Study Materials

TutorMandarin offers extra study materials in the form of What’s On articles, Chinese Videos from Youtube, and Flashcards. These are all complementary or auxiliary study materials outside our general education system.

While not structured of our structured education system, they offer content that is still plays and interesting and useful role in the language learning journey. Moreover, this content is updated much more frequently, on a every other day basis. Users are encouraged to enjoy this fresh frequent content in-between their regularly scheduled tutoring sessions and have it continue to spark their love of learning.


Flashcards

For each vocabulary word in our courses, topics, What’s On, and Chinese Videos there will be linked flashcards. These flashcards can also be found in different packs in the ‘Study Materials’ section under ‘Flashcards.’

What’s in a flashcard?

Each flashcard includes pinyin, English and Chinese characters, part of speech, definition, and example sentences.

How to get to the flashcards?

They are linked within each lesson as well as in the flashcard packs in the ‘Study Materials’ > ‘Flashcards’ section.

Can I purchase flashcards separately?

You cannot purchase TutorMandarin flashcards separately.

How are these flashcards available? For non-paying users? For paying users?

New users that have not taken any classes yet get access to the full stack of Beginner 1 flashcards, the first lesson of each subsequent course level flashcards, the flashcards for What’s on articles, and the flashcards for videos.

What if I’m using Custom Booking for my lessons? Which flashcards are available?

After you complete a lesson or topic class, the flashcards from that session will be automatically unlocked and available in the ‘Study Materials’ > ‘Flashcards’ section.

Why are Flashcards locked and unlocked?

Yes. Some cards are unlocked to all users. Some cards are locked until that class has been purchased and finished.

How do I unlock flashcards?

Flashcards become unlocked as you take the classes. After you take a class (whether through a package or with custom booking), the flashcards will be automatically unlocked and added to the pack in the flashcards section.

Can I create my own flashcards?

No, users cannot create their own flashcards.

Can I create custom flashcard lists?

Yes. Any unlocked flashcard can be added to a custom list.

Can I share flashcards with friends?

Yes. A social media share button is available for each card to share a flashcard online with your fellow Chinese learners.


What’s On

There’s a lot to be said for learning a language in a systematic way. In fact, that’s how we design all our curriculums, levels, evaluations, etc. However, achieving a greater level of fluency often involves delving off onto the side roads of language learning. It involves understanding some cultural tidbits. It involves learning some history. It involves keeping up the latest news about China, Taiwan, and beyond. It involves keeping up with what’s going on with Chinese internet communities.

What is What’s On?

What’s on is a grab bag of short articles related to China and Chinese language learning. Articles are written in mostly English but will include Chinese vocabulary words and their linked flashcards.

What’s on currently is published on under eight topic categories.

  • Phrases
  • Language Learning
  • Survival Skills
  • News
  • Understanding China
  • Funny
  • Conversations
  • Grammar

There are currently eight topics to choose from with content being posted 3 times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

How often is What’s On updated?

What’s on is published 3 times per week.

Can I take a class or free-talk session about a What’s On article?

There are no official classes with What’s On articles. Each article is typically too short and is not made with our more stringent education system. They are supplemental material.
If you choose a free-talk class and ask the teacher to discuss the What’s On content, the teacher will not necessarily be familiar with the content. Granted, they have access to it and can link it through the mobile whiteboard in the classroom.

Are tutors familiar with What’s On content?

Our tutors will not necessarily be familiar with frequent What’s On content.


Chinese videos

There’s a lot to be said for learning a language in a systematic way. In fact, that’s how we design all our curricula, levels, evaluations, etc. However, learning a language involves a great deal of time spent listening to the language and just getting used to it -- hearing it in context with emphasis, accents, and local use. Achieving a greater level of fluency often involves delving off onto the side roads of language learning through authentic language videos.

What is Chinese videos?

Chinese videos is a curated list of educational Chinese content videos and real world Chinese language videos for all our users to enjoy. Each video comes with an English description, Chinese vocabulary words, and the linked flashcards.

Chinese Videos is currently is published on under five topic categories.

  • Language Learning
  • News
  • Understanding China
  • Funny
  • Music
How often is Chinese Videos updated?

Chinese videos is published 3 times per week.

Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Can I take a class or free-talk session about a Chinese video?

There are no official classes with Chinese video. Each video comes from a third party source and falls outside our organized education system. Simply put, they are supplemental material.
If you choose a free-talk class and ask the tutor to discuss a Chinese video, the tutor will not necessarily be familiar with the content. Granted, they have access to it and can link it through the mobile whiteboard in the classroom.

Are tutors familiar with Chinese videos?

A tutor is not required to be familiar with frequent Chinese video content.


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