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There is a wise old Chinese saying that states 'the journey is the reward'. Join us on a journey of discovery as you learn Mandarin Chinese, one of the most ancient and richest languages you will ever encounter.

The destination does not matter. You may wish to learn Chinese for a vacation, for business or to study in China, or even to chat with Chinese speaking friends. Of course, learning Chinese will help you to get more out of any trip to China. But you might also want to broaden your understanding of a new language and its cultural background. Whatever your motivation to learn Chinese, the knowledge you learn is a treasure that will be with you always.

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Now it's within everyone's grasp! Our first 10 lessons and associated exercises are completely free, so anyone can get started and learn Chinese free. Now everyone can benefit from our quick and easy introduction to learn Mandarin Chinese. All of our chapters contain a multimedia lesson along with fun and challenging exercises for you to practice your newly acquired competence in Mandarin Chinese. We also have a Chinese phrasebook which serves as a great reference for the new words and phrases learned in each chapter.
No sign up required. You can get started with any of our lessons and exercises and begin to learn Chinese immediately! We recommend that you set up your learning profile which will allow you to keep track of your progress. You can earn gold, silver or bronze achievements in each of our lessons and exercises based on your scores. Keep going until you've collected all the gold achievements to become a true master!

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It's all in the "Cloud". Our service is entirely web-based so you can log in anywhere in the world and continue to learn Chinese right where you left off. Because nobody wants to wait for a package deliveries, perform software installations or have to find DVDs!

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Our Approach

An Immersive Experience. We all know that we learn languages best when immersed in the local environment. We recreate that feeling of immersion as you follow Leo on his journey throughout China. You are met in arrivals in Beijing airport by Dani who guides you through your journey to learn Chinese. You'll also encounter interesting lessons about Chinese culture along the way. As you follow our rich multimedia lessons you'll soon feel like you've just arrived in Beijing airport in person!

Learn Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker. When learning any new language, its best to go directly to the source. Dani Wang is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker from Beijing, and can teach you to talk just like a local. Mandarin Chinese has many different dialects throughout the vast country of China, but the Beijing dialect is referred to as Standard Mandarin. You can be confident that your Chinese pronunciation is being learned from the ideal source.

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Learn Chinese through real life situations. From the outset, we teach you what you need to know in order to start talking to people in Chinese. Each lesson is based on a realistic scenario that you might encounter while in China. We've even organised our lessons to follow the order that would would expect to encounter these scenarios on a visit to China. In lesson 1, you land at Beijing airport and Dani teaches you to greet somebody in Chinese. The following lessons cover ordering a coffee, getting a taxi from the airport, checking in to your hotel etc. We know that you probably don't want to learn Chinese as a child would. So rather than teach you how to say 'apple' and 'dog' in Chinese, we focus on teaching you how to get your point across in Chinese in a holiday or business trip setting.

What about the Chinese writing?

No need to learn Chinese Characters. The writing system is as ancient as China itself, and Chinese characters are full of deep historical and cultural background. To master Chinese writing requires a lot of dedicated study, even for native Chinese students! But when starting to learn Chinese, it is not necessary to learn the Chinese characters to begin communicating.

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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 school-kids 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 and talking in Chinese from the outset. 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 automatically show the respective tone mark above it!

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Why learn Chinese?

The world's most spoken language. Learn Chinese in order to communicate with the 845 million native speakers primarily in China, Taiwan and Singapore. There are also large numbers of people throughout the world who speak Chinese as a second language. China is endowed with some of the most productive lands on Earth, and is the birthplace of one of the world's ancient civilisations. Today China is the most populous country on Earth with over 1.3 billion people, approximately one-fifth of the world's population.

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China's large and growing economy. 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 beginning to learn Chinese as multinational companies are establishing a presence in the Chinese consumer 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 lucrative jobs market.

Free Chinese Lessons

1. Saying Hello 2. Introduction to Tones 3. Ordering a Coffee 4. Airport - Arriving 5. Taxi - Going to Hotel 6. Hotel - Checking In 7. Numbers 1-10 8. Breakfast 9. Shopping 10. Introducing yourself

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