So… Why would you want to learn Chinese?

It’s fun

I have personally been learning Chinese for many years, it’s had its ups and downs, but overall learning Chinese has been a source of great satisfaction, success and just plain fun. There’s nothing quite like the first time you understand a Chinese joke, or the first time you make a Chinese joke in front of hundreds of people and hear them laugh and see them smile, or the first time you eavesdrop on the train and hear random Chinese girls gossiping about their crushes, or the look in Chinese people’s eyes when they realise… You can speak Mandarin!

It’s tough

Learning Chinese is not easy, it will take you a lot of time, dedication, patience and practice, but you do have something else on your side, the writers of are all native English speakers who have been studying Mandarin Chinese for many years, we’ve walked the path and loved it, and now we want to share that knowledge with you through high quality explanations.

It’s rewarding

Just like anything really worth doing, the difficulty comes with corresponding rewards, maybe you are learning Chinese to find a cute Chinese girl (or handsome Chinese guy), to seal that latest lucrative business deal, to plan a brief trip to China for leisure, business, tourism, whatever your motivation is, here we can help you to find the rewards you are seeking in the long term.

We are passionate about Chinese

The greatest reward that this site offers its writers is the satisfaction of seeing a new friend, you, grow into speaking great Chinese. This site offers us no monetary reward, we are not paid, we just love Chinese and love sharing it. The greatest things in life are free.

This is all video

The V in VlearnChinese stands for video! While all explanations are repeated in text, I personally find one of the best ways to learn anything is through videos, through the use of whiteboards, and especially when learning language or when pronunciation is involved, you definitely need to hear the speaker clearly, to hear how they pronounce words and see / hear how they shape their mouths.

Let’s get moving!

So welcome! If you are just beginning, you’ve come to the right place! Check out the first lesson about what tones are in the Chinese Tones section, the site is structured like a course that you can pick up from any point and progress with.

你好 (Nǐ hǎo!) (Hi!) written by Shawn Powrie

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