Level 1A
Jumpstart for Beginners I
Jan. 2024 Cohort

This 8-week course aims to help beginners establish a strong foundation, build confidence in communicating, and foster a joyful connection with learning Mandarin.

In this course, we will:
  • practice in small group classes of 3-6 studetns
  • master Pinyin and tones  
  • learn some everyday essential words and phrases
  • build basic sentences and ask simple questions
  • introduce the basics of Chinese characters (simplified).

  • Level:
    Complete Beginners
  • 8 weeks
    Jan. 22 - Mar. 13, 2024.
  • Virtual lessons:
    Mon & Wed 8-8:50pm EST

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Highly interactive live sessions in small groups (3-6 students)

Start speaking right
from the get-go with 80% of classes delvered in Mandarin

Exclusive community for connections and accountability

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Master the pronunciations and tones; Read Pinyin properly. 
  • Understand the basic structures of Chinese characters; Read and write some simple ones.
  • Introduce yourself, your family, and friends.
  • Get to know others, and talk about where you are from.
  • Talk about time and dates, and make simple plans.
  • Talk about your hobbies, likes, and dislikes.

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  • Virtual Classes - 50min x 2 sessions / week
  • Small group (3 - 6 students); interactive, inclusive, and Mandarin listening & speaking focused classes
  • Dynamic Practices for Self-Study
  • Flashcards, writing practices, self-assessment quizzes
  • Community Support
  • Exclusive online community for popup questions, speaking activity and personalized feedback
    Sharing learning tips and resources with fellow learners.
  • Additional Access 
  • Life-time access to live session recordings,
    12-month access to the learning materials.

Course Details

Class Dates

The cohort will run for 8 weeks from January 22 to March 13, 2024.

Class Time

  • Live Sessions
    Mon. & Wed. 8:00 - 8:50 pm EST, start date January 22, 2024 (check my time zone)

If you'd like to join, but none of the time slots work for you, please let me know your availability. We might open new sessions if there are enough interests.

Who is the course for?

This course is for complete beginners; or those who know a few words and sentences in Mandarin, but want to further work on their pronunciations and build a solid foundation.

Languages Used in Class

At the beginner level, we will use relatively a bit more English to make sure you feel comfortable exposed in Mandarin. The English to Mandarin ratio will be about 2:8. 

Refund Policy

Try out the classes for a week. If you do not like the class, you'll be refunded for the remaining hours. 
Meet the instructor

Jun Wu

Hi friends, I'm Jun. I've been teaching Chinese language and culture for over a decade, and hold a B.A. in Teaching Mandarin as a Second Language, and a M.Ed in Curriculum Design and Teaching Methodology.

As a life-long language learner myself, I know what it’s like to feel stuck and lost when learning a second language. Now after having lived and taught in three different countries to students of all levels and ages, from elementary school to university courses, I'm fascinated not only by the differences among cultures, but how much we share in common. 

Together, we will make this learning process fun while making meaningful connections along the way!
Patrick Jones - Course author
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