The problem was that the things I found were all over the place online. As I former legal secretary, I pride myself on being highly organized. So, I set out to bring a method to all the madness. I designed a system that allowed me to revisit the free materials again and again with ease. MandarinMania.com was designed as a means to share my system freely with the worldwide community.
My time in the legal arena also gave me the ability to create beautiful forms and exhibits for use both in the law office and courtroom. I applied that knowledge to my Chinese endeavor and created what I needed when it did not exist freely elsewhere.
So far, I am most proud of a list of over 7,000 Vocabulary Words & Phrases available on the site. The list has native audio and includes everyday words and phrases, the names of countries, holidays, the bible (characters, books & subjects), and so much more!
I retired from secular work in 2005, after hurricane Katrina hit my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2008, I relocated to North Carolina, where I now live with my husband, Barry. There is a huge Chinese population here!
Barry currently manages an Emergency Room, and also possesses an excellent ability to speak publicly.
From time to time, Barry is called on to teach medical practices to healthcare workers. Thus, I recently had an epiphany that he would make an excellent tour guide for all things Mandarin Mania, and our new series, "Lesson Pages With Barry" was born.
There is no team here behind the computer, it is just me. I created MandarinMania.com from the ground up, teaching myself web design along the way. MandarinMania.com is my baby and, with your support, she will continue to grow!
I have so much to share with you...Your generous donation, no matter how small, would allow more high-quality original content to be created and offered free to the public, including the hiring of native-speaking Chinese teachers. Assistants could also be hired to create webpages for the enormous amount of free content already in line to be posted to the site.
It is truly my wish that my efforts will help you and others worldwide to learn conversational Chinese free of charge.
Please enjoy, and share the site with your friends!
照顾自己 (Take care),
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