Hey, it’s Arieh here!
Or should I say “Xiaoma’’?
Anyway, I’m so excited to see you here!
Out of the tens of millions of people who watch my YouTube videos every month, you’re part of the less than 1% that makes it to this page.
I guess you’re here because you’re interested in learning Chinese, right?
Maybe you’ve seen my crazy YouTube videos and you thought to yourself:
“Wow! I wish I could speak Chinese like that and strike up a conversation with Chinese people wherever I go...’’
If that’s the case, you’re in the right place!
I’m going to show you how I learned Chinese, but even more importantly, I will also show you how I would learn Chinese if I had to start all over again!
You’ll learn about my weird but effective method that will help you to hold fun and spontaneous conversations with Chinese people, in only ten weeks from now.
I invented this approach myself.
This method works great, especially if:
Learning to speak the most spoken language in the world will let you talk directly to the hearts of over a billion people.
Quite cool, huh?
You will have fun, impress friends and strangers, and if you don’t watch out they might even fall in love with you, and you with them...
I know this because I ended up marrying a Chinese girl myself! 😉
So are you ready to learn more?
I’ve talked to so many people who really want to learn Chinese, but most of them are struggling.
They say things like:
“All the words sound the same’’, or
“I can’t hear the tones; I must be tone-deaf!’’
And then there are the thousands of characters to learn if you want to read and write Mandarin.
Learning Chinese can indeed seem like an impossible task.
The U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute can confirm this.
They created a list of the languages that are the hardest to learn which included Mandarin as one of the most difficult languages for English speakers.
That’s why so many learners get overwhelmed and give up after a while.
That’s a pity!
Every day that goes by that you can’t speak Chinese, you miss out on tons of opportunities like:
- Instantly breaking the ice with all the Chinese people you meet and having fun!
- Quickly winning respect when doing business in Chinese;
- Getting a better understanding of Chinese relatives and improving your relationships with them;
- Or even falling in love with a Chinese partner?
I’ve literally done all of the above, and so you can you!
In my opinion, Chinese is much easier in many ways than some people claim. And it’s definitely possible for an English speaker to become near-native fluent in Mandarin.
You know that because you’ve already seen me speaking Chinese on my YouTube channel, right? 😉
And if you think it’s just because I’m gifted or something, it might surprise you that I was an absolute disaster with languages when I was younger.
Until I discovered a simple principle that changed everything.
My real name is Arieh, but most people know me as Xiaoma. I run the popular YouTube channel Xiaomanyc.
Tens of millions of people watch my videos every month and see how I make connections with people from all kinds of backgrounds, by speaking to them in their language.
I’ve studied over 15 foreign languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, French, Wolof, Maya, Italian, Indonesian, Navajo, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tibetan.
People always ask me how I do it. I get emails literally every day!
With my chess game approach, I managed to hold conversations in all these languages after just a few weeks of studying.
Since I’ve launched my very first Chinese course ‘’Street-Smart Chinese,’’ thousands of students from all over the world have joined and picked up a new language.
I understand that learning a language can be really boring and difficult because that’s how I experienced it at school.
That’s why I thought it was time to make language courses more practical for the real world!
And people seem to love this approach:
Yes, I was a total language idiot in high school.
I took Latin, Hebrew, and Greek classes but every year I felt like I was learning the same thing over and over again. Every year I would have to rummage back through the dictionary to look up the exact same words I looked up the year before.
I kept thinking to myself, I wonder when any of this stuff is going to stick. (Tell me if that sounds familiar!)
To this day I don’t remember anything from any of these classes.
Growing up in NYC I only spoke English. But my dad would take me to Chinatown when I was little and man, it was the coolest thing!
The lights, smells, tastes — it was just wild. I dreamed about someday being able to speak this amazing, intricate, seemingly exotic language, but I never actually thought it was possible to get fluent.
And the first Chinese courses I took in college did little to dispel this idea. I found the Chinese language beautiful but oh-so frustrating.
- Why did 了 work like that?
- What the heck was the little square next to 吗?
- And how do you just say “bring me that pencil” already?!
I felt so confused by teaching materials that were totally irrelevant for beginners.
My teachers would try to explain tiny details about the writing system that didn't make any sense because I didn't have any idea how the language actually worked!
Later I got the opportunity to study Chinese at a university in China, but even then I mostly became fluent outside of the classroom, not during the lessons!
Going to a language school can be a good way to keep yourself motivated and accountable but…
Don’t forget that in the end you have to learn by yourself.
Nobody can learn a language for you.
That’s the cold, hard truth!
And that’s why I’ve developed a method that enables me to learn languages from home, without having to sign up for an expensive language school, or having to go abroad.
And if you focus on learning the right things, you will be able to learn much faster than the average learner.
In fact, I believe that it’s possible to learn to have a basic conversation in any language including Chinese within just 24 hours.
Yes, 24 hours!
You probably think I’m kidding..
But I can guarantee it’s possible, because I do this all the time on my YouTube channel. You can find tons of videos on my channel that back up this crazy claim
So how do I pick up languages so fast?
Chess players usually start the game with standard openings, like moving the pawn from E2 to E4. Then you know that you need to follow up with the Sicilian Defense. Then there are all kinds of standard responses, and that's because those are generally recognized as the best and most common moves.
And the more you play the game, the better you have those opening moves memorized. As the game gets more complex, your skills get tested more and more by all these variants.
Do you see the similarities between playing chess and learning languages?
That’s why I always focus on the ‘’opening moves’’ at the beginning.
Once you can ‘’open’’ a conversation and start speaking, you have a foundation that you can start building on.
Start with practical phrases like ‘’do you speak Chinese?’’ or ‘’I’m learning Chinese’’. The fancy stuff will follow later.
With this approach, you can speak a new language from the very beginning. This will give you the momentum you need to become fluent.
In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to have fun and 100% real conversations in Chinese and impress Chinese people in your neighborhood and your Chinese-speaking friends and relatives!
Your new Chinese skills will help you strengthen your relationships with Chinese people you meet and give an entirely new dimension to your life.
Trust me, you really do get a new soul with every new language you learn to speak...
The best thing?
You won’t have to fly to China. You also won’t have to enroll in a language school and spend thousands of dollars and years of your life. And this isn’t some silly collection of funny Chinese YouTube sentences that I half heartedly slapped together in an afternoon, either.
I’ve spent months of teaching and research to bring you something I am truly proud of, with the goal of creating the absolute best course to get started learning conversational Mandarin Chinese from your own house, at your own pace. After taking the class I know you’ll agree with like Tobias:
When you start speaking Chinese with somebody, they will always ask you the same questions:
We’ll focus on the words, phrases and sentence structures that you need for your first conversations in Chinese in practical real-life situations.
Think about situations like:
Alejandra and her friends and I act out all these scenarios in video conversations to get you started speaking Chinese fast. We learn grammar naturally as it comes up in the dialogues, not by memorizing a list of points.
We don’t just teach you a bunch of phrases that you need to learn by heart. You will learn patterns of speech so that you can make your own sentences in Chinese and say whatever you want.
You don’t need any prior experience!
And the best part of all?
You won’t have to memorize a single Chinese character during this course. We’re focusing on conversation, and so characters are included but are totally optional.
Like the idea of learning Chinese with me personally? Besides me appearing in all the video conversations, there’s something else...
I’ve added “walkthrough” videos. I’ll walk you step by step through all the dialogues of each lesson and give an in-depth explanation of all vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar features.
You’ll almost feel like you’re in a virtual classroom with me as your private teacher, where every single line of dialogue is clearly and simply broken down and explained. This lets me guarantee you the learning experience I want you to have!
Not only that, but you’ll be able to comment on all lesson content, and because of my passion for learning and teaching Chinese, not only do I read every single comment but I also usually reply!
I know that learning Chinese can be hard, especially if you’re starting from scratch. So here’s the deal…
If you sign up for this Street-Smart Chinese Foundations course, we’ll also give you access to our 7-Day Magic Sentences Bootcamp for Chinese.
In this mini-course, you’ll learn all my magical sentences.
These sentences help you get an early grasp of how the language works. They’re also incredibly practical.
In my experience, these sentences represent 80% of the likely first 5 minutes of conversation you will have with a given stranger.
You can literally have entire conversations with total strangers just by knowing them, and I do so on a regular basis.
First, we teach you a few simple words. Then we start making simple sentences that gradually become more difficult. Eventually, you’ll have learned some of the “Magic Sentences” that I always learn first when studying new languages.
If you study these sentences for 10 minutes per day, you’ll have learned all of them in only one week!
This mini-course is available on the website for $29, but you’ll get it 100% for FREE!
That’s quite a hard question isn’t it?
It’s hard to put a price on the ability to speak an “exotic” language like Chinese and transform the way you interact with Chinese people.
People from all over the world are spending thousands of dollars (or pounds, or euros!) to fly to China and enroll in a language school. I did something similar when I started my learning journey.
But even those who don’t want to travel or can’t travel often end up spending over a thousand dollars to take Chinese lessons at a local language school.
There are also online Chinese courses that often charge a premium. The real question is, do they really work? Are the courses designed in a way that they keep you motivated and make learning Chinese fun?
My course does! 😉
And because of the huge reach I have on my social media channels I’m able to offer you a quality course without having to charge you thousands of dollars.
I am only asking for a small investment in yourself.
If you’re ready to put in the time, the results will pay off very quickly. That’s something I can guarantee!
Want to know how?
Just keep reading...
The course comes with 10 modules with real-life Conversations in video and downloadable audio formats to get you started speaking Chinese fast.
Each video includes subtitles in both English and Chinese to make sure that you understand every single word. I’ll walk you step by step through all the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar features of each lesson
Master all aspects of the course with me as your virtual guide!
Native audio recordings to get your pronunciation just right. You’ll no longer need to guess how Chinese is pronounced in the real world, and you can listen to how I but also actual native speakers pronounce things.
The course somes with 100 pages of clear, in-depth analysis of the Chinese language, written by me from the perspective of someone who’s learned Chinese from the ground up.
Understand Chinese as it’s actually spoken, not as teachers think it should be taught.
Spending too much time in front of a screen? Print the worksheets and review the dialogues, key vocabulary, and grammar.
We’ve included the characters but unlike other beginner Chinese courses this course does not force you to learn them. You will be encouraged to focus on conversation from the start!
I've added supplemental sentences with tons of additional vocabulary for bonus practice, for those who are serious and want more! You definitely won’t be bored!
Fascinating cultural notes on China and its amazing culture. I share my personal reflections on Chinese culture in each lesson, because I believe that the better you understand Chinese culture, the easier it will be for you to connect to Chinese people at a deeper level.
You’ll also get access to all my Quizlet flashcard sets. Practice with these flashcards and avoid forgetting everything you’ve learned throughout the course.
And if you want to get really intense about it like I do, it’s easy to import everything you learn into Anki so you’ll never forget anything, ever!
Just like on my YouTube channel, you can comment or ask questions on every single lesson, but unlike on my YouTube channel, I can read every single comment and I usually reply!
Pay only once and get access to all materials for the rest of your life!