Big news! Launching the Slow Chinese Membership
Take your Chinese language skills to the next level in 2022!
Thank you for being a loyal reader of Slow Chinese 每周漫闻
Hopefully you’ve learned some new, interesting and useful Chinese words and phrases along the way.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Slow Chinese 每周漫闻, there’s some big news to share:
I’m launching a premium membership!
Don’t worry, the ‘words of the week’ updates are not going anywhere.
So, if that’s enough to satisfy your language learning and China watching needs, then great. You’ll still get the emails as usual in your inbox on Saturday mornings.
The premium membership offers you more. It’s a new and different way to help take your Chinese language skills to the next level.
This idiom says it all:
百尺竿头，更进一步 bǎi chǐ gān tóu, gèng jìnyībù
Go even further after having come such a long way
Background: It’s from the Buddhist work, The Jingde Record of the Transmission of the Lamp (景德传灯录 jǐngdé chuándēnglù). It was written during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), and is about being in constant pursuit for self-improvement and perfection.
In other words: ‘let’s take it to the next level’.
The mission of the Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 membership is to do just that: to create a unique resource to help you learn, use, and understand Chinese language the way people speak it today, supporting you in your journey to master modern Mandarin.
As a member you will gain access to the following:
The Pleco downloads currently provided in the weekly newsletter will be available to members-only.
Members will also have access to other downloads such as e-books and topic-focussed dictionary downloads.
Members will receive the newsletter including text and audio on Saturday mornings - so you can read and listen.
It will be in the format of a short podcast delivered to you in the newsletter on the Substack platform.
Members will get access to a full database of words, idioms and phrases covered in the newsletter, updated every week.
There are over 1,300 Chinese words, phrases, idioms, colloquialisms and slang in there already. It’s searchable and tagged according to word-type, sector and topic. It looks like this:
This is possibly the most comprehensive source of modern Chinese vocabulary, with accurate translations and explanations in English, on the Internet! You know, the kind of stuff you probably won’t find in HSK lists or in any text book.
There’s also background notes, and audio for each entry - including the word and an example sentence.
Each week this resource will get bigger, better and more valuable to help you learn, use, and understand Chinese language the way people speak it today.
Becoming a member at this time, you can be a part of growing the membership into a community of like-minded language learners - which is interactive and responds to the learning needs of members.
This membership is just the first step; the beginning of a long and enjoyable journey of at least a thousand miles (yes, just like the old-old one: 千里之行始于足下 qiānlǐ zhī xíng shǐyú zúxià).
If using Mandarin is essential to your job, or it’s important to your career development, you should be able to expense the membership to your business.
You can pay monthly or annually:
Monthly: $15 per month
Annually: $120 per year (1/3 saving)
As a thank you for your support this year, if you join by Monday 31st January, you can become a founding member for $99 per year.
As a founding member, you will be locked in at this price forever!
If you have any questions about the membership, please just hit reply to this email and ask. I’ll be doing a Q&A in this Saturday’s newsletter if anything is not clear.
For founding members:
The Pleco downloads will be accessible to members-only after Monday 31st January.
The audio version of the newsletter and the database will go live on the one-year anniversary of Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 - Saturday 5th February.
Before then you will be sent a separate log-in for the Member Area where you can access the database and downloads.
So, if you want take your Chinese language skills to the next level in 2022, invest in yourself and grab the lifetime discount while you can, hit this button and go for it!
See you on the other side!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’ll be in your inbox as normal on Saturday.
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