Mandarin Language & Chinese Culture Super Pack – Outlier Linguistics

Mandarin Language & Chinese Culture Super Pack

Get all of our existing products AND all future products for learning Mandarin and Chinese history, literature, and culture*

A $4475 value (and counting) for just $3497!

Mandarin Language & Chinese Culture Super Pack

Get all of our existing products AND all future products for learning Mandarin and Chinese history, literature, and culture

A $4475 value (and counting) for just $3497!


Get access to:

  • All of our Mandarin language courses*
  • All of our Chinese history, literature, and culture courses
  • All of our 30-day monthly challenges for Mandarin
  • ALL of our future courses* for Mandarin & Chinese culture!
  • This is a comprehensive and all-inclusive course package. You get everything we make for learning Mandarin Chinese and for Chinese history, literature, and culture, including ALL future courses!
  • Mandarin Language Courses & Products: Our Get Speaking Mandarin 1 and (forthcoming) 2 courses, Chinese Character Masterclass, Mandarin Pronunciation & Accent Masterclass, Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters, and semantic components poster PDFs, plus all future Mandarin language courses!
  • Monthly Mandarin Challenges: Twelve 30-day challenges meant to push your Chinese to the next level! Currently we have "Tune Up Your Tones," "Vowels & Finals Fix-Up," and "Le 了 Mastery" challenges, and we'll be adding about one per month until all 12 are finished!
  • Classical Chinese Courses: Our Intro, Intermediate, and Advanced Classical Chinese courses, plus any future classical Chinese courses!
  • Chinese History courses: Our Early China: History, Culture, and Archeology course, plus our Middle Period Chinese History course, plus ALL future Chinese history courses!
  • Chinese Literature courses: Our Intro to Premodern Chinese Literature course, plus courses on The Plum in the Golden Vase 金瓶梅, The Water Margin 水滸傳, and all future Chinese literature courses!
  • Chinese Culture courses: Our Philosophy and Practice in Early China course, our Chinese Cursive Crash Course, our Chinese News Bootcamp, and all future Chinese culture courses!

The courses are all self-paced and you get lifetime access, so you can go through them on your own schedule!

*Does not include subscription services such as Reading Groups. Does not include premium packages with 1-on-1 coaching sessions such as the Get Speaking Mandarin Premium Course, but does include the courses themselves along with live group Q&A sessions.

Student Testimonials: Culture Courses


Netherlands (living in NZ)

Taiwan (living in Australia)

USA (living in China)

USA (living in Finland)


Reviews for the Get Speaking courses and method:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • An entirely new approach to learning new language patterns and structures while developing speaking skills to a degree I would not have believed possible for a learner of my age, with as full a daily schedule as I have. These last two months have brought about nothing short of a revolution in my language learning.

Rick (Taiwan)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Through continuous repetition, the course has helped me to better understand what I am hearing and to produce the correct sounds when I speak. The course also gently takes you from very simple grammar and vocabulary to more complex sentences. Together with graded readers, this course has made the largest contribution to my improvement in speaking Chinese.”

Ricardo (Germany)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“I started this course by being very uncomfortable just by trying to pronounce very basic single words. The contents and scheduling are really optimum to smoothly make quick progress towards full sentences. My daily time management is always very constrained. This course allows me to easily practice daily with high efficiency with the very little free time I can find every day. If you want to be able to make progress despite your very busy life, this course is made for you.”

Pascal (Singapore)

Your Instructors

John Renfroe
Co-founder, Outlier Linguistics

Before co-founding Outlier, John studied Linguistics and Paleography in the Graduate Institute of Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. He co-founded and later ran the Taipei Classical Chinese Reading Group, a weekly reading group consisting mostly of graduate Sinology students from western universities. He also taught classical Chinese to members of the group who had no previous instruction in the language. His coursework and research focused on excavated Warring States bamboo texts, historical Chinese character morphology, and the Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 and its commentaries and criticism.

Dr. Ash Henson
Co-founder, Outlier Linguistics

To say that Ash is a language enthusiast is an understatement. He speaks Dutch, Mandarin, Cantonese and German, all in varying states of decay. In addition to these, he has learned to some level or another another 7 languages and is currently working on Japanese and European Portuguese. He sees language learning as a chance to experiment. The goal is to find a better way (either getting the same result in a way that takes less time, or getting a better result). And he’s been at it for 30 years! He got his Ph.D. in Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University in paleography and historical linguistics. He was also in the P.hD. program for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language for six years. For his qualifying exams in that department, he had to learn functional grammar, cognitive grammar, case grammar, transformational grammar. So, we've definitely got you covered on the grammar front!

Brendan O'Kane

After spending more than a decade as a translator in Beijing, Brendan returned to his hometown of Philadelphia for graduate study of Ming and Qing fiction. He has taught courses in literary translation and Chinese literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Bryn Mawr College. He was a co-host for Popup Chinese and a co-founder of Paper Republic, and his writing and translations have appeared in the LA Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Pathlight, and other publications.

Dr. Henry Lem

Henry began his journey in Chinese literature at Portland State University and would later continue studies in China and Taiwan, the latter where he earned his Master’s degree in Chinese literature. After spending a few years in Taiwan traveling, translating, writing, and teaching, Henry returned to the United States to earn his doctoral degree in Chinese language and literature at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Combining research in late imperial Chinese fiction, hermeneutics, and Confucianism with interests in masculinity, martial arts, and teaching, Henry served as Assistant Professor at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) from 2020-2022, where he taught language, culture, and literature courses. His research has appeared in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, Ming Qing Studies, and various academic journals in Taiwan.


Dr. Jennifer Bussio
Associate Professor, Brigham Young University

Jennifer J. Bussio holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) from Arizona State University with a focus on Chinese history and religion. Her research examines how Chinese religions, particularly Daoism, responded to the political and social turmoil caused by war and foreign conquest. Other research interests include ethnic identity and its construction, and non-Han peoples' experiences in China between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. Since 2018, she has taught history courses at a large, private university in the U.S.



Christine Shen

Christine is an experienced Chinese instructor with two master’s degrees in language teaching. Over her career, she has taught high-ranking managers in major companies, and she currently teaches diplomats, providing instruction from basic daily Chinese to advanced professional language. Her extensive background in language education and hands-on experience with diverse professional clientele allows her to offer tailored and practical lessons. She is passionate about helping students achieve fluency and confidence in Chinese, empowering them to excel in both personal and professional contexts.


Dr. Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein received his PhD in the Asian Religious Traditions track of the Religious Studies department of Brown University in February of 2023. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. His dissertation focused on an unearthed manuscript called “The High Progenitor of Yin Questions the Three Venerables,” and his work generally relates to the topics of unearthed Warring States-period manuscripts, early Chinese Daoism, and early Chinese rhyme and phonology.

Andrew Methven

Andrew is the founder and author of the Slow Chinese newsletter, a free weekly resource which helps over 7,000 China watchers and language learners keep up to date with the latest language trends in China.

A self-taught learner of Mandarin for more than 20 years, Andrew consumes huge amounts of Chinese language news every day. His Mandarin News Mastery course (a more advanced course than this one) is now in its second year, and has helped over 100 upper-intermediate and advanced Mandarin learners dramatically improve their Chinese news reading skills and reading speed.

Andrew began his Mandarin learning journey backpacking in China for a year in 2002. He then lived and studied in Taiwan for three years. He’s had an extensive career in China-related business as an executive in a China-focussed advisory firm in the UK. He holds a BSc in Planetary Science from UCL, and an MA in Chinese Translation and Linguistics from SOAS.

A $4475 value (and counting) for just $3497!

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