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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Chinese Lessons

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.

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!

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Preventing Chinese espionage at America's universities

Their classes on Chinese language and culture are often benign. Their value lies in the relationships they provide between the Chinese government and the American institutions that host them. But according to journalist Daniel Golden, who wrote a book on ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 11:46:00 GMT

Four Things American Retailers Can Learn From Australia

4. The Chinese are coming. Finally, Australia's proximity to China means that it has more insights into the trends coming from that country than the US does, and American retailers should learn as much as they can from the luxury brands and Australian ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 16:04:00 GMT

CCHATTY: combining AI technology with Chinese learning content for online Chinese lesson

According to the statistics released by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Currently, there are about 100 million Chinese learners around the global. This number will hit 130 million by 2020. For instance, in South Korea, around 10 million people are ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 13:10:00 GMT

Chinese kindergarten teachers to jog with Denmark's crown prince

A group of 25 Chinese kindergarten leaders and teachers are currently in Denmark to learn about Danish pedagogy. As a bonus, they will get to go for a run with the country's Crown Prince Frederik on Monday. Since the autumn of 2017, groups of pedagogues ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:32:00 GMT

Chinese say 'arrogant' Aust needs lesson

Malcolm Turnbull insists Australia has a "good, frank" relationship with China, but Communist Party mouthpiece The Global Times says it's time the country was taught a lesson. The newspaper's editorial said it would make sense to cut Australian wine and ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 15:33:00 GMT

Giant Chinese salamander is at least five distinct species, all heading toward extinction

The researchers were surprised to learn just how much movement of salamanders has already ... The researchers including Ya-Ping Zhang and Robert Murphy suspected Chinese giant salamanders might represent distinct species despite their similar appearances.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 10:41:00 GMT

The Caribbean-Americans Searching for Their Chinese Roots

She had a copy of his birth certificate, but felt stymied by the task of figuring out the characters of his Chinese name. She also mentioned that her desire to learn her family's history was spurred in part by the death of her brother. Hoyen, too ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 12:19:00 GMT

Can Chinese Cities Leave the Car Behind

Lessons From China's Experience As a large developing nation ... This has been a key precept for some Chinese cities in curbing the growth of car use and rapidly shifting towards sustainable transportation. High-capacity public transport (subways ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 09:05:00 GMT

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