About Mandarin Blueprint
Before we joined forces to create this company, and our video curriculum The Mandarin Blueprint Method, the two of us were on very different paths. Luke struggled early on with traditional learning methods and very quickly sought after more effective techniques online. Eventually, through a lot of trial and error, found far better ways of acquiring Chinese, using various tools and memory techniques. In Spring 2017, Phil graduated from Sichuan University with a bachelor’s degree in the Chinese language, and he was also awarded an “Outstanding Thesis Award” for his dissertation titled “Chinese Acquisition Methods from the Perspective of a Mandarin Learner.” In January of 2016, each of us had been studying Chinese part-time (1-2 hours per day on average) for two years, and we sat the highest level of the Hanyu Level Test or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, colloquially known as the “HSK.” It is the only officially recognized Chinese as a second language test. According to the Confucius Institute, it should take four years of consistent, full-time study to pass this test.