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Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 is a unique resource to help you learn, use, and understand Chinese language the way people speak it today.


There are two ways you can enjoy the content depending on your language learning needs:


Free weekly newsletter


As a free subscriber you receive a ‘words of the week’ email every Saturday morning with around 20 words, phrases and slang picked out from the news and social media chatter that week.


The newsletter includes example sentences for each word, as well as background and context. It’s an entertaining read for China watchers and helps readers keep their language going, learn new things and keep on top of the latest language trends in China.


You can catch up with 12-months of content in the Substack archive here.




Members use the Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 content as a unique and powerful language learning resource. As a member of the community you get access to unique resources to help you learn, use, and understand Chinese language the way people speak it today, as you master modern Mandarin.


  • 📚 Resources: Pleco downloads, word lists, and example sentences print-outs and audio downloads for each newsletter issue
  • 🔉 Audio: audio version of the newsletter delivered as a member-only podcast every Saturday morning (before the free newsletter is published)
  • 🤓 Archive: full database of all words and phrases in the archive (over 1,300!) searchable according to word-type, sector and topic with audio for each entry, updated weekly


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.


Pricing: you can pay monthly or annually to to become a member:


  • Annually: $120 per year (1/3 saving per month)
  • Monthly: $15 per month


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 sign up to the Slow Chinese 每周漫闻 membership here. 


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