Free Chinese Lessons


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  • Real Chinese Web Site
    • Presented by the BBC. A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.
  • Beginner’s Chinese - iTunes Free
    • Introductory audio lessons provided by the Open University.
  • Chinese Course – Seton Hall
  • Chinese Basic - Web
    • A web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Chinese. It focuses on listening and reading skill but it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing. Note that you can also download Intermediate Chinese here.
  • Chinese Learn Online - iTunes Free - Feed
    • A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load the lessons on your mp3 player and get up the Chinese curve.
  • Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk - iTunes Free -Feed
    • Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..
  • Chinesepod.com iTunes Free - Feed
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.
  • CSLPod - iTunes Free -Feed
    • Here, native Mandarin speakers teach you Chinese as a second language. Audio and transcripts are available on the website. The lessons also place an emphasis on understanding Chinese culture.
  • Foreign Service Institute Basic Cantonese - Web site
    • Two textbooks (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Institute Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach - Web site
    • Designed to give a practical command of spoken standard Chinese with nine situational modules. Each module consists of tapes (MP3), a student textbook (PDF), and a workbook. In addition to the core modules, there is a resource module and eight optional modules.
  • iMandarinPod.com - iTunes Free
    • This series of lessons teaches Chinese by talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China. More advanced than others.
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters - iTunes Free
    • Created by Emory University, this series of video lessons will help you draw several characters and numbers.
  • Mandarin in China - Web Site
    • Lessons courtesy of the US Peace Corps
  • Numbers and Radicals - iTunes Free
    • Emory University teaches you the proper form for writing numbers and radicals. In Video.
  • One Minute Mandarin - iTunes Free - Feed
    • A quick way to cover the very basics…
  • Popup Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed
    • Offers lessons for beginners and also students at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to language lessons, Popup Chinese provides annotated short stories, HSK test prep materials and a variety of speaking and listening exercises. They broadcast out of Beijing, and all voice actors speak the standard northern dialect.
  • Slow Chinese - iTunes Free
    • A cultural podcast for Chinese learners. Features narratives by native Chinese people read in Mandarin at a slow speed (2~3 characters per second). Topics vary from language, knowledge, tradition and culture to opinions on social phenomena.
  • Survival Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed
    • Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.
  • World Learner Chinese - iTunes Free - Feed
    • Another in the mix of possibilities.

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