Chinese Language Videos on Youtube

December 13, 2013, 03:25 AM posted in General Discussion

I'm extremely thankful for all of the great language learning resources on the internet. I honestly don't know how it would be possible to learn Chinese 20 years ago if you didn't actually live there.

Besides ChinesePod (my favorite resource of course), I'm continually finding other sources to further my studies, and mix things up a bit. Lately I've been finding Youtube to be an awesome source of fun material.

One series of Youtube videos that I've been spending a lot of time watching recently is a program called Happy Chinese, you might have hard about it. It’s produced by CCTV and there are hundreds of episodes. I'm at about an advanced intermediate level, so many Chinese television shows are difficult for me to follow, but I'm able to follow along with this series quite nicely.

Season 1 was more like a sitcom with some strange language learning cartoons thrown in. Season 2 completely changed formats to a classroom discussion like setting, cutting away for short dialog clips centered around one geographical area. After the first area, they do away with the classroom (except for the teacher), and simply visit different areas, breaking away occasionally to discuss grammar points. I think season 2 and later episodes are quite a bit easier to follow than season 1. They’re still making new episodes, and every 20 or so episodes they switch areas. Each episode is 15 minutes long.

Here’s the channel where they post new episodes, there’s a new one posted almost every day:

The episodes are all mixed up chronologically on the channel, so I’ve organized some of them into ordered playlists:

Season 1 (116 episodes):


Season 2 and rest of 2010 (130 episodes):


2011 (93 episodes):


I'm still sorting through the newer episodes.


Anyway, I've been enjoying these videos so much I thought I'd share.

Anybody else find any similar kinds of resources?



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December 13, 2013, 02:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestion.    I think you are referring to the series that can be found here also:

It might be a little better organinzed.  The link for season two is at the bottom of the referenced page.  How this compares to Youtube for convenience probably depends on which side of the Great Firewall you are on.

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December 14, 2013, 02:33 AM

Yes, it's the same series. The CCTV web site worked fairly well for me while I was living in Taiwan, but from here in the U.S. I get a lot of waiting for buffering when using their web site, and the quality doesn't seem near as good as the videos on Youtube.