A word from founder Jocelyn Richards:
I enrolled in Mandarin Chinese as a freshman at Brown in 2008 because: 1) a Google search suggested it might be useful; 2) traveling to China sounded cool; 3) after studying Latin in high school, I figured my next language should, at the very least, not be dead.
I didn't know it at the time, but my somewhat arbitrary decision to 'try' learning Chinese would completely redirect my life path, sending me to Nanjing and Beijing to study the language abroad for eight months and then, after graduation, to South China, where I would live and work as an editor and journalist for five and a half years.
Now, ten years later, I want to share my experience with you. There are thousands of great resources out there that can help you learn Chinese, but it is my hope that Juicy Mandarin goes a step further by enriching course material with real life anecdotes, tried-and-tested tips (pertaining to both language and culture, because they are inseparable), references to Chinese pop culture, current events, and more.
Our goal is to help you meet your goal, whether it's learning just enough to travel confidently in China or advancing to the point of fluency.