There are more than 1.2 billion Chinese language speakers worldwide. Chinese businesses are expanding, they are going global and you very often deal with Chinese speaking people, be it a construction site or a corporate office of an MNC. Because of this, you may have your reasons for wanting to know this language, be it personal or occupational.
Maybe you just want to learn it just in case you need it in future for your personal and professional growth, or maybe you have a long trip planned to China.
Regardless of your motives, there are some very popular online and mobile resources you can use to make your journey to learn Chinese easier for professional or personal reasons. Let’s review the best tools.
This online tool offers 3 months’ worth of learning material and after those 3 months, you will be well prepared to have a fluent conversation in Chinese. This ambitious promise has been back-tested on hundreds of learners and proved to be working.
The approach used on this tool is to work on the learner’s mind and help them use their dedication fruitfully. It is a different approach than most online language tools as they focus solely on the language and not the person beyond the language where it all begins.
Italki is one of the leading names in video chat that brings together the teacher and the learner. Usually, a learner will sign up and book a session with a tutor available on Italki. The fact that you can talk to that tutor makes it easier to learn Chinese because you can ask questions and get an answer on that day.
Because of the diversity of the types of tutors, you can choose any tutor that best fits your needs. Although there are many platforms of this kind, Italki is very easy to use, but some may choose the counterparts of Italki because of their preferences.
Chinese is not only about talking and listening but as well as writing down using the Chinese characters. This online tool grades the way you wrote down the characters and has some flashcards to help you while you learn. If you make mistakes, this tool will correct you automatically.
The best part is you don’t have to be time or area bound for your lessons but instead, have it your way even when you are on the move. And to help you memorize how to write a symbol, you are shown how it is broken up and how to rebuild it and write it.
Anki is a great option for visual learners because this app makes flashcards that help them memorize things easier. You can associate a picture of something or a symbol with its name in Chinese as well as pronunciation.
Once you have made your flashcards, you should try to memorize and use the newly learned words in sentences. This app is not complicated and pretty straightforward
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so think about the volumes a video speaks. The approach of teaching learners Chinese by using videos has been used by ChinesePod as there are videos called situational video lessons on this company’s site.
Additionally, this tool also uses Audio lessons to teach their learners. The website has more than 4000 lessons and has pretty useful study resources. The wide variety of lessons in this tool makes it easy for you to choose a topic you like, which will result in enjoying your lessons and benefiting more from them.
FluentU online Chinese learning tool is very interesting and engaging. It doesn’t plan rigid general lesson plans, but it uses your preferences to help you learn English. This site gathers all the news show excerpts, content videos, movie trailers, etc. that you like.
Once it has gathered your preferred videos, it will caption them and subtitle them and take you through its interactive learning platform. This teaching method is unchartered territory and is highly effective because of the uniqueness it has of using real-world videos.
Pleco is a dictionary mobile app, but it is not your general everyday dictionary. This mobile app uses various dictionaries like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP and Ricci. The extra features this app has made it stand out like the function of having flashcards to help you memorize new words and phrases.
The other extra feature this app has is the audio recordings that are intended to help you improve your pronunciation skills. All of that is wrapped in one app that is linear and has an interesting interface.
This app is similar to Duolingo and covers all the key aspects of learning a new language, which includes grammar, spelling and vocabulary. It works on vocabulary by going through more than 40 topics with a lot of context with you. The app is very lightweight and easy to use but yet so effective and informative.
You can also use this app on the go and don’t have to get a classroom type of setting for you to use it effectively. The method of covering your curriculum is sequential, which makes it easy to follow through.
The time you put in learning the Chinese language will dictate how long it takes for you to be fluent in it. Most of the platforms here are easy to use and are available online and on mobile device apps.
The mobile apps are available on the Apple Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users. May your journey of learning a new language be fruitful and enjoyable!
Becky Holton is a journalist and a blogger. She is interested in education technologies and is always ready to support informative speaking. Follow her on Twitter.