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Where on earth should an ab initio learner start with learning Mandarin Chinese?!

Ab initio is a fancy way of saying "I have no idea what I'm doing!', or rather, 'I'm a complete beginner!', in Latin. 

I have spent a lot of time in my life finding ways to answer this question.

At this point, there are three ways I can help, outlined on this page:

1. Resources 

2. Teaching & Workshops

3. Teacher Training 

Read on to learn more, or, reach out with your question and I'll see how I can help.

1: Resources

Downloadable E-Book - Available on Amazon

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Asma, 你怎么了?!

I wrote and designed this book using 30 very common, mostly HSK1 related Chinese characters, students and teachers alike can enjoy using this reader to help build confidence with reading Chinese. 

The language deliberately repeats and spotlights these key structures: 


- 怎么了 

- 太---了 

- 不太---  

Note that this reader doesn't contain any pinyin support - only characters. This is intentional, as it is mean to reinforce the reading of Chinese as naturally as possible. 

2: Teaching & Workshops


Private Classes

I take on a small number of private students. I teach Ab Initio or complete beginner level students - teens or adults. To find out about learning Mandarin with me, please reach out.


I provide workshops using Mandarin or teaching Mandarin for different audiences. These can be taster workshops for new learners in educational events, or one-off workshops designed to give participants a new learning experience.

3: Teacher Training

Teacher Training for Mandarin Teachers

I also provide teacher training for teachers of Mandarin. Popular topics in the past include:

Classroom Management | Classroom pacing | Inter-cultural Awareness | Lesson Planning | Training Learners on Learning to Learn Mandarin 

Feel free to reach out and learn more about this:

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