Learn Mandarin Chinese
Now it's within everyone's grasp!
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Learn Mandarin Chinese with Us
There is an age old Chinese proverb that says 'the journey is the reward'. We will take you on journey of discovery as you
learn Mandarin Chinese, one of the oldest and culturally rich languages of the world.
The destination is not important. You may want to learn Chinese to work or study in China, or just to chat with Chinese
friends. You may want to learn Chinese to get more from a holiday or business trip to China. Or you may just want to
increase your knowledge and understanding of new languages and cultures. No matter to what extent you choose to learn
Mandarin Chinese, your learning is a treasure that will follow you everywhere.
Learn Chinese for free
Learn Chinese For Free
Now it's within everyone's grasp!
Our first 10 lessons and accompanying exercises are entirely free to use, so
everyone can get started and learn Chinese free. Now everyone can enjoy a fun and easy introduction to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Each of our chapters contains a multimedia lesson
along with fun
and challenging exercises
for you to show off your newly
acquired prowess in Mandarin Chinese. We also have a glossary
which serves as a useful reference for the new words and phrases in each chapter.
No sign up required.
You can jump in to any of our lessons and exercises and start to learn Chinese right now!
You have the option to set up your learning profile
with us if you would like to keep track of your progress. You can earn gold, silver or bronze trophies in each of our lessons and
exercises depending on your scores. Keep coming back until your trophy cabinet is full of gold, then you will be a true master!
It's all in the "Cloud".
Learn Chinese online
CDs and DVDs, remember them?! Our service is entirely web-based so that
you can log on from any computer anywhere in the world and instantly learn Chinese online right where you left off.
We know you don't want to wait for a package to get delivered, install software or fumble with CDs!
Learn Mandarin tor travel
An Immersion Experience.
It is well documented that we all learn languages best when immersed in the
local environment. We have aimed to recreate that feeling of immersion as you follow the journey of Leo on his trip in
China. You are met in the arrivals hall in Beijing by Dani
who will guide you along your journey to learn Chinese. You'll also learn interesting facts about Chinese culture along the
way. With the help of our rich multimedia lessons you'll soon feel like you've just stepped off the plane in Beijing airport yourself!
Learn Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker.
If you want to learn a new language, go straight to the source.
is a native Mandarin Chinese
speaker from Beijing, and she will teach you to speak just like a local. Mandarin has
many distinct dialects as you travel throughout China, but the Beijing dialect is known as Standard Mandarin. You can be
confident in your pronunciation as you learn Mandarin Chinese from the best source available.
Learn Chinese through real life scenarios.
Learn Mandarin for business
From the very beginning, we teach you what you want to know in
order to start communicating in Chinese. Each lesson is focused on a real life scenario that you will encounter in China.
In fact, we've organised our lessons to flow in the order that would might encounter these situations on a trip to China.
In lesson 1
, you arrive at Beijing airport and Dani
teaches you to greet somebody in Chinese. The following lessons deal
with ordering a coffee
getting a taxi from the airport
checking in to your hotel
etc. We know that you don't want or need
to learn Chinese as a child would. Instead of teaching words like 'apple' and 'dog', our focus is on teaching you how to
communicate effectively in Chinese in a vacation or business trip setting.
What about the Chinese writing?
No need to learn Chinese Characters.
This writing system is as old as China itself, and each Chinese
character is full of rich historical and cultural significance. To gain competence in Chinese writing requires a
lot of dedicated study, even for Chinese students! Thankfully when you start to learn Mandarin Chinese, it is
not necessary to learn the Chinese characters to start communicating.
Chinese children using Pinyin
Learn Chinese using the English alphabet. Pinyin is the method of writing Chinese in the letters of
the English alphabet. It is the starting point for millions of Chinese schoolchildren every year as they start their
formal education. Our approach means that you will learn Chinese online easily using Pinyin. This allows you to
focus your efforts on listening to and speaking Chinese from the beginning. You might be surprised at how soon you
can be reading and writing Chinese.
The tones in Chinese. You might have heard about the 4 tones in Chinese. A word in Chinese may have
different meanings depending on the tone of your voice as you say the word. You already know how to use the tone of
your voice to change the meaning of a sentence. For example the sentence "You're going to China" is a simple statement
of fact. By changing the tone of your voice you can also create two new meanings. By raising your tone and saying
"You're going to China?", you are changing the sentence into a question. By sharpening your tone and saying
"You're going to China!", you are now giving an order.
Tone marks. The 4 tones are shown in Pinyin by using one of the 4 tone marks over a vowel.
Dani will explain these in more detail in
Lesson 2, which is all about tones.
You can easily type the tone marks
on this website with our simple number system. By pressing a number key from 1 to 4, your letter will automagically
show the respective tone mark above it!
Why learn Chinese?
The world's most spoken language.
Learn Mandarin Chinese to communicate with the 845 million first language
speakers mainly in China, Taiwan and Singapore. There are also significant numbers of people who speak Chinese as a second
language throughout the world. China is blessed with some of the richest lands in the world, and is home to one of the world's
oldest civilisations. Today China is the most populous country in the world with over 1.3 billion people, approximately
one-fifth of the world's population.
China's large and growing economy.
Learn Chinese for your career
Learn Chinese to position yourself to benefit from the rise of the world's
second largest economy, second only to the US. China overtook Japan as the world's second largest economy in 2010.
China has been the fastest-growing major economy for the past 30 years with an average annual GDP growth rate above 10%.
Many people are now choosing to learn Mandarin Chinese as international companies are moving quickly to gain a foothold
in the Chinese domestic market.
Develop your skills.
As China shifts towards spending its vast foreign currency reserves domestically,
many top international firms are securing contracts in the fields of engineering, energy, transportation, healthcare,
information technology, financial services and others. You can learn Chinese to gain some conversational ability and
awareness of Chinese culture that may give you the competitive edge in this growing jobs market.