40 episodes

Learn to speak Mandarin the same way you learned your native language: by imitating what you hear.

No memorizing, no tedious grammar lessons, no superhuman willpower, just the sounds of Chinese, your ears, and you. Let's start speaking Chinese for real this time.

Season 2 starting August 2021, with new lessons every couple weeks (or so). Subscribe to start building your Mandarin from the ground up!


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Mandarin From the Ground Up Abnormal Language Arts

    • Education

Learn to speak Mandarin the same way you learned your native language: by imitating what you hear.

No memorizing, no tedious grammar lessons, no superhuman willpower, just the sounds of Chinese, your ears, and you. Let's start speaking Chinese for real this time.

Season 2 starting August 2021, with new lessons every couple weeks (or so). Subscribe to start building your Mandarin from the ground up!


Logo artwork: https://www.instagram.com/alexwawowa/

    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 04

    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 04

    After listening to Season 2, Lesson 04, start reinforcing what you've learned by taking two minutes a day to practice listening and imitating the dialogue. Repetition makes progress!

    • 2 min
    S2 ~ 04 ~ 怎麼辦?+ Finding Your Language Parents

    S2 ~ 04 ~ 怎麼辦?+ Finding Your Language Parents

    What makes a good language parent, and how do you find one? In this episode I share some tips based on my own language learning experience. In the dialogue, 小李 is finally home after a long absence, and 阿明 notices that he seems a little nervous.

    • 19 min
    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 03

    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 03

    After listening to Season 2, Lesson 03, start reinforcing what you've learned by taking two minutes a day to practice listening and imitating the dialogue. Repetition makes progress!

    • 2 min
    S2 ~ 03 ~ Buying presents isn't easy 買禮物很不簡單

    S2 ~ 03 ~ Buying presents isn't easy 買禮物很不簡單

    Xiao-Li (小李) runs into trouble buying presents for the family back home, and A-Ming (阿明) tries to give some advice.

    • 12 min
    S2 ~ 02 ~ 你回來了!Part 2

    S2 ~ 02 ~ 你回來了!Part 2

    We all acquire language in the same way, and it has nothing to do with talent or aptitude. In this lesson, we get the line-by-line translation of the dialogue and complete the picture from Lesson 01.

    • 13 min
    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 01

    Daily Practice Session - S2 - Lesson 01

    After listening to Season 2, Lesson 01, start reinforcing what you've learned by taking four minutes a day to practice listening and speaking the dialogue. Repetition makes progress!

    • 4 min

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