Free Chinese Lessons

Learn Man­darin for free online. Down­load free audio lessons to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er and start learn­ing Man­darin instant­ly. To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our com­plete col­lec­tion of Free Lan­guage Lessons.
  • 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 for Begin­nersFree Online Video/MOOC
    • This is an ABC Chi­nese course for begin­ners, includ­ing intro­duc­tion of pho­net­ics and dai­ly expres­sions. From Peking Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Chi­nese: Start Talk­ing with 1.3 Bil­lion Peo­pleMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Intro­duc­to­ry Chi­nese lan­guage course from Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty empha­sizes basic lan­guage skills for every­day life in Man­darin speak­ing coun­tries. The course uti­lizes pinyin, the stan­dard sys­tem of Roman­ized spelling for translit­er­at­ing Chi­nese, so learn­ers will find it easy to under­stand and study the lan­guage.
  • More Chi­nese for Begin­nersMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Also from Peking Uni­ver­si­ty, this is an advanced course for Chi­nese for begin­ners. Learn­ers will expand vocab­u­lar­ies about per­son­al infor­ma­tion, dai­ly life, food and drink, health, and more.
  • Chi­nese Course — Seton Hall
  • Chi­nese Lessons with Serge Mel­nyk — iTunes Free
    • Week­ly lessons in Man­darin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users.
  • - iTunes Free
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Man­darin on your own terms.
  • DuoLin­go Chi­neseWeb site
    • Bite-sized Chi­nese lessons. Fun, effec­tive, and 100% free.
  • Easy Chi­neseiTunes Free
    • Easy Chi­nese is designed specif­i­cal­ly for non-native Chi­nese lan­guage learn­ers at the intro­duc­to­ry lev­el. It aims to teach learn­ers to absorb prac­ti­cal oral expres­sions in a short amount of time.
  • Fall in Love With Man­darinMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Can­toneseWeb site
    • Two text­books (PDF) and 30 audio lessons (MP3).
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Stan­dard Chi­nese: A Mod­u­lar ApproachWeb 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.
  • — iTunes Free
    • This series of lessons teach­es Chi­nese by talk­ing about Chi­nese cul­ture or what is hap­pen­ing today in Chi­na. More advanced than oth­ers.
  • Learn Chi­nese in Your CarSpo­ti­fy
    • Gram­mar and vocab­u­lary to begin­ners, offer­ing guid­ance in pro­nun­ci­a­tion and lan­guage fun­da­men­tals.
  • Learn Chi­nese on Spo­ti­fySpo­ti­fy
    • A col­lec­tion of audio cours­es on Spo­ti­fy, that will take you from begin­ner lessons to advanced conversations–featuring essen­tial trav­el phras­es and vocab­u­lary.
  • 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.

To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our col­lec­tion: Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & Beyond.
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