52 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 • 26 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/

    01 ~ Listen, can you speak Chinese?

    01 ~ Listen, can you speak Chinese?

    In our very first lesson, we'll get you started speaking useful Mandarin right away. You'll learn how to say whether or not you can speak Chinese, and we'll start building a good foundation for your accent, copying exactly what you hear.

    • 16 min
    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 01

    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 01

    After you've listened to Lesson 1, use this track to reinforce what you've learned with short, daily listening and speaking practice sessions.

    • 3 min
    02 ~ It's OK to feel tired.

    02 ~ It's OK to feel tired.

    It's OK to feel tired sometimes, and acknowledging it is part of staying motivated. In this episode, you'll learn how to ask and talk about feelings, especially that feeling of needing some rest.

    • 12 min
    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 02

    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 02

    After you've listened to Lesson 2, use this track to reinforce what you've learned with short, daily listening and speaking practice sessions.

    • 2 min
    03 ~ Where are you again?

    03 ~ Where are you again?

    In this episode, you'll learn how to tell people where you are, and where you're from.

    • 14 min
    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 03

    Daily Practice Session - Lesson 03

    After you've listened to Lesson 3, use this track to reinforce what you've learned with short, daily listening and speaking practice sessions.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

nickwald ,

Love this podcast

Started learning Chinese from scratch with this podcast and my native Chinese speaking partner is impressed with my progress. The format is perfect for leaning a language. Highly recommend!

AiyArgh ,

Super Job

Well organized so far. Should probably mention this is Taiwan Mandarin which is contrary to all the main-stream apps/social media language teachers. I've lived in Taiwan and do self-study and have been bullied into silence for learning/practicing Mainland/awkward/ancient/simplified Chinese. So far so good. Episode 7 was annoyingly painful. More so on me but I wouldn't speak like that in English or Chinese so I was more annoyed that anything. Also... Was wondering if you explain the "why" behind some vocab words. Not sure if it they exist but I always question why thinking I can take the vocab apart and use it for another instance.

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.

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