The Fluent Listener:
Navigating Mandarin Like a Fish in Water


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The Independent Learner:
Mastering Mandarin on Your Terms

Feeling like you’re drowning in sounds that float together? Tired of asking questions and not catching the answers? Or perhaps you understand Chinese aimed at you, but struggle with authentic content and group conversations?

This course helps you set up an immersion environment, no matter where you live and how busy you are. You’ll be able to absorb not just the sounds of Mandarin, but also vocabulary, grammar and more.

Improving your listening ability unlocks social interactions and is the key to acquiring both language and culture, finally making you feel 如鱼得水 (rúyúdéshuǐ) – like a fish in water!



Mandarin listening feels like guessing because words sound similar.

I can ask questions in Chinese, but when a native speaker answers, I’m completely lost!

Chinese people speak so fast! Even when I know the words, I still don’t understand half of it.

I get what my teacher says in Mandarin, but anyone else might as well be speaking Martian!

Why is every Mandarin listening resource either too basic or insanely difficult?


The fluent listener: Navigating Mandarin Like a Fish in Water
Course content

Section 1: Navigating spoken Mandarin like a fish in water

Welcome to the course

Why listening is the most important skill

Why listening in Chinese is hard and what to do about it

The role of listening in your overall approach to learning Chinese

Identifying problems with listening ability and solving them

The 100/1000-hour listening challenge

Section 2: A deep dive into Chinese listening comprehension

Chinese listening comprehension: An overview

From sound to meaning in Mandarin

Using what you already know to aid listening comprehension

How to increase your Chinese listening speed

Becoming a fluent listener listener

Section 3: How to listen to understand and learn more

How much of the Mandarin you listen to should you understand?

Extensive listening: What it is, why you want it, and how to get it

The importance of comprehensible input

Making input comprehensible with scaffolding

The difficulty: Listening materials for any situation

Comprehensible input vs. deep-end immersion

Listening to difficult but interesting content

Pros and cons of diversifying your listening

Understanding regionally accented Mandarin

Listening to dialogues, monologues and text read aloud

Interactive listening: Successful conversation strategies

Text-to-speech and other digital services

Audio flashcards: Why, when and how?

Section 4: How to listen to understand and learn more

What makes your Chinese listening ability improve

How to learn to hear the sounds and tones of Mandarin

How listening more than once will help you understand and learn more

Listen before you read, while you read or after you read

Exercises for active listening and improved retention

Slowing down spoken Mandarin: Pros and cons

Listening strategies for tackling any listening situation

Expand your listening comfort zone with narrow listening

How to leverage a teacher or native speaker to improve listening ability

How to nail any listening exam, including the HSK

How to survive and thrive in challenging listening situations

Section 5: Creating a Chinese immersion experience

Immersion at home and abroad

Making the most out of a stay abroad

Building your Chinese audio library

Finding more time to listen to Chinese

Easy and effortless Chinese listening practice

Habit hacking for more and better listening

Resource: Immersion tracker/progress tool

Section 6: A path to listening fluency in Chinese

What to listen to as a complete novice

What to listen to as a beginner

What to listen to as an intermediate student

What to listen to as an advanced student

Resource: Listening benchmarking/assessment tool


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