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many people are still looking for a more professional Mandarin course. Personally I’m more likely to stick to my goals when I’m paying some money for it. you must pay if you want the best resources. Who would take the time to develop such a wonderful learning tools for free?  The ultimate goal is to learn the language. I have bought a few of them. Yoyo Chinese or Skritter. No matter if it’s a good gym. FluentU. . Think of Chinesepod. forums.However. Personally. Why? There are two main reasons for that:  Often. you name it. videos. a reliable server for my website or a language course. the type of course that is generally paid. And achieving this objective requires a long-time commitment. apps. in the past few years. o Study Chinese in China  VPN for China  Free e-Book Chinese Courses: a short review of the most popular learning tools October 17. 2017 by Furio Fu 37 Comments on Twitter on Facebook on Google+ on LinkedIn Nowadays there is no shortage of free resources for learning a language: websites. podcasts.

all perfectly integrated. ChinesePod ChinesePod is one of the most popular podcasts to study Chinese. You can study on your laptop or download the files in mp3 format and listen to them on your favorite music player (this is what I do). Every lesson comes with a pdf transcription and translation. Given my experience with foreign languages – Mandarin is my sixth language – I thought I could help these people by listing the main Chinese courses in the market and highlight the difference among them. There are six levels of difficulty so this product also suits advanced learners. The videos include both videos especially designed for them as well as a selection of ads. At the moment it offers almost 3. music videos and documentaries. . with subtitles in Chinese and English. as the platform offers a ton of additional tools to get the most out of your studying time. FluentU is much more than a selection of videos with subtitles. like flashcards. Also. tests and grammar lessons among others. among others. Do you want to learn more? Click here to read our full review of FluentU. if you get the premium subscription you’ll have the possibility to access other advanced features such as the exercises and the app for iPhone. A monthly FluentU subscription costs 15 USD for the Basic package and 30 USD for the Plus package.000 lessons of about 15-20 minutes each and a new lesson is uploaded every day. Podcasts and Videos FluentU FluentU is an innovative platform that uses a broad selection of videos as its learning materials.The problem is that there are so many different Chinese courses and find the right one may be painful. However.

ChineseClass101’s podcasts are integrated into a platform that offers numerous additional tools to maximize the learning of the concepts laid out. ChineseClass101 ChineseClass101 is another complete platform based on podcasts. Each of them is structured in the same way. Yoyo Chinese Yoyo Chinese is an online platform that offers a complete course for learning Chinese that covers all aspects of the language (vocabulary. UPDATE: If you sign up to ChinesePod using one of the links on this page with the coupon “SAPOREDICINA” you get a 50 USD discount on the annual “Premium” package. grammar and culture. leaving more academic instruction on the language in the background. Ps. A ChineseClass101 Premium subscription costs 15 USD a month for a year plan. Yoyo Chinese focuses its program for learning Mandarin Chinese from a practical point of view in order to improve your real communication abilities (both written and oral). In other words. this is a course for people whose priority is to learn the Chinese used every day. Here you find our full review of the course.ChinesePod costs 14 USD/month for a Basic subscription and 29 USD/month for a Premium subscription. Just like the two previous platforms. The course is based on video lessons both from teachers as well as on real situations in China. . Among these tools are: flashcards. grammar and written and oral comprehension). The platform offers hundreds of podcasts of around 15 minutes that are perfectly organized according to the subject and level of competency. grammar lessons and a voice recorder to improve your pronunciation. Click here to read my full review of the software. starting with a dialogue from an everyday situation followed by a complete analysis regarding vocabulary. use the coupon code “sapore” to get a 10% discount for any course. Try Yoyo Chinese now! The first 20 lessons are free! Also. writing.

you can start a study session. The software will show you a phrase with a character missing or the meaning of a word with its pronunciation. Moreover. You can pay every month so you can stop when you want. A monthly Skritter subscription costs 14. UPDATE: If you sign up to Skritter using one of the links on this page with the coupon “FURIO3952” you get a 20% discount for the first six months. The Chairman’s Bao . I recommend that you take a look at our complete review of it by clicking here. UPDATE: Limited offer for new subscribers of ChineseClass101: The first month you only pay 1 USD for the Premium subscription. If you make a mistake or don’t know how to write the character.If you want to learn more about this platform. I believe that this new technology is going to supplant the traditional method to study Chinese characters (at least among those people that start to learn Mandarin after the primary school) as keep writing the same characters over and over again is boring and ineffective. the software will suggest you the right stroke order. a pen tablet or your mouse. Writing and reading Chinese characters Skritter Skritter is a software designed to teach you how to write Chinese characters and remember them. As soon as you register. you get a weekly free trial. Your job is to reproduce the character with the right order of strokes by using the touch screen of your tablet or smartphone. Thus the next time that you’ll see that specific character you’ll have more chances to remember it. you can download a list of characters (there are a lot). In this way you’ll remember a great ratio of the characters that you are studying (up to the 90% of the characters according to Skritter’s website).99 USD. Afterwards. The interesting thing is that Skritter uses a SRS (Spaced Repetition Software) algorithm that shows you the characters with a clever scheduling. Here you find my full review of the software.

the master of Kanji (the alphabet that Japanese people borrowed from China) and Hanzi. a customizable SRS flash card system. I believe that you should really understand what you want before to start using it. Based on the articles. However the method is quite controversial and. The introduction of the book starts with the following sentence: “The aim of this course is to help you teach yourself. The newspaper publishes news on diverse subjects written by native Chinese professors using HSK vocabulary lists. as quickly and efficiently as possible. one of its creators. The Chairman’s Bao (TCB) is an online newspaper in Chinese whose articles have been simplified to be appropriate for people learning Mandarin. If you would like to know more about this platform. that is the typical Chinese characters. Remember the Hanzi Remember the Hanzi is the method invented by James Heisig. TCB costs 10 USD per month or 80 USD if you buy it for the whole year. after I talked to several people that tried it (I did it myself). UPDATE: If you buy a subscription to The Chairman’s Bao through the link on this page and you use the coupon “sdctcb1523” you will get a 15% discount on all plans. The main issue is that the focus of this book is learning single characters. the possibility of listening to the audio track for the article. a tool to practice writing characters and the possibility of choosing between traditional and simplified Chinese.” And the book does deliver what promised. while speaking Chinese requires – beside reading characters – a whole set of different skills. such as an interactive dictionary for you to easily look up vocabulary that you don’t know. . and is turning into a complete platform for learning Chinese. you will find extremely useful tools.000 most commonly used Chinese characters. TCB offers much more than that. the meaning and writing of the 3. you can read our interview with Sean. Nonetheless.

Click here to read my full review of the book. Hence if you can already speak decent Chinese you’ll probably find it a bit too easy. the transcription of the dialogues. Multimedia Chinese Courses Rocket Chinese Rocket Chinese is the first Chinese course I bought. 29 writing lessons and 10 lessons devoted to the everyday life in China. Therefore. some exercises and a forum where you can discuss with the other students and keep your motivation up. Their approach is quite different as it’s based on the concept of “immersion. It’s a traditional course meaning that each lesson features a short dialogue followed by an explanation in English. Rocket Chinese’s course costs 99. Rocket Chinese contains 31 audio lessons. . You can listen to the lessons on the website or download the mp3 files and listen to them on your favorite mp3 player. let you listen the correct pronunciation (“bēizi” in this case) and show you the photo of a guy who is drinking a cup of wine in a bar.95 USD but you can get a free trial (the first six lessons if I remember well) following this link. for teaching you how to say “cup” in Mandarin they may show you the word 杯子 (which means “cup”). the translation.28 USD.Remember the Hanzi costs 28. I would only recommend this course to beginners as it really starts with the basis. Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone is one of the biggest companies that offer multimedia courses for learning languages.” At Rosetta Stone they believe that the most natural way to study a foreign language is to learn it without any external help (such as an English translation). 29 cultural lessons.

23 USD. auditory and sensorial memory. There is no written material as Dr. The majority of people learn using a balanced combination of visual.10 USD while the whole course (five levels) costs 374 USD. Finally. that is through the context and a trial and error process. I’m not sure why there is such a huge difference. This method consists of a set of audio CD or mp3 files. So the main downside of this course is the price. as in my opinion. I recommend that you take a look at the podcast and videos section. who devoted his life to the study of language. Pimsleur believed that when you look at one text in a foreign language you tend to read using the rules of your mother tongue.” only audios.The basic idea is that you should learn the language the same way kids do. before opting for this method. Grammar Books Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar . However there are a few people (like me. So if you are American you’ll read the Chinese word “pai” as the English verb “to pay. Pimsleur The Pimsleur language method takes its name from Dr.” even if in theory you know that in Chinese you should pronounce it differently. the downside is that if you are like me – I mainly learn through my visual memory instead of also exploiting my auditory and sensorial memory – you’ll feel limited by the Pimsleur method as there is nothing to “see. and which are specially designed for learning Mandarin. However you can get the conversational lessons for as little as 29. the Pimsleur program (30 lessons) costs 203. for instance) that mainly exploit a particular physical channel during their learning process. they are more complete platforms for a better price. which is a lot of money. Rosetta Stone’s first level course costs 161. Click here to learn more about it. Even if this philosophy sounds right to me. Click here to learn more about the complete course and here to learn more about the conversational lessons. However.83 USD. Paul Pimsleur. Hence I can only recommend this course to the people that have a predominant auditory memory. maybe it’s a way to promote the main course.

Learn Chinese online About Furio Fu . Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar costs 36. Survival Tips Tagged With: Learn Chinese.45 USD. adjectives and adverbs while the second part covers more general notions such as communication strategies. Click here to learn more abut this book. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide is one of the best rated Chinese grammar books in Amazon.] on Twitter on Facebook on Google+ on LinkedIn Download Our Free e-Book "Travel to China" Subscribe to read our free "Travel to China" e-Book within 5 minutes Filed Under: Learn Chinese. It’s also one of the most recent (it was released in 2006). giving and seeking information or expressing feelings. The first part is dedicated to traditional grammar items such as phrase order. This book is divided into two sections. [Cover Photo’s Copyright: Depositphotos.

org/ Reply 2. .Furio Fu is an entrepreneur. thank you for the tip. thus. Cherry says December 7. It’s quite cheap but. Ya Te is a good friend of mine and he and his wife organize a weekly Cine Forum in Shanghai. Today I spent one hour on Skritter. Reply o furio says November 23. speaker of many languages and founder of Sapore di Cina. Comments 1. 2012 at 6:20 pm I wanted to add to this list and recommend Rhythmic Mandarin. I understood that is for beginners at the moment I’m not motivated on buying it. 2012 at 6:33 pm Hey Ya Te. I am writing to ask do you have some interest in taking our free trail Mandarin lessons and giving some feedback to us. VERY good starter. looking on Amazon. Mostly auditory and gives you many ways of remembering the words. 2012 at 11:58 am Hi. Ya Te says November 23. The selection of topics and phrases is exactly what I needed in my daily situations. it’s quite additive. Really good stuff to learn how to write : P Info for the readers. I’ve just read some of your articles and found you quite familiar with China and Chinese language. If you are interested check their website http://kankanmedia.

thank you for visiting. 2014 at 8:54 pm Hi Yifeng. Handling traditional and simplified Chinese characters simultaneously. 2012 at 2:24 pm Hi Cherry. 2014 at 4:34 pm I am a teacher at Zhangzhou Institute of Technology. Yifeng Yu says November 29. Smart Chinese Reader is free. Our institute named Beijing Mandarin located in Hong Kong. Thank you! Reply o Furio says December 7. I’ll check your software! Reply . So we are looking forward to your advice. Higher precision for Chinese word segmentation. Based on this technology I have developed a software to help users read texts in Any feedback / constructive criticism is highly appreciated! Reply o Furio Fu says November 29. You can download it from http://www. Smart Chinese Reader offers several advantages over traditional learning programs. I’ll send you an email Reply 3. No Internet connection required. My study focuses on Natural Language Processing. including: Learn by using. we our team are working on a online Mandarin platform which providing professional Live Class and e-learning resources aimed to serve more Chinese learners around the world.nlptool. China. Full text pronunciation. etc. Full text translation.

We teach the Mandarin language at our institute and your site provides very rich content! Reply o Furio Fu says November 10. So glad I chanced upon this site. Reply o Furio Fu says October 17. 2015 at 11:37 pm Thanks for finally writing about >Chinese Courses: a short review of the most popular learning tools <Liked it! Reply 5. 2016 at 8:04 am As a visual learner maybe FluentU? You find the review on our website! . 2015 at 4:36 pm :) Reply 6. 2016 at 1:19 pm So as a visual learner. Sam says October 16. Happy Mandarin says November 10. 2015 at 3:37 pm Just read your awesome posts. which course have you found most useful? I’ve tried a bunch. and haven’t found one yet that feels like it fits me.4. ask says May 18.

I can do this but the speed is rather fast for me. on Google translate. There are multiple-choice and bidirectional translation exercises. I am looking for a program/app where I can type in a sentence and it will read it SLOWLY for me (in Chinese). I highly recommend it! And it’s free! Reply o Sborto Zhou says July 18. Martha says December 17. and even animated. Reply 7. Do you know of anything available? Reply o Sborto Zhou says December 19. 2016 at 12:43 pm Hi Martha in this article you’ll find some useful tools Reply 8. and it even scores your efforts. 2016 at 6:00 pm Hi. There are many. complete with normal and slow-speed audio. Larry Lynch says July 17. Also if I remember well it isn’t completely free Reply . interactive character stroke exercises. For example. 2017 at 11:29 am I’ve tried ChineseSkill and I’m not convinced of their study program. which combines the best aspects of Rosetta Stone (pictorial) with rigorous interactive exercises. many exercises by subject. grammatical patterns. 2017 at 8:37 pm I have recently discovered the free ChineseSkill app for iOS (possibly for Android as well).

not us! Cheers . Phillip Reply o Furio Fu says October 24.  Myriam Besson says March 13. You’re probably referring to some of the courses we reviewed in this article. I don’t even know what a Bit Coin is or where to get them. Reply  Sborto Zhou says March 15. Phillip says October 23. They wanted some kind of “Bit Coin” ransome. 2018 at 12:15 pm Thank you for the update. 2017 at 10:44 am Hello Phillip. however you shall contact the right service provider. When I try to download your e’book your site says I’m already registered. at the moment. As a 5 times visitor (to China) last year it is about time for me to start learning Chinese. Trouble is some Malware crashed my computer last year so I have nothing before that crash. not sure what ebook you’re referring to. I’ll try it again when I have a little time Reply 9. 2018 at 12:20 pm It is now free and they have great lists for HSK vocab with example sentences. 2017 at 5:28 pm Sborto Thanks for the info on Chinese languages. as we don’t sell any ebook ourselves.

Required fields are marked * Comment Name * Email * Website Our Recommended Resources to Learn Chinese Learn Mandarin With Videos: FluentU Learn Chinese Interactively: Yoyo Chinese Learn Mandarin With Podcasts: ChinesePod . F Reply o Sborto Zhou says October 24. 2017 at 11:23 am Phillip you can dowload the e-Book through the links you’ll find at the end of all the emails we send every week Reply Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published.

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