Starter Chinese Nano Degree Course

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Estimated Time
3 months
At 7-10 hours per week
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Sep 27th, 2021
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Starter Chinese Course. Taught in English
What you will learn

Starter Chinese Nano Degree

Learn the basics of spoken and written Mandarin Chinese with a personal teacher. This is a 3-month Nano-Degree that will take you from absolute newbie to basic communication in written and oral Chinese. This course will put all the fundamentals in place: pronunciation, listening, pinyin, characters, slang and jokes. By the end you will be able to survive on your Chinese alone - and be well prepared for our intermediate courses.

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Prerequisite Knowledge

There is no prerequisite knowledge for this course.

  • How to hold simple conversations in Chinese

    By the end of this course you will be able to understand and take part in everyday conversations in Chinese.

  • How to write simple stories and read short articles entirely in Chinese

    You will be able to read short articles entirely in Chinese and be able to write sms, emails and short articles using Chinese Characters.

  • How to get by in China, entirely in Chinese

    You will be able to get by in China - doing basic things such as buying things, asking for help, and you will learn how to quickly expand your vocabulary as you start using Chinese for your daily tasks.

  • 348 Chinese Characters

    You will learn a total of 348 Chinese characters in this course.

  • 1187 Words

    And you will know a total of 1187 different words in Mandarin Chinese.

Beginner Chinese Will Take You Through

Level 1

This level will give you your crucial foundation that we'll refer back to throughout the entire course. By the end, you will be able to write and understand short dialogues.

Words: 612
Grammar Points: 74
Videos: 332
Duration: 12.3 hours

Level 2

Level 2 will equip you with some imperative grammar concept that is unique to Chinese. We'll start involving time words and start making longer sentences.

Words: 545
Grammar Points: 45
Videos: 295
Duration: 12.1 hours
Every level includes a Graded Level Exam and Summary class.
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Course Highlights

Learn from Chinese experts

An open digital classroom with your own dedicated teacher. Felix Lättman, the Domino Founder will guide and challenge you. Always ready to answering your questions, motivate you and keep you on track.

Master Chinese

Domino Chinese works with Mastery to optimise your learning. Chinese is incredibly logical where everything builds on itself. The better your foundation is the easier every new concept will be to acquire. Our students average 96% on all exams.

Complete Access

Digital Classroom with Video and Voice Communication. Complete Course Access: 5000+ hours of video. Integrated flashcards, quizzes, dialogs and learning resources. Complimentary app to study on the go - we've got you covered.

HSK and Diplomas

At the end of passing the Nano Degree - get our Domino Nano Diploma. Continue on our intermediate courses and we will make sure you pass the HSK tests.

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What Our Students are Saying

Connor Cassidy
This course provided a solid foundation for my Chinese studies. I would definitely recommend this course to my peers because I feel like it has accelerated my Chinese learning progress through constant feedback & practice. Can’t wait to continue growing my skills with more advanced courses. The way the content is presented allows you to build up internal Chinese knowledge data base in a very efficient manner. The vocabulary may seem advanced at time, but it serves its purpose to reinforce already learned characters, component, & sounds. These slices of Chinese presented across each chapter are easy enough to digest due this method of compounding meanings & sounds.
Ryan Williams
I have really enjoyed this course. I was trying to learn Chinese on my own using several different apps and although I was learning characters and words I was not understanding the why and how of the language. As I started this course there were a lot of “aha” moments as things started to make sense. Learning the different parts of the characters has also been super helpful in remembering them. It is a very fun learning environment and having the in-person classes each week with expectations and practice really motivates me and keeps me moving forward. I feel like Domino Chinese provides the tools I need to be successful all in one place. I would definitely recommend Domino Chinese to anyone looking for a fun, interactive, and motivating way of learning Mandarin.
Keith Neruda
For people who really want to learn Chinese and are willing to put in the of time to review, this is the course. This includes people who have started to learn in the past and let it slip. Felix’s method of focusing on the foundational aspects of the character parts, grammar, and a bit of slang is what the vast majority of non-Chinese learners need to learn to become functional. It is amazing how well I can recognise characters. There is no question that the Domino approach to that is best in class globally.
Sebastian Czentner
Domino Chinese works really well as a self-study course (watching videos and reviewing with flashcards) but joining the Domino Classroom is one of the best decisions I’ve made. The teacher is able to personalise the learning and give us plenty of time to practice what we learn. Also learning in a group is a lot more fun.
Fredrik Scherstén
I would highly recommend taking this course! As an engineer by trade I know the importance of understanding the fundamentals before tackling the more complex challenges. This course really gives those fundamentals and building blocks and teaches “why” in a very simple, understandable step-by-step kind of way! I have tried countless apps but nothing really stuck, Domino Chinese has really helped me. It was also really nice getting to know my classmates who were going through the same experience. We kept each other going.
Tetiana Dmytruk
The myth that Chinese is the most difficult language is ruined for me. It’s doable, and the surprising fact - I understand how it works after such short period of time. Not only ‘understand’: I can talk, write and translate things on the go. I’ll survive if I happen to be in China tomorrow because I can order food/ask directions/find a train/meet new people - all in Chinese. Other unique thing - Domino doesn’t overpromise. It’s not a ‘learn new language in 10 days’ type of thing and Domino folks are completely straightforward about that: if you want to learn well: use flashcards, use workbooks, review the lesson vocab, get a tutor after all. We all know that to do something well you need to put work into that. The beauty of Domino - all you need is available on this platform, now including tutors. No need to jump around and overpay for different tools/apps that have scattered approach. It was also super fun (taking my hat off to Felix’s sense of humor).

Meet the Teachers

Felix Lattman

Felix is the founder of Domino Chinese. He tried to learn Chinese but gave up time and time again, only to create his own method that today has helped 100 000+ students learn Chinese. He’s in charge of a few exclusive classrooms but mainly oversees the different classrooms. If you’re a classroom student you’ll get a chance to learn with him occasionally.

Jianan Xu

Jianan has been teaching Chinese for more than 3 years and at the same time doing further postgraduate studies and research regarding language teaching and methodologies. She is passionate about sharing knowledge with people and always wears a smile on her face to support her students.

Yuyang Chen

Yuyang Chen is a Qualified Chief Examiner of HSK Centre in Canberra, Australia. He was trained in Headquarters of Confucius Institute in Beijing and sent to the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese teaching from Beginner to Advanced Class. He finished his Master’s in China and is doing a PhD program at the University of Canberra.

Emma Liu

Emma lives in Germany where she has majored in Chinese studies and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She joined Domino Chinese as she wants to help the world understand the beautiful logic of the Chinese language. Emma is also Domino’s Cultural Class teacher.

Qiyao Li

Qiyao Li, born and rasied in Beijing, is a passionate and experienced Mandarin teacher with an MA in Second Language Education from McGill University, Canada. She is currently based in Montreal, where she teaches Chinese full-time. To Qiyao there’s nothing more enjoyable than starting the learning journey with Mandarin lovers from all over the world! You’ll like her energy and her creative ways of explaining things in class!

Elsa Wu

Elsa Wu, born and raised in Beijing, holds a Masters Degree from Beijing Normal University and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. With an in-depth understanding of the Chinese characters and culture, she is motivated to help the students not only master the language but also enjoy the profound culture behind it.

Classroom Timeline

Starter Chinese

3 months
Characters: 348 Words: 1187

Get your fundamentals down, characters, pinyin pronunciation - and a massive amount of characters.

Beginner Chinese

3 months
Characters: 217 Words: 1462

By now you'll be able to conduct a spontaneous conversation entirely in Chinese about most topics. Equivalent of 10 months in University.

Conversational Chinese

3 months
Characters: 234 Words: 1755

By now you'll be conversationally proficient. Most of the classes will be entirely in Chinese as well as your participation. Equivalent of 1 year in University. You'll know 100% of the vocabulary from HSK 1.

Intermediate Chinese

3 months
Characters: 150 Words: 1522

We'll go over some of the most important grammatical points and prep you for classes entirely in Chinese. You got all the fundamentals now and the pace will pick up. After this course you can pass HSK 2.

Fluent Chinese

3 months
Characters: 142 Words: 1876

The entire course will be conducted in Chinese. At this point you will only learn new vocabulary in order to expand your range, but you'll already have the stepping stones to make any sentence with it. After this course you can pass HSK 3.

Advanced Chinese

3 months
Characters: 132 Words: 1976

Not only will the course be conducted only in Chinese, but we'll speak like a native and you will be able to understand as well as communicate.


6 months
Characters: 411 Words: 2500

Instructed only in Chinese by two native Chinese teachers, Ann and Tudou. Once you finish this 6-month-course you’ll be able to pass the HSK 5 exam with ease.

Starter Chinese Nano Degree Course

This 3-month Starter Chinese Nano Degree Course is equivalent to approximately 6 months at university. Interactive classroom, and full Domino access included!

Course Length

The total course length is 3 months. Teacher led sessions are 3 hours per week and expected self study is 5-7 hours per week.


  • Your own Online Classroom with around 20 other students and a Domino Certified Chinese Teacher.
  • Access to all of our content - flashcards, website, app, videos, quizzes stories plus tons of custom made content for the course guaranteed to shoot your Chinese into the stratosphere.
  • Earn our Domino Nano Degree diploma and be eligible to continue onto our more advanced courses.
  • Weekly full-class lessons as well as daily practice sessions Monday – Friday (45 min)
  • Upon completion of this course you will have studied 348 characters and learned 1187 words!
Select a Classroom

We offer different classroom times. Pick one that suits you.

Start Date: Sep 27th, 2021
Teacher: Qiyao Li

Fridays: 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM (UTC)
Start Date: Oct 15th, 2021
Teacher: Yuyang Chen

Fridays: 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM (UTC)

Don't see a time you like? No worries, just click here and let us know when's good for you and we’ll be in touch.

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$399 USD

$133 per month

Full money-back guarantee within the first two weeks of studying.

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$149 USD

per month

Pay monthly and cancel anytime.

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Domino Classroom is the only course that can guarantee that you reach your desired HSK level within a set timeframe and cost, given that you attend the lessons and do the homework. With almost 10 years in the business and over 100,000 students we know what it takes. Thats why we have structured our 3 month classes in a way that allows us to give you a clear path towards the official Chinese Language tests.

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