About Chinese Slanguage

Chinese Slanguage was created by a passionate Mandarin Chinese learner who wanted to find the fastest and most efficient way to learn Mandarin Chinese. The problem is there are so many resources available online that it’s difficult to know which ones are worth using and which ones aren’t. 

Hello! My name is Daniel and I am that passionate Mandarin Chinese learner. I started my Mandarin Chinese-learning journey in college and am considered an advanced Chinese speaker by my private tutor and Chinese friends. 

I took Mandarin courses for three years in college, earning a Mandarin specialization, studied abroad in Beijing at an intensive language institute, have taken almost every online Mandarin course I could get my hands on, and have worked with numerous online and in-person tutors one on one. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most fluent Chinese speaker and I am still working on improving my Mandarin Chinese every day. But, I hope with my combined experience and background learning Chinese at college, in China, through online courses, and with one-on-one tutors that I can help others on their own language-learning journey cut through the clutter and find the best resources for them.

Why did I start learning Mandarin in the first place?

Truthfully, I initially started learning Mandarin because it was a requirement for my video production degree. I needed at least two years of language classes as a requirement. My college offered a Mandarin program so I jumped right in. 

Additionally, I’m half-Chinese and half-American. Growing up in America, my family didn’t speak Mandarin at home and, although my mom tried to teach me (and my brother) Chinese, we did not pick it up. Although I started my Mandarin journey because of a degree requirement, I continued taking college classes beyond the two years because I began to become fascinated with the language, my cultural background, and was motivated to be able to speak with my Chinese family.

Since starting my Mandarin journey, I’ve been to China multiple times and have been very grateful to finally be able to talk with many of my Chinese relatives. It has been so worth the journey and hope I can help you achieve your language goals. 

And, if you run into a Mandarin-learning resource or course you think I should cover, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by and let’s learn Mandarin together!