Chinese Beginner Masterclass
A complete roadmap to Mandarin fluency and Chinese cultural insights for beginners
You're in the right place because ...
you're overwhelmed by online resources.
You spend hours on Chinese videos on your feed. But you can't see the full picture with only puzzle pieces.
you don't know Chinese.
You're a total beginner. Or, you still make basic mistakes after learning Chinese for years.
you can't remember what you learned.
You know that practice makes perfect but find it hard to remember what you learned before.
your "textbook" Chinese is unnatural.
You sound like a robot. That doesn't help you connect with Chinese friends or clients as human beings.
Meet Your Laoshi
Hello, I'm Vicky! My Chinese name is 筱涵 xiǎo hán. You can call me Vicky Lǎoshī.
Born and raised in Taiwan, I've spent 9 years working with people from all over mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Whether it's Northern Mandarin, Southern Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin, or Singaporean Mandarin, I've heard most of it firsthand. The diversity of native Mandarin Chinese is fascinating. My goal is to help you communicate and connect with Mandarin speakers everywhere in the world! 🌏
I'm a TEFL-certified teacher and a 5-time winner of the world's most prestigious English-Chinese translation awards. As a translator, I follow 3 principles: faithfulness, expressiveness, and elegance. I abide by the same rules when teaching so you learn knowledge that's accurate, relevant, and culturally respectful from me!
My poetry and prose translations have been published by:
National Taiwan Normal University
Hong Kong University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
After the Masterclass, you'll be able to ...
read pinyin (and bopomofo).
Learn the Chinese alphabet and common pronunciation mistakes (and how to avoid them).
ask yes/no and open-ended questions.
Also discover 1 word to soften the tone of any question and 2 words to return any question.
count and order numbers up to 99.
Say any number under 100 with one handy formula (it might even help you get better at math).
say and respond to courtesy phrases.
Discover the many expressions for expressing gratitude, apology, and well wishes in different situations.
prepare the right amount of gifts.
Understand Chinese numerology in everyday etiquette (and how to use it to win friends and make money).
ask for, understand, and tell the time.
Know the specific words for a quarter and half-past and the formula for expressing time.
introduce yourself casually and formally.
String together everything and present yourself to a new friend or a group of new friends.
use inclusive language, and more!
Stay away from potentially offensive questions and unnatural expressions (that many textbooks teach).
What You'll Get in the Masterclass
You don't need any prior Chinese knowledge to join.
The Masterclass is designed with 2 types of learners in mind:
- complete beginners with zero Chinese background
- advanced beginners who have been learning Chinese for years without achieving fluency.
You don't need to be a native English speaker to join.
The 138,000+ students learning Chinese with me on social media come from all around the world. The majority of us are not native English speakers. I cross-reference English often to help you relate to the Chinese language and cultural rules. If you can understand me on Instagram or TikTok, you'll have no problem in the Masterclass! 😎
We will focus equally on 7 key areas:
- 👂👀👄 Listening & Reading / Pronunciation
- 🗣 Conversation
- ✅ Grammar
- 📚 Vocabulary
- 🐼 Culture
- 😉 Special
- ✍️ Writing
Once you join the Masterclass, you will get:
- 💻 50+ fully captioned HD video lessons (6 hours in total)
- ✍️ Tracing worksheets featuring 169 Chinese characters with stroke order direction guide & free-hand practice blocks
- 📝 200+ quiz questions
- 📑 50+ downloadable PDF summaries
- 👥 Exclusive membership in a private community
- 🗣 24/7 access to a virtual Chinese study room
- 🙋🏻♀️ Priority one-on-one support from Vicky
- 📲 Learn anytime, on any device!
- 🗓 a 10-week study plan
- ⭐️ Unlimited lifetime access & updates (optional)
- 😍 Your personalized Chinese name (optional)
- 💰 100% money-back guarantee within 30 days (optional)
Students Like You Love the Masterclass
"[Vicky] is an incredible storyteller ... [She helps us] in a very logical, sequential, thematic way. Of all the [Chinese learning] materials out there, I think hers are among the best."
-- Paul Lewis, Former President at Discovery Channel
"[Vicky's Masterclass] is really easy. It's really fun. It's challenging in the best way ... You're gonna learn real quick [because] the way she teaches is real simple [and] straight to the point. Believe me, [Vicky's Masterclass] is worth it."
-- Shelly from Israel
"Vicky's [Masterclass] made all my other learning activities make sense ... Whether you've been studying Mandarin already [or] just starting, I highly recommend signing up for Vicky's course. It'll make your Mandarin learning so much easier."
-- Mark O'Meara, Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"I love that all of Vicky's lessons infuse not only the language but also the culture and history of China ... Her communication style and ability to have us engage on Discord is just lovely. I love the Masterclass. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
-- Robin Andrus, Adoptive Parent to a Chinese Child
"Vicky's Masterclass is easy to understand. I highly recommend [it] because you can learn at your own pace and have fun while doing it."
-- Carlos from El Salvador
"Vicky's method escalated my progress ... I recommend Vicky from the bottom of my heart. She helped me reach new heights in my Chinese skills."
-- Alexa, Student at The University of British Columbia
"I recommend Vicky. If you can have anything to do with her in any way, I suggest vehemently that you do it."
-- Michael Blumenthal, Former Creative Writing Program Director at Harvard University
"When you're with Vicky, she's got you covered ... I hope you will learn as much as I did with Vicky and admire all the knowledge that she has. My experience with her has been phenomenal."
-- Valérie, Former Exchange Student at East China Normal University
"I can't say enough good things about Vicky ... She's a phenomenal teacher [who] is dedicated and committed to being overly prepared."
-- Ian Heystee, Former Teaching Assistant at Southwest University
"I must say I was quite impressed with ... Vicky's teaching style and the overall [student] experience. [At] this price, you will not get any better Chinese class. I'm confident of that."
-- Nick from Singapore