How would you like to improve your Chinese listening and vocabulary by watching genuine Chinese language videos? There are so many great Chinese films, TVs, documentaries, and video bloggers to choose from!
Regardless of your current skill level, it is always more fun to learn through content that actually aligns with your interests, rather than conversation that feels like it came from a textbook. If what you're learning isn't interesting or meaningful to you, it'll be much harder for it to stick in your memory. For example, I'm an engineer; for this reason, engineering and tech related videos were what I was most interested in watching. Once you find Chinese language videos about the topics you already want to learn about, you can now just use the language as a means to learn about something that is meaningful to you. The more meaningful, the more easily you'll acquire the language! Makes sense, right? So how can you go about finding what you really enjoy?
I know that when I first started learning Chinese, I found it very difficult to track down the Chinese shows that I really was interested in. I found in my own experience that finding YouTube channels which teach Chinese is a very simple task; just run a search for Chinese language in YouTube or on Google and you'll find may channels available (JinbuPal being one of these). However, finding actual Chinese content proves to be a lot more difficult, especially if you're picky enough to only watch what you're interested in.
Having experienced this myself, I want to prevent you from having to go through the same challenges! I want to save you time and, most importantly, help you on the path to rapid success as best as I can! So that's why I've compiled a huge list of Chinese content YouTube channels that I've found by personally mining through YouTube. I've even categorized all of these channels based on common topics and subtitle availability. This way, you can easily filter by category and find something you like right off the bat! It's available right here for you to download and it's absolutely free! All you have to do is join the JinbuPal email list below and I'll send you a free download link! It doesn't get simpler than that!
The rest of this post is a walkthrough of how to use the document, so I'd encourage you to go ahead and enter your email so you can download it right ahead!
Here's what you'll find inside your downloaded file.
Each channel has the following details filled out:
- Channel Name
- Typical Subtitle Format
- Subtitle Style
- Direct Channel Link
If you’re unfamiliar with using filters in Excel, check out the following GIFs which so how to turn filters on and off as well as how to activate filters for in specific columns. Once you’ve downloaded your copy, you’ll be able to sort and filter the listed channels based on topics you’re interested in.
Applying filters to specific columns:
Depending on your current skill level, you may want to filter the channels by subtitles. Digital (or 'soft') subtitles will be the easiest for you to make use of if you're work a lot on your vocabulary and encountering new Chinese characters. These soft subtitles will be capability with popup dictionaries, such as Zhongwen.
Lastly, if you haven't already, I'd highly recommend you read through our posts on how to utilize YouTube as the ultimate language learning tool and ways to find Chinese content on YouTube. Trust me, you will not want to miss out on the information provided in those posts because they should really help you see how incredibly powerful YouTube can be for learning learning.