Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence is now open!

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!

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 the dates for when the course is open refer to the previous round, so it’s the date given above that’s correct, not the one I mentioned in the podcast!

Tune in to the Hacking Chinese Podcast to learn more about the pronunciation course:

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Overcast, Spotify and many other platforms!

The first lesson, where I introduce the course

Section 1, lesson 5 about mimicking native speakers in its entirety

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! 

– Will

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 ears 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.

– Simon

Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence

Sneak peek: Section 4, Lesson 2: Finals starting with A

Sneak peek: Section 2, Lesson 4: Tone Pairs

Learn more about the course here: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence


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

Tips and tricks for how to learn Chinese directly in your inbox

I've been learning and teaching Chinese for more than a decade. My goal is to help you find a way of learning that works for you. Sign up to my newsletter for a 7-day crash course in how to learn, as well as weekly ideas for how to improve your learning!


  1. John Martin says:

    Lesson one sounds like a good beginning.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.