Learning the pronunciation of a new language can be fascinating, opening a whole new world of sound. But it can also be frustrating, especially when dealing with something you have never encountered before, such as tones. Many students feel discouraged when native speakers don’t understand what they’re saying, or when they can’t hear the difference between tones or similar sounds.
Pronunciation is essential; get it right now and save yourself a ton of trouble later!
My pronunciation course is now open for enrollment. It was first launched in January this year, and after surveying students and making a few updates, I’m excited to open the doors again. The course is open for registration until midnight next Tuesday, September 28th, but note that the option to receive professional feedback is limited, so first come first serve there, but you can always get the video course itself.
Read more here: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence
Or, if you prefer to listen to me talking about the course, along with the three most common pronunciation errors students made in the first round of the course, you can check out this podcast episode. Note that they dates for when the course is open refers to the previous round, so it’s the date given above that’s correct, not the one I mention in the podcast!
The first lesson, where I introduce the course
What students are saying about the course
In my language journey, I’ve found that good upfront pronunciation is the foundation… so when I started to learn Mandarin, I was on the lookout for the best material. Since then, I’ve completed a half-dozen pronunciation courses, so I can confidently say that Olle’s is the best-organized course for beginners. It’s also the most comprehensive for intermediates like me. I wish I started with it—I wouldn’t have needed any other pronunciation courses!
Working through the Hacking Chinese pronunciation course allows me to spend the time I need to truly understand how to physically make the sounds. The way Olle presents initials and finals as finite quantities that can be mastered gave me hope. I come back to the videos frequently to refresh my ear and memory; it’s an excellent resource. My tutor (who is a Beijing native) spontaneously told me my pronunciation was better, without knowing I was taking Olle’s course.
– Del Rey
This is excellent! The professional feedback was great, and I am improving where I couldn’t before. I wish this had been around when I started out learning Mandarin, but am delighted its available now and highly recommend it for a deep and clear understanding of exactly how to pronounce Mandarin Chinese properly. Make no mistake, this is the course you need.
Sneak peek: Section 4, Lesson 2: Finals starting with A
Sneak peek: Section 2, Lesson 4: Tone Pairs
Learn more about the course here:
I keep telling new students who ask: do spend much more time initially on pronunciation than you intuitively feel like, the importance of clear speech in Mandarin is hard to over-emphasize and will make a big difference. I highly recommend taking Olle’s course to invest in good speaking ability.
– Johan Annell, management consultant
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