service
95大厅dàtīnglobby
96性格xìnggépersonality; disposition
97出疹子chūzhěnzito have a rash
98咳嗽késoucough
99恶心ěxīnnausea
100tòngpain
101yǎngitch
102体操运动tǐcāo yùndònggymnastics
103篮球lánqiúbasketball
104足球zúqiúfootball / soccer
105乒乓球pīngpāngqiúping pong
106游泳yóuyǒngswimming
107家具jiājufurniture
108书架shūjiàbookshelf
109书桌shūzhuōdesk
110椅子yǐzichair
111沙发shāfāsofa
112桌子zhuōzitable
113to die
114学习xuéxíto study
115重复chóngfùto repeat
116喜欢xǐhuanto like
117出生chūshēngto be born
118工作gōngzuòto work
119放弃fàngqìto give up; abandon
120旅游lǚyóuto tour
121兑换duìhuànconvert
122扫地sǎodìto sweep
123tuōto mop
124to wipe
125收拾shōushito put things away
126to wash
127yǒuto have
128chīto eat
129xiàoto laugh
130zǒuto walk
131pǎoto run
132to drink
133过来guòláito come
134zhǎngto grow
135huíto return
136shàngup
137to read
138游泳yóuyǒngto swim
139跳舞tiàowǔto dance
140工作gōngzuòto work
141放松fàngsōngto relax
142开车kāichēto drive
143xiǎngto think
144试试shìshito try
145愿意yuànyìto be willing to
146开始kāishǐto start
147停止tíngzhǐto stop
148gǎnto dare
149担心dānxīnto worry
150变化biànhuàto change
151shuōto say
152好的hǎodeokay
153淘气táoqìnaughty; mischievous
154热情rèqíngpassionate; hospitable
155真棒zhēnbàngawesome
156xiánsalty
157tiánsweet
158bitter
159spicy
160suānsour
161订婚dìnghūnto be engaged (to be married); engagement
162机灵jīlingsmart
163烦人的fánréndeannoying
164活泼huópolively; bubbly
165脾气不好的píqì bùhǎodeshort-tempered
166自豪的zìháodeproud
167漂亮piàoliangpretty
168hǎogood; kind; nice
169明亮míngliàngbright
170big
171xiǎosmall
172gāotall
173ǎishort
174chánglong
175有趣yǒuqùinteresting
176恶心ěxīngross
177chǒuugly
178chòusmelly
179xiāngfragrant
180湿shīwet
181湿润shīrùnhumid
182干燥gānzàodry
183黑暗hēi’àndark
184无聊wúliáoboring
185忙碌mánglùbusy
186hot
187lěngcold
188好吃hǎochītasty; delicious
189nánhard; difficult
190年轻niánqīngyoung
191柔软róuruǎnsoft
192yìnghard; stiff
193对不起duìbuqǐI’m sorry
194不好意思bùhǎoyìsiI’m sorry (casual)
195我爱你wǒ ài nǐI love you
196是真的。shì zhēnde.It’s true.
197这是真的吗?zhè shì zhēnde ma?Is that true?
198有点问题。yǒudiǎn wèntí.It’s not alright.
199抱抱我。bàobào wǒ.Give me a hug.
200你好nǐ hǎohello
201谢谢xièxièthank you
202早安zǎo’āngood morning
203早上好zǎoshang hǎogood morning
204晚安wǎn’āngood night
205太好了tàihǎolegreat
206哪有。nǎyǒu.That’s not true.
207加油!jiāyóu!Go for it! (lit. add oil)
208放心。fàngxīnDon’t worry.
209干嘛呢?gànmá neWhat’s up?
210随便你。suíbiàn nǐ.It’s up to you.
211没什么méi shénmeIt’s nothing; it doesn’t matter
212没事的méishìdeIt doesn’t matter; no problem
213我们走吧。wǒmen zǒuba.Let’s go.
214怎么样?zěnme yàngHow about it?
215我想wǒ xiǎngI want
216没完没了。méi wán méi liáo.There’s no end to this.
217我的妈呀!wǒde mā ya!Oh my gosh!
218好有趣。hǎo yǒuqùSo interesting; very interesting.
219肚子饿了。dùzi è le(I’m) hungry.
220好撑。hǎochēng.(I’m) so stuffed.
221我喜欢。wǒ xǐhuān.I like it.
222再见zàijiànBye

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