What are the best resources for learning chinese?

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    #1BBC - Learn Chinese

    BBC - Learn Chinese
    The BBC offers a variety of free Chinese language lessons on their website, including guides and games.
    Websites

    Free

    Roger Ross
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "I worked on the Real Chinese beginner lessons and they were great. I liked that it wasn't just lessons, there were games and news articles related to the topic as well. "
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    #2Chinese for Beginners

    Chinese for Beginners
    Study Chinese through a free 6-hour online course taught by an actual professor of Chinese at Peking University in China. Graded assignments will keep you on track and on your toes.
    Course

    Free

    Sean Carlson
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "Chinese for beginners on coursea is great. It's allowed me to learn chinese for free, and paying allowed me to have my work reviewed. I can even apply for financial aid if need be. "
  3. 23

    #3Ed-Wonderland: Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

    Ed-Wonderland: Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

    Alice Education Studio provides you with this iOS application where you will be able to learn Chinese by playing a mobile game. Yes, exactly what you just read. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Kuo-Hsun Hung
    Written on September 21, 2017
    "Thanks for sharing! We really spent a lot of time designing and polishing Ed-Wonderland! Hope you will enjoy learning Chinese by using the app! ^_^^"
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    #4Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is a free app for Android and iOS devices specially developed to facilitate learning new languages. Its method is trying to teach you the new language the same way you learned your first one. Works fine without internet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Dennis Armstrong
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I travel a lot, and Rosetta Stone let me learn Chinese for my business trips while I was actually on my business trips! Boring plane rides suddenly became a classroom instead, and when I landed I truly had a better grasp of Chinese that would help me as I explored and conducted business! I give Rosetta Stone an A+!"
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    #5Chinese: Learn Chinese In 21 DAYS!

    Chinese: Learn Chinese In 21 DAYS!
    Learn Chinese in 21 DAYS! is a 245-page book for beginners to become more comfortable with basic Chinese syntax, vocabulary and conversational phrases.
    Books

    Check price

    Jesse Fox
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "This is a great resource for learning Chinese in a short period of time. As all new languages should be tacked, the book starts with the basics that would aid in simple conversation or just understanding the language. After the basics the book naturally falls into more complex grammar and syntax. I love how the chapters and lessons are laid out in a straight forward manner."
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    #6Learn It Now™ Chinese & Japanese Premier

    Learn It Now™ Chinese & Japanese Premier
    Experience for yourself how fun and easy it is to learn Chinese or Japanese with Learn It Now. Complete with interactive lessons, games and activities, you'll feel confident with your new Chinese or Japanese language skills in as little as 30 days - guaranteed!
    Software

    Windows

    Check price

    Anthony Woods
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "Anyone wanting to learn Chinese or Japanese could well find the purchase of the Learn It Now Chinese and Japanese Premier to be the way to make it happen. Can be purchased through Amazon and used in the comfort or privacy of your own home."
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    #7ALISON Chinese Language Courses

    ALISON Chinese Language Courses
    ALISON provides several free Chinese language courses focused on beginners who need to learn how to get around the country on a visit.
    Course

    Free

    Edward Barnes
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I'm a complete newbie to Chinese but wanted to learn because it's a language used by so many people. ALISON Chinese Language Courses provided me with the basics to get started and didn't overwhelm me like other courses do. The best part is how they integrate language learning into everyday situations like social activities, going to a restaurant, communicating about transport, etc."
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    #8CCTV Learn Chinese

    CCTV Learn Chinese
    CCTV offers 2000 free lessons for learning Chinese, including for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners.
    Websites

    Free

    Frank Beck
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "I wanted to learn some conversational Chinese for my upcoming trip and used this site for everything! In addition to language, they offer cultural insights and tips. I would def recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Chinese!"
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    #9ChineseSkill

    ChineseSkill

    ChineseSkill is a free app available for Android and iOS devices that helps you through the learning of the Chinese language. It offers some built-in games and a bunch of useful tools for that purpose.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    William Wheeler
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "This app is swee-et. I love that adorable little panda. I've used other apps like this before to learn French and Spanish, and this is just as good. The game-based learning system helps you feel like your messing around instead of working really hard to learn a new language. "
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    #10Pimsleur

    Pimsleur
    With Pimsleur you will learn in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of the new language as used in everyday conversation.
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- Level 1. Varies by plan

    Jack Bailey
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "The Pimsleur method is great for learning Mandarin Chinese. The lessons really allow you to engage to make sure you're properly using the language, and the reviews are great for ensuring the lessons are deeply ingrained. "
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    #11Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native Speaker

    Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native Speaker
    This Chinese language guidebook supplies you with all the essential spoken Chinese language you need in daily conversations and on trips abroad.
    Books

    Check price

    Richard Reyes
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Chinese: Crash Course Chinese - Learn Chinese Fast With a Native Speaker is a good primer for learning Chinese, but it's rather basic. One really needs to be able to hear the language to understand how to pronounce it best and this doesn't really fit the bill. Decent for a start, but you'll need more than this overall."
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    #12HelloChinese

    HelloChinese
    Fun games build up Chinese language skills while also ensuring that your pronunciation and handwriting skills grow as well.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Henry Jenkins
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "this app is a helpful tool for anyone who would like to learn the basics of chinese. I think this is a great idea for anyone who is new to learning Chinese Mandarin . its convenient and you take this anywhere with you. I would definitely recommend this app."
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    #13The Chairman's Bao

    The Chairman's Bao
    The Chairman's Bao is the first online Chinese newspaper, simplified for those learning Mandarin. Now also available on both iOS and Android.
    Websites

    Free

    Tiffany Murray
    Written on August 27, 2017
    "I needed to improve my nonexistent Mandarin in preparation for a business trip to China, and The Chairman's Bao was recommended to me as one of the top online learning programs for the language. It bills itself as being immersive, and I found that to be true, but in fact it was *too* immersive, as a beginner, I was overwhelmed. I did learn a little Mandarin, but I soon turned to a less challenging program geared more towards bilingual education. I think this would be good for someone with a solid foundation in the language already, not for someone just starting out."
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    #14Chinese Learn Online

    Chinese Learn Online
    Learn Mandarin Chinese in just 20 minutes a day.
    Course

    $19.95- monthly, varies by plan

    Jose Weaver
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Looking to take a real challenge? I learned full well just how difficult it is to learn Chinese. Fortunately, I gave CLO: Chinese Learn Online a try. As their website states, with just 20 minutes of practice a day, you can start down the path towards learning Mandarin Chinese. I'm not saying CLO will work miracles on your language skills but, with diligence and by following the lesson plans, you can make great strides just as I have."
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    #15Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete Edition

    Living Language Mandarin Chinese, Complete Edition
    This purchase comes with books, CDs, a guide to Chinese characters and access to an online learning platform. You will start with vocabulary, move on to grammar and then complete practice sections.
    Books

    Check price

    Jonathan Montgomery
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "This took me straight to the Amazon website to purchase this audio book. It came with the price of the book, reviews and a summary I enjoyed reading through."
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    #16Speak Chinese

    Speak Chinese
    "Speak Chinese" is a Mandarin Chinese Passport for Chinese learners to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Billy Day
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "Berlitz. Hanping Chinese Dictionary Pro (embermitre): Exclusively Android App. ... HanWangJian software (Pinyin Input and Chinese learning). Pimsleur (isn't this audio only, that is course or podcast) Pleco (iOS/Android) Flashcard/dictionary. ... Rosetta Stone. More items..."
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    #17iMandarin

    iMandarin

    iMandarin is an official English-Chinese WeChat official channel that provides you learning tips, daily Mandarin lessons, Chinese Food advice, and travel plans throughout China.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Lisa Allen
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I feel that this is a good tool for users who are trying to learn Chinese as a second language or those who are traveling abroad to China. It offers courses on several campuses with experienced teachers. However, this is only for those who want to speak Mandarin and not Cantonese and other Chinese languages."
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    #18TutorMandarin

    TutorMandarin

    TutorMandarin offers 1-on-1 online Chinese classes taught by certified Mandarin tutors through a this Android app that features a virtual classroom, full in-app courses, daily Chinese content, and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jacqueline Myers
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "A google App that helps you learn Chinese. Chinese is spoke by 20% of the world, and is a global economy and powerhouse, knowing a few words couldn't hurt. Learn in a virtual classroom setting and have your own tutor to make sure you succeed. "
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    #19Chinese Input Method (CIM)

    Chinese Input Method (CIM)

    Chinese Input Method (CIM) is software with easy-to-use interface created for people to easily learn the Mandarin language. It has five input modes and can translate Chinese characters to Pinyin. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Mandy Tang
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "Designed for Non-Native Mandarin Users. It has Five Input Methods and can convert Chinese Characters to Pinyin. This input method is convenient, easy to use, and offers a customized “memory” function which effectively helps users learn Chinese while learning how to type Chinese characters."
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    #20Panda HSK

    Panda HSK

    Panda HSK is an app for learning the Mandarin Chinese language for free. Available on Android devices, it includes Chinese characters and pinyin as well as its pronunciations. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Tomasz Stefaniak
    Written on January 13, 2019
    "Panda HSK is a free app for learning new Chinese words with spaced repetition technique - the most effective way to memorize new words."
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    #21Ninchanese - Learn Chinese

    Ninchanese - Learn Chinese

    Ninchanese is a website and app for Android that you can use for learning Chinese. You can learn the language in a gaming way where you can challenge your friends and start learning Chinese from the very moment you log in.

    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free- Varies by Plan

    Brenda Morales
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Ninchanese is a great website for learning Chinese in a fun way. You can learn with and challenge friends if you would like. It is a kind of fun way to pass time. They teach the Chinese characters in a unique way, you should check it out. "
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    #2210 Things You Must Know Before Learning Chinese

    10 Things You Must Know Before Learning Chinese

    10 Things You Must Know Before Learning Chinese is a Chinese language e-book which introduces everything about to know before starting to learn about the Chinese language. This includes 10 chapters written by the Chinese. 

    Books

    $19.99

    Gabrielle Heffern
    Written on April 12, 2019
    "Look before you dive in! This Chinese language e-book will introduce everything you need to know before choosing your path towards learning Chinese. Learn the history, the benefits, the difficulties and the possibilities of learning Chinese, along with the best methods to plan your own study program. Each of the 10 chapters are written by eChineseLearning’s professional Chinese teaching staff. It’s everything you need to know before starting your exciting new journey."
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    #23Langademy

    Langademy

    Langademy allows you to learn languages online through many different ways. You can make video calls with native speakers or exchanges all around the world, focusing on the language you want to learn. 

    Websites

    Free

    Vicky Li
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "I love this site. While I do think that anyone learning a language online should be using multiple resources, this one is a really good one to keep in your toolbelt. It allows you easy access to native speakers for an immersive and effective experience."
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    #24Chinese HSKS

    Chinese HSKS

    Chinese HSKS is an online website where you can find Chinese language level online tests from listening, reading, and writing for free to test and know your capabilities and skills.

    Websites

    Free

    chinesehsks com
    Written on January 26, 2019
    "free hsk test online"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning chinese
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BBC - Learn ChineseWebsites 30 Free
2Chinese for BeginnersCourse 27 Free
3Ed-Wonderland: Learn Basic Mandarin ChineseApps 23 Free
4Rosetta StoneApps 22 Free
5Chinese: Learn Chinese In 21 DAYS!Books 21 Paid
6Learn It Now™ Chinese & Japanese PremierSoftware 20 Paid
7ALISON Chinese Language CoursesCourse 19 Free
8CCTV Learn ChineseWebsites 17 Free
9ChineseSkillApps 16 Free
10PimsleurSoftware 16 Free
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