Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Chinese New Year and New Semester Course Discount

Hacking Chinese logoThe Chinese New Year is here! January 27th (Friday) is the last day of the old year, which is when you traditionally have New Year’s dinner with family. The first day of the New Year then follows on January 28th (Saturday), and it will be the year of the rooster! I personally think monkeys are cooler than roosters, but roosters are cool too.

Another cool thing, if I may say so myself, is that since about a year ago, I offer a video, audio and text course focusing on how to learn Mandarin, with the goal of helping you get the most out of your studying.

I have recently added an extra component to the course to make it more accessible. It’s a study checklist highlighting things you can to upgrade the way you study Chinese, including speaking, listening, reading, writing and vocabulary, as well as how to manage and plan your studying.

Chinese New Year and New Semester Course Discount

To celebrate the new year (and what for many is also a new semester), there is a time-limited discount! You get $10 off if you get the course before the end of next Thursday (February 2nd, 2017). To get the discount, please apply the following discount code in the cart:


Read more about the course by clicking the link below, but I have also summarised the most important things in this post, so reading here works too!

Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin (video/audio/text course)


An example screen from the episode on how to learn pronunciation.

This course is the result of thousands of hours of work and just like the Hacking Chinese website, it’s about how to learn Chinese in a better way. Unlike the website, though, the course is comprehensive, structured and has a lot more to offer than scattered articles. It represents my most complete attempt at helping others to learn Mandarin so far. The course contains:

  • 15 video episodes highlighting the most important parts of the course, each with practical exercises and calls to action.
  • A 347-page e-book discussing all major aspects of learning Chinese in depth. This offers the structure the website doesn’t really have.
  • Full audio version of the book allows you to listen to the book instead of reading, freeing up time you can use for learning Chinese instead.
  • New: A checklist for learning in a better way summarising the advice given throughout the rest of the course.

checklist-photoTime limited new-year discount

If you get the course before the end of next Thursday, you get $10 off (use the discount code “ji1nian2” in the cart). You still get all the content, of course, including the $100+ in discounts and coupon codes for various useful services, such as Pleco, Skritter and ChinesePod.

Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin

What does this course offer that the site doesn’t already offer for free?

Good question! Zachary Danz, one of the first students to finish the course, summed up the difference between the website and the course as follows:

As someone who has followed Hacking Chinese for a long time, I couldn’t be happier – I feel like I have the full picture of the message Olle has for Chinese learners, whereas before it was scattered and incomplete.

This course helps you connect the dots and avoids not seeing the forest for the trees. There is also a big difference between reading fragmentary articles that were written over five years without structure and using a comprehensive course containing video, text and audio.

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