wtf mandarin - Survival Conversational Chinese

Survival Chinese Mandarin in 40 minutes
Free tutorial
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (114 ratings)
5,628 students
40min of on-demand video

Have very basic Chinese conversations
Speak and recognise the most frequently spoken words and phrases in Mandarin
Have a real street-wise understanding of Chinese culture


  • Learners do not need any previous knowledge of Chinese.
  • Learners need to be culturally open-minded and prepared to think in Chinglish.


Dive into Mandarin by learning the first and most important layer of conversational Chinese. 

Actually learn how to speak and understand the most essential Chinese basics. 

Taste the wonderful, logical and no-nonsense Chinese culture. 

wtfmandarin builds the bridge between English and Chinese - the Chinglish bridge. 

wtf = watch-try-flaunt. Watch the videos. Try the audio try files. Flaunt to your Chinese communities and friends.

Our approach:

  • Structured approach, each class building on the last (easy to do as Chinese is super logical)
  • Each lesson ends with street videos of Liam and wtfmandarin students putting the taught language into real-life action here in China
  • Every lesson has downloadable essential audio try files where you will practise your new mandarin

We do not:

  • Teach through rote learning and memory tests
  • Rush through unconnected language in an unstructured way 

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself and use polite manners
  • Negotiate on prices
  • Form simple questions 
  • Engage is mega basic Chinese conversations
  • Understand key insights into Chinese culture

wtfmandarin founder, Liam:

  • Three years ago could not speak a word of Chinese.
  • Discovered Chinglish and his Chinese journey started.
  • Developed the course he wishes he had 3 years ago. 

All this and more. 加油!jiā yóu! Go for it!

Who this course is for:

  • Native or advanced English speakers
  • Learners who have not studied conversational Mandarin before - our beginner conversational course is also available for students who know the basics.
  • Learners who need Chinese for business, work, travel, pleasure or romance


Mandarin Facilitator
Liam McManus
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 195 Reviews
  • 6,044 Students
  • 2 Courses

Been living and breathing Chinese in Shanghai for the past 3 years. Spent one year at Shanghai University studying Mandarin. Founder of wtfmandarin, a Shanghai based Chinese teaching school operating since December 2015. 

After struggling through unstructured, memory test based University and online courses I discovered the Chinglish bridge. Finally I could flaunt my Mandarin throughout my Chinese adventures.

My Chinese adventures include numerous China TV appearances, running a sports centre, recruiting teachers, travelling China and continuing to run wtfmandarin and Big Debates Shanghai. 

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