wtf mandarin - Survival Conversational Chinese
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wtf mandarin - Survival Conversational Chinese

Survival Chinese Mandarin in 40 minutes
4.7 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,479 students enrolled
Created by Mr Liam McManus
Last updated 2/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • Learners do not need any previous knowledge of Chinese.
  • Learners need to be culturally open-minded and prepared to think in Chinglish.
Description

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 is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction + Mandarin tones
2 Lectures 08:56

Learn:

- To say 'hello' and tell people your name

- To say where you are from

- Country names


Download the audio try file and have a go!

Lesson 1 - Self-introduction
04:40

Learn:

- The 5 Chinese tones

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

How to + Mandarin tones
04:16
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Survival Lessons
7 Lectures 26:50

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 it!

Lesson 2 - Polite Pairs
04:09

Learn:

All numbers 1 - 100

Download the audio try file and practise. Then flaunt it!

Lesson 3: Numbers 1-100
05:57

Learn:

- To ask how much does it cost?

- RMB talk

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

Review:

- Numbers


Lesson 4: Much few money?
04:37

Learn:

- To form a question

- Survival food + drink vocabulary 

- To say you 'like' something

Lesson 5: Question ma?
01:57

Learn:

- The all important negation word - bù!

- To say I not like (key vocabulary)

- To say I not am (country) person 

Lesson 6: 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!

Lesson 8: 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!

Lesson 9: I can speak a little Chinese
04:07
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Exam
1 Lecture 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

Survival Chinese Exam
04:07
About the Instructor
Mr Liam McManus
4.3 Average rating
85 Reviews
1,794 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.