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With more than 16% of the world's population who speak Chinese as their first language, it's no wonder that modern education is prioritizing learning Chinese as a foreign language. From immersion-based elementary schools to language learning programs found online, it is estimated that as many as 40 million non-native speakers around the globe are currently studying Chinese.

Learn Chinese with Rocket Languages Today! There are two primary dialects of Chinese: Mandarin, or "Standard Chinese", the official language of China and Taiwan; and Cantonese, the official language in Hong Kong and Macau and influential in the Guangdong Province. While the two are similar, Chinese students may want to focus more on one or the other, depending on their purposes for using the language (for example, conducting business in Hong Kong vs. working as an English teacher in Taiwan).

From beginners learning the intonation of a simple ni hao to those looking to fine-tune their knowledge of Chinese characters and pronunciation, students have many programs from which to choose to help them better grasp the intricacies of the Chinese language. When deciding which Chinese lessons will be the best option, we recommend getting a feel for each program's methods. The most well-rounded Chinese lessons use strategies to reach different learners—visual, auditory, and so on—through flashcards, pronunciation practice using a microphone to compare the student's speech to that of a native speaker, games, and other online resources. On the other hand, some Chinese programs focus on a single approach to teaching the language (e.g. worksheets or audio lessons) that may or may not be the best way for a particular student to learn.

When choosing a program for Chinese lessons, there are several things to consider. These include:

  • Instructional Methods. Does the format of the lessons match well with your learning style? If a free sample or trial is available, how did you feel after giving it a try?
  • Skill Level. Does the program have an option for your level, whether that is beginning, intermediate, or advanced? Can you move from one level to the next for what you purchase, or do you have to buy more levels later?
  • Value. Is the program effective? Is it worth the money necessary to purchase the program?
  • Mandarin or Cantonese. While the majority of Chinese learners and thus teaching programs focus on Mandarin, you might prefer a Cantonese program if your primary use of the language will be in Hong Kong or with speakers from that area. has reviewed and ranked the best Chinese Lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you learn the most common language around the globe quickly and easily!


Chinese Lessons Reviews

5 stars
Rocket Languages

ROCKET Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Rocket Languages uses a well-rounded approach to help students converse in Mandarin Chinese and has more than 250 hours of language lessons throughout its beginner and advanced levels. Because of its high customer satisfaction ratings and affordable pricing, Rocket Languages is a great choice for Chinese lessons.
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4.5 stars
Transparent Language


Transparent Language is one of the few Chinese language providers that offers both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese instruction. Their classes are available as an audio course as well as an online subscription for adults. Transparent gives students less structure within the lesson framework than we observed in other Chinese lessons, so Transparent Language may work best for self-directed learners who don’t need regular prompting to motivate themselves to progress in their Chinese studies. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Rosetta Stone


Rosetta Stone is a household name when it comes to foreign language instruction, and rightly so: the lessons provided are comprehensive and approach learning in a variety of ways (for example, audio or visual). While Rosetta Stone’s regular pricing for the Mandarin Chinese program is steep, special offers often make it as affordable as other courses that are less comprehensive. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars


Pimsleur is best known for its 30-minute audio recordings that provide Chinese lessons on the go. If you learn well by listening, Pimsleur might be your best - though expensive - way to begin studying conversational Chinese. But, if understanding how to read Chinese characters is important to you as well, be sure to get the DVD software version that includes reading lessons, flashcards, and other learning helps.
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3 stars
Ling Q


Pronounced "link", LingQ teaches Chinese lessons with authentic Chinese texts and native speaker "helpers", who help students sound more natural in their speaking and writing. We found that LingQ’s point system for those connections makes it difficult to know the true cost of their learning model, and they make no mention of how students are able to bridge the gap between English and the Chinese characters in authentic texts. Read More... Visit

2 stars
Unforgettable Languages


Unforgettable Chinese uses a speed-learning mnemonic technique to teach Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. Unforgettable Chinese might be helpful for people currently learning Chinese who want basic vocabulary drills; however, compared to more comprehensive Chinese programs, Unforgettable Chinese will not adequately convey grammar and overall usage of the language.
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1 star
Strokes International


Strokes EASY LEARNING Chinese targets levels A1, A2, and B2 of the European Framework for Languages. However, with information on the Chinese lessons available only in Italian at the time of this review, with almost no positive reviews for EASY LEARNING programs in other languages, errors on the website, and zero return policy, Strokes EASY LEARNING is our lowest-ranked provider of Chinese instruction.
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Julio Ojeda-Zapata

He played the piano. He was a whiz at languages and kept giving me on-the-fly Chinese lessons. He spammed me constantly with YouTube links to his favorite singers; he once asked me if he was annoying me with the links, and I said, "Nah, it's cool."

Published:  Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Man killed by car in Fridley overcame mental challenges, his brother says

Ojeda-Zapata wrote of his brother on Facebook Monday, saying, "He played the piano. He was a whiz at languages and kept giving me on-the-fly Chinese lessons. He spammed me constantly with YouTube links to his favorite singers; he once asked me if he was ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:05:00 GMT

Mandarin makes you more musical?

But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano. Mandarin makes you more musical -- and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That's the suggestion of a new study from the ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Spanish and Chinese the most popular language choices at childcare centres

Kids at the Explore and Develop childcare centre in Camperdown are using the ELLA app to reinforce the two Chinese lessons they are taught face-to-face each week. "We chose Mandarin because it's a language that's starting to gain more importance ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:23:00 GMT

"˜A hard love that stings'

He played the piano. He was a whiz at languages and kept giving me on-the-fly Chinese lessons. He spammed me constantly with YouTube links to his favorite singers; he once asked me if he was annoying me with the links, and I said, "Nah, it's cool."

Published:  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:51:00 GMT

Mandarin speakers have musical pitch at much earlier age than previously thought

But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano. In a paper published in Developmental Science, an international team of researchers shows that among the preschool set - or young ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:55:00 GMT

Chinese Lessons

A first-hand account of the remarkable transformation of China over the past forty years as seen through the life of an award-winning journalist and his four Chinese classmates As a twenty-year-old exchange student from Stanford University, John Pomfret ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Jul 2007 17:00:00 GMT

'Rich folks' in US want their children to learn Mandarin

with people further digging up another video posted nearly two years ago of the child "working hard" on her Sunday Chinese lessons. "So-called 'rich folks', whether they feel China will play a friendly, positive role or negative role in the [US-China ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:41:00 GMT

Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars

The importance of China stems not only from its current international role and its influence on the Asia-Pacific region in particular, but also because China's impact on global developments will likely continue to grow. One of our enduring imperatives is ...

Published:  Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:30:55 GMT

Bartering skills to learn something new

"I have offered acrylic painting lessons, Chinese lessons, travel planning and volunteered for [the] timebank," said Chen. Chen said she's used her banked time for practice sessions with another member working on her oral English skills, something ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:09:00 GMT




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