When it come to audio lessons on the go, there are several different options available to both the new and experienced learner of Mandarin. Unfortunately, these options still pale in number and quality when compared to the options available, for example, to learners of English or Japanese. That said, the amount of “Student-friendly” Mandarin audio available online is more than enough to get started with, and is increasing in quality and amount all of the time!
See below for our choices for Chinese lessons on the go:
Their podcasts are more natural and funnier than traditional Chinese language textbooks, and content more useful dialogue that’s actually used on a day-to-day basis in China.
In addition to the free audio lessons, they also offer paid for features to complement the podcasts. These include a testing system which measures your knowledge and builds a customized course for you, as well as spaced-repetition flashcards and mobile tools that help with HSK preparation etc.
We recommend just creating a free membership to the site and starting to download the audio files to your computer by subscribing to their public iTunes feed.But, if you do decide to purchase a premium subscription, then all subscriptions are backed by a no-questions-asked refund guarantee. That sounds reasonable, and is why Popup Chinese is Mandarin.ie’s first choice for audio lessons.
- Podcast lessons that can be listened to online or downloaded.
- Lessons are based on dialogs which introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns.
- Beginner lessons are free, but more advanced material can only be accessed with a paid subscription.
- A free trial account allows you to access the higher-level material for one week.
- Several specialty “channels” such as Media News, Poetry and Videos.
If you are a beginner at Mandarin, the free lessons offer a good introduction. More advanced students will want to check out the free, one week trial account that gives you access to all the material on the website. This lets you know exactly what to expect if you choose to sign up for one of the subscriptions.
- Large number of lessons
- Starred words/phrases
- Integration with Skritter
- Various material – audio, video, transcripts, quizzes, flash cards, vocabulary lists
- Writing lessons by paid subscription only
- Limited grammar explanations
This resource is recommended for intermediate or advanced learners of Chinese, and will help you bridge the gap between learning Mandarin from your textbook to understanding normal-pace Chinese TV in no time.