Learn chinese writing and speaking in just 5 minutes a day

Title: Learn chinese writing system and speaking in just 5 minutes a day, for free.

First Week of Chinese – Sensible Chinese

Getting started in Chinese is tough. But it doesn’t have to be.

Lots of people consider Chinese one of the world’s hardest languages… I’m here to show you why this is wrong.

The real difficulty is that the first week of Chinese is difficult! 

Don’t fail before you start! If your first week in Chinese is hard you will likely give up before you’ve really started. Please don’t fall into this common trap.

Chinese is front-loaded.  Day 1 introduces a foreign pronunciation system, the tones and the Chinese characters. Trying to tackle them all at the same time, without guidance, is a recipe for disaster. Chinese is « too hard »! 

You’ve heard this one before. Everyone knows at least one nay-sayer who tried to learn Chinese and failed.

To protect their pride these people will claim that Chinese is « too hard! ». If no-one can learn Chinese then their pride is protected!

The truth is that these people used the wrong methods. Their methods were inappropriate and they failed as a result. Claiming Chinese is « too hard » is just a way to save face.

In a week’s time don’t be the person saying « Chinese is too hard ». I want you to be the person saying « Chinese is just another foreign language. No problem! »

With the right early foundation in Chinese it’s possible to push through the first « tricky » week of Chinese and come out on the other side wondering what all the fuss is about. I wish I had known how to learn Chinese when I started!

I struggled with my first week of Chinese. Just getting to the first « hello » takes time! 

I managed to get through due to sheer stubbornness and a lot of luck.

But I saw a lot of people give up and decide that Chinese is « too hard »!Hi, I’m Kyle! I have a confession

The first time I tried to learn Chinese was a disaster.

I, like so many others, failed to get over the initial difficulty hump of Chinese. 

After a couple of weeks of ineffective flailing about and rote memorization I quit.

To save my pride I would tell people that « Chinese is just too hard » and suggest that no non-Chinese is able to learn Chinese.


I was lying to myself so I didn’t feel stupid.

But I didn’t need to do this. The problem wasn’t Chinese. The problem wasn’t me.

The problem was the method I was using to learn.

In Beijing making dumplings for Chinese New Year

I lied to myself to save my pride – telling others that Chinese is too hard is one thing. It helps you save face. But telling yourself that Chinese is too hard is inexcusable – it is a self-limiting belief that limits you.Cracking Chinese

Thankfully I came back to Chinese and I conquered it. I realized that Chinese is not impossible for a foreigner to learn. Chinese is just like any other foreign language – there are easy bits and there are hard bits. And even the hard bits can be worked through with the right method.s. 

I went on to set up a couple of companies operating in China and set up a Chinese language learning blog. Since then I’ve helped thousands of people crack Chinese.

Talk about over-compensating for an early failure!If I were to start from Week 1…

The key to successfully learning Chinese lies in nailing down the fundamentals early in your study. 

There are a number of key skills and methods that, if understood and implemented immediately, can make the pathway to Chinese much smoother and more enjoyable.

Start speaking with native Chinese speakers immediately – from Day 1! With today’s (free) technology there’s no excuse not to.

Don’t stress the tones but instead focus on replicating native pronunciation and getting feedback ASAP.

Understand how the Chinese characters work before trying to brute force memorize thousands of them.Common Week 1 Mistakes Don’t do these:

Waiting to Speak.Most learners think they need to wait until their Chinese is a certain level before trying to speak to a Chinese native speaker. Some people wait months or even a year before trying to speak to a stranger! When this conversation is a mess (as any first conversation should be!) they lose confidence and give up. Instead we need to immediately practice the skill we want to acquire

Hiding behind the textbook.Textbooks and courses are safe, cosy places where we can’t make mistakes. Even when we do make mistakes there’s no-one to see our mistakes. Beginner’s therefore tend to hide behind their textbooks, focusing on studying the language and not using it. 

But using a foreign language is a skill not a subject ; we’ve got to start making mistakes, getting feedback and learning from these mistakes if we want to progress rapidly. 

Spending too much time with the Characters.Characters are often what draw us to the Chinese language in the first place. But it’s very easy to become too engrossed in learning the characters too soon. Instead it’s important to build a foundation of communicative spoken Chinese first. 

After that there is plenty of time to get lost in the characters – don’t you worry!

Focusing on Handwriting.Learning to hand-write characters from Day 1 is a mistake. It takes up a huge amount of time and the payoff is very limited. 

This time can be better spent learning how to type in Chinese (which is SUPER easy) and using the written language to communicate with native Chinese speakers. 

Rote memorizing characters.Brute-force rote memorization from vocabulary lists in textbooks is the most old-fashioned, wastefully inefficient way to learn vocabulary. It is this sort of activity that puts kids off languages in school. There are now better ways to learn vocabulary and Chinese characters that are faster, more efficient and not mind-numbingly repetitive. Horray!
How to set yourself up for success in Chinese from Week 1

By simply focusing on a small number of incredibly vital skills we can make our first week in Chinese a breeze.

The key here is focus.

Focusing on what is important means cutting out a lot of the nonsense that Week 1 learners normally participate in. 

We’ll employ the 80/20 rule here (also known as Pareto’s Law) – 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort.

By focusing on the most effective 20% we can achieve 80% of the result.Less work, Greater results

The common textbook and classroom approach to Chinese throws too much material at you in Week 1 and expects you to juggle it all. 

As a beginner you don’t know what is important and what isn’t important so you have no choice but to learn it all!

Instead we can be sensible about how we approach the language. Instead we can focus on what is important for us, right now and discard the rest. 

By doing so we can both reduce our Week 1 workload and achieve better results. It’s this sort of sensible approach to Chinese that we need to help us get over the first week difficulty hump!

The key to success is not doing more. It’s doing more of what works. 

What is the key to knowing what works? Here it is: WEEK 1 IN CHINESE 

From years of thinking and writing about the best ways to learn Chinese I’ve distilled the perfect first week in Chinese. For the first time it is available as a step-by-step, day-by-day video course to give you the perfect foundation for your future study of Chinese.

  1. Start Strong:  this is the only course of its kind – a course designed specifically to give you a strong foundation in the Chinese language during the critical early period.
  2. Step by Step: the course is broken up into short videos and exercises to be worked through each day. This isn’t just theory but also actionable tasks to carry out during your first week.
  3.  Skill focused: every textbook or course can give you the material to say « hello » in Chinese. Instead we give you the material you need and show you how to actually learn and use it immediately. We’ll focus on the skill of using Chinese rather than just knowledge of Chinese.

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Chinese In 9 Weeks: Introduction Course

Start learning Chinese with a completely new approach that will both make it fun and easy. In these two hours you will learn:   

– to read and even write simple stories completely in Chinese 

– to have a simple conversation – introducing yourself and a bit more 

– the basics of this language, so that you have something really solid to build on further

In this course you will learn the fundamental concepts upon which you can easily build your Chinese language learning. By the end of this course, you will be able to conduct a simple conversation in Chinese with basic expressions, as well as the relevant reading and writing skills. 

Chinese is the most logical language there is and we hope to demonstrate to the world how to successfully navigate it. Through the ancient system of using pictograms, two words with separate meanings can join to form entirely new words. For example, learn the word for electricity (电), then add brain (脑) and you get computer (electric-brain). Replace brain with stairs (梯) and you get elevator(electric-stairs). 话 means speech and ‘electric-speech’ means telephone. Chinese is a clearly structured, logical language, and it is this logic that makes the learning experience feel like a puzzle that anyone can solve. 

We teach entirely through videos, where we first explain concepts and then show them in practice through dialogues with strangers on the street. Videos are shortened down to 1-5 minutes and to make sure you are paying attention we will give you quizzes between the videos based on what you have just learned. Pass it and move on to learn about the next concept. 

Each lesson consists of 20-40 mins of video content. This introduction course contains 4 lessons (2+ hours in total) and a little treat at the end… 

When you sign up we will also give you our course book that helps you review everything you learn much easier. 

Your instructor in this course is Felix Lattman, who founded Domino Chinese in Guangzhou, China, after spending some years in the city and teaching himself Chinese. To him Chinese made a lot more sense than it is generally credited with, and so he realised this language of 1.3 billion people should be very easy to learn as long as it is taught in the right way. In 2013, he started teaching Chinese to foreigners and within 3 months all of his students could converse in Chinese.

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Learn Mandarin Chinese Basics with Litao Chinese

This course is the free part of our Elementary Chinese Course, which includes the four lessons that cover about 100 very basic vocabularies and grammar points. After working through this course, you will build a good foundation for your further Chinese learning. 

This course focuses on basic Chinese listening comprehension and speaking.

The instructor of this course, Zheng Tao, who has been teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language for almost 12 years. With his clear and logical explanations, you can learn Mandarin Chinese so easily and quickly.  

  • This course is for people who want to learn Chinese but have no or little previous experience. We start with the absolute basics.
  • This course focuses on listening comprehension and speaking, so people who are eager to understand and talk to Chinese people should take this course.
  • People who want to build a good foundation for basic Chinese grammar will benefit a lot.
  • This course is perfect for people who plan to learn Chinese all by themselves or with limited time.
  • This course is not for the students who want to learn Chinese characters. Get Access here.

Title: Learn chinese writing system and speaking in just 5 minutes a day, for free.

Mandarin Pronunciation Mastery

According to decades of top linguistic research, if you want to learn Chinese (or ANY language, for that matter), you MUST start with pronunciation. The big problem is, high-quality (and not mind-numbingly boring) Chinese pronunciation training is VERY difficult to find. This is why we decided to not only to create an incredibly easy-to-follow video course jam-packed with everything you need to know to develop INCREDIBLE Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, and we have also decided to make it FREE for everyone.

Pronunciation Mastery is the perfect start to Chinese: Everything you need to know to develop incredible Mandarin Chinese pronunciation packed into one video course!

As two westerners with a combined 16 years both learning and teaching Mandarin Chinese, we know exactly what you need to know to sound like a native, and you will learn all of the inside knowledge from us here, and it’s going to save you many hours of frustration.

Contents and overview

This course contains over 178 lectures and 8 hours of video. Although primarily for beginners, pronunciation is an aspect that even advanced learners often need improvement on, so it’s well worth a look for all levels.

Pronunciation consists of three key aspects: Producing, Understanding, and Reading. In Pronunciation Mastery, you will learn how to produce, understand and read every one of the 409 syllables that exist in Mandarin, as well as the five tones. We will also supply all of the review materials (PDFs and digital flashcards) you need to practice everything either on your own or with a tutor.

Here are a few specifics of what the course contains:


Learn from 2 westerners who have made the journey to fluency themselves. We have a combined 16 years of experience learning and teaching Mandarin Chinese.


All of our 170+ videos and 80+ PDFs have been hand-crafted to be clean, clear, and concise.


Over 1000 digital flashcards with images and native audio so you never forget anything you learn. Ever.


There will be 30+ regular tests on your retention of the course knowledge.


No boring drills! Learn native pronunciation while acquiring key vocabulary and grammar.


We will be there to support you whenever the going gets tough. All it takes is a quick message.


24 PDFs and 2+ Hours of bonus video all about how to learn Chinese independently.

After Completing This Course, You’ll Have Learned…

  • How to understand, produce and read every pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese accurately.
  • How to produce all tones and tone pairs accurately.
  • How to use over 200 Mandarin words and phrases.
  • How to use all HSK 1 grammar structures.
  • How to use the Spaced Repetition Software Anki, which has applications far beyond the scope of this course.
  • How to type or text in Chinese.
  • How to avoid the traps westerners tend to fall into.
  • How to be understood by native speakers far easier.
  • How to understand Mandarin speakers far easier.
  • How to Avoid embarrassment when speaking.
  • An overall “plan of attack” for your ENTIRE Chinese journey to fluency.
  • How to stay motivated when studying Chinese.
  • How to impress native speakers on a regular basis, as well as your friends and family.
  • How Chinese people REALLY speak, instead of the usual “textbook” Chinese taught in traditional classrooms.
  • How to save a ton of time and money you would otherwise spend on classes and private tutors.
  • The key differences between standard Mandarin and other dialects and accents. Get access here.

Title: Learn chinese writing system and speaking in just 5 minutes a day, for free.

NCM: Learn Chinese Common Mistakes and Useful Tips

Over 20,000 students have enrolled in New Concept Mandarin courses. We know exactly what mistakes Chinese learners may make and what tips they may find useful while leaning the Chinese language.

You don’t have to make the same mistakes again. We will present you the most useful language tips in an easy and clear way.

What “mistakes” do most Chinese learners make and how to avoid them?

Mistake 1

Use “shì” all the time, e.g. 她是漂亮 Tā shì piàoliɑnɡ (She is beautiful)


Just remember when you say “I am fine” you say “wǒ hěn hǎo”. You never say “wǒ shì hěn hǎo”.

Mistake 2

Put the “place” in the wrong place.


In English you say « Sb. do sth. at sp. » However, in Chinese it is « Sb. at sp. do sth. » You have to go to the place first then take action. So “place” comes first. Does it make sense?

Mistake 3

Say “xiānshenɡ Wánɡ” for “Mr Wang”


Just remember how you can call me: Julia Laoshi. Job titles and addressing always come after.

Mistakes are also opportunities to learn. Take this opportunity and take this course!

If you want to start learning Chinese from the very beginning with a structured course in an easy way, you can check out my other course “New Concept Mandarin – A New Way to Learn Chinese with Julia ». 

  • This course is for beginner level student and intermediate level students also can benefit from it

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Survival Mandarin Chinese- Get Ready for China in 1 Hour

I This is a free taster of my full Mandarin Chinese preparation course: Survival Mandarin Chinese- Get Ready for China in 2 HOURS!! Last Minute Chinese Level 1. If you like Level 0, you’ll love Level 1!!

Heading to China and worried about the language barrier? Afraid of being stranded in the middle of China, unable to speak Chinese? Last Minute Chinese is here to help!

Take this course and, in just 1 hour, get PRACTICAL Mandarin Chinese to help you survive and thrive in the Middle Kingdom!

We cover :

– How Mandarin Chinese Words (Characters, Tones, Pinyin)

– Greetings

– Numbers

– Money

– Time

– Key Chinese Culture Tips

– Key Survival Tips

– Restaurants

– And lots more key survival phrases!

Don’t waste time learning unnecessary textbook vocab and phrases you’ll never use. This course has everything a complete beginner needs to know. This method has been very successful with all of my face-to-face students here in China, and now I’d like to share it with you. Don’t worry if you haven’t studied Mandarin Chinese before- we are starting from the beginning!

Take this course, wow your Chinese hosts, and make the most of your time in China!

For who is this course:

  • Are you planning to visit China?
  • Thinking of moving to China?
  • Working with Chinese people and need key Mandarin Chinese phrases?
  • Or just interested in expanding your mind by learning some Mandarin Chinese?
  • If any of the above look familiar, this is the course for you!

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10 real-life short stories in Chinese

10 real-life short stories in Chinese

I am John Wang, a professional Chinese teacher. I have been teaching Chinese for about 13 years now. Most of my classes are one on one and small groups. So I really understand besides the textbook, what do the Chinese learners really need when they want to improve their Chinese.

That’s why I published these 10 short stories here. They all come from my real life. These are lively real Chinese. I tell these stories at two speeds, normal speed and slow speed, so you can understand them easier. You can read the stories with Chinese characters, Pinyin and English. The course will help you more than you would expect.

Stories in the course:

  • No.1: It’s really hot – Chinese listening – two speeds
  • No.2: Peaches and pears – Chinese listening – two speeds
  • No.3 The story of Chinese cabbage | Chinese listening | Two speeds
  • No.4 Chinese women like WHITE | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.5 Panda or chest hair | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.6 Thai student part01 | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.7 Thai student part02 | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.8: Double Eleven | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.9: My Son | Chinese listening | two speeds
  • No.10: Freelancer | Chinese listening | two speeds

I put all these stories for free here, just want to help more Chinese learners like you to improve faster and understand something a little deeper behind the language. Then you will understand the Chinese language better. I am always motivated by my students who get improved by my courses. This is where my energy comes from.

Why not join the course right now. Improve your Chinese now!

Marco Polo Mandarin challenge (Elementary level)

we’ll change this open course to Marco Polo Mandarin challenge (Elementary level), which will require some basic Chinese knowledge to join it. We’ll keep updating new lessons to this course once every week. This course will cover various topics like Chinese pronunciation, Chinese characters, Chinese grammar for beginners, Chinese culture and etc. Please let us know if you are interested in some specific topics.

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