Learning is half the race the last half is retaining your precious knowledge. The best way to do that is by using our Domino Flashcards.
We use a spaced-repetition algorithm to calculate which card to display for you. Here's how it works:
A new users...
- starts with 0 flashcards.
- completes a video and flashcards are automatically created for that user for all the characters associated with that video, so as you progress through the course you get more flashcards to view
When you answer you can choose 6 different answers "I know this word-----I've forgotten this one". Depending on how you answer that card will reappear either a few hours or weeks later. By everytime you get it right the interval gets longer as you remember it more.
If you mark a card as "incorrect", then once you've gone through all the cards in that session, you'll go through all the ones you got wrong until you've marked all as correct.
Make sure you keep doing this otherwise the words will start piling up and your brain functions a lot better if you give it small chunks of the cake and not shove the whole thing down once a week.
You can also adjust the number of cards per session. We recommend 20 at a time.
If you want to know more about the word you can click the diciontary entry on the card and you can "Watch Tutorial" or "Watch it on TV" which is either watching teaching video again or watching a few samples of how it's used on TV.
We believe education should be affordable for everyone so our plans start at $3/month where you're given access to the main course (200 hours).
Our $5 plan also gives you access to the flashcards and course book.
For $7 you also get premium courses, offline videos, no ads, Chinese transcriptions, certificate upon completion
Our last plan at $12, in addition to all the aformentioned features, you also get access to a wechat teacher around the clock.
Read more about our subscriptions on our subscription page.
You can cancel or change the price at any time and it will then start a new monthly billing cycle that day. We want education to be affordable for everyone. This is a simple principle we're trying to pursue.
Please note that all payments are shown in US dollars, but you will be charged in Hong Kong dollars (1 USD approx 8 HKD).
Many students have asked about Felix’s accent. Felix has worked on Chinese TV and has passed the highest Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK level 6). Chinese people think he sounds just like a Chinese person when he speaks so don't worry about picking up a weird accent. He usually has Juju or Ann with him throughout the course who are both native Chinese speakers.
You can watch him here after only 2 years in China speaking fluently on Chinese TV.
Due to piracy we don't offer downloadable videos on our website. However, you can download our app (iOS or Android) where you can download all our videos if you have a premium subscription.
Many students have asked why Domino doesn’t have a course only in pinyin. The reason is because pinyin might seem easier at first glance but our goal is to make you completely independent in Chinese and knowing characters will actually make that goal much easier to achieve. Basically, if characters weren't useful the Chinese wouldn't be using them. However, in all our videos we teach both characters and pinyin next to each other so pinyin is still there for everyone.
Here's the difference:
Dominochinese.com is the most affordable option with the lowest price point at $3/month.
Due to copyrights, the most up-to-date content is ONLY on dominochinese.com.
On other websites we have up towards 20 hours of content. On dominochinese.com we have 200 hours + 50 hours of premium courses.
Other platforms are built to provide our videos and some quizzes. Dominochinese.com and our app are built to make learning our material ideal.
Because the material and platforms are so different you will not be given free access to Dominochinese.com if you have paid for our material somewhere else.
Already in lesson 1 you will have to start typing in Chinese, pinyin. You will also get instructions on how to type. However, to set it up please go to Keyboard setup (https://www.dominochinese.com/keyboard) and follow the instructions.
This course teaches Chinese, Mandarin, and covers all aspects of the language (including Chinese characters).
The entire course (200+ hours) contains enough material to pass an official Chinese proficiency test – HSK level 5. This equates to 3 years full-time study at University. Anyone can take the test and use it towards a University degree.
The suitable HSK level is marked on the course overview page between the Domino levels.
You can read more about the different HSK levels here.
However, we have chosen to not blindly follow the HSK curriculum as we have our own method to learn Chinese. Each level is about 10 hours, and after the first level you will start writing and speaking. However, after level 10 (100 hours) all the lessons will be given completely in Chinese and you'll be able to understand it.
There's no restraints and you can skip through the levels and start wherever you want to. However, Domino builds on what you've previously learned so make sure you know everything before you move on. We would recommend you to at least go through the Level Mastery Test. When you pass a level test that level will show “Mastered” and then we suggest you move on.
China has 56 official dialects and one official language so it's important we understand what's what. The most spoken dialect in China is Cantonese, it is spoken in the south (Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau). Foreigners usually refer to Cantonese as a language but Chinese don't think so. Mandarin is the official language that they use all over the nation in schools and in written form. This is what we refer to as Chinese unless other is implied, it is also what we learn in this course. So DominoChinese teaches you Mandarin or Chinese.
Our website doesn't currently support wechat or alipay but if you would like to pay through either of them you can send your wechat or alipay id to us as firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll get full access for a whole year to the website for 500RMB as minimum, however if you wish to pay more please include that in the email to along with the email your registered with on this website.
To get to conversationally proficient you need to pass our Fluency Path course (level 1-9). Each level is on average 8-10 hours long, so if you study 30 mins every day + reviewing (course book and flashcards) it should take you 6 months to pass.
After level 10, starts 'The Advanced Path' where everything will be in Chinese teaching you 99% of what you will need living and working in China. 'The Advanced Path' is marginally shorter than 'The Fluency Path' so it should take just as long to pass.
For our most ambitious students we have 'The Academic Path' which is 50 hours long and should take you 3 months to finish. This is the equivalent of HSK Level 5 and partially Level 6 (Highest Chinese Academic Language Standard).
Note that each level builds on the previous so we recommend that you start with our first course (Fluency Path) unless you have studied a lot of Chinese already. Our methodology differs a lot from other schools so in order to follow along easier we recommend you don't skip too much content in the beginning even though you've studied a lot already.
Last note is that learning includes: firstly, studying; secondly, practicing - so for the best results we recommend all our students to watch the flashcards and go through the course book once finishing a lesson.
Hope this will help you along the way and please comment if you still have any questions.
Good luck on your journey!!
We make short videos to keep you engaged (1-5 mins each).
Each lesson has about 20-30 mins content.
Inside one level there are 16-20 lessons.
Instead of displaying all the lessons inside a level we've also divided every 4 lessons into chapters. Those chapters will make out the chapters in our Domino book as well, which is a story about a guy called Wang. The book only uses the words you know thus far so it’ll be completely in Chinese and increasingly more difficult as you learn more.
We suggest you take 30 mins of your time every day to study at Domino Chinese.
Remember that mastering anything requires learning and application which is why it’s important you review your flashcards and course book upon finishing a lesson. You need to practice speaking as well, check out dominochinese.com and find what suits you best.
So here are the things you should do, in order.
1. Watch the videos, answer quizzes
2. Review flashcards
3. Work with the course book
4. Practice spoken Chinese with a tutor/friend.
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