ONLINE MANDARIN CHINESE LESSONS
There’s no better time to learn Mandarin Chinese than today. After all, it is the most spoken native language in the world: acquire the language and you will be able to communicate with more than a billion people around the planet. You’ll find Mandarin Chinese especially useful if you’re planning to enter the Chinese market or look for a job at an Asian or international company because only 1% of the Chinese population is fluent in English.
What you will learn with us
Get started with Mandarin Chinese with us at Listen & Learn and soon you’ll be fluent enough to hold basic conversations! Mandarin can be a bit challenging to learn for English speakers because it’s a tonal language. This means that the same syllable can be pronounced with many different tones to change the meaning of a word. For instance, saying “ma” with a falling tone means “to scold”, while saying with a rising tone means “hemp”. But don’t worry: you’ll never find yourself in an embarrassing situation with the help of our native-speaking instructors!
How will your lessons be structured?
Our courses are completely personalised and tailored to your needs and are suitable for students of all ages and levels, so don’t hesitate to enrol, even if you have never uttered a syllable in Chinese before. If that’s the case for you, we’ll get you started with a Survival Mandarin course, where you’ll learn simple phrases and techniques to start communicating in the target language from the very first class.
You’ll also increase your knowledge of grammar, pronunciation and culture while improving your skills in a fun and motivational manner. Our instructors always use real-life materials, like TV series, songs or novels. More advanced students will acquire the language with a tailored course that suits their level and preferences.
Why study Mandarin online with Listen & Learn?
- Our lessons are flexible. Our instructors don’t have to commute, so they can be far more flexible when rescheduling classes than with face-to-face lessons.
- Record your class and review it in the future.
- Receive technical support to download, install and test Skype for individual lessons or other software for group lessons.
- Possibility of taking individual or small group lessons (please consider that the maximum number of people allowed per group is 8).
These are completely free and will take no more than 15 minutes
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Teresa Teng was a very popular artist in the 1970s and her music is still played today throughout China, especially in karaoke bars. This is a very catchy, romantic song where the poetic persona describes the moon and its qualities, while comparing it to her loving heart. Listening to this song will help you understand cultural aspects of the language (such as the importance of Chinese New Year), which is essential to become truly fluent in Mandarin. Why not try to sing out loud and practise your pronunciation while having fun?Listen and susbcribe here!
If you are a fan of rap and are studying Mandarin Chinese at the moment, you can combine your passions to learn new vocabulary and grammar! For example, “Hide the Band” is a song about the music world and how bands struggle to become successful, so it is a great track to get acquainted with vocabulary about music, such as singer (Gēshou), agent (Dàili rén) and microphone (Màikèfeng). The song is fast-paced and includes a lot of slang and colloquial pronunciations, so it might be best for advanced students who are already used to Chinese intonation.Listen and susbcribe here!
Are you looking for a song to increase your Mandarin ability while learning more about Chinese beliefs and traditions? Then, you should not miss “The Drunken Beauty” by Li Yu Gang. This piece tells the story of a man and a woman who meet at a party and instantly fall in love with each other. You will find plenty of descriptive adjectives, as each poetic persona describes what they like in the other person. It does not include any complicated grammar structures or extravagant vocabulary, so you will be able to understand the song, even if you are just a beginner!Listen and susbcribe here!
Chinese Skill tries to cover every aspect of language learning in just one app. The activities it proposes are engaging and fun, so you can learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and other aspects of Mandarin in a meaningful way. Instead of being categorised by vocabulary items, the app’s mini-lessons are organised by level. So, if you are a beginner, you will start with the Chinese characters, an introduction to grammar rules and basic, everyday vocabulary. It also includes lessons for intermediate and advanced students, so you can take advantage of this app regardless of your proficiency.Discover the app and practise!
Podcasts are great materials with which you can develop your listening skills in a foreign language, such as Mandarin Chinese. With Chinese Pod, you will find more than a hundred podcasts organised by level or theme, so you will surely find something interesting and relevant to you and your interests. The best part is that most podcasts include a transcript in both Chinese and English, so they are suitable for everyone, even absolute beginners.Discover the app and practise!
Have you ever needed an offline Mandarin Chinese dictionary and couldn’t find one? Pleco is what you are after. This is a great app that will provide you with definitions of the words you look up, while its premium version includes a handwriting recognizer which uses the phone’s camera to quickly translate written or printed words. And you can even use it to test your own writing accuracy. Plus, each term stored in the app is accompanied by an audio recording, so you learn how to pronounce them correctly, as well.Discover the app and practise!
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