wtf mandarin - Beginner Conversational Chinese
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wtf mandarin - Beginner Conversational Chinese

English to Chinglish to Chinese - learn to speak basic Mandarin in 4 hours
4.3 (56 ratings)
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466 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 31 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Have real conversations using 100% Mandarin
  • Show off your street-wise Chinese
  • Understand Chinese culture and Chinese perspectives
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Requirements
  • Learners will need a good English language level
  • This course is right for total beginners
  • This course is right for learners with some Chinese language experience
Description

Learn to really speak and understand the Chinese language!

Not for an exam but for real life. wtfmandarin is 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 friends and communities.


How to learn Chinese with wtfmandarin:

1) In-classroom video with Liam and a beautiful Chinese assistant presenting new language

2) Street videos of Liam and wtf students putting this Chinese into real-life action here in China at the end of each lesson

3) You will practise your new Mandarin with each lesson's downloadable audio try files 


We do not

  • Teach through rote learning and memory tests
  • Start learning new Chinese language without building on our previously learnt Mandarin   


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

  • Have real conversations using 100% Chinese
  • Show off your street-wise Chinese
  • Understand Chinese culture and Chinese perspectives

You can join wtfmandarin students like Jimmy that leave 5-star reviews explaining how "I learnt lots about Chinese culture from this course. I can’t wait to go to China and order a beer! 啤酒!Seriously good job wtfmandarin"


wtf mandarin founder, Liam:

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


Hundred's of students here in Shanghai have crossed the Chinglish bridge to fluent Chinese. Now it is your time! Liam is lucky to be assisted by two of our most elegant and competent teachers, Nicole and Pinky. Don't forget you have your 30-day full refund guarantee, which you can use for any reason at all.  

If you have already completed the Survival Course then skip the first 10 lessons as they cover the same foundational language and start from Lesson 11: dànshì them buts! 

加油!jiā yóu! Go for it!

Who is the target audience?
  • Learners who actually want to learn how to speak Mandarin
  • Learners who need to speak mandarin for business, work, travel, pleasure or romance
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
02:22:51
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Introduction
3 Lectures 13:06

Learn:

- Hello and I am ___

- Introduce where you are from

- Country names


Download the audio try file and flaunt it!

Preview 04:41

Learn:

- The 5 Chinese tones

- How to use to the wtf watch-try-flaunt process

How to + Mandarin tones
04:16

Learn:

  • Introduction to the Chinese pinyin system
  • The 3 uses of pinyin in your Mandarin journey 
Pinyin
04:09
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Basic Conversational Chinese - Survival Chinese
8 Lectures 30:30

Learn: 

Key polite pairs:

hello - again see

good morning - good night

sorry - no problem

thanks - no use thanks


Download the audio try file and practise. Then flaunt your manners!

Polite Pairs
04:09

Learn:

- All numbers 1 - 100

Download the audio try file and count everything in Chinese!

Preview 05:57

Learn:

- How much does it cost?

- RMB talk

- The two magic words that can label all of China's objects

Review:

- Numbers

Much few money?
04:10

Learn:

- To form a question

- Survival food + drink vocabulary 

- To say you 'like' something


Listen to the audio try file and ask us anything! 

Question ma?
01:57

Learn:

- Reject people with the negation word - bù!

- I not like_____

- I not am (country) person 

Not like bù!
01:55

Learn:

- How the Chinese say they 'want' something.

- To say in Mandarin that you not want something (important!)


Culture:

Gain an insight into the Chinese culture and traditions around alcohol. 


Download the audio try file and get flaunting!

I want yào!
04:08

Learn:

- To ask can you speak English?

- To say I can speak a little Chinese


Flaunt the second phrase more than the first!

I can speak a little Chinese
04:07

How much progress has your Mandarin made?


  • Download and print out the self-mark PDF 


  • Take the exam to identify your progress and any areas that need revisiting 


  • Take the exam in an environment where you can speak Chinese aloud
Speaking Exam 1
04:07
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Basic Conversational Chinese - The Basics
10 Lectures 31:23

Learn:

- Make sentences using dànshì

- Him, her


Try the audio try file and get flaunting! 

dànshì them buts
02:09

Learn:

- Or (question function)

- Or (statement function) 

- Girlfriend, boyfriend 

Review:

Drinks vocabulary and dànshì

háshi or huòzhě?
03:41

Learn:

- Measure word for drinks

- The universal measure words gè

- Special way of measuring amounts of two

Measure words
02:01

Learn:

- The want war: xiǎng vs yào

- Use ‘also’ Chinese style

- Vocabulary: bar, where

You want go ma?
03:39

Learn:

- Ask you like do what?

- Ask what meaning?

- Vocabulary: study, dance, run

You do what work?
02:22

Learn:

- The Chinese way of responding to compliments 

- Possession word de


Culture:

- Understand how the values of modesty and humility are important to Chinese culture. Use them in your Chinese. 

Preview 04:13

Learn:

- A Chinese way of emphasising meaning

- Vocabulary: big, small, expensive, great!


Download the audio try file, it is free!

Too expensive!
02:41

Learn:

- Use who to ask and answer questions 

- Vocabulary: teacher, stuff

Who?
04:15

Learn:

- Form sentences using why

- Form sentences using because 

- Vocabulary: work, travel, interesting, beautiful 

Why?
03:41

How much progress has your Mandarin made?

  • Download and print out the self-mark PDF 


  • Take the exam to identify your progress and any areas that need revisiting 


  • Take the exam in an environment where you can speak Chinese aloud


  • Don’t forget you can pause the video and re-listen or complete your answers if you need more time!
Speaking Exam 2
02:41
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Basic Conversational Chinese - Time for Time
9 Lectures 27:02

Learn:

- Days of week

- Months

- Measuring weeks and months

Months/weeks
02:08

Learn:

- Days and years

Review:

- Using yīnwèi in longer sentences

Days/years
02:26

Learn:

- Ask your Birthday is when?

- Happy Birthday! Merry Christmas!


Download the audio try file and give all your friends a Chinese-style happy birthday!

Preview 03:41

Learn:

- Tell the time in Mandarin

- Vocabulary: half, minutes, point

What time?
03:45

Learn: 

- The multiple uses of shàng and xià

- Vocabulary: next week, last month, next time 


xiàzai the audio try file and practise!


(下载 xiàzai = download)


On shàng and under xià
03:22

Learn:

- Ask when do you have free time?

- The special Chinese bonding word yīqì

Review:

- Time words

When?
03:23

Learn:

- Ask your name called what?

- Ask you do what work?

- More ways that de gets all possessive 

- Vocabulary: boss, Jackie Chan

Called what name?
02:08

Learn:

- Two ways of asking someone’s age

- How many glasses of beer?

- How many people?


Listen to the audio try file and find out how young people are!

How old?
03:41

How much progress has your Mandarin made?

  • Download and print out the self-mark PDF 


  • Take the exam to identify your progress and any areas that need revisiting 


  • Take the exam in an environment where you can speak Chinese aloud


  • Don’t forget you will need to pause the video to re-listen or complete some of your answers!
Speaking Exam 3
02:28
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Basic Conversational Chinese - Sassy Sentence Structure
6 Lectures 22:17

- Ask Chinese people how to say new words

- Use the key phrase ‘whatever’ 


Download the audio try file and get flaunting!

How to say "how to say"?
03:29

Learn:

- Two key uses for zài

- Vocabulary: bathroom, turn left, turn right 


Soon you will be zài practising with the audio try file!

At zài
03:51

Learn:

- The battle of negation words: méi vs 

- The unique grammar use of guò

Preview 04:31

Learn:

- All numbers from 101 to 1000

- Vocabulary: first time, second time etc

Numbers 101 - 1000
03:49

Learn:

- How to structure Chinese sentences, the sassy Chinese way


Practise using the audio try file and keep your Mandarin sassy!

Sassy Sentence Structure
04:24

How much progress has your Mandarin made?

  • Download and print out the self-mark PDF 


  • Take the exam to identify your progress and any areas that need revisiting 


  • Take the exam in an environment where you can speak Chinese aloud


  • You will need to pause the video to re-listen and complete some of your answers
Speaking Exam 4
02:13
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Basic Conversational Chinese - Getting to know people
5 Lectures 18:33

Learn:

- Make your Mandarin street-wise with these key phrases:

Really?

No problem

What’s up?

Understand

look-not-understand

listen-understand 

Key street phrases
04:37

Learn:

Vocabulary: mother, father, older sister, younger sister, older brother, younger brother, blood-sibling


Download the audio try file and flaunt your family! 

Siblings
03:55

Learn:

- Ask you recently how is it?

- Vocabulary: recently, busy

How is it?
03:09

Learn: 

- To express your opinions 

- To tell people they are beautiful or handsome 


Download the audio try file and start flirting in Chinese!

I think/feel
03:06

How much progress has your Mandarin made this course?

  • Download and print out the self-mark PDF 


  • Take the exam to identify your progress and any areas that need revisiting 


  • Take the exam in an environment where you can speak Chinese aloud


  • You will need to pause the video and re-listen to complete some of your answers
Speaking Exam 5
03:46
About the Instructor
Mr Liam McManus
4.3 Average rating
87 Reviews
2,165 Students
2 Courses
Mandarin Facilitator

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. 

Nicole Wang
4.3 Average rating
56 Reviews
466 Students
1 Course
nǐhāo!

nǐhāo! 

I am Nicole. I am Chinese and am Chinese instructor. I am 24 years old. I am TV presenter also.

My english not so good. But 我和wtfmandarin可以教你中文!

I work for wtfmandarin and Liam teaching Chinese! Watch-try-flaunt! We use Chinglish bridge! Liam is funny and crazy man but Chinese so good.

You want to learn Mandarin with us? Happy day!


加油!谢谢!

Pinky Ping
4.3 Average rating
56 Reviews
466 Students
1 Course
wtfmandarin 欢迎你!

大家好!

my English just so so. Name is Pinky and I teach Mandarin for wtfmandarin. 

I teach you Chinese then we talk Chinese ok? my english so bad. 

wtfmandarin help you learn real chinese and understand us Chinese people. wtf is not what you think haha. 


Anyway, I like cats, movies and KTV. us chinese love sing songs at KTV and sing all night. I sing well, wtfmandarin Liam sings bad.


谢谢 Thanks

Welcome to learn with us


Jeremy Chen
4.3 Average rating
56 Reviews
466 Students
1 Course

I am an IT engineer, is also a lover of video clips. We made the video of wtfmandarin course, is that we wish to have more students through easy, fun way to learn Chinese.

Do not join wtfmandarin study plan quickly? 

You can use jeremychen34@hotmail.com to contact me.