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 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.
  • Chinesepod.com 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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