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Learn Shanghainese through conversations

In Shanghai, the new and the old, the bustling and the serene come together to create the perfect paradox. An exotic, awe-inducing destination, China’s largest city has something for everyone. Catch a fast ride on the Shanghai Maglev, soak up floral aromas at the Yùyuán Gardens, or slip back in time at the City God Temple in Old Town. Steeped in history, Shanghai has been the cultural and economic hub of East Asia for centuries. Each city street is its own page in the rich and varied story of Shanghai. Discover the birthplace of cinema, explore ancient artifacts at the Museum of Art, or take a tour of some of the world’s finest Art Deco architecture. A tourist’s dream getaway, Shanghainese will connect you with the area’s 14 million speakers. The hardest decision you’ll make is whether to order Shanghai maoxie (Shanghai hairy crab) or Congshao crucian carp at dinner.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Shanghainese language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Shanghainese culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Shanghainese culture and make a positive impression.


Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.


Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Shanghainese language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts


Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Unit 1
  • Chapter 1 - Greetings and Introductions
  • Chapter 2 - Eating Out

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Greetings and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask What Nationality Someone Is
  • Greet and Say Goodbye
  • Make Introductions and Ask Someone's Name
  • Respond to Introductions

Grammar Goals

  • Form Interrogative Sentences
  • Learn Personal Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives
  • Negate Sentences With 勿
  • Use 人 to Form Nationality Names

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Eating Out

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for the Check
  • Express and Respond to Gratitude
  • Order Drinks and Meals
  • Understand Common Phrases Used in Restaurants
  • Understand Shanghainese Food Culture

Grammar Goals

  • Form Sentences with Serial Verb Phrases
  • Use 汁 to Create Words for Drinks
  • Use 请 to Form Polite Phrases

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