The Chairman's Bao is the ultimate tool for those wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese through compelling and engaging news-based lessons. Our app and website sync seamlessly across all platforms and our bespoke articles are designed to suit all study styles. We publish around 1,600 articles every year, with 3-6 more published daily...5 times more than any other news-based graded reader.
A truly revolutionary way to learn Mandarin.
HSK-graded News Lessons
Thousands of HSK-graded news-based lessons written each year by experienced Mandarin teachers under a stringent six-point editorial process. At TCB, quality is key!
TCB Platform Syncronisation
The TCB platform fully synchronises across all devices; Website, iOS and Android. This includes user data, bookmarks and personalised Word Bank.
Bookmark articles to read or refer back to at a later date.
Simplified & Traditional
Easily switch between simplified and traditional characters.
Interactive Live Dictionary
Don't know a word? Easy. Use TCB's built-in interactive live dictionary which comes complete with audios and the ability to save words to your own personalised Word Bank.
Spoken Audio for Every Article
Every article comes complete with real native spoken audios, at a speed in-line with the targeted HSK level.
Stroke Order Animation
You can now view the stroke order of characters whilst reading through our live dictionary. This brilliant function-ality shows you the right order to write characters so now there's no excuse to skip stroke day! Click here to see how it works.
You can now test your character writing abilities with our in-built character writing test, which features over 100,000 characters and tests that you write characters in the correct order. Improve your character writing today! Click here to see how it works.
Comprehensive Grammatical Explanations
Unlike any other news-based graded reader, TCB offers a comprehensive list of carefully selected grammatical points for every article.
Every article comes equipped with a series of HSK level targeted grammatical explanations. Grammar is made fun and relevant with contextualised examples in the most comprehen-sive Chinese grammar list of any online Chinese learning resource.
Keywords & Idioms
TCB carefully selects keywords and idioms for each article, in accordance with the targeted HSK level. Users also have the ability to save keywords and idioms to their personalised Word Bank.
Downloadable Spoken Audio Files
Download your favourite TCB audios to listen to whenever and from whichever device you like. Audios from all of our news-based lessons are exportable in mp3 or m4a formats and can be downloaded at the click of a button.
Personalised Word Bank
Save unknown words to your personalised word bank. View words, add notes and view the original sentence from the news-based lesson the word originated from.
Forgotten how to pronounce a saved word? No problem! All saved words can be played aloud so you'll never be stuck again.
After creating or viewing pre-existing word groups, test yourself using our intelligent flashcard system. As words are tested, they are automatically grouped in accordance with how well you know them. This allows users to easily test themselves on characters they know the least.
Original Article Sentences
Struggling to remember or find a context for the word you're being tested on? View the original sentence from the news lessons the word originated from.
Extra functionality is great, but our primary concern has been and will always be article quality. For that reason, we developed a stringent six-point editorial process to ensure the quality of everything we produce. You can read our news lessons with peace of mind that the language and content used has been double and triple checked by professionals to our precise standards. Our writers and editors work tirelessly behind the scenes and we will always continue to improve. In 2016 expect more articles, across a wider range of topics, with the same exacting quality that you have come to expect from TCB.
Volume and Variety
Finding a variety of up-to-date suitable material, graded to the levels of students and teachers in large volumes is one of the biggest hurdles faced for students and teachers alike. TCB publishes five times more content than any other news-based graded reader, ensuring teachers and students are never short of compelling and engaging content.
Everything a textbook has and more
By breaking Chinese learning into fun, manageable chunks, TCB takes the chore out of the daily character grind. We understand better than anybody that as materials for other languages have progressed, Mandarin has tended to get left behind, and for that reason we are leading the revolution! Throw away those textbooks and learn in a way that is exciting, engaging and fun. Whether you are studying for a HSK exam, or just want to push your Mandarin to the next level, TCB is the platform for you.
What people are saying about The Chairman's Bao
TCB Institutional Subscriptions
TCB in the Classroom
Do you want to take the chore out of lesson planning and provide students with engaging quality lesson content on a daily basis? Look no further. TCB offers institutional subscription for all types of institutions; Primary schools, high schools, universities, companies, summer schools and so on.
"I wholeheartedly recommend The Chairman's Bao to all students of Chinese at intermediate level and above, for self-learning or to supplement a formal course. The bite-sized bespoke articles are equally ideal for graduates of Chinese or others with more advanced levels who want a pain-free method to keep their language skills ticking over on a daily basis. The links to HSK levels are a useful bonus. There is a remarkable range of online resources now available to help people learn Chinese, but very few are as user-friendly and well-designed as the TCB, and even fewer cover such interesting topics. I have found myself recommending the site on numerous occasions and will continue to do so."