about us

AllSet Learning is a new language learning consultancy focused on the issues faced by foreigners in Shanghai trying to learn Mandarin Chinese.

John Pasden (that’s him at the right) is the head consultant at AllSet Learning. He earned his master’s degree in applied linguistics in an all-Chinese program meant for natives at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He has been sharing his learning tips on his personal website Sinosplice.com since 2002, and has overseen the academic side of world-famous online learning solution ChinesePod’s unrivaled archive of 2000+ practical, modular Chinese lessons since 2006. John is also one of the main hosts of ChinesePod lessons. With ChinesePod John has had the opportunity to explore the potential that technology offers to the study of Chinese, and he continues to oversee lesson development there. John Pasden is dedicated to helping adult learners overcome the major obstacles they face learning Mandarin Chinese in Shanghai. John started learning Mandarin in his 20’s in university classes, then later moved to China, where the real learning happened. Throughout his learning process, he has kept an open mind to different learning styles, but has remained skeptical of the conventional wisdom in the field of teaching Chinese, which often fails to fully take into account the learner perspective. AllSet Learning is the solution.