Chinese learning Resources

I learn best by exposing myself to Chinese language podcasts and spending a couple of hours at the end of the week reviewing what I have learnt by listening, reading aloud and finally typing the Hanzi (Chinese characters). Although I’m aiming for HSK 3 by November 2020, my focus is on listening and reading skills. I will practise writing after I get to HSK 4. This will hopefully happen in June 2021.

So what is the point of the first entry of this beautiful journey? I will give you an overview of the resources I use on a regular basis and show you that I am very much a task based worker. I will also show you how I struggle with keeping to my routine, I won’t always hit 100% of my list of tasks but at least I tried.

So what resources do I use? You can’t get better than using innovative languages products to learn the big 3 Asian languages which are Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese and Korean and the big 3 European languages which are French, German and Spanish.

There comes a point where Chineseclass101 becomes too difficult, this happened when I made the jump from Beginner to Lower Beginner. I got stuck. In my search for material that would help me bridge the gap, I opted for This website has been a blessing in disguise. The dialogues are short, some are long but there is a lot of guidance. I limit myself to a maximum of 10 dialogues per day. So far, I am at ELEMENTARY level and I am still going strong.

Two months into my language learning journey, I opted for 1 on 1 lessons with Graceville School of languages located in Lagos, Nigeria. I take a total of three 2-hour lessons with a lovely lady who graduated from UNILAG. My teacher uses the HSK 1 books. Although we have sped through the lessons, I’ve purchased supplementary HSK material from Jon&Ken from Chinese Zero to Hero. By the way you can download the .mp3 files for the HSK books for free from the publishers of the series here.

Finally I use a book in French titled Methode 90 : Chinois to help with my reading of the Hanzi and building more vocabulary through dialogue. This book although available on, it is also available for download on

By January 2021, I will start learning how to write. My plan is to use this book: Learning Chinese Characters.

I have shared with you a total of 6 different resources which I believe will spare you the hours lost through trial and error. Yes, the majority of these courses you will need to pay for. However, only one of them is an annual subscription, the rest can be downloaded, bought on amazon or you can opt for Lifetime access which is what I did for Innovative languages since I knew that I was going to jump into Japanese sometime in the future.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” “千里之行,始於足下. “

I can’t stress enough the importance of having a goal and once it is almost within your grasp, you should never hesitate to create a new one. My personal vision is to communicate in Mandarin and for it to become my third language. Once I’m comfortable with it, I’ll use it to learn other languages.Continue reading “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” “千里之行,始於足下. “”

Routine for Chinese

It is important to note that I have not been able to do what I have done so far without a routine. I am the type of person who can spend hours drafting different timetables and at the end of it all achieve only 5% of the items on my list. It seems like onceContinue reading “Routine for Chinese”

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