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In the last 14 years, LTL has earned an overwhelmingly positive reputation as a leading Mandarin language school in China.

Founded by "foreigners" (who understood first-hand the challenges of learning Chinese as a second language), they were amongst the first schools in China to hire only full-time "career" Mandarin instructors for the benefit of their students.

Recognizing the unique challenges that online learning brings, in 2020 they introduced "Flexi Classes" that combine flexible online scheduling with the benefits of interactive, small-group learning (traditionally only found in classroom settings).



The Basics

Over 150 group classes running every day.
2-3 students per teacher for productive group sessions with lots of personal attention.
Native Mandarin teachers with experience teaching students at all levels.
Their new "Flexi Classes" give complete flexibility to book, re-book and even cancel classes without penalty.

Why we recommend it

LTL’s Flexi Classes enable you to build up the basics, speak often, and gain confidence under the tutelage of experienced teachers.

Coming soon: LTL teachers will be able to push vocabulary directly into your Hack Chinese accounts so you never forget what you learn in class!

Hack Chinese LTL Promotion

Use the link below and enter the promo code "LTLHACK" to receive 50% off your first purchase of any Flexi Class package.

LTL Flexi Classes

The best way to increase your retention rate of words in Hack Chinese (and in real life) is to read real Chinese content with the words you are learning.

Which is why we’ve partnered with Du Chinese, the Internet's most trusted publisher of graded Chinese reading material.



The Basics

2,000+ articles graded for every level of proficiency from "Newbie" to "Master" (with new articles added every week).
Native apps for iOS and Android (and a beautiful web-app for studying on desktop).
Native audio for every lesson to enhance your listening skills alongside your reading skills.
All of Du Chinese's lesson vocabulary is now on Hack Chinese so you can learn the words first -- and then read like a natural!
You can Link your Du Chinese account to your Hack Chinese account to save words and sentences across paltforms.

Why we recommend it

When learning a foreign language, reading is one of the most important skills to practice. But finding content at precisely your level is challenging. Graded readers like Du Chinese make it easier — and if you learn the vocabulary first with Hack Chinese, you can approach more of their catalog without fear of frustration.

Hack Chinese Du Chinese Promotion

Try Du Chinese for free. When you're ready to upgrade, use the promo code "DCHACK" at the link below to receive 10% off your Du Chinese subscription.

Du Chinese

Focusing almost exclusively on spoken Chinese, ExcelMandarin's unique curriculum and teaching approach will not only have you laughing through every class, but will also maximize your Chinese speaking and listening time.

Their formal curriculum is further reinforced with 15 hours of community events each month, from movie & game nights to office hours and conversation practice.



The Basics

Cohort-based enrollment, so you can learn with a community.
A speaking-focused curriculum, designed specifically for adults
24/7 teacher assistance in a dedicated Slack channel.
Native audio (recorded by the lovely humans at ExcelMandarin) for their curriculum in Hack Chinese.

Why we recommend it

By hand-picking the best elements from in-person learning and optimizing them for online classrooms, ExcelMandarin has created a program that reliably trains adult learners to speak Mandarin at a proficient level within eight months.

Hack Chinese ExcelMandarin Promotion

Email darren@excelmandarin.com with subject "Hack//Excel" to receive one free trial class and a $100 USD discount on your first quarter if you choose to sign up.

For information on EM's free community events, email garrett@excelmandarin.com.

Since 2012, GoEast Mandarin has taken a modern approach to language education with initiatives like continual teacher training, dedicated language consultants, and a focus on the technical aspects of speech production.

These initiatives (alongside their proprietary HSK, business, and spoken Chinese curriculums) have earned GoEast an outstanding reputation for producing highly competent students -- and a loyal group of alumni that describe their teachers as "unlike anywhere else."



The Basics

Teachers with BS, MS, or PhD degrees in foreign language education who routinely undergo additional teacher training at GoEast.
Each student is paired with a language consultant to help them find a course that matches their level and learning goals.
Live online classes that focus on using newly learned vocabulary and grammar while speaking.
Self-study before & after live classes with recorded conversations, grammar videos, and quizzes.

Why we recommend it

GoEast's blended approach of self-learning + live classes with a teacher ensures each student masters the four modes of language: reading, speaking, listening, and writing. And, because the GoEast ethos is to constantly improve teaching quality, you can be sure you are using the most effective learning methods available.

Hack Chinese GoEast Promotion

Use the link below and enter the promo code "GEHACK" to receive a free trial class.

GoEast Mandarin

Domino Chinese is loved by their 100,000+ students for their comprehensive video course for learning Mandarin Chinese. Covering all aspects of Chinese from reading and writing to listening and speaking, it's a great complement to Hack Chinese.




The Basics

Almost 5,000 high-quality videos (over 100 hours of content).
Many videos were filmed in China, giving students a feel for how Chinese is really used. You'll learn real-life vocabulary and phrases not found in textbooks, and develop a deep appreciation for modern Chinese culture.
An approachable host (Felix) who makes learning interesting.
The vocabulary from Domino's curriculum has already been loaded into Hack Chinese.

Why we recommend it

While scouring the Internet for video lessons can be a great way to supplement your learning, you can progress much faster with a well-planned, structured curriculum. Domino Chinese brings it all together with comprehensive lesson plans and corresponding exercises.

Hack Chinese Domino Promotion

Use the link below to receive one month of full access to Domino's complete curriculum for free.

Domino Chinese

Culturestride is an online-only Mandarin school with an interactive classroom platform with features like pinyin popovers, connected in-class notes, and automated homework assignments.

Each class is one of two types: Theory (for acquiring knowledge) or Practical (for practicing what you already know).

These aren't your typical online classes; For example, in Practical sessions, the target is for 80% of class time to be conversation (not "teaching"). And when class concludes, the conversation is transcribed and sent to you. Perfect for continued learning (and importing into Hack Chinese!)



The Basics

1:1 Theory classes to fill gaps in your knowledge.
Group Practical (conversation) classes to solidify what you learn.
An interactive classroom platform with Pinyin & definition popovers and connected notes.
Personalized homework to reinforce what you learned in class

Why we recommend it

Culturestride's practical classes offer something every learner needs: opportunities to use the Mandarin you know. Through role-play, debate, and Q&A, you'll be able to master the Chinese you've been learning in the classroom and on your favorite apps.

Hack Chinese Culturestride Promotion

Use the link below to receive unlimited free access to unfilled Practical classes (if you have taken at least one paid class in the last 30 days).

Culturestride

Andrew Methven is a British national who first went to China nearly two decades ago. Over the years he has acted as an advisor and interpreter to CEOs and chairpersons interested in China.

Now, he publishes a weekly newsletter of modern Chinese language, drawing from Chinese media, social media and TV shows.



The Basics: A Free Weekly Newsletter

Every newsletter includes words, phrases, and slang drawn from the real world (and loaded weekly into Hack Chinese)!
Everything has references to the original source material in case you want to dive deeper.
Everything has example sentences to give context.

The Paid Membership also includes:

An audio version of each newsletter so you can hear everything explained by Andrew and then pronounced by a native Chinese speaker.
Access to a growing, searchable database of over 1,300 Chinese words, phrases, idioms, colloquialisms and slang that includes background notes, example sentences, and audio for each entry.
Access to other downloads such as e-books and topic-focused dictionary downloads.

Why we recommend it

This is possibly the most comprehensive source of modern Chinese vocabulary (with accurate translations and explanations in English) to be found anywhere.

Slow Chinese is best for intermediate and advanced learners. If you're a professional who is actively involved with China, someone who uses Chinese on a daily basis, or a professional translator, there is no other resource we are aware of that can better boost your understanding of modern Chinese.

Hack Chinese Slow Chinese Promotion

Sign up for the Slow Chinese newsletter here: https://newsletter.slowchinese.net/. If you want to become a member for the additional benefits, use the link below to get the first year for $99 (an 18% discount).

Slow Chinese

The Fluency Project is a not-for-profit online community of Chinese learners who share Chinese language learning advice, practice together in a live chat room, and participate in online video chats (entirely in Chinese).

The Fluency Project is part of BreakDiving.io, a worldwide community that strives to help people succeed in various aspects of their lives. Their application process ensures that every member is positive and helpful, providing a toxicity-free environment in which to grow.

Why we recommend it

Learning a foreign language is challenging. Having the support of helpful, like-minded learners can make the journey easier and more enjoyable.

Explore the Fluency Project with the link below

The Fluency Project

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