Free Mandarin lessons

May 22, 2009 at 11:57 am 5 comments

Since many of you reading this are studying Mandarin Chinese, I’ve decided to post some resources I found in Open Culture that may be of use:

(p/s: Let me know if you use other resources & find them helpful; I’ll add them in this list as well!)

  • Chinese Learn Online iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A dialogue-based introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Load them on your iPod and get up the Chinese curve.
  • Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Weekly lessons in Mandarin that get very strong reviews from iTunes users..
  • iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A series of well-reviewed lessons that will let you learn Mandarin on your own terms.
  • iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A more advanced podcast, this series of lessons teaches Chinese by
      talking about Chinese culture or what is happening today in China.
  • iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A Mandarin language podcast taught by Yao in New York City.
  • Mandarin Chinese ConversationiTunes Web Site
    • A language series put together by TimesOnline.
  • Mandarin Chinese Feed Web Site
    • 10 Lessons by the US Peace Corps. Make sure you visit the site and download the pdf that accompanies the lessons.
  • Popup Chinese iTunes Feed Web Site
    • 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.
  • Survival Chinese iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Learn the phrases you need to get by while traveling in China.
  • Think and Talk Like (the) Chinese iTunes Web Site
    • Cathy Lu takes a look at the Chinese language, while introducing students to China’s history and culture.
  • World Learner Chinese iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Another in the mix of possibilities.

Entry filed under: Mandarin/Advanced, Mandarin/Beginner, Mandarin/Intermediate.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lydia Lin  |  May 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm


    I just stumbled onto your interesting blog about free Mandarin lessons. You may be interested in my “Learn Chinese Weekly” blog at I help my readers learn Chinese words, phrases and show them how to make syntactically correct sentences. I encourage my readers to sing Chinese songs and repeat the words and phrases in an enjoyable way. In fact, I am the author of “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes”, a book that incorporates 40 songs and rhymes to support the Mandarin language instructions. I would appreciate it if you could add to your list of free online resources. Thank you very much.

    • 2. usydlanglib  |  May 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thank you for your comments! I had a look at your blog, and it looks great! I will add your link to my list of free online resources.

      • 3. Lydia Lin  |  May 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        Wonderful! This makes all the thoughts and time put into it worthwhile. Thanks again!

  • 4. Anthony B.  |  April 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Hi, dear Ms Lin,
    I stumbled upon your Mandarin lessons. They are amazing; so beautifully designed and so attractive. Even though they are quite concise, they are so rich in content. I am also glad that they are available free. As a member of a religious teaching order, I have no income or bank account; so I am quite grateful when generous web designers like yourself offer their teaching material free.
    I do enjoy your lessons very much.
    Anthony B.
    (Hong Kong)

  • 5. likeabridge  |  April 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for your kind comments. They have put a big smile on my face. If you have any questions or suggestions with respect to the instruction material, you could post them as a comment to any of the Mandarin lessons.


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