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Learn Mandarin Online with 2 Months of Free 1-on-1 Tuition with Native Teachers in China @ Culturestride Language School

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Ever wanted to pick up Mandarin but didn't know where to start?

As one of the most monolingual countries in the world, we believe that there are not enough people actively pursuing foreign languages in Australia and it's not because people don't want to do it (who doesn't want to be a polyglot?). We believe it's a systematic problem with the way that language is taught here and apathy towards putting in the work into developing an asset that is undeniably useful.

[THE DEAL] To solve this problem, we've released a new program helping you start learning Mandarin free for 2 months and then continuing at your discretion at standard rates. Classes are done 1 to 1 online, weekly, over the span of 2 months and your teacher will be a qualified teacher from and living in China (the best Chinese teachers are in China).

After 2 months it will cost $49 per 90 minutes (flexible lesson delivery).

Your only prerequisite is that you're a not conversationally fluent in reading/writing and listening/speaking.

Link: https://culturestride.com/mandarin

Hope this is useful for some! Feedback highly appreciated.

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  • Grab mandarin and get a better job in 20 yo. Or maybe 10

    • Probably 5 years, most people can become fluent in another language within 5 years if they really work hard at it.

  • In 2 Months HSK Level 1
    You will be able to read and speak basic transactional dialogues

    Are you serious? Even native Chinese school students are unable to fully read, listen, compose, speak and write that HSK 1 conversation example with only 2 months of study.

    • You know nothing about Chinese students,before they go to year 1,they need to know 800 characters.

      • You know nothing about Chinese students

        And how do you know that I knew nothing about Chinese students?

        before they go to year 1,they need to know 800 characters.

        You pulled this assertion out of thin air.

        Primary years 1 and 2 students are expected to learn to recognise/understand (认识) approximately 1600 and to write 800 characters during Stage 1 of the curriculum. They are not expected to "know" 800 characters before commencing year 1, whatever you meant by "know". There are no requirement and no standard for preschool literacy.

        — Source: 中华人民共和国教育部 义务教育语文课程标准(2011年版)第二部分 课程目标与内容 二、学段目标与内容 第一学段(1~2年级) (一)识字与写字


        This free 2-month trial consists of 8 45-minute sessions, while this free Coursera HSK 1 course offered by Peking University schedules 37 hours over 7 weeks to complete.

        • Look at the source you got, it is the lowest standard from the education department, no one care about it, because even the average level of Chinese students is much higher than that, In China, a year 1 student know times table very well, but they should learn it from year 2. They master a lot in advance. so I said you know nothing about Chinese student.

  • +15 votes

    Ever wanted to pick up Mandarin but didn't know where to start?

    Not really…

  • how long will this be running for?

    • Probably ongoing. It is a free trial to entice you to join.

    • I think Hu Long is one of the teachers.

        • +2 votes

          Yes, and his brother So Long… Although I think he might have left now…

          • @jv: ICYMI, I think you might like (at least the Outro's of) "Car Talk" (From Boston, it's an NPR radio call-in show, that folks could ask for help w/ problems with their cars. 2 brothers - both mechanics, answer Q's… Lotsa HUMOR thru'out, plus a daily Puzzler. Now, all from archive, since 1 of the brothers died.) Find it ~anywhere you can get podcasts, eg, in app: TuneIn Radio.) Enjoy!

          • @jv: wait a second Hu Left it So Long?

    • +2 votes

      Hi bargain huntress,

      Ongoing for now however no guarantees on continuity since we're still doing a lot of active product development which means lots of things will change (and hopefully get better!).

      Cheers!

  • +3 votes

    "Ever wanted to pick up Mandarin but didn't know where to start?"

    It will be compulsory soon when China takes over Australia

    • You are assuming Dan will get his way…

    • It will be compulsory soon when China takes over Australia

      It will be compulsory soon as China has taken over Australia

  • I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.

  • I guess China is going to control Australia soon enough, so this will be handy once we all come under the control of the CCP.

    • +3 votes

      I guess China is going to control Australia soon enough

      Not while we still control the "Baby Formula" market….

  • Thanks gonna give it a shot

  • 我来教你

    • Now that's the problem with the native teachers from overseas. We don't necessarily understand what they are talking about!

    • Google couldn't translate that…
      Why? Colloquialism? <= Just like Communism, w/out the Social Credit ranks. ;~)

  • 愿原力与你同在

  • Side question - Does anyone know if Mandarin and Cantonese are completely different in every way or do they share common similarities?

    • +2 votes

      They are different, some words may sound similar

      For e.g Hello

      Cantonese: Lei ho ma
      Mando: Ni hao ma

    • I'd say there are 80% difference. If you put a person that only speaks mandarin and a person only speaks cantonese together, they won't understand each other quite well

      • No I'd say they are very similar, and normally they understand each other in your case. Most people who only speak Cantonese understand Mandarin, but most people who only speak Mandarin do not understand Cantonese, however, listening is easy, speaking is hard

    • +3 votes

      Hi harveyworld,

      Echoing previous comments, there's definitely strong tonal similarities where if you know one of them, learning the other will be significantly easier.

      Grammar, vocab and the written language is identical (subject to differences in traditional and simplified Chinese characters which have regional preferences).

      I'd say the most significant difference exists in the spoken language as opposed to the written.

      Cheers!

    • +2 votes

      Based on how Meng Fei makes fun of stranded Shanghainese and Cantonese only speakers, there is a big difference.

    • in the context of being in a crowded area, i find canto is the most irritating to the ear, and mando (to a greater degree, shanghainese) to be more pleasant.

      when it comes to arguments, omfg shanghainese is the worst.

    • it's a different dialect. There are tons of dialects in China. Similar to Germany and other countries with big population.

      They share a script. So you can at least read the other dialect.

      Spoken Cantonese is informal, written is formal. This makes it harder to learn, and it also has ~9 tones compared to 4.

  • a guy is doing an online Mandarin course and wants to impress a Chinese girl he sees at a bar. so he says "ni ma hao?"
    the girl gives him a puzzled look.
    sensing he said something wrong, he quickly tries again: "ma? ni hao!"
    of course he never got her number.

  • Is this mandarin course anything like a good marriage?

  • The best Chinese teachers are definitely in China, just like the best English teachers are from England.

    …….right?

    Anyway can’t decode COVID-19 without a sound knowledge of Mandarin Chinese

  • Does the course guarantee me that I'll be able to date Chinese women in six months?

  • Traditional or Simplified Chinese?

  • Whats everyone's feedback?