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  2. Rosetta Stone
  3. Innovative Language
  4. Pimsleur
  5. Ling Q
  6. Unforgettable
  7. Strokes International

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Learn Chinese with Rocket Languages Today! 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.

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.

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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.
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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


Innovative Language's ChineseClass101 uses a variety of approaches - audio, video, written, and so on - to teach Chinese and includes a good selection of lessons that teach different dialects as spoken in various parts of the world. The user interface can be somewhat overwhelming, and the sales tactics might feel pushy to some customers. We recommend trying the 7-day free trial before committing to a paid membership.
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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.
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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. Read More... Visit

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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 (for example, 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!

China And India: A Lesson In Conflict Resolution

India sent its troops to stop China, and in turn China sent its troops to reinforce its claims. Yet both Indian and Chinese troops left their firearms behind and instead jostled with each other in ways that are more reminiscent of a pick-up basketball game ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:43:00 GMT

Learn from Chinese on how to go cashless, S'poreans urged

SINGAPORE - The Republic ought to learn from China's advances in electronic payment systems, which are arguably the "most sophisticated and commonly adopted" in the world, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said. In a recent interview with ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:01:00 GMT

Mix Up Your Music Selection and Learn Chinese with These 5 Chinese Covers to Popular English Songs

"I'll hear the same song three times during a 30-minute drive!" my friends complain. This is the reason they say they no longer listen to the radio. Over years of browsing YouTube, I've discovered several covers of popular songs in foreign ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:29:00 GMT

Lessons to learn from Free Trade Agreement with China

The FTA resulted in the Pakistani market getting flooded with Chinese goods as the country had extended unwarranted ... Pakistan certainly needs to learn lessons from this. The trade balance between Pakistan and China during the last three years reveals ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:09:00 GMT

China must learn to let go of its currency

If China truly wants to internationalise its currency, it must learn to let go. Last week was a case in point ... have to be comfortable in their ability to trade it at will, and Chinese officials would need to leave the market alone.

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:02:00 GMT

Chinese chicken salad: Learn how to make this restaurant favorite at home

Why go out to eat when you can bring the restaurant home to you for less Chef Ryan Scott is in the TODAY kitchen to demonstrate how to make a copycat version of a Chinese-style chicken salad with roasted portobello mushrooms.

Published:  Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:34:51 GMT

Chinese Language Programs Link Students to Culture

"When you learn a new language, especially in Chinese, you have to learn where the words come from so you learn a lot about the Chinese culture," Sun said. Thirty-four percent of Montgomery County's population is foreign-born. Of the seven districts that ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:52:00 GMT

Berkeley Republican student: Lessons from life-threatening moments as a conservative on a liberal campus

I am in fact, Chinese and Cuban if anyone was wondering. Even then, the stranger didn't leave me alone until he had his fill of yelling at me and calling me a "fascist, white supremist asshole." I am in fact, Chinese and Cuban if anyone was wondering.

Published:  Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:23:00 GMT

Applying lessons from Apollo for a smart space agenda at a time of increased international tension

The Chinese are shortly to begin construction of their own space ... obligations into the organizational fabric of space commerce as well. Our Apollo program lessons have shown us that encouraging and aligning our national space program to share common ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:29:00 GMT

Inside the rampant teacher bribery in Chinese schools

My Chinese friend Lauren, a migrant worker in Shanghai, also fell victim to such schemes: Her son's teachers wanted money for school newspapers that should be free; fees for books that weren't on the syllabus; cash for classes by homeroom teachers who ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:57:00 GMT

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