We have put together a range of high-quality Mandarin language resources to help you achieve fluency in Mandarin.
These resources are suitable for language learners of all levels and abilities.
Yoyo Chinese is one of the most established and popular websites for online Chinese courses. Yanyang is a former university professor who has helped thousands of students achieve conversational Chinese within a six month timeframe. Her course videos have been viewed millions of times. The Yoyo Chinese USP is that its lessons explain Chinese in a way that makes sense to English speakers.
ChineseClass101 offers a fun and simple way to learn Chinese (Mandarin). A subscription provides access to flashcards, vocabulary lists and video content. There is plenty of audio and video resource included, all ranging from complete beginner level right through to advanced. ChineseClass101 is a great resource for beginners.
The Chairman’s Bao
The Chairman’s Bao is an online graded newspaper for Chinese (Mandarin) learners. News articles covering up to date events in China and abroad are published on a daily basis. The difficulty levels range from HSK1 (beginner) to HSK6+ (advanced). Additional features include audio recordings, a dictionary, flashcards and grammar notes.
FluentU is a language-learning platform that brings language learning to life through language immersion with real-world videos. It provides users with an immersive learning experience through commercials, interviews, music videos, tutorials and more. By teaching through video, FluentU helps you to interact with Chinese in a way that many apps cannot. Review
Rocket Languages is a language learning app that uses audio lessons, interactive exercises and readings to get you to a conversational level in a foreign language. Through its structured and proven successful process, you will begin to understand more about the language you are learning. Review
Chinese Zero to Hero!
Chinese Zero to Hero! follows the HSK Standard Course, taking you from HSK 1 to HSK 6. It includes more than 270 hours of learning material, bringing you from complete beginner to advanced level. There are a number of courses that can be purchased individually, which is ideal for learners not wanting to start from scratch or purchase the courses all at once. Enter the Promo Code “TL10” to receive 10% off any course or purchase.
Pimsleur’s aim is to get you conversational in a foreign language as quickly as possible. Its course structure is based on its own successfully proven method. Pimsleur offers all users a free 7 day trial in a variety of popular languages. Undoubtedly, your level of comprehension in Mandarin will increase as a result of the Pimsleur Method. Review
Speechling is a website and app that enables language learners of any ability to improve and perfect their speaking skills and pronunciation. It offers this niche service in a wide range of languages. Use the Promo Code TRALIN to receive a 10% discount on the Unlimited Plan. Review
Memrise is a language platform that has become increasingly popular in recent years in both the U.S and the U.K. It uses Spaced Repetition of flashcards to increase the rate of learning. It is available online and for mobile, and the mobile app has downloadable lessons that you can use offline. Review
Preply is a marketplace where students from all over the world can find one-on-one online tutors for personalised learning programs. It is very similar to italki, with the same common goals and the same main features. Preply also contains an in-built classroom which enhances the quality and efficiency of lessons for both tutors and students. Review
Tandem is a popular language learning site and app which enables users to teach and help each other learn a foreign language. The app is available on iOS and Android and brings you into a community of language learners. Our Opinion: A great additional resource but not enough alone to achieve fluency in a foreign language.
The Lingodeer website and app contain a variety of exercises, audio recordings, grammar explanations and opportunities to review exercises and progress. The app is less well known than similar counterparts like Duolingo. There is an extra ‘Stories’ section for learners of Chinese Mandarin. A great resource.
Yabla is an excellent language-learning tool that uses videos with interactive subtitles and language games to help users learn a language. It is accessible on online and for iOS. Its videos are of varying difficulty levels and types, and are either sourced from the internet or originally produced. All videos use native speakers, which is an excellent way to improve listening skills. Review
Pleco Software provides an English and Chinese Dictionary application for iOS and Android devices. It is a must-have Chinese language resource for anybody learning Chinese. Most of its features are free, although there are some features which require payment.
Hello Chinese is an excellent Chinese language learning app for complete beginners. A great deal of content can be accessed for free, but there is also a Premium and Premium+ option. The app does not allow you to be passive, taking you from beginners to intermediate level. There is limited advanced level Chinese content.