41 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
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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/alexwwoah/

    S2 ~ 05 ~ 怎麼辦?Part 2 + Interviewing in Mandarin

    S2 ~ 05 ~ 怎麼辦?Part 2 + Interviewing in Mandarin

    One fun, engaging way you can give your Mandarin learning a boost is by conducting interviews with your Mandarin-speaking language parents, friends, or teachers. In this lesson, I offer some advice about how to turn the interview into a powerful language-learning tool. Then, we'll hear a line-by-line translation of the dialogue from Lesson 05.

    • 12 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

SusieSeattle11 ,

Such a good way to learn Mandarin Chinese

One of the most intuitive, relaxing, and encouraging ways to learn what is often considered a difficult language for English speakers. They are bite sized, at around 15 minutes each, but still comprehensive. It’s not just memorizing a bunch of separate words, phrases and grammar, it’s really about how to have real conversations.

AW81414 ,

The least intimidating language learning podcast!

Extremely easy to understand and follow the flow, quirky yet super useful conversations, great content delivered in very consumable size. Highly recommended to anyone who found Mandarin intimidating!

LilyWitch11 ,

Welcoming, helpful and approachable!

If you have wanted to learn Mandarin but have felt intimidated, this is the podcast for you!! The lessons are approachable, digestible, and not intimidating for a beginner. I was nervous to begin but now find it so fun. The perfect place to start your Mandarin journey!

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