The Chairman’s Bao is the ultimate tool to learn Chinese through engaging news-based lessons produced daily. Our website and apps synchronise across platforms and our wide-ranging content is designed to suit all tastes. We publish more than 1,600 news-based lessons each year – up to six daily – five times more content than any other Chinese news-based graded reader! Oh, and there’s now over 2,500 lessons in our library – enough to keep even the keenest of students engaged!
A revolutionary way to learn Mandarin.
HSK-graded News-based Lessons
Thousands of HSK-graded news-based lessons meticulously created each year by our highly-experienced writing and editing team, all under a stringent seven-point editorial process. At TCB, quality is key!
TCB Platform Synchronisation
The TCB platform fully synchronises across all devices; Website, iOS and Android. This includes user data, bookmarks, personal Learning Hub and Word Bank.
Bookmark and Mark as Read
Bookmark lessons to refer to later, or mark studied articles as read.
Simplified & Traditional
Easily switch between simplified and traditional characters.
Interactive Live Dictionary
Don’t know a word? Use the Live Dictionary – which comes complete with audio and scrolls as you study – to save words to your personal Word Bank. View stroke order animation and even practice writing characters in the correct order, all from within the Live Dictionary!
Spoken Audio for Every Article
Each lesson comes complete with native audio spoken with a variety of Chinese accents, at a speed in-line with the targeted HSK level.
Stroke Order Animation
Students can view the stroke order of characters from within the Live Dictionary whilst studying from any news-based lesson. This brilliant function shows students the correct order in which to write characters, so now there is no excuse to skip stroke day!
Users can now test their writing abilities with our in-built character writing test, which features over 100,000 characters, further ensuring that characters are written neatly and in the correct order.
Unlike any other news-based graded reader, TCB offers a complete HSK level-targeted list of grammatical explanations for each lesson. Grammar is made fun and relevant with contextualised examples in the most comprehensive 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 personal 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.
Learning Hub and Personal Word Bank
Save unknown words to a personal Word Bank, which features in the Learning Hub. The Learning Hub is our ever-expanding centre for vocabulary study. Also test and track progress on character writing and word recognition.
Forgotten how to pronounce a saved word? All saved words can be said aloud as a reminder and to improve pronunciation.
After creating or viewing pre-existing word groups, test using our intelligent flashcard system. As words are tested, they are automatically grouped in accordance with how well they are known. This means users are tested more frequently on words they know less.
Original Lessons Sentences
Struggling to remember or find a context for a word? View the original sentence from the lesson each word originates from.
Extra functionality is great but our primary concern has been and will always be lesson quality. For that reason, we developed a stringent seven-point editorial process to ensure the quality of everything we produce. Students and teachers can have faith that our news-based lessons have been produced to precise standards by our highly skilled writing and editing team. In the 2017/18 academic year, you can look forward to more content than ever before, with the same exacting quality that you have come to expect from our team.
Volume and Variety
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! Students love to learn from content that is fun and engaging. So, whether you are studying for HSK, other formal examinations, or as a supplementary course, TCB is the platform for you.
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Director of East Asian Studies & Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Leeds, UK