Announcements Archive

Missed an Announcement or Site Progress Report?  Find it below.  Entries are sorted by date, with the most recent first.  Links are still live.

May 2020

  • 05/25/20 – I have been working every spare hour to finish HSK 4 to free myself up to bring you more content.  I thought I would share my goal with you to motivate myself to get it done.  HSK 4 Vocabulary Pages will be finished one week from now!  I hope you are enjoying the site.  My teammate, Forget, is working hard on HSK 5 and 6 as well!
  • 05/13/20 – We have begun linking together HSK 1-3 Vocabulary Pages with HSK 4-6 Vocabulary Pages.  HSK 4-6 pages are still UNDER CONSTRUCTION, so please keep this in mind as you navigate the site.  Thank you!
  • 05/12/20 – In an effort to bring you an enhanced user experience, we are upgrading our web host/servers.  We anticipate this will take about 24 hours to complete.  
  • 05/08/20 – Work on HSK 5 and 6 Vocabulary pages has started.  We apologize if you fall on a page that has not yet been completed.  We have to make draft pages live at times to perform certain work.  Thanks fir your understanding and stay tuned for the official release.  This is a huge endeavor Forget Banda and I are undertaking!  We hope many will benefit.
  • Once HSK is completed many new lessons will be added!  Exciting stuff to come!
  • 05/07/20 – Over 400 Vocabulary Pages are now available for HSK 4. My teammate, Forget Banda, and I are hard at work behind the scenes to bring you more FREE Chinese.  Stay tuned!   
  • 05/07/20 – Check out our new Chinese Song Translation by UNINE’s 李振寧 Lǐ Zhènníng.

April 2020

  • 04/29/20 – Several new HSK 4 Vocabulary pages have been added.
  • 04/28/20 – I am excited to tell you that our first two quizzes are now available.  Quizzes will be available on their respective Lesson page, and grouped together on our new Quiz Time page (link in main menu).
  • 04/26/20 – Yesterday, I told you that quizzes are coming soon.  That was not the full story. Lesson pages are going to be amped up.  What does that mean? Along with the videos lessons already accessible, vocabulary charts with audio, Anki flashcard decks and/or quizzes will be added.  Check out our amped up Chinese Money Explained lesson here.  New lessons will also continue to be added.  Enjoy!
  • 04/25/20 – 300 of the 600 HSK 4 pages are now available.
  • 04/25/20 – Coming Soon!  Quizzes!
  • 04/18/20 – Many new HSK 4 Vocabulary pages have been released.
  • 04/15/20 – We now have 287 Tools & Resources for Chinese Learning, and the list is growing everyday.  Check them out, many are free.
  • 04/12/20 – Want to talk about the Corona Virus in Chinese? Check out our collection of videos here. We have also added a new song by Tank to our Chinese Song Translations page.
  • 04/10/20 – Our Resources & Tools Collection is quickly growing and now boasts 30 categories!
  • 04/10/20 – HSK 3 and HSK 4 Anki decks with Native Audio are now available in your choice of Simplified or Traditional characters.  A large deck that includes all HSKs words (Levels 1-6) is also available without audio.  The HSK 1-6 deck contains both S and T characters.  All new decks contain pinyin, English definitions and Classifiers (Measure Words).
  • 04/02/20 – To assist with my goal of providing #FreeChineseForAll, I am now on Patreon.  Please read about my goals in my new Blog post here.
  • 04/01/20 – I am so excited that our Resources & Tools section has outgrown the main menu. Its Category List now has its own page.  Check it out now here, there is something to help you on your Chinese Journey there!

March 2020

  • 03/30/20 – As promised, the book “Basic Theocratic Expression” has been retyped to fix typos and provide a crisp copy.  Print it on our completed Audio series page or our printables page, or read it online here.  The origin version of the book remains available as well.
  • 03/29/20 – Did you know our “Bible Vocabulary” pages have native audio for over 7,000 words. Most of them useful for general conversations unrelated to the Bible.
  • 03/28/20 – New Lesson pages being added daily.  Check them out.
  • 03/26/20 – More Lessons have been added.
  • 03/22/20 – Work is continuing on bringing you HSK 4 Vocabulary pages, and a newly typed “Basic Theocratic Expressions” book.  In the meantime, a few new lesson pages have been created and new videos released.  Videos are posted on the site, but be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to make sure you do not miss any of them.
  • 03/19/20 – 4 different sets of printable flashcards are now available for all HSK levels (1 -6).
  • 03/14/20 – Check our our New YCT materials using the main menu above.
  • 03/13/20 – Site has undergone an upgrade.  If it is not viewing correctly on mobile or tablet, try deleting your website “data” on your device so that the site will reload.
  • 03/12/20 – The New Resources pages are being optimized for mobile.  It will be completed in one day.
  • 03/10/20 – Check out our newly revised and expanded Measure Words section, complete with native audio.  An extensive list of Measure Words is also coming!
  • 03/09/20 – Click on “New! Resources” in the top main menu to explore many new tools and sources for you to learn Chinese free.
  • 03/02/20 – ALL audio has finally been uploaded to “Basic Theocratic Expressions (Bible Vocabulary).” Tell your friends and enjoy!

February 2020

  • 03/02/20 – HSK 4 Vocabulary pages are under construction.  Please Note: Links to them from HSK 1-3 Vocabulary pages will not function as expected. “Subscribe to Our Blog” to learn when HSK 4 is officially released.
  • 02/29/20 – Some of the RSS feed links were not working properly. These have been fixed.
  • 02/27/20 – Audio has been added to pages 121-138 of “Basic Theocratic Expressions (Bible Vocabulary).”
  • 02/23/20 – I received several emails from users using the “Contact Us” form on the site that were blank.  This issue has been resolved.  Please message me again if you have not heard from me.  Thanks!
  • 02/21/20 – All our Chinese Song Translation videos are now alphabetized by artist for your enjoyment of our ever growing library.

January 2020

  • 01/26/20 – Audio has been added to page 121 of “Basic Theocratic Expressions.”  Navigation improvements to the site have been made.
  • 01/17/20 – Whilst continuing to work on the projects already started here, an exciting new bible vocabulary instagram series (with sound) is coming very soon. Even if you have no interest in the Bible, much of the vocabulary is useful in non-religious situations, and will add unique words to your Mandarin arsenal. Enjoy!
  • 01/12/20 – I’m back.  Adding audio to “Basic Theocratic Expressions” will soon be complete.  

November 2019

  • 11/21/19 – On 10/30/19, my precious mother passed away.  It has been very tough.  I am taking some time off from the website to spend time with my 80-year-old father and my sister. I will be back adding to the site mid-December.  In the meantime, you can follow me on Social media for daily lessons, and study the wealth of information already available here.

October 2019

September 2019

  • 10/07/19 – “Basic Theocratic Expressions” now has audio thru page 80.  The 600 pages of HSK 4 are taking shape nicely and I will update you periodically on their progress and release date.
  • 10/02/19 – “Basic Theocratic Expressions” is now more than halfway completed.  Audio is available thru page 75.
  • 09/27/19 – “Basic Theocratic Expressions”now has audio through page 70!  Work is continuing on HSK level 4.
  • 09/26/19 – HSK 1 – 3 vocabulary pages are now all interlinked. You can jump between the vocabulary words that contain the same hanzi (chinese character) via the “Links to All HSK Words & Lists Containing…” section at the bottom of every vocabulary word page in which the same hanzi appears in multiple vocabulary words. Questions?  Let me know.
  • 09/26/19 – To bring you faster page load times,  1/3 of the ads have been removed from HSK 3 vocabulary pages.  Enjoy!
  • 09/25/19 – 4 new audio pages added today to “Basic Theocratic Expressions.”  Work continued on HSK 4.
  • 09/24/19 – In my continued efforts to bring you content more quickly. Yesterday, I changed internet service providers. Wiring of my home was necessary. Thus, no content could be added.  To make it up to you, more than one page of audio will be added to “Basic Theocratic Expressions” before the end of today (eastern time zone) and work will continue on other areas of the site.  So check back in tomorrow morning  🙂
  • 09/20/19 – HSK 2 vocabulary pages were were linked to HSK 3 Vocabulary allowing you to jump to the words that contain the same hanzi in HSK 3.
  • 09/20/19 – Life happened to me yesterday.  I was not able to finish uploading page 58 to “Basic Theocratic Expressions.”  To make it up to you 3 pages will be loaded today.  By the end of the day audio will be added up to page 60.  Enjoy.
  • 09/19/19 –  HSK 1 vocabulary pages were were linked to HSK 3 Vocabulary allowing you to jump to the words that contain the same hanzi in HSK 3.
  • 09/19/19 – 1/3 of the ads were removed from the HSK 1 and HSK 2 Vocabulary pages to hopefully increase page load times.  This will decrease already low ad revenue, but create a better user experiences.  Soon ads will be decreased in other areas as well. If you enjoy the site, please consider a small donation to help bring in additional features and keep it up and running.
  • 09/17/19 – If Google Chrome or another browser indicates that this site is not secure, it is because you connected to it via http:  The secure connection is https://mandarinmania.com.  Just add an “s” after http.
  • 09/17/19 – Working to fix logo blur issue on retina devices.  Please let me know if you ever encounter an error on my site, even a typo. 😉  Large header image was pretty, but it has been removed to increase page load speed.  Items being consolidated as well to improve load speed and navigation.
  • 09/16/19 – Page 55 of “Basic Theocratic Expressions” audio upload completed today.  Logo is now up.  Is it too pink?  Let me know. 
  • 09/15/19 – Lots of behind the scenes work this weekend to bring you improved page loading speeds.  Connect with me on social to let me know what you think.  Better?  Also, new Pinyin Videos on YouTube have moved to Mondays!
  • 09/12/19 – Our new logo is in its final design stages and will be revealed soon.
  • 09/12/19 – Recording is complete for the entire “Basic Theocratic Expressions” book. A professional voice artist was hired to bring the highest quality recordings to you.  It will take time to finish the webpages associated with the book, but I promise to make new audio available to you every business day.  Once all the audio is all uploaded, a new beautiful book will be available for free download, mine has been copied so many times it shows, a “retyping” was in order.  Let’s learn theocratic Mandarin together.  If you find typos, tell me HERE.
  • 09/10/19 – “Basic Theocratic Expressions” has had audio added to 2 new pages.  Work has also continued on 600 new HSK 4 Vocabulary Pages.
  • 09/10/19 – Help keep free content FREE.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.  We cannot monetize it without 1,000 followers.  Monetizing it will help keep this site running without cost to its users.  Current goal 400 subscribers.  Can you help?
  • 09/09/19“Basic Theocratic Expressions”has had audio added to 3 new pages.
  • 09/09/19 – Due to a power outage (Hurricane Dorian), the latest “Learn Pinyin Pronunciation” video was late, but has now been posted on our YouTube channel.   See it now HERE.
  • 09/09/19 – Work is continuing on HSK 4 Vocabulary Charts and materials.  More flashcards are in progress as well!
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