Learn Chinese From Movies (LCFM) is a new Chinese learning resource that I’m pretty excited about. It hasn’t been around for long and has a lot of room to grow. But, even as it is now, I really like it.
As you reach the Intermediate level and higher you start to want to mix in movies and TV shows into your Mandarin Chinese study routine. However, your options for doing this aren’t particularly good. Before LCFM, you could…
* Watch kids shows and cartoons. While this is helpful and the app Bao Bei Ting Ting is great for finding these shows – it’s far from ideal. I’m not a kid. I don’t really want to watch kids cartoons.
* Subscribe to FluentU – If you’re interested in watching one minute videos that are mostly commercials and paying a relatively high price to do so – check out FluentU. I don’t like it very much – you can read my review of it here.
* Subscribe to Yabla – Yabla is similar to FluentU in that they have lots of short two minute videos. They do have quite a few multi-part videos though. So, that makes it more like you’re able to watch a full TV show and the reason I prefer it to FluentU. But still, there aren’t any movies or longer content. Read my full review of Yabla.
* Just watch a Chinese movie – This isn’t a bad option and a good challenge but you’re going to miss out on a lot of details in the process. Plus, it can be hard to find a video with captions. Much less captions that are exactly the same as the audio and where you have the choice of Simplified or Traditional characters. If you’re looking for a transcript or pinyin subtitles as well – this is going to take a lot of effort and there’s a good chance you won’t find it.
This is where Learn-Chinese-From-Movies.com comes in.