Learning Mandarin is a journey in which a student’s evolution continually occurs across a spectrum of skills — e.g. listening, speaking, reading, writing, cultural understanding, etc. This post is focused on two of those skills: speaking and listening. We have compiled a list of 12 videos from Mandarin HQ (an excellent, free resource for Mandarin videos) designed to draw attention to the unique sounds and accents of Mandarin while also providing a study resource containing the vocabulary and phrases of many common daily activities. So warm up some tea, put on your headphones and enjoy ever step of your Mandarin learning journey.


Top 12 Videos to Improve Your Mandarin


The Sounds Of “Southern Accented” Mandarin Chinese


Mandarin Chinese Accent Challenge: “North or South?”


How to Recognize and Pronounce The 4+1 Tones of Mandarin Chinese


Ordering Chinese street food like a local in Mandarin Chinese


Talking about hobbies in Mandarin Chinese


How to ask for the restaurant bill in China


Why do so many Chinese girls use umbrellas when it’s sunny?


Is There Anything You Don’t Eat?


How to wish someone a happy birthday in Mandarin Chinese


How to say “I know” and “I don’t know” in Mandarin Chinese


十一 Celebrating National Day Golden Week in China


十二 5 ways to greet a friend you haven’t seen for a long time in Mandarin Chinese


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