Learn Mandarin Chinese with a Memory Palace!

By: Harriet Cook

We're very pleased to announce that our new course in Mandarin Essentials is now available! The course assumes no prior knowledge of Mandarin and covers all the basics you need to get started speaking and writing the language. It guides you through how to understand the material and then build a memory palace to store the new language you have learnt.

With the launch of this course we're excited to welcome Adah Yao on board as one of our co-authors. Adah has co-authored Mandarin Essentials together with Dr Aaron Ralby, CEO and founder of Linguisticator.

Shuangqi Yao – or Adah Yao – is a native speaker and teacher of Mandarin from China. She received her Masters Degree in Language Teaching from China West Normal University and has 7 years’ of Mandarin language teaching experience. In 2017, she taught Mandarin at King’s Ely School in England and she is now teaching back in China.


Mandarin uses a logographic script for its writing system which we have decided to teach in a separate course given its size and complexity - you need about 3,000 characters to be able to read and write! However, you will be able to review the same content in this course not only in pinyin transliteration, but also in both traditional and simplified characters.

In this course, we take you through our map of Mandarin Essential Functions, the first in a series of 12 functional maps covering all the phrases and vocabulary you need to reach a professional level. The map covers a range of topics including numbers and time as well as how to describe things. It will not only teach you a number of useful phrases and expressions, but also how Mandarin works as a language. Mandarin's structure is markedly different to English, but it is also remarkably similar in certain ways - we explain all of this in detail within the context of the survival language we present in this course.

We assume that those using this course have already completed our full course in Memory. Once you have gone through the lessons in Mandarin, you will be guided step-by-step through how to store all of the material in a memory palace so that you can retain, access, and use the content long-term. We include 3D animations so that you can see how a memory palace might look for this course, but you are free to use your own spaces and imagination.

If you would like to sign up, you can do so here.


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