Learning Chinese is a fascinating journey. It opens doors you didn’t know existed and takes you to exotic places you’ve only dreamt of
But it’s also a long journey that can be frustrating and difficult, especially if you get lost or lose motivation.
How you learn matters.
With the right method, you’ll get the most out of the time you invest. Each step will take you closer to your goal and learning will be more enjoyable, too.
Learning Chinese still takes time, of course, but even a small improvement in the way you learn makes a big difference in the long run.
With the wrong method, you risk wasting time on things that don’t take you closer to your goal, and a year from now you might look back asking yourself where you went wrong, or you might quit learning Chinese altogether.
Unlocking Chinese is for you!
Unlocking Chinese is a practical and effective guide for beginners. Everything you need to learn to speak and write Chinese is covered in 50+ lessons, each built on years of experience both learning and teaching Chinese.
Learn Chinese and reach your goals:
Take control of your learning:
Unlocking Chinese shows you the materials and resources to use, as well as the methods and techniques for how to use them, regardless if you’ve never learnt any Chinese at all, or if you have tried, but felt lost or confused.
If the course does not meet your expectations, I’ll be happy to give 100% of your money back, no questions asked.
I’m confident the course is useful. It’s built on more than a decade of experience learning and teaching Chinese, as well as the collected advice of almost 300 students.
But you don’t have to take my word for it!
“The internet is littered with programmes, course, methods that claim to teach Chinese. It’s a highly confusing digital jungle! I know, I’ve spent two + years “lost” in this jungle, or starting and stopping courses at the first roadblock! As an ESL tutor, I am particularly fussy on whom I chose to guide me in learning Chinese online. Olle’s new course Unlocking Chinese provides a no-nonsense pure content “hand-holding” road map introducing absolute beginners to start learning Chinese with confidence.”
– Maureen Clark
“This course cut straight to the point to get me up and running in my Chinese learning. I’m confident it will save me many false starts and wasted hours over the next year.”
– Will Haines
Unlocking Chinese covers the basics of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course shows you the tools and techniques you need to learn, but it also provides you with actual Chinese to study and learn. Lessons are followed by notes, resources and actionable steps.
Section 1: The keys to successful learning
Episode 1: Unlocking Chinese: An introduction (6:02)
Episode 2: My story: How and why I learnt Chinese (5:27)
Episode 3: Goals and expectations: Learning on your terms (4:27)
Episode 4: The three things you need to become a successful student (5:50)
Episode 5: Courses, textbooks and teachers: Do you need them? (7:09)
Episode 6: Adopting a healthy attitude towards learning (6:27)
Section 2: Unlocking spoken Chinese
Episode 1: What you need to start speaking (4:38)
Bonus: Dialects, accents and standard pronunciation (2:51)
Bonus: More about finding someone to practise speaking with (2:31)
Bonus: Learning to speak a new language as an introvert (2:48)
Episode 2 : Say it like a native, part 1: Tones (5:59)
Bonus: Saying the tones? I can’t even hear them! (2:20)
Bonus: Nailing the neutral tone to sound more natural (2:21)
Bonus: More about the low tone (1:52)
Bonus: Tone pairs (7:31)
Bonus: The changing tones of bù and yī (1:51)
Bonus: How to verify that your tones are right (3:43)
Episode 3: Say it like a native, part 2: Finals (6:45)
Bonus: Writing pronunciation: Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA (2:46)
Bonus: Say it like a Beijinger: Erhua (1:49)
Episode 4: Say it like a native, part 3: Initials (9:26)
Bonus: Mastering pronunciation by mimicking (2:42)
Episode 5: What you need to understand spoken Chinese (4:38)
Bonus: Unlocking Chinese through music (1:44)
Episode 6: Chinese immersion at home and abroad (5:13)
Bonus: I don’t understand, it’s too hard! What should I do? (2:07)
Section 3: Unlocking words and sentences
Episode 1: How to learn words and not forget them (5:10)
Bonus: Upgrading your memory with mnemonics (3:23)
Bonus: Spaced repetition software: An efficient way to remember anything (2:08)
Episode 2: Build and understand sentences in Chinese (5:14)
Episode 3: Translating without sounding like a foreigner (3:56)
Section 4: Unlocking written Chinese
Episode 1: Understanding Chinese characters, part 1: Inventing a script (7:30)
Episode 2: Understanding Chinese characters, part 2: Functional components (5:54)
Bonus: Simplified and traditional characters (2:09)
Bonus: Learning your first characters: A tutorial (5:25)
Bonus: Do I really need to write characters by hand? (2:29)
Bonus: Stroke order and stroke direction: The write way (2:12)
Bonus: Handwriting: Easy to read, not beautiful (2:55)
Bonus: How to type characters on digital devices (2:31)
Bonus: Chinese characters in a digital world (2:11)
Episode 3: How to remember Chinese characters (6:42)
Episode 4: Deciphering Chinese text: What and how to read (5:26)
Bonus: Reading in Chinese is hard, but you can make it easier (1:51)
Section 5: Your roadmap for learning Chinese
Episode 1: Four types of activities you need to reach your goals (5:46)
Episode 2: How to combine learning Chinese with a busy life (6:29)
Bonus: Low intensity learning for every occasion (2:20)
Episode 3: An example: Ben’s roadmap to learning Chinese (6:39)
Episode 4: Getting things done: Don’t let your dreams be dreams (5:17)
Unlocking Chinese is meant both for students who have no experience learning Chinese and those who have studied a bit, but found it confusing or didn’t know what to do. If you already know how pronunciation, can have a basic conversation and read simple text messages in Chinese, this course is not for you.
Hi! My name is Olle Linge. I started learning Chinese when I was 23. Since then, I have studied in many settings: serious immersion programs abroad, high-intensity programs at home, online courses, as well as on the side while working or studying other things.
I’ve also studied in a graduate program for teaching Chinese as a second language, taught entirely in Chinese mostly for native speakers, and have taught Chinese for many years, including courses in professional development for teachers. I have also run Hacking Chinese for over a decade now, with more than 400 articles about how to learn Mandarin!
But this course is not built only on my experience. To make sure the course covers topics that beginners often struggle with, I surveyed almost 300 students what advice they would give themselves as beginners. I analysed the results and the result is this course!
What do I get when I enroll in the course?
You will get full access to all course content immediately. You can then watch the video episodes and work through the content at your own pace.
How long is the course?
The video episodes add up to a bit less than five hours, but working your way through all the content takes much longer than that. I estimate that the course takes between fifty and a hundred hours to go through, including working through the sentence pack and pronunciation exercises.
How much will I know when I’ve completed the course?
You will have solid foundations in pronunciation (including tones of course), Chinese characters, grammar, as well as learning techniques and study management. You will also learn around 200 characters and words, both for listening, speaking, reading and writing.
I’ve studied some Chinese already, is this course for me?
If you consider yourself a beginner, this course is for you. If you can already have basic conversations in Chinese, know a few hundred characters or words and know roughly what you’re doing, this course is not for you. Instead, I suggest you check out my other course, which focuses even more on how to learn and is for students on all levels.
When does the course start? When does it end?
The course is open for enrollment year-round. You decide when to start, when to finish, and if you slowly work your way through the course over a few months or power through in a few days.
What if I don’t like the course?
Don’t worry! I have a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means that if you buy the course and then find that it’s not for you, I’ll give you your money back. After all, the goal is to help you improve the way you learn Chinese, and if I can’t achieve that goal, I’ll return your money, no questions asked.
What do I need to use the course? Is everything included?
You need a device connected to the internet. The contents are provided online, but can be downloaded as well if you want to use them when travelling or when you’re offline. The course is a stand-alone product and requires no further purchases to be effective. However, the course dose contain recommendations of books, apps and services that can help you learn Chinese and some of these are paid!
How can I get in touch if I have more questions?
You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure if the course is suitable for you or if you will like the content? The course is built on thousands of hours of studying, teaching and researching how to learn Chinese, as well as surveys answered by almost 300 students. I’m confident the course is good, but we’re all different and what if it doesn’t work for you?
Don’t worry! I have a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means that if you buy the course and then find that you don’t like it, I’ll give you your money back. After all, the goal is to help you improve the way you learn Chinese, and if I can’t achieve that goal, I’ll return your money, no questions asked.
Honestly, though, I think you will look back at this a year from now and consider this an investment worth making. It saves you an enormous amount of time spent not knowing what to do or learning the wrong things. Remember, the course is built explicitly on things that beginners need and what other courses and programs often leave out!
“Unlocking Chinese provides the absolute beginner with a strong foundation of Mandarin Chinese. The videos contain multiple useful tips on learning foreign languages in general as well as how to apply those tips specifically to learning Mandarin Chinese. The dialog and transcripts contain everything you need to learn essential sentence structures and basic vocabulary.”
Unlocking Chinese addresses the most common questions and problems from beginners. The course also helps you stay clear of the traps and pitfalls along the way. You could learn all this on your own, but it would take you many years of full-time studying and tens of thousands of dollars in course fees and learning materials.
And by the time you figure out how to learn characters, tones or something else, you will already be an advanced learner who knows these things. You will be able to look back and see the error of your ways and what you should have done instead.
This is exactly the situation I find myself in now. I wish I would have known these things when was still a beginner. I wish I had learnt the tones correctly from the start, I wish someone had shown me how characters really work and how to structure my learning. This is what I offer to do for you, so you don’t have to go the long way round!
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