Who are Mandarin Monkey?

At the time of writing this there are two founding members, Tom and Ula Cain and a few freelance writers. Tom is British and Ula is Taiwanese.

What do Mandarin Monkey do? 

We actually do many different things. Our main focus is providing free online video tutorials for those who want to learn Mandarin. We have a number of platforms, but our main one is currently YouTube. Or secondary focus is making audio based materials for the same purpose, to help people learn Mandarin. This is made up of a number of different audio options including audio books, podcasts and audio lessons. 

UPDATE: Recently more and more people have been listening and responding to our podcast so that has taken a front seat in our current production schedule. We now also do Hangouts where we will get up to four people (plus anyone else who wants to listen), set fun tasks and homework and try and make people speak as much Chinese as possible. We also now hold 1on1 private lessons for people ready, willing and motivated to learn. 

Why Should I buy your eBook?

Great question! Our recent eBooks (Phrase & Grammar book) contain so much information it will blow you mind. But in a good way. The books contain, Phrases (of course) and Grammar (obviously), but also a bunch more. For example, we go through numbers, idioms, tones, using the ‘cans’, emergencies, medical, shopping, food, complaining, love and life, time and many other topics always being careful to give loads of examples along the way. Why should you buy it? For the cost of a couple of coffees at Starbucks you can memorize hundreds of useful life phrases you can start using today. Instead of being bogged down by grammatical rules, you can practice really useful phrases you will need as you land in a Mandarin speaking country.

What are you doing when you are not creating content?

We have two jobs, we both teach (English and Mandarin) both online and in person and we create content for you all. Oh, and we take care of two little beauties. Our son and daughter, Kairi and Mason.

Why don’t you just speak Mandarin all the time on the podcast?

We have to cater to many many different levels of Mandarin Chinese learner. From advanced all the way to just starting out. We found that if we freely discuss things in only Mandarin, starters of the language become frustrated because they cannot follow the conversation. We don’t want people to be turned off by frustration. So we use Chinglish to make sure that people of all levels are engaged and can follow the conversation.

Is the Podcast a lesson?

Not really no. It’s meant for a couple of reasons. The first is a chatting platform so we can have a natter and the second is to help everyone hear Mandarin at its natural speed in a variety of topics. We are not sure what the future is for the podcast right now, but would love it to be a bigger part of our content plan.

What’s on your Patreon? 

Another amazing question. Loads of Behind the Scenes videos at the moment and a number of private lessons once we build our patrons a bit more. example …

All located here 

What’s your goal?

Just to bring new and exciting ways to learn Chinese. We are bored of straight teaching methods and want to create innovate ways to learn and grow. Not to get bogged down in grammatical mazes and brain smashing vocabulary books. Honestly, we enjoy teaching, we enjoy seeing people achieve and we enjoy being creative. Our goal is to help people grow.

What are the Hangouts? 

The hangouts are 1+ hours of Chinese teaching and chat. We don’t like straight teaching and find it really dull so we like to do things like, use songs, work through the lyrics and understand context, take funny questions or movie scenes spoken in Chinese/Mandarin and translate them. We 90% of the time always end of a game of Chinese Taboo or Charades or anything else we can fun thats fun. 

What happens in the private? 

Private sessions are kind of the same as the hangouts but much more focussed on your learning curve and desire specifically.